As we headed into 2020, we not only welcomed the new year, we also celebrated the start of a new decade. The passing of time, whether one year or ten, often leads to reflection and in Durham College’s (DC) case, we have certainly come a long way.
When I think back to our humble beginnings as an institution – one temporary building, a small group of students and only a handful of programs – we may have been small but we had a strong sense of where we wanted to go. Anchored in a desire to lead, innovate and educate at the highest level, this commitment has remained unwavering as the decades passed and the college grew.
Throughout our history, we’ve remained nimble, adapting as times changed, evolving to meet the needs of our students, employees and community, and delivering market-driven programs that get grads jobs.
For the last ten years we have lived our mission – the student experience comes first. However, as we consulted with college and community stakeholders while developing our new 2020-2023 Strategic Plan, it became very clear that we have reached a tipping point. In looking at all that we have accomplished we are not only putting the student experience first; we are reinventing it.
As we find our way through the unprecedented times caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, DC continues to evolve. What is happening on our campuses, across our communities and around the globe is a transformation of the way we learn, teach, work, live and lead. What used to be a clear-cut path to post-secondary education is now varied and diverse, but no matter the format of delivery, we are not losing focus on advanced learning at home and abroad.
It truly is a team effort, both before and now, as we navigate this new reality, drawing on the strengths of our four pillars – our students, our people, our work and our community – to shape this transformation.
Together, we are leading the way.
As you read through this year’s annual report, you will see examples of this leadership. From investing in capital projects including the Phase IV Whitby Campus Expansion, to driving innovation with the launch of two new applied research centres, we are incredibly DC proud of all we have achieved.
We are also eagerly anticipating our future and all that is to come. Guided by our new mission, which truly represents who we are as a college and what we stand for, I know our record of growth, development and student success will continue.
President, Durham College
In recognition of the start of a new decade at DC, we not only want to look at the past year, but also at the nine preceding it. Each achievement and milestone have helped lay the foundation for leading the way today and in the future.
As you will see, a lot can happen in 10 years. Here are some highlights.