A new $40 million building on the Durham College campus provides many “benefits to both DC students and the community.”
This according to John Henry, Mayor of Oshawa, one of the many speakers at The Centre for Collaborative Education’s grand opening.
The CFCE, which fronts onto Simcoe street just north of the main campus, opened its doors to students at the beginning of the school year. However, the ‘official’ grand opening was Tuesday evening and hosted more than 200 guests.
According to Don Lovisa, Durham College President, the 75,000-square-foot facility took 18 months to complete, including the demolition of the Simcoe building.
Funding for the building came from various sources: $22 million from the province, $13 million from the Federal Government and $5 million raised locally, with contributions from Durham Region and the City of Oshawa.
Some of the highlights include the brand new Global Classroom, the 360insights Entrepreneurship Centre, the First Peoples Indigenous Centre, the new nursing lab, and the Durham College Spa.
The centre received praise from both the Durham District School Board (DDSB) and the Durham Catholic District School Board (DCDSB) at the event.
“It is truly an amazing state-of-the-art facility that offers incredible design in so many different ways,” said Lisa Millar, DDSB Director of Education.
The new building is also home to the Centre for Success is a program that partners with local high schools to help students receive their Ontario Highschool Diploma in an alternative learning environment.
The DDSB has been a Centre for Success partner for over 10 years, according to Millar. Approximately 2000 students in the board have received their diplomas through the program and there are currently 84 students enrolled.
In a speech during the CFCE grand opening, Millar said, “Education can alter a person’s entire trajectory and ultimately better all of our communities.” As said in many speeches, this is what the CFCE is all about.
The legacy of the original Simcoe building, which has been on campus since 1967, is represented in the centre by the repurposing of an original wall from it. This includes the letters of the original Durham College sign.
“Durham College’s vision of building a collaborative learning environment where students, faculty, staff, and the community can work together in new ways is truly remarkable,” said mayor John Henry during his speech at the event.