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High school students, ages 16–17, may enroll in Continuing Education classes, including American Sign Language, if they submit a completed dual-enrollment form approved by their high school principal or designee. Students must be 16 at the time of enrollment and the first day of class, per North Carolina Administrative Code 23 NCAC 02C.0305, Education Services for Minors.

American Sign Language, Introduction

This slower-paced course provides a basic introduction of American Sign Language (ASL) fundamental concepts and functions through a culturally enriched learning environment. Participants learn the basic functioning of fingerspelling and how to introduce themselves through this manually spoken language. No textbook is required. (Because this course is self-supporting, no tuition waivers or exemptions are allowed.) 10 hours. $70

50121 W 4/6–5/4 6–8 p.m. CEC 605 April 1 registration deadline
Kailyn, a student in the sign language program at Durham Tech, signed the national anthem at a recent Durham Bulls Baseball Club game. She knocked it out of the park.

"I enjoy it. I enjoy being a part of the deaf community," Kailyn Herold-Rhoe said. "The deaf community is basically a giant family. I like the feeling, the possibilities, the amount of things I can do. There's no limit."
Kailyn Herold-Rhoe signs at a recent Durham Bulls game

Spanish is Fun Book I

This beginning Spanish language course enhances students’ job opportunities and adds to their intercultural understanding, while developing skills in communication, reading, writing, and listening. This course is designed for students with no previous experience in Spanish language or whose experience does not make placement in a higher-level Spanish course advisable. Spanish Is Fun Book I, Lively Lessons for Beginners, Paperback edition, ISBN 978-1634199285 is the required textbook. It can be purchased online at or at the Durham Tech bookstore. 48 hours $129.

52475 TTh 5/17–8/4 6–8 p.m. CEC 605 May 12 registration deadline

Spanish is Fun Book II

A continuation of the introductory-level course, this course features increased emphasis on vocabulary enrichment, grammar, and reading comprehension. Spanish Is Fun Book II, Lively Lessons for Advancing Students, Paperback edition, ISBN 978-1629746708 is the required textbook. It can be purchased online at or at the Durham Tech bookstore. 48 hours $129.

52472 MW 5/16–8/10 6–8 p.m. CEC 605 (May 11 registration deadline

Spanish Literature

This intermediate/advanced level course includes poetry, prose, fiction, and nonfiction, from 20th and 21st century Latin-American writers. Students study these works for vocabulary and grammar usage, as well as for elements of style and interpretation of meaning. Students read some of the best contemporary literature while improving their ability to communicate in Spanish. 48 hours. $129

52473 TTh 5/17–7/7 10 a.m.–noon CEC 605 May 12 registration deadline

Advanced Spanish Literature

In this course, students read Spanish literature, including modern Spanish and Latin American prose and poetry, with grammar and vocabulary study as needed. Students read aloud to practice pronunciation. Conversation and presentations are also included to improve communication skills. Prerequisites are knowledge of Spanish grammar and a broad vocabulary. 32 hours $129

52474 TTh 5/17–7/7 12:30–2:30 p.m. CEC 605 May 12 registration deadline