Career Pathways - 361

Ontario College Certificate
One year or less
OSAP Checkmark OSAP Eligible
Designed specifically for students with a learning disability, autism or mental health challenges who want to develop academic and career-ready skills for future postsecondary study and employment.

Program Highlights

  • Experience our new state-of-the-art computer support lab for one-on-one AT instruction and homework support.
  • Benefit from a combination of in-class instruction, computer labs, lectures and unpaid employment placements.
  • Develop new skills with the support of Learning Facilitators, Student Placement Support, Adaptive Technologist/Learning Skills Advisor and faculty.
  • Obtain job skills through experiential learning in highly individualized 70-hour unpaid employment placements within the community.

What you'll learn

  • Build academic and study skills for future post-secondary studies in over 40 different college programs.
  • Enhance job skills for future employment.
  • Learn adaptive technologies such as Kurzweil, Dragon, and Natural Reader to improve academic and workplace performance.
  • Develop effective problem solving and critical thinking skills in social, academic and workplace settings.

Career Pathways Lab

The lab is used to support students with homework support and to learn Assistive technologies. It is both a computer lab and a social space. The lab is not used as a classroom. Classes are held throughout the college.

Program Length

1 academic year (period of 8 months)

Thinking about coming to Mohawk?

Attend a Career Pathways Information Session

Learn More About the Career Pathways Program - Sessions are held several times each semester. 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Tuesday, January 30, 2024, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday, February 27, 2024, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday, March 26, 2024, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Saturday, April 6, 2024, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm 
    (During our Spring Open House)
  • Tuesday, April 23, 2024, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday, May 14, 2024, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Location: Career Pathways Lab (C005)

Register for a session

Attend a College Information Session to:

  • Get help completing your application
  • Learn more about what Mohawk has to offer

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CICE & Career Pathways Educator and Support Services Information Session.  

This information session is designed specifically for educators and support services personnel, including EA's, SERTs. Guidance Counsellors, Teachers, Community Support Workers, etc., who support individuals that may have an interest in pursuing Post-Secondary Education in the CICE and/or Career Pathways programs at Mohawk College.

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We’re here for you to support applications and admissions by providing online and virtual service.

 

Applied and have questions?
The admissions team is available to help, you can contact them via Admissions or by phone at 1-844-767-6871.

 

Haven’t applied and need help?
Contact us or phone 905-575-2460.


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Program delivery

Learn about program delivery terms.

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Admission

  • Ontario Secondary School Certificate (OSSC) or Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent
    • Grade 10 English, L or equivalent

Note: Workplace and locally developed credits that contribute towards an OSSC or OSSD are acceptable for entrance into this program.

Options are available for mature applicants.

Don't have the necessary requirements?

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Tuition and Fees

2023 - 2024 Domestic Tuition and Fees

DescriptionSemester 1Semester 2
Compulsory Ancillary Fees$814.66$758.46
Co-op FeesN/AN/A
Compulsory Program Fees$0.00$0.00
Domestic Tuition$1,354.04$1,354.04
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester$2,168.70$2,112.50
Total 1st Year Fees$4,281.20

Above fees based on full-time September program start date. Contact Student Services to confirm fees for other start dates or semesters.


 

2023 - 2024 International Tuition and Fees

DescriptionSemester 1Semester 2
Total Tuition & Ancillary Fee$8,355.00$8,355.00
Co-op FeesN/AN/A
Compulsory Program Fees$0.00$0.00
International Tax Recovery$450.00$375.00
Total International Charges Per Semester$8,805.00$8,730.00
Total 1st Year Fees$17,535.00

If you pay by wire transfer, please note your bank might charge you a fee to transfer money. Make sure your transfer includes the Mohawk payment and the wire transfer fee. This applies to each wire transfer payment you make.

Additional Information

Financial Assistance

When it comes to paying for your education, investing in your future can be more affordable than you think. A Mohawk education is one of the most cost-effective means of acquiring the skills and knowledge you need to have a prosperous and rewarding career. 

As you start on your chosen career path, it's important to have a realistic set of expectations regarding the expenses associated with attending college. In addition to your tuition fees, you will also need to budget for books, supplies, housing, and other related living expenses. You may be able to supplement your income and savings with scholarships, bursaries, or loans. It pays to do some research into what types of financial assistance you may qualify for.

