Check out the continuing education classes that will begin at the Orange County Campus soon. Some of the classes are scheduled to start in the next few days 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

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

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

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

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

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

Workforce Transition Classes

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 call 919-536-7218.

Have you even started to think about the Fall 2014 semester? If not, it’s time to get busy! Classes begin Monday, August 18th and registration has already begun!

Have you met with an Advisor?  Are you required to attend a ConnectSession? Have you taken 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 2014 classes began on Monday, July 7th for qualified students.  Open registration for all advised students begins Thursday, July 17th!  Current walk-in advising hours for the Orange County Campus are Tuesday and Wednesday, 2-5:30 ; and Friday, 9-noon.

Whether you are a new or returning student, 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!


Media Contact
Barry Jacobs
Chair, Orange County Board of Commissioners
Phone: (919) 732-4384


ORANGE COUNTY, NC (May 19, 2014)— The Orange County Board of Commissioners announces the selection of Bonnie Hammersley as the next Orange County Manager starting June 25, 2014.
As County Manager, Hammersley will lead the day-to-day operations of Orange County Government, interacting with the Board of County Commissioners, county departments and the general public. She will report directly to the Board of Commissioners.
Hammersley has served for 26 years in county government, including most recently as County Administrator for Muskegon County, Michigan. She was the first female to lead Muskegon County starting in 2009. Prior to that, she spent 21 years working with Dane County, Wisconsin.
Her educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin.
Barry Jacobs, Chair of the Orange County Board of Commissioners, commented on the pending arrival of the new manager. “We’re very pleased Bonnie Hammersley is coming to Orange County as our new manager. Ms. Hammersley possesses impressive experience, has worked in a progressive community, and brings a striking combination of competence, confidence, and thoroughness. She is a good listener and by all accounts a hard worker and an adept practitioner of the collaborative skills we value,” Jacobs said.
Over 50 applicants from 15 states expressed interest in the position.
Hammersley is looking forward to being part of Orange County. “Orange County offers a wonderful quality of life, political stability and the community aggressively addresses the issues in a progressive and proactive manner. This is a great professional opportunity,” Hammersley said.
Michael Talbert is currently serving as Interim County Manager until his retirement on June 30, 2014.
The official vote on the appointment of the County Manager will occur at the Orange County Board of Commissioners’ Budget Public Hearing on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at the Department of Social Services, Hillsborough Commons, 113 Mayo St., Hillsborough, starting at 7:00 p.m.
Orange County will host a “meet and greet” on Friday, May 23, 2014 to offer the public an opportunity to meet Hammersley. The event will be held at the Link Government Services Center, 200 South Cameron Street in Hillsborough, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m

Check out the May issue of  the Transfer Times. You will find information regarding the ASUT Student Recognition night, Honors Program participants, the Introduction to Engineering student’s recent Trebuchet competition, National Spanish Honor Society’s induction of new members and Durham Tech’s German instructor, Svetlana Yokum, comments about her German class and students!

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.”

The last day for late advising for the Summer 2014 curriculum semester will be Thursday, May 15th, at both the Durham and Orange County campuses.  The Summer 2014 semester classes will begin Monday, May 19th.  This is the last opportunity to get advised for a curriculum class before the Summer semester begins.  OCC will offer walk-in late advising that day from 1-6 p.m.  Registration via WebAdvisor closes at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 18th for Summer 2014 credit courses.  Please remember, payment is due the same day you register.  Note: If you register between 12 a.m. and 2 a.m., payment is due by 2 a.m.

Placement testing and attendance at a ConnectSession, if required, must take place before registration.  For additional information, please visit the Advising information page.

If you have any questions, please call us at 919-536-7238, Ext 4203.

There will be a student mixed media art show on the Orange County Campus starting this Saturday, May 10th through Saturday, May 31st. Continuing education students from the Polymer Clay Mosaics and Abstract Painting classes, both instructed by Debi Drew, will display a few of their pieces. Make plans to stop by this Saturday, May 10th from 2-4 p.m. to meet the students, instructor, and view their unique and beautiful art display!


Polymer Clay Mosaic by Eliza Murphy

Polymer Clay Mosaic by Eliza Murphy


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


ORANGE COUNTY, NC (April 24, 2014)— One major way citizens can have a positive impact on the future of Orange County is to volunteer to serve on the various County advisory boards and commissions.
The Orange County ABC Board is an independent political subdivision of the State of North Carolina that purchases, distributes, controls and sells spirituous beverages to eligible citizens and visitors in this County. This is performed consistently with the applicable laws of North Carolina and the rules of the North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission. This board also adopts rules for the ABC system and has the authority to hire and dismiss employees.
Their united goal is to achieve balance in five important areas: (1) providing the highest level of customer service, (2) maintaining a dedicated workforce, (3) contributing net profits to local Orange County programs, such as educational/rehabilitation, law enforcement and the Orange County general fund, (4) supporting efforts to ensure the legal sale of alcohol, (5) maintaining sufficient working capital to provide for expansion and improvements.
This Board consists of 6 members all appointed by the Orange County Board of Commissioners.The County is currently looking for applicants for the ABC Board for positions that will be up for appointment in June, 2014. If interested, please apply at http://www.orangecountync.gov/boards
Orange County strives for diversity on volunteer advisory boards. Minorities are encouraged to apply. Volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners have an opportunity to influence the way of life in Orange County.


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