Durham College welcomes the 2022-2023 academic year

In-demand programs and experiential learning opportunities lead the way for 12,500+ full-time
post-secondary and apprenticeship students

Oshawa, ON – Durham College (DC) is pleased to welcome 12,500+ full-time post-secondary and apprenticeship students who have chosen to embark on their academic journey this fall. This includes 6,300 first-year students and more than 2,500 international students who represent 74 countries from around the world. Another 4,000 students have registered to develop new skills and knowledge through Professional and Part-time Learning.

This year, the majority of DC’s programs will be delivered in person, allowing students to benefit from the college’s exceptional labs and academic spaces for the best hands-on, experiential learning – a vital component of the innovative and transformation education DC offers.

In June 2022, the college announced the realignment of its academic faculties to streamline and better integrate similar programs to reflect the modern world of work. By grouping programs that share comparable fields and disciplines, DC is able to maximize collaboration with industry and community partners, while continuing to offer an exceptional student experience.

“The start of a new academic year is always an exciting time and we are thrilled to welcome our students to our on-campus and virtual learning spaces,” said Dr. Elaine Popp, executive vice president, Academic. “Durham College has a long history of evolving alongside the industries and communities we serve and as a leader in post-secondary education, the changes to our academic portfolio will ensure we continue to offer quality learning opportunities that benefit all stakeholders.”

Over the last several years, DC has developed a number of leading-edge programs to support and strengthen our local and global economy and ensure our graduates consistently meet the needs of employers to make positive impacts within the workplace. Newly added programs this year include the Honours Bachelor of Construction Management degree, two innovative tech-focused programs – the Internet of Things graduate certificate and Web Development diploma – and the Supply Chain Management – Global graduate certificate.

“It is incredible to be a part of our students’ academic journeys, as they learn to face challenges as opportunities to grow, develop confidence and prepare for the doors that will open,” said Don Lovisa, president, DC. “As Durham College continues to lead the way as a post-secondary institution, offering the best possible learning experiences, we look forward to celebrating our students’ successes as they embark on the year ahead.”


About Durham College
With campuses in Oshawa and Whitby, Durham College (DC) offers over 12,500 full-time post-secondary and apprenticeship students access to more than 145 programs, including four honours bachelor degrees and nine apprenticeship programs.

DC enables students to develop career-ready skills for the ever-changing job market by providing an exceptional college education. With a focus on experiential learning, led by expert 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, Rotary Global Classroom and interprofessional simulation and anatomy labs. The campus is also home to four of the college’s applied research centres, including the AI Hub, Centre for Cybersecurity Innovation, Mixed Reality Capture Studio and Social Impact Hub. Additionally, the flexible, fully automated, and industrial-grade Integrated Manufacturing Centre serves as a model of the new standards in advanced manufacturing, mechatronics and engineering education.

At DC’s Whitby campus, the new 60,000-square-foot Ontario Power Generation Centre for Skilled Trades and Technology shines a spotlight on industrial skilled trades training, innovation and education, and includes a double-height shop lab, new classrooms and student touchdown spaces, among other features. The campus also features the W. Galen Weston Centre for Food, which is home to the award-winning full-service restaurant, Bistro ’67; retail store, Pantry, featuring food grown and prepared by students; and the Barrett Centre of Innovation in Sustainable Urban Agriculture and its community-inspired urban farm.

Media contact:
Jessica Rivers
Communications and Marketing