In This Together DC: Update on Whitby campus activities

As part of our In This Together DC email series, today’s update will share with you details about ongoing activities at the Whitby campus.

While much of Durham College’s (DC) operations have been largely silent over the past two months, the Whitby campus has been somewhat of an exception. The continued activity has been critical to looking forward to a day when there is a return to learning on campus. More importantly, it is keeping true to one of the primary mandates of colleges – providing education and training that meet industry demand.

The first project I’d like to share an update on is the restart of construction on the 60,000 sq. ft. Skilled Training Centre addition. When completed, it will be home to our electrical, elevating, and plumbing programs, and provide a spectacular facility for showcasing the skilled trades. More importantly, it will help address demand for skilled trades education that was exploding before COVID-19, and will no doubt grow further as our economy begins to recover and more skilled trades professionals are needed to keep pace with new projects.

I’m also very pleased to share that as of this week, our growing fields are now planted at the W. Galen Weston Centre for Food (CFF)! A team of staff and students have been working to transition into the growing season so that the college post-secondary programs and business operations in Bistro ‘67 have a full supply of fresh food once operations get back underway. Highlighting the team once again is a crew of 10 Horticulture Technician and Horticulture – Food and Farming students who are building on their first year of studies by working at our urban farm and gaining critical new skills that will serve them well moving forward.

Our staff and students have also been making an impact on both our campus and broader communities. The CFF and Bistro ‘67 teamed up with Community Care Durham during the pandemic to help seniors in our community through their Meals on Wheels program. DC provided fresh produce, pre-made soup, quiches, preserves, and freezer items. Additionally, the greenhouse produced 350 mature potted flowers and vegetables, which were planted earlier this year by students. When these plants needed a home, the CFF crew donated them to college employees to help brighten up their own gardens or spaces.

Finally, many in our campus community will be very pleased to learn that the Region of Durham has completed a new sidewalk out front of the Whitby campus, along Champlain Avenue.

All of these activities will allow the college and campus to be positioned to meet the skilled trades demand when our campus reopens.

Thank you to everyone for all the hard work, creativity and dedication you bring to DC.

Be safe. Be well.

Rebecca K. Milburn
Principal of the Whitby campus
Executive Dean School of Skilled Trades, Apprenticeship and Renewable Technology