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Durham College launches program to meet professional development needs of non-commissioned military personnel

May 1, 2007

Online courses will deliver leadership, communication and other critical skills

OSHAWA, Ont. – Durham College announced today that it has launched an online program that will deliver valuable leadership, critical thinking, and communication skills to non-commissioned members (NCM) of the Canadian Forces and other individuals interested in military affairs.

The Military Arts and Science program is being offered online and on a part-time basis through Durham College’s partnership with OntarioLearn, a consortium of 22 Ontario colleges working together to develop and deliver online courses. The first 16 students are beginning studies this month. 

The program provides the comprehensive knowledge of leadership, critical thinking, security studies, resource management and communication skills required for modern military organizations and large corporations to function and for the career advancement of students. It is also a recognized component of NCM training that is transferable into the civilian workforce once NCM retire from military service. There are currently 57,000 NCM across Canada.

“We are very pleased to offer the Military Arts and Science program to help non-commissioned members of the Canadian Forces gain critical skills and experience that will not only advance their military standing and aspirations, but leave them in good stead upon their retirement from the Forces,” said Leah Myers, president of Durham College. “By offering this program online, we are offering flexibility and increased opportunities for members to access valuable training and education at intervals that work within their schedules.”

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to analyze the characteristics and essential elements of leadership needed by military personnel to perform duties as members of the Canadian Forces; possess the superior communication skills needed by individuals working in large, complex organizations; have a clear understanding of modern management principles used by military organizations and national and international industries; comprehend the significance of national and international security issues facing governments and the role of modern militaries in addressing these considerations; and much more.

Students can also pursue a degree with the Royal Military College (RMC) upon graduation. Through an articulation agreement, graduates of the Military Arts and Science program will earn six credits toward RMC’s Bachelor of Military Arts and Science degree program.

“The Military Arts and Science program is introducing new avenues for non-commissioned members of the Forces to pursue valuable professional development opportunities,” said Jeanette Barrett, who will oversee the program through her role as the dean of the Durham College schools of Continuing Education and Career Development. “Students gain the valuable leadership skills needed to meet the demands and needs of Canada’s evolving Forces, business and industry. They can also take advantage of the bridging program with the RMC to pursue a degree in less than the traditional amount of time, enabling them to choose their desired educational path.”

The Military Arts and Science program grew out of a need identified by the Canadian Defence Academy (CDA) to meet the professional development requirements of its NCM. CDA oversees professional development and lifelong learning opportunities for the Canadian Forces. 

The program is also designed to meet the needs of individuals with an interest in military affairs and operations, including emergency services personnel such as police officers and firefighters.

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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 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:

Tony Doyle
Communications and Marketing
905.721.2000 ext. 2209
tony.doyle@durhamcollege.ca

 

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Employers rank Durham College graduates among the best of the best

April 27, 2007

College scores 94.8 per cent employer satisfaction ranking according to results of annual Key Performance Indicator surveys

The results of the recent provincial government Key Performance Indicator (KPI) surveys of Ontario college students, graduates and employers have confirmed what many employers already know – if you’re looking for a highly skilled, job-ready and technically savvy employee, it’s tough to beat a Durham College graduate.

The Ontario government mandates colleges to participate in the province-wide KPI surveys which are conducted by a third party that collects and reports performance data in the areas of employer satisfaction, employment rate, graduate satisfaction, student satisfaction, and graduation rate. The resulting data not only provides a snapshot of the present, it helps Durham College set goals and priorities for the future. In particular, the data highlights which areas could be improved to better serve students, graduates and employers, and helps the college determine how to provide even greater support to students in the pursuit of success – goals that ultimately impact both graduates and employers.

Durham College consistently scores well in all five categories year after year and most recently it was employers who awarded the college the biggest round of applause, giving Durham College graduates a 94.8 per cent employer satisfaction rating.

The college also continued its successful graduate employment track record with 90.2 per cent of 2006 graduates indicating they found employment within six months of graduation.

