Adult Basic Education (ABE)

Adult Basic Education (ABE) courses are available for adults who wish to improve their reading, writing, and math skills, and who have performed below the high school level on placement tests. ABE courses are designed to prepare students to move into the Gateway to College Adult High School Diploma or High School Equivalency programs. These free courses are held at the Durham Tech Main Campus, the Orange County Campus, and other locations throughout Durham and Orange counties. Registration is open until each course is full.

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ABE First Step Program

Durham Tech offers the Adult Basic Education First Step program (formerly 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 Adult Basic Education First Step 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.


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