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Durham Technical Community College (Durham Tech)

Man in classDurham Technical Community College is the county’s only community college. Its main campus is in Durham and it has a satellite campus in Orange county. It also hosts a small business center in downtown Durham that offers a variety of continuing education workshops, seminars, and courses for new and established small businesses and nonprofit organizations.

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Durham Literacy Center

Man writingThe mission of the Durham Literacy Center is to empower Durham County residents who want to improve their lives and the lives of their families by improving their literacy skills. The center teaches adults to read and write, provides English classes for immigrant adults, prepares out-of-school youth and adult learners to pass high school equivalency tests, teaches Durham residents basic computer skills, and provides GED and life skills classes for incarcerated youth at the Durham County Detention Center.

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The Emily K Center

Emily K Center LogoThe Emily Krzyzewski Center is a non-profit organization that serves as a college access hub in Durham, North Carolina, propelling academically-focused, low-income K-12 students and graduates toward success in college through its K to College programs while also offering college information and advising support to any local high school student through the Game Plan: College program. Through broader facility partnerships, thousands of additional students and community members use the Center as a place to convene, learn, and grow.

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The Clarence E. Lightner YMCA Achievers Program

Clarence E LightnerThe Clarence E. Lightner YMCA Achievers program introduces teens in grades 6 - 12 to minority adults who guide them through experiences that prepare them for life after high school. Through civic engagement, community service projects, and academic enhancement programs, students make new friends, learn healthy lifestyle choices and prepare for their future.

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Up Next

Graduates posingUp Next is a texting program that helps you with the process of applying, attending, and completing college. It gives you direct access to professional college advisors at your fingertips. To learn more and sign-up for this free texting program, visit

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Racial Equality Institute

Gears turningThe Racial Equity Institute is an alliance of trainers and organizers who have devoted themselves to the work of anti-racist transformation. In our contemporary society, racism shapes the outcomes of all institutions. This training helps to educate individuals and organizations on the power of systems and racisms effect on people of color.

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Durham Public Schools

Boy studyingDurham Public School system host several elementary, middle, and high schools. These schools include specialty arts and science focused schools and non-traditional school options. A variety of curricular and extracurricular activities can be found at each school for students and families.

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Student U

Two men standing togetherStudent U is a college-access organization that believes all students in Durham have the ability to succeed. In order to make this dream a reality, Student U creates a pipeline of services to support students through middle school, high school and college. By providing direct services during out of school time in the summer and after-school, and advocating for students and families within schools, we ensure that our students develop the academic skills and personal well-being needed to beat the statistics and succeed in college.

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University of North Carolina System

University buildingThe University of North Carolina system host fifteen higher education institutions and two specialty schools including Durham-based North Carolina Central University (NCCU) and the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics.

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