Kayla Glenn isn’t quite 18 years old yet. In May, she will be graduating with a high school diploma and a two-year associate degree in arts from Craven Community College (CCC). In the fall, Glenn will transfer to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) as a junior. She will be studying occupational therapy at UNC-CH. Glenn was able to achieve this non-traditional educational path because of the North Carolina Career and College Promise (CCP) program. Currently, there are 80 CCP students enrolled at CCC.
“Kayla really flourished in our CCP program and we are very proud of what she has accomplished,” said Dr. Daryl Minus, executive vice president for learning and student success. Minus says that CCP is a great option for many high school students.
The CCP program is a dual-enrollment education program. It is offered by the state’s community college system, and allows qualified students in North Carolina to pursue a college degree, tuition-free, while they are in high school. The CCP option saves time and money, and provides college credit transfer opportunities to junior or seniors in high schools. The program offers pathways toward an associate in art degree and an associate in science degree. For students who prefer technical education, CCP course credits can be applied toward a job credential, certificate or diploma in a technical career such as welding, computer technology, automotive technology, business and others.
Glenn attended a local high school up to the 10th grade. After discussions with her parents, she decided to be home-schooled and attend CCC in the fall of 2012. In the fall of 2013, Glenn was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa national honor society, along with her mother and CCC student, JoAnne Glenn. “I’m very proud of my daughter’s achievement and thankful for the tuition-free college program Kayla was able to take advantage of while she was still in high school,” said JoAnne Glenn. JoAnne Glenn was recently accepted into CCC’s nursing program, which is a significant career change for this former residential construction professional.
According to Zomar Peter, executive director of enrollment and retention at CCC, CCP is a way for high school students to get a jumpstart on their college degree for free. “Students earn college credits and their tuition and fees are covered by the CCP program,” said Peter. Juniors or seniors in home-school, public high school, or private school are eligible to apply for the CCP program.
For more information about CCP, please contact Peter at 252-638-4597. The registration deadline for fall CCP students is August 1st.
Deborah Kania is the director of marketing, communications and development liaison at Craven Community College.
Article originally appeared in the New Bern Sun Journal.