A cool choice: Durham College winter enrolment up 50 per cent

Latest data shows major enrolment increases in business, justice and general arts programs

February 24, 2011

Oshawa, Ont. – With the winter semester in full swing, Durham College is pleased to announce a 50-per cent increase in winter enrolment numbers in comparison with 2010 figures. As of January 6, 557 new students enrolled in 24 winter-start programs, compared to 373 at the same time last year.

“These impressive winter semester figures continue to confirm what thousands of students already know – that Durham College is a great place to pursue a college education and prepare for their future careers,” said Don Lovisa, president. “This increase is not only a direct reflection of our strong program mix, but also the importance of a college education to entering or re-entering the workforce and our commitment to providing a high-quality student experience. More students than ever before are entering programs in January versus September and it is a trend that the college expects to grow as we expand our programs in the winter and spring semesters.”

Exceptional enrolment increases were evident college-wide, with a notable rise in the schools of Business, IT & Management and Justice & Emergency Services, where registration for their combined 14 January-intake programs was up more than 69 per cent and 97 per cent respectively.

In addition, a variety of specific programs demonstrated dramatic increases, including Practical Nursing (21 per cent); Police Foundations (27 per cent); General Arts and Science – Health Preparation (54 per cent); Business/Business Administration (26 per cent); and Computer Programmer (60 per cent).


About Durham College
At Durham College, the student experience comes first. In September 2010, the college welcomed more than 30,000 students to campus including more than 7,400 full-time post-secondary students as well as part-time, Second Career and continuing education students; apprentices; and online learners. The college offers a wide range of market-driven programs in a number of different disciplines including business, information technology, energy, media, art, design, general arts and sciences, skilled trades, justice, emergency services and health care, enabling them to develop the skills required to meet the demands of today’s job market.

A three-phase expansion of the college’s Whitby campus is currently underway. Phase 1 opened in September 2009 and Phase 2, nearing completion, is creating expanded shop space for several building trades and will also feature two homes where students will learn about sustainable construction and building. Phase 3 will be a building focused on food, hospitality and tourism. In addition, a new Student Services building opened at the Oshawa campus in January 2011.

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

Media contact:

Michelle Roebuck
Communications officer
Durham College
905.721.2000 ext. 2197


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