We are fortunate to have participated in global projects that develop the intercultural competencies of students, faculty and staff and build training capacity within Mohawk and our partner communities. Read about our current global projects!
In November, Mohawk College was the successful recipient of a $25,000 Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) grant to support innovative approaches to building capacity for outbound mobility programs. One part of the project is a “virtual exchange” where students in the Business course “Human Relations and Leadership” participated in activities with students at The Jobs Academy (JAC) (Fondazione ITS per le nuove tecnologie per il Made in Italy) a large technical college in Italy, with the aim to build global understanding and intercultural competencies. Tracey Kadish, professor in the Tourism program at Mohawk, working with Maria Teresa Provenzale, professor of Business at JAC, developed an engaging and exciting set of workshops for students to learn about working in a global context that includes case studies, taking the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) assessment, reflection and perspective sharing.
This is the first “Virtual Exchange” for Mohawk College! Virtual Exchange is an opportunity for students from different regions to collaborate and learn about global perspectives within their coursework and under the guidance of their professors. It is also called Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL). Want to know more? Read more about Virtual Exchange and COIL.
The grant also includes the development of a “Pre-Departure Orientation” module in MyCanvas to prepare students for global learning opportunities, both virtual and in the future, in-person. The module will include sections on intercultural competencies, cultural awareness, implicit bias, equity, diversity and inclusion and cultural adaptation while abroad. The project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Outbound Student Mobility Pilot Program.
Mohawk College has partnered with University of Trinidad and Tobago to welcome two students for the 2021-2022 academic year in the Engineering Systems Technology program under the Canada-CARICOM Skills Training for the Green Economy program, funded by Global Affairs Canada. Read more about the CARICOM Skills Training Program.
Mohawk College has partnered with Universidad Madero for the past three years to welcome students into our International Business Management program under the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program, funded by Global Affairs Canada. For the 2021-2022 academic year, we will be welcoming one student into this program during the winter semester. Read more about the ELAP program.
The EXPLORE program invites students to enhance their English language skills while participating in local cultural excursions, building their interpersonal and intercultural competencies. Read about the EXPLORE program or watch the video below to learn more.
From May to July 2019, four students from Mohawk’s Business - Marketing program participated in work placements in Milan, Italy through Mohawk’s partner, The Jobs Academy (JAC). Placements were hosted at Caronte Law Firm and Price Waterhouse Coopers in Milan and rewarded students and supervisors with enhanced skills and professional growth. This program was made possible by Erasmus+ funding, a European Union-based organization that sponsors student and faculty mobility projects. Mohawk is one of a limited number of approved Canadian partners with the Erasmus+ program. In return, Mohawk College welcomed five Italian students who will study at Mohawk’s Fennell campus in the fall 2019 2 students in Business Marketing and 2 students in Computer Systems Technology). Read more about ERASMUS+.
A group of 10 Mohawk College Faculty and staff travelled to Ecuador in February 2020 for a 9-day Food Revolutions program with Operation Groundswell, partially funded through a generous donation from guard.me. The purpose of the initiative was to offer training to faculty who are interested in organizing and facilitating short-term abroad experiences with student groups, and to provide service to local communities in Ecuador. Short-term abroad experiences for students and faculty can be transformative as they are rich with new learning opportunities. Immersing oneself within another culture provides an opportunity to challenge personal worldviews, through the exploration of different cultural and community practices.
In February 2020, Mohawk College was thrilled to learn that we were selected to partner on the Skills to Access the Green Economy (SAGE) project, coordinated by Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan). Mohawk College is working with College of the North Atlantic (CNA) and Durham College to increase the local capacity of training institutions in Guyana, delivering gender-sensitive skills training programs that meet economic and environmental needs in the region.
According to CICan, “The ultimate goal of the program is a more qualified labour force for employment in key economic sectors vulnerable to climate change.” All in all, ten Canadian colleges and institutes will partner with twelve local Caribbean partners across the SAGE program’s six countries of focus. This $15 million program is funded by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada.
In the most recent phase of the project, CTL faculty Cathy Ozols and Johanne McCarthy are supporting the development and delivery of workshops to be provided to the teachers at Bina Hill Youth Institute (BHYI) and New Amsterdam Technical Institute (NATI) in Guyana. Meanwhile, the project lead for Mohawk, Daniel Farr will be facilitating a discovery meeting with partners at BHYI to determine how best to support the development of a preparatory program that will be developed for students this fall by partners Durham College and CNA.
Read more about the program at the SAGE website.