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Career and College Promise (CCP)

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Gateway to College at Durham Tech Community College is an educational option for Durham Public Schools (DPS) students between the ages of 16-21 who have dropped out of high school but have a desire to get back on track and earn a diploma. What makes Gateway to College truly unique is that students will not only have a second chance to earn a high school diploma, but Gateway participants will also be earning college credits. Gateway to College is a scholarship program. The scholarship pays for college tuition, fees, and books. Students must read at an eighth grade level or higher before entering the program. To learn more about the eligibility requirements and how to apply, visit the Gateway to College website at

Career and College Promise provides seamless dual enrollment opportunities for eligible NC high school students to earn college credits that may be applied toward the completion of college certificates, diplomas, and associate degrees.

The three pathways available to high school students are Career and Technical Education, College Transfer, and Cooperative Innovative High Schools.

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Gateway to College

Adult High School Diploma Program (AHSD)

Students enrolled in Durham Tech's Adult High School Diploma program are required to complete 22 units of credit, which include 4 electives. An official transcript will be reviewed to determine which units completed in high school satisfactorily qualify for transfer into the AHSD program. While most courses in the AHSD program are taught in a traditional setting, some courses are offered online. Applicants must have successfully completed a minimum of 10 high school credits to enroll in the AHSD program. Regular class participation is required for this program.

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General Equivalency Diploma (GED)

The GED® Test Battery is based on high school curriculum standards and certifies mastery in four parts: literacy, social studies, science, and math. The GED diploma is the certified equivalent of a traditional high school diploma. Students may take courses to prepare for the battery of official GED tests. Courses are offered in traditional classroom and lab settings, as well as online. In some settings, students are able to work at their own pace. Students must pay a $120 fee before taking the official GED tests.  

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Middle College High School (MCHS)

MCHS at Durham Technical Community College is a Durham Public Schools high school for juniors and seniors. Located on Durham  Tech.'s campus, MCHS consists of students from three school districts: Durham Public Schools, Orange County Schools, and Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. Students apply for admission to MCHS (see How to Apply), and once accepted, take both community college courses and honors level high school courses.

All Durham Tech. classes and the use of required textbooks are free to MCHS students.

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City of Medicine Academy

The City of Medicine Academy is designed for highly motivated Durham high school students who are ready to undertake serious academic work and career-related internships. We provide a four-year health career curriculum for students interested in pursuing health care careers  It is expected that these students will be able to enter college with advanced credits and earn industry standard certification.

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