Experiential Learning

As a leader in experiential learning, Mohawk provides hands-on experiences to prepare you for a successful transition to the workforce. From simulations to capstone projects, co-op to field trips, our programs include many forms of experiential learning.

The province of Ontario defines experiential learning (EL) as “an educational activity facilitated and supported by a college through which students learn while doing. Students participate in workplaces, or simulated workplaces, where they are exposed to authentic professional demands and expectations. The goal of an EL experience is to improve students’ employability and interpersonal skills and to support their transition to the workforce”  (Ministry of Advanced Education and Skill Development, 2017).

Read more about our latest Career Ready Experiential Learning Projects (PDF).

Contact the experiential [at] mohawkcollege.ca (subject: Inquiry, body: Hello%2C%0A%0A) (Centre for Experiential Learning) for more information or partnership opportunities.

Areas of Experiential Learning

mohawk students in the 3d printing lab

Applied Research

Participate in research that solves real-world challenges with practical solutions.

Mohawk student in the Steamfitter program


Combine on-the-job paid employment and in-class training for skilled trades programs.

mohawk students in the surge office

Campus Incubator

Create your own business and receive mentorship and support as an entrepreneur.

mohawk students showcasing their capstone project

Capstone Project

Solve a challenge by applying knowledge and skills acquired throughout a program.

mohawk student working under guidance of faculty at the mohawk centre for health care simulation at the institute for applied health sciences at mcmaster


Accumulate mandatory work hours required for professional licensing or certification.

mohawk co-op students on the job


Acquire industry-related experience through paid work terms.

mohawk student, whitney on the set of Dragons Den

Field Placement

Gain hands-on practical program-related experience in a workplace setting.

mohawk students on a field trip to ottawa, posing outside the parliament building

Field Trips

Explore academic content outside the classroom through field trips or site visits.

mohawk advertising students in the agency

Industry Project

Work with a business or organization to explore and solve an identified challenge.

mohawk students with instructor in the FANUC lab


Observe, test and apply course content using tools, equipment and resources.

mohawk students play music in the mcityre performing arts centre


Produce an artistic performance or exhibit in front of an audience.

Mohawk student laughing with children

Service Learning

Foster civic or social responsibility while working with a local or national organization.

mohawk student practicing child care in a simulated school environment


Experience an interactive and accurate representation of a real-life situation.

mohawk students in the Garage fixing a car


Gain industry-related experience through Mohawk's innovative micro-centres.

mohawk student taking a product photo in the mohawk photo lab


Resources for staff, employers and community partners.