Durham Technical Community College (also known as DTCC or Durham Tech) is a charter member of the North Carolina Community College System. It is a public two-year college and technical school located in Durham, North Carolina. The school’s main campus is close to downtown Durham and the international airport. Students may also take credit and non-credit courses at learning centers located at the Northern Durham Center (NDC), Northgate Mall, SOUTHBank Building, Orange County Campus (OCC) or the Orange County Skills Development Center.
Durham Tech was established in 1961 as the Durham Industrial Education Center. The school was classified as a technical institute in 1965 and renamed Durham Technical Institute as a result. A university transfer program was approved by the state in 1986 and the institute received its current name.
DTCC celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011 and released a commemorative book to celebrate the honor.
Durham Tech offers academic and technical programs of study that lead to over 100 different degrees, certificates, diplomas, and university transfer programs
Students may pursue the Associate in Arts (A.A.) or Associate in Science (A.S.) degree with the intention to transfer to a four-year university as a junior. DTCC’s University Transfer Program allows students to satisfy a majority of required freshman- and sophomore-level classes for considerably lower tuition.
Programs of study include:
- Arts, Sciences, and University Transfer such as A.A. and A.S. degree
- Applied and Public Service Technologies such as Criminal Justice Technology, Law Enforcement Training, and Welding Technology
- Business, Education, and Information Technologies such as Computer Programming, Early Childhood Education, and Office Administration
- Health Technologies such as Dental Laboratory Technology, Nursing, and Health Information Technology
The college also offers a variety of continuing education courses that are not for college credit as well as job training programs, small business information classes, adult education programs, GED classes, and English as a Second Language (ESL).
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The Honors Program at DTCC provides ambitious academically talented students with advanced opportunities for learning, service and leadership in the classroom as well as in the community. Students who are accepted into the Honors Program must enroll in an honors course and collaborate with the instructor on an Honors proposal each semester. Successful completion offers “honors” distinction on transcripts and at graduation.
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Durham County (RSVP), a federally funded program that provides volunteer opportunities for adults age 55 and older, is sponsored by DTCC. The college helps match the skills and interests of volunteers with ways to help serve the community.
DTCC is committed to the safety and health of its students, faculty, staff, visitors, and community members. The school adopted a Tobacco Free Campus policy in 2012.
DTCC is open to all students who have a high school diploma or equivalent. The community college serves a wide range of students including recent high school graduates and continuing education students as well as working professionals.
Prospective students must submit an application for admission along with official transcripts from all high schools and any prior colleges/universities or post-secondary schools attended. International students interested in attended the community college must contact an advisor for instructions for admission.
Durham Tech has enrollment due dates each semester. Completed applications, transcripts, and other required documents must be submitted by the due dates, which are posted on the school’s website, to help ensure timely registration. Applicants are also advised to apply for financial aid as soon as possible.
Accepted students must meet prerequisites for all DTCC classes, and most students are required to take the COMPASS placement test to determine course and level placement. Students who meet certain criteria such as satisfactory SAT, ACT, or IB test scores, may be exempt from COMPASS.
Durham Tech offers a variety of financial aid options for eligible students. These include scholarships, grants, student loans, and work-study programs. Financial aid can be awarded based on need, merit, the number of credit hours the student is taking, and in some circumstances, the student’s program of study.
All students seeking financial assistance are required to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year.
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The college serves over 26,000 students each year, including students preparing for four-year institutions, students seeking associate degrees, continuing education students, adults looking to complete their high school education, and working professionals.
There are many opportunities for students to be involved in campus life. Activities include student clubs and organizations, mentor projects, student publications, and Student Senate. The college offers many services such as campus computer labs, a career services center, disability services, academic counseling as well as personal counseling, and a library which is open six days a week.
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Durham Technical Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
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