Durham College to offer hybrid program delivery for its fall semester programs

Some programs will be offered fully remote, others will combine face-to-face and online delivery

Oshawa, Ont. – Following Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce’s announcement yesterday about the pause to the reopening of Ontario’s secondary schools, Durham College (DC) is planning to offer hybrid delivery for its fall semester programs.

“As educators across Ontario, including those at DC, prepare for a new academic year, we know it will look very different from previous years,” said Don Lovisa, president, DC. “The college is hard at work, creating a learning framework that will keep our students, employees and community safe while also continuing to offer quality education – whether that be online, in the classroom, or both.”

Below is an overview of our semester planning:

Winter semester

For winter semester students who need to complete face-to-face classes to finish their courses, DC intends to have them return to classrooms, labs and work placements starting as soon as possible in July. These students will be contacted by their school office with additional information as soon as it becomes available.

Spring semester

Students in spring semester programs, who do not require face-to-face classes to finish their courses, will complete their courses remotely on August 7.

Spring semester students who are in programs that require face-to-face classes will have these courses deferred until the above winter semester students have completed their face-to-face instruction. Specific dates for in-person instruction will be shared by school offices as soon as information becomes available.

Fall semester

For the fall semester, DC intends to deliver as many programs remotely as possible if the pandemic continues to prevent students and employees from gathering on campus.

DC will deliver programming through a combination of face-to-face and remote delivery for those programs that cannot be delivered fully remotely. Students will be contacted directly by their school office with additional information as soon as it becomes available.

Please note that these decisions are fluid and may change as a result of Public Health and government guidance and direction.

“In all our decisions, DC is absolutely committed to providing our students with a high-quality, safe and supportive academic experience. Whether students begin their studies remotely or on campus, we are here for them. Our Support Services teams are here to help,” says Lovisa.

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About Durham College

At Durham College (DC), the student experience comes first. With campuses in Oshawa and Whitby and a learning site in Pickering, we offer approximately 13,400 full-time post-secondary and apprenticeship students access to more than 140 full-time and nine apprenticeship programs, including the Honours Bachelor of Behavioural Science and Honours Bachelor of Health Care Technology Management.

We enable students to develop the career-ready skills required to meet the demands of today’s job market by connecting them with expert faculty and offering quality programs. With a focus on experiential learning through field-placements, applied research, co-ops and other hands-on opportunities, DC grads have the skills and knowledge employers need.

The Oshawa campus features DC’s newest building, the Centre for Collaborative Education, which represents the college’s commitment to working with local business and community partners while bringing together local, Indigenous and global communities and members of key business sectors.

DC’s Whitby campus is home to the Skills Training Centre, where students receive hands-on training and instruction in industrial-grade shop labs for carpentry, HVAC, welding, elevating devices and crane operation, among others. The campus also features the W. Galen Weston Centre for Food, which includes Bistro ’67, a full-service, teaching-inspired restaurant, and Pantry, a retail store featuring food prepared by students in the college’s culinary programs. 

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

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Shelly Totino
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