College and Career Readiness

compensatory studentDurham Tech offers 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 Compensatory Education program, an individual must be diagnosed with an intellectual disability or function on an equivalent level as a result of a head injury. Preregistration is required for all courses. For more information about course content, registration, or placement into classes, please call 919-536-7218 x3104.

Eligibility and Requirements

To be eligible to participate in the Compensatory Education program, an individual must be 18 years old and must be diagnosed with an intellectual disability or function on an equivalent level resulting from a head injury.

To enroll in the Compensatory Education program, the following information is needed:

  • Documentation of an intellectual disability or traumatic brain injury, signed by a physician, licensed psychiatrist, or licensed psychologist.
  • Completion of the admissions process, which includes assessment and orientation.
  • Case manager’s data form and emergency contact information.
M–Th 6/1–7/30 9 a.m.–noon NDC
TTh 6/2–7/30 1–3 p.m. Rainbow 66
M–Th 6/1–7/30 9 a.m.–noon DECI
MTW 6/2–7/29 1:15–3:15 p.m. WHITE
TTh 6/2–7/30 4–6 p.m. WHITE


A variety of classes are offered throughout the year:

Functional academics

  • Reading skills
    • Communication skills
    • Functional information
    • Phonics
    • Comprehension
    • Enrichment
  • Writing skills
    • Printing
    • Sentence/paragraph structure
    • Spelling
    • Grammar
  • Math skills
    • Number knowledge
    • Time telling
    • Basic money skills
    • Math computation
    • Calculators
  • Social science
    • Geography
    • American history
    • Civics

Community living

  • Home management
  • Financial literacy
  • Work literacy skills


Leisure and humanities

  • Leisure awareness
  • Visual arts appreciation
  • Music appreciation
  • Dance appreciation
  • Drama/theatre appreciation
  • Sign language
  • Technology/computer

Health and safety

  • Physical health
    • Human body
    • Hygiene
    • Nutrition
    • Physical fitness
    • Human sexuality
  • Mental health
    • Self-concept/personal awareness
    • Socialization
    • Self-advocacy
  • Personal safety
    • Safety in the home
    • First aid
    • Medical terms/medications
    • Animal safety
    • Safety in travel
    • Internet safety

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