Career and College Promise Overview
Career and College Promise (CCP) provides UCPS high school students with the opportunity to take tuition free South Piedmont Community College (SPCC) classes while they are still enrolled at their UCPS home school.This North Carolina state-sponsored program gives qualified UCPS students the ability to earn college credit while still in high school. Students are dually enrolled in their high school and at South Piedmont Community College. For this reason, student receive both high school and college credit for courses taken through the Career and College Promise program. This gives UCPS high schoolers the opportunity to earn college credit prior to attending the University of their choice. High school students can also earn college credit towards an associate degree at SPCC.
As an added bonus, many South Piedmont Community College courses can be taken online and do not require UCPS students to leave their high school campus. Instead, they can take their SPCC course in UCPS virtual labs alongside students who are enrolled in other E-Learning classes, like UCVirtual and NCVPS.
Here are some ways that students have benefited from participating in the Career and College Promise program during the 2016-2017 academic year at South Piedmont Community College:
- Free Tuition: More than 590 high school students saved over $490,000 in college tuition and fees.
- College Credit: Participating high school students earned over 4,700 hours of college credit and the majority achieved a grade of “B” or better.
It is important to note that there are a wide variety of pathways students can use to earn an associate degree at South Piedmont Community College.
- Career Exploration: High school students explored more than 45 academic programs and career pathways throughout the academic year.
- College Transfer Pathways: SPCC offers two transfer pathways that provide structured sets of general education courses. Upon completion of the Associate in Arts College Transfer Pathway or the Associate in Science College Transfer Pathway, students will be able to earn an Associate in Arts (AA) degree or an Associate in Science (AS) degree with less than 30 additional hours of study. Students must have a weighted 3.0 grade point average and demonstrate college readiness on an approved placement test.
- Career and Technical Education Pathways (CTE): SPCC has 36 different pathways in a wide range of subjects that can be applied toward an Associate of Applied Science degree. Many of these classes do not require test scores and if your GPA is not quite at the 3.0 level, you can still participate with permission from the student's high school principal.
If interested in the Career and College Promise program, contact your high school guidance counselor. The counselor can provide information about eligibility and coordinate high school and college class schedules.