Welcome to Durham Technical Community College — the community college of the City of Medicine and Research Triangle Park; Orange County’s community college; and the first steps on the road to a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina Central University, or dozens of other public and private colleges and universities.
Since 1961, Durham Tech has provided high-quality, affordable, and convenient technical and career education; served as the springboard to a bachelor’s degree; enabled tens of thousands of Triangle residents to enjoy continuing education offerings; and given many thousands more a second chance at success through adult literacy programs. With the opening of our Orange County Campus, we now deliver the same high-quality programs and services to the residents of Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Hillsborough, and Mebane.
The quality of our educational programs can be measured in many ways. Over 98 percent of the students who persist to graduation from one of our 100-plus credit certificate, diploma, or degree programs report satisfaction with our programs and services. Within a year of leaving the college, 100 percent of our graduates report getting or keeping jobs. Over 87 percent of the companies that use Durham Tech to provide training for new employees are satisfied with that training. Durham Tech’s graduates who transfer to institutions in the UNC System do as well as or better than native students in their junior year.
We are proud of our many partnerships with other educational institutions in our community. The Middle College High School at Durham Tech provides a way for high school juniors and seniors from the three school systems in our service area to excel academically in a challenging and yet supportive environment while getting a jump on college through dual-enrollment opportunities. Bi-lateral agreements in everything from Accounting and Business Administration to Criminal Justice and Teacher Associate allow students to obtain a two-year associate in applied science degree and be on their way to a bachelor’s degree from dozens of area universities. Our new Gateway to College program offers young people in Durham who have dropped out of high school the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and college credits toward a degree. And our C-STEP partnership provides a way for economically disadvantaged students to graduate from Durham Tech and transfer seamlessly to UNC-Chapel Hill.
As the fourth President of Durham Technical Community College, I invite you to read our Fifth Year Interim Report. You will learn about one of the best community colleges in the state and in the nation — a college dedicated to enhancing student learning and fostering community growth and development. Welcome to Durham Tech!
Dr. William G. Ingram