Inspiring learners to create success for themselves and their communities through the best in innovative and transformative education.
- Diversity & Inclusion
- Social Responsibility
- Deliver high-quality programs that reflect labour markets and are responsive to emerging economies.
- Provide exceptional learning experiences that create opportunities for students to build resilience, competence, personal capacity and life-enhancing skills.
- Foster the development of durable skills that are transferable across all industries and workplaces.
- Champion experiential learning, global engagement and applied research opportunities.
- Cultivate relationships with students that extend beyond graduation.
- Advocate for the necessity and value of life-long learning.
- Attract and retain individuals who are highly qualified, creative and collaborative.
- Foster a culture where all employees are inspired to exemplify our mission, vision and values.
- Ensure a positive and inclusive work environment that is diverse, respectful and representative of our community.
- Develop and implement strategies and practices that support the health and wellness of our employees.
- Leverage the expertise of our employees to make meaningful contributions to student learning and the community.
- Provide professional development and global outreach opportunities that enhance the skills and knowledge of our employees.
- Foster an environment that inspires idea generation, bold leadership and purposeful innovation that are consistent with the evolution of work.
- Lead the development of transformational programs, services and systems that enhance the student experience.
- Be at the forefront of evolving teaching, learning and applied research practices.
- Reimagine and grow our facilities to be more flexible, accessible and progressive.
- Optimize resources and processes in all aspects of our business.
- Establish and strengthen meaningful partnerships with industry, government, community and alumni to ensure our programs are leading-edge.
- Expand volunteer opportunities for employees and students to gain a deeper connection to our community.
- Leverage and grow our positive impact on the community to help it prosper and diversify.
- Respect our community by leading environmental stewardship and building social inclusion, while contributing to economic success.
- Strengthen our relationships with Indigenous communities.
Highlights from the past year
In times of change and transformation, like we’ve experienced this past year, it’s important to have a solid foundation to build on. For DC, the words we live by are reflected in our mission, vision, values, and the pillars that are vital to our success as an institution. These pillars – our students, people, work and community – keep us focused on where we want to lead the way.
The following stories highlight the college’s achievements and success in each of these areas. It may have been a year unlike any other, but our commitment to innovation in teaching and learning, coupled with strong local and global partnerships, have ensured DC continues to thrive.
DC’s Enactus team wins 2021 Central Canada Regional Championship
Their hard work paid off as the DC Enactus team, EnactusDC, won its first-ever regional championship at the 2021 Enactus Canada Regional Exposition in the Scotiabank Climate Action Challenge, for Project 3eeHive.
A branded apparel social enterprise, Project 3eeHive is focused on education, empowering consumers, and collectively restoring bee habitats.READ MORE
DC Advertising students support DRPS human trafficking awareness campaign
As part of its effort to provide the best student experience, DC fosters strong connections with a variety of local partners, offering students the opportunity to put theory into practice while completing their programs. In the School of Media, Art & Design, students learn to establish and maintain client relationships by collaborating with community partners, quite often on real-life challenges and opportunities.READ MORE
It was amazing to see how addressing a real-life, close-to-home matter sparked such interest and enthusiasm among the students. The opportunity to be part of an important initiative and make a valuable contribution to their community made such an impact. Involvement meant so much more than just getting a good grade.
Dawn Salter, professor and program coordinator, School of Media, Art & Design
Music Business Management students receive 2021 SHINE! Music Bursary
Taking their place in the spotlight, three Music Business Management students – one graduate and two currently enrolled – are recipients of the 2021 SHINE! Music Bursary. Second-year students Whitney Otis and Kailey Haskell along with Alexa Michaels, who graduated from the program in 2017, received the awards at the 2021 SHINE! Concert held in March.READ MORE
Quite often, financial barriers can cause disruptions in the continued practice or study of music. Financial assistance awards, such as the SHINE! Music Bursary, can make all the difference for those hoping to forge a future in music.”
Marni Thornton, professor, School of Media, Art & Design.
Two DC professors receive Minister of Colleges and Universities’ Awards of Excellence
Leading the way in their respective fields, Edward Logan, a professor in DC’s post-secondary and apprenticeship plumbing programs, and Chris Daniel, a professor in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program and faculty advisor with DC’s FastStart entrepreneurship team, have both received a Minister of Colleges and Universities’ Award of Excellence for their dedication to the local community, their students and the broader post-secondary sector during the COVID-19 pandemic.READ MORE
DC employees show solidarity during Scholar Strike for those who have experienced anti-Black and systemic racism
In September, academics across North America took part in a two-day Scholar Strike to stand in solidarity with anti-Black racism and police violence protesters in the U.S., Canada and elsewhere.
As part of this collective action event, a group of DC employees contributed their voices to a short video to demonstrate their support for their students, colleagues and all others who have experienced anti-Black and systemic racism.READ MORE
DC researcher leads co-design of youth-led housing hub model for youth living on their own
Through a two-year research project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council through the College and Community Social Innovation Fund, DC researcher Lorraine Closs found that Trusteed Youth often face precarious housing situations and homelessness, food insecurity, mental and physical health concerns and more.READ MORE
DC launches two new degree programs and graduate certificate for in-demand jobs
DC received consent from the Ministry of Colleges and Universities to offer two new degree programs which address labour shortages being experienced in two of Canada’s hottest job sectors – construction management and artificial intelligence. The new Honours Bachelor of Construction Management and Honours Bachelor of Artificial Intelligence degrees welcome the first class of students in September 2021.READ MORE
DC opens its digital doors to more than 2,700 prospective students at Spring Virtual Open House
On March 27, more than 2,700 prospective students and their families from 124 countries across the globe got a taste of the DC experience during the college’s immersive Virtual Open House event.READ MORE
DC supporting Ontario’s workforce in acquiring valuable skills with new micro-credential
DC is pleased to launch it latest micro-credential, Ultrasonic Testing Level II. Designed to meet the needs of industry by quickly teaching highly sought-after skills, DC is the only college in Ontario to offer this level of qualifying certification for the in-demand field of Non-Destructive Evaluation.READ MORE
Demand for qualified Non-Destructive Evaluation inspectors will continue to grow based on expected retirements and, thanks to the college’s expert faculty and specialized laboratory testing equipment, we are well-positioned to teach these skills
Michelle Hutt, associate vice-president, Academic (Enrolment and International Education)
DC celebrates successful Campus Food Drive
Thanks to the generosity of the DC and Ontario Tech University communities, the 2020 Campus Food Drive raised more than $22,000 to help 384 students in need.READ MORE
DC’s AI Hub and W. Galen Weston Centre for Food win Business Excellence Awards from Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce
DC’s Hub for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence for Business Solutions and W. Galen Weston Centre for Food each received a Business Excellence Award from the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce in the categories of innovation and sustainability, respectively.READ MORE
The work undertaken at the AI Hub and Weston Centre enhances all aspects of teaching and learning, while also driving growth and supporting the broader community.
Don Lovisa, president, Durham College
DC and OPG renew successful longstanding partnership
DC and Ontario Power Generation continue to champion skilled trades development and training thanks to a $500,000 donation provided through OPG’s Centre for Canadian Nuclear Sustainability (CCNS). The funds are supporting the construction of DC’s Whitby Campus Expansion project.READ MORE