Durham Tech's Orange County Campus

Orange County Campus photo 2 The Orange County Campus (OCC) at Durham Tech is a 20-acre campus centrally located in Orange County. The purpose of the campus is to better serve Orange County residents as they pursue their education, workforce training, and lifelong learning. The 40,000-square-foot brick structure, located in the Waterstone Development outside of Hillsborough, holds 22 instructional spaces, including classrooms, computer and science labs, a library, flexible use space, instructional and student support services areas, and faculty and student lounges.

This facility also has many “green” building features, including aluminum light shelves, photovoltaic systems for solar-assisted water heating, rainwater collection and reuse, waterless urinals, and operable window vents in all classroom areas. All of these features contribute to energy efficiency and cost savings.

The campus provides free wireless access. Connect to the account labeled "Durham Tech Students." Enter your ConnectMail account for verification before accessing the system.

Curriculum (credit) programs offered at OCC

Many credit courses are available to current Durham Tech students and visiting students at the Orange County Campus. See the credit schedule web page for the most current schedule of classes, then review the advising and registration information. If you're new to Durham Tech, get started here.

University Transfer Associate in Arts (AA) Degree Program

Interested in quality courses that seamlessly transfer to four-year schools? Our University Transfer Associate in Arts (AA) degree courses are rigorous and comparable to those at the local universities. Plus, you have the advantage of small classes, personal attention, experienced instructors, and the convenience of the Orange County Campus. So start your pursuit of the AA degree at the Orange County Campus today. To learn more about earning the Associate in Arts degree at Durham Tech, visit the University Transfer section.

Health Care Core Pathways

Students who complete the Health Care core curriculum have the option to then complete an Associate Degree Nursing, Clinical Trials Research Associate, Respiratory Therapy,Occupational Therapy Assistant, Pharmacy Technology, Practical Nursing, or Nursing Assistant degree or diploma. Students also have the option to finish their AA or AS degree in University Transfer since many of the courses in the Health Care Core Pathway are transferable to four-year colleges. Which program is right for you?

Continuing Education (noncredit) courses offered at OCC

Noncredit offerings vary based on workforce development needs and community interest. Examples of courses include Automotive, Business, Career Training, Communication, Computer, Emergency Medical Services, Heath, Wellness, and Fitness, Languages, Nursing Assistant, Personal Enrichment, Photography, and Workforce Transition. For a complete list of noncredit course offerings view the course schedule.

Human Resources Development/Workforce Transition

These courses provide skills assessment, employment skills training, and career development and enhancement. View the course schedule.

Public Safety Careers

Adult Basic Education

These courses are designed to improve basic skills and prepare students to move into the Adult High School Diploma or GED program. This program is limited to adults at least 18 years old who have not had the opportunity to complete the eighth grade or who are functioning below a ninth-grade reading level. View the schedule.

High School Equivalency

The High School Equvalency test is based on high school curriculum standards and certifies mastery in four parts: literacy, social studies, science, and math. The High School Equvalency diploma is the certified equivalent of a traditional high school diploma. Students may take courses to prepare for the 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. Students must pay a fee before taking the tests.

The test is free for Durham and Orange county residents. Read more about free testing. View the schedule.

Adult Basic Education First Step Program

Durham Tech offers the Adult Basic Education First Step program (formerly Compensatory Education) courses free of charge for adults 18 years of age and older with developmental disabilities. Compensatory Education has a specific curriculum, and computer-aided instruction is available in all classrooms. To be eligible to participate in the Adult Basic Education First Step program, an individual must be diagnosed with an intellectual disability or function on an equivalent level as a result of a head injury. View the schedule

English as a Second Language (ESL)

These free courses give non-native speakers of English the opportunity to develop their English speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in classroom and real-life situations. View the course schedule

Small Business Seminars

These seminars are free and are offered in partnership with the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Chamber, the Hillsborough/Orange Chamber, and Chapel Hill SCORE. View the schedule.

Career and College Promise

Career and College Promise (CCP) provides seamless dual enrollment educational opportunities for eligible North Carolina high school students in order to accelerate completion of college certificates, diplomas, and associate degrees that lead to college transfer or provide entry-level job skills.

Each step leading to and each step taken on pathways should prepare high school students for college, both academically and culturally. Therefore, the experience from start to completion will be aligned with a “traditional” college student’s experience. This alignment will ideally ensure students are able to accelerate into careers and college seamlessly after high school graduation.

Learn more about the programs.

Map and Directions

The Orange County Campus, 525 College Park Road, Hillsborough, NC 27278, 919-536-7238.

View the print directions to the Orange County Campus or view View Google driving directions (opens in new window).

Bus Service to the OCC: The Orange County Campus is served by Chapel Hill Transit (#420) which conveniently runs approximately ten buses daily from UNC Hospital Campus in Chapel Hill to the front door of The Orange County Campus and back.  View the bus schedule and route map.

Contact us: Orange County Directory