Available Financial Assistance Resources:

Apply for Awards:

By submitting a Scholarships and Bursaries Application every semester, students have access to over $3 million in Mohawk College scholarships, bursaries and Ministry-partnered funding to help meet their financial needs.

Financial Literacy and Money Coaching:

Whether saving for school, sticking to a budget, or planning for a major purchase, financial literacy affects us all. That's why Mo' Money is committed to helping our students improve their money skills and become more confident with their money.

Course Overview & Descriptions

Click on the course title for a course description.

Experiential Learning

How you’ll gain skills

  • Experience a 70-hour unpaid field placement within the community to enhance career skills.
  • Options to explore academic content through field trips and site visits.
  • Experience interactive simulations to further develop course concepts.
  • Test and apply course concepts in our labs.

To learn more, please visit the Centre for Experiential Learning

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.

In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.

Career Opportunities

Your future career options

  • Transition into employment with enhanced employability skills.

Opportunities for grads

  • Earn additional qualifications such as the Food Handler's Certificate. Attend workshops to strengthen academic and assistive technology skills.

Additional Information

Technical Requirements

A laptop is highly recommended. Please connect with the Program Coordinator for specifics. Microsoft Office 365 is included in student tuition fees.


Program specific Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Career Pathways Program?

Career Pathways is a one year or less Ontario College Certificate program “Designed specifically for students with a learning disability, autism or mental health challenges who want to develop academic and career-ready skills for future postsecondary study and employment.” (Mohawk College, Career Pathways- 361).

How long is the program?

1 academic year (period of 8 months)

What are the program highlights?

  • Experience our new state-of-the-art computer support lab for one-on-one AT instruction and homework support.
  • Benefit from a combination of in-class instruction, computer labs, lectures and unpaid employment placements.
  • Develop new skills with the support of Learning Facilitators, Student Placement Support, Adaptive Technologist/Learning Skills Advisor and faculty.
  • Obtain job skills through experiential learning in highly individualized 70-hour unpaid employment placements within the community. (Mohawk College, Career Pathways- 361)

What will I learn?

  • Build academic and study skills for future post-secondary studies in over 40 different college programs.
  • Enhance job skills for future employment.
  • Learn adaptive technologies such as Kurzweil, Dragon, and Natural Reader to improve academic and workplace performance.
  • Develop effective problem solving and critical thinking skills in social, academic and workplace settings. (Mohawk College, Career Pathways- 361)

Applying to Career Pathways

What are the admission requirements?

Ontario Secondary School Certificate (OSSC) or Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent. Grade 10 English, L or equivalent.

Note: Workplace and locally developed credits that contribute towards an OSSC or OSSD are acceptable for entrance into this program. (Mohawk College, Career Pathways- 361)

How do I apply?

  1. Potential students should set up an application at Ontario Colleges (ontariocolleges.ca). The cost of the application is $110.  Once Admissions receives the application, the applicant will receive an Acknowledgement Letter within three (3) business days sent to their personal email address. This letter has important information for the applicant to be able to access the MyMohawk portal.
  2. The applicant must include any transcripts which would show that they have met the requirement of Grade 10 English, L or equivalent.
  3. If there are no transcripts, the applicant would be eligible to write a preadmissions test for Grade 10 English.
  4. Admissions will review all applications and applicants will be emailed if they are missing requirements.
  5. Applicants who have met requirements should monitor their application for any offers so that they can accept.

Please note: Applicants who require assistance with their application may also contact Ontario Colleges (OCAS) toll free at: 1-888-892-2228.

Can I apply as a mature student? (19 years of age or older)

Yes. Mature students should apply to the program through Ontario Colleges (ontariocolleges.ca). 

I accepted my offer. What happens next?

Once an offer is accepted, it is very important for all applicants to access and use their Mohawk email accounts. This will be the only way the College will contact students for next steps and instruction after initial contact. 

Program Supports

What type of support will I receive in the Career Pathways Program?

The Career Pathways program consists of a dedicated team of Learning Facilitators, an Adaptive Technologist, Student Support and Placement Officer, and Social Service Worker, Child and Youth Worker, Autism and Behavioural Sciences, Educational Support Worker, Health, Wellness and Fitness placement students.

The team supports students while encouraging independence through both interactions in the classroom and the Career Pathways Lab. The lab is used specifically to support Career Pathways students with homework and learning Assistive Technologies. It is also used as a social space for students in the program. (Mohawk College, Career Pathways- 361)

Whom may I contact for assistance with assignments? 

