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Start strong 2021

Start strong

DC’s Start Strong program provides first year students with information, resources and tips to prepare for the academic year ahead. Through virtual live events and online resources, you’ll hear all about the DC student services available to support your academic, social and mental wellness. You’ll also be able to connect with other students, learn strategies for studying smarter, managing your time, learning in a remote environment, and so much more.

Part of the Start Strong program, DC’s PREP 1000 is a non-graded, free online course specifically developed for first year students. Topics and modules are designed to help build confidence and prepare for a successful year. The course is mandatory and must be completed by January 31, 2020. Students who finish all the PREP 1000 modules by this date will automatically be entered into a draw for a $500 Amazon gift card.

By the time you complete Start Strong and the PREP 1000 course, you will know how to:

  • navigate DC Connect;
  • access Office 365:
  • select your schedule;
  • access DC student supports;
  • purchase your books;
  • set goals;
  • study smarter;
  • manage your time, and so much more.

For more information on accessing PREP 1000 click here. Many of the Virtual Start Strong sessions are being Live Streamed on the Durham College First-year Students Facebook page. These recordings will be available on the page for future viewing.

Over 90% of students who attended Start Strong felt that they were better prepared to start college, more comfortable with remote learning and more knowledgeable of the resources available as a result of attending the sessions.

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  • “I feel more confident after the session that I will be able to accomplish this transition.”

  • “It was helpful. I’m going be leaving today stress free.”

  • “I learned that I can ask for help and that it doesn’t have to be so much on my shoulders.”

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