Durham College

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Durham College of Applied Arts and Technology
Durham College logo.svg
Established 1967
Type Public
Religious affiliation non-denominational
President Don Lovisa
Students More than 30,000, including 9,000 full-time post-secondary students
Undergraduates Available
Postgraduates not available
Location Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
43°56′38″N 78°53′49″W / 43.94389°N 78.89694°W / 43.94389; -78.89694Coordinates: 43°56′38″N 78°53′49″W / 43.94389°N 78.89694°W / 43.94389; -78.89694
Campus Urban
Sports teams Lords
Colours Black      & Green     
Affiliations CBIE, CCAA, ACCC, AUCC
Website durhamcollege.ca

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.


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

The College officially 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.

The 1980s were met by more growth, 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.

The early 1990s saw the establishment of the Whitby campus, 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[edit]

The college is home to a number of fraternities and sororities, both local and international. There is no "Greek row" on campus, nor are the fraternities and sororities formally acknowledged by the university. The Greek system at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology has a system of self-government. The day-to-day operations of the Greek community are governed by the organizations themselves, with a representative from each organization residing on the Greek Council. Many of the fraternity and sorority houses on campus are located within walking distance of the school. Many of the Greek organizations often contribute hundreds of volunteer hours and donate thousands of dollars to local charities, causes and clubs. These organizations are listed below, along with the year they were founded. International Students: More than 100 international students arrive at Durham College each year from approximately 20 countries around the globe. This growing number of students joins us with the understanding that they are making a decision that will change their lives and open untold new opportunities

Greek life[edit]


Tau Kappa Epsilon was the first fraternity chartered at UOIT and is the only fraternity to recruit both from UOIT and Durham College. With 292 chapters and over 290,000 members worldwide, they are the largest college fraternity in the world. Their six main values are brotherhood, scholarship, leadership, service, teamwork and character. TKE has also made an impact in the community and on campus. [1][2][3]


Alpha Gamma Delta is UOIT and Durham College's only international sorority with over 160,000 sisters worldwide. Their values include sisterhood, academic excellence, personal development, leadership and philanthropy.

All of the sororities accept students from both Durham College and UOIT. Information about all of the sororities can be found on the UOIT Sororities website.


Durham College has a shared campus and facilities with the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. 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[edit]

Durham College has two campuses, located in Oshawa and Whitby, Ontario, and a Learning Site in Pickering.


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

Notable alumni[edit]

  • 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

Sports Teams[edit]

The schools' team name is the 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

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