Today marks Durham Tech’s in-person commencement for our 2020 and 2021 graduates. Every graduation represents a great achievement, and this group of graduates had a few more challenges in their path than your traditional graduates. (You know why. We won’t speak its name.)

The Main Campus Library display of resources for graduates and job seekers, including 101 Job Interview Questions You'll Never Fear Again by James Reed, Entering the Real World by David Kramer, The Skills: From First Job to Dream Job, What Every Woman Needs to Know by Mishal Husain, Amazing Resumes, The Career Playbook: Essential Advice for Today's Aspiring Young Professional by James M. Citrin, Oh The Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss, The Elements of Resume Style by Scott Bennett, Successful Interviews in a Week, Best Resumes for College Students and New Graduates, 50 Ways to Get a Job by Dev Aujila, I Got My Job and So Can You by Pete Leibman, I Just Graduated: Now What? by Katherine Schwarzenegger

Whether you’re going into the workforce, transferring to another school to complete an additional degree, staying at Durham Tech to take additional classes towards additional degrees or certifications, or one of the many other options in front of you, we want to 1) let you know that you should be proud of yourself and 2) transitions can be as hard as they are exciting.

Keep reading for some Durham Tech resources both from the College to help you make your next moves!

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What We’re Reading: I Will Teach You to Be Rich

I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi, Second edition

This book was read by Courtney Bippley, Main Campus Reference Librarian and Library podcaster.

Title: I Will Teach You to Be Rich, Second Edition 

Author: Ramit Sethi

Genre: Self-help/Personal finance

Read Great Things Challenge 2021 Categories: A book that will help with your self care, A book recommended by a Durham Tech Library staff member, Choose your own category (Personal finance book).

Summary: From Not just another boring, personal finance book. You don’t have to be perfect to be rich. Or the smartest person in the room. Or a type-A personality. In fact, with Ramit Sethi’s six-week program to financial independence, you can start with any amount of money, do just 85% of what he suggests, and succeed brilliantly through good times and bad.

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Virtual Student Art Show

Welcome to the Durham Tech Virtual Student Art Show! Presented by Viva the Arts, it showcases over 100 pieces from students in our Fine Arts classes. Navigate through the show below or open it in a new window at this link. We’re thankful to be able to continue to showcase our talented students despite the pandemic. 

If you’re interested in purchasing a piece of art contact Tim Postell ( 

Questions, comments, or concerns can be sent to Courtney Bippley ( 

What We’re Reading: While Justice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams

while justice sleeps by stacey abrams
Available at the Orange County Campus
(PS 3601 .B746 W45 2021)

A Supreme court justice in a mysterious coma puts his clever clerk in charge and in [repeated] danger in this exciting political thriller that deals with secret government dealings, bioethics, justice, regular ethics, corporate mergers, a chess move as metaphor, and complex family relationships. 

Title: While Justice Sleeps

Author: Stacey Abrams (yes, that Stacey Abrams)

Genre: Contemporary fiction, political thriller, who-dunnit

Read Great Things 2021 Categories: A book about family; Choose your own category–A THRILLER; A book recommended by Durham Tech Library staff (our favorite category)

This book was read by Meredith Lewis, the (mostly) Orange County Campus Librarian. 

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Read a Pie, Bake a Pie, Eat a Pie

There should be another word for cookbooks that are only recipes for baked desserts. Bakebooks? Dessertbooks? Bakertbooks? We can workshop it later.

Regardless of what they are called, the library has them! I used one to make a pie on Memorial Day and it did not disappoint. The recipe came from Pie Every Day: Recipes and Slices of Life by Pat Willard. Click through to the rest of the post to see how my pie turned out!

Pie Every Day: Recipes and Slices of Life with 30 crusts and 118 ways to fill them. By Pat Willard.
Pie: not just for March 14th.
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Durham Tech’s First Virtual Open House

Have you signed up for Durham Tech’s First Virtual Open House? 

2021 Virtual Open House. Durham Tech logo and Do great things tagline

The 3-hour event will take place on Wednesday, June 2 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm and will provide information on College Admission, Financial Aid, Career Services, Student Support Services, and various other areas of the college. Following the Open House, the College will have virtual booths open for additional questions and information for specific Durham Tech departments.

As a part of the Student Support Services department, the Library has created a short (very short!) video highlighting our main services and friendly (masked) faces. Click through to check it out! 

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