Summer Term 2010 Hope • Oppor tunity • Jobs • Learn About the Demand for Health Information Technology Grads and Nurses • Find Out How a Celebrating 49 Years of Service in Durham and Orange Counties Layoff Can Begin a New Chapter • Prepare for University Transfer and Save Money • Discover Educational Opportunities at the Orange County Campus www.durhamtech.edu Creating Success — Hope, Opportunity, and Jobs A Letter from the College’s President During these challenging economic times, more and more Durham and Orange County residents are turning to Durham Technical Community College to improve and enhance their workplace skills; to prepare for a new, high- demand career; or to take advantage of a high-quality, low-cost alternative to the first two years of a bachelor’s degree. In the past year, over 26,000 individuals have turned to Durham Tech for these reasons or to enroll in the adult literacy programs that will open doors to a lifetime of success. In this issue of Choices for Success, you’ll see there is much that is new and exciting on our campuses. Learn about our new Center for the Global Learner, which provides students with many opportunities to understand cultures through- out the world. Durham Tech is the first college within the North Carolina Community College System with such a focused initiative. The Center for the Global Learner offers credit and noncredit instruction as well a variety of support services for international residents living in the communities we serve and beyond. Durham Tech continues its commitment to environmental responsibility with an array of credit and noncredit programs. Architectural Technology, Machining Technology, and Automotive Systems programs are just three of the programs integrating green technologies into the curriculum. And this fall, we will begin a new program in Sustainable Technologies. Our Orange County Campus, conveniently located between Chapel Hill and Hillsborough, continues to grow. We have increased the number of curriculum and continuing education courses offered in Orange County. You will find William G. Ingram, Ed.D. out more about the many resources now available at the Orange County Campus by reading the article on page three. President Also in this edition of Choices for Success, you will read about students who made a positive change in their lives by Durham Technical Community College enrolling in the Computer Programming, Machining Technology, Health Information Technology, Licensed Practical Nursing, and Associate Degree Nursing programs. Their success stories offer snapshots of Durham Tech’s importance to those we serve and how our high-quality, affordable, and convenient education enriches lives. Center for the Global Learner Provides a World of Knowledge, Broadens International Horizons Durham Technical Community College’s newly-created courses free of charge to help students develop their basic skills in English. Center for the Global Learner (CGL) is the first of its kind within the North Enrollment dates and other information about the ESL program are available on Carolina Community College System. The CGL’s mission is to lead and collabo- the Durham Tech web site at www.durhamtech.edu/html/current/noncredit/esl.htm. rate with all areas of the college community to foster intercultural understanding The Spanish Facilitator and Medical Spanish Facilitator certificate programs and the development of global citizens. provide students with the skills they need to facilitate language translation in Many students with international backgrounds choose to attend Durham Tech. government offices, schools, hospitals, emergency medical agencies, and other The CGL brings together staff members who have considerable experience work- facilities. To learn more and to find the information session schedules, visit ing with international students and global issues to offer these students more www.durhamtech.edu/html/prospective/programsofstudy/spiinfosession.htm. support services and course options than have been available in the past. But Future plans for the CGL include additional course and program offerings as the CGL is not just for international students. It will provide all Durham Tech well as intercultural activities, guest speakers, and study abroad opportunities. students more opportunities to learn about cultures throughout the world. At Durham Tech, we recognize the importance of global and intercultural under- The CGL offers courses for both credit and noncredit students, and several exist- standing and are committed to preparing current students to compete and ing programs are now part of the CGL. One of these is English as a Second succeed in an intercultural environment. For more information, visit the CGL Language (ESL). Durham Tech's ESL program offers several levels of noncredit web site at www.durhamtech.edu/html/international/index.htm. Student Plans a Career That Combines Medical Care with Spanish Interpretation “Education is the most important treasure I can give to you,” patients and families who did not speak English communi- said Odarely M. Bejar’s mother, a teacher in Mexico. Over cate with doctors and nurses who did not speak Spanish. the years, Bejar came to understand the truth of those words. While on the job, she also learned much about the medical Bejar moved from Mexico to the United States with her environment. Soon Bejar’s skills were called on throughout mother in 2001. She excelled in her studies at Northern the hospital. High School in Durham, where she was a member of the Her volunteer work for her courses led to another interest. National Honor Society. After high school, Bejar enrolled Bejar is now enrolled in Durham Tech’s Associate Degree in Durham Tech’s Spanish Facilitator certificate program. Nursing program. She attends courses during the week. On Because she was interested in the medical field, she then weekends, she works part time at UNC Hospitals, using her enrolled in the Medical Spanish Facilitator certificate program. facilitating skills. “I always love going to work,” she said. She As a student, Bejar was able to practice her skills at UNC would like a job that combines her medical and facilitator Hospitals, shadowing professional interpreters as they helped Odarely M. Bejar works as a Spanish expertise, perhaps in patient relations. interpreter while taking nursing courses. 