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Ryder System donates $50k to Ontario college

Funds will go toward a major redevelopment project to benefit Mohawk’s current and future students


October 6, 2016
by MM&D Online Staff

MIAMI, Florida—Ryder System, Inc is making a grant of $50,000 to Mohawk College, one of Ontario’s largest skilled trades and apprenticeship colleges.

The grant which supports Ryder’s investment in recruiting and retaining the best diesel technicians in the industry will be awarded to the school over the course of the next five years. It will go toward a major redevelopment project that will benefit Mohawk’s current and future students, enhance accessibility to college education, and provide benefits to faculty, staff, and the broader community.

Additionally, the college’s Stoney Creek campus, which serves approximately 4,000 students, has designated a classroom that will be named after Ryder.

“It’s important at Ryder that we continue to invest in the best talent in the industry, and that includes creating a pipeline of talent to fill skilled positions in the future,” said Jerry Brown, vice-president of operations, Ryder Canada.

“Our partnership with Mohawk will help to enhance the educational experience for the next generation of technicians in Canada and keep Ryder top of mind as an employer of choice for Mohawk students when they graduate.”

Mohawk will host an event at their Stoney Creek campus on October 11 at 2 p.m. to honour the new partnership and to unveil the Ryder-sponsored classroom. Brown, Paul Ayotte, Ryder Canada’s director of operations; and Ron McKerlie, Mohawk College’s president and dean, will all be guest speakers.

“Ryder’s generous investment will help us expand our skilled trades campus,” McKerlie said. “We’re excited to open a new building, where students and apprentices from different programs and trades will develop their skills by working together on major projects.”