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Westervelt College

Westervelt College has a long and colourful history in London, Ontario. First established in 1885 by James Washington Westervelt Sr., our college has come a long way and remains an important establishment within the London community.


Our college was established by James Washington Westervelt Sr. in 1885.  Our first location was at the corner of Richmond Street and King Street.


A year later in 1886, we welcomed our first female students into our student population.


Westervelt College assisted in the founding of the Business Educator's Association of Canada.


Westervelt College expanded and relocated to the YMCA Building, occupying the top floor of the King Street building by Wellington and Waterloo.


Westervelt relocates once more - this time to 463 Richmond Street (which was formerly known as the Western Hotel, then Lucan Stagecoach Lines).


The college remained at 463 Richmond Street until 1972 when it relocated to 190 Wortley Road.  


Donna and Allan Doerr take over ownership of Westervelt College. Donna was an experienced instructor who had taken over as principal of the college in the previous year.  Together, they set to the task of building an educational institution that has been a part of London's history since 1885.


Under the leader of Donna and Allan Doerr, Westervelt College was awarded the Community Service Award from the National Association of Career Colleges.


In 1995, the construction of the present-day 4-storey, 40,000 square foot campus was completed at the corner of Wellington Street and Bradley Avenue.


The Ontario Restaurant, Hotel and Motel Association awards Westervelt College "Supplier of the Year" for supplying the best graduates in Ontario for employment in the Hospitality industry. 


In 2001, the London Police Service Recruiting and Training recognized Westervelt College for our dedication and commitment to the training of members of the London Police Service through our Law, Security and Police Foundations diploma program.


Westervelt College was awarded the "Outstanding Business Achievement Award" by the London Chamber of Commerce - an association that we are proudly a part of.


2010 was a special year for us as we celebrated 125 years and over 48,000 graduates.  That year, we received recognition from the Prime Minister, the Premier of Ontario as well as the Attorney General. "The enterprise and the hard work of those who have built Westervelt College over these many decades is an accomplishment that has benefitted the community and our province." 


Westervelt College joins Education Consolidation Corporation (ECC), an education holding group consisting of colleges across Canada.


In August 2014, the Canadian Society of Orthopaedic Technologists (CSOT) chose Westervelt College to be the only educational institute in Canada to offer its program, Orthopaedic Technician. Westervelt graduates will earn hours towards their apprentice certification with the CSOT and will be eligible to write their board exams upon completion of 850 hours.


In 2015, the Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA) approved Westervelt College to offer the Health Information Management program.  Upon completion of this diploma program, graduates will be able to certify through the Canadian College of Health Information Management (CCHIM) for the designation of CHIM.