Options for Students Without a High School Credential

Durham Tech Program Target Age Admissions Requirements Location Timeline Targeted for Non-Native Speakers of English? Expected Learning Outcome Cost Durham Tech Contact
Adult Basic Education (ABE) 18+ Orientation
Must not have attended HS in 6 months
At least one TABE score below 8.9 grade level
Main Campus, OCC, community sites Multiple entry points Higher-level ESL students without a HS diploma may enroll Skill development up to 9th-grade level Free Betty Lyons
lyonsb@durhamtech.edu
919-536-7219, ext. 3103
Adult High School Diploma 25+ Orientation Various locations Multiple entry points No

Adult High School Diploma Free Dr. Marguerita Best
bestm@durhamtech.edu
919-536-7200, ext. 2429
Breaking Through (BT) 18+ Orientation
At least one TABE score within 4–8.9 grade level range in reading, math, or English
Main Campus Multiple entry points Higher-level ESL students without a HS diploma may enroll ABE skill development; High School Equivalency or AHSD; then college-level credential Paid by program, with incentive awards for students Gregory Bellamy
bellamyg@durhamtech.edu
919-536-7218, ext. 3251
Career and College Promise (CCP) 16–18 Juniors and seniors Information session GPA and test score minimums All Campuses Semester basis No

College credits (dual-enrolled) Tuition and fees are free; students must purchase books Patricia Gould
gouldp@durhamtech.edu
919-536-7200, ext. 1417
English as a Second Language (ESL) 18+ Placement testing by ESL department before or during registration Main Campus; various off-campus locations Part-time, Semester basis Yes

English language development, primarily survival skills Registration is free; students may choose to purchase books CGL Office
cgl@durhamtech.edu
919-536-7264, ext. 3228
Gateway to College (GtC) 16 Orientation
9th grade or higher
Application and interview process required
Main Campus Multiple entry points No Adult High School Diploma and some college credit Paid by program Dr. Marguerita Best
bestm@durhamtech.edu
919-536-7200, ext. 2429
High School Equivalency 18+ Orientation
Must not have attended HS in 6 months
6th-grade math level recommended
Main Campus Part-time Multiple entry points Higher-level ESL students without a HS diploma may enroll High School Equivalency test Students must purchase a calculator and books Dr. Marguerita Best
bestm@durhamtech.edu
919-536-7200, ext. 2429
Middle College High School (MCHS) 16–18 Juniors and seniors only
Must have completed World History; English 1 and 2; Algebra 1 and Geometry or Common Core Math 1 and 2
Main Campus Rolling admission Mid-year acceptance also an option No HS diploma; college credits (dual-enrolled) Free (includes textbooks) Website
919-536-7203
Young Adult Basic Education (YABE) 16–18 Orientation
Must not have attended HS in 6 months At least one TABE score below 8.9 grade level
Notarized consent from parent/guardian HS disciplinary record
Main Campus, online Multiple entry points No Skill development up to 9th-grade level Free Gregory Bellamy
bellamyg@durhamtech.edu
919-536-7218, ext. 3251
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