Durham College

The student experience comes first at Durham College

For more than 50 years, Durham College (DC) has lived its mission that the student experience comes first by helping students succeed in their studies and pursue meaningful careers, while also finding the right balance of student life opportunities.

From Computer Programmer Analyst to Music Business Management, Horticulture Technician to Paralegal, there’s a reason DC’s programs are known for preparing career-ready professionals. Over the last several years, DC has developed a number of programs that are not only the first of their kind in Canada, they have also been created in direct response to industry needs. These include the college’s new degree, the Honours Bachelor of Health Care Technology Management, which addresses an identified gap in the health care sector for professionals with a hybrid skill set consisting of medical technology expertise and business management acumen.

By staying connected to industry and working with subject matter experts and leaders in their field, DC ensures its programs are not only responsive to the demands of the workforce but on top and ahead of new trends as well.

DC by the numbers

  • 13,600+ full-time post-secondary and apprenticeship students
  • 30,000+ part-time, Continuing Education and online students
  • 1,800 international students from more than 64 countries
  • 86,000+ alumni
  • 140+ full-time, market-driven programs, including certificates, post-graduate certificates, diplomas, advanced diplomas and honours bachelor’s degree
  • 560+ educational pathways available with schools across Canada and around the world

Life at Durham

Durham College – Oshawa, Whitby and Pickering

DC’s central location in Durham Region makes commuting to campus a breeze from just about anywhere in the Greater Toronto Area and beyond. With campuses in Oshawa and Whitby and a learning site in Pickering, the college is approximately 45 minutes away from Toronto, York Region, Northumberland County, Peterborough and the Kawarthas. There are also plenty of on- and off-campus housing options for DC students to consider and all first-year students are guaranteed a spot in residence!

Campus Life

While learning and studying are important, most college memories are made outside the classroom. Whether it’s winning the big game, learning to live on your own for the first time or joining a campus club with other like-minded individuals, life on campus plays a major role in your overall college experience. DC strives to build an inclusive community where everyone can feel accepted.

Highlights include:

  • Campus Health Centre that offers mental health services and an onsite walk-in clinic and pharmacy.
  • Outstanding athletic facilities, award-winning varsity program and extensive intramural sports league.
  • FastStartDC, a year-round entrepreneurial program that helps students and alumni take their innovative business ideas to market quickly and successfully.

Experiential Learning

The best way for you to learn what it takes to succeed in your chosen field is to get out there and immerse yourself in it. By doing so, you’ll get to develop and use the skills you’ve learned in the classroom, network and make industry contacts and gain real-world work experience that will help you stand out from the crowd in a competitive job market. Nearly all of DC’s more than 140 full-time programs include an experiential learning component that can include co-operative education, field placement, applied research, capstone projects, volunteer work and practicums.

World-Class Facilities

DC’s Oshawa campus is home to the new Centre for Collaborative Education (CFCE), which brings together local, Indigenous and global communities. Features include the Durham College Spa, global classroom and interprofessional simulation and anatomy labs. The campus is also home to the state-of-the-art Student Services building, which houses numerous key student services all under one roof, as well as the Hub for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence for Business Solutions, or AI Hub. The Integrated Manufacturing Centre also calls the Oshawa campus home and is a fully automated, industrial-grade, flexible manufacturing facility that serves as a model of the new standards in education in the fields of advanced manufacturing, mechatronics and engineering.

At the Whitby campus you will find the award-winning W. Galen Weston Centre for Food, which includes Bistro ’67, a full-service, teaching-inspired restaurant, Pantry, a retail store featuring food prepared by students in the college’s culinary programs and the new Centre for Craft Brewing Innovation, which opened in spring 2018. DC’s leading skilled trades shops are also housed at the Whitby campus along with a power plant training facility.

Student Support Services

DC has a wide range of services to support you in all aspects of life as a student, from academic and health support to finances and safety. These include:

  • First Peoples Indigenous Centre
  • Access and Support Centre
  • Career Development office
  • Coaching
  • Durham College Students Inc. (DCSI), DC’s student association
  • Financial Aid and Awards office
  • Office of Campus Safety
  • Office of Research Services, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Office of Student Diversity, Inclusion and Transitions
  • Student Academic Learning Services

Campus Locations

Oshawa 2000 Simcoe Street North Oshawa, ON, L1H7K4 Tel:905.721.2000
Pickering Learning Site 1340 Pickering Parkway, Unit 102 Pickering, ON, L1V0C4 Tel:905.831.6077
Whitby 1610 Champlain Avenue Whitby, ON, L1N6A7 Tel:905.721.2000

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