The 60,000 sq. ft. building will be home to numerous specialized labs and shops, which will increase its industrial skilled trades training capacity in Whitby by 750 students. Programs featured in the CSST will include mechanical techniques – plumbing, electrical engineering technician, electrical techniques, and mechanical technician – elevating devices.
In addition, the CSST will feature a double-height shop lab to address the specialized needs of both the mechanical and construction programs. The lab allows plumbing students to work underneath while elevating devices students are able to work in a dual-level elevator shaft. Classrooms will feature moveable walls and furniture to accommodate various configurations. Training labs have dedicated space and equipment for a range of post-secondary and apprenticeship programs.
“This incredible new facility will help bring student success to life, creating opportunities to advance innovation and knowledge and providing a career launchpad for the next generation of skilled tradespeople,” said Don Lovisa, president of Durham College. “The generosity and support from our community is an investment in our collective success and our students’ futures, and core not only to the successful completion of this building but to the entire revitalization of the Whitby campus as we continue to lead the way in transformative education.”
The grand opening featured tours of the new CSTT, an indigenous blessing given by Sen. Cecile Wagar from the Oshawa and Durham Métis Council; an official ribbon-cutting; and remarks from individuals representing Durham College students, alumni, employees and local community partners.