Durham Technical Community College publicly launched its Forge Great Futures campaign last week in hopes of reaching a $5 million goal by June 2020.
The campaign started over a year ago, but wasn’t publicly announced until Apr. 30 of this year, in an effort to push the fundraiser to its final goal by or before the school’s deadline.
While the announcement happened at Durham Tech’s new location at the American Tobacco Campus, the funds raised by it will be spread across campuses and will target some specific areas at the Orange County campus.
“We have several projects in the pipeline intended to specifically upgrade Orange County Campus tools and technology that we hope to achieve in collaboration with community partners,” Melissa Chappell, Executive Director of the Durham Tech Foundation, said in an email.
The funds will target two areas — workforce development and student support — with the specific targets of upgrading spaces to meet industry standards, creating integrated technology labs and programs, and expanding scholarships and student aid.
This is the largest fundraising goal the school has set in its 50-plus years.
“We are preparing our students in Durham and Orange counties for outstanding careers, and we are serving our communities by identifying and filling local employer demands,” Durham Tech President Bill Ingram said in a press release.