In the middle of the St. Lawrence River, Iohahi:io Akwesasne Education and Training Institute is in Mohawk territory, which spans both Ontario and Quebec. Each class is limited to 16 students, so instructors at Iohahi:io get to know their students well.
The school regularly adds courses based on career opportunities. The leadership development series, a part-time program held in the evening, recently accepted a second cohort due to demand. Iohahi:io also offers interest courses for students and members of the community. These courses run over a period of weeks and review topics covered in the school’s trades programs, such as small engine repair or traditional Mohawk beadwork. Iohahi:io prides itself on shifting its offerings according to the needs and wants of the community, while working to accommodate the schedules of its students, many of whom are parents.
The school has a cafeteria and kitchen where students can eat breakfast and lunch each day, and offers cooking courses that incorporate traditional Mohawk recipes.
Construction doubling the size of the college’s trades building is now complete. Renovations to the Language and Cultural Centre are almost complete, and will offer upgraded classrooms and facilities.
• Personal Support Worker
• Early Childhood Education
• Introduction to Trades—GAS
• Mental Wellness and Addictions Worker
• Diploma $2,722-$3,082
• Certificate $2,722
• Introduction to Carpentry: In this paid training opportunity in partnership with Akwesasne Career and Employment Support Services, students receive training in worksite safety, hazardous materials, fall arrest, health and safety certification and more.
• Pathways to Indigenous Empowerment: Courses in this one-year certificate program cover math, computers, communications and Indigenous ways of knowing, as students prepare to continue their higher education journeys. The program is offered in partnership with Algonquin College.
• General Arts and Science—Pre-Trades Stream: This one-year program blends specialized training in masonry, plumbing and carpentry with learning in communication, math, physics and general education. Students choose an online general education elective in the program’s second semester.