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CAREER AND COLLEGE PROMISE PROGRAM

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


How do I apply to participate in the Career & College Promise Program?

To apply for the Career & College Promise Program, students may either contact their high school guidance or Mr. Anthony Thomas at 910.879.5591.


Can students under 18 years old who are not high graduates enroll in a community college outside of Career & College Promise?

No, except for non-credit courses taken on self-supporting basis, including safe driving courses.


What is the maximum number of college credits that a CCP student can take?

There is no maximum number of college credits that a CCP student can take. All students must maintain a GPA of 2.0 or higher on college courses within a program of study and must continue to make progress towards high school graduation.


What pathways are students allowed to take? – Are there any other pathways for students besides the CT and CTE pathways?

College Transfer students may choose to enroll in either the Humanities & Social Science or Business & Economics Pathways. CTE students may choose one of the following pathways: Electrical /Electronics, Cosmetology, Machining, and Welding. No, not at this time. Colleges are permitted to submit new programs of study for review and approval by State Board of Community College, so it is possible that other pathway/programs of study be available in the future.


Will the CCP students receive weighted high school credit for completing college courses?

All college transfer courses receive weighted (honors) credit. CTE courses, in general, are not eligible since they are not transferable.


Who is responsible for advertising the CC high school students?

Advising is primarily the responsibility of the high school. However, the students may also seek advising from the college staff. WBHS – Kim Denning and Irene Shipman; EBHS – Pamela Lewis and Baretta Smith; Bladen Community College – Anthony Thomas 910.879.5591.


Are there any minimum class attendance requirements for CCP students?

With respect to community college courses being taken CCP participants, high school students enrolled in community college courses will be held to the same rigorous attendance and academic requirements as adult students.


Since students will receive both high school and college credit, how will grades be reported to the high school?

Colleges should transcript high school student grades using its regular reporting procedures.


Do community college courses that count for high school credit count as a full credit or a partial credit?

College courses count as one (1) full high school credit. However, when a course-sequence is required to meet content standards for a graduation requirement, the full course sequence must be completed to ensure students are eligible to graduate.


Do courses in the college transfer or CTE pathway count as advanced placement (AP) courses for credit purposes?

No, pathway courses count as honors courses for credit purposes.


Are high school students allowed to take community college courses (especially online courses) from a community college outside of the geographic area that their local community college serves?

Yes, provided that the courses are included as part of the student’s chosen program (s) of study.


Are home school and private school students eligible to participate in Career & College Promise?

Yes, students attending a registered home school or a private school may participate in CCP; these students must meet the same participation criteria applied to regular public school students.


What assessments are approved for students to demonstrate college-readiness?

The approved college-readiness assessments include PLAN, ACT, PSAT, SAT, Asset, Compass, and Accuplacer. Students must be college-ready in ALL THREE assessment areas (English/Writing, Reading, Math). Minimum college readiness scores for each test are specific in the table below.


 

Test

 

ACT

 

SAT

 

PLAN**

 

PSAT**

Asset
(NCCCS Cut
Score)

COMPASS
(NCCCS Cut
Score)

Accuplacer
(NCCCS Cut
Score)

 

English

 

18

 

500

 

15

 

49

 

41 Writing

 

70 Writing

 

86 Sentence
Skills

 

Reading

 

22

 

500

 

17

 

50

 

41 Reading

 

81 Reading

 

80 Reading

 

Mathematics

 

22

 

500

 

19

 

50

 

41 Numerical
Skills and 41
Int. Algebra

 

47 Pre-Algebra and
66 Algebra

 

55 Arithmetic and
75 Elem. Algebra


If the student meets the benchmark through PLAN or PSAT, will they also have to take the college placement test (or have appropriate SAT or ACT scores) to meet the prerequisites for the course?

No. Students demonstrate college readiness by achieving minimum scores one or more of the approved assessment tests. Students must meet college-ready thresholds in all three areas – English/writing, Reading, and Math.


What is the minimum number of hours that high school students need to be at the high school?

There is no requirement for students to be at their high school for a minimum number of hours. Student schedules may vary depending upon how many CCP courses a student has, where those course sections are offered (at the high school or at the college, and when those sections are offered).


If a high school student completes all high school requirements in December (eligible to graduate) can he/she continue with the courses, tuition exempt, even if he/she has no high school classes? Or does the student need to “save” one high school course for spring semester?

High school junior and senior who meet all eligibility requirements, can participate in the CCP program. A student that has not graduated from high school and that meets all of the eligibility requirements can enroll in the program.


Is there a requirement for students to take at least one course on your high school campus in order to be counted present in NC Wise or ADM purposes?

No. State Board policy does not prohibit students from taking all of their credits at the community college, and there is no state-level requirement for students doing so to be on the high school campus during the semester. LEAs may choose to require periodic “check-in” or attendance at the high school campus for purposes of advising and follow-up with students.


Can CCP participants pursue both the college transfer and CTE pathways at the same time (for instance, a student who wishes to go to college for pre-med and wants to become a licensed EMT)?

Yes. A student may choose to participate in a CT program of study and CTE program of study at the same time. Students may participate in only one CTE program of study at a time.


Can my CCP college courses also be used for high school credit, including credit to meet graduation requirements?  In which subjects?

There will be allowances for dual credit. NC DPI has a team working to define dual credit opportunities to ensure minimum State Board of Education requirements are met. Specific dual credit information will be communicated as soon as it is finalized.


Is the community college tuition waived for home schooled and private schooled students?

Yes, tuition costs are paid for students. Students do not need to take any action.


Who pays the cost of the student’s textbook?

No state funding is available for CCP or any other textbooks at this time. Community colleges and the LEA must work together to determine how to pay for students’ text book.


Are student fees (e.g., technology fees and insurance fees) waived in addition  to the waived tuition for CCP students?

Generally speaking, fees are not waived unless the community college chooses to do so. Additionally, no state funding is available to cover student fees. The college and the LEA must work together to determine whether and how student fees will be paid for CCP students.