After eight years, Durham College (DC) and Centennial College have announced that their shared Pickering Learning Site (PLS) will be closing on September 1.
In a release, DC and Centennial say the COVID-19 pandemic has had a deep impact on the post-secondary sector, including the two colleges.
“As a result, DC and Centennial have had to rethink their operational models and facilities’ structures, and have made the decision to cease all operations at the shared PLS,” the release reads.
However, the closure of the site doesn’t mean that classes and programs are being cancelled.
DC says the pandemic has allowed the college to successfully move all classes normally offered at the site to an online or remote delivery model.
For the foreseeable future, all DC programs offered at the PLS will continue to be provided virtually so students can complete their postgraduate certificate programs.
“Unfortunately, difficult decisions are having to be made in these challenging times,” said Dr. Craig Stephenson, president, Centennial College. “In the immediate future, we will serve the PLS students through providing a high-quality online learning experience. We are engaged with the Durham Region and look forward to working closely with the community.”
DC and Centennial College are exploring opportunities to sublease the building for the two remaining years of their lease.
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