Durham College of Applied Arts and Technology is located in the Durham Region of Canada with campuses in Oshawa, Ontario, and Whitby, a Learning Site in Pickering and Community Employment Services in Uxbridge, Port Hope, Port Perry, Beaverton, Oshawa and Bowmanville.Founded in 1967, Durham College has more than 56,000 alumni.
The College officially opened on September 18, 1967 with 16 portable classrooms, 14 staff and 205 students, offering courses in applied arts, business and technology. The college soon added courses in health sciences and adult training and grew to 1,250 students by its 10th anniversary.
The 1980s were met by more growth, with enrolment increasing to 2,700 in 1987 and further expansion of the facilities including the construction of a new state-of-the art Robotics lab, the precursor to the Integrated Manufacturing Centre found on campus today.
The early 1990s saw the establishment of the Whitby campus, featuring the Skills Training Centre, where thousands of apprentices have studied.
The college established partnerships with York and Trent universities, that first brought university courses to the Durham College Oshawa campus, and then with the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) opened in 2003. Durham and UOIT have established a post-secondary partnership, sharing a campus, some facilities and selected services, while making it easier than ever before for students to pursue both a diploma and a degree. The college is home to a number of fraternities and sororities, both local and international. There is no “Greek row” on campus, nor are the fraternities and sororities formally acknowledged by the university. The university has a fast-growing Greek community, considering that it was founded in 2002. There are currently two fraternities and two sororities on campus. Of the approximately 9000 undergraduate students, about 170 are currently involved in a Greek organization. The Greek system at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology has a system of self-government. The day-to-day operations of the Greek community are governed by the organizations themselves, with a representative from each organization residing on the Greek Council. Many of the fraternity and sorority houses on campus are located within walking distance of the school. Many of the Greek organizations often contribute hundreds of volunteer hours and donate thousands of dollars to local charities, causes and clubs. These organizations are listed below, along with the year they were founded.