Mohawk Mentoring Program

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Mentoring for success 

Accelerate your personal and professional development through a one-on-one mentoring relationship.

Download the Mentoring Handbook

The Mohawk Mentoring learning partnership involves two individuals (a Mentor and a Mentee), who are matched based on self-identified areas of strength and development. Through one-on-one confidential conversations, the mentor will help the mentee set clear development goals and with guidance and coaching, empower the mentee to achieve their potential.

Mentors and Mentees are expected to meet at least once a month throughout the duration of the program with the flexibility to determine when/how/where they meet.  It is not expected that participants meet on personal time.

Mentoring goals will fall under the following categories: Communication, Strategic Planning, Leadership, Development and Career Guidance and Operational Insight.





Why participate?

Benefits to the Mentee:

  • Gain new skills and the opportunity to practice in a structured setting
  • Enhance personal effectiveness through informal feedback
  • Receive practical knowledge, expertise and experience
  • Goal driven, customized learning
  • Professional support and encouragement from the mentor
  • Increased knowledge and understanding of College systems and how they work
  • Gain exposure to new ideas, external thinking and resources within Mohawk
  • Solidify career goals
  • A safe, judgement-free and collaborative opportunity to learn


Benefits to the Mentor:

  • Development of mentoring skills
  • Learning from mentee and mentoring experience
  • An opportunity to share leadership and to give back
  • Expanding knowledge and understanding of areas of growth and challenges faced by mentees
  • Ability to transfer knowledge and expertise

Mentoring Categories

The following mentoring categories have been identified for the program. In the application process, mentors will be asked to identify their strengths and select the categories they would like to mentor on. Mentees will be asked to select up to two categories to receive mentoring on.

Mentoring Categories:

1. Communication:                                                

Communication is the practice of skills related to exchanging information including: active listening, reading and understanding nonverbal cues, public speaking and professional writing. Effective communication promotes collaboration, creates successful relationships, partnerships, and builds trust while delivering results. Mentoring in this category may include navigating difficult conversations, adjusting to your audience, and enhancing your professional presentation and writing skills.

2. Development and Career Guidance:

Personal development or the development of others requires time, effort and planning. Mentoring in this area will focus on enriching personal skills associated with your career aspirations, providing tips and suggestions related to the growth and development of self or others.

3. Strategic Planning:

Strategic planning is the process of envisioning a desired future and translating this vision into achievable goals and objectives. Within the context of Mohawk College’s culture and community, mentors will share successful practices and knowledge around strategic thinking, big picture insight and execution.

4. Operational Insight:

Mentors will share expertise in areas such as:  budget oversight, networking for service requests, Mohawk College processes and procedures in order to assist mentees with operational efficiency and knowledge.

5. Leadership:

Mentees in new leadership roles, or who wish to transition to a leadership position will gain valuable insight into leadership styles and skills.  Mentors will share successful practices related to influencing and motivating employees, coaching, delegating, and driving employee engagement.

How to Apply

Applications are due Friday, January 26th. 

For Mentors

For Mentees

Step 1: Complete application form 

Step 2: Participate in mentor interview



Step 1: Complete application form


The application period is now closed.

The application period is now closed.

Space is limited, acceptance into the programs is not guaranteed.

Next Steps

If you are accepted into the program you will be required to:

  • Attend a half-day orientation session on February 23, 2017
  • Complete a DISC profile
  • Commit to the time requirements of the program 


Who can participate?

  • All Mohawk College employees can participate (support staff, administrative employees and faculty).
  • Part time employees who have been at the College for a minimum of one year and who currently have a contract that covers the period of the program are eligible to apply.
  • Manager approval is required.

I participated in the previous Mohawk Mentoring program, can I apply to participate again?

  • Yes, you can apply to participate again.

I’m also applying to participate in the Mohawk Networking Group. Can I participate in both programs?

  • Yes, you can apply to participate in both programs. You must complete the online application for each program separately.  Please be cautious and consider the time commitment required to successfully participate in the programs.

Can I apply to be a Mentor and a Mentee at the same time?

  • Yes, you can apply to be both a mentor and a mentee. You must complete the online application for each position separately and please be cautious and consider the time commitment required to make both relationships successful.

Can I participate if I am already in the CEDP Mentoring Program for Faculty?   

  • Yes, the focus of Mohawk Mentoring and the CEDP Mentoring Program are different. The CEDP Mentoring Program focuses on supporting the development of teaching practice and scholarship in teaching and learning for new Faculty. Mohawk Mentoring will connect employees that are at different stages of their careers and provide opportunities for participants to learn, network and build on a variety of skills and get connected with others in the Mohawk Community.  If you are not sure which program meets your needs, contact the Program Managers listed below.

What kind of support will I receive during the program?

  • Prior to the start of the mentoring relationship, you will participate in a Mentor and Mentee orientation session to learn more about your roles and responsibilities. You will also receive a Mentoring Handbook with important information about the program. Participants are also supported by the Program Managers whose roles are to assist you throughout the mentoring relationship and respond to your questions and concerns. 

What is the time commitment required?

  • We are asking that all Mentors and Mentees make a minimum time commitment of one hour per month for the duration of the program.
  • In addition, all participants will be asked to attend a mandatory half-day orientation session prior to the start of the program.
  • Additional PD opportunities are optional, but highly recommended.

How are mentors and mentees matched?

  • Mentoring matches are created based on the mentors’ experience and expertise and the mentees’ self-identified areas for development. A selection committee will analyse the characteristics identified by the mentoring participants to make the best possible matches. The more information you provide in your application form the better we can match you with your mentor/mentee. Should any participant feel that the partnership is not productive, they are encouraged to speak to the Program Managers who will work to find a more suitable match.

Is this something that is done on work time or do we meet after work hours?

  • Mentors and mentees have the flexibility to determine when/how/where they meet. It is not expected that participants meet on personal time.

I am a faculty member: is this time that should be reflected on my SWF?

  • The time commitment required for this program will not be attributed to your SWF. Participation in the program is a voluntary undertaking for anyone who is interested. The range of reasons people may choose to participate is very broad, and while we believe mentoring relationships are beneficial, it is not something we will “assign” as work.


Contact the Program Managers for additional information.

Gabriela VanDyken
Email: gabriela.vandyken [at]
Phone: 905-575-1212 ext. 4791

Laura D’Alessandro
Email: laura.dalessandro [at]
Phone: 905-575-1212 ext. 2370