Mohawk Grad, On-Air Personality For Top Toronto Radio Station

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Will Nash

By Liam Graham, 3rd-year – Journalism

Will Nash is a graduate of Mohawk College’s radio broadcast program. Born in Ajax, Ontario in 1980 on January 19th, he graduated from the program back in 2003 and the program has opened many doors for him since. “I’ve been working in radio for just over 12 years now,” said Nash. “I just started at Virgin in July.”

Before he scored the job at Virgin radio, Nash started out by interning at Energy FM 95.3, which is now known as 95.3 Fresh Radio.  Nash said, “In my second year I interned on their promotion team, I worked for free going out to different events and answering listener questions, handing out giveaways, and just really being that liaison between the audience and the radio station.” Continue reading

Managing Money, Credit and Debt After Graduation

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By Lorraine Young, 3rd-year – Journalism

Attending college was an important investment in yourself and your future. After graduation, maximizing that investment means increased responsibility to manage money, credit and debt. Finally being in a position to make money can be rewarding, but there are still plenty of life lessons to be learned.

About 65% of Mohawk students had some form of financial assistance from the government through OSAP (Ontario Student Assistance Program). Even those who self financed their education may find they have payments to make.

“Many students are graduating with significant debt – sometimes up to $20-30,000 of outstanding student loans when they leave college,” says Marilyn Micucci, Director of Financial Assistance, Convocation and Registration for Mohawk College. Continue reading

Mohawk Grad Starts T-Shirt Line For Mountain Bike Enthusiasts

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Richard Auger

By Athanasia Guerra, 3rd-year – Journalism

Richard Auger is a Mohawk graduate of the graphic design program. Apart from his nine to five in the big city, Auger channels his love and passion for mountain biking into The Prfct Line, his mountain biking trail graphic t-shirt company.

The concept for his company first came to Auger after a trip to Whistler in 2012. It was his first mountain bike trip outside of Ontario, and it introduced him to a new and welcome perspective on trails.

“I just wanted a souvenir t-shirt,” said Auger, “There’s 100 trails, it’s world famous, and they had two of their trails on t-shirts… that was it.” Disappointed and inspired, Auger returned home in a different mindset than when he left. Continue reading

Graphic Storytelling: Engaging and Educating in a New Medium

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By Jill Tham

The ancient technique of using pictures to tell stories gains traction in the classrooms of the internet age.

Dan Popowich, Professor at Mohawk College, believes that it is essential for educators to evolve in order to meet the needs of their students. “Education, like Anthropology, is survival of the fittest. I was faced with Darwinism and I didn’t want to become extinct.”

Along with fellow professor Alan Bourke, these two forward thinking individuals have been driving innovation in the Humanities and Social Sciences Department, exploring different avenues and new technologies to engage their students. Bourke and Popowich realize that students and their needs have
changed exponentially in the last decade. Continue reading

Mohawk Grad Passes on Personal Experiences to Future Students

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Justin Nguyen

By Athanasia Guerra, 3rd-year – Journalism

Justin Nguyen moved from Vietnam to Canada to study and build a life here. Now, many years later, he is helping more than 40 international students to do the same.

“I do it because I love to help the students as well as the Vietnamese community.”

When he was just 15 years old Justin Nguyen came to Canada. He graduated from Mohawk College in 2009 with a duel diploma in Business and Marketing. He recently got his degree in business administration from Brock University, and is now a full time federal officer for the Government of Canada. Continue reading

Upcoming Events – Winter 2016

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From Speed Networking to Money Management to this year’s Alumni of Distinction Nominations, things for Alumni, friends and community members to take part in and have fun at are always happening at Mohawk. We encourage you to take a look at what’s happening this Winter:

The Almost Perfect Interview

– Learn the ins and outs of a job interview from an employer’s perspective. Find out more

Money Matters

– We know money is always on your mind so join Money Matters for an honest talk about your financial betterment. Find out more

Career Speed Networking 

– Speed dating with a professional twist. Find out more

Alumni of Distinction Nominations Due February 29

– Know an incredible Mohawk grad doing incredible things? Tell us about them!

Mohawk Grads, Face and Voice of Hamilton Bulldogs

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Matt Holmes & Laura Barney

By Sean Marranca, 3rd-year, Journalism Print and Broadcast

As a young Canadian growing up, most can only imagine of landing a career working in professional Hockey. From lacing up and playing, to driving the Zamboni, most young Canucks dream of working on the ice.

Those dreams have become a reality for Mohawk graduates Matt Holmes, ‘04 and Laura Barney, ‘06. Holmes, a Radio Broadcast grad, and Barney, a product of the Journalism program, both landed jobs with the Hamilton Bulldogs and are trying to take in every minute of the experience. Continue reading