Profile: Durham College
Oshawa | Whitby
Focused on ensuring graduates are job ready, Durham College puts the student experience first. In each of the 140-plus full-time, market-driven programs, including apprenticeship training, students develop real-world skills through hands-on learning both in and outside of class. Access to 3-D printers, a digital media recording room and more put leading tech at their fingertips, while the AI Hub provides applied research opportunities in the field of artificial intelligence. Several programs also have a co-op option, and more than 450 pathways are offered, including over 60 with the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (DC shares its Oshawa campus with UOIT).
“The changing marketplace requires qualified students with a perspective that goes beyond the classroom,” says Elaine Popp, vice-president, academic. “Experiential learning gives students the opportunity to gain knowledge in real-world situations while refining their interpersonal and problem-solving skills that set them apart in the competitive workplace.” In addition to job fairs and career development services, the Backpack to Briefcase initiative helps students and grads transition to the workplace, joining alumni at events and workshops throughout the year.
State-of-the-art facilities include the W. Galen Weston Centre for Food, where horticulture, culinary arts, hospitality and special events management students gain practical experience, and the new Centre for Collaborative Education, a 50th anniversary (reached in 2017) legacy project bringing together students, business members and Indigenous, local and global community groups.
- 93.8 per cent of employers are satisfied with graduates
“The program gives you an all-round experience — you’re able to be creative yet communicate your ideas — and the faculty really care about your success. They show you everything about the job: What the day-to-day life is like and how to improve your performance while developing your professional skill set. That’s the X factor that differentiates Durham College.”
— Joseph Ukposidolo, advertising and marketing communications, second year