Continuing Education Opportunities @ OCC

Check out the continuing education classes that are offered this Fall at the Orange County Campus. Some of the classes are scheduled to start SOON so you may have to act fast to secure your seat! Please visit or call OCC for status information on the class that catches your eye!

Notary Public

Register with care as refunds and transfers are not accepted. The NC Secretary of State requires all candidates to speak, read, and write in English and present a valid government photo ID to be admitted to the course. See www.sosnc.com for additional requirements. Textbook included. (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.

The Vehicle Escort Driver Certification

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

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

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? Students should have completed Photography: The Basics 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

Nature/Landscape Photography

This course examines the great outdoors. The nature photographer needs to have the right equipment, the right light, and know what to look for in the right moment. This course will instruct the student on various techniques to capture landscape, wildlife, and close-up subjects. Every other class we will experience the beauty of photographing the magic of nature. Full-day special outing is possible. Recommended Text: John Shaw’s Nature Photography Field Guide, ISBN13: 978-0817440596. Prerequisite: Photography: Beyond the Basics. 24 hours $74.

Photojournalism: The Basics

Photojournalism is about telling a story or describing/documenting an event with photographs in a way that others can understand. Learn 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. 24 hours. $74

Photo Outings

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

Sports Photography

Sports photography takes knowledge, skill, and quick reflexes to get the right shot. Learn about equipment, lighting, and shooting techniques to capture the action. Practice artistic techniques such as slow-shutter in the field. Prerequisites are Photography: The Basics and Digital Photography: Beyond the Basics or equivalent knowledge. 24 hours. $74.


This course covers basic keyboarding skills. Emphasis is on the touch system, correct techniques, and developing speed and accuracy. Basic word processing concepts and applications are introduced. No previous computer experience required. 24 hours. $79

Web Page Design

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

Polymer Clay Mixed Media Art

Make a fashion statement with wearable art that is fun to make. This introductory class helps you turn small, pliable blocks of clay into unique handmade jewelry. Participants make beads, pendants, necklaces, and earrings. (Because this course is self-supporting, no tuition waivers or exemptions are allowed.) 18 hours. $89

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. (Self-supporting course; no tuition waivers or exemptions allowed.) 24 hours. $88


Save money and dress in style by sewing your own clothes. Students learn how to select patterns; choose an appropriate fabric, pattern layout, and construction; and develop skills to create a flattering garment. No sewing skills required. Students must bring their own sewing machine to the second class. Additional expenses may be incurred in purchasing materials for class projects. (Because this course is self-supporting, no tuition waivers or exemptions are allowed.) 24 hours. $89

Sewing Home Decorations

This course covers sewing for the home: window valances, Roman shades, throw pillows, and cushions. Students must have some basic sewing skills and a sewing machine. Cost of supplies depends on the project chosen. (Because this course is self-supporting, no tuition waivers or exemptions are allowed.) 24 hours. $79

Basic Upholstery

This course covers the basics of furniture upholstery for students with basic sewing skills. Students learn about fabrics and how to cover chairs, cushions, footstools, and small sofas. Cost of materials depends on the project chosen. (Because this course is self-supporting, no tuition waivers or exemptions are allowed.) 24 hours. $74

Intermediate Upholstery

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

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

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

Human Resources Development (HRD)

Human Resources Development (HRD) courses provide skills assessment, employment skills training, and career development and enhancement. The courses are offered in short sessions to equip you with the knowledge, values, and practical skills essential to applying for, keeping, and advancing in your job.

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).

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Durham Tech offers courses in English as a Second Language (ESL) to non-native speakers at several locations in Durham and Orange counties. Courses are free, and students must be at least 18 years old to enroll. Course offerings, times, and locations sometimes change without prior notice. Courses fill up quickly, and space is limited.

All new ESL students must first take a placement exam. Please take the placement exam at the time and location where you will study. Seating for the scheduled testing dates is on a first-come, first-served basis. The testing process takes more than two hours. Please do not bring children. (Students who bring children to the testing sessions will be asked to leave.) Students should bring a photo ID, pen, and pencil; students must also provide a date of birth and a current local mailing address.

