On December 15, 2022, the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood donated $4,000 towards Durham College’s “Building for Skills” Campaign, shining a spotlight on skilled trades training, innovation and education. The presentation took place at the Centre for Skilled Trades and Technology (CSTT) building which is now fully operational, with reconfiguration underway of space vacated in the Main Building, at the Durham College south campus......

Given the skilled labour shortage both locally and nationally, the timing of this new project could not be better. Skills Canada estimates that 40 per cent of the new jobs created, in the next decade, will be in skilled trades. Colleges Ontario forecasts that by 2030 the province will face a skilled labour shortage of more than 500,000 workers

Generously partnering with Durham College to help fund the expansion with transformative support are Ontario Power Generation (OPG), the Region of Durham, the Town of Whitby and the Durham College Student Association (DCSA), the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood is pleased to add to the support and gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations and hopes that they can do even more in the years to come.

To date, the Building for Skills campaign has raised over $9.9 million toward the $10 million in community support required to fully fund the construction, furnishings and equipment for the CSTT.

The Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood is asking community members to make a donation today. Your donation today, means more training space, more students and more innovation in the skilled trades. Please donate online ( https://durhamcollege.ca/.../alumni/giving-to-dc/donate-now ) or contact Jennifer.Clark@durhamcollege.ca to discuss a gift that is best for you.

In the photos, Don Lovisa, President of Durham College is receiving the big $4,000 cheque from Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood Past President , Dr. Larry Hurren. Oshawa-Parkwood Rotary Club Past President Dave Andrews was also on hand to make the presentation.