2018-2019 College Catalog and Student Handbook


Message from the President

Welcome to Durham Technical Community College — the community college of the City of Medicine, Research Triangle Park, and Orange County. Whether you’re looking to build life-long skills, gain career experience, achieve certifications, or take the first steps to a bachelor’s degree at one of our prestigious neighboring universities, Durham Tech has what you need.

For more than 55 years, Durham Tech has provided high-quality, affordable, and convenient technical and career education. We have provided continuing education to thousands of Triangle residents, and many thousands more a second chance at success through our adult literacy programs.

The quality of our educational programs can be measured in many ways. Durham Tech has 108 credit certificate, diploma, or degree programs and services and 89 percent of our graduates stay in North Carolina. Our students enjoy an 89 percent first-time licensure pass rate, demonstrating outstanding instruction and preparation. Students who transfer to four-year institutions have an 86 percent transfer performance, which indicates success for students with more than a 2.0 GPA at other colleges and universities. In the UNC System, Durham Tech graduates with a degree perform better than native students in their junior year, according to UNC System statistics.

We are proud of our many partnerships with other educational institutions in our community. The Middle College High School at Durham Tech provides a way for high school juniors and seniors from the three school systems in our service area to excel academically in a challenging and yet supportive environment while getting a jump on college through dual-enrollment opportunities. Bi-lateral agreements in everything from Accounting and Business Administration to Criminal Justice allow students to obtain a two-year associate in applied science degree and be on their way to a bachelor’s degree from dozens of area universities. Our Gateway to College program offers young people in Durham who have dropped out of high school the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and college credits toward a degree. And our NC State Community College Collaboration (C3) and C-STEP partnerships provide ways for economically disadvantaged students to graduate from Durham Tech and transfer seamlessly to North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, respectively.

As the fourth President of Durham Tech, I invite you to explore our website. You will learn about one of the best community colleges in the state and in the nation — a college dedicated to enhancing student learning and fostering community growth and development. Welcome to Durham Tech!

Dr. William G. Ingram

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