“I would like to extend a sincere thank you to each employer and student who participated in the KPI surveys,” said Leah Myers, president of Durham College. “At Durham, we offer high-quality, relevant programs that focus on workplace readiness and are taught by exceptional teachers with real-world experience. When employers respond with such a resounding endorsement of our strategy and efforts, we know that we’re on the right track.”

Durham College offers approximately 80 different full-time programs and hundreds of continuing education and part-time courses taught by world-class professors who bring expertise and experience to the classroom, creating an interactive learning environment designed to help students develop the confidence they need to succeed in the workplace. In addition, the majority of programs include a field placement opportunity so students gain valuable workplace experience and make important professional contacts while they are still in school.

While the college’s mandate to provide market-driven programs and workplace-ready skills is obviously an advantage for students, the employers who hire its graduates are clearly benefiting as well. For example, when classroom training mirrors workplace tools and technology, the time required to train a new hire is substantially reduced.

Durham College Career Services also plays an important role in the college’s student and graduate success. “Durham College strives to provide students with quality learning experiences and support in finding pathways to jobs,” said Tara Blackburn, director of Career Services. “We act as a key resource for both students and employers, providing a number of different avenues to connect potential candidates with the right organization. When it comes to the KPI surveys, scoring over 90 per cent for both employer satisfaction and graduate employment confirms that our career and recruitment services are meeting the needs of two of our key stakeholder groups.”

Services provided to students include resume and cover letter reviews, job search assistance, career advising and assessment and more. Employer programs include the opportunity to conduct on-campus recruitment or information sessions, market program-specific opportunities directly to recent graduates through the free Graduate Connections service, participate in internship programs, and participate in various on-campus job fairs.

Of course, the success of combining education excellence with value-added career resources is in the numbers and Durham College had solid results in all KPI areas.

The college scored 81.4 per cent for graduate satisfaction, which measures the percentage of graduates who believe that their college experience helped them achieve their goals after graduation and 75.7 per cent for student satisfaction, which indicates current student perception of a wide range of issues ranging from teacher quality to facilities and support services. This feedback ties directly to Durham College’s new Success Matters Strategic Plan which clearly articulates the college’s current and future actions to provide students with world-class learning experiences, expert faculty and program quality; pathways that support their educational journey through to career success; and services and support in the areas that students indicate are the most important to them and their future success.

The college also placed in the provincial top five for graduation rate with a score of 67.6 per cent, graduation rate measures the percentage of students who complete their college program.

 

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Durham Region Home Builders’ Association and partners to present $22,000 bursary to Durham College at Annual Builders Awards

April 13, 2007

Donation to benefit students attending School of Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship 

OSHAWA, Ont. – On Friday, April 20 the Durham Region Home Builders’ Association (DRHBA) will host its annual Awards of Excellence event at Deer Creek Golf & Banquet Facility in Ajax, Ontario. Approximately 200 guests including representatives from various levels of government are expected to attend the event where 21 awards will recognize achievement in categories including sales and marketing, home design, the use of environmentally friendly building materials, and technology.

“Last year, home builders built over 5,300 homes in Durham Region,” said John Willems, chair of the DRHBA’s Awards Committee. “The annual Awards of Excellence event allows us to centre out and celebrate excellence in workmanship, people, products, services, creativity, innovation, ideals and philosophies. It also helps demonstrate just how much the home building industry impacts and benefits the local economy.”

In addition to the awards ceremony, the DRHBA, in partnership with Durham Region Local Training Board (DRLTB), will also make an $11,000 donation to students enrolled in the Durham College School of Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship. The donation will be used to develop the Durham Region Home Builders’ Association Bursary which will be awarded annually to students who are enrolled in a full-time skilled trades program and have a demonstrated financial need. The contribution of $11,000 meets the criteria necessary to qualify for the Government of Ontario’s matching program, the Ontario Trust for Student Support, to create a total endowment of $22,000.