Students in the Career Pathways Program have access to a new state-of-the-art computer support lab (in-person program delivery) for one-on-one AT instruction and homework support with Program Learning Facilitators. Students may also contact their Course Specific Faculty for assignment clarification. Additionally, Learning Facilitators and Faculty support students through their interactions in the classroom. 

What type of technology is available to borrow?

Scribe Pens, laptops, voice recorders, and noise cancelling headphones for face-to-face instruction. (Mohawk College, Career Pathways- 361)

Do I need a computer/laptop?

A laptop is highly recommended. Students should connect with the Program Coordinator for specifics. 

Please note: Microsoft Office 365 is included in student tuition fees. (Mohawk College, Career Pathways- 361)

Courses and Curriculum

How many hours of instruction is there per semester?

Typically, students will be involved in learning four to five days a week in classes that run between 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

How many students will be in my classes?

Typically, Career Pathways classes consist of approximately 25-30 students per cohort. Please note: the number of students in each class may change depending on various factors. 

Is the curriculum in Career Pathways modified?

No, the curriculum in Career Pathways is not modified curriculum. Courses in the Career Pathways program are designed with Universal Design for Learning elements. Each course will have specific Course Learning Outcomes and expectations. If eligible, students have the option of registering with Accessible Learning Services (ALS) to receive accommodations in their courses. 

How do I register to receive accommodations in my courses?

Registering for accommodations is done through Accessible Learning Services (ALS). ALS provides individualized accommodations and support to students with disabilities. Students can contact Accessible Learning Services by email at als [at] mohawkcollege.ca (als[at]mohawkcollege[dot]ca) or by phone at (905) 575-2122, or visit the Accessible Learning Services webpage for more detailed information. 

What is a passing grade in a course? 

The passing grade for a course is 50%. However, an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 60% over both semesters (Semester 1 & 2) is required for graduation from the program. 

What is a Grade Point Average (GPA)? 

GPA stands for “Grade Point Average.” This is a number that indicates on average your score in your program courses and it is used to determine if you have met the requirements for graduating from the Career Pathways Program. Please note, an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 60% or higher over both semesters (Semester 1 & 2) is required for graduation from the Career Pathways Program. 

If I fail a course, do I need to repeat it to graduate?

Yes, you will need to re-take the course when the course is offered again. 

What courses will I take each semester?

Semester 1:

COMM 10272- Communication in the Workplace
COMP 10142- Trends in Technology
CRED 10084- Pathways to Success
CRED 10085- Career Exploration
MATH 10080- Math for Life
PERS 10022- Personal Wellness

Semester 2:

CRED 10086- Career Planning
SSCI 10050- Workplace Culture
WORK 10102- Employment Exploration (70-hour Placement)

Options Group (1): Select 1

MATH 10063- College Prep Math
PERS 10030- Global Wellness (Please note: this course can be used as an exemption for a General Education Elective credit for students pursuing further post-secondary study).

Options Group (2): Select 1

COMM 10292- College Prep Communications
COMM 10334- Communication for Life

How do I register for my classes?

  1. Pay your tuition and fees.
  2. Find out when to register online (Login to MyMohawk, click on the “Registration” tab, then click on the “Find out when to register online” link).
  3. Choose your timetable (Go to the “Registration” tab on MyMohawk and click on “Choose or change your timetable”). For a complete list of detailed steps to choose your timetable, please refer to the Registering for Classes by Selecting Your Timetable webpage and follow the steps provided under the “How to register and select your timetable in MyMohawk” tab.
  4. View your timetable (It is important to confirm your selected timetable prior to the start of your classes as changes to timetables may have occurred).

Can the College communicate directly with parents or support systems?

All College communications will be sent to the student’s email address. A voluntary, signed consent (initiated by the student) is required for any communication with a student’s support system. 

Financial

How do I pay my tuition? 

Students may refer to the Tuition and Fees: Payment Options webpage for detailed information.  

What is included in my tuition? 

Various student services are included in your tuition. Students may refer to the College’s Tuition and Fees webpage for more detailed information. 

Can I apply for any bursaries as a Career Pathways student?

Yes. All students may refer to the Mohawk College Bursaries and Scholarships for information about the availability of scholarships and bursaries as well as eligibility requirements. 

Do I have to pay for textbooks? 

