Our Programs

Career Exploration

Would you like to get your students thinking about their future, educational pathways and different occupations in the workplace?

Are you searching for resources as you plan the All About Me, Individual Pathways Plan, Grade 10 careers class, SHSM, Co-op or OYAP programs?

Look no further – we are here to help!

Our team will work with you to coordinate guest speakers, career fairs, co-op placements, and workplace tours to help support your curriculum needs. We will then recruit, from our roster, volunteer mentors to help inspire and inform your students, our future workforce, of the various local industries and sectors.

Hamilton Code Clubs

This unique program offers students, in Grades 4-8, the opportunity to learn simple software programming languages allowing them to explore the world of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT). This introduction can open up career pathways and 21st-century learning skills for students.

The IEC of Hamilton recruit’s ICT professionals and post-secondary students to facilitate the delivery of the club. Our goals are to:

  • Create a spark of interest in ICT
  • Equip students with an introductory foundation in software programming
  • Develop critical thinking, collaboration, and creative thinking skills
  • Encourage continued educational achievement past high school

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Employer Skills Training Advantage To Employment (E.S.T.A.T.E)


The ‘Employer Skills Training Advantage To Employment’ (E.S.T.A.T.E.) Program has been a ‘demonstration project’ of the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force in Hamilton. A skills development program designed to fill specific workforce needs through focused, high level training, within sectors identified in the Greater Hamilton Area.

The E.S.T.A.T.E. Program has demonstrated that community collaboration effectively solves labour market shortages. Through funding received by the Industry Education Council of Hamilton from the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth, skills gaps in the Hamilton area were identified and a planned training program was developed in partnership with Mohawk College, Mohawk College Enterprise, Express Employment Professionals and multiple industry partners to resolve these shortages.

Similar initiatives can be implemented to meet specific skills needs in Hamilton through a collaborative effort. Contact us to learn more.

Engineers in the Classrooms

Professional Engineers Ontario volunteer speakers share with us a desire to make a difference in their communities by contributing their time, energy and exceptional talents to the students of the Greater Hamilton area.

This community of more than 80,000 professional engineers are committed to enhancing the quality of life, safety and well-being in the province.

Contact us to have an engineer come into your classroom and support your STEM curriculum by introducing the multi-faceted career opportunities and the educational pathway to your students.

Mentors In Greater Hamilton Teaching Youth (M.I.G.H.T.Y.)
Entrepreneurship Program

This unique Entrepreneurship Program,  engages youth in a demonstration of entrepreneurship as a viable career option. MIGHTY utilizes experiential learning to provide context for small business success. Participants gain foundation knowledge for a small business launch, which includes product development, customer service, basic financial literacy all focused on implementing a business plan. The program allows participants to be mentored by business professionals, allowing them to develop the skills and confidence needed as they take on the entrepreneurial mindset. Participation supports several SHSM program requirements.

  • Earn ‘certifications’, ‘reach ahead’, ‘experiential learning’ and ‘co-op’ towards fulfilling SHSM requirements
  • Develop your own business plan with support of a mentor and coach, apply to the Summer Company Program (grant opportunity up to $3000)
  • Opportunity to earn 2 Co-op credits over the summer running your own business

MIGHTY is an after school program open to high school students 14-19 years old in the Greater Hamilton Area in the HWCDSB and HWDSB . Sessions are hosted at Mohawk College, Fennell Campus.

Customer Service Certification

The Customer Service Certification program offered through the IEC of Hamilton was designed for secondary school students, and is very supportive for students in cooperative education programs. During this half day, two hour experiential based session, participants will receive hands-on training gaining a basic understanding of fundamental customer service principles. Upon completing this engaging and interactive certification program, participants will receive a "Certificate of Completion" to reference in resumes and learning portfolios.

This certification is available to students in Hamilton high schools, and can be arranged through the classroom teacher or program coordinator.

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Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship Certification

Welcome to the I.C.E. Certification Program, which is a Ministry-approved certification for SHSM Students. Participants will gain an introductory experience to entrepreneurship and how an entrepreneurial model can be applied to solving problems. During a full day contextual experiential session, participants will learn how to use innovation to overcome challenges and discover the value creativity brings to problem solving and resource management. This introductory experience teaches students how to complete a basic business plan that can be grown into a micro-business endeavour, and can be used to complete one of the certification requirements for SHSM students.

This training is available for high school students and can be arranged by classroom teachers or program coordinators.

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Hamilton 12Up

Through the generous support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Hamilton 12Up is a collaborative ‘seed’ project to develop an initiative to increase high school graduation rates. This project is a collaborative initiative with partnerships between the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board, the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, Pathways to Education, the United Way Halton & Hamilton and many community partners. The IEC of Hamilton leads this initiative providing volunteer opportunities and mentorship to Hamilton high school students in need of their compulsory 40 hours of volunteerism. Community organizations in the not-for-profit sector will open their doors and provide mentorship to high school youth. This opportunity will support students and offers them the chance to give back to the community, provide an opportunity to develop new skills, build on existing experience and contribute to their graduation requirements.

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