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From the ground up: Durham Tech students build tiny house for Habitat family

September 18

The bangs and pops and zips of construction equipment seemed to echo off the spanning Durham Tech parking lot on a nearly empty Saturday morning in January.

A miniature house protruded from the asphalt with 12 Durham Tech students clinging to the angles and sides.

In six-hour shifts every Saturday for four semesters, students hammered, nailed, and caulked their way to build a one bedroom tiny home to be donated to Habitat for Humanity of Durham to serve someone in need. Read more about the tiny house



Designing the future of Durham Tech

September 10

Kevin G. Montgomery peered down at a miniature model of the Durham Tech main campus and pointed to a number of places where future buildings and a plaza are slated to go. Montgomery, the President and Chief Operating Officer at O’Brien Atkins Associates, has been involved in nearly 30 years of renovation and reinvigoration projects for Durham Tech. Read more about Montgomery and O’Brien Atkins



Switching Gears: From Durham Tech to Tesla, two automotive students land dream job

September 3

Two Durham Tech students are now on the road to Tesla after finishing at the top of their Tesla START program class. With assisted job placement after the program, Patrick Myers and Brendan Sanders started as Service Technicians at the Tesla Service Center in Alpharetta, Georgia, on Aug. 20. Read more about the students and the Tesla START program



Advanced Manufacturing pilot course first step in new career pathway program at Durham Tech

August 6

Patrick Wynn watches closely as the LR Mate 200iD robotic arm picks up a plastic blue disc and moves it through the mock production line in the Mechatronics Lab at Durham Tech where students are learning the basic skills required to become an entry-level manufacturing production technician. Read more about Advanced Manufacturing



Durham Tech, Women’s Business Center help pave the way for Cheung’s great escape

August 3

There’s 60 minutes on the clock. Friends, families, and colleagues are locked in a room and must work together to find clues, solve puzzles, and crack codes to find the key to the outside. They’re called escape rooms and they’re on an upward trend in entertainment. Read more about Bull City Escape



Former Durham Tech President Phail Wynn, a titan of higher education, dies Tuesday

July 25

Former Durham Technical Community College President Phail Wynn, Jr., a titan of higher education in Durham and a lifelong advocate of the city, died suddenly of natural causes at his home Tuesday. He was 70.

The first African American community college president in North Carolina, Dr. Wynn spent nearly three decades as the third president of Durham Tech. He significantly grew the College’s training and instruction in high-technology areas and provided customized training programs to most of the firms in Research Triangle Park. Read more Dr. Wynn's legacy



Durham Tech Team Flexes Robotic Arm at NASA Langley

July 24

A group of North Carolina college students preparing a payload for a high-altitude balloon ride visited NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, recently and got a little taste of what it will be like for that payload to go right up to the outer edge of Earth's atmosphere.

The students are part of Unacceptable Risks, a team from Durham Technical Community College in Durham, North Carolina, that’s readying for the 2018 High Altitude Student Platform (HASP), a program that allows teams to mount payloads on high-altitude balloons. Read more about the Unacceptable Risks



Little Free Libraries debut on three Durham Tech campuses, build community

July 18

No library cards or late fees apply. Students changing classes on three Durham Tech campuses may have noticed bright, new additions to their walk in recent weeks. In mid-June, Little Free Libraries opened their handcrafted doors to students, faculty, staff, and the community at large.

“Our hope is that everyone will be curious about the colorful libraries and the books within them,” said Julie Humphrey, Director of the Durham Tech Library. “Little Free Libraries promote the joy of reading, lifelong learning, and sharing.” Read more about the Little Free Libraries



Teens Participate in Construction Camp

June 27

Carolinas AGC (CAGC) celebrates the success of the inaugural Construction Careers Camp, held recently in partnership with Durham Technical Community College and the North Carolina Community College System. The diverse group of ten campers, ages 14 to 17 years, included three young women. Nine of the ten campers were African American. Currently, women make up less than 10% of the jobs in construction and African Americans represent an even smaller percentage of the industry's workforce at just 6.1% (2017 Bureau of Labor Statistics). Read more about the Construction Camp



Durham Tech helps break language barrier, connects families in deaf community

June 6

“I thought it was progressive to find out Durham Tech had ASL classes,” Willock said. “It’s providing me with an opportunity to stay connected with my daughter. Durham Tech is not only serving my educational goals, but most intimately, it is allowing me to communicate with my daughter and keep pace with the way she is growing.” Read more about Crystal Honeycutt Willock