More information is available on the Frequently Asked Questions page  or contact the Center for the Global Learner at cgl@durhamtech.edu or 919-536-7264.

General Educational Development (GED) Preparation

The GED® Test Battery is based on high school curriculum standards and certifies mastery in four subject areas: language arts, social studies, science and math. The GED® diploma is the certified equivalent of a traditional high school diploma. Students may take courses to prepare for the battery of official GED® tests. Courses are offered in traditional classroom and lab settings as well as online. In some settings, students are able to work at their own pace. For further information about these courses and a complete schedule, please visit the website or call 919-536-7218.

The North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges has officially approved Durham Tech’s request to offer the Associate in Engineering degree program this fall.

Durham Tech will be among the first community colleges in the state to offer the new program, which was established with a universal articulation agreement between the North Carolina Community College System and the five UNC System institutions that offer Bachelor of Science in Engineering degrees. Those institutions are N.C. State University, N.C. A&T State University, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, East Carolina University, and Western Carolina University.

After completing the Associate in Engineering program, graduates may apply to transfer into one of the five four-year universities without taking additional, sometimes duplicative, courses, said Tracy Mancini, Dean of the Arts, Sciences, and University Transfer department at Durham Tech.
“Many of our students already are planning to transfer into engineering programs at four-year institutions. We’re excited to offer our students a new program that will provide them with additional course selection guidance and a seamless transfer opportunity,” Mancini said.
“The Associate in Engineering program will give our students an opportunity to study and prepare for promising careers in engineering,” added Durham Tech President Bill Ingram. “Durham Tech continues to build on its exhaustive course offerings and the Engineering program is the latest example of our commitment to meeting the community’s needs.”

The Associate in Engineering is the second new program approved for Durham Tech this summer. The college also will offer an Associate in Fine Arts degree beginning this fall semester. The Associate in Fine Arts program will provide students with opportunities to develop studio and conceptual art skills and to build portfolios that will help them transfer into four-year visual arts programs.

Transfer Times

Interested in our University Transfer program? Be sure to read this issue of the Transfer Times in order to learn about these new opportunities, at Durham Tech, for Fall 2015

  • Associate in Fine Arts Program,
  • first-time courses (including Phage Hunters, American Sign Language, and Mass Communications),
  • mini-session course packages (fewer classes at once but a full course load),
  • and an offer of a $100 textbook scholarship for completing a two-day CHEM Prep Course!

Just follow this link — Transfer Times June/July

Wondering what courses to take to pursue a college degree in accounting, nursing, secondary education, or engineering? Looking for financial aid information and resources? Researching transfer options and application deadlines at area colleges and universities? Durham Tech’s Virtual Transfer Center offers quick links and assistance for these and other transfer questions around-the-clock. You will also find links to plans of study, course selection guides, links to local college and university admissions web pages, and past issues of “The Transfer Times.”



ORANGE COUNTY, NC (July 6, 2015) – One major way citizens can have a positive impact on the future of Orange County is to volunteer to serve on the various advisory boards and commissions.

Currently there is an opening on the Durham Technical Community College (DTCC) Board of Trustees. The Orange County Board of County Commissioners appoints the Orange County representative to this board. The person appointed to this position would be eligible to serve 2 terms of 4 years each. The appointee must complete the State of North Carolina Ethics training (on-line) and submit a Statement of Economic Interest to DTCC.
Applicants for DTCC Board must be an Orange County resident that has an understanding of the adult education needs in Orange County and is committed to lifelong learning. The applicant must be a team member committed to working toward common mission and goals. Applicants should also be able to attend at least 4 meetings per year, three of which will be held in Durham. The appointee will participate in the development and revision of DTCC policies and help to create general policies that provide guidance for the President and staff as they pursue the role and mission of DTCC. The appointee will help to insure that the College has in place an effective system for planning and evaluation that uses results of evaluation to improve the college. Duties include providing direction to establish and terminate educational programs of the College based upon thorough documentation of need for new programs, and performance data regarding existing curriculums. The appointee will function as an ambassador for the College to the community and serve as a channel for information from the community to the College President. The appointee will ensure that the College assets are well maintained and help to secure adequate financial resources to support the College’s goals.
If interested, apply at: http://www.orangecountync.gov/departments/board_of_county_commissioners/volunteer_advisory_boards_and_commissions/apply.php

Contact: Donna S. Baker, Clerk to the Board-Orange County Board of Commissioners
(919) 245-2130 or Thom Freeman (919) 245-2125

Orange County strives for diversity on volunteer advisory boards. Minorities are encouraged to apply. Applicants must reside in Orange County. Volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners have an opportunity to influence the way of life in Orange County.

