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Durham College and UOIT support students as City of Oshawa continues work towards housing bylaw

January 15, 2008

Proposed bylaw left as is would have negative impact on students, fails to meet their needs

OSHAWA, Ont. – Durham College and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) applaud any initiatives that ensure safe and affordable housing for our students, while also meeting the needs of our neighbours in the communities surrounding campus.

That’s why both schools support students in their position that the City of Oshawa housing bylaw as proposed fails to address the significant concerns of students about the impact it will have on their access to off-campus housing. We believe the bylaw requires further work toward finding a solution that is satisfactory for all parties involved.

Students are concerned that the proposed bylaw will have significant financial impacts on the cost of rental housing. We are concerned that any increase in costs to students will have an impact on their ability to pursue a post-secondary education. We are also concerned about the negative impact this bylaw will have on potential students as they begin the process in the coming weeks of choosing their post-secondary home for this fall. We do not wish for the City of Oshawa to be viewed as unfriendly towards students. Finally, we are disappointed that the bylaw targets only the housing in the vicinity of our campus.

Durham College and UOIT have been working with the City, students, residents and other community partners since 2004 in regard to off-campus housing. Continued dialogue and meetings that are committed to addressing the joint needs of residents, the City’s safety requirements and students are the only way to ensure real solutions are found for all concerned. This type of co-operation made possible the recent announcement by the Oshawa Town and Gown committee of the creation of on-campus, apartment-style housing to open in fall 2008 with the capability of adding more spaces for fall 2009.

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About Durham College
Durham College is the premier college in Canada for career-focused students who will succeed in a challenging, supporting and inclusive learning environment. Offering approximately 80 full-time market-driven programs and hundreds of part-time and continuing education courses, the college has provided students with access to exceptional teachers with real-world experience for 40 years. With a graduate employment rate of over 90 per cent and employer satisfaction rate of close to 95 per cent, Durham College gives students everything they need to obtain great careers and make a difference in the world. The college has more than 6,100 full-time students, thousands of part-time students and almost 1,600 apprentices. For more information, visit www.durhamcollege.ca or call 905.721.2000.

About UOIT
As an innovative university, UOIT delivers a leading-edge learning environment that uniquely combines academic knowledge, research opportunities, hands-on skills and a vibrant student life. UOIT’s 5,000 students are taught by professors who are experts in their fields from around the world. As Ontario’s first laptop-based university, the university offers a diverse array of challenging undergraduate and graduate degree programs through its faculties of Business and Information Technology; Criminology, Justice and Policy Studies; Education; Engineering and Applied Science; Health Sciences; and Science, and its School of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science. UOIT’s commitment to research excellence has resulted in millions of dollars in grants and awards, including five Canada Research Chairs. To find out more, visit www.uoit.ca or call 905.721.8668.

Media contact:
Tony Doyle
Communications and Marketing
905.721.2000 ext. 2209
tony.doyle@dc-uoit.ca

 

Disclaimer: The contact information provided in archived news releases was current at the release date. For current information please contact Communications, Marketing and External Relations.


Durham College to celebrate Centre for Success graduates

January 11, 2008

Education initiative has stemmed secondary school dropout rates in Durham Region

OSHAWA, Ont. – Durham College will celebrate 70 high school students next week who have completed their studies at the Centre for Success, a program at the college’s Oshawa campus designed to decrease dropout rates by building pathways to post-secondary education.

This event marks yet another significant milestone for the program that has grown exponentially since it began as a pilot project in 2006. Since that first class from J. Clarke Richardson Collegiate in Ajax, the program has yielded remarkable results, more than tripled its enrolment and garnered support from several school boards, as well as other colleges and universities.

“For many reasons, high school students can become disengaged from the classroom experience and become at risk of not achieving their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD),” said Kathy Rhodes, a Durham College professor and facilitator of the Centre for Success. “This program wouldn’t be possible without the positive relationships that exist among our partners, from parents and teachers to administrators and school boards.”

Supported by the Ontario Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities’ School College Work Initiative, the Centre for Success engages students, offering an opportunity to study outside of the high school environment and consider their post-secondary options. Students gain a front-line view of why the student experience comes first at Durham College, including having access to student support systems and amenities, small classes and hands-on teaching, all while completing their high school diploma.