Yes. Courses may have required textbooks or course materials to be purchased to help ensure success in individual courses as well as regular engagement with required course content. Students can purchase these course materials through the campus Bookstore.  

Can I apply for OSAP?

Yes. Students who may need support with financial applications for funding, or who may be experiencing difficulty paying their tuition should contact Financial Assistance at the college for more information.

If I fail a course, will I get my money back?  

Regarding questions related to tuition refunds, students may refer to the information provided on the Tuition and Refunds webpage. 

Why do I need a ONE Card? 

A ONE Card is required for all students and is used as an official identification card as well as to provide access to many campus services. Students may contact the ONE Card office by phone or email for more information. ONE Card Services: Phone: 905-575-2121, Email: onecard [at] mohawkcollege.ca (onecard[at]mohawkcollege[dot]ca).

How do I obtain a bus pass?

All full-time Mohawk College students may obtain a bus pass through the Mohawk Students Association (MSA) specifically for the Hamilton Street Railway (HSR). Students will need a “Presto Card” to use this service. 
 

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*Not all programs are international eligible. Please see our programs available for international students.

Accessible Learning Services

Are you a student with a confirmed or suspected disability? Visit our Accessible Learning Services website to discover how we can help you.

Program Support: 

Adaptive Technologist

Yumi Xu
yue.xu [at] mohawkcollege.ca (yue[dot]xu[at]mohawkcollege[dot]ca)

Student and Placement Support Officer

Andrea Nelson
andrea.nelson1 [at] mohawkcollege.ca (Andrea[dot]nelson1[at]mohawkcollege[dot]ca)
 

Program Coordinator

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Austin Grond portrait.

My professors were patient with me and my classmates and made sure to ease us slowly into the responsibilities of college life. For many of us, this was our first post-secondary educational experience. Most memorably, there was one assignment where we had to build a tower out of balloons and tape. It taught me and my classmates about communication and coordinating with each other.

- Austin G. '17

Amber Beyer portrait.

I'm so glad I took the Career Pathways program. I loved being able to try out all the different technologies that were available and found it helped me more academically than I thought it would. Career Pathways also helped me narrow down my dream job and how I would get there. I'm looking forward to entering the Recreation Therapy field.

- Amber Beyer '19

Hannah Waller portrait.

While at Mohawk I tried to participate in as many co-curricular activities as possible including being a part of the Career Pathways advisory committee. I was also able to attend the volunteer fair to help build connections with future workplaces. I value the amount of support the college offered to me through Accessible Learning Services and the Learning Support Centre who helped with workshops and tutoring. If it weren't for the Career Pathways program educating me I don't know that I would have been prepared for the Educational Support program I am enrolled in today.

- Hannah W. '19

Tara Mcteer portrait.

I grew up with learning disabilities that were undiagnosed until my mid-20s, which led to a lack of coping skills and accommodations that could have assisted me in my earlier studies. The Career Pathways program has allowed me to develop new learning styles, and overcome obstacles I faced academically, which gave me insight into my skills and strengths, leading me to enjoy learning. I'm graduating this spring and I'm excited about my future, I will be looking for part-time employment and will be applying to university with the confidence that I have all the tools in place to be successful.

- Tara McTeer '22

Haris Ali portrait.

I'm glad I took the Career Pathways program because I like meeting new people and learning new things.  I improved my time management, communication, computer skills, and adaptive technologies.  I have increased my initiative, confidence, and become more positive.  I appreciate all the support from the learning facilitators and adaptive technologist. I'm graduating this spring and look forward to continuing my education at Mohawk College.  ​

- Haris Ali. '23

Tristan Brown portrait.

I really enjoyed my time within the Career Pathways program and I would recommend any student who is unsure of what college program to take to give it a shot. One thing that I really liked about the program is all of the supports built into it. Being able to go a work placement was an amazing opportunity for me to gain some experience that I can put on my resume. Being a part of the program allowed me to better understand my strengths and find the career path that is right for me. I would not have gotten to where I am now if I hadn’t joined the Career Pathways program and I am glad that this was where I spent my first year of college.

- Tristan Brown. '23

Karen Young portrait.

I am a mature Career Pathway student referred by the Indigenous program " Homeward Bound".  During my time spent with Career Pathways I've improved my time management, computer, and professionalism skills, with the support of all my professors, Learning Facilitators, and Adaptive technologists. I'm looking forward to entering the Supportive Care Assistant program at Mohawk College.​

- Karen Young. '23