Adult Basic Education (ABE)

ABE courses are available for adults who are at least 18 years of age and wish to improve their reading, writing, and math skills. ABE students perform below the high school level on placement tests. Adult Basic Education courses are designed to prepare students to move into the Adult High School Diploma (AHSD) or High School Equivalency (GED) programs.

These free courses are held at Durham Tech’s Main Campus, the Orange County Campus, and other sites throughout Durham and Orange counties. (All new students at the Orange County Campus, Chapel Hill Skills Development Center, and other Orange County locations must take a placement test and complete a brief orientation prior to registering for courses.)


Durham County
T 8/18 9 a.m.–1 p.m. and  5–7 p.m WHITE
W 8/19 9 a.m.–1 p.m. and  5–7 p.m WHITE
Orange County
M 8/24 9 a.m.–noon OCC
M 8/24 9 a.m.–noon OCSDC

Course Schedule

Language Arts
M–Th 8/24–12/10 9 a.m.–1 p.m. WHITE
TTh 8/24–12/10 6–8 p.m. WHITE
MW 8/25–12/9 5:30–7:30 p.m. WHITE
Math Improvement
M–Th 8/24–12/10 9 a.m.–1 p.m. WHITE
MW 8/25–12/9 5:30–7:30 p.m. WHITE
M–Th 8/24–12/10 9 a.m.–noon OCSDC
M–Th 8/24–12/10 9 a.m.–noon OCC
TTh 9/8–12/10 5:30–7:30 p.m. UBC

Pre DRE Course

This course is designed to align with the DRE curriculum recently adopted by the NCCCS. It is an integrated reading and writing course that will provide relevant foundations for those students placing below the minimum required to enter DRE courses. Influenced by the DRE Curriculum and the Common Core State Standards adopted by North Carolina’s public schools, the course stresses introductory level reading and understanding of informational and fictional texts, summary, response, and narrative writing, using Standard Written English, critical thinking, and goal setting. Students are enrolled based on assessment results.

M–Th 8/17–10/12
8:30–10:15 a.m. WHITE