“At Durham College we are committed to providing students with an excellent academic experience that includes offering the best educational pathways to suit their individual needs,” says Rhodes. “The Centre for Success reflects that mission, enabling students to get a very real sense about what life at college is all about while encouraging them to obtain their OSSD and graduate with their peers.”

When:
Wednesday, January 16
2:30 p.m.

Who:
Leah Myers, president, Durham College;
Kathy Rhodes, professor and facilitator of the Centre for Success, Durham College;
Representatives from Durham and Durham Catholic district school boards, Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board; and
High school students, teachers and principals.

Where:
Simcoe building cafeteria

Parking:
Enter off Simcoe and proceed to Founders 1 parking lot.

For more information:
Sarah Daniel
Communications and Marketing
T: 905.721.2000 ext. 2333
C: 905.213.2735 (contact number during the event)
sarah.daniel@durhamcollege.ca

 

 

Disclaimer: The contact information provided in archived news releases was current at the release date. For current information please contact Communications, Marketing and External Relations.


Durham College health-care students honoured by Central East Community Care Access Centre

December 20, 2007

Four Durham College health-care students and two students in the collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing program offered jointly by Durham College and UOIT, were recognized for their strong commitment to education and community recently when they received awards from the Central East Community Care Access Centre (CCAC).

The recipients gathered together on December 3 with their family and professors to celebrate their accomplishments. They also received accolades from Judy Robinson, dean of Durham College’s School of Health and Community Services.

“We are so proud of these students who, in just a short time, have already made a significant impact in the community,” said Robinson. “Before they have even graduated, they have applied the skills they have learned at Durham College from our exceptional professors and high-tech learning environment, which is designed to help them develop the confidence they need to succeed in the workplace.”

Amanda Mcpherson and Lori Duguay, students in the Personal Support Worker program, each received scholarship awards valued at $500; Melissa Weishen and Trent Neil, students in the Practical Nursing program, received scholarship awards valued at $750; and Alexandra Saul and Frances Tropea, students in the collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, received scholarship awards valued at $1,000. The scholarship award criteria require that students demonstrate leadership in the community and on campus, exhibit a passion for their study areas and achieve a minimum 70 per cent average.

This occasion marks the fourth year the CCAC has recognized Durham College students for their leadership.

The CCAC is a network of local organizations established by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care that work together in the community to enhance access to government-funded home and community services, and long-term care facilities. Jeannette Taggart, chair of the Board of Directors for Central East CCAC, was on hand to present the awards.

“Health care is moving beyond the borders of a hospital and the system can only be sustained by moving care out of institutions and into the home,” said Taggart.

“A quality-driven and sustainable health-care system depends on the next generation of health-care providers, and these students represent a future filled with promise.”

One of the award recipients was touched by the CCAC personally when her late mother required home care during her battle with cancer. Mcpherson said the CCAC “was a wonderful support to my family during the final days at home with my mother,” and it was that experience that inspired her to enrol in the college’s Personal Support Worker program and continue to volunteer in her community.

Durham College is the premier college in Canada for career-focused students who succeed in a challenging, supportive and inclusive learning environment. Durham graduates have the market-ready skills to obtain great careers and make a difference in the world.


Lenovo Canada announces $2-million donation to boost opportunities for Durham College students

September 26, 2007

Access awards and new hardware will impact students for years to come

OSHAWA, Ont. – Lenovo Canada Inc. officials were at Durham College and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) today to announce a $2-million investment that will provide significant financial aid to students at the two post-secondary institutions and deliver $1 million in computer hardware.

Peter Mockler, president and chief executive officer of Lenovo Canada, a global leader in the personal computer market, made the announcement at the schools’ Oshawa, Ontario campus. The Lenovo Canada Inc. Access Awards have been established to provide enhanced opportunities for post-secondary education to students requiring financial assistance, particularly those who are first-generation, post-secondary students and/or a single parent. The gift qualifies for the Government of Ontario’s fund matching program, the Ontario Trust for Student Support, boosting the total endowment to $2 million.

“By establishing the Lenovo Canada Inc. Access Awards we hope to remove one of the barriers that students and potential students may face in their pursuit of a post-secondary education,” said Mockler. “Through these awards, we hope we have opened the door to post-secondary education for those who may have believed that this was not an option they could pursue. At Lenovo, we strongly believe that if you provide people with the opportunity to succeed, they will.”