2 www.durhamtech.edu 919.536.7200 One Health Career Led to Another for This Busy Student College classes, homework, an obtain an associate degree. Lennon learned to classify, code, and index medical internship, a job, a 2-year-old diagnoses and procedures. She now knows how to coordinate information for child. There is busy, and then cost control. She has learned about quality management, statistics, and how to there is Latoria Lennon busy. monitor governmental and non-governmental standards. “The instructors make She rises early to get to work sure you know what you need to know,” she said. at 6:30 a.m. She studies at Lennon’s days — and nights — are as busy as ever. She cares for her daughter night after her daughter is and is completing a 144-hour internship at both Durham Regional Hospital and asleep, often from 10 p.m. Duke University Medical Center. She has continued her job as a pharmacy tech- into the wee hours of the nician at Duke University Medical Center. Lennon said it helps that many of her morning. How does Lennon Durham Tech courses are online. do it? Her focus and determi- nation keep her on track to “Coding is an ideal job for me,” she said. “I love analyzing the health informa- complete an associate degree tion. You’re investigating and solving a puzzle. You are trying to make sure that Latoria Lennon says Health Information Technology is in the Health Information claims are being filed correctly and paid properly. It’s a career that is expanding a little like being a detective. every day.” Technology program. Lennon worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant for five years. “I loved the Graduates of the Health Information Technology program find employment in patients, but I realized I didn’t want such a hands-on job,” she said. One day hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, long-term care facilities, health insurance Lennon visited her aunt at her medical coding job in a physician’s office, and organizations, outpatient clinics, mental health facilities, and home health organ- Lennon was fascinated with the work. Not long afterward, she enrolled in izations. Upon completion, graduates are prepared to pass the entry-level coding Durham Tech’s Health Information Technology program. Students in this certification examinations offered by the American Health Information program learn to process, analyze, compile, and report health information. Management Association (AHIMA) or the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). Initially Lennon planned to obtain a one-year Comprehensive Coding diploma. But because she excelled in the work, the program director encouraged her to For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-536-7235, ext. 8152, or visit www.durhamtech.edu/html/prospective/programsofstudy/hit.htm. Orange County Campus Increases Curriculum and Continuing Education Courses Almost two years ago, Durham Tech opened its Orange County Campus (OCC) with the completion of its 40,000-square-foot flagship building on a 20-acre cam- pus. It was a big undertaking. Since then, we’ve been very busy. But so have you! Orange County residents have discovered the convenience of taking curriculum, continuing education, and basic skills courses at the new campus just outside of Hillsborough. The college’s Orange County curriculum enrollment has increased 41 percent during the last year. Our Corporate and Continuing Education enroll- ment has increased 37 percent. This summer, the OCC will offer University Transfer students an opportunity to take a full semester’s worth of courses (15 hours) toward their General Education Core requirements. Visit www.durhamtech.edu/html/current/current.htm for more information. If you have questions about enrolling in courses at the OCC, you may schedule an appointment with an admissions counselor. Current students The Orange County Campus, completed in 2008, includes classrooms, computer and science may make an appointment with an academic advisor, and prospective students labs, a library, instructional and student support services areas, and faculty and student lounges. may also take the placement test at the OCC. For all of these services, call 919- 536-7238, ext. 4203. Technician (EMT) begins May 18. JobsNOW provides short-term training for The OCC Library will be open to students during the Summer Term on ondays, those who are unemployed and meet certain qualifications. Funding is through Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Wednesdays from the Federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. To learn more abut 9:30 to 11 a.m. JobsNOW, visit www.durhamtech.edu/jobsnow/index.htm. A variety of Corporate and Continuing Education courses are available this The OCC is on the Triangle Transit Authority bus line and that campus also summer at the OCC. For more information, visit offers a Park-and-Ride lot for student and community use. For more informa- www.durhamtech.edu/html/current/noncredit/occ.htm. tion, visit www.triangletransit.org. Two JobsNOW programs will be offered at the OCC. A daytime Solar Technology For more general information about Durham Tech’s Orange County Campus, course begins June 1 and an evening course begins May 17. Emergency Medical visit www.durhamtech.edu/orangecountycampus.htm. 3 Creating Success — Hope, Opportunity, and Jobs Student’s Dream of Being a Nurse Becomes a Reality nurses with families,” she said. She believes that the single most important trait for a nurse is “My father died young, leaving my mother with seven children,” said compassion. “I always think, what Wincent Fontenelle, a native of Belize. “My mother had an extremely if I was lying in that bed? What difficult struggle because she didn’t have a good education,” she said. would I want my nurse to be “Mother always told us to get a good education.” Fontenelle wanted like?” she said. to be a nurse, but she said the training standards in her native country The classroom portion of the were not as strict as those in the U.S. So she chose the solid field of Associate Degree Nursing program accounting. She was good at her job, but she didn’t particularly like it. is taught during the day. Clinical Years later, Fontenelle married and moved to Durham, where she experiences are available at health thought about changing careers. “I was in the hospital and noticed care facilities throughout the that the nurses’ work was really interesting,” she recalled. “I talked to After completing her degree at Durham Tech, Wincent Fontenelle Triangle area. Students are works at Duke University Medical Center and is pursuing a them about their jobs. Some of them had gone to Durham Tech.” She bachelor's degree. required to have CPR certification remembers vividly the moment she thought, “This is what I want to do.” and be a certified Nursing Assistant I before entering the first Associate Degree Nursing course. Fontenelle enrolled at Durham Tech, taking prerequisite courses while waiting to be accepted into the Associate Degree Nursing program. “It’s a tough program,” Students completing the five-semester Associate Degree Nursing program are she said. “But with the help of my husband, Pius, and my family, I had the sup- employed in hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, physicians’ offices, indus- port system I needed.” The instructors are excellent, she said. She thinks the cur- try, and community health agencies. Graduates are eligible to apply to take the riculum provided her with all the skills needed to be a nurse. National Council Licensure Examination. The program is approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing and is accredited by the National League for Fontenelle benefited from many hands-on clinical opportunities at Duke Nursing Accrediting