“Through its support of the School of Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship, the Durham Region Home Builders’ Association aims to grow and nurture a local labour pool of skilled trades and make a meaningful contribution to students in need,” said Kathy Chateauvert, president of the DRHBA.

The bursary will be provided on an annual basis with preference given to female and male students on a rotating basis of odd and even numbered years.

“On behalf of everyone at Durham College, I’d like to thank the Durham Region Home Builders’ Association for their generous financial support,” said Leah Myers, president of Durham College. “This bursary will help ensure students in financial need receive the support necessary to aggressively pursue a skilled trades education that will put them in great demand upon graduation. As a skilled trades leader, Durham College looks forward to partnering with the Durham Region Home Builders’ Association to offer more students than ever an opportunity to pursue an education and ultimately a rewarding career.”

EVENT DETAILS

Date: Friday April 20, 2007
Location: Deer Creek Golf & Banquet Facility, 2700 Audley Road North Ajax, Ontario L1Z 1T7
Time: Cocktail reception from 6 to 7 p.m.
Dinner from 7 to 8:30 p.m. (Leah Myers, president of Durham College to deliver keynote address)
Awards presentation from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.
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About the Durham Region Home Builders’ Association
The mission of the Durham Region Home Builders’ Association is to be the voice of the residential construction industry in Durham Region, to achieve an environment in which its membership can operate profitably, and to promote affordability and choice of high quality homes for new home buyers.

About Durham College
For close to 40 years, Durham College has provided high-demand programs, professors with real-world experience, the latest technology, and an unwavering commitment to student success. The college has close to 6,000 full-time students and close to 80 different post-secondary programs, as well as 23,000 part-time registrations and over 1,500 registered apprentices. For more information, visit the website at www.durhamcollege.ca or call 905.721.2000.

Media contacts:

John Willems
DRHBA
416.670.2421
jwillems@drhba.com
Allison Rosnak
Durham College
905.721.3111 ext. 2513
allison.rosnak@durhamcollege.ca

 

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Durham College seeks Alumni of Distinction nominations

March 28, 2007

Awards honour career achievement and community involvement of college graduates

OSHAWA, Ont. – Continuing the tradition of honouring the great work and accomplishments of Durham College graduates, the college is actively seeking nominations for its 2007 Alumni of Distinction Awards.

Awards are given in the categories of Business, Community Services, Creative Arts and Design, Health Sciences, Technology and Recent Graduate, with nominees required to demonstrate success in their chosen career and a contribution back to Durham College and/or the community.

Past winners include health-care leaders, business owners, CEOs, communications professionals, journalists, nurses, multimedia designers and many more.

The awards will be presented at the college’s convocation ceremonies on Friday, June 22. Winners will also be nominated for the prestigious Ontario Premier’s Awards for College Graduates, which are awarded annually to recognize six graduates from Ontario’s 24 colleges for making important social and economic contributions.

To submit a nomination, please visit www.durhamcollege.ca/alumni and select Alumni of Distinction.

The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, April 20, 2007. For more information, please contact Lori Connor at 905.721.3035.

About Durham College

For close to 40 years, Durham College has provided high-demand programs, professors with real-world experience, the latest technology, and an unwavering commitment to student success. Number one in the Greater Toronto Area based on a combined ranking in the areas of student, graduate, and employer satisfaction; graduate employment; and graduation rate for seven years running according to the provincial government’s indicator surveys, the college also has the highest graduate employment rate – 93.1 per cent – of all six GTA colleges. The college has close to 6,000 full-time and 23,000 part-time students enrolled in over 100 programs and courses and over 1,500 apprentices. For more information, visit the website at www.durhamcollege.ca or call 905.721.2000.

Media contact:
Tony Doyle
Communications and Marketing
905.721.3111 ext. 2209
tony.doyle@durhamcollege.ca

 

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Durham College commends provincial budget's commitment to capital improvement and facilities renewal

March 23, 2007

OSHAWA, Ont. – Durham College President Leah Myers announced today that she is pleased with the 2007 provincial budget’s commitment to capital improvement and repairs for Ontario colleges. 

