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Durham, NC 27703-5023
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Durham Technical Community College

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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).

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

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.

Financial Aid

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.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 6143rd for the average student loan amount.
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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.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Local Community

Durham is the fourth largest city in North Carolina. In addition to DTCC, it is home of Duke University as well as North Carolina Central University.


Durham Technical Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Information Summary

Ranks 118th in North Carolina and 3223rd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 2 0.04
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1 0.02
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 917 0.40
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 27 0.01
Forcible Rape 64 0.03
Robbery 699 0.30
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 3,874 1.68
Larceny 6,768 2.93
Vehicle theft 628 0.27

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Durham, NC 27703-5023
Surrounding communityMidsize city (inside urban area, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population31,682 (28,917 urban / 2,765 rural)
Households11,612 (2.71 people per house)
Median Household Income$41,435
Families8,271 (3.13 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Urban-serving Single Campus
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingMedium two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3701

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4247th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $1,748 $1,748 $6,296
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $92 $92 $92
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $72 $72 $263
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $3,140 $3,140 $7,688
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $15,282 $15,282 $19,830
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $5,282 $5,282 $9,830

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $2,220 $1,840 $2,220 $1,840 $8,364 $6,388
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,300(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $10,000(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,200 $2,742
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,200 $2,742

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 1 299 63 37 6 432 103 945
Accounting 5 1 3 4 2 15
Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions, Other
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician 3 3
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 6 2 3 7 2 20
Business Administration and Management, General 9 1 4 14
Child Development 8 3 11
Clinical Research Coordinator 41 1 1 26 15 84
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science and Allied Professions, Other
Computer Programming/Programmer, General 2 18 20
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 3 1 1 7 1 13
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance 3 6 1 10
Criminal Justice/Police Science 8 2 23 34
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 7 7 14
Crisis/Emergency/Disaster Management 4 4
Dental Laboratory Technology/Technician 5 10 14 29
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 27 4 1 5 37
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 4 1 5
Electrician 6 9 15
Electromechanical and Instrumentation and Maintenance Technologies/Technicians, Other 4 7 11
Elementary Education and Teaching
Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician 1 1
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 1 1 2
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician 16 16
Fire Protection, Other
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 2 1 1 4
Information Science/Studies 2 2 2 6
Information Technology 1 3 4
Language Interpretation and Translation 1 5 1 7
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 19 4 45 68
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 7 3 3 13
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 56 27 14 2 112 38 251
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 12 1 1 3 5 22
Machine Shop Technology/Assistant 3 1 4
Management Information Systems, General 4 1 1 8 1 15
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 4 1 1 6
Medical Office Management/Administration 3 1 4
Medical/Clinical Assistant 10 18 28
Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician 6 3 4 13
Occupational Therapist Assistant 1 11 2 15
Office Management and Supervision 4 2 6
Operations Management and Supervision
Opticianry/Ophthalmic Dispensing Optician 1 4 2 7
Optometric Technician/Assistant 2 1 3
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant 3 1 3 2 9
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 18 23 10 52
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 4 1 9 1 15
Spanish Language and Literature 2 12 7 2 23
Surgical Technology/Technologist 3 1 5 3 12
System, Networking, and LAN/WAN Management/Manager
Teacher Assistant/Aide

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3608th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $48,549 ($48,529 male / $50,087 female)
Number of FT Faculty 91 (32 male / 59 female)
Number of PT Faculty 439
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $3,308,928

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