Commission. University Medical Center, V.A. Medical Center, Wake Medical Center, and UNC Hospitals. Today she has a job in the Intensive Care Unit at Duke If you are interested in the Associate Degree Nursing program, please attend one University Medical Center. She enjoys working with patients as well as with the of the sessions listed on the back of this publication. More information is also staff and managers. Fontenelle is also pursuing her bachelor’s degree in nursing available at www.durhamtech.edu/html/prospective/programsofstudy/adn.htm. at UNC-Greensboro. “The field allows for a flexible schedule, which is great for You may also email questions to email@example.com. Young Father Enters the Family Business of Nursing When it comes to a career, some people feel a real tug to follow in the footsteps of a parent. Michael Simosky is following in the footsteps of both his parents. The former Colorado resident’s father is an emergency nurse, and his mother is a pediatric nurse. After graduating from Durham Tech’s Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) program, Simosky now works as an LPN at Duke University Medical Center in the Primary Care Department. Simosky, a father of two young children and husband of a Duke Pharmacology and Cancer Biology Department research scientist, said that the Practical Nursing program was challenging. However, the instructors care about the students’ success. “The teachers are always accessible,” he said. According to Simosky, real camaraderie existed among the students. He helped organize study sessions with other students and has kept in touch with many of them. They all have obtained jobs in hospitals, nursing homes, or other facilities. Simosky has enjoyed his work so much that he decided to continue his education through Durham Tech’s LPN to Registered Nurse (RN) program. He takes courses on the weekends so he can work during the week. Practical nurses play an important role in implementing a patient’s health care plan. They work under the direction of physicians, dentists, and registered nurses in caring for and monitoring a patient’s progress. Program graduates are awarded a diploma in Practical Nursing and are then eli- gible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN), a requirement for practical nurses to practice their profession. Practical nurses are employed in hospitals, nursing homes, extended-care facilities, clinics, physicians’ offices, and other health care agencies. Courses in this program are offered during the day, and new students are enrolled in the Fall Semester. The program involves both classroom and clinical activities. Clinical experiences take place at Duke University Medical Center, Durham Regional Hospital, Lincoln Community Michael Somosky works as a Licensed Practical Nurse at Duke University Health Center, and other area health care facilities. The program is approved by the North Medical Center as he continues in DTCC's Associate Degree Nursing Carolina Board of Nursing and is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting program. Commission (NLNAC). For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-536-7234, ext. 8147, or visit 4 www.durhamtech.edu/html/prospective/programsofstudy/lpn.htm. www.durhamtech.edu 919.536.7200 Layoff Means a New Chapter for a Long-Time Telecommunications Manager Joel Pendergraft is one retire and sit home. “I wanted to do something I enjoyed,” he said. Through of those lucky people information he received in the mail, he learned that Durham Tech had a who is turning an avo- Machining Technology curriculum. “I signed up for just 20 hours,” he said. ”I'd cation into a vocation. been out of school for so long. I'm a perfectionist, but I feared I wouldn't excel.” An avid rifleman who He needn't have worried. He worked hard and received top grades. In fact, he holds a world record was able to complete two semesters of work in one semester, a rare accomplish- in 1,000-yard ment. “I did have the advantage of already knowing much of the material,” he benchrest shooting, said modestly. After he completes the program, Pendergraft plans to establish a Pendergraft enjoys tin- small home business, contracting with area companies that need hand-crafted kering in his garage parts. Pendergraft also plans to expand his gunsmith business. workshop making rifle Joel Pendergraft is parlaying a long-time hobby into a career, Students in Durham Tech's Machining Technology program learn to manufac- parts. After a recent thanks to Durham Tech's Machining Technology program. ture mechanical components using a variety of modern machines. These range layoff, he plans to use from basic, manually-operated band saws to state-of-the-art computer numerical the skills he acquired through Durham Tech's Machining Technology program control (CNC) machine tools. Students learn to read mechanical blueprints. to become a professional machinist. They master basic machining skills as well as computer-aided manufacturing Pendergraft enjoyed a 23-year career with Nortel Networks, where he managed software to program CNC milling and turning machines. an engineering department for a number of years. He and his family moved to Machining students find employment in manufacturing Dallas for a couple of years before he was transferred back to the area. In 2001, industries, government agencies, and specialty machining Pendergraft took a job with an engineering company contracting to Nortel, job shops. Most machining students already have a job where he was director of quality. But when the telecommunications industry lined up before they graduate! struggled, Pendergraft was among the many who lost their jobs. For more information, contact email@example.com “I had many good years with the company,” he said. “I thought I'd be there as or call 919-536-7234, ext. 8145, or visit long as I wanted to be.” But when he left Nortel, Pendergraft wasn't ready to www.durhamtech.edu/html/prospective/programsofstudy/mac.htm. Durham Tech Graduate Finds His Niche with World Wide Web Consortium Before Doug Schepers enrolled at Durham Tech, he held a few jobs: cook, waiter, delivery driver, video store clerk, hotel A-V technician, salesman, wine-grape picker, landscaper, taxi driver, and more. Then he became a laboratory technician for a pharmaceutical company. It was there that Schepers learned more about the web and computer programming. “I was excited by how the web was making so much more possible than stand-alone PCs could do themselves,” he said. Schepers enrolled in Durham Tech’s Computer Programming curriculum in the late 1990s. His instructors had jobs in the computer programming and consult- ing fields, and he learned much more than theory. Their material focused on how to accomplish pragmatic tasks, he said. Shortly before Schepers graduated, a Doug Schepers poses in Tokyo in front of barrels of sake at the shrine to the first modern fellow Durham Tech student told him about a job opening at the company emperor after Japan transitioned from a feudal society to a parliamentary democracy. where he worked. He