The Durham Tech Foundation advances opportunity for students, the College, and Durham and Orange counties through bold strategic partnerships, resource development, zealous advocacy, and wise stewardship. 


To be a leader in building a community where all have equitable access to education, employment, and opportunity.

Core Values

The Durham Tech Foundation supports the College in being:

The Standard for Excellence

The College commits to the highest professional standards of quality, integrity, and performance in our programs, services, and operations.


The College provides high-quality, learner-centered, and affordable educational and training opportunities, within a welcoming and supportive environment, that supports students through goal achievement. 

A Champion for Equity

The College embraces the diversity, equality, equity, and uniqueness of students, employees, and the communities that we serve by committing to be an anti-racist institution. 


The College monitors and utilizes appropriate data, considers various sources of community input and developing trends, and implements changes to support continuous improvement. 


The College commits to effective, open, and proactive communication. We take responsibility to listen and employ effective communication strategies to inform and foster collaboration.

A Good Steward of Resources  

The College networks with community partners, targeting grant and resource development to address strategic priorities, and by allocating resources based on focused priorities that are sustainable.

A Collaborator

The College fosters economic development by leading, promoting, and creating educational opportunities through mutually respectful and beneficial partnerships with community organizations.


Strategic Goals

In alignment, with the Durham Technical Community College Strategic Plan, the Durham Tech Foundation will support the College in achieving the following two goals by 2026: 

  1. Progressively and equitably increase the number of students completing in-demand credentials and training with goals to reach or exceed a 60% completion rate. Completion rate is the percentage (average) of first-time fall credential-seeking students who graduate, transfer, or are enrolled during the fourth academic year. Methodology for determining completion rates for non-credit programs will be determined. 
  2. Demonstrate positive economic impact within the College’s service area by achieving an 80% job placement rate with earnings that meet or exceed median earnings within the field by expanding and strengthening partnerships with educational providers (PreK - grade16), community-based organizations, and industry sectors within Durham and Orange counties.


  1. Align investments with the College’s four Strategic Priorities Pathways (Pathways to Academic Excellence, Student Success, Living Wages and Economic Mobility, and Institutional Excellence).
  2. Expand partnerships and financial resources available to support the College’s four Pathways.
  3. Bolster Foundation capacity to forge bold partnerships and secure significant investments in the College.
  4. Broaden awareness and visibility of the College’s impact on students and the community.