Durham Tech’s College and Career Readiness programs focus on developing basic reading, writing, and math skills to provide students an opportunity to obtain a high school diploma.
Programs offered include Adult Basic Education (ABE), Adult High School Diploma (AHSD), General Educational Development, and Compensatory Education (CED). Prior to enrollment, all applicants must complete a structured orientation that includes placement testing. Students are enrolled in courses based on placement test results. For more information, please call 919-536-7218, ext. 3003.
Admission, Placement, and Enrollment into ABE, AHSD, and GED Courses
Chapel Hill – Placement testing is administered at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 22 and Thursday, June 19. All testing takes place at the Orange County Skills Development Center, 503 W. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill.
Hillsborough – Placement testing is administered at 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 5 and Thursday, July 10. All testing takes place at the Orange County Campus, 525 College Park Drive, Hillsborough.
Enrollment for ABE and GED courses is permitted throughout the semester, based on space availability.
*No appointment is needed to attend workshops or take the placement test; however, admission is on a first-come, first-served basis.
The ABE program serves adults who read below the ninth-grade level. Students take courses in basic reading, writing, and math to prepare them to enter the Adult High School Diploma or GED program.
Review the Adult Basic Education
Adult Secondary Education programs provide students without a high school diploma an opportunity to earn a high school credential. Students who complete the Gateway to College Adult High School Diploma (AHSD) or General Educational Development (GED) programs successfully may participate in Durham Tech’s annual commencement exercises held each May. Courses are tuition-free, but students are required to buy their own 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