Durham Tech’s College and Career Readiness programs (formerly Basic Skills) focus on developing basic reading, writing, and math skills to allow students to obtain a high school credential. Programs offered are Adult Basic Education (ABE); Adult Secondary Education, which includes Gateway to College Adult High School Diploma (GtCAHSD) and General Educational Development (GED) diploma; and Compensatory Education (CED). Before enrolling, all applicants must complete a structured orientation that includes placement testing. Students are enrolled in courses based on placement test results.
Admission, Placement, and Enrollment into ABE, AHSD, and GED Courses
Main Campus – Prospective ABE, GtCAHSD, and GED students must attend a structured orientation that consists of a series of workshops and placement testing. Workshops are held Mondays–Thursdays from 9 a.m.–noon or from 5:30–8:30 p.m. Students must make an appointment and must attend all workshops before registering for courses. For more information about workshops times, and locations, review the Workshop Schedule or call 919-536-7218, ext. 3003.
Chapel Hill – Placement testing is administered at 9 a.m. one Friday each month: August 22, September 12, October 10, and November 7. All testing takes place at the Orange County Skills Development Center, 503 W. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill. No appointment is needed; admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call 919-536-7218, ext. 3003.
Hillsborough – Placement testing is administered at 9 a.m. one Friday each month: August 29, September 26, October 24, and November 21. All testing takes place at the Orange County Campus, 525 College Park Drive, Hillsborough. Students may enroll in ABE and GED courses throughout the semester, based on availability. No appointment is needed; admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call 919-536-7218, ext. 3003.
Once students have been admitted, they may register August 20–21. Fall semester courses begin August 25.
ABE courses are available for adults who wish to improve their reading, writing, and math skills, and who have performed below the high school level on placement tests. ABE courses are designed to prepare students to move into the Gateway to College Adult High School Diploma or General Educational Development programs. These free courses are held at the Durham Tech’s Main Campus, the Orange County Campus, and other sites throughout Durham and Orange counties. Registration is open until each course is full.
Review the Adult Basic Education
Through Adult Secondary Education programs, students without a high school diploma can earn a high school credential. After completing either the Gateway to College Adult High School Diploma (GtCAHSD) or General Educational Development (GED) program, students may participate in Durham Tech’s annual commencement exercises. Courses are tuition-free, but students are required to buy their books.
Durham Technical Community College offers Compensatory Education courses free of charge for adults 18 years of age and older with developmental disabilities. Compensatory Education has a specific curriculum, and computer-aided instruction is available in all classrooms. To be eligible to participate in the Compensatory Education program, an individual must be diagnosed with an intellectual disability or function on an equivalent level as a result of a head injury. To obtain a schedule of courses or for information about the course content, registration, or placement into courses, please call 919-536-7218, ext. 3104.
View the Compensatory Education Schedule