got a job as an assistant database engineer. Other jobs fol- He advises those considering the field to apply what you learn in your own lowed. Along the way, he learned XML technologies, specializing in a web-based projects and keep experimenting. “Always set your own standards higher than XML graphics technology called Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG). Schepers and that of your employers, and put something of yourself in all your projects to several others started a small international consulting company building web keep yourself engaged,” he said. applications. Later he joined the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) as a member company and helped create the next version of the SVG language. Graduates of Durham Tech’s Computer Programming curriculum learn computer concepts, logic, programming procedures, languages, code generators, Today Schepers works for the World Wide Web Consortium and is employed by operating systems, networking, data management, and business operations. the W3C office at Keio University in Fujisawa, Japan. He is the W3C team contact for the SVG and WebApps Working Groups. He coordinates member Graduates find employment as programmers, programmer trainees, programmer/ companies and promotes technologies. He also writes technical specifications, analysts, computer operators, systems technicians, and database specialists. the blueprints for browser functionality. Schepers likes traveling around the For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-536-7235, world and developing new technologies. “It’s often challenging and sometimes ext. 8157, or visit www.durhamtech.edu/html/prospective/programsofstudy/csc.htm. political since we are a forum for rival companies to collaborate,” he said. 5 Creating Success — Hope, Opportunity, and Jobs Considering Durham Tech? Here’s How to Enroll. Use these steps to enroll in college credit programs and courses. 1 Choose your program. Select the program that best fits your goals. Check out some of the programs featured in this publication. Also visit our web site at www.durhamtech.edu. Click on “Career Programs and University Transfer,” and select a Program of Study. If you are still undecided, we can help. Use the “Career Center” link at www.durhamtech.edu. For more informa- tion, call 919-536-7207. 5 Prepare for and take the placement test. Most students are required to take the COMPASS test to determine 2 course placement. Preparing and practicing for this test can help you Complete the paperwork. save valuable time and money. Use the “Placement Testing” link at Enrollment Application www.durhamtech.edu to learn more about how to prepare. The testing If you want to take college-level courses, you need to complete an schedule and exemption information are also available online. For enrollment application using the “Admissions” link at more information, call 919-536-7210. www.durhamtech.edu. For more information, call 919-536-7202. Transcript Request Form If you plan to pursue admission to a degree, diploma, or certificate program, submit your official high school transcript, GED scores, or 6 Attend a ConnectSession, Durham Tech's new student orientation. Once you have completed the steps above, you are ready to begin the advising and registration process. Attend a ConnectSession to review proof of high school completion to Durham Tech’s Admissions office. your program requirements; plan your first semester of courses; meet If you desire an evaluation for transfer credit, submit an official college with an advisor; and register on WebAdvisor, our online registration transcript to the Admissions office. For more information, call 919- 536-7202. system, or on TECHLINE, our telephone registration system. Use the “Orientation/ConnectSession” link at www.durhamtech.edu to make sure 3 Apply for financial aid, and then follow up. Financial Aid Application If you need financial aid, complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Make sure you you have completed all the requirements to attend, reserve your seat, and review the documents you’ll need to bring. For more information, call 919-536-7205. include Durham Tech’s school code (005448) so the college will receive your information. The application process can take more time than you might expect, especially during busy registration periods. Start now. 7 Pay your tuition. Although you have until the deadline listed on the web site to pay your tuition and fees, it is best to settle your account as soon as possible after you have registered. Payment may be made on the telephone Additional Steps and Documentation using TECHLINE or in person at the cashier’s window on the second If you receive a notice from the federal government that you are quali- floor of the Phail Wynn, Jr. Student Services Center. Use the “Tuition fied for financial aid, you still may have additional steps to complete & Fees” link at www.durhamtech.edu to learn about the current tuition the process to receive this money at a college or university. You will rates and fees. For more information, call 919-536-7201. receive an email or a letter from Durham Tech’s Financial Aid office if there is additional paperwork you need to complete. It is necessary to submit all documentation prior to the deadline listed on the college’s web site to use your financial aid to pay for tuition and books. Use the “Financial Aid” link at www.durhamtech.edu for additional details. For 8 Get your student ID card and parking tag. Visit the Campus Police and Public Safety office to obtain your ID card. If you plan to park on campus, bring your license plate number and the make and model of your vehicle to obtain your parking tag. more information, call 919-536-7209. For more information, call 919-536-7255. 4 Activate your ConnectMail and WebAdvisor accounts. Once your enrollment application has been processed, you will receive an email or a letter with instructions on how to activate your student 9 Buy your books. Get ready by buying your books and everything else you’ll need to be successful on your first day of class. Use the “Bookstore” link at www.durhamtech.edu to determine which textbooks are required. For more email and web registration accounts. From this point forward, you will information, call 919-596-8883. receive important updates and all official communication through your new student email account. Use the “ConnectMail” and “WebAdvisor” links online at www.durhamtech.edu to get instructions. For more informa- tion, call 919-536-7206. 10 Attend your classes. To get a good start, attend the first day of your classes to make sure you understand course requirements and have the correct textbooks and materials. To successfully finish your classes, attend regularly! 