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Durham College

Durham College of Applied Arts and Technology is located in the Durham Region of Canada with campuses in Oshawa, Ontario, and Whitby, a learning site in Pickering and community employment services in Uxbridge, Port Hope, Port Perry, Beaverton, Oshawa and Bowmanville.


  • Route description 1
  • History 2
  • Future 3
  • Exit list 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Founded in 1967, Durham College has more than 56,000 alumni.

The college opened on September 18, 1967 with 16 portable classrooms, 14 staff and 205 students, offering courses in applied arts, business and technology. The college soon added courses in health sciences and adult training and grew to 1,250 students by its 10th anniversary.

In the 1980s, the college grew, with enrolment increasing to 2,700 in 1987 and further expansion of the facilities including the construction of a new state-of-the art Robotics lab, the precursor to the Integrated Manufacturing Centre found on campus today.

In the early 1990s, the Whitby campus was established, featuring the Skills Training Centre, where thousands of apprentices have studied.

The college established partnerships with York and Trent universities, that first brought university courses to the Durham College Oshawa campus, and then with the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) opened in 2003. Durham and UOIT have established a post-secondary partnership, sharing a campus, some facilities and selected services, while making it easier than ever before for students to pursue both a diploma and a degree.

Student life

At Durham College, students are encouraged to participate in student life activities and programs that promote their intellectual development and growth. The vibrant student life opportunities are consistent with Durham's educational vision to provide a seamless learning environment for all students. On campus, there are many amenities available to students including housing options, sports and recreational activities, shopping, transportation, parking, health and medical facilities, campus safety, and a wide variety of food options.

Within the college there are multiple learning spaces designated for educational purposes. One space is the 73,000 square foot campus library which has four floors of learning space and a rotunda housing a periodicals collection. The rotunda includes a three-storey glass wall overlooking the Polonsky Commons. Other learning spaces include the computer learning commons, student services building, student centre, and bookable study spaces campus-wide.

In order to help students succeed, Durham College offers first year information, academic support resources, career services, and Student Academic Learning Services (SALS). There are also a multitude of ways to get involved on-campus. The student life office and Student Association (SA) offer events and programs for students of all years, while the student media comprises The Chronicle student newspaper, Riot Radio, and The Water Buffalo. Athletics range from badminton to basketball, rowing to running, and more. Furthermore, working on campus is a great way for students with financial need to achieve their personal and academic goals through demonstrating their career-related experience.


Durham College has a shared campus and facilities with UOIT. The college, in conjunction with UOIT and private enterprise, has developed network infrastructure to support laptop-based learning at both institutions. This includes the integration of wireless services on campus, as well as e-learning content and curriculum development.


The college offers a wide range of programs in a number of different disciplines including business, information technology, media, art, design, general arts, science, skilled trades, justice, emergency services, health and engineering technology.

Campuses and locations

Durham College has two main campuses, located in Oshawa and Whitby, Ontario, and a learning site in Pickering. Uxbridge campus was originally an Ontario Employment Services centre, but the Uxbridge site now has classrooms to offer programs for those planning to upgrade academic skills to enter into college programs.


  • Dr. Gordon Willey 1967-1980;
  • Mel Garland 1980-1988;
  • Gary Polonsky 1988-2006;
  • Leah Myers 2006-2008; and
  • Don Lovisa 2009–present.[1]

Notable alumni

  • Dylan Jón Hannesson (Marketing, 2011) - CEO of the German imageboard ""
  • Paul Vessey (Marketing, 1975) - COO of Visa USA and recipient of the Premier's Award in 2000;
  • Jeffrey S. Boyce (General Business - Marketing, 1980) - President and CEO of Sure Energy Inc. and recipient of the Premier's Award in 2006; and
  • Patricia O'Connor (Nursing, 1976) - Founding member of the Canadian Association of Aero-medical Transport, recipient of the Order of Canada in 2007 and recipient of the Premier's Award in 2009.
  • Brandon Nolan (Business Administration - Marketing 2013), retired hockey player, vice-president of Ted Nolan Foundation and advisor for community and client relations with Ishkonigan Incorporated
  • Tyler Boyco (Digital Video Production, 2014) - musician, filmmaker and artist popular for making short films "Sassquatch" and a Robin Williams portrait that went viral in 2014.[2]

Sports teams

The school's team name is the Durham Lords.

Varsity sports at Durham:

  • Men’s and women’s golf
  • Men’s baseball
  • Women’s fastball
  • Men’s and women’s volleyball
  • Men’s and women’s basketball
  • Men’s and women’s indoor soccer

See also


External links

  • Official website
  • Official athletics website
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