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Durham Technical Community College serves Durham and Orange counties and follows an open-door with guided placement admissions philosophy to provide all students with the  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.

History: Durham Technical Community College is a charter member of the North Carolina Community College System and opened its doors on September 5, 1961.

Location: Durham Tech's 79-acre main campus is located two miles from the Durham City Center. The Orange County Campus is a 20-acre campus centrally located in Orange County.

Number of students: 7,637 curriculum, 12,515 continuing education

Student Gender Curriculum: 40% male 60% female

Curriculum Student Diversity: 40% black, 34% white, 14% Hispanic, 12% other/unknown

Curriculum Student Age: 45% 18-25, 27% 26-35, 13% 36-45, 9% over 45, 6% 17 and under

Average class size: 16

Majors Offered: 46 programs with over 100 degree, diploma, and certificate options.


We recognize that attracting and retaining outstanding faculty and staff is critical to maintaining our academic standard of excellence. That is why we offer competitive benefits for our employees. View the Benefits Brochure.


Mission: 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.

Core Values


We value a welcoming, vibrant, and safe campus environment.


We value learning through rigorous quality instruction, focused student support, and appropriate student activities.


We value an engaging, collegial atmosphere with professional, ethical, and respectful interactions that enhance learning.


We value the unique experiences of individuals, the diversity of the community, and equitable outcomes for all students.


We value continuous  improvement in all areas of the college by encouraging effective innovation, appropriate use of technology, responsible stewardship of financial and human resources, and professional development for faculty and staff.


We value unity through the common purpose of serving students and the community.


We value internal and external relationships that seek to solve common challenges collectively and collaboratively.

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