Yesterday’s budget announced that the province will be providing an additional $390 million in support of quality improvements in higher education for 2007/2008 including an investment of $105 million for college facilities renewal such as building maintenance costs and $35 million for college capital projects. 

“Durham College has a pressing need for capital and facilities renewal funding and the provincial budget’s $140 million allocation will allow us to improve our facilities and invest in up-to-date equipment, ensuring our graduates learn the market-ready skills needed to become a significant part of Ontario’s workforce,” said Myers. “Providing quality post-secondary education, training and re-training is essential to Ontario’s prosperity and I am pleased to see the provincial government recognize the value of Ontario’s colleges in such a significant way.”

Other highlights of the budget include: 

  • Recognition of the important role colleges play in research and development; and
  • New funding for nurses and hospitals (Ontario’s colleges provide training for 70 per cent of the healthcare workforce).

In addition to the Ontario government’s commitment to post-secondary education, colleges across Ontario will also be working with the province to determine how the additional $800 million in Canada Social Transfer (CST) funding starting in 2008/2009 that was announced in Monday’s federal budget will be allocated.

“We welcome both the provincial and federal government’s increased support of colleges and look forward to working with the province to determine how the increased federal funding promised in Monday’s federal budget will be invested wisely in post-secondary education,” added Myers.
 

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About Durham College

For close to 40 years, Durham College has provided high-demand programs, professors with real-world experience, the latest technology, and an unwavering commitment to student success. Number one in the Greater Toronto Area based on a combined ranking in the areas of student, graduate, and employer satisfaction; graduate employment; and graduation rate for seven years running according to the provincial government’s indicator surveys, the college also has the highest graduate employment rate – 93.1 per cent – of all six GTA colleges. The college has close to 6,000 full-time students and close to 80 different post-secondary programs, as well as 23,000 part-time registrations and over 1,500 registered apprentices. For more information, visit the website at www.durhamcollege.ca or call 905.721.2000.

Media contact:

Allison Rosnak 
Communications and Marketing
905.721.3111 ext. 2513
allison.rosnak@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 encouraged by federal budget's commitment to funding for post-secondary education

March 20, 2007

OSHAWA, Ont. – Durham College President Leah Myers welcomes the positive investment in post-secondary education outlined in yesterday’s federal budget. 

“Yesterday’s budget demonstrates the federal government’s commitment to improved investment in post-secondary education today and in the years to come,” said Myers. “Colleges make a significant contribution to Canada’s prosperity and Durham College’s commitment to quality, access and success for all of our students and programs will benefit from this increased investment.”

The budget outlines an additional $176 million in funding for colleges and universities for 2007/2008 through increased Canada Social Transfer (CST) funding and an additional $800 million investment in post-secondary education across the country beginning in 2008/2009. 

“Finance Minister Jim Flaherty breaks new ground in making the CST fairer to Ontario by allocating cash support on a per capita basis to ensure equal treatment of all provinces with respect to the funding of post-secondary education,” said Myers.

The budget also makes specific commitments to: 

  • New and long-term funding of $500 million per year beginning in 2008/2009 for strengthened labour market programming including literacy and basic skills upgrading, much of which is delivered through colleges;
  • Improved funding for applied research collaboration between colleges and industry;
  • Increased access and support for underrepresented groups and new immigrants; and
  • Modernized student financial assistance programs.

“These are all important priorities for Durham College. I look forward to more details on how and when colleges will be able to use the additional funds,” added Myers. 

The budget also offers $2 million over the next two years to launch a new international education marketing campaign to attract students to Canada and addresses post-secondary costs for students and their families by eliminating the $4,000 limit on annual Registered Education Savings Plans (RESPs), increasing the lifetime RESP contribution limit from $42,000 to $50,000, and boosting the maximum Canadian Education Savings Grant annual amount from $400 to $500. 

