About Durham Tech

courtyard in front of Educational Resources Center Durham Technical Community College is a charter member of the North Carolina Community College System. When the North Carolina General Assembly authorized a small appropriation to establish a limited number of area schools to be known as industrial education centers in 1957, Durham already had a vigorous program in adult education through the Vocational and Adult Education Department of the Durham City Schools. A Practical Nursing program had been established in 1948; other programs included training in mechanical drafting, architectural drafting, and electronics technology. In addition, literacy skills training was offered for adults. Courses to upgrade the skills of workers also were offered in a variety of trades.


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 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 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 Bar; insurance pre-licensing courses are approved by the North Carolina Department of Insurance; and 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 21-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 Measures

In 2010, NCCCS President Scott Ralls established a Performance Measures Committee to develop new performance-based student success measures to go into effect in 2013. While some of the names of the performance measures may resemble those that have been adopted in the past, the descriptions and methodologies highlight distinct improvements including making the measures closely aligned with key initiatives, more focused on student successes, more objective, uniform across colleges, more valid and reliable, and more cohort-based in order to track student success.

NCCCS System Measures and Durham Tech performance can be viewed on the College Performance web page.