More than 60,000
Approximately 735 full-time staff and faculty
Approximately 685 part-time staff and faculty
More than 9,000 full-time studies
Almost 1,400 apprentices
Thousands in part-time, continuing education and online studies
Durham College offers more than 130 full-time, market-driven programs through the schools of Business, IT & Management; Continuing Education; Health & Community Services; Interdisciplinary Studies & Employment Services; Justice & Emergency Services; Media, Art & Design; Science & Engineering Technology; and Skilled Trades, Apprenticeship & Renewable Technology.
Courses and training:
The School of Continuing Education (part-time and OntarioLearn study) offers more than 1,500 courses, 60 certificate programs, 15 diploma programs and two post-graduate programs in a wide variety of career and personal interest subject areas.
The college’s Corporate Training Services (CTS) department provides customized training to individuals and businesses that are designed to meet industry needs.
Oshawa campus facilities:
- The brand new Student Services building (SSB) is one of the most comprehensive buildings of its kind in the province and serves as a vital first point of access for potential and current students and graduates. The majority of the college’s personal, educational, career and financial support services are located in the new building including the Admissions and Recruitment office, Career Services, Financial Aid and Awards, Student Life and more.
- The Integrated Manufacturing Centre, Centre for Integrated Studies and state-of-the-art dental and biotechnology labs.
- The unique Interprofessional Centre of Excellence in Simulation, home to the Sim Family, which is comprised of simulator people ranging from adults to infants. The simulators can speak and display various health ailments involving the heart and lungs as well as vital signs and much more.
- The Campus Library that offers a warm and inviting atmosphere for individual and collaborative learning including a bright, spacious second-floor study hall with two-storey ceiling. A glass rotunda on the southwest corner of the four-storey building features a first-floor cafe and a two-storey fireplace reading room.
- The Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre (CRWC) which features a fitness centre; two fitness/dance studios; two rooms for sports training and fitness-related classes; and a triple gymnasium with an elevated jogging/running track and seating capacity for 2,000 spectators.
- The Campus Health Centre, located at the CRWC, which features a full-service pharmacy and medical clinic that provides extended hours of service, on-site doctors and nurses, counselling and a variety of alternative health services including massage therapy, physiotherapy, acupuncture, nutritional counselling and chiropractic and orthotic services.
Whitby campus facilities:
- The Whitby campus, home to the Skills Training Centre, currently offers more than 200,000-sq.-ft. of shop, class and student services space on 29 acres of land.
- Durham College is the only college in Ontario to offer an Elevating Devices Mechanic apprenticeship program, which utilizes an operating elevator and an escalator in the delivery of in-school training.
- Boom and crawler cranes are used in the delivery of simulated and practical crane training to apprentices as part of the Hoisting Engineer: Mobile Crane Operator program.
- 14 apprenticeship programs are offered at the Whitby campus including 11 that are Red Seal as well as numerous trade-related certificate and diploma programs.
- All classrooms utilize state-of-the-art SmartBoard technology.
- In December, 2009, Phase 1 of the college’s three-phase expansion officially opened. It includes a second-storey addition that houses new classrooms and labs, a research incubation centre and living lab environments in areas including solar water heating, solar cell systems, wind turbines and geothermal technology systems.
- Phase 2 of the expansion opened in May 2011 and saw the addition of 35,000 square feet to campus. Of that, approximately 20,000 is being used for an expanded shop area for additional students and programs focused on green building trades and technology. Phase 2 also houses new energy labs, classrooms and boardrooms; new Student Association space; a renovated reception area at the front of campus and two new residential labs to give students a sense of the many changes happening in the construction and building trades.
- Phase 3 will be the creation of a $12-million, 30,000-square-foot building focused on hospitality and tourism that will be located at the west side of the Whitby campus. The building will be able to accommodate approximately 950 students, provide a full-service restaurant and lounge and offer meeting space for students studying culinary arts, food sciences, safety, design and other tourism-related topics.
- Peter Coughlin, a student in the advanced Plumber Apprenticeship program won gold in both the Ontario Technology Skills Competition (Skills Ontario) and the Skills Canada competition in the Plumbing division in May, giving the college its second-ever national title and third national medal in three years. Coughlin also received the honour of being named the Highest Placed Individual at the provincial event, marking the first time a Durham College student received the distinction.
- Riley Andrusiak, a third-year student in the Computer Systems Technology program, took home a gold medal at Skills Ontario in the IT and Network Support division and finished just out of the medals at Skills Canada, placing fourth in the same category. Also at Skills Ontario, Reuben Baker and Brittany Pap, both third-year Animation – Digital Production students, finished second in the 3-D Character Animation Team category and Christopher McFarlane, an intermediate Machinist Apprenticeship student, won silver in the CNC Machining division.
- Third-year Journalism student Andrew Huska won a Broadcast Educator’s Association of Canada (BEAC) National Student Award in Radio Spot News in May, becoming the first-ever Durham student to accept an award from BEAC.
- Paramedic students Andrew Bright and Adam Sellors won the College division at the 2010 National Paramedic Competition in April and placed third in the Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) division, giving Durham College its first win since the competition began in 2003.
- Six second-year students from the Graphic Design program won third place at Walmart Canada’s Student Sustainable Packaging Design Awards in April, earning $1,000 in total. Denise Arcand, Sarah Big Canoe, Damon Martin, Adam Maryn, Laura Tout and Courtney Schouwerwou were honoured in front of more than 300 business men and women as part of the Packaging Association of Canada’s Sustainable Packaging Conference.