The Lenovo Student Access Awards will support full-time students who meet the Ontario Student Assistance Program’s (OSAP) Ontario residency requirements; demonstrate financial need; and are in good academic standing. In recognition of Canadian Equity and Diversity legislation and initiatives, special consideration will be made to students who are members of visible minorities; persons with disabilities; of aboriginal descent; and women studying for non-traditional careers.

“On behalf of Durham College, I would like to thank Lenovo for its generous support. This donation helps our students alleviate some of the financial challenges they face, and allows them to focus on developing their potential so they can pursue rewarding careers and make a difference in the world,” said Leah Myers, president of Durham College. “Partnerships with leading businesses such as Lenovo help ensure that our students have a high-quality learning experience with the benefit of the latest technology.”

In addition, the donation of $1 million in computer hardware will help renew computer resources and support academic programs for both Durham College and UOIT students.

“This remarkable announcement is truly appreciated by the students and faculty of UOIT,” said Dr. Ronald Bordessa, president of UOIT. “Not only will Lenovo’s contribution support students financially, but it will further strengthen UOIT’s leading-edge learning environment, which allows students to connect with their professors and peers, any time and anywhere. By providing our students with the latest in technology and services, we continue to offer them every possible tool needed to succeed, putting them one step ahead upon graduation.”

UOIT and Durham College are increasingly attracting the support of respected corporations such as Lenovo partly due to their reputation for being post-secondary visionaries in the use of technology and providing their students and professors with the high-tech tools and state-of-the-art facilities required to succeed in challenging, supportive, and inclusive environments.

Lenovo Canada is committed to being a responsible and active corporate citizen, consistently working to improve its business while contributing to the development of society. Lenovo believes that business is an integral part of society and it is dedicated to working together with its employees and local communities to improve the quality of life at work and at home.

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About UOIT
As an innovative university, UOIT delivers a leading-edge learning environment that uniquely combines academic knowledge, research opportunities, hands-on skills and a vibrant student life. UOIT’s 5,000 students are taught by professors who are experts in their fields from around the world. As Ontario’s first laptop-based university, the university offers more than 30 challenging undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the fields of Business and Information Technology, Criminology, Justice and Policy Studies, Education, Engineering, Health Sciences, and Sciences. UOIT’s commitment to research excellence has resulted in millions of dollars in grants and awards, including five Canada Research Chairs. To find out more, visit www.uoit.ca or call 905.721.8668.

About Durham College
Durham College is the premier college in Canada for career-focused students who will succeed in a challenging, supporting and inclusive learning environment. Offering approximately 80 different full-time market-driven programs and hundreds of continuing education and part-time programs, the college has provided students with access to exceptional teachers with real-world experience for close to 40 years. With a graduate employment rate of over 90 per cent and employer satisfaction rate of close to 95 per cent, Durham College gives students everything they need to obtain great careers and make a difference in the world. The college has more than 6,100 full-time students, thousands of part-time students and almost 1,600 apprentices. For more information, visit www.durhamcollege.ca or call 905.721.2000.

About Lenovo
Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is dedicated to building the world’s best engineered personal computers. Lenovo’s business model is built on innovation, operational efficiency and customer satisfaction as well as a focus on investment in emerging markets. Formed by Lenovo Group’s acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the company develops, manufactures and markets reliable high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services worldwide. Lenovo has major research centres in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information, see www.lenovo.com/ca.

For more information, contact:
Melissa Levy
Communications and Marketing
UOIT and Durham College
905.721.2000 ext. 2513
melissa.levy@dc-uoit.ca

Sherry Boisvert
Ketchum (For Lenovo Canada)
416.355.7406
sherry.boisvert@ketchum.com

Ann Mahdy
Lenovo (Canada)
416.383.4974

 

Disclaimer: The contact information provided in archived news releases was current at the release date. For current information please contact Communications, Marketing and External Relations.


Lenovo Canada to present significant donation to Durham College

September 19, 2007

OSHAWA, Ont. – Officials from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) and Durham College will welcome representatives from Lenovo Canada to campus next week to announce a significant donation that will greatly increase the opportunity for students to pursue post-secondary education. The announcement will include specific details of the donation, including the exact amount, and the impact it will have on students at both institutions for years to come.

