Career-ready: Real-world learning opportunities at Humber

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Whether it is through online learning, specialized hands on training or a combination of the two, Humber College is committed to providing a polytechnic education that will prepare students for exciting careers in anything from automotive manufacturing to social work.

Even during a worldwide pandemic, Humber is focused on helping students navigate a global, knowledge-based economy and the ever-changing technology and tools they will encounter in the workforce.

Partnerships with employers and industry have helped to build strong programs that respond to industry demand and connect students to a network of professional contacts and opportunities.

A new Bachelor of Engineering – Mechatronics degree was developed to address a shortage of engineers in sectors such as advanced manufacturing, food production, pharmaceutical, energy and healthcare. Thanks to a partnership between Humber and Sault College, the program will be delivered simultaneously at Humber’s North campus in Toronto and Sault College’s Sault Ste. Marie Campus through a blend of in-person, classroom and lab learning, combined with video conferencing. The innovative delivery allows students in Northern communities a chance to learn without leaving their region.

Facilities including the North Campus’ Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation offer state-of-the-art equipment and learning spaces that support skills development, research and opportunities to solve real-world industry challenges.

Culinary students who returned to campus for some hands-on learning in Humber’s Baking and Culinary labs have strengthened community ties by creating meals destined for shelters and food-security initiatives, working with established chefs and culinary partners.

Other work-integrated learning opportunities range from internships to Applied Research projects, which help build a professional portfolio and network prior to graduation.

As travel and in-person socialization restrictions continue, Humber has created innovative new international learning experiences, connecting students from a variety of programs, faculties and partner institutions.

Over the summer, Beyond COVID-19: Global Systems Gap Challenge brought together almost 400 students from 26 countries to identify systemic issues in business, education, social innovation and health and wellness. They were supported by Humber faculty, staff and industry partners who volunteered as mentors. For many of the students, the challenge also counted toward work placement requirements.

Humber graduates are recognized as career-ready across many sectors. One Electromechanical Engineering Technology alumna finished her studies in the Spring, when manufacturing jobs became scarce due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, as a result of her hands-on skills and extensive extracurricular activities, she was hired on the spot by a company in the industry.

Extra-curricular opportunities like Humber’s Mechatronics Skills Varsity team helped her build on skills learned in-class and challenged her to apply her growing expertise to real-world problems.

Now she is surrounded by university graduates at work where she continues to advance her career, branching out into new roles.

Many Humber College alumni report similar experiences and 87 per cent of graduates are employed within six months of graduation.

Humber College offers more than 240 full-time programs, including a growing list of degree programs delivered by instructors with experience in the field.

Students can also choose to enroll in Humber’s foundation and pathway programs for recent high school graduates, mature students, people returning to education after years away or students who are unsure what program they should start with.

These programs are about building the skills to succeed in post-secondary and enabling students to explore college life and focus on the program stream that is best for them.

To learn more about all Humber has to offer, visit Humber’s Fall 2020 Virtual Open House on Saturday, November 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or watch for the Spring 2021 Open House. Students will have the chance to learn more about Humber campuses, programs, and faculty, as well as connect with staff and student ambassadors about choosing Humber. Humber’s website is www.humber.ca.