NC Career & College Promise (CCP) gives motivated junior and senior high school students a head start on their college and careers, tuition-free. Craven Community College (CCC) and area high schools are working together to enable students to take college classes at CCC, at the high school, or online.
The classes are taught by CCC instructors and are available to home-schooled, private and public school enrolled students. In addition to being free, students could earn both high school and college credit from the same classes.
There are three CCP College-Transfer Pathways, including associate in arts, associate in science and associate in engineering. The college-transfer course credits will be accepted at the 16 UNC System universities. This allows a student to complete a four-year degree in less time and at a lower cost. High school students can satisfy college general education requirements while in high school by taking English, math, humanities and other classes.
CCP’s Technical Education Pathway gives students who desire to graduate high school and begin working opportunities to earn certificates such as automotive systems, welding, business, information technology, criminal justice and welding.
“NC Career and College Promise program has undeniable benefits for high school students,” said Sarah Sawyer, coordinator of the CCC Career/Transfer Center. Students will receive high school and college credit at no cost, and will gain exposure to what is expected at the college level while still in high school. Sawyer added, “Students will be better prepared for transfer to university or the workforce by participating in the CCP program.”
“It allows you to get ahead for college while still getting high school credits behind you,” said Joshua Keesecker, a home-school high school graduate who has earned 22 college credit hours through CCP. Keesecker started taking courses at CCC in the fall of 2014, and was able to complete several college classes, including Art Appreciation, Economics, English 111, English 112, Mathematics, Music Appreciation and Public Speaking.
Keesecker said, “I would definitely recommend the program to other high school students and encourage them to take as many college courses as possible while they are in high school.” He is currently enrolled at CCC in the associate in science degree program and plans to transfer to a North Carolina public university to study in a medical field. Keesecker’s younger brother Michael also plans on enrolling in the CCP program.
“Now is a great time for high school students to complete their CCC college applications, fill out the CCP enrollment forms as soon as possible, take their placement tests, and register for fall semester by August 10,” Sawyer said.
High school students who are interested in Craven Career and College Promise can contact Sawyer at 252-514-0502 or email@example.com.
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Nancy Childs is the marketing design specialist at Craven Community College.
Article originally appeared in the New Bern Sun Journal.