Apply: New Students

Graduating Early from High School?

Students who are graduating in March are eligible to take our Spring “mini-session” courses, starting in March and summer courses, starting in May.

Required steps:

  1. Complete your Durham Tech Admissions Application stating your enrollment date is spring or summer of your graduating year.
  2. Complete your FAFSA for the current academic school year, which runs from August–July. (For example, if it is currently Jan 2016, you would complete the FAFSA for the 2015-2016 school year).
  3. Take the Durham Tech placement test (if required).
  4. Attend a ConnectSession, Durham Tech's student orientation.

Optimal Completion Dates:

If you want to enroll in the March “mini-session” courses, please have all steps completed by February 15.
If you want to enroll in summer courses starting in May, please have all steps completed by April 15.

Options for Students Without a High School Credential

Durham Tech has a number of options for students who are interested in developing academic skills and have not yet earned a high school diploma. Whether you are an adult looking to improve your skills and earn a high school diploma or its equivalent, a high school student interested in dual enrollment in college-level classes, or a learner of English as a Second Language (ESL), Durham Tech is here to serve you. View a complete list of our options for students without a high school credential.

Career and College Promise (CCP)

Career and College Promise provides seamless dual enrollment opportunities for eligible NC high school students to earn college credits that may be applied toward the completion of college certificates, diplomas, and associate degrees.

The three pathways available to high school students are Career and Technical Education, College Transfer, and Cooperative Innovative High Schools.

Learn more about the Career and College Promise Program and how to enroll.

Middle College High School (MCHS)

Simone Wilder and Mariah MacKinnon Simone Wilder (pictured left) and Mariah MacKinnon (right) were two of five students who graduated with Associate's Degrees at the 2016 Durham Tech Commencement before they graduated from Middle College High School. Congratulations!

MCHS at Durham Technical Community College is a Durham Public Schools high school for juniors and seniors. Located on Durham  Tech.'s campus, MCHS consists of students from three school districts: Durham Public Schools, Orange County Schools, and Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. Students apply for admission to MCHS (see How to Apply), and once accepted, take both community college courses and honors level high school courses.

All Durham Tech classes and the use of required textbooks are free to MCHS students.

MCHS received an “A” on the 2014-2015 State Report Card – one of only three schools awarded an A or A+ in Durham Public Schools.

More information can be found at

City of Medicine Academy

The City of Medicine Academy is designed for highly motivated Durham high school students who are ready to undertake serious academic work and career-related internships. We provide a four-year health career curriculum for students interested in pursuing health care careers. It is expected that these students will be able to enter college with advanced credits and earn industry standard certification.

More information can be found at

Other High School Options

Durham Tech also offers Adult Basic Education (ABE) and Adult Secondary Education, which includes Gateway to College Adult High School Diploma (GtCAHSD) and High School Equivalency Diploma.

More information can be found in the College and Career Readiness section