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Mohawk College aims to get 3,000 people jobs and 1,000 people into school by 2025

Mohawk College has given itself five years to find jobs for 3,000 people on income support, create a path to college for 1,000 students, partner with 100 regional employers and turn its Challenge 2025 program into a national phenomenon.

Challenge 2025 also aims to partner with 100 regional employers and get the program into other colleges

Mohawk College has launched a program to help thousands of Hamilton residents find jobs and educational opportunities by 2025. (Kelly Bennett/CBC)

Mohawk College has given itself five years to find jobs for 3,000 Hamilton residents on income support, create a path to college for 1,000 students, partner with 100 regional employers and establish its model in other community colleges.

The campaign, called Challenge 2025, launched on Monday and has been in the works since 2019.

The school used a task force and stewardship committee to shape the college's goals. Ultimately, the college says, the plan is to have Challenge 2025 create pilot programs in various job sectors and more pathways to education.

"We have the model to help people gain the education and skills they need to secure lasting, meaningful work and to help employers address challenging skills gaps in their workforces," CEO Ron McKerlie said in a media release.

The college says most of Challenge 2025 is inspired by its City School, which used uses mobile classrooms to take classes into Hamilton neighbourhoods.

Now, the college says it's looking for a spot in Hamilton for its Rapid Skills Training Centre. It will also run its first pilot project, focused on the supply chain sector, to train 114 people who receive Ontario Works social assistance, as well as newcomers and youth.

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