DC to a degree: Explore your options at the Pathways Fair

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From stepping next door to Ontario Tech University to experiencing an adventure overseas, there are a world of possibilities for students looking to apply their Durham College (DC) credentials as credits towards a Bachelor’s degree.

Whether you’re just starting your DC journey and looking towards the future, or closing in on graduation and exploring your next steps, knowing your options can help you target the perfect opportunity. DC has pathway agreements with institutions both in Canada and internationally that allow students to receive advance standing towards a degree equivalent to up to two years of study.

“At Durham College, there are over 1,000 different pathway options for our students to explore,” said Alexandra Bursey, Manager, Credit Transfer, Pathways and PLAR. “I always recommend students think of their career goals, and work backwards to figure out what kind of credentials they must earn to get there.”

Students can browse options via DC’s transfer guide where pathways are listed by program. For example, an Early Childhood Education diploma has more than a dozen pathways including a Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies and Digital Technology from Ontario Tech University or a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Studies from Trent University. International pathways are available to pursue a degree in Australia, Ireland or the United States.

“By leveraging your DC credential into a pathway, you are truly gaining the best of both worlds,” said Bursey. “Not only can students earn a degree in less time and for less money, they are gaining theoretical knowledge to go along with the practical skills they learned at DC. As we know, the labour market values postsecondary credentials in a candidate, and it is imperative to offer students options to pursue further education.

DC’s annual Pathways Fair is a great place to start exploring and a chance to meet with representatives from schools looking to connect with DC students.

This year’s fair will be held on February 6 at the Whitby campus in the Front Atrium and on February 7 at the Oshawa campus in The Pit/South Wing Hall with 23 institutions attending to answer questions about credit transfers, programs and campus life.

Visit the Pathways Fair website before attending to browse partner institution profiles within Ontario, across Canada and internationally and check your eligibility for admission. You can also check out the fair schedule to target institutions you’re interested in for follow-up questions and read our FAQ on transferring.

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