Adult Basic Education

ABE courses are available for adults who wish to improve their reading, writing, and math skills, and who have performed below the high school level on placement tests. ABE courses are designed to prepare students to move into the Gateway to College Adult High School Diploma or General Educational Development programs. These free courses are held at the Durham Tech’s Main Campus, the Orange County Campus, and other sites throughout Durham and Orange counties. Registration is open until each course is full. For information about courses and a complete course schedule, please call 919-536-7218, ext. 3003.

All new students at the Orange County Campus, Chapel Hill Skills Development Center, and other Orange County locations must take a placement test and complete a brief orientation prior to registering for courses.


Durham County

W 1/14 9 a.m.–1 p.m. and  4–6 p.m WHITE
Th 1/15 9 a.m.–1 p.m. and  4–6 p.m WHITE

Orange County

T 1/20 9 a.m.–noon OCC
T 1/20 9 a.m.–noon OCSDC


student testingCourse Schedule

Language Arts

MTWTh 1/20–5/7 9 a.m.–1:40 p.m. WHITE
MTWTh 1/20–5/7 9 a.m.–noon WHITE
TTh 1/20–5/7 6–8 p.m. WHITE
MW 1/21–5/6 5:30–7:30 p.m. WHITE

Math Improvement

MTWTh 1/20–5/7 9 a.m.–1:40 p.m. WHITE
MW 1/21–5/6 5:30–8 p.m. WHITE


MTWTh 1/20–5/7 9 a.m.–noon OCSDC
MTWTh 1/20–5/7 9 a.m.–noon OCC
TTh 1/20–5/7 5:30–7:30 p.m. UBC

Pre Developmental Reading and English (DRE)

Designed to align with DRE curriculum recently adopted by the NC Community College System, this course prepares students who have not met the minimum score to enter DRE courses. The course stresses reading and comprehending introductory-level informational and fictional texts, and writing summaries, responses, and narratives. Students are enrolled based on assessment results.

MTWTh 1/12–3/9 8:30–10:15 a.m. WHITE
MTWTh 3/16–5/7 8:30–10:15 a.m. WHITE



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