DC shows off campus to future students

Durham College’s Oshawa campus buzzed with excitement as the college welcomed prospective and future students, along with their families and friends, at the spring open house this past Saturday.


It took place at both the Oshawa and Whitby campuses, as well as Durham College’s Pickering Learning Centre.


The open house provided prospective students the opportunity to walk around campus alone or with a tour, as well as register and talk with program staff and students to gain more information about the program they were interested in.


“The open house is well organized and I really enjoyed the experience,” said Rob Cavanagh, a future Library and Information Technician student.
Each program had its own room around the campus where students could come in, and talk with instructors and current students to learn more about the program they were interested in.


“I like the campus,” said Sydney Pittmen, a prospective Interactive Media Design student.


Future students also had the opportunity to win an iPad or free tuition after registering, by completing Durham College’s Passport to Success. They were required to visit certain destinations around the campus such as the selfie booth where they received DC stickers for their passport.


The School of Media, Art and Design at the Oshawa campus set up a structure in the centre of The Pit, which featured six large TV screens that displayed works by students in the Animation program.


Visitors were also invited in as they passed by Durham College’s visual radio station, RIOT Radio, at the Oshawa campus.


RIOT station manager, Laura Ferr, and volunteer coordinator, Kortney Beresford, held a live broadcast during the open house and offered visitors a tour of the studio, as well as an opportunity to chat with them on-air. Those who ‘liked’ the Facebook page also got a RIOT Radio T-shirt.


Jamie Kennedy, owner of Toronto’s Gilead Café & Wine Bar, was at Whitby campus’ Centre for Food where he signed copies of his new cookbook, The Jamie Kennedy Cookbook, and talked to visitors.


Durham College is offering three new programs this coming September:

  • Accounting and Payroll; two-year diploma
  • Insurance; two-year diploma
  • Media Fundamentals; one-year certificate


Durham College will welcome prospective students to tour the campus again on Nov. 14, 2015 for the fall open house.

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Alyssa Bugg is a second-year journalism student at Durham College. When it comes to writing and reporting, she enjoys covering events and connecting with her audience by writing about topics she feels matter to them. She likes to spend her spare time on both her personal and The Chronicle's Twitter accounts (for hours - it's a problem), researching and reading about audience engagement and spending some down time with her bunny, Mac. Alyssa hopes to work in a communications role or news organization in a digital capacity following graduation.