Residents of Orange and Durham counties can take advantage of programs and services at any of Durham Tech's locations.
Classes are held at many sites in Orange County including the Orange County Campus (OCC) and the Orange County Skills Development Center (OCSDC).
Durham Technical Community College's Orange County Campus (pictured left )is located in the Waterstone Development outside of Hillsborough. More information about the Orange County Campus including driving directions, a map, bus routes, and a phone directory can be found on the Orange County Campus web page.
The Orange County Skills Development Center (pictured right) is located on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. The college has five classrooms/instructional spaces in this facility. Directions to the Orange County Skills and Development/JobLink Center.
The course focuses on the functions and duties of the escort driver for overweight/oversized vehicles in NC, as well as highway operations and breakdown operations. Cost includes handbook and materials. (Because this course is self-supporting, no tuition waivers or exemptions are allowed.) 8 hours. $69
Vehicle Escort Driver Recertification
This course is for all escort vehicle operators who are currently certified but need to complete their four-hour recertification training. Cost includes handbook and materials. (Because this course is self-supporting, no tuition waivers or exemptions are allowed.) 4 hours. $69
To be admitted to this course, the NC Secretary of State requires that all candidates be able to speak, read, and write in English, and present a valid government photo ID. See www.sosnc.com for additional requirements. Textbook included. Register with care as refunds and transfers are not accepted. (Because this course is self-supporting, no tuition waivers or exemptions are allowed.) 7 hours. $95 Register and pay online for this course. If you prefer pay with cash, you may register using an alternative method.
Web Page Design
Students plan, design, and create a working website. Topics include interface design, HTML, CSS (Cascading Style Sheet), graphics, and site management. Skills are introduced through structured exercises and applied through individual creative projects. Keyboarding and word processing experience recommended. HTML and CSS Design and Build Websites by John Duckett, ISBN 978-1118-00818-8, is the required textbook. 36 hours. $134
Culinary Arts and Hospitality
Become a bartender or improve your bartending skills. Gain mastery in cocktail preparation and techniques, as well as how to recommend wine. Learn industry recipes, vernacular, product usage, sanitation, bar set-up, customer service, etiquette, garnishes, and frozen drink preparation. Become RASP/TIPS/BARS certified and gain a fundamental knowledge of North Carolina ABC laws and regulations. While open to beginners, this course also serves as a refresher for bartenders wanting to fortify their skills. Colored water is used in class. Students must be 21 years old. 15 hours. $89
Emergency and Medical Services (EMS)
The schedule of courses is listed on the EMS web page.
Health Care Professionals
The schedule of courses is listed on the Nursing Assistant web pages.
Introduction to Qigong
Qigong (chi gung) is the time-honored system of cultivating health through breath, movement, and intention. This introductory course provides you with some simple forms and principles to help you increase body awareness, support healing, and create a meditative, mindful state. Some of the many benefits of practicing qigong, include greatly reducing physical and mental stress, strengthening your body internally and externally, and improving your physical balance. No particular abilities are needed for you to attend this course and practice qigong. (Because this course is self- supporting, no tuition waivers or exemptions are allowed.) 6 hours. $49
Beginning Yoga I
Targeted to beginners, this course focuses on a different topic each week, including alignment of the body in postures, positive thinking, breathing exercises, philosophy, basic anatomy, deep relaxation, and asana (practice of postures). The course emphasizes the principles of yoga as well as stress management, breathing techniques, and postures. Students need a yoga mat, pillow, and comfortable clothes. (Because this course is self-supporting, no tuition waivers or exemptions are allowed.) 16 hours. $74
NEW! Basic Principals of Interior Design and Decorating
This introductory course covers the basic principles of interior design and decorating. Topics include design flow, organization, and space planning, as well as selecting color and paint techniques, furniture, fabric, lighting, and accessories. 24 hours. $88
Spanish is Fun Book I
This beginning Spanish language course enhances students’ job opportunities and adds to their intercultural understanding, while developing skills in communication, reading, writing, and listening. This course is designed for students with no previous experience in Spanish language or whose experience does not make placement in a higher-level Spanish course advisable. Spanish Is Fun Book I, Lively Lessons for Beginners, 4th edition, ISBN 978-1-56765-815-6, is the required textbook. 48 hours. $129
Cuba Travel Program
Durham Tech is offering a travel program to Cuba October 10–18. The program also has an accompanying Continuing Education course on Saturday mornings beginning in June to prepare students for their time in Cuba. More information on the travel program — including information session dates, the class meeting dates, cost information, and deadlines — can be found on the Travel/Study Abroad page. Base price: $3,741 (price is subject to change)