UOIT and Durham College are increasingly attracting the interest of respected corporations such as Lenovo, a global leader in the personal computer market, due in part to their reputation for being post-secondary visionaries in the use of technology to maximize the learning experience for students. The university and college’s national award-winning Mobile Learning program uses technology to transform each institution into a state-of-the-art learning environment, providing faculty with platforms for using innovative high-tech tools to further course delivery and reinforce the learning experience of students.

Who:
Dr. Ronald Bordessa, president, UOIT;
Leah Myers, president, Durham College;
Paul McErlean, vice-president, Finance and Administration, UOIT and Durham College;
David Chambers, vice-president, Advancement, UOIT and Durham College;
Peter Mockler, president and chief executive officer of Lenovo (Canada) Inc.; and
Fraser McArthur, president, Your Student Association.

When:
Wednesday, September 26
11 a.m.

Where:
UOIT and Durham College
Business and Information Technology building, Mezzanine, second floor
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, Ont.

Parking:
Enter off Simcoe Street North and proceed to the Founders 1 parking lot.

For more information, contact:
Melissa Levy
Communications and Marketing
905.721.3111 ext. 2513
melissa.levy@dc-uoit.ca

 

Disclaimer: The contact information provided in archived news releases was current at the release date. For current information please contact Communications, Marketing and External Relations.


Durham College welcomes alumni back to campus for celebration of 40 years of post-secondary excellence

September 18, 2007

Oshawa mayor’s proclamation of Durham College Day among the events held today to kick off a year’s worth of activities

OSHAWA , Ont. – Durham College alumni received a warm welcome back to campus today, as the college marked the 40th anniversary of its first day of classes with a celebration and a retrospective look at its tremendous growth over the last four decades and its ongoing commitment to the success of students and graduates.

Activities included a barbecue, speeches, tours, entertainment, and an alumni and retiree reception, while a particular highlight was a City of Oshawa proclamation declaring September 18 as Durham College Day. Mayor John Gray read the proclamation in the South Village Residence Courtyard at the college’s Oshawa campus as alumni, former employees, business partners, and community leaders reunited with current students and staff.

“I am delighted to have so many of our alumni back on campus sharing this illustrious day in Durham College’s history,” said Leah Myers, president of Durham College. “I’m also honoured that the City of Oshawa has chosen to declare September 18 as Durham College Day. It’s a strong affirmation of our connection with Oshawa and the role Durham College plays in the community.

“For four decades we have ensured that our graduates have the market-ready skills to succeed in their careers and make a difference in the world. Making the student experience come first at Durham College has been the key to our success.”

Today’s activities were the kickoff to a number of events in the coming months that will celebrate the college’s 40th anniversary. Plans are well under way to unveil an Alumni Wall of Distinction and to host a Homecoming Weekend in early May, along with other activities.

“Durham College has graduated more than 42,000 alumni who have gone on to succeed in challenging and rewarding careers and to assume their positions as business and community leaders across Canada,” said Laurie Beaton, president of the Durham College Alumni Association. “Not only are we celebrating the college’s anniversary, we are celebrating the incredible contributions our graduates, faculty and staff have made to their communities.”

It was back in May 1965 when then-Ontario Education Minister Bill Davis introduced legislation to establish colleges of applied arts and technology across the province. On October 13, 1966, a volunteer Board of Governors for Durham College met for the first time and administrative offices were soon set up in The Bateman House, at 304 Simcoe Street North, a location that was provided by the Oshawa General Hospital. Before long, a permanent campus for the college was found when E.P. Taylor came forward and identified the southwest corner of Conlin Road and Simcoe Street as a suitable home.

Durham College officially opened for studies on September 18, 1967 in 16 portable classrooms, employing a staff of 14 and serving 205 students. The first academic calendar offered courses in applied arts, business and technology.

The college has grown to more than 6,100 full-time students, thousands more in part-time studies and close to 1,600 apprentices who pursue high-quality programs that are continually shaped by market needs and delivered by exceptional teachers with real-world experience. Programs are offered in the high-demand areas of applied sciences and technology, business, communication arts, design, emergency services, health and community services, information technology, integrated studies, justice, and skilled trades and apprenticeship.