Durham Tech Receives $16,000 in Scholarships for Students of Mexican Heritage

May 18

A partnership between the General Consulate of Mexico in Raleigh and Durham Technical Community College has garnered $16,000 in scholarships for students of Mexican heritage. Since 2015, the General Consulate has been partnered with Durham Tech in supporting the educational goals of students, and the scholarships funded through this grant are meant to help top-performing low-income students attend classes and achieve their career goals. The $16,000 will help cover tuition, books and fees in the 2019 academic year, and is matched dollar-for-dollar by institutional scholarship funds. Read more about the scholarship



Mellon Grant to Boost Humanities at Duke

May 4

Duke University will expand on its commitment to a strong humanities curriculum and forge new collaborations beyond campus with a $3 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, President Vincent E. Price said Friday. The five-year project will develop new humanities labs, promote HBCU collaborations, and ties with Durham Tech. Read more about the teaching partnership with Durham Tech



Durham Tech student earns prestigious Park Scholarship, headed to NC State

May 2

Grace Baucom and her dad were attending a study abroad information session in the Talley Student Union on NC State’s campus when she got the call. “I was crying, it was unbelievable,” said 18-year-old Baucom, a student at Durham Tech. “My dad and I were absolutely freaking out.”

A representative from NC State’s Park Scholarship Program was on the other end, congratulating Baucom for becoming one of only 35 recipients of the prestigious, four-year scholarship. The Park Scholarship is awarded on the basis of outstanding accomplishments and potential in scholarship, leadership, service and character. Read more about Grace Baucom and the Park Scholarship



NASA's swarmathon improves student skills in robotics, computer science

May 1

Students from universities and community colleges across the nation recently participated in third annual Swarmathon. The robotic programming competition took place at NASA Kennedy Space Center's Visitor Complex April 17-19. Their developments may lead to technology that could help astronauts find needed resources while exploring the Moon or Mars. Read more about the swarmathon and the competition results



Two Durham Tech students recognized at statewide conference

April 25

Noelle Lyon and Michael Maldonado-Melgar received a combined three awards at the North Carolina Comprehensive Community College Student Government Association (N4CSGA) Spring Conference Awards Banquet on Saturday, April 7. Michael Maldonado-Melgar received the Outstanding Community Service Award from N4CSGA President, Roderick Gooden. This award is given to an individual who has performed exemplary community service, made significant contributions to enhance the quality of life in their community, and demonstrated an understanding of his or her responsibility to one’s community. Read more about the award recipients



Two Durham Tech teams take first in engineering competition

April 24

Two Durham Technical Community College teams took first place in the Rube Goldberg Engineering Competition on April 21 hosted by Wake Technical Community College, the team’s best finish ever at the competition. Approximately 400 students attended the event, which consisted of 78 teams from Wake Tech and 12 teams from Durham Tech. Read more about the competition




Durham hotels booming, but who’ll make the beds?

February 27

Durham has become a cultural and business destination over the last few years – bringing hotels, restaurants and write-ups from national publications such as Vogue and New York Magazine. But has it brought enough hospitality workers? Read more about the Durham hospitality industry and Durham Tech's solution



Durham Tech student featured on The History Channel’s Forged in Fire

February 19

Alberson, an Associate in Science student at Durham Tech, has been developing his bladesmithing craft since 2015 – but he didn’t expect to end up on a nationally televised History Channel program for it. In January 2017, a representative from the production company saw Alberson’s Instagram account for his small business, Rougemont Forge, which Alberson uses to sell bladesmithing products at local fairs. The representatives asked if had interest in competing on the fourth season of The History Channel’s Forged in Fire. Read more about Alberson



Griffin family roots run deep at Durham Tech

February 2

When Ted Griffin walked onto Durham Technical Community College’s campus in 1974, it was a different atmosphere. “The campus was stark,” Griffin said. “You could tell it was getting the crumbs and leftovers of the educational dollars. I don’t see that today – it’s evolved into an attractive campus.” Read more about the Griffin family



Durham Tech students embrace Nicaraguan New Year, explore health care

January 30

As the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve, 15 students from Durham Technical Community College took a step back from a cracking bonfire in Nicaragua as “Año Viejo,” a large handmade doll stuffed with firecrackers, was thrown into the fire to represent the shedding of negativity from the past year. “We waited with anticipation for the gunpowder to go off. It could not have been more perfect” Read more about the Nicaragua Study/Travel Abroad trip



From Durham Tech to M.I.T., Karoui’s team snags first at national robotics competition

