Durham Technical Community College
- The primary mission and purpose of Durham Technical Community College are to provide postsecondary education that prepares students for careers in vocational and technical fields, the first two years of a baccalaureate degree to prepare students for professional careers, basic skills and general education programs that enable students to live productive lives, and skills development courses that meet workforce training needs of the residents and employers of Durham and Orange counties. The college seeks to inspire an active desire for lifelong learning and knowledge that will serve them well in the global workplace. Financially and geographically, Durham Tech provides an educational opportunity not otherwise available to area adults.
- The teacher population of 205 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
|Durham Technical Community College||(NC) Community College Avg.|
|Institution Level||At least 2 but less than 4 years||At least 2 but less than 4 years|
|Total Faculty||205 staff||139 staff|
|Total Enrollment||5,035 students||2,380 students|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||25:1||19:1|
|# Full-Time Students||1,497 students||1,019 students|
|# Part-Time Students||3,538 students||1,361 students|
|% American Indian/Alaskan||-|
|% Two or more races|
|% Non Resident races|
|% Unknown races|
|College Completion Rate|
|Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)||$29,700||$27,500|
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS
- Durham Technical Community College is a charter member of the North Carolina Community College System. When the North Carolina General Assembly authorized a small appropriation to establish a limited number of area schools to be known as industrial education centers in 1957, Durham already had a vigorous program in adult education through the Vocational and Adult Education Department of the Durham City Schools. A Practical Nursing program had been established in 1948; other programs included training in mechanical drafting, architectural drafting, and electronics technology. In addition, literacy skills training was offered for adults. Courses to upgrade the skills of workers were also offered in a variety of trades. Durham Tech offers at the main campus location on Lawson Street and Cooper Street, at the Northern Durham Center on Snow Hill Road, at the Orange County Campus Campus on College Park Road in Hillsborough, at the Orange County Skills Development Center on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill, and at dozens of other locations throughout Durham and Orange counties. Durham Technical Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate's degrees. The college is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges. The Dental Laboratory Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association; the Occupational Therapy Assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Committee for Occupational Therapy Education; the Opticianry program is accredited by the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation; and the Respiratory Therapy program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. The Pharmacy Technology program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. The Surgical Technology program holds provisional accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. The Nursing program is approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing and Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) and Practical Nursing (PN) programs have been approved for accreditation by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).
- The nearest community college to Durham Technical Community College is Tri-County Community College (8.4 miles away).
- College Location Mi. Students
- 1,273 students | 8.40 Mi21 Campus Circle
Murphy,  NC  28906
- 316 students | 17.10 Mi2205 Walnut Street
Cary,  NC  27518
- 400 students | 18.30 Mi3000 Wakefield Crossing Drive
Raleigh,  NC  27614
- 1,077 students | 18.70 Mi15 E Peace St
Raleigh,  NC  27604
- 375 students | 19.30 Mi3901 Capital Blvd Ste 151
Raleigh,  NC  27604
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