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Durham College Set To Expand

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Durham College Set To Expand

McGuinty Government Helps More Students Train For High-Demand Green Jobs

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

Ontario is helping Durham College expand to help meet the province's growing need for workers in the green energy sector.

Durham College's Whitby campus will expand its Skills Training Centre with the help of a $9-million investment from Ontario. The expanded centre will offer new programs in energy conservation, energy audits, and renewable energy.

The first phase of the expansion is expected to be complete in 2010, and will add 20,000 square feet of space to the facility. With this expansion, Durham hopes to welcome over 1,000 more students within five years.

Quick Facts

  • Since 2002-03, Durham has received more than $16 million from Ontario to update equipment and maintain, improve and build facilities.
  • The funding for Durham's expansion is part of the government's three-year, $1.5-billion Skills to Jobs Action Plan.
  • Ontario has contracted for 2,300 megawatts of renewable power since 2003. By 2025, the government plans to double renewable energy in the province.

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“Meeting the demand for highly-skilled workers in Ontario will strengthen our economy and help improve everyone's quality of life.”

John Milloy

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

“Meeting the demand for highly-skilled workers in Ontario will strengthen our economy and help improve everyone's quality of life.”

John Milloy

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

“We are so pleased with the provincial government's confidence and investment in our exciting expansion plans. This grant will provide more students than ever before with access to Durham College's exceptional hands-on training and education, helping them fulfil their professional goals upon graduation. In addition, it will allow us to introduce a new cluster of programs focused on the energy industry – a rapidly growing sector here in Durham Region and Ontario – and complete energy retrofits and efficiencies that will turn the centre itself into a teaching laboratory.”

Don Lovisa

President, Durham College

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