College and Career Readiness

Adult Basic Education (ABE)

ABE courses are available for adults who are at least 18 years of age and 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 Durham Tech Main Campus, the Orange County Campus, and other sites throughout Durham and Orange counties. (All new students at the Orange County Campus, Chapel Hill Skills Development Center, and other Orange County locations must take a placement test and complete a brief orientation prior to registering for courses.) View 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 the schedule.


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. Our program 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 battery of official GED 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. Qualified students may prepare for the High School Equivalency test from the comfort of their homes. 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 section.