Dr. Gordon Willey, Mel Garland, Dr. Gary Polonsky and Myers have all served as president of Durham College over its history, helping it grow to become the premier college in Canada for career-focused students who succeed in a challenging, supportive and inclusive learning environment.

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About Durham College

Durham College is the premier college in Canada for career-focused students who will succeed in a challenging, supporting and inclusive learning environment. Offering approximately 80 different full-time market-driven programs and hundreds of continuing education and part-time programs, the college has provided students with access to exceptional teachers with real-world experience for close to 40 years. With a graduate employment rate of over 90 per cent and employer satisfaction rate of close to 95 per cent,Durham College gives students everything they need to obtain great careers and make a difference in the world. The college has more than 6,100 full-time students, thousands of part-time students and close to 1,600 apprentices. For more information, visit www.durhamcollege.ca or call 905.721.2000.

Media contact:

Melissa Levy
Communications and Marketing
905.721.2000 ext. 2513
melissa.levy@durhamcollege.ca

 

Disclaimer: The contact information provided in archived news releases was current at the release date. For current information please contact Communications, Marketing and External Relations.


Durham College to celebrate 40th anniversary

September 13, 2007

Year-long celebrations to commemorate four decades of academic excellence

OSHAWA, Ont. – Durham College will mark the 40th anniversary of its first-ever day of classes, with a barbecue, live music, special guests, campus tours and a special proclamation from Oshawa Mayor John Gray on Tuesday, September 18.

Alumni, students, faculty, staff, administration and community leaders are all expected on campus to join the celebration of four decades of excellence in post-secondary education. Activities planned for throughout the day will provide guests with an opportunity to look back at the college’s rich history, will feature graduates from the first-ever class, and will look at how Durham has grown to become the premier college in Canada for career-focused students who succeed in a challenging, supportive and inclusive learning environment.

Who:
Leah Myers, president of Durham College;
Ron Backwell and Leslie Lepp, co-chairs of the Durham College 40th Anniversary Committee;
Fraser McArthur, president of The SA; and
Laurie Beaton, president of the Alumni Association.

When:
Tuesday, September 18 
12:30 p.m.

Where:
Durham College Oshawa campus 
South Village Residence courtyard
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa , Ontario

Parking:
Enter off Simcoe Street and proceed to Commencement Lot 1.

For more information contact:
Michelle Good
Communications and Marketing 
Durham College
905.721.2000 ext. 2197
michelle.good@durhamcollege.ca

 

Disclaimer: The contact information provided in archived news releases was current at the release date. For current information please contact Communications, Marketing and External Relations.


Durham College celebrates grand opening of Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre expansion

September 12, 2007

State-of-the-art facility serving students, staff and others living in Durham Region

OSHAWA, Ont. – Durham College and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) celebrated the importance of a healthy mind and body today, with a grand opening ceremony and open house for the spectacular 90,000-square-foot Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre (CRWC) expansion at their shared Oshawa campus.

Dr. Ronald Bordessa, president of UOIT, and Leah Myers, president of Durham College, were joined by Athletic Director Ken Babcock; Kathy Lazenby, director of Campus Health Services; Gary Polonsky, Durham College and UOIT president emeritus; Your Student Association (SA) President Fraser McArthur; and former SA president Thomas Coughlan for a ceremonial ribbon-cutting. The expansion opened in June and is the result of more than three years of research, planning and construction

“I am absolutely thrilled to have our new building expansion open,” said Babcock. “This multi-purpose facility will transform our campus in the areas of athletics, health and wellness and at the same time promote student recruitment and retention. I am extremely proud of this project and the commitment from our students to support this state-of-the art facility. It is one of the finest facilities of its kind in the country.”

The new facility houses a plethora of athletic and recreational services, including the FLEX, a 10,000-sq.-ft. fitness centre featuring state-of-the-art cardio and weight machines; two aerobic/dance studios; two training rooms for sports training and fitness-related classes; and student and staff locker rooms complete with towel service and saunas. Student athletes will be able to showcase their skills in the new 28,000-sq.-ft. triple gymnasium, which has the capacity to seat 2,000 spectators and also houses an elevated indoor jogging/walking track.