December 13

After a full day of travel and an 18-hour robotics competition, Karoui found himself asleep on the floor of the Lesley University library in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The good news – his team won. Earlier this year, Karoui, 25, was accepted to compete in an overnight robotics competition at the 2017 Robotics: Science and Systems Conference at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Read more about Mohamed Karoui



Durham Tech students 3D print new hand for South Carolina teen

December 11

Students at Durham Tech are giving Kaitlyn Kirkendoll a hand – literally. The 16-year-old girl and her family drove up from South Carolina so the students could present her the gift of a new hand to fit her growing arm. Kirkendoll has no left hand because she was simply born without one. Read more about Kaitlyn Kirkendoll



A day in the life of basic law enforcement training

December 7

For the last three days, law enforcement cadets at Durham Technical Community College in North Carolina have studied the art of criminal investigations. Now, it’s time for their own mock crime scene. It’s 8:15 a.m. on a chilly October morning and the cadets are split into groups of four inside room 109 at the Durham Tech Orange County Campus. Read more about a day in the life



Higher Education, Part IX: Community College Redux

October 31

Dr. David Long is the dean of the University Transfer program at Durham Technical Community College. He says there’s an important distinction in the mission of a community college, as opposed to a four-year university. “There’s a lot of pressure to do research at [larger universities] and to publish,” he says, “At community colleges, we teach. That’s really the primary mission.” Read the full interview withh Dr. David Long



Textbook prices an often overlooked education challenge

July 22, 2017

Noelle DiGrazia pulled a thick, worn parcel from her bag and began to flip through the pages inside my office at Durham Technical Community College. It wasn’t until then that I realized the behemoth hardcover was a textbook. Noticing my surprise, DiGrazia explained that the extra-large, resealable plastic bags she carries daily help minimize the wear and tear easily committed against the rented tools she needs for education. View more about the high cost of textbooks



Triangle students 3D print prosthetic hands for children

July 19, 2017

The Helping Hands Project has spread to universities and colleges across the Triangle. Students use 3D printers to make prosthetic hands for children who need them. Getting a new hand – it's a big moment for a child with a limb difference. The Helping Hand Project provides free prosthetics to children with limb differences. They've given a hand to more than 24 children across the nation - many of which are 3D printed by students across the state, like Hanna Brown at Durham Tech. View more about the Helping Hand Project



Using 3-D printing for a good cause

July 18, 2017

Hannah Brown carefully clacked away at her keyboard on a recent afternoon as she notched the outline of a knuckle. A few moments later, Brown, a respiratory therapy student at North Carolina’s Durham Technical Community College, and Seth Close, a classmate and engineering student, watched the calculations morph the plastic filament into an index finger. Read more about the Helping Hand Project



Students at Durham Tech Partner with NASA on Stratosphere Studies

July 9, 2017

Students at Durham Technical Community College have been cleared to support aerospace engineers at NASA through a program that is truly out of this world. The High Altitude Student Platform launches every year from the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility with assistance from the NASA Balloon Office Program. Read more about the project



Higher Education, Part V: Community Colleges

June 26, 2017

If there’s one thing that Democrats and Republicans seem to agree on when it comes to higher education, it’s that community colleges are going to play a much larger role for tomorrow’s students. Dr. Bill Ingram, President of Durham Tech, says that any changes made to the community college system have to be made with the understanding that they serve a different set than regular colleges. Read more about the Future of Higher Education



Guilford College and Durham Technical Community College Sign Articulation Agreement

June 12, 2017

Durham Technical Community College joined Guilford College on Monday, June 12, to sign an articulation agreement, providing a clear pathway for Durham Tech students to transfer to 16 of Guilford’s baccalaureate degree programs. Read more about the Articulation Agreement



She’s the first of her kind — Riverside High grad leaves school with two degrees

June 9, 2017

When Riverside High School senior Jordan Lovell walks across the graduation stage next week, she’ll receive her second diploma in as many months. Lovell received the first, an associate’s art degree, from Durham Technical Community College in May. And she’ll get her high school diploma Tuesday, June 13, when she joins more than 400 classmates from Riverside for graduation at Duke University’s Cameron Indoor Stadium. Read more about Jordan Lovell



Bank of America Offers Scholarships to Students at Durham Tech

May 14, 2017

The Bank of America Foundation is investing in Durham Technical Community College by offering over $23,000 in scholarships and tuition assistance to its civil engineering students. Financial attention from the foundation was garnered by the college due to its new undergraduate program that prepares students for careers in construction and highway management. Read more about the Bank of America Offers Scholarships



