Durham College (DC) is hosting its annual spring open house this Saturday, March 23.
This is the opportunity for those thinking of attending DC to tour the various programs and services the college has to offer. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
So what goes into organizing an open house? The school has two open houses annually, in the spring and fall. Fall open house saw 2,700 people between all three campuses, according to McNabney.
Kirsti McNabney, DC’s student recruitment specialist, says throughout the year monthly meetings are held with representatives from all of the school offices and campus services.
According to McNabney, heavy planning starts two-and-a-half months before the event with the open house task force.
The task force is made up of deans or associate deans from the schools, recruitment manager and service representatives.
MacNabney says feedback is generally positive from people attending open house.
“We send out feedback to our volunteers and as well as the people that attend and feedback from our task force, generally, the feedback is positive a lot of students talk about their experiences, especially when they met with the professors. Just saying it really helps them make their decision,” she says
Millwright student Colton Gallagher says his experience with open house was a positive one.
“I went to the 2018 fall open house at the Whitby campus in hopes of finding out more on what Durham College has to offer in the trades department. The three different trades I was interested in was, plumbing, millwright and auto mechanics.”
He adds, “the teachers at the open house had given me lots of insight on theses specific trades by giving a tour of each program and what it has to offer. Going to the open house really helped make my decision to choose Durham College.”
According to school officials, those who attend open house have the chance to tour the many buildings of the Oshawa campus, such as Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre, Student Services Building, the Gordon Wiley Building, residence and more.
In Whitby, tours of the Centre for Food, shops and labs will be offered.
Those who register for Open House have a chance to win free tuition towards their 2019-2020 program of choice.