Fact sheet

Year founded:



More than 77,000 


Approximately 780 full-time staff and faculty
Approximately 1400 part-time staff and faculty


11,000 full-time post-secondary and apprenticeship students
Thousands in part-time, continuing education and online studies



Learning Sites:


Community Employment Services Locations:

Port Hope
Itinerant services in Port Perry, Beaverton and Cannington


Durham College offers more than 140 full-time, market-driven programs through the schools of Business, IT & Management; Centre for Food; Continuing Education; Health & Community Services; Interdisciplinary Studies; 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, 9 recognition of achievement programs, 57 certificate programs, 11 diploma programs, 6 post-graduate programs and one apprenticeship certificate 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 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.

Whitby campus facilities:

  • The Whitby campus, home to the Skills Training Centre, currently offers more than 270,000-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.
  • 9 apprenticeship programs are offered at the Whitby campus including 7 that are Red Seal as well as numerous trade-related certificate and diploma programs.
  • The Centre for Food (CFF) is Durham Region’s first-ever post-secondary presence focused on the field-to-fork concept, which is based on the harvesting, storage, processing, packaging, sale and consumption of food – in particular the production of local food for local consumers. Durham College has adopted this concept and applied it to a diverse range of programs that crossover traditional academic schools with the curriculum, faculty expertise and equipment required to implement field to fork built into several of the college’s programs.
  • Capitalizing on classroom and lab equipment availability, select courses may be offered at any of our locations including the Oshawa and Whitby campuses and the CFF, the heart of the college’s field-to-fork vision.
  • Development of the CFF and Whitby Campus will continue to grow with the creation of a pollinator garden, agriculture planting and demonstrator gardens supported by growth initiated in our greenhouse as well as curriculum and student support.

Award-winning students:

  • The Durham Lords (2015 team) won their first medal in OCAA men’s basketball competition since winning gold in 1997.  Avenging a loss on the opening night of the tournament, the Durham Lords won the bronze medal in front of their home fans at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre.
  • Jordan Ella and Christian Schortemeyer, DC students won Gold at the Starting Point Student Entrepreneurship Conference at St. Mary’s University in Halifax, N.S. The students attended the conference after entering and winning a contest sponsored by the DC and UOIT Student Association (SA), in partnership with FastStart DC.
  • Marketing students Christian Schortemeyer, Madelaine Cox, and Michelle Lavender joined by Dan Cole, a student from the Entrepreneurship program, worked together to analyze a business problem and create an innovative marketing plan at the 10th annual BDC Case Challenge. The team placed fourth out of 33 teams, the first time DC has made it into the finals for this annual competition.
  • Michael Mills, a Level 3 – Advanced Tool and Die Maker apprenticeship student, won gold in the Precision Machining category at the Ontario Technological Skills Competition and silver in the same category at the Skills Canada National Competition.
  • Bahar Karbalaei, a fourth year student received the RNFOO Gala Post-Diploma Scholarship and COUPN 2013 Excellence in Professional Nursing Practice at the Undergraduate Student Level Awards