Meeting for the First Generation program

March 12th, 2012 | News | No Comments »

Story and video by Kylie Wazonek

Lucy Romao Vandepol organized the First Generation program lunch that ran on March 12th at Durham College. She explains to us why students, who are the first to go to college in their generation, should attend these meetings.

Attending Convocation

March 6th, 2012 | News | No Comments »

Story and video by Kylie Wazonek.

Sitting down for a number of hours, listening to a long list of names being called and having to wear a non-flattering gown.  That’s right, it’s your graduation ceremony.

Although the idea of attending your graduation may seem boring I believe it will actually be beneficial. Students will have the opportunity to not only experience the whole ceremony with their friends, teachers and family but also experience it just for themselves.

Durham College Convocation Website

It’s the student’s time to shine.  The Convocation ceremony represents all of the student’s hard work and their overall success throughout their college experience.

Part of the experience of attending your graduation is getting the chance to get ready for it. Convocation is a formal event and students will have to dress appropriately. Personally, I will be shopping for a new dress and possibly new shoes.  I’ll make sure my hair is done nicely and I’ll be getting a pedicure/manicure. It’s the joy of getting ready for an event. We all did it for high school; why not do it again for post secondary schooling?


Arts on campus

January 24th, 2012 | News | No Comments »

Story and image by Kylie Wazonek

You wake up, it’s a Monday morning and you’re dreading going to school. By the time you get there you don’t want to go to your first period class because, let’s face it, school can be boring.

But as soon as you walk into the Gordon Willey building at Durham College you begin to feel differently.  The first images you see in the square building are a border of paintings and images on the walls. Having art and pictures in the hallways at a college can brighten up someone’s day.


Don’t fear the end of the year

March 2nd, 2010 | News | No Comments »

Story, image and audio by Shayna Brown

Get control of your stress, before the stress gets control of you

Spring break is over, school is back in session and we’re in it for the long haul home. And with the school year winding down, it’s crunch time. It’s time to put those finishing touches on major projects, get those last few assignments in and start studying for final exams. With everything mounting at school it can be a stressful time for students, but you don’t have to rip your hair out and lose your mind if you learn how to manage it.

“One of the most important things is prevention; staying in control of your stress and planning ahead, said Mary-Alice Harvey, a mental health nurse at Durham College. “Often as a student we end up with a great procrastination skill … which is not a good skill to have because you end up working constantly under stress.”

She outlined a few simple things students can do at this time of year to keep calm, cool and collected.


Look at your life and learn how to manage and reduce things in your life that cause you stress. Learn how to say no and don’t take on more than you can handle.


Put off things that are due next week and finish the assignments that are due first. Organize your time and plan out what you need to do so that you have a sufficient amount of time to produce your best work.


Take some ‘you’ time and relax. Read a book, do some yoga, go for a walk, listen to some music or even hang out with friends. Just take time for yourself.


Try your best to eat a well-balanced diet, including lots of fruits and vegetables. Drinking lots of water is also very important. When you are stressed you should be drinking more than the recommended 8 glasses a day.


When you are stressed your body produces a hormone called cortisol, and exercise is good for you because it produces the antidote for the stress hormone. Try to incorporate exercise into your day wherever possible.

“Stress management is just that, managing your stress, taking control,” said  Harvey.  “Don’t put off tomorrow what you can do today.”

Click here to see why breakfast and lots of sleep are an important part of managing your stress.

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New fall programs for DC

January 25th, 2010 | News | No Comments »

Story and audio by Edith Zikmann

Durham College’s Board of Governors recently approved two new programs for September 2010.

The Culinary Skills and the Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Hospitality Management programs are expected to bring more students to campus this Fall.

Culinary Skills certificate program:

The one-year, two-semester culinary skills certificate program will focus on dessert, pastry, baking, ethnic cooking, food safety, as well as managing the kitchen and planning menus.

Although there currently are no kitchen food service facilities available on campus, the college will be using facilities at Maxwell Heights Secondary School in Oshawa until it has its own space.

Jobs on demand:

This could be great news for aspiring Durham College students because jobs within the food-service industry are in demand.

According to Statistics Canada the food-service industry accounts for nearly 1 in 5 youth jobs in Canada and is a key source for entry-level and part-time jobs, employing more than 1 million Canadians.

The program will include job placement where graduates can work as cooks or assistant cooks in hotels, resorts, cruise ships, restaurants and companies that offer catering services.

Entry Requirements and Tuition:

To enter the program students must have an Ontario high school diploma and a Grade 12 English credit. Tuition will start at $2,350 for this September, and will go up to $2,750 by the year 2014-2015.

Hotel, restaurant and tourism hospitality management program:

Another program set to begin in September is Durham College’s hotel, restaurant and tourism hospitality management program.   The two-year diploma program will focus on the management of hotels, restaurants and tourism enterprises.

Students will also learn about customer service and business management. Food preparation techniques will be taught as well as food safety, sanitation, catering and event planning.

The program will also go over business law, accounting, hospitality finance and eco-friendly subjects such as environmental protection and global wellness.

At the end of the year, students will participate in job placement in hotels, golf courses and other food service establishments.

Graduates of the program can work in various hotel accommodation settings such as front desk operations, guest services and housekeeping operations.  Other jobs this program can lead to are within the sales, marketing and travel transportation settings.

Supporting local farmers:

Durham College is a great location to host this program because of all the agriculture in Durham Region. The course will encourage the use of local foods when cooking and will touch upon local history, agriculture, local wine and food production in Durham Region.

Entry requirements and tuition:

In order to enter, students must have a high school diploma or equivalency and Grade 12 English.

Tuition will start at $2,350 and will increase up to $2,750 by 2014/2015. Just like the culinary skills program, the hotel, restaurant and tourism management program will partner with Maxwell Heights Secondary School for its food service facilities. Once completing the program, graduates will also have the option of taking UOIT’s bachelor of commerce bridge program.