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About Durham College

For close to 40 years, Durham College has provided high-demand programs, professors with real-world experience, the latest technology, and an unwavering commitment to student success. Number one in the Greater Toronto Area based on a combined ranking in the areas of student, graduate, and employer satisfaction; graduate employment; and graduation rate for seven years running according to the provincial government’s indicator surveys, the college also has the highest graduate employment rate – 93.1 per cent – of all six GTA colleges. The college has close to 6,000 full-time students and close to 80 different postsecondary programs, as well as 23,000 part-time registrations and over 1,500 registered apprentices. For more information, visit the website at www.durhamcollege.ca or call 905.721.2000.

Media contact:

Allison Rosnak 
Communications and Marketing
905.721.3111 ext. 2513
allison.rosnak@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.


New Durham College program will offer increased post-secondary opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities, learning challenges and other identified needs

March 15, 2007

Community Integration through Co-operative Education program to launch this fall

OSHAWA, Ont. – The result of almost two years of planning and partnering with key community stakeholders, business leaders, and parents, Durham College announced today that it is launching a new program this September that will deliver workplace-ready skills and opportunities for further post-secondary study to individuals with intellectual disabilities, brain injuries, mental health issues, and other learning challenges. 

Community Integration through Co-operative Education (CICE) is a two-year program that will enable students to learn the skills they need to be employed by placing them in an integrated and supported educational setting that will ensure their growth academically, socially, and emotionally. Twenty-five seats will be offered this September. 

Students will also develop job skills through a number of career-related, supervised field placement opportunities that will enable them to receive on-the-job training from leading employers across Durham Region and beyond. Graduates will be able to find work in a variety of jobs, depending upon their area of study, or go on to pursue further studies. 

“Durham College is very proud to introduce our new Community Integration through Co-operative Education program, which was born out of an identified need in our communities and then acted upon by a dedicated group of leaders at the college and in the community in a true demonstration of partnership,” said Leah Myers, president, Durham College. “This program will significantly increase access to post-secondary education for people with intellectual disabilities, learning challenges and other identified needs. Durham College is proud to be a champion for all learners and celebrates the diversity of all our students.”

Depending on abilities and interest, CICE students will experience college life each semester by choosing courses that have been modified to fit their academic needs from most program areas and attending classes with their peers. They will also study core programming common to all CICE students and receive supports such as curriculum, assignment and test modifications; note taking; tutoring; and more. 

Among the program goals are full inclusion of CICE students in all aspects of college life; providing the opportunity for the development of increased self-esteem; promoting the opportunity to make choices; presenting students with opportunities to interact and develop friendships; encouraging students to work co-operatively with other students towards educational goals; combining resources to meet the individual needs of a diverse range of students; and broadening employment opportunities.

“Along with being of great benefit to the students, the CICE program will also help promote greater acceptance of individual differences across our campuses,” said Myers. “I’m also tremendously pleased with the extensive community involvement in the program development process as it fits into the college’s goal of actively pursuing and delivering on new partnership and business opportunities and relationships.” 

The launch of the program can be traced back almost two years to summer 2005. A group of Durham Region parents formed the Action Committee on College Education for Students with Special Needs (ACCESS) in response to their desire to increase the number of post-secondary educational opportunities for children with learning challenges.

A focus group of community and academic stakeholders, including Durham College faculty, was formed in January 2006 with representation from parents; boards of education; social service agencies such as the Oshawa Clarington Association for Community Living and the Durham Down Syndrome Association; and employers from local and regional areas. The partners agreed that the college should begin the development of the CICE program and subsequent meetings were held with curriculum advisors to review a program proposal, proposed curriculum, and admission criteria.

“The CICE program is a wonderful reflection of Durham College’s valued partnerships and the ongoing community support it receives,” said Judy Spring, dean of the Durham College School of Integrated Studies, which will oversee the new program. “A number of key stakeholders played important roles in the development of this program and in helping Durham College ensure it is relevant, timely and able to provide students with the skills they need to find jobs or additional academic pathways to further post-secondary study. We look forward to welcoming the first class of students this fall.”

