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Robeson Community College

Career & College Promise College Transfer Pathway

Career and College Promise provides seamless dual enrollment educational opportunities for eligible North Carolina 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. Robeson Community College offers Career and College Promise pathways aligned with the K-12 curriculum and career and college ready standards adopted by the State Board of Education.
Career & College Promise (CCP) offers North Carolina high school students a clear path to success in college or in a career. The program is free to all students who maintain a 3.0 GPA and meet all other eligibility requirements. CCP is a commitment to helping every qualified student gain access to an affordable college education. Through a partnership of the North Carolina Community College System, the Department of Public Instruction, the University of North Carolina System and many independent colleges and universities, North Carolina is helping eligible high school students to begin earning college credit at a community college campus at no tuition cost to them or their families. There are two pathways that offer students an opportunity to earn credit:

1. College Transfer Pathway leading to a minimum of 30 hours of college transfer credit;

• College Transfer Pathway leading to Associate in Arts
• College Transfer Pathway leading to Associate in Science

2. A Career and Technical Education Pathway that leads to a Certificate;

• Career and Technical Education Pathways
• Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration
• Business Administration
• Computer Information Technology
• Criminal Justice Technology
• Culinary Arts
• Early Childhood
• Electrical Systems Technology
• Industrial Systems Technology

3. A Career and Technical Education Pathway that leads to a Diploma

• Nurse Aide

Session Law 2011-145, the Appropriations Act of 2011, authorized the State Board of Education and the State Board of Community Colleges to establish the Career and College Promise program, effective January 1, 2012.

College Transfer Pathway

1. The Career and College Promise Pathway allows the completion of at least thirty semester hours of transfer courses, including English and mathematics and ACA 122 College Transfer Success

2. To be eligible for enrollment, a high school student must meet the following criteria:

a. Be a high school junior or senior;
b. Have a weighted GPA of 3.0 on high school courses; and
c. Demonstrate college readiness on an assessment or placement test (see attachment A).

A student must demonstrate college readiness in English, reading and mathematics to be eligible for enrollment in a College Transfer Pathway.

3. A high school junior or senior who does not demonstrate college-readiness on an approved assessment or placement test may be provisionally enrolled in a College Transfer Pathway. To qualify for Provisional Status, a student must meet the following criteria:

a. Have a weighted GPA of 3.5;
b. Have completed two years of high school English with a grade of ‘C’ or higher;
c. Have completed high school Algebra II (or a higher level math class) with a grade of ‘C’ of higher;
d. Obtain the written approval of the high school principal or his/her designee; and,
e. Obtain the written approval of the community college president or his/her designee.

A Provisional Status student may register only for college mathematics (MAT) and college English (ENG) courses within the chosen Pathway. To be eligible to register for other courses in the Pathway, the student must first successfully complete mathematics and English courses with a grade of ‘C’ or higher.

4. To maintain eligibility for continued enrollment, a student must 

a. Continue to make progress toward high school graduation, and
b. Maintain a 2.0 GPA in college coursework after completing two courses.
c. A student who falls below a 2.0 GPA after completing two college courses will be subject to the college’s policy for satisfactory academic progress.

5. A student must enroll in one College Transfer Pathway program of study and may not substitute courses in one program for courses in another.

6. A student may change his or her program of study major with approval of the high school principal or his/her designee and the college’s chief student development administrator.

7. With approval of the high school principal or his/her designee and the college’s chief student development administrator, a student who completes a College
Transfer Pathway, while still enrolled in high school, may continue to earn college transfer credits leading to the completion of the Associate in Arts or Associate in Science.

8. With approval of the high school principal or his/her designee and the college’s chief student development administrator, a student may enroll in both a College Transfer Pathway program of study and a Career Technical Education program of study.

Career Technical Education Pathway

1. The Career and College Promise Career Technical Education Pathway for juniors and seniors leads to a certificate or diploma aligned with a high school Career Cluster.

2. To be eligible for enrollment, a high school student must meet the following criteria:

a. Be a high school junior or senior;
b. Have a weighted GPA of 3.0 on high school courses or have the recommendation of the high school principal or his/her designee; and
c. Meet the prerequisites for the career pathway.

3. High school counselors should consider students’ PLAN scores in making pathway recommendations.

4. College Career Technical Education courses may be used to provide partial or full fulfillment of a four-unit career cluster. Where possible, students should be granted articulated credit based on the local or state North Carolina High School to Community College articulation agreement.

5. To maintain eligibility for continued enrollment, a student must 

a. Continue to make progress toward high school graduation, and
b. Maintain a 2.0 in college coursework after completing two courses.
c. A student who falls below a 2.0 GPA after completing two college courses will be subject to the college’s policy for satisfactory academic progress.

6. A student must enroll in one program of study and may not substitute courses in one program for courses in another. The student may change his or her program of study major with approval of the high school principal or his/her designee and the college’s chief student development administrator. A student may concurrently enroll in two CTE programs of study provided the exception has been approved by the college’s Chief Academic Officer or his/her designee.

Student Application Procedures 

1. The high school will document eligibility criteria (high school GPA and PLAN or other assessment scores) on the student’s transcript. A Home school or non-public high school student must submit a transcript and official test scores from an approved assessment test.

2. Students must complete a college application to be admitted into a Career and College Promise pathway.

College Readiness* Benchmarks on Approved
Diagnostic Assessment Tests

TEST PLAN **
PSAT **
ASSET (NCCCS Cut Score)
COMPASS (NCCCS Cut Score)
ACCUPLACER (NCCCS Cut Score)
English
154541 Writing
70 Writing
86 Sentence Skills
Reading
184141 Reading
81 Reading
80 Reading
Mathematics
194741 Numerical Skills and 41 Int. Algebra
47 Pre-Algebra and 66 Algebra
55 Arithmetic and 75 Elem. Algebra

In addition to the diagnostic assessments, colleges may use the following SAT and ACT scores recommended by the testing companies as benchmarks for college readiness:*

SAT ACT 
English 500 English 18
Critical Reading500 Reading 22
Mathematics 500 Mathematics 22

* To be eligible for enrollment in a College Transfer Pathway, students must demonstrate college readiness in English, reading, and mathematics on an approved test or tests. Eligibility may be demonstrated by achieving the required scores on a single test or by combining test scores from any of the approved assessments. For example, a student may combine a 19 on PLAN math with an 86 and an 80 on Accuplacer sentence skills and reading to demonstrate college readiness.
** PLAN and PSAT scores recommended by ACT and College Board as indicators of college readiness.