2020-2021 College Catalog and Student Handbook

Printable version: November 16 (PDF), Summary of Revisions (PDF),  August 1 (PDF)

Message from the President

Congratulations on making the decision to further your education and expand your options. We are proud you have chosen Durham Technical Community College.

Durham Tech welcomes you to an outstanding educational institution dedicated to building careers, growing lifelong skills, offering innovative programs, and ensuring an equitable open-door experience. We are the community college of the City of Medicine, Durham and Orange counties, and the workforce development hub within Research Triangle Park. Whether you’re looking to obtain a bachelor’s degree from one of our prestigious neighboring universities, an associate’s degree aligned with an in-demand occupation, or gain career experience with one of our high-impact certifications, Durham Tech has what you need.

Since 1961, Durham Tech has provided high-quality, affordable, and convenient technical and career education. We have offered higher education and a pathway toward success for thousands of Triangle residents and have helped power the economy by educating skilled workers for employers across the region. Durham Tech provides a variety of quality programs that are designed to help you succeed. The College has more than 100 credit certificate, diploma, or degree programs and has guaranteed admissions pathways to eligible students wanting to attend University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill or North Carolina State University. We also have several program partnerships and university transfer options with nearby North Carolina Central University. The College also offers Continuing Education courses and programs for students wanting to acquire new skills relevant to their current or aspiring careers or personal interests.

Durham Tech is committed to serving and supporting all our students. It is a core value of our institution. We serve high school students looking to jumpstart their college education, dozens of undocumented, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and international students, as well as adults wanting to earn a high school diploma. Our Center for the Global Learner and Office of Institutional Equity and Inclusion provide year-round resources and guidance for student support.

The following College Catalog and Student Handbook will provide more information about our services, the College resources available to students, and how Durham Tech can help you excel during your time with us.

Please also explore our College website to find out more about Durham Tech, our programs and courses, and student activities at Durham Tech.

We are dedicated to enhancing student learning and fostering community growth and development. Welcome to the next step in your educational journey. We are excited to have you join the Durham Tech community.

J.B. Buxton
President, Durham Technical Community College