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A career booster for technologists


Technologists looking to step up the corporate ladder, and internationally trained professionals looking to gain a foothold in the Canadian workplace, have a new education program to help them succeed.

The McMaster-Mohawk Bachelor of Technology Partnership is introducing Technology Leadership certificate and diploma programs this September.

The new programs offer courses in financial systems, entrepreneurship, organizational behaviour, project management and strategy formulation.

They will be offered part-time, evenings and Saturdays.

“These leadership and management programs are intended to round out individuals whose primary training and education has been technical in nature,” said Art Heidebrecht, executive director, McMaster-Mohawk Bachelor of Technology Partnership. “They also respond to current supervisory shortages in technology-intensive companies.”

The certificate program consists of five courses and the diploma program consists of eight courses. Individuals completing a program can use the courses for advance credit towards a Bachelor of Technology degree if they decide to pursue degree studies.

“Many individuals find that they are promoted into managerial or project management roles early after graduation, and realize they need broader skills to lead their team,” said Mike Piczak, program chair, management studies, McMaster-Mohawk Bachelor of Technology Partnership. “Internationally credentialed candidates may find that the technology leadership courses can serve as a means of understanding the business culture in Canada and provide networking opportunities to secure related jobs within Canadian companies.”

The McMaster-Mohawk Bachelor of Technology Partnership was established by McMaster University’s Faculty of Engineering and Mohawk College’s School of Engineering Technology. The partnership is structured to provide an accelerated path to both a college diploma and university degree in technology for working technologists, internationally trained professionals and graduating high school students.