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Oshawa: A Hub For Post-Secondary Education

The City of Oshawa is fast becoming a hub for post-secondary education with Trent University and UOIT announcing plans to expand their presence in Oshawa by the start of the fall 2010 semester. In addition, Durham College plans to create new teaching spaces at its Oshawa campus to accommodate increased enrolment numbers and will soon be home to a new Student Services building.

 

Durham College has been part of the Oshawa community for more than 40 years and boasts a graduate employment rate of more than 86% and an employer satisfaction rate of more than 92%. The college will also soon be home to one of the most comprehensive and all-encompassing Student Services buildings in the province.  When complete, the new building (located on Simcoe Street North at Conlin Road) will enable the college to relocate most of its student service offerings to one area. This will allow Durham College to renovate and modernize existing space to create new teaching spaces on campus that can accommodate larger classes as well as new student study areas. Click here to read more about this Durham College project.

 

Trent University is undertaking an $11.5-million construction project to transform the former St. Michael’s Catholic School on Thornton Road into its own Oshawa campus to deliver full-time and part-time programs to over 1,300 students. Trent’s expansion in Oshawa allows the university to introduce new academic programs and to meet the demands of increase enrolment. Construction at the St. Michael’s site will start in March and should be completed by the start of the fall semester. In addition, Trent is planning to partner with the City to use a portion of the Civic Recreation Complex to meet the recreation needs of its students. The university has a 35-year history in Oshawa, and has been operating a satellite campus on the Durham College and University of Ontario Institute of Technology campus. Click here to read more about the new campus.

 

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in Oshawa has gained a reputation for offering a diverse array of undergraduate and graduate degree programs and unique learning experiences. In addition to having its Faculty of Education located at 11 Simcoe Street North in downtown Oshawa, UOIT has announced that it is expanding its presence in the downtown core. The university is repurposing 145,500 square feet of underutilized or unused space at three sites and will lease space in a new 30,000-square-foot building for the fall semester. UOIT has signed a 30-year lease for use of the Alger Press Building. The building, located on Charles Street immediately east of the General Motors Centre, will be renovated and refurbished for use by UOIT’s Faculty of Criminology, Justice and Policy Studies this fall. The faculty, which is currently at more than 1,000 students and quickly growing, will also lease classroom, student, lab and office space in a new five-storey building. The new building, located at 55 Bond Street, is being built immediately to the north of the historic Regent Theatre. UOIT recently took ownership of the Regent Theatre, which will reopen later in 2010 as a lecture theatre and made available to the community for events and other activities. Other great news is the General Motors of Canada Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) – the first research, development and innovation centre of its kind in the world – is only months away from opening on its north Oshawa campus located on Simcoe Street North near Conlin Road.