by Chris Pickup

A mobile school designed to break down barriers to education and employment to those 19 years and older, is to be offered to Haldimand residents in May.

City School by Mohawk, launched in Hamilton two years ago, is a community-based initiative that focuses on developing specialized learning programs, workshops and services to help each individual reach their goals of post-secondary employment. Eligible students must not presently be in high school or post secondary school.

Haldimand Councillor Bernie Corbett introduced the program to council Monday night. He said he had been approached at the Dunnville library on what he called “an exciting opportunity for Haldimand County.”

In 2017 City School launched a 1000 sq. ft. mobile self-contained classroom on wheels which will bring will bring training programs directly to various communities with limited access to postsecondary education, free of charge to users.

The trailer will feature a multitude of equipment and tools, and will be multi-purposed for skilled trades training like welding, plumbing, carpentry, and electrical.

With the support of donors and partners, Mohawk is able to address the financial barriers faced by some students, helping them achieve their college dreams right in their neighbourhood.

Corbett has already met with various local partners. A survey has determined there is interest, especially in Dunnville and Caledonia. He now wants county staff to investigate and introduce the program in the community and report back to council.

“I’m very pleased,” Corbett told council. “We have to get involved. This group don’t have to travel off to Hamilton.”