Prospective students and their families braved the -10 C weather to attend Mohawk College’s Fall Open House at Stoney Creek campus on Dec. 12.
The open house, which was originally slotted for Nov. 9, was pushed back for over a month due to the Ontario-wide college strike.
Angelo Cosco, the associate cean for Construction and Building Systems said he hopes guests are able to experience the state-of-the-art labs and talk to faculty who are also experts in skilled trades.
“We are leaders in skilled trades and apprenticeship,” Cosco said. “We have one of the largest plans of delivering apprenticeship in the entire province and eastern Canada”
Cosco used the open house as an opportunity to reveal one of those plans: holographic lenses. He said the Microsoft Hololens is a new technology he hopes the college will be using in the future to reach students in remote and rural areas.
“What we’re proposing is to offer apprenticeship training where we provide the lab experience in augmented reality to overcome barriers for skilled trades apprenticeship in the future,” he said
Many members of Mohawk College staff and faculty were also on hand to answer student questions regarding financial aid, international student services, continuing education, employment and admissions.
The Apply Now booth was one of the many booths set up in the campus on Barton Street. Jamie Arcoleo , a student recruitment officer, said there are still about 50 college-wide programs open for students to apply for a January start date.
“They can actually come in on the spot and we can help them with their applications,” Arcoleo said. “And they will find out if they got into a program or not.”
Unfortunately, one prospective student, Rehan Tahir, who came in from Mississauga was unable to access the service. Tahir, who was hoping to start the construction program in January, was informed that the program starts in September. Although he was disappointed, he said the lab demonstrations helped him strategize for his career goals.
“Now I know what my line is so I’m going to chase it,” Tahir said. “For the meamtime, I’m going to practice how I can run faster.”