Another exciting component of the CRWC is the expanded Health Centre. Besides featuring a full-service pharmacy, the centre provides first-class medical, counselling and health education services to students and staff. The medical clinic within the centre features extended hours of service, on-site doctors and nurses, on-site counselling and a variety of alternative health services, including massage therapy, physiotherapy, acupuncture, nutritional counselling and chiropractic and orthotic services.

“The opening of the expanded health centre is a monumental moment,” said Lazenby. “This expansion signifies a strong commitment by both schools to the overall health and well-being of our students, staff and all those who have a need for quality medical care. We realize that for our students to be at their best, they have to feel their best and the Health Centre offers critical services to meet that goal.”

Along with a strong focus on students, the new space will also welcome staff, faculty and community members, as well as provide exceptional facilities for numerous special events, including the opening and closing ceremonies and basketball events of the 2008 Special Olympics Ontario Spring Games, as well as Durham College Fall Convocation.

Members of the Durham Lords and UOIT Ridgebacks varsity athletic programs also stand to benefit greatly from the new addition. The development features a modern athletic therapy clinic, team rooms, a separate varsity administrative area and a stunning trophy case, displaying the schools’ many significant athletic achievements.

For those students looking for a healthy, competitive alternative to varsity sports, the CRWC provides space for intramural leagues and tournaments.

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About UOIT
As an innovative university, UOIT delivers a leading-edge learning environment that uniquely combines academic knowledge, research opportunities, hands-on skills and a vibrant student life. UOIT’s 5,000 students are taught by professors who are experts in their fields from around the world. As Ontario’s first laptop-based university, the university offers more than 30 challenging undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the fields of Business and Information Technology, Criminology, Justice and Policy Studies, Education, Engineering, Health Sciences, and Sciences. UOIT’s commitment to research excellence has resulted in millions of dollars in grants and awards, including five Canada Research Chairs. To find out more, visit www.uoit.ca or call 905.721.8668.

About Durham College
Durham College is the premier college in Canada for career-focused students who will succeed in a challenging, supporting and inclusive learning environment. Offering approximately 80 different full-time market-driven programs and hundreds of continuing education and part-time programs, the college has provided students with access to exceptional teachers with real-world experience for close to 40 years. With a graduate employment rate of over 90 per cent and employer satisfaction rate of close to 95 per cent, Durham College gives students everything they need to obtain great careers and make a difference in the world. The college has close to 6,100 full-time students, thousands of part-time students and over 1,575 apprentices. For more information, visit www.durhamcollege.caor call 905.721.2000.

Media contact:
Michelle Good 
Communications and Marketing
905.721.3111 ext. 2197
michelle.good@dc-uoit.ca

 

Disclaimer: The contact information provided in archived news releases was current at the release date. For current information please contact Communications, Marketing and External Relations.


Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre at Durham College set to 'FLEX' its muscles at official grand opening

September 7, 2007

OSHAWA, Ont. – Following three years of planning, preparation and construction, Durham College and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) are gearing up to celebrate the completion of their Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre (CRWC) expansion with a grand opening ceremony and open house on Wednesday, September 12.

The event will provide an opportunity to see the 90,000-square-foot expansion first-hand while learning more about the extensive new services it offers to students. Open to the public since the end of June, the facility houses state-of-the-art athletic, fitness and health centres designed to service students and staff of Durham College and UOIT, as well as Durham Region residents. Highlights of the development include the FLEX, a 10,000-sq.-ft. cardio, weight and fitness centre, and a 28,000-sq.-ft. triple gymnasium for varsity sports, campus recreation and intramural events.

Who:
Leah Myers, president, Durham College;
Dr. Ronald Bordessa, president, UOIT;
Ken Babcock, athletic director, Durham College and UOIT;
Kathy Lazenby, director, Campus Health Services, Durham College and UOIT; and
Fraser McArthur, president, Your Student Association.

Where:
Durham College and UOIT
Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre
2000 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa

When:
Wednesday, September 12
Keynote presentation at 11 a.m. followed by official ribbon-cutting ceremony and opportunities for media tours.

Parking:
Enter off Conlin Road and proceed to the Founders 3 lot.

For more information contact:
Michelle Good
Communications and Marketing
905.721.3111 ext. 2197
michelle.good@dc-uoit.ca

 

 

Disclaimer: The contact information provided in archived news releases was current at the release date. For current information please contact Communications, Marketing and External Relations.


