Mohawk College

June 2017
Message from the President & CEO

Audie McCarthy

Your employees have just returned from a training course. They are enthusiastic. They loved the course. They can't stop talking about the amazing facilitator. They are pumped for action!  Then they go to their workstation, put the training binder on a shelf and never talk about the course and what they learned again.

Sound familiar? We often get asked about tips and tricks to keep the momentum going. We have a few tips (see below) but there are no tricks - it's about due diligence and commitment. 

Training "Training isn't just about the course or the seminar or the workshop. Training is about what you do after the formal part is over. It is about the continued relationship building and the commitment to support and mentor each other. Those are the important take-aways. Like the MasterCard commercial - priceless. "

-         Elizabeth Pietrantonio, PEng, MBA, Associate Dean, Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology, Mohawk College

While your training provider can help, keeping the training alive is not their sole responsibility. It is about mutual accountability between the training provider, the participant and the participant's leader.    
MCE will soon be introducing eLearning modules at the end of our Future Ready Leadership programs to address this very real concern. Recognizing that part of the problem is time, these modules will be short (15 minutes), yet impactful. We have a YouTube channel with "Tips" videos as well as graduation videos which also serve as reminders of what was learned in class. Additionally, we share relevant articles through our LinkedIn group which we encourage all participants to join.
Participants are also encouraged to continue networking. Some groups, like the Future Ready Leadership group Elizabeth participated in, do it well. They not only meet face-to-face as a group on a regular basis, they meet informally one-on-one to share stories and support one another over coffee.  
Leaders can support the momentum by setting aside time to ask their employees what they have applied. They can ask them to make a presentation at a team meeting (teaching is the best way to reinforce learning!). They can provide positive feedback when they observe their employee demonstrating their new skill.      
Keeping the momentum going is a joint responsibility. Please read on for a few more tips and feel free to submit your ideas to me at . I would love to hear them!

Audie McCarthy
President & CEO
P.S. Keep reading for Tips for Keeping the Momentum Going  
MCE  Announcements  and  Events

Congratulations Mohawk College!

Mohawk College was recently awarded the Legacy Award at the Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce's Community Awards event. Click here for a video on Mohawk's recent achievement! 
Mohawk College
From Left to Right:
Back Row: Angelo Cosco, Doug Daniels, Susan Spurr, Wayne Ostermaier, Kris Michailow, 
Audie McCarthy, Jim Vanderveken
Front Row: Laura Side, Nicole Roynon, Sue Elliot

Congratulations Future Ready Leadership Graduates!

Congratulations to the Future Ready Leadership participants who graduated from MCE's Stoney Creek Open Seat cohort on May 18! Graduates include participants from Mohawk College, Niagara Region, Health First Network, Forty Creek Distillery Inc., Nutemp and Terra Greenhouse. Click here to watch their graduation video.

New Ways to Stay Informed

MCE News, products and services can now be found on:

Changes to Maintenance Management Professional (MMP) Courses

MCE is currently in the process of transferring its MMP courses over to Mohawk College's Continuing Education Department. Future MMP courses will now be offered by Mohawk College. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Lorraine MacDonald at or 905-575-2534.
Course of the Month

Embracing Diversity through Impact Communications

Duration:        1 Day

This course helps leaders understand, encourage and embrace diversity amongst their team and learn how to communicate with each different and unique individual. Participants will study a communication model to provide an understanding of the communication skills required to effectively interact with their employees, co-workers and customers. DiSCĀ® personality profiles* will be completed and each personality type will be explained. Participants will learn the impact of understanding diversity, including working with the different generations in today's workplace.

* The personality profiling tool can be substituted. For example, if your organization prefers to use MBTI, Predictive Index, True Colors or others, we are happy to customize to suit your needs.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  1. Apply a communication model to effectively interact with others.
  2. Identify personality styles and their impact on communication.
  3. Utilize knowledge of diverse teams to achieve better results.
This course is delivered either as part of MCE's Future Ready Leadership program or as a stand-alone course.

Open Seat Future Ready Leadership Program

Registration is now open for our Open Seat Future Ready Leadership program! Once a year, MCE offers individual and/or small group spots within a combined FRL cohort. The program will run from September 2017 to April 2018. Register today - spaces are limited and you won't want to miss out!

Date & Location 
For more information contact:

Students who successfully complete this program will receive three point five (3.5) Ministry of the Environment, Director-Approved, Continuing Education Units.
Prepare to write the American Water Works Association (OWWA) "Cross Connection Control Specialist" certification exam (administered at the end of the course).
Dates: Please Contact

Location: Mohawk College, 
Stoney Creek Campus

Note: If you have 16 employees who require Cross Connection Backflow Prevention Certification training, we will come to you!

Lorraine MacDonald
905 575 2534

A two day course to recertify you as a "Backflow/Cross Connection Control Tester".
Dates: Please Contact

Location: Mohawk College, 
Stoney Creek Campus

Note: If you have 16 employees who require Cross Connection Backflow Prevention Recertification training,
 we will come to you
Lorraine MacDonald
905 575 2534

The Future Ready Leadership (FRL) 1 program consists of eight customized leadership training courses delivered one day per month, over eight months. This program is developed for emerging and existing leaders by providing theory with practical application and experiential team building.
Day 1 - September 13
Day 2 - October 11
Day 3 - November 8
Day 4 - December 13
Day 5 - January 10
Day 6 - February 14
Day 7 - March 21
Day 8 - April 11
Location: Mohawk College, 
Stoney Creek Campus

Kris Michailow
905 517 1676
Earn CWB welding tickets in this "hands on" program. Starts every Monday and runs for 24 weeks.    

Contact us for details!

Lorraine MacDonald
905 575 2534

TIPS for Keeping the Momentum Going
  1. MCE sends out an email in between sessions to our Future Ready Leadership participants with videos and/or articles to reinforce learning from the previous session. With the vast amount of information on the internet, all organizations could do this for their employees to enhance the transfer of knowledge from the learning event to the workplace.
  2. Have one-on-one sessions with your employees shortly after training has taken place, then again one, three and six months later. Ask them for examples on how they have applied the knowledge gained in the training in their day-to-day job.
  3. Provide employees with books related to the training topic(s) discussed. Check out our Recommended Reading List here.
  4. Recognize and reward employees when you see them implementing something they have learned from training.
  5. Ask employees to teach one aspect of the training to their peers. This will keep their momentum going while sparking the interest of other team members.