Abstract Painting I
If you like contemporary abstract paintings or prefer design to realism, this course gives you the tools and techniques you need to have fun and create abstractly. This course is perfect for someone who has little or no formal training in painting, but appreciates color and eye-catching compositions. (Because this course is self-supporting, no tuition waivers or exemptions are allowed.) 18 hours. $90.25
Polymer Clay Jewelry Salon
Students who have completed Polymer Clay Jewelry I can advance to a more challenging course to learn specific techniques. This course is very product-driven and focused, allowing students to have fun creating eight or more advanced pieces of jewelry. (Because this course is self-supporting, no tuition waivers or exemptions are allowed.) 18 hours. $89
Polymer Clay Mixed Media Art
Learn how to combine polymer clay with acrylic painting to create unique wall art. Other media and techniques of your choice may also be incorporated. Take your painting and polymer clay creations to another level with this exciting combination. (Because this course is self-supporting, no tuition waivers or exemptions are allowed.) 18 hours. $90.25
Starting Your Own Organic Garden
Suitable for gardeners of all levels, this course provides students with research-based, practical methods for gardening organically. Participants learn how to effectively plan a garden, start seeds, improve soil, control weeds, and establish an environment that is naturally resistant to pests and disease. Students also learn methods for no-dig gardening, such as container, soil bag, and straw bale gardening. Hands-on projects include using one of these methods to grow a crop of the student’s choice, as well as planning a full-scale garden. How to Grow More Vegetables by John Jeavons, ISBN 978-1580087964, is the required textbook. (Because this course is self-supporting, no tuition waivers or exemptions are allowed.) 24 hours. $89
Design with Nature to Live Sustainably
Interested in making your home and yard more productive and sustainable? Students learn how to design and plant edible native landscapes; reduce energy consumption by using alternatives; capture and reuse rainwater; raise chickens and bees; compost; and select nontoxic, healthy materials for your home. Students learn principles that can be applied to their own projects and take field trips to see these principles in practice. This class is held at different locations in Durham and Orange counties. 20 hours. $74
Photography: The Basics
Have you ever taken a picture of a beautiful scene, but it didn’t turn out as pretty as you remembered? Have you ever gotten a new camera but didn’t understand how it worked or the manual wasn’t helpful? Enabling you to pick up a camera and use it easily, this course helps you improve the quality of the photos you take by focusing on basic techniques and then moves well past amateur photographic knowledge. Students may need to purchase additional materials. 24 hours. $74
Digital Photography: Beyond the Basics
Move beyond point and shoot. This course guides students deeper into the controls of a digital camera by answering such questions as: Do you shoot in jpeg, raw, or tiff? How do you control your own white balance? How should you save your work? What can you do to improve or alter the picture after you have the shot? How can you get a better exposure? How can you improve your lighting? Students should have completed Photography: The Basics prior to this course or have basic camera knowledge. 24 hours. $74
Fine Art Photography
Students learn what makes a good black and white photograph by exploring creative tools and techniques in Photoshop. 24 hours. $74
This course takes the learning outside. This course concentrates on developing your “photographic eye” to take better pictures. Every other class meeting is held at a different location. After every location shoot, the photos taken are reviewed to help you improve your ability and understanding of good photography. A basic understanding of photography is recommended but not necessary. 24 hours. $74
TAre you ready to have fun taking pictures now that you know how to use all of your camera controls well? In this course, students participate in advanced photography projects using histograms, custom white balance tools, flash controls, details of exposure, and custom functions of the camera. Prerequisite: Digital Photography: Beyond the Basics or permission of the program coordinator. 24 hours. $79
Photojournalism: The Basics
Photojournalism is about telling a story or describing/documenting an event with photographs in a way that others can understand. This class teaches how to make a good photojournalistic photograph, how to record events as they happen, and how to capture all of the necessary elements. Once the course has begun, off-site locations will be determined to give students a hands-on opportunity to create great photographs. This course is suitable for all levels of photographers who want to learn how to record their favorite events. 24 hours. $74
Workforce Development (HRD)
Résumé from Start to Finish
You can’t get the job if the employer doesn’t read your résumé. This hands-on course helps you create an attention-grabbing résumé that shows you to your best advantage. Learn how to write a powerful cover letter, as well as tips for submitting online applications. 15 hours. $79 (Free for qualified participants; see above.)
