Dual Enrollment | Cleveland Community College, Shelby, NC


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.


  • 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 an unweighted high school GPA of 2.8 OR demonstrate college readiness on an assessment or placement test.
  • choose the Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, or Associate in Fine Arts pathway

Access the CTP pathway guides

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 an unweighted high school GPA of 2.8 OR have the recommendation of the high school principal or his/her designee.
  • pathways containing UGETC college transfer courses require an unweighted GPA of 2.8.

Access the CTE pathway guide.

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

How to Apply

  • Complete the application for admission. Be sure to select ‘Career and College Promise’ as your entrance status. Students are also encouraged to provide their social security number in order to expedite application entry. If you prefer to download and complete a paper application for admission, please click here.
  • Obtain the high school approval form and necessary principal approval.
  • Provide official high school transcript (sealed envelope, or emailed directly from high school administrator, or through approved 3rd party transcript ordering service). An official high school transcript must contain grade level and unweighted GPA. A transcript is required prior to registration each semester in order to verify CCP eligibility.

How to Register for Classes

  • Cleveland County School students should contact their high school Career Coach or Grade Level Counselor.
  • Homeschool, charter school, or private school students should contact their Career Coach. Please email mcdanielk148@clevelandcc.edu or 704-669-4056 to schedule an advising appointment.
  • For students with an unweighted GPA below a 2.8 in CTE pathways that do not contain UGETC classes, a GPA contract must be completed with student, parent, and high school approval signatures.

Helpful Links

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