Orange County Continuing Education (noncredit) Courses

Continuing Education offerings vary based on workforce development needs and community interest. Examples of courses include Automotive, Business, Career Training, Communication, Computer, Emergency Medical Services, Health, Wellness, and Fitness, Languages, Nursing Assistant, Personal Enrichment, Photography, and Workforce Transition. 

Human Resources Development/Workforce Transition

These courses provide skills assessment, employment skills training, and career development and enhancement. View the course schedule.

Public Safety Careers

  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

  • Law Enforcement Extension

Adult Basic Education

These courses are designed to improve basic skills and prepare students to move into the Adult High School Diploma or GED program. This program is limited to adults at least 18 years old who have not had the opportunity to complete the eighth grade or who are functioning below a ninth-grade reading level. View the schedule.

High School Equivalency

The High School Equivalency test is based on high school curriculum standards and certifies mastery in four parts: literacy, social studies, science, and math. The High School Equivalency diploma is the certified equivalent of a traditional high school diploma. Students may take courses to prepare for the tests. Courses are offered in traditional classroom and lab settings, as well as online. In some settings, students are able to work at their own pace. Students must pay a fee before taking the tests.

The test is free for Durham and Orange County residents. Read more about free testing. View the schedule.

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 the schedule.

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. View the course schedule