Today President and CEO, Sean Donnelly, shared the news of our $1-million investment in Mohawk College to support the record-setting construction and renovation of 120,000 square feet of technology labs and classrooms at the Fennell campus over the next two years. With the renewal, enrollment in high-demand technology programs is expected to grow from 3,500 to 4,500 full-time students, with applied research activity increasing by 50 per cent.
Sean announced the donation before an audience of business and civic leaders at an event hosted by Mohawk, “We’re much more than a steel company. In truth we are an engineering and technology organization and our strength is people. Mohawk College is a big part of the people equation for our company. Together, we operate the Province’s largest apprenticeship program and we have approximately 300 Mohawk graduates working with us. You will find Mohawk alumni working in key roles throughout our company, in Manufacturing, Technology, Maintenance and in our Corporate Offices.
“We’re the kind of company that demands a workforce that is, as Mohawk College says future-ready. Our processes are highly automated and sophisticated. In fact, we operate the world’s most automated Basic Oxygen Furnace. This demands highly skilled individuals who are committed to innovation through continuous improvement. It is for this reason that our partnership with Mohawk is a natural one, why we commend the College for launching the largest renewal of technology labs and classrooms in its 50-year history and why we’ve chosen to invest in this renewal.”
This investment is our second $1-million donation to Mohawk College – in 2006, our company donated $1-million to support the expansion of Mohawk’s skilled trades campus in Stoney Creek.
Ron McKerlie, Mohawk College President acknowledged the investment. “Time and again, ArcelorMittal Dofasco has consistently stepped up for our students,” he said. “Along with offering co-ops and careers to thousands of our students and graduates, ArcelorMittal Dofasco generously supports giving students new and better places to learn. ArcelorMittal’s latest $1-million donation supports the largest renewal of labs and classrooms in our 50-year history and will help us educate more technology students than ever before and put our students to work on a record number of applied research projects with industry partners.”
- In addition to donating $1-million toward both the renewal of Mohawk’s Stoney Creek and Fennell campuses, ArcelorMittal Dofasco has funded bursaries for 85 Mohawk students in financial need.
- ArcelorMittal Dofasco joins the Government of Canada and the Joyce Family Foundation in supporting the $54 million renewal of Mohawk’s technology programs.
- Over the next two years, Mohawk will build 90,000 square feet of labs and classrooms and renovate 30,000 square feet of space.
- The cornerstone of Mohawk’s renewal project is The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation. The five-level centre will be the region’s first net-zero energy institutional building and will serve as Canada Green Building Council’s first Zero Carbon Initiative pilot project.
Along with the renewal of its technology programs, Mohawk is investing:
- $3 million to create a simulated hospital and long-term care facility at its health sciences campus.
- $3 million to construct a building at its skilled trades campus where apprentices from different programs will work together on major college and community projects.
- $3 million to expand City School by Mohawk and make a college education accessible to more Hamiltonians.