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Career & College Promise Overview

Secondary Education Programs

College of The Albemarle (COA) offers several programs that provide the opportunity for high school students to take college-level courses and earn college credit. Students have the opportunity to pursue these options, tuition free, allowing them to get a jumpstart on their workplace and college preparation.

The State Board of Education and the State Board of Community Colleges established the Career and College Promise (CCP) program effective Jan. 1, 2012. CCP 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. CCP provides three pathways to help advance eligible students’ post-high school success: 1) College Transfer Pathway leading to a minimum of 30 hours of college transfer credit; 2) Career Technical Education Pathway leading to a certificate, diploma, degree, or an entry-level job credential; and 3) Cooperative Innovative High School Programs Pathway wherein students begin earning college credits as high school freshmen.

CCP Pathways

College Transfer Pathway (CT)

The CCP College Transfer Pathway requires the completion of at least 30 semester hours of transfer courses, including English and mathematics. Students who complete a College Transfer Pathway will be able to transfer all of their credits to any University of North Carolina (UNC) institution and many of North Carolina’s independent colleges and universities. The student must demonstrate college readiness on an assessment or placement test in English, reading and mathematics to be eligible. Currently COA offers two College Transfer Pathways: Associate in Arts and Associate in Science.

Career Technical Education Pathway (CTE)

The CCP Career Technical Education Pathway leads to an entry-level job credential, diploma, or degree aligned with a high school Career and Technical Education cluster. College Career Technical Education courses may be used to provide partial or full fulfillment of a four-unit career cluster. Currently COA offers the following CTE pathways: Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology, Aviation, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Computer Aided Drafting, Culinary Arts, Early Childhood Education, Electrical Systems Technology, Medical Assisting, Medical Office Administration, Healthcare Business Informatics, Human Services Technology, Welding Technology, Nurse Aide and Phlebotomy.

Cooperative Innovative High School Programs Pathway (CIHSP)

Cooperative Innovative High School Programs enroll 100 or fewer students per grade level and provide opportunities for students to complete an associate degree program or earn up to two years of college credit within five years. Students begin earning college credits as high school freshmen. COA is partnering with J.P. Knapp Early College High School in Currituck County.

Eligibility and Admission Requirements

  • College Transfer Pathway
    • Student must be a junior or senior.
    • Student must have a weighted grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on high school courses.
    • Student must be making progress toward high school graduation.
    • Student must meet course prerequisites and admission requirements.
    • Student must be recommended by the high school principal or his/her designee.
    • To maintain eligibility student must:
      • Continue to make progress toward high school graduation, and
      • Maintain a 2.0 GPA on college course work after completing two courses.
      • 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.
  • Career Technical Education Pathway*
    • Student must be a junior or senior.
    • Student must have a weighted GPA of 3.0 OR the recommendation of the high school principal or his/her designee.
    • Student must be making progress toward high school graduation.
    • Student must demonstrate college readiness through career pathway prerequisites and by meeting course prerequisites and admission requirements.
    • Student must meet course prerequisites and admission requirements.
    • Student must pursue one of the 16 high school Career and Technical Education clusters.
    • To maintain eligibility student must:
      • Continue to make progress toward high school graduation, and
      • Maintain a 2.0 GPA on college course work after completing two courses.
      • 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.

*The Appropriations Act of 2013, S.B. 402, amended North Carolina General Statutes 115D-20(4)a.2 to allow “academic transition pathways for qualified freshmen and sophomore high school students that lead to a career technical education certificate or diploma in industrial and engineering technologies.” These CTE pathways include: Computer Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Sustainability Technologies and Welding Technology.

