Mohawk College Open House at the Fennell campus

November 22, 2014

Today, Mohawk College faculty, staff, and volunteers are welcoming you to the Mohawk College Open House at the Fennell campus!   Fennell

This is a great opportunity to discover the wide selection of certificates, diplomas, degrees and apprenticeships programs offered at Mohawk College, and to explore the recently renovated Fennell campus.  You can meet with faculty and staff  who can provide valuable information about programs, admission requirements, and what to expect from campus life.  Our friendly library staff will be available to share the services that you can access at your campus library.

The Open House will run from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Fennell campus.  For maps and directions, please click here.


Careers in the trades: Myths and misconceptions

November 21, 2014

skilled-trades-apprenticeship-graduates-in-demandApprenticeships and skilled trades are in the news again!  Maclean’s recent Jobs report issue included an article entitled, The tricks – and the stigma – of the trades.   Often overlooked and underestimated by parents, guidance counsellors and prospective students, trades careers are an excellent choice for many, including the best and the brightest.  From great compensation (“plumber” makes yesterday’s Workopolis list of jobs that don’t require a degree … but pay really well) to challenging work to flexible schedules to no boss (!),  these are careers that merit some serious consideration … and not just by “general level” students.   Math skills are essential as well as problem solving and other academic skills, according to a recent Talent Egg post.  Interested in learning more?   Check out our Careers in skilled trades  subject guide for everything you need to know and pop into our Stoney Creek campus to see Mohawk’s skills training in action!

 


In the city: World AIDS Day

November 21, 2014

In recognition of World AIDS Day (December 1, 2014) the AIDS Network, in partnership with Mohawk College’s positive space, Social Inc., presents the movie “The Normal Heart.”   This community event will take place on Thursday, November 27th, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the McIntyre Performing Arts Centre at the Fennell campus. The movie stars Jim Parsons, Julia Roberts and Mark Ruffalo, and deals with the emerging AIDS crisis during the 1980s.  A panel discussion will take place following the film.

The AIDS Network will also be hosting an Open House on Monday, November 24th, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. to celebrate HIV/AIDS Awareness week.  Guests are invited to meet staff and learn more about the programs and services for people living with, affected by and vulnerable to HIV and hepatitis C.

Mohawk College Library has a variety of resources that can help you learn more about HIV/AIDS.  The book HIV/AIDS: A very short introduction includes information about the emergence of the epidemic, scientific responses, and its impact on the world.  100 questions & answers about HIV and AIDS answers the most commonly asked questions about HIV and AIDS including: diagnosis, treatment, post-treatment quality of life, alternative medicine, targeted therapy, and coping strategies.  The series HIV/AIDS: Real people, true stories is available through the online video database Films On Demand.  The videos dispel myths about HIV/AIDS, explain how HIV is acquired and how it can be prevented, and discusses the physical, psychological, and social effects of being HIV-positive.

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From the website CATIE: Canada’s source for HIV and hepatitis C information.


Power Engineering at Mohawk College

November 17, 2014

Have you ever wondered what’s involved in keeping an industrial plant working? Complex equipment and systems are at the heart of every bustling production facility. Learn how to control and maintain these critical components in Mohawk’s Power Engineering Techniques certificate program. Power Engineering Techniques is a one year certificate course that prepares you to successfully write your Technical Standards and Safety Authority 4th Class Operating Engineering and Oil Burner Technician III examinations.

Mohawk College provides a hands on educational experience. Theory classes are mixed with lab time and a work term experience. Our new boiler lab will be ready for use in January 2015. We are all excited to provide this new real world experience to our students.

From classic titles like MacNaughton’s Elementary steam power engineering to the DVD series, Boiler operations, the Stoney Creek Library and Collaboratory has the resources to help you. Prefer online resources? We have those too. Our Power Engineering Techniques Subject Guide has a large selection of training videos, current codes & regulations, a large selection of online books and more.

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In the city: Protect yourself this flu season

November 14, 2014

As the weather grows colder, flu season begins.  Protecting yourself and others around you from the flu virus is important for our overall health and wellness.

Influenza, most commonly referred to as the flu, is a respiratory illness caused by a virus.  Symptoms may include: fever, chills, muscle aches, headache, runny nose, sore throat, cough, weakness and tiredness.  The flu virus is spread through contact with people or surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus.

You can help prevent the spread of the flu:

- get your flu shot every fall

- wash your hands

- cover your cough and sneeze with something other than your hands

- stay home when you are sick

The vaccine is widely available in the city of Hamilton; to find a free flu shot location near you, click here.  For more information about influenza, getting your flu shot at Mohawk College, or other health related topics, check out the Wellness4U@Mohawk web site.

Mohawk College Library can help you protect yourself this flu season.  The video Resisting the flu: How to minimize your risk provides habits to improve your resistance, tips on how to take care of people who are infected, and covers mild and severe symptoms.  The Health, Wellness, & Fitness subject guide includes great library resources to keep you healthy this flu season and all year round!

 


How far is it from good to great?

November 12, 2014

goodtogreatMohawk’s new president, Ron McKerlie, is asking how we can move the College from good to great.   It’s a catch phrase proposed by management and leadership guru, Jim Collins, in his 2001 book by the same name which tracked and analyzed the traits of 11 companies over a 5 year period in a rigorous research study.

An early review published in the prestigious Harvard Business Review said: “In fact, so contrarian are its findings that some managers may be tempted to dismiss it out of hand. But that would be a mistake; the book does make the leap to greatness.”   Managers listened;  Collins’ book  has sold millions of copies and still makes the top ten on most best business reads lists.

Need to get your hands on this business bible?  You guessed it!  Mohawk College Library – Cummings branch -  has a copy!  It’s seen a fair bit of action in the last few months :-) and may not be available just when you’re ready to read, so join the queue.     While you’re waiting your turn, why not check out Jim’s twelve questions or Inc’s quick and dirty version of his approach?   Join in the conversation: let us know what we can do to move Mohawk from good to great!

 


Remembrance Day

November 10, 2014

Please consider taking a moment and attending a Remembrance Day Ceremony. All Mohawk College Campus will be running ceremonies for students, faculty and staff.

Remembrance Service


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