An unwavering commitment to student success, high-quality programs led by exceptional professors with real-world experience, graduates who’ve gone on to outstanding career success and a treasured relationship with the community – Durham College has been guided by these ideals since 1967.In an effort to ensure its dedication to the student experience, Durham College has continued building relationships with various community partners and educational institutes around the globe, in addition to improving and expanding its impact on the Region of Durham. In March 2011, the Oshawa campus officially opened the Student Services Building, located on Simcoe Street, enforcing our commitment to the student experience by offering one of the most comprehensive and all encompassing service facilities in the province. The one-stop shop facility creates a vital first point of access for potential applicants, current students, and graduates. Following shortly after in May 2011, Durham College officially opened Phase 2 of the $36-million, three-phase Whitby campus expansion. Phase 2 introduced an expanded shop focused on green-building trades and technology, as a follow up to the living labs introduced with Phase 1. The Whitby campus expansion will help to address the estimated 350,000 skilled worker shortfall expected by 2025. Construction is currently underway for Phase 3 of the expansion, the Centre for Food, which will house 950 additional students and introduce a full-service, green-certified teaching restaurant and lounge, three public-viewing kitchens, two bio-mass heated greenhouses, rooftop and ground-level vegetable gardens and fruit-bearing trees, and more. Durham College also introduced Suswaaning Endaajig, the new Aboriginal Student Centre and the Durham Chinese Canadian Cultural Centre, both located in the Simcoe building, helping us to partner with the community as part of our strategic vision. By spring convocation, June 2010, Durham College had reached nearly 50,000 alumni. It also awarded its first-ever Durham College honorary credential to dental surgeon Dr. Peter Zakarow, acknowledging his dedication to community involvement and Durham College, where he served as college governor (starting in 1982) and chair of the Board of Governors (1985-1987). In September 2010, Durham College was honoured with the 2010 Business Excellence Award, and later in the year was named one of Greater Toronto’s Top Employers. Durham College enrolment in the fall of 2010 had increased 37 per cent since 2004, and reached an all-time high the following year with the introduction of 11 new programs in the areas of Carpentry – Sustainable, Digital Photography and Digital Video Production, Emergency Service Fundamentals, Victimology, Welding Techniques, and more.