At Durham College, the student experience comes first, an approach it has taken for more than 40 years. Through a vast range of market-driven programs that are taught by exceptional professors with real-world experience, students develop the skills required to meet the ever-changing needs of employers and the job market. Moving forward, Durham College's expansion plans will see its Whitby campus grow by 40,000 square feet including the construction of an energy-neutral living laboratory for new technologies and education that will serve the growing needs of the emerging energy sector. The expansion will also provide new opportunities for skilled trades training, an area vitally important to Ontario's ability to grow and prosper in the years ahead. Durham College has more than 6,300 full-time students, thousands of part-time students and more than 1,400 apprentices.
Private Career Colleges
Durham Business and Computer College
Durham Business and Computer College, knows that theoretical knowledge is not enough. Graduates learn to apply advanced technologies in ways that contribute to the growth and prosperity of numerous organizations. We provide education that focuses on the needs of the business community and the skills required by each individual for future career advancements. Our hands-on learning curriculum is constantly updated to keep pace with the rapidly changing business and technology developments. The lengths of the programs vary, but we provide our students with plenty of time to complete their particular program. To accommodate each student’s unique learning style, we have small classes taught by experience, knowledgeable and caring instructors. Our trained career counsellors are eager to help and to ensure the success of our students.
triOS College provides career-oriented training in the Ontario Market. Our programs have improved the lives of thousands of graduates as they have secured jobs upon completion of their programs. Once you've completed your program, our Career Services Consultants will help you search for that career you are looking for. We're here to help you make the right decisions for your future.
Continuing Education for Adults
In Durham Region, adults of all ages are able to take courses to improve their skills and increase their knowledge.
School Boards offer continuing education classes in the day and in the evening. It is also possible to learn at home.
Adults may take courses to earn credits toward an Ontario High School Diploma.
Some adults who have achieved less than Grade 10 in their home country may wish to undergo the Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition process (PLAR).
Please contact the Continuing Education department, Guidance services at either school board for more information.
Some adults may wish to improve their computer skills.
Other adults may wish to study English or another language or take citizenship preparation classes.
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What is a Private Career College?
Career colleges are postsecondary institutions that provide specific career based programs. Those who graduate from a career college can earn a certificate or a diploma. In the province of Ontario, career colleges graduate 35,000 students each year (OACC, 2009).
What makes a Career College Different?
Career colleges are designed to specifically meet the needs of students, as well as to provide career focused training. Along with the wide programs that are available to students, career colleges hold certain characteristics that set them apart from public colleges:
- Flexible timetables and learning schedules
- Small teacher to student ratios
- Short durations
- Multiple intakes
Why choose a Career College?
The nature of training offered by career colleges ensures that the student is “job ready” once they have received a diploma or certification. Employers are now, more so than ever, placing high demand on skills necessary for the job at hand.
Career colleges not only meet the flexibility needs of the student, but of the changing workforce as well (OACC, 2009).
Where are Career Colleges Located?
There are more than 500 career colleges that are registered across Ontario with a high concentration of them located across the GTA.
What kinds of programs do they offer?
Private career colleges offer a diverse list of programs in many areas such as:
- IT Technology
- Graphic Arts
- Web Design
- Medical services
- Human services
Who are these programs suited to?
Private career colleges are often geared towards those who need specific skills for their nature of work, or those who have already obtained academic qualifications, and choose to heighten their skills to become more competitive in the job market.
Who are Career College students?
Unlike private colleges and universities, students that attend private career colleges are quite diverse. The average age of students that attend private career colleges is 27, roughly 30% are over the age of 35 and, 40% have previously attended a university or community college (OACC, 2009).
How are these programs offered?
Private career colleges often work with small groups of students and offer:
- Flexible learning environments
- Enrollment many different times of the year
- Compressed classes that are delivered in a short period of time
Who monitors private career colleges?
Ministry of training colleges and universities (MTCU) of Ontario. Every program in any school goes through a rigorous approval process to ensure the quality and outcome.
How do I find the equivalency of any of the programs that a Private College offers as opposed to Community Colleges?
You can see the criteria outline under Ontario Qualification Frame work on internet on the Service Canada's website.