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Career and College Promise

What is Career and College Promise?



The Career & College Promise Program is a state-sponsored collaboration between North Carolina public high schools and public colleges and universities across North Carolina. CCP allows qualified students to take tuition-free courses that earn high school and college credits at the same time.  Courses taken in the College Transfer Pathway receive AP -level high school credit (weighted) and will transfer to many four-year colleges and universities.  Courses taken in the Career & Technical Education Pathway receive standard high school credit (non-weighted) and can help students complete diploma, certificate or degree programs at community colleges. 

Career and College Promise offers structured opportunities for qualified Cabarrus County high school students to dually enroll in Rowan-Cabarrus courses that provide pathways that lead to a certificate, diploma, or degree as well as provide entry-level job skills.

The program is free to all students who maintain a “B” average and meet other eligibility requirements. Eligible Cabarrus County high school students begin earning college credit at Rowan-Cabarrus at no cost to them or their families. 

(from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College website

Through Career & College Promise (CCP), qualified high-school-age students in North Carolina have the opportunity to pursue these options, tuition free, while they are in high school, allowing them to get a jumpstart on their workplace and college preparation.

College Transfer – College transfer pathways provide tuition-free course credits toward the Associate in Arts or Associate in Science that will transfer seamlessly to any public or participating private college or university.

Technical Careers – Earn tuition-free course credits at an NC Community College toward a job credential, certificate or diploma in a technical career.

(from NC Community Colleges website

Career and College Promise Schools

  • All CCS high schools offer a Career and College Promise pathway.
  • Please see your high school counselor to inquire about applying for CCP courses.

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Transportation is not provided to on-campus courses. Some courses may be taken online.

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Program Requirements

  • Must be a high school Junior or Senior
  • 2.8 or higher unweighted GPA
  • OR meet minimum test scores on the PSAT, PLAN, ACT, SAT or Accuplacer 
  • Application for RCCC and school CCP application are required
  • Counselor approval form required
  • Students must maintain a “B” average

Qualified students may add CCP classes during the normal high school registration and schedule change cycles.  Students should review the qualifications for enrollment then complete the application process available on their school webpages or through their school counselor.  

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