Durham College’s Professional and Part-time Learning announces partnership with Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

Courses offered will target professional development opportunities

Oshawa, ON Durham College (DC) is pleased to announce a new partnership between Professional & Part-time Learning (PPL) and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT). Beginning this fall, PPL students looking to further their career will have the opportunity to complete a variety of professional development courses offered through this partnership, including:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Crisis Communication
  • Crisis Management
  • Digital Video Editing
  • Sound Design
  • Tableau

DC’s professional development opportunities encompass a wide variety of specialized training, formal education, and advanced professional learning to help improve work-related knowledge, competence, skill or effectiveness. Whether it is a program or an individual course, the goal of PPL is to enable students to further their career goals.

“As industry leaders, DC understands and recognizes that professional education requires a flexible and innovative approach to learning to meet the needs of the student, and that is what this partnership is all about,” says Jean Choi, executive dean, PPL. “By partnering with NAIT, our team at PPL will lead the way in providing students with a much broader array of professional courses. Adding increased specificity to the course offerings will provide students the opportunity to close skill and knowledge gaps to meet their career goals faster and more effectively.”

PPL delivers market-driven part-time programs and courses to individuals who are looking for professional development opportunities, as well as to students seeking credit towards a post-secondary credential. Areas of study include health, technology, business, education and training, languages, and specialized trades.


About Durham College

With campuses in Oshawa and Whitby, Durham College (DC) offers over 13,700 full-time post-secondary and apprenticeship students access to more than 140 programs, including three 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.

About NAIT

The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is a leading Canadian polytechnic, delivering education in science, technology and the environment; business; health and skilled trades. With over 34,000 credit and non-credit students and a 98 per cent employer satisfaction rate, NAIT grads help fuel the economic engine of the province. NAIT also contributes to Alberta’s prosperity by helping businesses and communities become more competitive through industry-driven research and corporate training. Recognized as one of Alberta’s top employers, NAIT provides outstanding returns on investment for its graduates, industry partners, the provincial government and the people of Alberta.

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