Transfer Times

Check out the latest issue of the Transfer Times.  This issue contains highlights about two Durham Tech students who are recent recipients of Jack Kent Cooke scholarships, a math competition held in Georgia that four Durham Tech students competed in, information about the new Phage Hunters Lab for Fall 2015/Spring 2016, an Opticianry student success story, and student services information.

Wondering what courses to take to pursue a college degree in accounting, nursing, secondary education, or engineering? Looking for financial aid information and resources? Researching transfer options and application deadlines at area colleges and universities? Durham Tech’s Virtual Transfer Center offers quick links and assistance for these and other transfer questions around-the-clock. You will also find links to plans of study, pre-majors and study-tracks, links to local college and university admissions web pages, and past issues of “The Transfer Times.”


Have you started to think about the Fall 2015 semester? If not, it’s time to get busy, classes begin Monday, August 17th! It might seem like you have quite a bit of time but there are some things you might need to take care of before then.  Have you met with an advisor?  Are you required to attend a ConnectSession? Have you completed your placement tests?  Do we have all your transcripts? Is your financial aid secured?  Do you know what classes you need? I know it’s a lot of questions, but your education is important!

Registration for Fall 2015 classes begins Monday, July 6th for qualified students.  Open registration for all advised students begins Thursday, July 16th.  Current walk-in advising hours at the Orange County Campus are Tuesday and Wednesday, 2-5:30; and Friday, 9-noon.

Whether you are a new or returning student, you must meet with an advisor prior to course registration. Come see us at the Orange County Campus, or give us a call at 919-536-7238, ext 4203,  for the information you need.  You can also visit the Advising and Registration page to find your answers!  We hope to see you soon!

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Over 400 photos were submitted for a photography competition, hosted by our Continuing Education Photography Instructor, Mike Dellerman, that lasted 7 weeks (7 weekly competitions). Each week a new subject was given for the submission of student photos (Butterflies, Nature Landscape, Flowers, Animals, Architecture, Birds and Abstract) and both past and present Durham Tech photography students were allowed to enter the competition. From the winners of each mini-competition, which the students themselves decided, they displayed their work for the final grand winners competition at The Carrack Modern Art gallery. The students held a public reception at the gallery and the final winners were announced. Awards for the winners were a pro tripod, pro air brush, lens cap leash and a personal framed photo provided by M. Dellerman, plus a pro battery charger, camera case pen light, cleaning kit, and 16×20 and 11×14 certificates provided by Southeastern camera.

The winning photos are now displayed at Durham Tech’s Orange County Campus (OCC) for a limited time. The final winners of the competition are:

1st Place went to Nancy Noon (Beach Trees)
2nd Place went to Frank Clemmensen (Snowy Egret)
3rd Place went to Scott Wallace (Awesome Tree)
Honorable Mention went to Brenen Brown (Old House)

“Most” of the finalists, along with the winners listed above, shown in the group photo are: Kaye Hare, Terry Bazzarre, Sherri Tutor, Ryan Hobbs, Beverly Goodrich, Erin Souther, Nathan Breito, Sonja Williams, Laura Smoot, Audrey Davis, Masato Aoyama, Tom Driscoll, Cee Jay Dozer, Gail Schultz, Sarah Grey, Donna Armbrister, and Bill Mikkelsen.

We invite everyone to check out their great photography displayed at OCC. The pictures shown here do not do them justice as compared to viewing them in person! Their display will be available to view during the month of June. If you are interested in one of the many photography classes offered through DTCC, please visit the Continuing Education web page, or stop by OCC for more information.




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