Among the program admission requirements are an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or Certificate or mature student status, along with specific CICE program admission criteria that includes a demonstrated academic need that requires program modification to succeed; a willingness to participate fully in the program; a level of independence that precludes constant support; and an ability to get to and from college and field placement.

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About Durham College
For close to 40 years, Durham College has provided high-demand programs, professors with real-world experience, the latest technology, and an unwavering commitment to student success. Number one in the Greater Toronto Area based on a combined ranking in the areas of student, graduate, and employer satisfaction; graduate employment; and graduation rate for seven years running according to the provincial government’s indicator surveys, the college also has the highest graduate employment rate – 93.1 per cent – of all six GTA colleges. The college has close to 6,000 full-time and 23,000 part-time students enrolled in over 100 programs and courses and over 1,500 apprentices. For more information, visit the website atwww.durhamcollege.ca or call 905.721.2000.

Media contact:

Tony Doyle
Communications and Marketing
905.721.3111 ext. 2209
tony.doyle@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 and UOIT celebrate 100th birthday of Harold 'Pat' Dooley, donor extraordinaire

February 23, 2007

OSHAWA, Ont. – A celebration hosted today by students and staff at Durham College and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) marked the 100th birthday of generous donor, Harold ‘Pat’ Dooley. Joined by Durham College President Leah Myers, UOIT President Dr. Ronald Bordessa, faculty, staff, and friends, Mr. Dooley was also honoured for his passion and commitment to helping students pursue their post-secondary dreams.

“I wanted to give kids the opportunity to do what I was never able to do,” said Mr. Dooley, who over the past decade has personally contributed $50,000 to Durham College. Dooley’s generous donations have met the criteria necessary to be eligible for the Government of Ontario’s matching program to create a $100,000 endowment called the Harold ‘Pat’ Dooley Education Fund. This fund has helped many students realize their potential and develop the workplace ready skills necessary to help them in their future careers.

Mr. Dooley will also be providing additional funding to UOIT students in financial need by establishing a legacy through his estate that will help future generations of students reach their full potential through post-secondary education.

“It is our great pleasure to share in celebrating a century of living,” said Dr. Bordessa. “On behalf of the students at UOIT, I would like to offer our sincere thanks to Mr. Dooley for planning for such a generous bequest. His support will mean more UOIT students than ever will have access to UOIT’s academically challenging and leading-edge learning environment.”

Mr. Dooley’s demonstrated generosity is a great example of how supporting students is an investment in the future, and one that many individuals can help with, either through an endowed award or a planned estate gift. Donors have the opportunity to make a lasting impact on the educational lives of Durham College and UOIT students, just as he has.

“Durham College is delighted to celebrate this significant milestone in the life of our longtime friend and supporter, Mr. Dooley,” said Myers. “We are deeply grateful for his generous contributions over the years, which have provided countless opportunities for students to benefit from the premier educational and student life experience we offer here on campus.”

A retired electrician, Mr. Dooley immigrated to Canada from England as an orphan at just 12 years of age. He worked across North America until he was 74 years old. When asked his secret to living well, he said, “I just keep thinking about doing more for the kids. That’s what keeps me going.”

About Durham College
For close to 40 years, Durham College has provided high-demand programs, professors with real-world experience, the latest technology, and an unwavering commitment to student success. Number one in the Greater Toronto Area based on a combined ranking in the areas of student, graduate, and employer satisfaction; graduate employment; and graduation rate for seven years running according to the provincial government’s indicator surveys, the college also has the highest graduate employment rate – 93.1 per cent – of all six GTA colleges. The college has close to 6,000 full-time and 23,000 part-time students enrolled in over 100 programs and courses and over 1,500 apprentices. For more information, visit the website at 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 4,300 students are taught by professors who are experts in their fields from around the world. As Ontario’s first laptop-based university, UOIT 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 several Canada Research Chairs. To find out more, visit www.uoit.ca or call 905.721.8668.