Spotlight on Durham Tech: Preparing Students for the Global Workforce

May 12, 2017

Students today need to be prepared for the global workforce. And educators at Durham Technical College are focusing on meeting that need. On May 11, 2017, educators LaTonya Steele, Michele Parrish and Stephen Brooks from one of World View’s partners, Durham Tech, conducted research at UNC-Chapel Hill on preparing global modules entitled Doing Business in Global Markets and Technology in Today’s Global World for the classes they teach: Introduction to Business and Network and Security Foundation. This research is supported by a grant they received from World View funded by the Center for European Studies as part of the NC Global Distinction Program. Read more about World View and Durham Tech



Durham Tech’s proud Class of 2017 celebrates at DPAC

April 13, 2017

More than 325 Durham Technical Community College graduates walked toward the Durham Preforming Arts Center stage and to their seats Wednesday night to Whooos and Yeeeaahs screamed down from the mezzanine. Two of the women in cap and gown at DPAC were the first members of their families to graduate from college. Read more about the 2017 Commencement



Executive Voice: Helping students in Durham find a path to success

April 13, 2017

Community colleges are playing a growing role in the education of North Carolinians, with their affordable costs and growing base of programs. Here, Ingram explains what is driving Durham Tech’s surge and what it means for the Triangle. Read more about what President Ingram has to say



From student to teacher, new instructor lands dream job at Durham Tech

March 31, 2017

It was 2007 and Kimberly Boyce’s dream of getting back into the health information field was fading. Two years earlier, her passion for the field led her to the psychology program at the University of New Orleans. She was enrolled for a week before Hurricane Katrina made landfall. Since then, she had taken refuge in the Triangle and worked in the service industry to make ends meet. Read more the Kimberly Boyce



Durham Tech Receives Voter-Friendly Designation from Nonprofit Groups

March 29, 2017

A nationwide initiative on civic engagement and voter registration has garnered the attention of students and faculty at Durham Technical Community College. Those organizations are the Campus Vote Project — an offshoot of the Fair Elections Legal Network — and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. Read more the Voter-Friendly designation



Durham Tech’s Angie Jones is Making History

February 21, 2017

After just one computer course… Angie Jones of Durham was hooked. Now the inventor and Consulting Automation Engineer is on a mission in hopes of spreading technology fever to other young African American females near and far. She is all too familiar with being grouped in the 2 percent of minorities that make up the technology workforce. She notes, for black women, that number is less than 1 percent. Read more about Angie Jones



Hometown Hero: Leah Tilden

February 16, 2017

This week’s Hometown Hero, Leah Tilden, is a Level II EMS instructor and UNC alumnus with a degree in psychology and a graduate certificate in community preparedness/disaster management. “It’s an exciting time in EMS,” said Tilden. “Because community paramedicine is becoming a really big thing. We’ve realized that EMS providers shouldn’t just be taking people to the emergency room, they should be helping them mitigate the reasons that cause them to end up in the emergency room.” Read more about Leah Tilden



Dr. Ingram recognized for community impact

February 8, 2017

Durham Technical Community College President William Ingram was recognized during an award ceremony Wednesday for his outstanding community impact and passion for student engagement. The 2017 Leo M. Lambert Engaged Leader Award was presented to Ingram during a North Carolina Campus Compact (NCCC) Presidents Forum award ceremony at North Carolina A&T State University. Ingram became the first community college president to receive the award since its inception in 2012. Read more about Dr. Ingram



Durham Tech Goes to the White House

January 25, 2017

First Lady Michelle Obama recognized representatives from Durham Technical Community College and MDC at the White House on Friday for their efforts to increase awareness and connect Durham Tech students and the broader community with health insurance options through the Affordable Care Act. Read more about why Durham Tech was named a Healthy Campus



Durham Tech Cares: MLK Day of Service

January 19, 2017

On January 16, the United Way of the Greater Triangle hosted over 2,800 volunteers among 35 projects located throughout the Triangle, including four signature projects. For the third consecutive year, Durham Tech hosted the Meal Packing Project to package meals for homeless shelters and food pantries.” Read more about the MLK Day of Service




Durham Tech Student of the Month: Amy Tretola

October 16, 2016

Markeci Thomas knew he wanted do more with his life after graduating from high school this past June — the first of eight children in his family to do so — and knew he wanted to attend college. But he had no idea how to begin the process of finding and applying to the right school. Read more about Rotcelis Morales Jones