Craven Community College (Craven CC) is currently accepting applications for Career & College Promise (CCP), a tuition-free, dual-enrollment program. The college will host an information session for high school juniors and seniors interested in earning college credits through CCP. The session is open to students and parents and will be held Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at 5:30 p.m. in Orringer Auditorium on the New Bern campus.

All high school juniors and seniors that reside in Craven County are eligible for the CCP program, including public, private and home-schooled students. The CCP program is a free opportunity that only requires students to pay for textbooks and software, saving them time and money toward a college degree. Scholarship opportunities are also available for eligible students, potentially resulting in some semesters being completely free.

Upon graduating from high school, CCP students are then able to apply their earned college credits toward a fast-track completion of a college certificate, diploma, or associate degree. College credits are also transferrable to four-year universities.

“The biggest thing to know about the program is that it is a built-in opportunity that is available to every high school-aged student in Craven County,” said Samantha McDonald, Craven CC CCP advisor. “We are not a program that is looking to compete or take away from other educational opportunities—we are here to supplement what students are already doing and guide them toward their future goals.”

CCP students can select from either the Career-Technical Pathway or the College Transfer Pathway. The Career-Technical Pathway is ideal for students currently in a career cluster program at their school, allowing them to enroll in a Craven CC certificate program that aligns with their current goals. Available certificates include Automotive, Computer-Aided Drafting, Criminal Justice, Electronics Engineering Technology, Health Information Technology, Information Technology, Machining Technology, Medical Assisting, Small Business Accounting, and Welding. A full list of eligible programs is available online.

The College Transfer Pathway is intended for students who plan to enroll in a transfer program to attend a four-year university, allowing them to complete many of the core general education classes required during the first two years of a four-year degree. These degree programs include Associate in Arts (AA), Associate in Engineering (AE), Associate in Fine Arts (AFA) – Music, Associate in Fine Arts (AFA) – Visual Arts, Associate Degree Nursing (ADN), Associate in Science (AS), Associate in Arts – Teacher Prep (AATP), and Associate in Science – Teacher Prep (ASTP).

Students who complete an AA or AS and meet established guidelines are guaranteed admission into one of the 16 public institutions in the UNC System and several of the independent colleges within North Carolina. Students who complete the AE, AFA-Visual Arts, AFA-Music, AATP, or ASTP are highly qualified to transfer to a university program in these fields.

“Students who choose to enroll in classes with CCP at Craven have the advantage of working with advisors who don’t hold them back,” added McDonald. “We are here to figure out ways for every student to reach their goal, whether their goal is to earn a few college credits, a certification, or their associate degree. Craven CCP does not put limits on students, but rather works holistically with the student to ensure positive success.”

Students with an unweighted grade point average (GPA) of 2.8 or higher automatically qualify for the CCP program. If a student does not hold a GPA of 2.8, they may be considered through other eligibility benchmarks that demonstrate college readiness.

New students must attend a mandatory orientation session. During orientation, students will have the opportunity to discover campus resources and academic expectations, as well as what it takes to be a successful student. They will also learn to navigate and set up student email, Moodle (learning management system), and Self-Service accounts.

Students interested in CCP should reach out to their high school counselor to determine their eligibility, discuss class options, and begin the enrollment process. Students and parents can also reach out at any time by emailing or calling their CCP Advisor. Homeschooled students should submit their transcripts by email for evaluation.

For questions or additional information, visit, or contact McDonald at or 252-638-7242. Students interested in attending on the Havelock campus should contact Sylvia King at 252-444-2120 or

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