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.
School Highlights
  • Durham Technical Community College serves 5,035 students (30% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 25:1 is higher than the state community college average of 19:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 55% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 38%.
  • Durham Technical Community College is the only community colleges within Durham County, NC.
  • The nearest community college to Durham Technical Community College is Tri-County Community College (8.4 miles away).

Top Placements

Durham Technical Community College places among the top 20% of community colleges in North Carolina for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 205 teachers has declined by 32% over five years.
Durham Technical Community College(NC) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty205 staff139 staff
Durham Technical Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of Durham Technical Community College has declined by 5% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 25:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Durham Technical Community College diversity score of 0.69 is more than the state average of 0.56. The school's diversity has grown by 16% over five years.
Total Enrollment5,035 students2,380 students
Durham Technical Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio25:119:1
Durham Technical Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students1,497 students1,019 students
Durham Technical Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students3,538 students1,361 students
Durham Technical Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Durham Technical Community College Enrollment Breakdown NC All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Durham Technical Community College American Indian/Alaskan (2011-2013)
% Asian
Durham Technical Community College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Durham Technical Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Durham Technical Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Durham Technical Community College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Durham Technical Community College More (2012-2016)
% Non Resident races
Durham Technical Community College Non Resident (2007-2016)
% Unknown races
Durham Technical Community College Ethnicity Breakdown NC All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.690.56
Durham Technical Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Durham Technical Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$29,700$27,500
Durham Technical Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $2,039 is less than the state average of $3,911. The in-state tuition has declined by 8% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $7,577 is less than the state average of $9,514. The out-state tuition has declined by 9% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$2,039$3,911
Durham Technical Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$7,577$9,514
Durham Technical Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid69%78%
Durham Technical Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$11,069$10,500
Durham Technical Community College Median debt for students who have completed (2012-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$6,334$6,092
Durham Technical Community College Median debt for students who have not completed (2012-2015)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • 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).

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Did You Know?
For North Carolina public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,911 per year for in-state students and $9,514 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $16,515 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in North Carolina is 69%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

North Carolina community colleges have a diversity score of 0.56, which is lower than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in North Carolina is Fayetteville Technical Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.