Durham College

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Durham College of Applied Arts and Technology
Durham College logo.svg
PresidentDon Lovisa
StudentsMore than 43,600, including 13,600 full-time post-secondary students
Postgraduatesnot available
Location, ,
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
Sports teamsLords
ColoursBlack      & Green     
AffiliationsCBIE, CCAA, ACCC, AUCC

Durham College of Applied Arts and Technology is located in the Durham Region of Ontario, Canada, with a campus co-located with Ontario Tech University in Oshawa, a second campus in 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 86,000 alumni. [1]

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 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 Ontario Tech University which opened in 2003. Durham and Ontario Tech have established a post-secondary partnership, sharing a campus, some facilities and selected services.

Student life[edit]

At Durham College, since the Student Association split between Ontario Tech University and Durham College in 2017, student life activities , clubs and programs that promote their intellectual development and growth has been lacking. 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 franchise of food options.

Within the college there are multiple learning spaces designated for educational purposes. One space is the 73,000-square-foot (6,800 m2) 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.

Durham College offers first year information, academic support resources, career services, and Student Academic Learning Services (SALS). 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.


Durham College has a shared campus and facilities with Ontario Tech University. The college, in conjunction with Ontario Tech 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 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)
  • Don Lovisa (2009–present)[2]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Sherwood Bassin - College professor, general manager in Ontario Hockey League
  • Jeffrey S. Boyce (General Business - Marketing, 1980) - President and CEO of Sure Energy Inc. and recipient of the Premier's Award in 2006; and
  • 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.[3]
  • Dylan Jón Hannesson (Marketing, 2011) - CEO of the German imageboard "Krautchan.net"
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Paul Vessey (Marketing, 1975) - COO of Visa USA and recipient of the Premier's Award in 2000;
  • Fred Upshaw (Registered Nursing, 1975) Upshaw has served as president of OPSEU, which represents 110,000 Ontario public sector workers.
  • Jeffrey S. Boyce (Business Administration – Marketing, 1980) Boyce is also the former president and CEO of Vermilion Resources, a $1-billion oil and gas exploration and production company that he co-founded.
  • Bev Woods (Dental Hygiene, 1986) Bev held a council position with the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario and was president of the Bay of Quinte Dental Hygienists Society and Ontario Dental Hygienists' Association.
  • Brandon Bird (Level 3 Plumber Apprentice Certificate, 2012) CEO of Bird Mechanical Ltd, youngest in the companies history.
  • Roland Kielbasiewicz (Business Operations Management, 1990) Founder and CEO of Loraxian, Inc. The company specializes in the development, finance, ownership, and management of sustainable infrastructure projects in Canada and internationally.

Sports teams[edit]

The school's team name is the Durham Lords.

Varsity sports at Durham:

  • Men's and women's golf
  • Men’s and Women’s 7’s Rugby
  • 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[edit]


  1. ^ https://www.ontariocolleges.ca/en/colleges/durham. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-03-21. Retrieved 2015-03-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-24. Retrieved 2014-10-17.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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