Job Search Plus: LinkedIn and Beyond
Are you familiar with LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook? Come learn the newest ways to use social media for networking and seeking employment. Since 80 percent of today’s jobs are found on the “hidden” job market, find out how to establish an online presence to gain access to opportunities. 6 hours. $79 (Free for qualified participants; see above.)
Job Search Strategies for Mature Professionals
Mature workers face particular advantages and challenges in their job searches. Job seekers “of a certain age” may face negative stereotypes, but savvy, informed employers seek candidates who offer the best skills, regardless of age. Prepare yourself to be the best candidate by adding social networking to your search! 42 hours. $129 (Free for qualified participants; see above.)
Job Seeker's Résumé and Application Labs (with KeyTrain Tutorials)
Need to create a résumé or cover letter, search for jobs, or apply for employment online? Want to improve your opportunities for getting that great job, changing careers, or “recession-proofing” your job skills and résumé? Need to practice and/or refresh your skills before taking WorkKeys® assessments to earn your Career Readiness Certification? 87 hours $184 (Free for qualified participants; see above.)Enroll anytime for one-on-one assistance!
Job-Seeking Skills Workshop
Need new and creative strategies for employment networking? Attend any one of these workshops to become familiar with different strategic plans of action to target your ideal job. Along with networking, learn proper interviewing techniques. 4 hours. $74 (Free for qualified participants; see above.)
Networking and Interviewing
Need new and creative strategies for employment networking? Along with networking, learn proper interviewing techniques. 12 hours. $74 (Free for qualified participants; see above.)
Workforce Ready Re-Entry
This course provides specific work-readiness activities for students who are “justice involved.” The term “justice involved” refers to all individuals with a criminal record, ranging from being charged to being recently released from incarceration. This issue can create barriers to some licenses, certifications, and, ultimately, employment. This course helps students navigate education and skills training, as well as provide an approach to interviewing techniques and résumé preparation customized to their needs. 16 hours. $74 (Free for qualified participants; see above.)
ACES – Assessments, Competencies, and Exam Success
Stand out from other job applicants! Earn a credential that proves you possess critical workplace skills in applied math, effective communication, and information retrieval. This hybrid class provides orientation to the benefits of WorkKeys® assessment and then gives online access to tutorial modules that prepare you for exam success. The assessment modules can be completed in our on-campus lab or wherever you have computer access. 81 hours. $189 (Free for qualified participants; see above.)
Tech Awareness for the Workplace
This course is designed to teach you how to promote yourself in a tough job market using today’s technology. Learn how to use the computer to locate job openings, create a résumé and cover letter, complete online applications, use social media for effective networking, and build an electronic employment portfolio. 36 hours. $180 (Free for qualified participants; see above.)
HRD courses are FREE for qualified participants. To qualify for free courses, participants must be unemployed, have been notified of a lay-off, or are underemployed (underemployed persons are defined as working part-time and/or are eligible for the Federal Earned Income Tax Credit).
Review the guidelines to see if you are eligible. To register for HRD courses, complete the Continuing Education Registration Form and the HRD Tuition and Fee Waiver Request/Verification Form. Read more about registration procedures or call more information, call 919-536-7222.
If you or your family have been adversely affected by changes and the downturn in the tobacco industry over the past 20 years, you may qualify for funding towards tuition, books, and required materials for short-term training. Read more about Project SkillUp.