Future students spring into their Durham College journey at Open House

For more than 2,000 visitors, Spring Open House at Durham College (DC) was the place to be last weekend.  

On Saturday, March 23, prospective students and their families filled the halls and classrooms of our Oshawa and Whitby campuses and learned why DC is the best choice for their post-secondary education. Braving some unseasonably cold weather, they explored our state-of-the-art facilities, met our expert faculty and learned about our career-driven programs and support services.

“We’ve been really busy,” said Jaden Brough, a Membership Services Agent with the Durham College Student Association (DCSA) who explained all the valuable benefits that DC students enjoy, from health insurance to mental health assistance. “The students have been really soaking in the information.”

Guests were free to explore the campus on their own or join guided tours. In Oshawa, the bus tour was a popular choice, ferrying visitors to destinations like the Centre for Collaborative Education (CFCE) and the Campus Ice Centre.

Students who couldn’t wait to begin their DC journey were able to apply on the spot, and 166 applicants did just that. As a bonus, they had their application fee waived and received some DC swag.

The impressive scope of the event was recognized and appreciated by guests like Sandra Chin-James, who accompanied her son Macalib to the Oshawa campus as he finalized his post-secondary plans.

“Everything has been great,” she said, noting that they had received a lot of information about student life and his program of interest.

Having been accepted into the Music Business Management program, Macalib took advantage of the opportunity to familiarize himself with the school before confirming his acceptance. By the end of the day, he was ready to do just that.

A talented musician who plays multiple instruments, he’s eager to begin his studies.

“I love music, and I want to learn more about the business side.”

DC will welcome prospective students once again for Program Information Nights on Tuesday, May 7 (Oshawa) and Thursday, May 8 (Whitby). Campus tours and information sessions can also be scheduled online.