ConnectSession (Orientation)

How to Get Connected to Durham Tech

Welcome to Durham Tech! Once you have completed your admissions application, you are ready to attend a ConnectSession. These sessions are required for all first-time college students who will be attending Durham Tech.

What You Will Learn at a ConnectSession

During the ConnectSession, you will accomplish several tasks:

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  • Begin making connections with members of your new college community;
  • Learn how to complete the enrollment process and receive information about the resources and services available to students;
  • Review your program choice to determine if it is the best match for your career goals;
  • Learn how to schedule an appropriate course load based on your personal and academic responsibilities;
  • Learn how to prepare for the placement test;
  • Learn how to schedule an appropriate course load based on your personal and academic needs;
  • Review the registration and advising process to allow you to register for your classes;
  • Learn about options for paying for your classes; and
  • Learn how to activate your WebAdvisor and ConnectMail accounts and learn how to use Self-Service to register for classes.

How to Schedule a ConnectSession

After you submit your request, you will see the confirmation page listing the date and time that you have reserved. This page also includes important reminders, so please read it carefully.

A confirmation email will be sent to the email address you provided when you registered for your ConnectSession. You will also receive a reminder email 48 hours prior to your scheduled ConnectSession. This page also includes important reminders, so please read it carefully.

Go to ConnectSession Scheduler Printable ConnectSession Schedule

Students with 12 or more transferrable college credits are welcome and encouraged to attend a ConnectSession but are not required to do so. Students enrolled in an online program (i.e. Fire Protection Technology, Emergency Management, Fire Management Certificate, Fire Inspection Certificate, Business Continuity Certificate, Clinical Trials Research Associate – Level II Certificate, Occupational Safety Certificate, or Optical Apprentice Certificate) have the option of either attending a ConnectSession in person or completing the online orientation.

What to know before attending a ConnectSession

What should I bring to my ConnectSession?

You should bring your Durham Tech student ID number and password(s) if you have already set up your ConnectMail and/or WebAdvisor accounts.

When do ConnectSessions begin?

ConnectSessions begin promptly at the start time noted. If you are unable to attend the entire session, have to leave early, or arrive late, you will need to sign up to attend another session.  Please select a day and time that will allow you to attend the entire session.

Can I bring a guest with me?

Seating is limited and reserved for new students attending ConnectSessions. Guests may wait in the College Café (Main Campus) and Welcome Desk area.

Where do I go for my ConnectSession?

All ConnectSessions are held in a computer lab. No food or drinks will be permitted.

Double-check the location you have chosen to attend a ConnectSession. Main Campus ConnectSessions will be held at the Main Campus, 1637 East Lawson Street, Durham. Orange County Campus ConnectSessions will be held at the Orange County Campus in Hillsborough, 525 College Park Road. Northern Durham Center ConnectSessions will be held at the Northern Durham Center, 2401 Snow Hill Road, Durham. Allow for enough travel time so you won't be late!

Students and other visitors must obtain a temporary visitor permit at the Campus Police and Public Safety office, located in Building 8, next to the Wynn Center.The visitor permit should be clearly displayed inside the left front windshield of the vehicle. For additional information, please review the information located on in the parking section.

Are accommodations provided at ConnectSessions for students with special needs?

If you are an individual with a disability and need an accommodation(s) for the ConnectSession, contact Disability Services at 919-536-7208. Please give staff at least two weeks notice prior to the session you are registered to attend to process your accommodation request.

I am exempt from the ConnectSession; what is my next step?

Students who do not attend a ConnectSession must make alternate arrangements to complete academic advising prior to registration. Visit the Advising section for more information about advising options.

What if I need help?

If you have any questions or difficulties in scheduling your ConnectSession, please contact the ConnectCenter during normal business hours at 919-536-7200, ext. 0.