Durham Neighborhood College

Learn More About Your Community Through Durham Neighborhood College


City and County employees work hard every day to provide quality services and make Durham a great place to live, work and play. Each organization has developed a strategic plan that provides a firm foundation for an excellent and sustainable quality of life.

Residents looking to play a more active role in their neighborhoods and the Durham community will get their chance to learn more about the strategic plans in the 2018 Durham Neighborhood College, a class designed specifically for residents to learn about the organization, operations and services of their local City and County governments. After a two-year hiatus, the award-winning Durham Neighborhood College program will return this fall with an emphasis on showing participants how the strategic plans guide government officials in the development of sound planning and operations.

Applications are now available for the 2018 Durham Neighborhood College. This series of classes, co-sponsored by the City and County of Durham, consists of interactive sessions facilitated by various local government officials, allowing residents to learn about government operations and how they relate to the goals of the strategic plans.

The final day to apply for this year’s session is Friday, August 3, 2018. The classes will be held on seven Thursday nights beginning September 6, 2018 from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Space in the Durham Neighborhood College is limited to 30 people. Applications will be accepted to create a diverse participant population from as many Durham neighborhoods as possible as well as residents living outside the city limits.

Interested residents should apply on-line or submit a PDF application or to the Durham County Clerk to the Board of Commissioners, 200 East Main St., Second Floor, Durham, N.C. 27701.

To learn more about Durham Neighborhood College, download an application or apply on-line, visit the City’s website or the County’s website. Applications are also available at the Durham County Clerk to the Board of Commissioners and the City Clerk’s Office. Interested applicants may also contact the City’s Office of Public Affairs at 919-560-4123 or the County’s Public Information Office at 919-560-0000 for information.


Class Schedule


Classes will be held on 7 Thursday evenings beginning in September 6, 2018. Space in the Durham Neighborhood College is limited to 30 people and applications will be accepted to create a diverse participant population from as many Durham neighborhoods as possible as well as residents that live outside the city limits. Registration for the 2016 Durham Neighborhood College will begin in June.

Program Fees


A light meal is served prior to each evening class and sessions are held at City and County facilities. There is a $30 fee for residents accepted to attend the program and limited scholarships are available if needed. Area high school students ages 15 and up as well as Latino residents are encouraged to apply.

Interested applicants may also contact the City's Office of Public Affairs at 919-560-4123 or the County's Public Information Office at 919-560-0000.