Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology
MITT offers an innovative approach to vocational education. As the province’s newest public college, MITT is transforming technical career education through comprehensive, integrated, secondary, post-secondary, and adult education. MITT plays a fundamental role in the education system; working proactively with industry to develop and provide relevant training. This training leads career-focused students directly to employment, or on to higher education. In 2015-16, MITT welcomed over 6300 full and part time students in a variety of program streams, which include corporate and continuing education and English language training along with post-secondary and secondary programs. With more than 40 programs in areas such as Health and Human Services, Business, Information Technology, and Skilled Trades, MITT offers options for students at all stages of their education and employment.
- 94% of students were satisfied with their overall MITT experience.
- 95% of students felt staff cared about their success.
- Over 50% of MITT graduates have no student debt.
- Recent significant investments have resulted in new programs and facilities, including a new Heavy Equipment Operator program and a state of the art Graphic and Print Technician lab.
- Nearly 90% of graduates found full-time employment in their field of studies within six months.
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Contribute to our Community
MITT is uniquely mandated in Manitoba to offer not only post-secondary programming, but high school diploma options as well. We partner with divisions across Manitoba to make trades and technology training available to a large number of communities. One such partnership is with the Division scolaire franco-manitobaine (DSFM), Manitoba’s Francophone school division. To address a gap in French language trades training for Francophone high school students, particularly those from rural and remote communities, DSFM and MITT developed a new stream of programming for Carpentry and Intro to Trades training to be completed in French at MITT. MITT welcomes secondary students from across Manitoba in a variety of ways including full time and part-time options. This model allows career-focused high school students to pursue their trade or skill of choice in a college environment and graduate well-prepared to enter the job market, or to continue their post-secondary education at MITT or elsewhere.
Foster Student Success
Travis Skorupski, an Industrial Mechanic/Millwright student at MITT, took home a Gold Medal at the Skills Canada national competition held May 27-29, 2015 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Skorupski’s medal came in the post-secondary Millwright category. MITT had three students represent Manitoba at the highly recognized national event. In early April, at the Skills Manitoba provincial competition, MITT students earned four Gold, five Silver, and 3 Bronze medals. MITT had three gold medal winners who advanced to the national competition. MITT Teacher, Dan Zvanovec, said “The provincial and national competitions make for two pressure-filled weeks for any competitor. As a teacher, I feel that Travis’s victory far exceeds the national Gold Medal achievement, as he also competed against international competitors from the World Skills competition. Even under those stressful conditions, Travis came out on top.”
Jenna Lynn McIvor
Jenna Lynn McIvor is a 28 year old Motosport Technician student from Sandy Bay First Nation. Speaking in December 2015 at the Manitoba Indigenous Education Blueprint signing ceremony, Jenna described her post-secondary experience and the transformation she underwent from frustration and isolation to joy and hope at MITT as she pursues her personal interest in motorsports and entrepreneurship. She remarked that the environment at MITT is perfect for her needs. Her program, like all MITT programs, offers a combination of theory and hands on learning, and MITT’s student supports and services such as events, student groups, and advisory services have allowed Jenna to connect with other Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students, celebrate the cultural diversity at MITT, and participate in activities specifically focused on women in the trades.
Jessica Leslie, a post-secondary student in the Electrical Applications program was awarded a Make it Right® Scholarship from the Mike Holmes Foundation. Jessica was selected from a nation-wide group of applicants. This scholarship is presented to students taking courses related to residential construction at a Canadian college or university, and who demonstrate both commitment to a career in the field and academic excellence. Jessica is an outstanding student with many ambitions to pursue employment in the electrical sector.
Partner with Business and Community
A key feature of MITT’s mandate is to respond to Manitoba’s labour market needs. As such, MITT works closely with business and industry to develop and provide training paths which lead to employment, and address challenges such as changing labour market demands, replacing skilled retiring employees, and training for new technology. With 30 years of experience educating graduates to enter the workforce, MITT strives to match skills to business and industry partner needs. MITT’s Heavy Equipment Operator Technician program is one example of MITT’s robust industry collaboration. MITT partnered with the Manitoba Heavy Construction Association (MHCA) and Manitoba Construction Sector Council (MCSC) to develop this popular program, which trains students to operate heavy machinery using state-of-the-art simulators. Completion of the program results in the MHCA operator certification for outstanding job opportunities in Manitoba’s booming construction industry.
Job experience is a central component of the training provided at MITT. Most of MITT’s programs include a practicum or co-op placement, providing employers with an opportunity to mentor students and hire them immediately upon graduation. MITT’s Auto Mechanics certificate includes a paid co-op opportunity for eligible students, made possible through a partnership with local dealerships. Co-op experience not only provides students with on-the-job paid training, hours can also be put toward Apprenticeship Level 1 requirements. As MITT expands, we intend to continue to work proactively with community businesses to develop innovative job placement programs that are based on the specific needs of employers.
Support Indigenous Students
On Dec. 18, 2015, MITT joined all Manitoba universities, colleges and the Manitoba School Board Association in signing the Indigenous Education Blueprint. MITT is also a signatory of the Indigenous Education Protocol, put forward by Colleges and Institutes Canada. MITT is committed and is setting forth a new direction in our goal to be a school of choice for Indigenous students. Of particular note, MITT’s YouthBuild program was established in 2014, offering mature grade 12, alongside carpentry and trades exploration, with an emphasis on traditional Indigenous values and on the job training. MITT also works closely with an Indigenous Learner Circle made up of community stakeholders, and recently established the Aazhogan Aboriginal Student Centre as a place for MITT’s Indigenous students to find support and a sense of belonging. MITT has a full time First Nations advisor and is looking to expand Indigenous services and programs in the future.
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Date modified: 2016-10-27