Online learners at Mohawk College are advancing their careers, acquiring specialized skills, embarking on new career paths, and staying on top of emerging trends.
Whatever the goal, Mohawk offers online learners something that’s right for them in individual courses or programs that can lead to a certificate, diploma or graduate certificate.
Online learning allows students to schedule learning on their own time, the flexibility that busy people need, and the opportunity to advance current knowledge to be competitive in the job market while still working.
“Students and learning are at the heart of all we do at Mohawk,” said Cebert Adamson, Dean, Continuing Education, Academic Quality, Library and Centre for Teaching & Learning.
“As a College, we’re committed to providing a high-quality education that includes flexible learning options for students and programs that are designed to meet the current and future needs of our industry and community partners.”
There are more than 700 courses and 56 programs leading to credentials that are offered through online learning at Mohawk.
Among particularly popular offerings are the Library and Information Technician diploma, which is garnering considerable interest from across Canada, along with nursing specialities such as Perioperative Nursing, which is in strong demand from local hospitals looking for staff training.
Mohawk’s industry-leading faculty are specialists in their fields, and bring current content and real-world insight to their teaching.
“The instructors are very knowledgeable, the course assignments are relevant and practical, the readings build on the lecture material, and the discussions not only encourage you to think about processes and procedures from different perspectives, but also provide a great opportunity to share and connect with colleagues across Canada and around the world,” said Nicole Balliet, a research project officer who completed a Research Administration Certificate through online learning at Mohawk.
Alyssa Lai, a marketing and communications consultant, has been teaching Continuing Education courses at Mohawk for more than three years.
“One of the great things about Continuing Education is that students are benefiting from instructors who are actively working in the industry and who are subject matter experts,” said Lai. “They can connect this learning to the real world.”
She teaches fully online and blended delivery courses and says students have many touch points with instructors, including video conference calls and virtual office hours.
“Online doesn’t mean that an instructor or peers aren’t responsive, it just means more flexibility in terms of time and travelling to campus,” she added. Mohawk College is known for its deep partnerships with industry and that approach is embedded in online learning through Continuing Education.
A great example is the Research Administration Certificate offered in conjunction with the Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA). CARA members provide faculty expertise, content development, and financial aid opportunities.
The program launched in September 2017 and is the first of its kind in Canada. The online program is designed for those working in the field. Learners can take individual courses of interest or complete all six to earn a certificate.
Another example is Condominium Management, offered in partnership with the Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario (ACMO), to help take the steps needed to comply with their education requirements.
Whether the interest is professional or personal, through any of the 56 Continuing Education program areas offered online by Mohawk College, students are able to pursue their educational goals through flexible, convenient, professional program delivery.