The North Carolina Career and College Promise Program provides specific guidelines for providing seamless dual enrollment educational opportunities for eligible high school students in order to accelerate completion of college certificates, diplomas and associate degrees that lead to college transfer or provide entry-level job skills. Eligible high school students may enroll in a College Transfer Pathway program of study leading to the awarding of specific college transfer credit and/or Career and Technical Education Pathway program of study leading to a certificate or diploma aligned with an identified career cluster.
Eligible college courses will be selected from authorized programs of study which are beyond the scope of high school offerings and will be of the same length and rigor as those offered to regular college students. College credit will be awarded upon successful completion of courses. High school credit may be awarded upon successful completion, based on credit hour equivalencies.
As part of the admissions process, all students are required to submit a transcript and official scores from an approved assessment or placement test. Students must complete the Career and College Promise Application to be admitted into a Career and College Promise pathway.
To be eligible for enrollment in a College Transfer Pathway program of study, a high school student must:
- Be a high school junior or senior
- Have a weighted GPA of 3.0 on high school courses; and
- Demonstrate college readiness in English, reading, and mathematics on an approved assessment or placement test.
To be eligible for enrollment in a Career and Technical Education Pathway program of study a high school student must:
- Be a high school junior or senior;
- Have a weighted GPA of 3.0 on high school courses or have the recommendation of the high school principal or designee; and
- Have received career pathway information outlining program requirements for completion of the certificate or diploma.
To maintain eligibility for continued enrollment, a student must:
- Continue to make progress toward high school graduation; and
- Maintain a 2.0 in college coursework after completing two courses.
The enrollment of high school students cannot displace adult college students. Enrollment of eligible Career and College Promise Program high school students during the summer semester is permitted. With appropriate approvals, eligible high school students may enroll in selected continuing education courses for specific enrichment or training purposes only (no high school, college transfer, or career technical awards). Adult High School or high school equivalency courses are not eligible.