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.
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
ServSafe (Food Safety Training)
ServSafe is a nationally recognized food safety and sanitation training program. It is designed for experienced food service employees and managers who need to comply with local and state health department requirements for food manager/food handler certification or recertification. Key topics include contamination and food-borne illnesses; food protection; HACCP; cleaning, sanitizing, and accident prevention. ServSafe Manager Book, 6th edition, (English, with Answer Key for Paper and Pencil), ISBN 978-0133075687, is the required textbook and must be brought to the first class. It can be purchased online at www.servsafe.com. 16 hours. $74
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.
Home Inspector’s Prep
Study the basics of residential construction, including building science, methods of construction, insulation, heating and air conditioning, ventilation, electrical, plumbing, building codes, footings and foundations, floors, and wall framing. This course, the prerequisite for Professional Home Inspection Training, is designed for anyone involved in residential real estate, including builders and supervisors. 36 hours. $129
Interior Design and Decorating
This course is designed for the do-it-yourself homeowner; those hiring a design professional; and those interested in becoming an interior decorator, re-designer, real estate stager, or interior designer. Topics include design flow, space planning, selecting color and paint techniques, furniture, fabric, lighting, accessories, and organizing. The last two sessions focus on making a career out of your passion, hiring contractors, and bringing design/decorating into perspective. (Because this course is self-supporting, no tuition waivers or exemptions are allowed.) 24 hours. $79
NEW! 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
Introduction to Brewing Beer at Home
Students learn about the ingredients, techniques, and equipment needed to brew beer at home. After brewing, fermenting, and bottling a batch of beer during this course, students can begin their own adventures in home brewing. (Because this course is self-supporting, no tuition waivers or exemptions are allowed.) 8 hours. $70
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
This course covers furniture upholstery for more complicated sofas and chairs, and is for students who have already completed the Basic Upholstery course. Students learn how to repair and upholster using channel backs and button tufting. Cost of materials depends on the projects chosen. (Because this course is self-supporting, no tuition waivers or exemptions are allowed.) 24 hours. $79
Health, Wellness, and Fitness
Heartsaver CPR and AED
This course is for anyone with limited or no medical training who needs a course completion card in CPR and AED use to meet job, regulatory, or other requirements. It includes adult, child, and infant CPR modules. Registration and book are required. (Because this class is self-supporting, no tuition waivers or exemptions are allowed.) For more information the CPR section. 4 hours. $35
This course gives women the tools to recognize a developing threat of assault, to deflect it if possible, to escape if practical, and to defend if necessary. While other “feel-good” classes may be appealing, these systems fail conclusively in the real world. The inevitable failure of the unrealistic training system puts lives and emotional well-being in danger. This nonviolent system of prevention and avoidance takes a realistic approach to the subject. (Because this class is self-supporting, no tuition waivers or exemptions are allowed.) For more information the CPR section or dt4ems.com. 8 hours. $52
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.) 14 hours. $74
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
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 – the best place to develop your photography skills. A basic understanding of photography is recommended but not necessary. This course concentrates on developing your “photographic eye” to take better pictures! Every other class meeting is held at a different location. Learn to take better nature, portrait, action, close-up, architecture, and travel shots on location. After every location shoot, the photos taken are reviewed to help you improve your ability and understanding of good photography. 24 hours. $74
Photo Journalism: 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)
NEW! 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. Registration required. 16 hours. $79 (Free for qualified participants; see above.)
Job Search Plus: LinkedIn and Beyond
Are you LinkedIn? Do you tweet? Do you consider Facebook to be a verb? If these terms are foreign to you, 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? 84 hours $184 (Free for qualified participants; see above.)
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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.)
New! 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.)
New! 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. Hybrid course. 90 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. 54 hours. $180 (Free for qualified participants; see above.)