College Catalog: College and Career Readiness

Adult Basic Education (ABE)

ABE courses are available for adults who wish to improve their reading, writing, and math skills. ABE students perform below the high school level on placement tests. Adult Basic Education courses are designed to prepare students to move into the Gateway to College Adult High School Diploma (AHSD) or High School Equivalency programs.

These free courses are held at the Main Campus, and other sites throughout Durham and Orange counties. (All new students at the Orange County locations must take a placement test and complete a brief orientation prior to registering for courses.) View the registration and schedule information.

Adult High School Diploma (AHSD)

Students enrolled in the Gateway to College Adult High School Diploma program are required to complete 22 units of credit, which include four electives. An official transcript will be reviewed to determine which units completed in high school satisfactorily qualify for transfer into the AHSD program. While most courses in the AHSD program are taught in a traditional setting, some courses are offered online. Regular class participation is required for this program. View AHSD Enrollment Steps.

Adult Basic Education First Step

Durham Tech offers the Adult Basic Education First Step Program to students with developmental disabilities and beginning adult readers who have the ability to benefit from an academic and career-focused setting. The program’s focus is to accelerate academic skills in reading, math, language, and computer literacy. Courses are free and students may enter Adult Basic Education (ABE) courses at any time and progress at their own pace. Preregistration is required.

High School Equivalency (HiSET® and GED®)

The High School Equivalency test is based on high school curriculum standards and certifies mastery in four subject areas: language arts, social studies, science, and math. The High School Equivalency diploma is the certified equivalent of a traditional high school diploma. Students may take courses to prepare for the tests. Courses are offered in traditional classroom and lab settings as well as online. In some settings, students are able to work at their own pace.

Durham Tech also offers High School Equivalency online instruction. Eligible students must have Internet access and possess the ability to work independently. All interested students must attend a pre-online study orientation. For further information, view the High School Equivalency Diploma section.