Criteria For Career and College Promise

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

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.  North Carolina community colleges may offer the following Career and College Promise pathways aligned with the K-12 curriculum and career and college ready standards adopted by the State Board of Education:

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

2.    A Career and Technical Education Pathway leading to a certificate, diploma or degree;

3.    A Cooperative Innovative High School Pathway approved under Part 9 of Article 16 of Chapter 115C of the General Statutes.

College Transfer Pathway
1.    The Career and College Promise Core 44 College Transfer Pathway requires 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 1).   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 cumulative 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.

9.    Currently enrolled high school students (Fall Semester 2011) who have successfully completed a college transfer STEM course with a grade of “C” or better may be admitted into a Career and College Promise College Core 44 Transfer Pathway in Spring Semester 2012 without meeting the entry GPA or testing requirements (i.e. PLAN).  Students will be required to meet course prerequisite requirements.


Career Technical Education Pathway

1.    The Career and College Promise Career Technical Education Pathway 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.

AT THIS TIME, CPCC IS ONLY OFFERING CLASSES TO HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS AND SENIORS.

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, 
b.    Maintain a 2.0 in college coursework after completing two courses, and

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.

7.    Currently enrolled high school students (Fall Semester 2011) who have successfully completed a community college technical education course with a grade of “C” or better may be admitted into a Career and College Promise Career Technical Education Certificate Pathway in Spring Semester 2012 without meeting the entry GPA or testing requirements (i.e. PLAN).  Students will be required to meet course prerequisite requirements.


Cooperative Innovative High School Programs

1.    Cooperative Innovative High School Programs are located on college campuses, 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 are defined as Cooperative Innovative High School Programs.

2.    Eligibility requirements for Cooperative Innovative High School Programs are established jointly by local boards of education and local boards of trustees in accordance with G.S. 115C-238.50.

3.    The State Board of Education and the State Board of Community Colleges may waive the requirement that a Cooperative Innovative High School Program is located on the community college campus.

 

College Readiness* Benchmarks on Approved Diagnostic Assessment Tests

TestPLAN**
PSAT**
Asset
(NCCCS Cut Score)
COMPASS
(NCCCS Cut Score)
Accuplacer
(NCCCS Cut Score)
English 15 45 41 Writing
70 Writing
86 Sentence Skills
Reading 18 47 41 Reading 81 Reading 80 Reading
Mathematics 19 47 41 Numerical Skills and 41 Int. Algebra 47 Pre-Algebra and
66 Algebra
55 Arithmetic or 7 or above on DMA sections 1-5 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:*

SATACT
English 500 English 18
Critical Reading 500 Reading 21
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.