6 www.durhamtech.edu 919.536.7200 A Placement Test is a Smart Start! After completing a written application to Durham Tech, you may need to take the Student Spotlight COMPASS placement test before attend- ing a ConnectSession, the college’s new student orientation, to register for courses. A placement test helps determine the courses that you need for college success. It assesses your skills in writing, reading, numerical reasoning, and algebra. Achieving your best score on the test can save you time and money. To perform well on the test, review the subjects that are covered and become familiar with this type of test. Chart Your Success on the COMPASS is a helpful guide that includes test-taking strategies and sample questions. Limited copies are available on reserve at the libraries on the Main Campus, at the Northern Durham Center, and on the Orange County Campus. You can also purchase your own copy at the Durham Tech Bookstore for $54.95. To check out additional COMPASS practice questions and review material, visit www.act.org/compass/sample/index.html. Your DTCC student ID number, which you will receive once you have completed your written application, is required to take the COMPASS placement test. You must also bring a photo ID when you take the test. For more information about placement testing and to review the test schedule, visit www.durhamtech.edu or call 919-536-7202. You can also obtain a test schedule in the Testing Center located in the Phail Wynn, Jr. Student Services Center, room 1302. Clubs and Activities Offer The ACA 122 Course – Your Opportunities for Enrichment and Growth Guide to Success at DTCC Many active students are enrolled at Durham Tech, and then there is Chris Hart. The Networking Technologies Last August, Maisha O’Neal registered for some of student has held a job most of the time he has been in col- the prerequisite courses she needed for Durham lege. Hart was co-manager of the program’s capstone proj- Tech’s Associate Degree Nursing program. She also ect, creating a web site, drafting a project plan, and organ- learned that she should take ACA 122 College izing team members, among other duties. He obtained an Transfer Success, a course that helps new students internship with UNC-Chapel Hill’s Department of become successful students. Computer Science and was president of Durham Tech’s “I was not happy,” O’Neal recalled. “I thought, chapter of Phi Beta Lambda business society, all while ‘Another course. Why do I have to take this one- maintaining a 4.0 average. Hart is Durham Tech’s recipient credit-hour course?’” Today O’Neal is one of the of the N.C. Community College System’s statewide 2010 biggest supporters of ACA 122. “It was very helpful Academic Excellence Award, and he received the President’s to me,” she said. In the course, she learned study Recognition Award. Many Durham Tech students hold and review strategies. She even learned how to han- jobs and raise families, but all students should consider dle her math test anxiety. “I felt like I knew the sub- becoming involved in at least one campus activity. ject, but during a test I was so anxious. I didn’t test “Extracurricular activities not only help prepare us for the well in math,” she recalls. While taking ACA 122, challenges that await us outside of class, but they are also a she learned about new math web sites and other great way to make new connections,” said Hart. “They resources that increased her skills and her confi- help solidify our bond as students with the institution, dence. O’Neal made an A on the math course. strengthening our sense of community.” Hart also advises She and other DTCC students say the course helps Maisha O'Neal contributes much of her success at potential students to get to know their advisors and them take better notes, study more efficiently, DTCC to the ACA 122 course. instructors. "They are here to help you,” he said. Become become better organized, and make higher grades. Through their portfolio projects, they learn familiar with the supportive resources on campus. “There about career choices that might be a good fit for their talents and interest. They research one are numerous resources, such as the Center for Academic career that they might want to pursue. After the project, O’Neal decided that she wanted to be a Excellence, computer labs, tutoring, and developmental nurse. Once she finishes her degree, she plans to work with cancer patients. studies,” he said. “If you need help, don't be afraid to ask. O’Neal said ACA 122 also helped her navigate the campus and find numerous resources. She I have seen too many people who didn't take advantage of learned about advising, registration, financial aid, tutoring, and many student clubs and activities. these resources.” He advises new students to pace them- As it happened, the course was also where she met her best friend! selves. “If it’s been a while since you’ve been in an academic environment, don’t take too much of a course load,” he For more information about ACA 122 College Transfer Success, contact said. “Ease into it at first, especially with the other email@example.com or 919-536-7223, ext. 8083. demands life has on your time.” 7 Creating Success — Hope, Opportunity, and Jobs Got Questions About Here are Some Important Financial Aid? Financial Aid Reminders: • Although your tuition and fees will be automatically deducted from We’ve Got the Answers! your account once you have been awarded financial aid, WebAdvisor does not reflect this deduction. It will only list award amounts. Q. What types of financial aid does Durham Tech offer? • Out-of-state students who are awarded financial aid will have a balance due. If this applies to you, please plan accordingly. A. There are three types of financial aid: grants (which do not have to be paid back), work-study (which is paid part-time employment), and • You must be accepted into an approved program of study to be scholarships (which are cash awards to selected qualifying students). eligible for financial aid. • You must maintain satisfactory progress toward graduation in Q. How do you apply for financial aid? order to keep your financial aid. A. To be considered for any type of federal, state, or other need-based finan- • After you receive your Student Aid Report, Durham Tech must cial aid, you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid receive additional paperwork in order to process your financial aid. (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Students may use an online template that guides them through the process. For further assistance, students may • Tuition and fees are automatically taken out of your account by visit the Financial Aid office, located in the Phail Wynn, Jr. Student the Business Office if you are granted financial aid before the Services Center, room 1209A. payment deadline dates. If tuition charges are more than your financial aid award, you will be responsible for paying any Q. What is Durham Tech’s Title IV school code? remaining balance. A. 005448 • Understand that financial aid awards are based on full-time enrollment. If you attend less than full time, financial aid awards Q. What other enrollment requirements must you meet to be eligible for are adjusted according to your part-time enrollment. financial aid? • State grants require a student to be enrolled in at least six credit A. In order to receive