Campus tour options for HS students

Thank you for your interest in visiting Durham College with your students. We have a number of options available to potential students wishing to come to campus and experience Durham College first hand. Please review the options below and choose the appropriate initiative for you and your students.

Campus tours and program presentations

Campus visits provide intermediate and senior level students with an opportunity to explore post-secondary pathways and career opportunities.  To submit a request for a campus tour including a presentation about programs available at Durham College, please complete and submit the group visit form.

Open House

Please encourage your students to attend one of our Seasonal Open House events, which include opportunities for students to speak directly with college staff and visit program specific classrooms and labs. 

Program specific outreach opportunities for secondary school students

Please contact the appropriate Dean or Associate Dean for the School that delivers the program of study in which you are interested in bringing students to the campus to attend a regularly scheduled class.  If an appropriate class and a member of the faculty team are available, the Dean or Associate Dean will provide you with the instructor’s contact information, as well as the Admission and Recruitment Officer’s contact information, so that you are able to make arrangements for a visit. 

An appropriate class is one where there is adequate space for guests, the visit will comply with safety rules and regulations, and the content being delivered the day of your visit is representative of the course or program of study, and therefore likely to give high school students a good understanding of the college course or program.  If an appropriate class is not available, you will be encouraged to contact the appropriate Admission’s and Recruitment Officer to arrange a campus tour and a presentation that focuses on the programs offered in the School.

School College Work Initiative Opportunities for students

Dual Credits for Secondary School Students:

Students who participate in a dual credit program and successfully complete the college or apprenticeship credit will receive a credit that may be used towards both their Ontario Secondary School Diploma and a post-secondary certificate, diploma, or Level 1 Apprenticeship.  Please visit the RockStart website for a list of dual credit opportunities for which you may be eligible.  For more information about dual credits, please contact the Guidance Department at your high school.

Activities for Elementary and Secondary School students:

Below are descriptions of two of the several activities held annually at the college:

Building future connections: Workshops for grade seven and eight students

Held in the spring and offered at both the Whitby and Oshawa campuses, this activity provides approximately 25 classes of grade seven and eight students drawn from elementary schools from across the four partner boards with an opportunity to participate in hands-on workshops delivered by college staff. 

A variety of workshops representing programs at the college are offered, including:

  • Dental Clinic
  • 911 Emergency Call Centre Communications
  • Introduction to Computer Networking
  • Welding
  • Plumbing
  • Webpage Design

Reach Ahead Media, Arts and Design Workshops for secondary school students

Held in the May, these full-day workshops provide approximately 240 secondary students drawn from high schools across the four partner schools boards with an opportunity to use college labs, learn from college faculty, and create a multimedia project. 

Please contact your school board representative to learn about the current year’s calendar of activities offered through the School College Work Initiative.  School board representatives coordinate individual school participation in all activities. 

School board representatives:

 Thank you for your interest in Durham College.  We hope that our elementary and secondary school outreach activities support the on-campus experience needs of your students.