  1. The CCP Career Technical Education Pathway for freshmen and sophomores leads to an industrial or engineering certificate or diploma aligned with a high school Career Cluster.
  2. The college may enroll high school freshmen and sophomores only in Industrial Technologies and Engineering Technologies certificate and diploma programs.
  3. To be eligible for enrollment, a high school student must meet the following criteria:
    1. Be a high school freshman or sophomore;
    2. A qualified freshman must:
      1. Have passed Math I with a grade of “C” or better;
      2. Scored a “3” or “4” on the EOC for Math I;
      3. Meet the college ready reading score of 16 on the 8th grade Explore test;
      4. Meet prerequisites for the career pathway; and
      5. Have the recommendation of the high school principal or his/her designee (based on assessment of student maturity and ability to effectively participate in a class that may include adult students).
    3. A qualified sophomore must:
      1. Have passed Math I with a grade of “C” or better;
      2. Scored a “3” or “4” on the EOC for Math I;
      3. Meet the college ready reading score of “16” on the 8th grade Explore test;
      4. Have a weighted GPA of 3.0 on high school courses;
      5. Meet prerequisites for the career pathway; and
      6. Have the recommendation of the high school principal or his/her designee (based on assessment of student maturity and ability to effectively participate in a class that may include adult students).
  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
    1. Continue to make progress toward high school graduation, and
    2. Maintain a 2.0 in college coursework after completing two courses.
    3. 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 to another industrial or engineering program of study 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 engineering or industrial CTE programs of study provided the exception has been approved by the college’s Chief Academic Officer or his/her designee.
  • Cooperative Innovative High School Programs Pathway
    • Student must be in grades 9 – 12.
    • Special emphasis and preference given to first-generation college students.
    • Student must meet eligibility requirements established by the Currituck County Board of Education and COA.
    • Program only available at J.P. Knapp Early College High School in Currituck and Camden Early College High School in Camden.

Placement and Assessment Requirements

  • College Transfer students must demonstrate college readiness on an approved assessment or placement test in English, reading, and mathematics**
  • Career Technical Education students must demonstrate college readiness through career pathway prerequisites and by meeting course prerequisites and admission requirements.
  • High school students may use their PLAN, PSAT, ACT or SAT assessment scores and/or may take a COA placement test at their nearest COA campus location.

**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:

  1. Have a cumulative weighted GPA of 3.5;
  2. Have completed two years of high school English with a grade of “C” or higher;
  3. Have completed high school Algebra II (or a higher level math class) with a grade of “C” of higher;
  4. Obtain the written approval of the high school principal or his/her designee; and
  5. 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.

Articulated Credit

Articulation is a systematic, seamless transition process from secondary to postsecondary education that maximizes use of resources and minimizes content duplication. Students will make a seamless transition of identified courses from secondary to postsecondary education.

Articulated credit and Advanced Placement (AP) credit is granted in specific courses by COA to students who have satisfactorily completed equivalent high school courses with the grade and conditions as specified in the statewide agreement and the Local Articulation/Advanced Placement Credit Agreement.

Benefits of High School Students Taking Community College Courses

  • By attending college credit classes, students begin to build credits toward a college certificate, diploma or associate degree at the same time that they are earning high school credits for high school graduation.
  • Typically, students may earn up to two years of college credit while working on high school graduation requirements.
  • Courses that are identified as college transfer courses are fully transferable to any of the 16 universities within the UNC System as well as selected independent colleges and universities.
  • The instructors are highly credentialed in their subject area, meeting the North Carolina Community College System’s academic and technical requirements.
  • Saves money — There is no tuition for students who are accepted into the CCP programs, making participation a wise economic decision. College transfer students do not pay tuition but must purchase their textbooks. Local boards of education may pay for the cost of textbooks for high school students enrolled in a community college course.
  • Students save up to $500 per college course taken at COA in which they receive credit and/or placement. Depending on which college they choose to attend at the end of their high school career this savings is significantly higher.
  • The program helps introduce students to a college campus and to academic rigor with familiar friends, taking the hesitation out of pursuing lifelong educational and training goals in an unfamiliar environment.
  • Enhances the motivation and achievement of high school students.
  • Creates a smooth transition from high school to college.

Application Procedures and Enrollment Process

  • Complete online COA application; COA will email student identification number and login information to student.
  • Notify COA Coordinator, Secondary Education when application is submitted.
  • Set or reactivate account at support.albemarle.edu/password and complete myCourses Online Student Orientation with a 90 percent or higher for the course total.
  • If needed, take placement assessment.
  • Complete COA Secondary Education Approval Form.
  • Submit Secondary Education Approval Form, high school transcript, and assessment/placement documentation to Coordinator, Secondary Education.

Tuition, Fees and Textbooks

CCP students are exempt from tuition and fees. Students must purchase their textbooks. Local boards of education may pay for the cost of textbooks for high school students enrolled in a community college course.

Contact

  • Meredith, Derek

  • Coordinator, Secondary Education

  • Elizabeth City Campus: A 254

  • 252-335-0821 ext. 2394