Orange County Campus
The Orange County Campus (OCC) at Durham Tech is a 20-acre campus centrally located in Orange County. The purpose of the campus is to better serve Orange County residents as they pursue their education, workforce training, and lifelong learning. The 40,000-square-foot brick structure, located in the Waterstone Development outside of Hillsborough, holds 22 instructional spaces, including classrooms, computer and science labs, a library, flexible use space, instructional and student support services areas, and faculty and student lounges.
This facility also has many “green” building features, including aluminum light shelves, photovoltaic systems for solar-assisted water heating, rainwater collection and reuse, waterless urinals, and operable window vents in all classroom areas. All of these features contribute to energy efficiency and cost savings.
The campus provides free wireless access. Connect to the account labeled "Durham Tech Students." Enter your ConnectMail account for verification before accessing the system.
Curriculum (credit) Programs Offered at OCC
Many credit courses are available to current Durham Tech students and visiting students at the Orange County Campus. View the courses webpage for the most current schedule of classes, then review the advising and registration information. If you're new to Durham Tech, get started here.
University Transfer Associate in Arts (AA) Degree Program
Interested in quality courses that seamlessly transfer to four-year schools? Our University Transfer Associate in Arts (AA) degree courses are rigorous and comparable to those at the local universities. Plus, you have the advantage of small classes, personal attention, experienced instructors, and the convenience of the Orange County Campus. So start your pursuit of the AA degree at the Orange County Campus today. To learn more about earning the Associate in Arts degree at Durham Tech, visit the University Transfer section.
Health and Wellness
Students who complete Health and Wellness core curriculum courses have the option to then complete an Associate Degree Nursing, Clinical Trials Research Associate, Medical Assisting, Respiratory Therapy, Occupational Therapy Assistant, or Practical Nursing degree or diploma. Students also have the option to complete an AA or AS degree in University Transfer since many of the courses in the Health and Wellness core curriculum are transferable to four-year colleges.
Human Services and Public Safety
Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) trains students in the essential skills required for entry-level employment as law enforcement officers with state, county, or municipal governments, or with private enterprise. Enrollment in the 20-hour certificate program requires agency sponsorship.
Continuing Education (non-credit) Courses
Continuing Education offerings vary based on workforce development needs and community interest. Examples of courses include Automotive, Business, Emergency Medical Services, Languages, Nurse Aide, Photography, and Workforce Transition. View the Continuing Education schedule.
Human Resources Development/Workforce Transition
These courses provide skills assessment, employment skills training, and career development and enhancement. View the Essential Skills Training course schedule.
Public Safety Careers
Adult Basic Education
Adult Basic Education courses are designed to prepare students to move into the Gateway to College, Adult High School Diploma, or High School Equivalency programs. Adult Basic Education (ABE) courses are free and available for adults who have performed below the high school level on placement tests and who wish to improve their reading, writing, and math skills.
View more information about Adult Basic Education.
High School Equivalency
The High School Equivalency diploma is the certified equivalent of a traditional high school diploma. High School Equivalency tests are based on high school curriculum standards and certifies mastery in four parts: literacy, social studies, science, and math. Students may take courses to prepare for the tests. Courses are offered in-person, as well as online. Students must pay a fee before taking the tests.
View more information about High School Equivalency.
Adult Basic Education 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.
View more information about Adult Basic Education First Step.
English as a Second Language (ESL)
These free courses give non-native speakers of English the opportunity to develop their English speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in classroom and real-life situations.