Center for Academic Excellence

The Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) will be closed on Tuesday, April 9th, 2024 from 10:00 a.m. to noon for Tutor professional development and meetings. Online tutoring through Upswing will be available during this time.

The Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) provides students at Durham Tech with the academic support they need to be successful. CAE tutors and staff strive to do the following:

  • Provide students with an alternative learning environment outside of the classroom for individualized tutoring and small group tutoring sessions.

  • Empower students to be proactive in achieving their academic successes and to challenge them to become independent and critical thinkers by modeling effective examples of clear communication.

  • Collaborate with colleagues inside and outside the CAE to share best practices in tutoring, academic support, and general higher education.

Students can make an appointment or walk-in for in-person tutoring. Virtual tutoring is only available through Upswing.

Spring 2024 Writing Center Workshop Schedule

Incorporating Quotes into Your Writing

  • Wednesday, March 6, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. (In Center)
  • Thursday, March 7, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. (In Center)

A Study Skills and Stress Management Seminar

  • Tuesday, March 13, 11:00 a.m. - noon (Wynn 10-301)
  • Wednesday, March 14, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. (Wynn 10-301)

Book an Appointment with a CAE Tutor

CAE tutors are available in-person. Call 919-536-7200, ext. 2404 or email to make an appointment. 

In your email or voicemail, please include your name, phone number, the subject for which you need tutoring, and the days and times you are available. 

Book an Appointment with Upswing

Access Upswing by using the same username and password that you use for Self-Service. Once logged in, use the search box at the top of the Upswing Virtual Learning Platform to search for a tutor in your desired subject. If you have any questions on how to navigate through Upswing, call us at 919-536-7200, ext. 2404 or email

NOTE: Students under 18 need permission from a parent or guardian to use Upswing tutoring services. If you are under 18 and wish to use CAE tutors online or via Upswing, contact us prior to using the services.

Tech Skills Coaching

Have you received/purchased a laptop for your online classes but need help setting it up? Does the thought of submitting online assignments make you nervous? Do you find yourself wondering where you saved your documents on your computer? If you need help with basic computer skills, we will be happy to help! Contact the CAE at 919-536-7200, ext. 2404 or email

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