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Media Release - December 14, 2005

Mohawk College launches CareerMeter to help prospective students find their match

HAMILTON, ON – Mohawk College has launched a new on-line guide to help secondary school students and career changers find their academic match at the College.

The Mohawk CareerMeter, available on the College website at www.mohawkcollege.ca, provides a customized, multi-media tour of Mohawk based on the interests of prospective students.

The Mohawk CareerMeter asks students to rate their interest in five areas: science, math, helping people, the arts and working with my hands. The Mohawk CareerMeter then highlights programs at the College that may be a good match for students.

While not intended to replace traditional career assessment tools or one-on-one guidance and counselling, the Mohawk CareerMeter gives students a wealth of information about the College and campus life. The guide pulls together information on everything from what’s required for admission to a specific College program, the skills that students will acquire while in the program and their employment prospects and average salaries and wages once they graduate from Mohawk.

“The Mohawk CareerMeter is a wonderful exploratory tool for secondary school students,” said Rhonda Kemeny, a guidance counsellor with Sir Allan MacNab Secondary School in Hamilton. “Mohawk has created a great resource that answers a wide variety of questions that students typically have about going to college and does so in a way that’s informative and entertaining.”

“At Mohawk College, we’re committed to the success of each and every student,” said College President MaryLynn West-Moynes. “Mohawk’s commitment starts before students even come through our doors. With 101 full-time programs to choose from at the College, the Mohawk CareerMeter can help narrow your search, find your niche and achieve your full potential. Going to Mohawk College is a smart choice and the Mohawk CareerMeter can help you make a smart choice in finding the program that’s best for you.”

When previewed with groups of secondary school students this fall at the College’s Red Carpet Day, the most popular feature of the Mohawk CareerMeter proved to be the dozens of video interviews with students, graduates and professors from each of the College’s programs. “These are unscripted, unrehearsed and candid interviews,” said Marilyn Gris, Mohawk’s Web Communications Coordinator who was involved in the 3-month project to create the online guide. “The videos give prospective students a real feel for the Mohawk experience and you get to learn first-hand about the College from people just like you.”