Durham College begins 40th anniversary year by welcoming students back to campus today

September 5, 2007

More than 3,500 first-year students begin classes; six new post-secondary programs introduced, along with new apprenticeship program 

OSHAWA, Ont. – Durham College announced it will welcome more than 3,500 first-year students to campus this morning as classes begin for the 2007-2008 school year, the college’s 40th year of providing students with the workplace-ready skills needed to obtain great careers and make a difference in the world.

Nearly 5,900 students in all have registered for full-time studies this year. The college has also added six new post-secondary programs and one apprenticeship program, including the Veterinary Assistant program at the Uxbridge campus and the Community Integration through Co-operative Education (CICE) program, which offers post-secondary opportunities to individuals with intellectual disabilities, brain injuries, mental health issues, and other learning challenges.

“Everyone at Durham College is excited by the return of our students and the beginning of our 40th year of helping students achieve their post-secondary and career goals,” said Leah Myers, president of Durham College. “The student experience comes first at Durham College, both inside and outside the classroom. We offer market-relevant programs taught by exceptional teachers with real-world experience in outstanding facilities, and we provide student services that meet the full range of student needs. Our many community partnerships provide opportunities for our students to gain hands-on work experience through internships and field placements, better preparing them for the future.”

The other new programs for 2007-2008 are Court and Tribunal Agent – Graduate Certificate, Court Support Services, General Arts and Science – English for Academic Purposes, Advanced Law Enforcement and Investigation, and a Welder apprenticeship.

“At Durham College, we pride ourselves on being responsive to market needs,” said Moreen Tapper, associate registrar, Admissions and Recruitment, at Durham College. “The interest and excitement in these new programs along with the popularity of our established programs are further affirmation of Durham College’s commitment to providing high-quality programs that are focused on market readiness.”

In addition, Durham College offers high-demand programs in the areas of applied sciences and technology, business, communication arts, design, emergency services, health and community services, information technology, integrated studies, justice, and skilled trades and apprenticeship.

A number of programs experienced large increases in applications for the new academic year. For example, Mechanical Engineering Technician: Non-destructive Evaluation was up 111 per cent over 2006-2007, the Water Quality Technician program increased by 62 per cent, Addictions Counselling was up 40 per cent and Office Administration – Legal Compressed increased by 38 per cent.

Returning and first-year students will also be able to take advantage of a 90,000-square-foot state-of-the-art Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre expansion, which opened in June. The facility houses a triple gymnasium, 10,000-sq.-ft. fitness centre and a health centre featuring a medical clinic and pharmacy, among its many user-friendly features.

Since first opening its doors in 1967, the college has graduated more than 40,000 students; men and women who’ve gone on to take their places as leaders in industries, workplaces and communities across Canada. Over these 40 years, Durham College has consistently focused on ensuring its programs are shaped by market need and its students are workplace-ready when they graduate.

The Durham College Oshawa campus is home to a 73,000-sq.-ft., award-winning library, an Integrated Manufacturing Centre, a Centre for Integrated Justice Studies, state-of-the-art dental and nursing labs and a 150-seat computer learning commons where students have access to a wireless network and individual computer workstations. The Whitby campus features the nationally acclaimed Skills Training Centre, where apprentices gain hands-on experience in manufacturing and construction trades, and with operating elevators, an escalator, boom and crawler cranes, and the latest automotive vehicles and equipment, among many other features.

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About Durham College
Durham College is the premier college in Canada for career-focused students who will succeed in a challenging, supporting and inclusive learning environment. Offering approximately 80 different full-time market-driven programs and hundreds of continuing education and part-time programs, the college has provided students with access to exceptional teachers with real-world experience for 40 years. With a graduate employment rate of over 90 per cent and employer satisfaction rate of close to 95 per cent, Durham College gives students everything they need to obtain great careers and make a difference in the world. The college has close to 6,000 full-time students, thousands of part-time students and over 1,575 apprentices. For more information, visit www.durhamcollege.ca or call 905.721.2000.

Media contact:

Michelle Good
Communications and Marketing
905.721.2000 ext. 2197
michelle.good@durhamcollege.ca

 

 

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