financial aid of any kind, you must be enrolled in hours. a credit diploma or credit degree program or an approved noncredit program. Q. Does a Student Aid Report (SAR) confirm that you will receive a financial aid award? A. No. The SAR is generated by the federal government and does not guarantee a financial aid award. Please follow up with the Financial Aid office to confirm your award status. Q. After tuition and book fees are taken out of your financial aid award, what happens to the rest of your money? A. All refunds will be mailed directly to you. Please make sure the Registration office has your correct address on file. Q. Do you have to reapply for summer funding? A. You do not have to reapply for summer funding if you have been awarded Financial Aid Award Example financial aid in the fall or spring of that calendar year. However, you will If a student receives a Pell Grant award for $5,300, which equates to $2,650 need to speak to a financial aid counselor regarding fund availability. per semester, the following applies: Percentage Q. Are there special conditions for state financial aid awards? Enrollment Status Credit Hours* Award of Award A. Yes. To receive any state financial aid award, such as the North Carolina Full-Time Status* 12+ Credit Hours $2,650 100% Student Incentive Grant, the North Carolina Community College Grant, 3/4-Time Status 9 – 11 Credit Hours $1,987 175% or the North Carolina Education Lottery Scholarship, a student must be 1/2-Time Status 6 – 8 Credit Hours $1,325 150% enrolled in at least six credit hours. There are no exceptions. 1/4-Time Status 5 or Fewer Credit Hours $ 662 125% * Financial aid for full-time enrollment in vocational programs (Surgical Technology, Licensed For more information, contact the Financial Aid office at 919-536-7209. Practical Nursing, Machining Technology, and Pharmacy Technology) will be awarded based on contact hours. Please speak with a Financial Aid counselor for details. For more information, contact the Financial Aid office at 919-536-7209. 8 www.durhamtech.edu 919.536.7200 University Transfer Pre-Majors and Study Tracks University Transfer: The First Step to a Four-Year Degree If you are thinking about earning a bachelor’s degree at a education equal to the first two years at a four-year institu- Pre-Majors in Associate in Arts four-year college or university but want to start out with tion, and our knowledgeable advisors will guide you through Anthropology smaller classes in a nurturing, economically practical environ- the transfer process. You will save thousands of dollars in Art Education ment, Durham Technical Community College’s University tuition and fees by completing your first two years of higher Business Administration, Accounting, Economics, Transfer program may be the place for you. With one of the education at Durham Tech. Our partnerships with four-year Business Information Systems, Finance, and largest and most respected University Transfer programs in institutions, such as the C-STEP and BRITE initiatives, may Marketing the state, Durham Tech enrolls well over 1,500 students in offer further financial assistance. For information, visit the Business Education and Marketing Education the Associate in Arts (A.A.) and Associate in Science (A.S.) Virtual Transfer Center at www.durhamtech.edu/transfer. Communications programs each year (see box at right). Durham Tech students Criminal Justice The Associate in Arts (A.A.) is a two-year (64-credit-hour) Elementary Education successfully transfer to public and private four-year institu- degree program with an emphasis on humanities and social English tions, including UNC-Chapel Hill, North Carolina State sciences courses. This degree is intended for students plan- English Education University, North Carolina Central University, Appalachian ning to major in such areas as English, foreign languages, Health Education State University, East Carolina University, UNC-Greensboro, psychology, sociology, or nursing. The Associate in Science History Meredith College, and Duke University. (A.S.) is a two-year (64-credit-hour) degree program that Liberal Studies In fact, this year Durham Tech was identified by the North emphasizes science and math courses. This degree is intended Middle Grades Education Nursing Carolina Community College System as one of the five top- for students planning to major in such areas as engineering, Physical Education performing colleges for transfer over the last five years. More biology, chemistry, or math. The college provides pre-majors Political Science than 90 percent of Durham Tech University Transfer students and study tracks in a number of fields to guide students in Psychology who completed at least 24 credit hours or received an associate course selection that will make transfer into their intended Social Science Secondary Education degree had a GPA of 2.0 or higher after one year of enrollment majors at four-year institutions seamless. A list of pre-majors Social Work at a UNC school or private college (based on 2005-2009 and study-tracks appears on this page. Sociology Critical Success Factors). UNC-Chapel Hill juniors who have Durham Tech has entered into bilateral agreements and Special Education transferred from Durham Tech average higher GPAs than transfer tracks with some universities and colleges to Pre-Majors in Associate in Science students who attended their first and second years there. facilitate smoother transfer for students from specific Biology, Biology Education Furthermore, legal agreements are in place to assure that your Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree programs. Chemistry, Chemistry Education time and effort at Durham Tech will move you closer to a Current agreements and tracks include Accounting, Business Engineering four-year degree. Under the Comprehensive Articulation Administration, Fire Protection Technology/Public Mathematics Agreement (CAA) between North Carolina’s community Administration, Nursing, Information Technology Systems, Mathematics Education colleges and public universities, students earning the A.A. or and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering track A.S. transfer into the state’s four-year institutions as juniors (at ECU). Students can visit the Transfer Center, see their Study Tracks with 64 credit hours of course work. Our outstanding Durham Tech faculty advisor, or browse the Virtual Transfer Business Administration Online at ASU University Transfer faculty will ensure that you receive an Center for additional information on particular agreements. Biopharmaceutical at NCCU-BRITE Clinical Laboratory Science at UNC-CH Computer Information Systems at NCCU (A.A.) Spotlight on University Transfer Success: Natalia Silva Harwood Computer Science (A.A.) Born and raised in Belém, a city at the mouth of the Amazon have a support network, it takes a Dental Hygiene (A.S.) River in Brazil, Natalia Silva Harwood remembers carrying while to understand the system, how Design (A.A.) loads of dirty laundry in baskets on her head from the homes things work,” she