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Our History

Westervelt College has a long and colourful history in London, Ontario. Our college has come a long way and remains an important establishment within the London community since it was first founded in 1885 by James Washington Westervelt Sr.


James Washington Westervelt Sr. establishes our college in 1885 at the corner of Richmond Street and King Street.


A year later in 1886, Westervelt welcomes its first female students into its student population.


Westervelt College assists in the founding of the Business Educators Association of Canada.


Westervelt College expands and relocates 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 originally known as the Western Hotel and later as Lucan Stagecoach Lines.


The college remains at 463 Richmond Street until 1972 at which time it relocates to 190 Wortley Road.


As an experienced instructor, Donna Doerr is assigned as the college principal.


Donna and Allan Doerr take over ownership of Westervelt College. Together, they set to the task of building this educational institution, which has been a part of London’s history since 1885.


Under the leadership of Donna and Allan Doerr, Westervelt College receives the Community Service Award from the National Association of Career Colleges.


In 1995, the construction of the four-storey 40,000 square foot campus was completed at the corner of Wellington Street and Bradley Avenue.  That campus served the college until September 2017.


The Ontario Restaurant, Hotel and Motel Association (ORHMA) 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 recognizes Westervelt College for its dedication and commitment to the training of members of the London Police Service through its Law, Security, and Police Foundations diploma program.


Westervelt College receives the “Outstanding Business Achievement Award” by the London Chamber of Commerce – an association of which we are proud to be a part.


2010 is a special year for the college as it celebrates 125 years and over 75,000 graduates.  That year, Westervelt receives recognition from the Prime Minister of Canada, the Premier of Ontario, as well as the Attorney General of Canada. “The enterprise and the hard work of those who have built Westervelt College over these many decades [are] an accomplishment that [have] 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, Westervelt College started to offer the Orthopaedic Technician program.


In 2015, the Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA) approves 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.


In 2017, Westervelt College was acquired and merged with three of Medix College’s locations in Brantford, London and Kitchener, Ontario. The newly formed Westervelt College is now one of Southwestern Ontario’s largest career colleges.