Students in grades 10, 11 and 12 in Hamilton can now explore science, technology, engineering and math related careers within advanced manufacturing through a new hands-on Specialist High Skills Major Program in Advanced Manufacturing. The program is currently available to all HWDCSB students and is delivered at Bishop Ryan and St. Jean de Brebeuf Secondary Schools and is made possible by ArcelorMittal Dofasco with support from Mohawk College. Students learn first-hand and on-site from ArcelorMittal Dofasco professionals and Mohawk College instructors, while also participating in classroom learning with their own teachers. ArcelorMittal Dofasco is also supporting Robotics programs within the Board and it is the company’s intention to make the program available to students in the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board as well.
The Halton District School Board program is focused on further developing and promoting grade 10, 11 and 12 curriculum for technology education in advanced manufacturing as well as support for secondary school robotics through the MM Robinson High School Rambotics Program.
These programs provide secondary students with more opportunities to pursue STEM related learning opportunities, an overview of advanced manufacturing concepts and exposure to career opportunities in advanced manufacturing – a sector experiencing a shortage of skilled employees in Ontario.