City School puts the rubber to the road

As of Sept. 25, Hamiltonians will have access to free college classes around the city. The City School initiative and Mohawk College are now offering courses out of their new mobile classroom.

City School's mobile classroom

The Supercrawl debut of the mobile classroom.

The mobile classroom is an extension of the already-established City School programming. Natalie Shearer, a training specialist with City School, provided some insight into how it operates.

Shearer described City School as “a direct response to the need for more education initiatives in our community and more access to post-secondary [education].” Before the mobile unit, City School could only conduct classes out of the Eva Rothwell Centre and the Hamilton Public Library, Shearer said.

Jim Vanderveken

Jim Vanderveken discussing the City School initiative.

“City School Mobile is really about … making sure that we’re breaking down all the barriers to education,” said Jim Vanderveken, dean for the Centre for Community Partnerships and Experiential Learning. He explained that all City School classes are free, have no prerequisites, and count as transfer credits at Mohawk College.

“We have individuals who never would have thought they’d have come to a college to take education … at the post-secondary level,” Vanderveken said about the success of City School.

Corey Creighton-Browne, a student in City School’s digital photojournalism class, talked about the impact the class has had on his life. He explained he had the opportunity to explore his dream and gain insight into how it compared with reality.

“At the end of the day my dream,” he said, “is to go to places and take pictures of really cool hidden places, that people barely look at when it’s in their own backyard, and just bring it to the world.”

The mobile classroom will be located at the Centre on Barton and will offer Welding as its first course. For more information on City School and its mobile classroom, visit


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