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Media Release - November 15, 2005

Mohawk President Applauds Economic Statement

HAMILTON, ON – November 15, 2005: “The Economic Statement by Canada’s Finance Minister, The Honourable Ralph Goodale, includes major incentives for postsecondary education,” states Mohawk College President MaryLynn West-Moynes.

“Mohawk College applauds the Government of Canada’s intention to invest $2.2 billion to improve access to and programs in postsecondary education and workplace training,” affirmed President West-Moynes, adding, “I agree that knowledge, creativity and brainpower are the true measures of economic potential.”

West-Moynes was concerned about the emphasis on university research: “I do believe investments in research should include applied research at colleges, where invention can occur with as much alacrity as at universities. Canada will greatly benefit from the contribution of both college and university educated students and workers to our national competitive strategy. Mohawk has a solid background working with companies on applied research, and recently signed a master research agreement with GM Canada to facilitate our partnership with them on metal casting and alloy production projects. We’re also proud that over twenty Health Sciences faculty are engaged in Nursing and Medical Radiation Sciences research.”

Mohawk recently engaged Dr. Peter Dietsche as Vice President, Research, Commercialization and Institutional Research and will be moving forward with a comprehensive plan to develop the college’s applied research capacity. Mohawk’s proposed Skilled Trades & Apprenticeship Resources, Research and Training (STARRT) Complex includes research related to those fields of enterprise.

West-Moynes was also pleased that the government intends to extend broadband into First Nations Communities, stating that “increased access through the internet to local, national and global information over time will encourage greater participation in postsecondary education by Aboriginal students, which is a great opportunity for them.” Mohawk provides several programs dedicated to Aboriginal students, and has invested in facilitated admissions processes to encourage Aboriginal students to enter college programs.