The 2024 Community Partner Development Certificate Program application is now OPEN!


CLICK HERE for more information and to apply!


Application Deadline: June 28, 2024 

Program Start Date: September 9, 2024 


We invite you to an Interest meeting on June 17th at 6:00 p.m. This meeting will allow you to ask questions, learn more about the program, and review the report from last year's cohort.



The City of Durham Department of Neighborhood Improvement Services and the North Carolina Central University are partnering to offer the Community Partner Development Course Certificate Program 

  • Vision: Course participants are prepared to lead engagement that results in the changes communities want to see.  
  • Mission: The City of Durham and NCCU work together to invest in ongoing education and relationships with communities, who have been harmed by decision-making processes. 

Who is this course forCurrent and future community leaders 

Goal of the coursePrepare course participants to lead engagement that results in the changes communities want to see.  

What will the course cover? 6 Modules: 

  • - Understanding Community Dynamics
  • - Effective Communication and Facilitation Skills
  • - Community Needs Assessment and Asset Mapping
  • - Designing Equitable Programs and Initiatives
  • - Acquiring Financial Support and Mobilizing Resources
  • - Evaluating Impact and Continuous Improvement

More information about the Course: 

  • - 12 Session Training Program (3 hour classes)
  • - Held twice a month, September 2024-March 2025
  • - In-person & Virtual Program (Hybrid)
  • - Offered in English & Spanish
  • - For City of Durham and/or Durham County residents ONLY
  • - Free to course participants. Funded by the City of Durham ARPA.  

Course CoFacilitators: 

Staff Support:

  • - Clayton Mack, NCCU Division of Extended Studies
  • - Delta Farrington, City of Durham Neighborhood Improvement Services Department 
  • - Laura Biediger, City of Durham Neighborhood Improvement Services Department 

Learn about the 12 students in our inaugural 2022 and  2023 class.

More Information about the Course

  • - This 12-week Course supports the needs of our region by establishing a structured relationship for effectively involving the community in decision making, problem solving, and continuous improvement through information sharing, collaboration, and partnerships. 
  • - We seek to assemble a diverse group of participants and class environment that is as accessible and inclusive as possible. 


For more information, contact Delta Farrington at [email protected]