Overview

Through North Carolina state legislation, the Career and College Promise (CCP) Program provides opportunities for eligible high school students to take tuition-free, college courses for dual credit (credit in the high school and college at the same time). Taking CCP courses accelerates completion of college certificates, diplomas, and associate degrees that provide entry-level job skills and/or lead to college transfer credit.

Benefits

  • Affordability and cost savings – college classes are tuition free. In some cases books are free too.
  • Enhances students’ achievements in the classroom and beyond – college classes are taught by qualified faculty who are experts in their fields and provide a rigorous college experience for students seeking academic challenges and hands-on, skill-based learning.
  • Experiencing college – taking a college class while in high school provides experience in a supportive environment before transitioning to being a full-time, independent college student.

“The Career and College Promise Program is incredibly helpful because it easily paved the way while making the transition from high school to Cleveland Community College. It has been a valuable part of my education, and I am very glad I took advantage of it while I had the chance.” — Abee Newton

“Before CCP, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. CCP changed that. I was given an opportunity to make a change in my life and better myself. CCP helped me succeed and reach my goal to graduate with my Criminal Justice Technology Associate degree and opened a new door for me to continue my education at Gardner-Webb University. CCP has forever changed my life.” — Kaylee Truett

“I was encouraged by my dad to take as many classes as possible because I always knew that I wanted to be an engineer or architect. The CCP experience has made it possible to where I took the opportunity to explore and learn more about the CAD program.” — Cameron Mack

Choosing the Right Path

Students who participate in the Career and College Promise Program have two pathway choices.

College Transfer Pathway (CTP)

The choice for students who plan to transfer their credits to a four-year college or university and earn a bachelor’s degree.

To qualify for participation students must:

  • be a high school junior or senior.
  • have a weighted high school GPA of 3.0.
  • demonstrate college readiness on an assessment or placement test.
  • choose the Associate in Arts or Associate in Science pathway

Access the CTP pathway guide here.

Click Find a Program at the top of the page to learn more about each pathway.

Career & Technical Education Pathway (CTE)

The choice for students who want to earn a diploma or certificate in a technical field.

To qualify for participation students must:

  • be a high school junior or senior.
  • have a weighted high school GPA of 3.0 OR have the recommendation of the high school principal or his/her designee.
  • meet the prerequisites for the career pathway.
  • choose their pathway.

Access the CTE pathway guide here.

Click Find a Program at the top of the page to learn more about each pathway.

How to Apply

  • Cleveland County Schools’ students should schedule a meeting with their Career Coach.
  • Homeschool, charter school, or private school students should meet with the Career & College Promise Program advisor
  • Complete the application for admission.
  • Obtain high school approval form.

Resources for Parents and Students

The following links will connect you to other web pages for more information.

 

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