DC’s School of Professional and Part-time Learning launches consultations with local businesses

A 20 per cent discount will be offered to employees of any participating company

Oshawa, ON – Recognizing the role it has to play in the economic recovery of Durham Region and Northumberland County during the COVID-19 pandemic, Durham College’s (DC) Centre for Professional and Part-time Learning (PPL) is pleased to announce the Ideation Initiative.

PPL knows that having ready access to a pool of highly-skilled current and future employees is one of the main factors to a company’s success, which is where the Ideation Initiative comes in. Through a number of virtual consultation sessions with local businesses and organizations, PPL will be able to determine how the college can close existing skill gaps by developing short programs that meet local employers’ needs.

“Our focus is on upskilling for career advancement and re-skilling those seeking new jobs. Not only will this help individuals, it also ensures that employers can hire employees with the appropriate skills needed to support their business success,” said Debbie Johnston, dean of PPL. ”This is why we want to work with local companies so we can identify and develop new programs that will be of the greatest benefit to all parties involved.”

To mark the beginning of the Ideation Initiative, PPL is offering a 20 per cent discount on most of its courses over the next 12 months, to employees of small to medium-sized companies in Durham Region or Northumberland County who participate in the Ideation sessions.

Interested businesses can sign up by visiting https://durhamcollege.ca/ppl/ideation. For more information email pplideation@durhamcollege.ca.


About Durham College 

With campuses in Oshawa and Whitby, Durham College (DC) offers over 13,400 full-time students access to more than 140 post-secondary programs , including the Honours Bachelor of Behavioural Science and Honours Bachelor of Health Care Technology Management, and nine apprenticeship programs.

DC enables students to develop career-ready skills for the ever-changing job market by offering an exceptional college education. With a focus on experiential learning, led by experienced faculty, through field placements, applied research, co-ops and other hands-on opportunities, DC grads are known for having the skills and knowledge employers need.

At the Oshawa campus, the Centre for Collaborative Education brings together local, Indigenous and global communities, featuring the Durham College Spa, Global Classroom and interprofessional simulation and anatomy labs. The campus is also home to several of the college’s applied research centres, including the AI Hub, Centre for Cybersecurity Innovation and Mixed Reality Capture Studio. Additionally, the flexible, fully automated, and industrial-grade Integrated Manufacturing Centre serves as a model of the new standards in education in advanced manufacturing, mechatronics and engineering.

At DC’s Whitby campus, construction has begun on the new Skills Training Centre. Designed to shine a spotlight on skilled trades training, innovation and education, this building will expand the college’s capacity to provide students with hands-on training, access to simulators and other forms of instruction in shop labs for carpentry, HVAC, welding, elevating devices, crane operation, automotive, millwright and plumbing, among others.

The campus also features the W. Galen Weston Centre for Food, which includes the award-winning Bistro ’67, a full-service, teaching-inspired restaurant, and Pantry, a retail store featuring food grown and prepared by students in the college’s horticulture, culinary and cook apprenticeship programs.

For more information, visit www.durhamcollege.ca or call 905.721.2000. 

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