Media contact:
Tony Doyle
Communications and Marketing
905.721.3111 ext. 2209
tony.doyle@dc-uoit.ca

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Durham College and Regional Municipality of Durham net provincial award for developing innovative Water Quality Technician program

February 22, 2007

New program prepares grads to ensure quality and safety of Ontario’s drinking water 

OSHAWA, Ont. – Durham College and the Regional Municipality of Durham Works Department were recently honoured by the Ontario Public Works Association (OPWA) for collaborating on the development of an innovative Water Quality Technician program.

The OPWA handed out the Management Innovation award to the college and Region for their joint development of a two-year, full-time program for water and wastewater treatment operators earlier this month. Offered by the college’s School of Applied Sciences & Technology, the program provides students with an understanding of the fundamentals of water and wastewater treatment plants, water distribution and wastewater collection systems, and environmental monitoring.

“At Durham College we are committed to student success and excellence. The Water Quality Technician program, like all our programs, is shaped by market needs,” said Leah Myers, president of Durham College. “We are delighted to receive this award for our part in working with the Region to prepare our graduates for the vital responsibility of maintaining water quality and safety.”

Currently there are 27 students enrolled in the Water Quality Technician program, which will soon be offered to current Works Department employees. The program focuses on the impact water quality has on human health, the environment, engineering concepts, and professional responsibility relating to co-workers, the public and regulators.

“Together, we have created a two-year program that will ensure the Region has the opportunity to hire fully trained operators for our water and wastewater plants,” said Cliff Curtis, commissioner of the Regional Municipality of Durham Works Department. “Durham College is one of the top colleges in the province and this program is taught by outstanding professors who are true leaders in this field.”

In addition to time spent in classrooms and the lab, the program provides a field placement opportunity for students to further enhance their hands-on skills while gaining real-world experience. Graduates of the program are ready to be certified under the standards of the Ontario Environmental Training Consortium.

Potential students interested in learning more about the Water Quality Technician program can visit  www.durhamcollege.ca for more information.

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About Durham College

For close to 40 years, Durham College has provided high-demand programs, professors with real-world experience, the latest technology, and an unwavering commitment to student success. Number one in the Greater Toronto Area based on a combined ranking in the areas of student, graduate, and employer satisfaction; graduate employment; and graduation rate for seven years running according to the provincial government’s indicator surveys, the college also has the highest graduate employment rate – 93.1 per cent – of all six GTA colleges. The college has close to 6,000 full-time and 23,000 part-time students enrolled in over 100 programs and courses and over 1,500 apprentices. For more information, visit the website at www.durhamcollege.ca or call 905.721.2000.

Media contact:

Allison Rosnak
Communications and Marketing
905.721.3111 ext. 2513
allison.rosnak@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 encourage parents and students to stay in the loop

February 20, 2007

OSHAWA, Ont. – Parents and potential students attending Durham College’s annual ‘In the Loop’ event on Wednesday are going to find out why the student experience comes first at Durham College!

Students in Grades 9, 10 and 11 looking for more information about how to prepare for their post-secondary education are invited to bring their parents and visit Durham College’s Oshawa campus to find out more about the college’s market-ready programs, expert faculty, numerous student support services and, most importantly, how to choose the post-secondary home that’s right for them.

‘In the Loop’ educates students and their families about the benefits of a college education and provides tips on how to prepare for the future. Attendees will have an opportunity to tour the campus; learn more about the admissions process including application deadlines, fees, and financial aid (such as bursaries and awards); and enter a draw for a chance to win a year’s worth of free tuition.

When:
Wednesday, February 21
7 p.m.

Where:
Durham College Oshawa campus
2000 Simcoe Street North
Science building, Room 1350 (lecture hall)

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

For more information contact:

Allison Rosnak
Communications and Marketing
Durham College
905.721.3111 ext. 2513
allison.rosnak@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.