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College and Career Readiness

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.

Open Registration
Summer semester for College and Career Readiness:  June 2, – July 31, 2014.
Registration will be held on Wednesday, May 21, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. in the White Building, College and Career Readiness wing.

Admission, Placement, and Enrollment into ABE, AHSD, and GED Courses
Main Campus – Prospective students entering ABE, AHSD, and GED courses must attend an eight-day New Beginnings Workshop/Orientation. Workshops are held Monday – Thursday from 9 a.m. – noon or 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Prospective students must attend all workshops before registering for courses. Placement testing in Language, Math and Reading is included as part of the orientation process. For more information about day and/or evening 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. 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.

Adult Basic Education (ABE)

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 Schedule.

Adult Secondary 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.

Gateway to College Adult High School Diploma (GtCAHSD)

Students enrolled in Durham Tech’s Gateway to College Adult High School Diploma program are required to complete 22 units of credit, which include four electives. An official transcript will be reviewed to determine which units completed in high school satisfactorily qualify for transfer into the GtCAHSD program. While most courses in the GtCAHSD program are taught in a traditional setting, some courses are offered online. Regular class participation is required for this program.

View the GtAHSD Registration Schedule.

General Educational Development (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 $80 fee before taking the official GED tests.

View the GED schedule and GED testing.

Pre-GED/GED Online

Durham Tech now offers pre-GED/GED online instruction. Qualified students may prepare for the GED test from the comfort of their homes. Eligible students must have Internet access and possess the ability to work independently. All interested students must attend a pre-online study orientation. For further information, please call 919-536-7218, ext. 3003.

View GED Online information

Compensatory Education (CED)

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



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