Located in the heart of Ohsweken, a village on the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, the Ogwehoweh Skills and Trades Training Centre offers skills, trades, academic upgrading and professional development programs. OSTTC takes a holistic approach to employability that is grounded in Indigenous knowledge. Students engage in cultural, wellness and employment workshops and activities, and work with the school to create post-graduation employment plans. Accredited programs offered with Ontario colleges such as Mohawk, Fanshawe and Conestoga are also available. OSTTC’s main campus includes a student lounge and wellness room along with a computer lab and a specialized classroom for its aesthetician programs. OSTTC’s Multi-Trades Building is an open-concept warehouse that hosts a range of hands-on trades programs. In construction programs, students often craft items that are needed by the surrounding community; these items have included benches and a gazebo for a local skate park. OSTTC recently partnered with the Walters Group to customize its metal fabrication program around the company’s needs; students can be hired directly out of the program. In 2020, the program had its third intake of students. Other unique offerings include an introduction to the Cayuga language and an introduction to Indigenous radio broadcasting.
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- Entrepreneur Social Media Marketing: This week-long online program helps entrepreneurs and home businesses market in the virtual environment.
- Work Ready Indigenous Trades Experience: Students in this hands-on, multidisciplinary program travel to employer work sites for training and gain the experience to decide on a career path.
- Employment Readiness: Learn employment skills related to Six Nations culture and history and apply training in an eight-week job placement.
- Work Ready Indigenous Trades Experience
- Self-Employment Assistance