We’re taking action to benefit Ontario’s manufacturing industry, while helping local high school students get a head start.

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In partnership with Mohawk College, the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board and the Halton District School Board, we have launched two education programs to help address the shortage in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skilled employees at a time when Baby Boomers who possess those skills are retiring.

“Together, we are opening doors and inspiring students while taking a proactive stand in ensuring the success of Ontario and Canadian manufacturers,” says Katrina McFadden, Vice-President, Human Resources and Corporate Administration at ArcelorMittal Dofasco.

Morris Hucal, Superintendent of Education for the Hamilton Catholic board, says he is delighted that the program allows students to customize their high school experience, while addressing the needs of our workforce.

Forty Hamilton Catholic board students in grades 10 to 12 are participating in the Specialist High Skills Major in Advanced Manufacturing Program at Bishop Ryan and St. Jean de Brebeuf secondary schools. Program graduates receive Specialist High Skills Major Red Seals from the Ontario Ministry of Education and real-world expertise with Mohawk College instructors. ArcelorMittal Dofasco employees shape the course’s content and provide mentorship, workplace tours and instruction in our simulation labs.

“At Mohawk, we work with our partners to build a highly skilled made-in-Hamilton workforce. This program allows us to continue doing that important work in a new and exciting way,” says Dr. Christine Bradaric-Baus, Mohawk Vice President, Academic.

The ArcelorMittal Dofasco Advanced Manufacturing Program will be aimed at Grade 10-12 students in the Halton District School Board. Our experts will participate in writing curriculum and also support the MM Robinson High School’s robotics team, the Rambotics.

“This will make a real difference in our students’ lives and serve as an example to other companies,” says David Lewis, Coordinator of Pathways and Technological Education for the Halton board. “It will also ensure we are delivering what our students need to know in advanced manufacturing.”

Today’s announcement rounds out Manufaturing Month in Canada when Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters and its members work to shine a little brighter light on Manufacturers in Canada. At the beginning of the month, on October 1st, ArcelorMittal Dofasco and McMaster hosted the the official kick off to the month when we introduced the new ArcelorMittal Dofasco Chair in Advanced Manufacturing, Dr. Greig Mordue.