said. Early Childhood at NCCU (A.A.) of wealthier families to her home. There her mother would After Silva Harwood graduated from Elementary Education at NCCU (A.A.) pump water and wash the clothes before Silva Harwood and Durham Tech, she completed her Engineering at ECU Finance at NCCU (A.A.) her brother carried them back to their owners. One of her Bachelor of Science in Management Forensic Science (A.A.) friends taught Silva Harwood a few words in English, and degree online through the University General Education at UNC-CH (A.A.) she became fascinated by the language. When her father of Phoenix while working to support General Education at UNC-CH (A.S.) brought home a discarded English textbook he found in the herself. She applied and was accept- Health Promotions Online at ASU (A.A.) trash, then-10-year-old Silva Harwood spent hours learning Natalia Silva Harwood ed to George Washington University Hospitality and Tourism at NCCU (A.A.) the words by using the book’s glossary. “Ever since I was little, in Washington, DC. She completed a Master of Education Leadership in the Public Sector at NCSU (A.A.) I was focused on getting an education,” she recalled. degree in school counseling. Of her accomplishments she said, Middle Grades at NCCU (A.A.) As a teen, she met one of her mother’s employers, Silvia “I had to beat so many odds coming from a bad environment. NCSU College of Management Philosophy (A.A.) Neno, who worked for a cultural exchange organization that In Belém, if you get a college degree and a master’s from Pre-Law (A.A.) teaches English as a Second Language and facilitates study George Washington, you’re a star.” Pre-Medicine (A.S.), Pre-Dental, Pre-Optometry, abroad in Brazil. “Neno became my guardian angel. She paid At Durham Tech, we agree. On March 1, Silva Harwood and Pre-Veterinary my tuition to attend a private school to learn English,” said began her new job at the college as a program assistant for the Pre-Pharmacy (A.S.) Silva Harwood, who eventually went to work for her friend Center for the Global Learner. She will work with internation- RN to BSN at NCCU (A.A.) advising students interested in studying abroad. al students and program directors to encourage cultural RN to BSN at UNC-CH (A.A.) Radiologic Science at UNC-CH (A.S.) In the fall of 2001, having moved to the United States, Silva exchange and global education. Silva Harwood credits Harwood enrolled at Durham Tech. It took her four years Durham Tech faculty with encouraging her to continue her ASU – Appalachian State University to finish her Associate in Arts degree. She encourages first- education. The faculty “just get it,” she said. “They have ECU – East Carolina University generation college students and international students not to knowledge and patience. They guide students through the NCCU – North Carolina Central University feel frustrated if their programs take longer than expected. “It steps and walk with us — until they realize we can do it on NCSU – North Carolina State University our own. Then they let go and let the students shine, UNC-CH – University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill takes time to adjust. If you are first-generation and you don’t but they are still there if we need them.” 9 Corporate and Continuing Education 919.536.7222 Beginning this spring, Durham Tech offers eight JobsNOW programs, including three that Learn an In-Demand are brand new! JobsNOW provides short-term training that can be completed in six months or less. Additional funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act enables the state’s community colleges to provide training in high-demand fields. Applicants must have Skill in a Short a high school diploma or a GED from an accredited school to qualify for any of these pro- grams. Financial assistance may be available through the Workforce Investment Act for those Amount of Time who meet certain requirements. JobsNOW training also includes career readiness certifica- tion, career exploration, college placement testing, and more. Auto Detailing – Begins May 17 Through JobsNOW BioPharma Lab Assistant – Begins May 3 BioManufacturing Process Technician – Begins April 26 Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Basic Training – Begins May 18 Health Unit Coordinator – Begins May 17 Nursing Assistant – Begins May 17 Solar Technology – Evening Classes – Begins May 17 Day Classes – Begins June 1 Sustainable Landscaping – Begins June 1 For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-536-7222, ext. 4021, or visit www.durhamtech.edu/jobsnow/. Demand for Licensed Skin Care Specialists Increases Durham Tech Offers Train to be a licensed skin care specialist through the new Nationally Certified Esthetics Technology program. Esthetics is the beautifica- tion of the skin on both the face and the body. Licensed Solar Technology Course estheticians work as make-up artists, cosmetics buyers, cosmetics researchers, medical estheticians, and esthetics Students can now obtain an entry-level certificate in Solar instructors. Students in Durham Tech’s Esthetics Technol- Technology at Durham Tech through the North American ogy program participate in intensive training in a newly- Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). After created, fully-appointed salon. The program includes 600 taking the 100-hour course and passing the national certifica- instructional and clinical hours as required by the N.C. tion exam, students have the knowledge and understanding Board of Cosmetic Arts Examiners. The $1,040 fee is of terms and concepts of photovoltaic (solar electric) systems divided between the first and second semesters. necessary for employment in the industry. For more information, contact email@example.com For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-536-7222, ext. 4013, or visit or call 919-536-7222, ext. 4407, or visit www.durhamtech.edu/html/current/noncredit/greenway.htm. www.durhamtech.edu/html/current/noncredit/cosmetic. Learn Key Construction Skills Through This Five-Course Program Durham Tech’s Construction Trades program teaches students what they need to know to land an entry-level position. The expert instructors in this program teach the following five courses: Carpentry I, Carpentry II, Blueprint Reading, Estimating, and Masonry. The sequence of courses takes the student from basic tools and equipment through the complete process of building an entire house. Carpentry I and Blueprint Reading are offered during the fall semester, Carpentry II and Estimating during the spring semester, and Masonry during the summer term. Students may enter the program at any time. For more information, contact email@example.com or call 919-536-7222, ext. 4017, or visit www.durhamtech.edu/html/current/noncredit/building.htm. 10 www.durhamtech.edu 919.536.7200 What Degrees, Certificates, and Diploma Programs are Available? Programs to Transfer to a Four-Year College Programs for a Medical/Biotechnical Career: or University: Associate Degree Nursing Associate in Arts Degree LPN to ADN Track Associate in Arts Transfer