Monthly Archives: July 2015

Let’s celebrate August birthdays and anniversaries!

August Anniversaries (years)

Bill Ingram (28); John Hurlburt (25); Irene Laube, Vernon Bridges (24); Aaron Dark, Perry Cumbie (22); Ricky Glasgow (20); Ilene Britt, Patrick Coin (19); Gregory Walton (18); Andrea Parrish, Constanza Gomez-Joines, Martha Williams (17); Michael Szczerbiak (16); Roy Stallings, Willie Johnson, Joan Brown (15); Robert Wilson (14); Emma Borynski (13); Jamia McIver-Eshiet, Brenda East, John Crutchfield, Julie Hoover, Lyndsay Al-Shibli, Micara Lewis, Susan Sutton, Suzanne Laudadio, Thomas Beveridge (12); Danny Francis, Dorothy Wood, Elecia Brown, Gabrielle McCutcheon, James Weeks, Janel Thompson, Kerry Cantwell, Robbi Muckenfuss, Robert Matthews, Svetlana Yokum, Erica Taylor (11); Erik Townsend Angela Boone, Jacqueline Futrell, Shannon Hahn, Sheryl McCloud, Sheza Healey, Kara Battle, Jo Ann Molnar, Naomi Feaste (10); Bijoy Patnaik, Cari Borresen, Lesley Chaffin, Lorelie Bingham (9); Christine Husketh (8); Isaac Thomas, Donna Littleton, Erin Riney, Mary Kennery, Marye Vance (7); Jonathan Cook, Michele Alexandre (6); Gloria Gay, James Luxton, Cara Potter, Donnie Sommerfeldt, James DePalma, Jason Moldoff, John Cain, John Lee, Larry Haynes, Margaret Memory, Scott Neal, Johnnie Bratton (5); Marisa Sullivan, Jemma Superville, Dorene MacKinnon, Marguerita Best, Marina DelVecchio, Tina Bryant-Allen (4); Amy Kern, Christine Dove, Daveta Strayhorn, Lindsey Carpenter, Sara Juarez (3); Jaclyn Krohn, Anthony Tolin, Barbara Jackson, Bryan Rufener, Christine Gunnigle, Janemarie Baker, Jennifer Fay, Jerry Oxendine, John Stauble, LaTonya Steele, Marie Fogarty, Marjorie Carter-Davis, William Creech (2); Joseph Derilus, Andrew Teears, Christina Bowers, Meredith Lewis, Alga Hogrefe, Paula Wilder, Steven Kerrigan (1).

August Birthdays (date)

Darlene Bullock (3); Audrey Fern (6); Janice Stuart, Matthew Williams (7); Perry Cumbie, Jessica Vaughan (8); Marilyn Slaughter, Robert Matthews (9); Sandra Young (11); Sheryl McCloud (12); Barbara Jackson (14); Diane Usher (15); Stesha Little (17); Sheryca Crossland (18); Don Wheeler (19); Peter Woolridge, Ricky Glasgow, Thomas Murphy, Janel Thompson (20); Marisa Sullivan (21); David Kittrell (23); Judy Roberts (25); Melissa Ockert, Kathy McKinley (26); Leroy Pendergraft Jr., Emerenciana Alejo, Kristy Forell (29); Joy Hansen (30); Carver Weaver, Megan Nicholson (31).

Durham Tech to offer Associate in Engineering program

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

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

After completing the Associate in Engineering program, graduates may apply to transfer into one of the five four-year universities without taking additional, sometimes duplicative, courses, said Tracy Mancini, Dean of the Arts, Sciences, and University Transfer department at Durham Tech.

“Many of our students already are planning to transfer into engineering programs at four-year institutions. We’re excited to offer our students a new program that will provide them with additional course selection guidance and a seamless transfer opportunity,” Mancini said.

“The Associate in Engineering program will give our students an opportunity to study and prepare for promising careers in engineering,” added Durham Tech President Bill Ingram. “Durham Tech continues to build on its exhaustive course offerings and the Engineering program is the latest example of our commitment to meeting the community’s needs.”

The Associate in Engineering is the second new program approved for Durham Tech this summer. The college also will offer an Associate in Fine Arts degree beginning this fall semester.

The Associate in Fine Arts program will provide students with opportunities to develop studio and conceptual art skills and to build portfolios that will help them transfer into four-year visual arts programs.

LC Industries Foundation announces Durham Tech grant for visually impaired students

LC Industries Foundation has announced a grant of $100,000 to fund resources for visually impaired students at Durham Technical Community College.

The funding will help Durham Tech expand and improve the resources available for visually impaired students by ensuring accessibility of the college’s web presence, online learning tools, and other digital assets. Durham Tech also will use the grant money to purchase and install dedicated accessibility hardware, software, and supplies across campuses in Durham and Orange counties, and improve the quality of support services by offering accessibility-related tools and professional development to equip faculty and staff.

“Durham Tech aspires to be a first choice for our students and our community. With this gift, we have the opportunity to be a first choice institution for students with visual impairments. We are grateful to have LC Industries Foundation as an outstanding partner in this endeavor,” said Dr. Bill Ingram, president of Durham Tech.

“We are proud to partner with Durham Tech in this endeavor,” LCI President Bill Hudson said. “We look forward to seeing these improvements lead to better opportunities for education, training, and development of job-related skills for the blind.”

Dynamic technology and its growing integration in classrooms make improved support for learners with visual impairments crucial. Durham Tech offers approximately 850 curriculum course sections annually, nearly 30 percent of which are provided as online-only or hybrid offerings. There is often high demand for these course sections from the diverse student population, as many students work or have families in addition to attending school. Furthermore, instructors for some traditional seated courses are moving toward increased use of technology by altering the presentation of learning modules — providing video lectures for home viewing and reserving class time for hands-on group activities and labs.

LC Industries Foundation has been a previous benefactor to the college. In 2004, the LC Industries Foundation made a generous donation of $100,000 to the Durham Tech Foundation. Of this gift, $40,000 was used to purchase vital basic tools to assist visually impaired students, including: a laptop equipped with assistive technology for loan to students; closed circuit enlargers; CD players for recordings for the blind; an institutional membership for recordings for the blind; assistive listening systems; disability management software; and incentives for volunteer tutors, interpreters, and note takers. The remaining $60,000 was used to create an endowed scholarship that has helped to keep the cost of higher education affordable for students as they pursue a credential at Durham Tech.

Welcome new employees!

We have some new faces on campus. Welcome!

Cecil Outlaw Financial Aid Advisor

Cecil Outlaw
Financial Aid Advisor

Heather Remley, Production Manager

Heather Remley, Production Manager

Robin Lockhart College Liaison

Robin Lockhart
College Liaison

Dawn Stanley Program Chair, Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement

Dawn Stanley
Program Chair, Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement

Leslie Scott Security Officer

Leslie Scott
Security Officer

Justin Bordeaux

Justin Bordeaux

Antoine McClain Financial Aid Advisor

Antoine McClain
Financial Aid Advisor


Outgoing colleagues:

Sarah Minnis, Director, Campus Law Enforcement

Valerie Evans, Senior Vice President for Student Learning, Development, and Support

Bryan Rufener, Instructor, College Sucess

Alberto Camacho, Clinical Coordinator/Instructor, Dental Laboratory Technology