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Your support of the Durham Tech Achievement Campaign creates life-changing experiences for students from all walks of life.

Achievement Campaign gifts support the current and long-term success of Durham Tech by funding the needs of students, faculty, and staff, and by enabling partnership with the business community to train a competitive workforce.

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Students: Working toward a better future

Financial assistance helps students focus on creating a better future for themselves. Most of our students balance work, families, and school, and have limited financial reserves for unexpected challenges. Scholarships help them finish their education faster, stipends help them graduate with work experience, and hardship funding allows them to overcome sudden setbacks.

“I try to recall the feeling of disbelief in myself, the sheer lack of faith that I could do things that were difficult. I never believed that I would be able to apply to a school like UNC, let alone get accepted. My time at Durham Tech and the people I met showed me the true and utter nonsense of those beliefs. I carry the memories of Durham Tech with me, and those hold me up in a way I know is special. ”

Harper Ragin
Durham Tech graduate and former scholarship recipient
Before Durham Tech: High-school dropout
After Durham Tech: Mathematics degree from UNC-CH


Faculty and staff: Keeping learning relevant

Investments in professional development help faculty and staff sustain their expertise in teaching our diverse population of students. Grants help faculty and staff deliver the best student experience possible in the classroom and on campus. Students are here because they want better opportunities for themselves, and our faculty and staff know their own professional development is critical to keeping learning relevant.

“As the community college of Durham and Orange counties, our students need to be job-ready upon graduation, qualified to work in the top-notch medical facilities in our region. Professional development opportunities are essential for our instructors to stay abreast of the latest trends and technologies in their fields and deliver high-quality learning experiences in the classroom and the lab.”

Melissa Oakley Ockert
Dean and Department Head, Health Technologies


Partners: Training a skilled workforce

Opportunities that increase skills, provide work experience, and make students competitive in the job market are just as important to our partners in industry and business as they are to our students. These funds help us create new programs in emerging and growing industries, acquire specialized equipment for training, and customize workforce development. Our graduates are working for local employers including Quintiles, Parata Systems, AW North Carolina, Eisai, Duke University and UNC Health systems, and many others.

“Merck is committed to improving health and well-being around the world. As a company whose products touch the lives of millions of people in a multitude of countries, we hold ourselves to a very high standard. The excellent programs at Durham Tech are instrumental in helping us maintain a well-trained workforce in Durham.”

John Howell
Plant Manager, Maurice R. Hilleman Center
for Vaccine Manufacturing, Merck

Please contact Melissa Chappell, executive director, Durham Technical Community College Foundation at for more information at 919-536-7251.

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