Core Diploma Clinical Trials Research Associate Degree Associate in Science Degree Level I Certificate Associate in Science Transfer Core Diploma Level II Certificate Data Management Certificate Program to Create an Individualized Degree: Dental Laboratory Technology Degree Associate in General Education Degree Cast Partial Denture Certificate Concentration in Emergency Preparedness Complete Denture Techniques Certificate Management Crown and Bridge Techniques Certificate Dental Ceramic Techniques Certificate Programs for a Second-Language Career: Medical Assisting Diploma Community Spanish Language Certificate Introductory Medical Assisting Certificate Community Spanish Facilitator Certificate Office Centered Certificate Medical Spanish Facilitator Certificate Occupational Therapy Assistant Degree Workplace Spanish Certificate Opticianry Degree Optical Apprentice Certificate Programs for a Business Career: Pharmacy Technology Degree Accounting Degree Pharmacy Technology Diploma Bookkeeper Entrepreneur Certificate Retail Pharmacy Technician Certificate Business Administration Degree Programs for a Career in Industry: Practical Nursing Diploma Entrepreneurship Certificate Architectural Technology Degree Respiratory Therapy Degree Human Resources Certificate Architectural CAD Certificate Surgical Technology Diploma Marketing Certificate Automotive Systems Technology Degree Operations Management Certificate Automotive Systems Diploma Programs for a Public Service Career: Health Information Technology Degree Automotive Electrical Certificate Basic Law Enforcement Training Certificate Comprehensive Coding Diploma Automotive Machining Certificate Criminal Justice Technology Degree Medical Coding Certificate Drivetrain Certificate Early Childhood Education Degree Medical Office Administration Degree Engine Performance Certificate Child Care Administration Certificate Office Administration Degree Under Car Certificate Child Development Certificate Word Processing Certificate Electrical/Electronics Technology Degree Infant/Toddler Care Certificate Paralegal Technology Degree Electrical/Electronics Technology Diploma Emergency Preparedness Technology Degree Bankruptcy Law Certificate Construction Electrician Certificate Business Continuity Certificate Business Law Certificate Control Electrician Certificate Environment, Health, and Safety Technology Degree Civil Litigation Certificate Maintenance Electrician Certificate Environment Management Certificate Electronics Engineering Technology Degree Occupational Health Certificate Programs for a Computer Technology Computer Repair Certificate Occupational Health Management Certificate Career: Industrial Systems Technology Degree Occupational Safety Certificate Computer Information Technology Degree HVAC Certificate Fire Protection Technology Degree Linux+ and CLP Certificate Maintenance Certificate Fire Management Certificate Microsoft Certificate Welding Certificate Wildland Fire Suppression Certificate Software Specialist Certificate Machining Technology Diploma School-Age Education Associate Degree Computer Programming Degree Basic Machining Certificate Instructional Apprentice Associate Certificate Database Programming Certificate Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Certificate Java Certificate Visual BASIC Certificate Visual C# Certificate Information Systems Security Degree Secure Networking Certificate Networking Technology Degree CCNA Certificate Network+ Certificate Web Technologies Web Designer Certificate 11 Creating Success — Hope, Opportunity, and Jobs Important Dates for Summer Term 2010 Credit Classes Admissions and Financial Aid Enrollment applications, change of major forms, transcripts, and financial aid documents due ..................................... May 4 IMPORTANT: All documents must be submitted by this date to be accepted into a program and receive financial aid in sufficient time to see an advisor and register during late registration for Summer Term. Students who wish to register earlier should submit all documents at least two weeks prior to advising. Students submitting enrollment applications or change of major forms after May 4 may still register as visiting (non-admitted) students. However, visiting students are not eligible to receive financial aid. General Advising and Registration Advising Appointments for Admitted Program Students with Assigned Advisors ............................................ Begin March 22 Priority Registration for Admitted Program Students with 35 or More Credit Hours .................................................. April 12 Priority Registration for Admitted Program Students with 17 or More Credit Hours .................................................. April 13 Priority Registration for Admitted Program Students with 4 or More Credit Hours .................................................... April 14 Priority Registration for All Admitted Program Students ................................................................................... April 15 – 16 Advising for New Durham Tech Students Via ConnectSession ...................................................................... April 12 – May 3 Registration for New Students Who Have Attended ConnectSession ............................................................ April 19 – May 3 WebAdvisor or TECHLINE Registration for All Students .................................................................................. April 19 – May 3 Registration Payment Deadline (4 p.m. – Cashier’s Window; 12 midnight – TECHLINE) ............................................... May 3 Summer Term credit classes begin May 17 and end July 27, 2010. Plan Ahead for Fall! Advising for Admitted Program Students ............................................................................................ Begins June 22, 2010 Fall Semester credit classes begin August 16 and end December 15, 2010. Register Online This Summer! Currently enrolled credit students can activate their WebAdvisor account at connect.durhamtech.edu. • Search for courses • Register for classes • View your class schedule • View grades and unofficial transcripts • Check your account balance — all online! Learn About These Programs By Attending an Information Session • Clinical Trials Research Associate – April 13 and May 5, 6 – 7 p.m., Non-Profit Organization Durham Tech/GlaxoWellcome Technology Center, room 910. US POSTAGE • Medical Assisting program – June 3, 5 p.m., PAID Durham, NC Durham Tech/GlaxoWellcome Technology Center, room 906. Carrier Route Presort Permit No. 496 • Nursing programs – All Nursing program information sessions are 1637 Lawson Street Postal Patron Local Durham, NC 27703 held in the Phail Wynn, Jr. Student Services Center – April 14, 2 p.m., Multi-Purpose Room, first floor – April 27, 5:30 p.m., Testing Center, room 1302 – May 11, 5:30 p.m., Multi-Purpose Room, first floor CAR-RT SORT Durham Tech’s Main Campus is located off the Briggs Avenue Postal Customer exit of the Durham Freeway. See Main Campus at www.durhamtech.edu/html/aboutdt/campusmap.htm.