Adult Day School

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Program Summary

Adult Day School allows you to earn high school credits to complete your graduation, upgrade marks or take courses needed for future employment or post-secondary.  There are no tuition fees and a new term starts every 9 weeks. Morning or afternoon classes are available and courses use a hybrid format (blend of face-to-face and online learning) allowing for flexible study options.  When enrolled in Adult Day School, you can have a Mature Student Evaluation or a Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) done through the Guidance department.

Course Information 

Course Registration Information

Dual Credit Programs

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Program Overview

Try on a Trade!   Free!  

Dual credits are free college courses which also count towards your Ontario Secondary School Diploma.    You have a college instructor and a high school teacher who assists your transition to college study with special supports and workshops.

This upcoming Term 3 (Feb 1, 2024 – Apr 15, 2024), the course offering is a full-time day program consisting of two Durham College credits:  Wood Framed Construction (RENO 1101/TSQ4T), and Basic Electrical Techniques (TFBE1301/TNC4T).  Grade 12 Workplace Math (MEL4E) with a focus on construction math skills rounds-out the full-time program.   Students may also participate in a Cooperative Education placement in the following term (Term 4) to consolidate skills, earn additional credits, and gain valuable employment connections. 


Course Description

The Wood Framed Construction course covers the fundamentals of wood framing structures and components integral to stick framed structures. Students will learn the basic building skills for new construction and almost every remodeling or addition project. The Basic Electrical course covers an understanding of electricity, basic wiring methods, components, tools, and authority standards associated with a single family electrical residential installation.   Additional time will be spent on small construction projects, construction math, and safety.  Certifications include: Standard First Aid & CPR, Working at Heights, Fire Extinguisher Training, and WHMIS. 


College Program Benefits

Free course tuition

Earn two college credits

Learn to use DC Connect (online college course platform)

Free application voucher for those applying to an Ontario College

Free Durham Region Transit pass for the duration of the classes


High School Benefits

Earn up to 5 credits towards the Ontario Secondary School Diploma

Participate in Optional Co-op the following term

Upgrade employment skills

Transition to work or college

Free First Aid & CPR, Working at Heights Certification, Fire Extinguisher Training and WHMIS


Potential Students

Adult dual credit courses are intended for individuals who meet the student profile criteria as outlined by the Ministry of Education:

- aged 21 or older,

- working towards the Ontario Secondary School Diploma

- interested in the program content

- capable of working at the college level academic programming 

This program would appeal to adults who want to explore the trades of wood framed construction and electrical, try out a college course for free, learn valuable hands-on skills, prepare for further college study, work, or apprenticeship.  This term’s Wood Framed Construction course is part of the Carpentry and Renovation Technician Diploma program at Durham College.  Basic Electrical is a course from the 1-year Trades Fundamentals program at Durham College.


Class Format

In person, Monday to Friday from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm




Scheduling is being finalized.  The program will take place between both Whitby Campus for Durham College and EA Lovell Adult and Continuing Education Centre. 

E. A. Lovell ACEC - Map
120 Centre St. S.
Oshawa, ON
L1H 4A3 


Durham College

Whitby Skills Trade Centre

1610 Champlain Ave.

Whitby, ON

L1N 6A7


Application Form / Registration / Contact Information


Note:  All requests for registration are reviewed to ensure that applicants meet the student profile criteria.  Registration in the program is only finalized after all required documentation is received. 


To begin the registration process, please complete the on-line Registration Form.


For more information, please contact:
Maureen Cook:





Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) 
How can I earn high school credits as an adult?
  1. Complete a Day School course. 
  2. Complete an eLearning course.  
  3. Complete a correspondence course.
  4. Attend a night school class.
  5. Complete a course through the North Credit program (for people who live in Beaverton, Cannington, Port Perry, Uxbridge and surrounding communities).  
  6. Complete a cooperative education course.
  7. Complete a summer school course.
  8. After completing 1 credit through any of Durham Continuing Education's programs, you can get a Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) or a Mature Student Evaluation (MSE) done.
How do I juggle my personal responsibilities along with my school committments?

Many students have family, personal and/or work responsibilities outside of school. Durham Continuing Education offers many program alternatives to day school, including:

  1. eLearning
  2. Learn@Home correspondence courses
  3. Night School
  4. North Credit program (for residents of Beaverton, Cannington, Port Perry, Uxbridge and surrounding communities)
  5. Summer School

Students can enroll in a class that best fits their schedule. If you are a young parent collecting Ontario Works, you may qualify for a program called Learning Earning and Parenting (LEAP) which assists parents with school and parenting. Speak with your OW counsellor about possible options.

Many organizations assist students in their return to work, including Ontario WorksOntario Disability Support ProgramImmigration and Citizenship, and the John Howard Society. Contact a community agency that may be of assistance to you for more information.

How much does a course cost?
There are no fees for Day School courses.
I only have a few credits. Can I really get my diploma?

DCE offers Adult Upgrading courses for students to strengthen math and reading skills before entering credit courses.

Depending on how long you have been out of school, you may be eligible for Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR) or a Mature Student Evaluation (MSE).

What job skills training programs are available? 

In addition to the regular credit programming, students can complete Pathways certificate programs. Pathways programs include classroom theory and cooperative education placements. Programs available include:

  1. Building Maintenance and Environmental Services
  2. Hospitality
  3. Logistics and Distribution
  4. Office Administration
  5. The Enterprising Employee
Program Location

E. A. Lovell ACEC - Map

120 Centre St. S.

Oshawa, ON

L1H 4A3

Student Testimonial - Ashley

"The hybrid course I just finished, along with the one that I took last term, have better helped me understand how to use computers.  The option to use Office 365 has helped me because I do not have Microsoft Word at home.  I was able to work on things at home, including my ISU. I appreciate the option to do a hybrid course because a lot of people going to DCE have children that aren't quite in school yet, so the opportunity to stay home and work on homework is nice and it meant that I wasn't losing a day away from my studies."

Ashleigh Owen


Student Testimonial - Mick
Climbing My Own Personal "Mount Everest"
What Do I Need to Bring to My Registration Appointment
  1. Proof of Canadian Citizenship (if you were born outside of Canada, please bring the original of one of the documents below):
    1. Canadian citizenship card
    2. Canadian Passport
    3. Permanent Visa
    4. Other Visa
    5. Student Visa
    6. Refugee Status
  2. Photo identification - Canadian Passport, Driver's Licence, Health Card

If you were born outside of Canada, we will require your place of birth and the date of your landing in Canada for registration. All ID must be in the same name. If you have changed your name you must provide legal proof of the name change.

It is recommended that you bring:

  • a high school transcript/consolidated school report or status sheet from your last secondary school
  • if you are preparing for post-secondary studies, you should bring a list of the pre-requisites for the program(s) you are hoping to work towards