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The town of Whitby ON is contributing $1 million over five years towards Durham College’s expansion of its Whitby campus.

The expansion will see the construction of a new 60,000 sq. ft. centre that will double the college’s industrial skilled trades training capacity. The entire expansion is estimated to cost $35 million. 

The Whitby campus has seen a 130 per cent increase in student population over the last ten years, and is currently home to 1300 skilled trades apprentices, in addition to other students.

The funding will help contribute to the creation of more local jobs in Whitby, on-campus and in the industrial skilled trades, the town said. It will also help continue to build Whitby and Durham College as centres of innovation.

“The fact of the matter is the college has outgrown the current space at the Whitby campus, which is affecting its ability to meet current demand from students and employers throughout the region,” said Don Lovisa, president of Durham College. “We are extremely excited about what this expansion can mean for DC, the broader community and skilled trades in general.”

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