Student Support Services

Center for Academic Excellence

The Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) provides curriculum students at Durham Tech with the academic support they need to be successful. CAE tutors and staff strive to do the following:

  • Provide students with an alternative learning environment for individualized and small group tutoring sessions.
  • Empower students to be proactive in achieving their academic success and to challenge them to become independent and critical thinkers by modeling effective examples of clear communication.
  • Collaborate with colleagues inside and outside the CAE to share best practices in tutoring, academic support, and general higher education.

More information can be found in the Center for Academic Excellence section of the website.


Durham Tech libraries support the mission and goals of the College by providing staff, services, and resources to support learning, research, engagement, and success.

The library’s collection on Main Campus, Northern Durham Center, and Orange County Campus, includes more than 40,000 books, magazines, newspapers, videotapes, and a variety of other audiovisual materials. Also, students use online databases and the Internet to find information on topics of interest.

The library’s website contains links to the college’s online catalog and full-text databases. Library hours, policies, research guides, and a guide to citing sources are also available in this section.

Durham Tech participates in a consortium of community college libraries in North Carolina. The holdings of all consortium libraries may be searched simultaneously from the online catalog. Also, students may borrow books from those colleges in person with a valid Durham Tech identification card or via interlibrary loan.

Most materials may be checked out for three weeks. Reference and reserve materials may be used only in the library. Members of the staff are always available to help students locate and use the library’s resources. To borrow materials, a user must present a valid Durham Tech identification card.

Library facilities include individual and group study areas as well as an area where students may read newspapers, popular magazines, professional journals, and paperback books. A quiet room is also available for individual study.

Counseling Services

Counselors help students explore their best options for academic and personal success. Counselors are available to meet with students individually to discuss a wide range of personal concerns, provide encouragement and support, intervene in times of crisis, make referrals when necessary, and help students identify and resolve personal issues.

To make an appointment with one of our counselors, please call 919-536-7207, or visit the Counseling and Student Life office in the Phail Wynn, Jr. Student Services Center, room 10-209. More information can be found in the Academic and Personal Counseling section of the website.

Career Services

Our diverse, rapidly growing economy offers tremendous opportunity for students searching for a job. However, identifying the career and specific job that suits one’s skills, abilities, and personality can be a frustrating task. Career Services offers resource materials, interest inventories, workshops, and individual counseling to help students develop and clarify career goals. Services are available to Durham Tech students and alumni. Students interested in taking advantage of Career Services should visit the Career Center, located in the Phail Wynn Jr. Student Services Center, room 10-109, or view the Career Center section of the website.

Durham Tech is also a key partner in the Durham NCWorks Career Center located a few blocks from the Main Campus. This partnership enables Durham Tech students and the residents of Durham to access countless job opportunities throughout the state.

Disability Services

Durham Tech provides disability accommodations and services designed to create equal access to the many aspects of education. Students have the opportunity to voluntarily self-identify with the college as having a disability or medical condition that may impact access to programs and activities.

Students with disabilities may achieve educational access through the effective use of accommodations or services such as individualized educational planning; support staff including note-takers and interpreters; assistive technology; alternative testing arrangements; and priority assistance during registration. Through a process of individual planning, students are supported in the process of using their diverse abilities to succeed.

View the Disability Services section for more information and forms or visit the Counseling and Student Life office, located in the Phail Wynn, Jr. Student Services Center, room 10-209.

Additional Financial Support Services

Durham Tech offers several support services for students with additional financial needs to help them persist and complete their goals. These include on-campus resources such as the Campus Harvest Food Pantry and the Emergency Financial Assistance Program, as well as referrals to community agencies.

Durham Tech also provides students with free financial coaching through a partnership with The Financial Clinic. A trained financial coach will be able to assist students with a diverse range of financial matters related to assets, banking, credit, debt, and financial goal setting. The financial coach is available through the Counseling and Student Life office, located in the Phail Wynn, Jr. Student Services Center, room 10-209.