College Catalog: About Durham Tech

Durham Technical Community College is a charter member of the North Carolina Community College System. With campuses throughout Durham and Orange counties, Durham Tech is the community college of choice for more than 18,000 students annually. The College opened as the Durham Industrial Education Center in 1961 and officially became Durham Technical Community College 25 years later. Durham Tech serves students seeking credentials needed to enter careers in health care, child care, automotive, skilled trades, business, culinary, public safety, and more and those wishing to earn their associate’s degree and transfer to a four-year university. The College also has opportunities for eligible North Carolina high school students, international students, veterans, and adults looking to complete their high school educations.


Durham Technical Community College champions learning and success, delivers outstanding teaching and service, and develops career skills for today and tomorrow.

Vision Statement

We aim to be our community’s first choice for learning. As a great learning college, we will continue to be a model for demonstrating student success and excellence in teaching; empowering learners to enrich the local and global communities; and preparing students to contribute to the economic vitality of the region.


As a comprehensive community college serving Durham and Orange counties, Durham Tech follows the open-door with guided placement admissions philosophy to provide all students an opportunity to acquire meaningful credentials and secure living-wage employment through education and training. Offerings include postsecondary technical and occupational programs leading to a degree, diploma, or certificate; the first two years of a four-year degree; general education for personal growth; a wide variety of corporate and continuing education courses for workforce preparation and development; and college and career readiness instruction that includes an adult high school diploma program, high school equivalency preparation programs, and English language development courses.

View the entire Strategic Plan.


Durham Technical Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate’s degrees, diplomas, and certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Durham Technical Community College. For other inquiries, including general admission questions, individuals should contact Durham Technical Community College directly. View the list of programs accredited by national associations.


Durham Technical Community College is approved by and a member of the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS). The following programs are approved by state agencies: the Emergency Medical Sciences program is approved by the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services; the Opticianry program is approved by the North Carolina State Board of Opticians; the Nursing Assistant I program is approved by the North Carolina Division for Facilities Services; the Paralegal Technology program is approved by the North Carolina State Barand the Basic Law Enforcement Training program is approved by the North Carolina Department of Justice.


The statutes of the State of North Carolina provide for the organization and administration of a community college system under the direction of the State Board of Community Colleges. The 15-member board has full authority to adopt all policies, regulations, and standards it deems necessary for the operation of the system. Members of the State Board are appointed by the Governor and the General Assembly. The State Board has three major functions: equitable distribution of funds and fiscal accountability; establishing and maintaining state priorities; and educational program approval and accountability.

Durham Technical Community College is governed by a Board of Trustees. Four members of the Board are appointed by the Governor, four are appointed by the Durham County Board of Commissioners, four are appointed by the Durham Public Schools Board of Education, and two are appointed by the Orange County Board of Commissioners. Trustees serve four-year terms and set local policy for the College. A representative of the College’s Student Government Association also serves as a non-voting member of the Board.

View the members of the Board of Trustees.

Performance Outcomes

Durham Tech uses State Performance and its own internal College-specific metrics to assess student performance, goal completion, and employment success. These metrics are designed as a tool to help the College analyze data on key student outcomes in ways that both provide a big-picture goal for improvement and a starting point for rigorous, internal program-level assessment. The metrics provide an outline for collecting comparative student outcome information relevant to completion, transfer and bachelor’s degree attainment, equitable access and success, learning, and post-graduation success in labor markets.