Our Programs

Coding Bootcamp

In partnership with City School by Mohawk College and funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Industry-Education Council of Hamilton is pleased to offer a FREE training opportunity for persons over 19 years old and not currently enrolled in high school, college or university. Learn to build websites and create applications which will support job seekers and those interested in starting a new career. These 12 week boot camps will be offered twice per year beginning in 2019 through to 2021.

Info session:

Feb 6, 2020 & Feb 10, 2020 10:00 am - noon Hamilton Public Library-central branch,4th floor 


Upcoming Coding Bootcamp:

April 6, 2020 - June 26, 2020 Downotwn Hamilton Location, Monday - Friday, 9:30am - 1:30am 

You can learn more by visiting www.mohawkcollege.ca/trycollegeforfree, contacting experience@iechamilton.ca or by atending a FREE pre-course workshop.

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Introduction to Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Small Business and Entrepreneurship

The Introduction to Small Business and Entrepreneurship is a FREE course funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation in partnership with City School by Mohawk College, The program is being offered by the Industry-Education Council of Hamilton, This program is limited to persons over the age of 19 years old.
The course will teach participants how to:

  • Develop a comprehensive business plan.
  • Connect with business professionals for the local community .
  • Learn to manage a small business.

Waiting list applications are still being accepted.  A second course will be held in April 2020.

You can learn more by visiting www.mohawkcollege.ca, contacting experience@iechamilton.ca or by atending a FREE pre-course workshop.

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Edge Factor

Announcing our new partnership!

This partnership will enable the IEC to leverage relevant and contextual career information created cinematically and focused on Hamilton companies, to help inform Hamilton youth and job seekers about the opportunities available to them. It will also help Hamilton business and industry to profile their operations and the skilled workers they require.

EdgeFactor.com  Through the power of storytelling Edge Factor has developed a suite of multimedia and interactive resources, designed to help education & business, parents & students all communicate with understanding. Edge Factor inspires the development of future and current workforces.”

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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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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 hours 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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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.

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.

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 is 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.

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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