CPCC to offer Gov. Perdue’s Career & College Promise program in 2012

last modified Nov 29, 2011 10:15 AM

CPCC is pleased to announce that it will offer a variety of educational courses through Governor Perdue’s new Career & College Promise program beginning January 2012. Career & College Promise provides seamless dual enrollment educational opportunities to eligible North Carolina high school students, giving them the opportunity to earn community college credit at no additional cost. Mecklenburg County high school students may learn more about the program during the College’s upcoming Career & College Promise information sessions on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at Cato Campus in CT 166 at 6 p.m. and on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. in Overcash, Room 220 on CPCC’s Central Campus.

“Career & College Promise will prepare eligible high school students for life after high school – that means college credit for some, job training for others,” said the Honorable Beverly Perdue, governor of North Carolina. “Regardless of whether a student plans to go to college or get a job, Career & College Promise provides focused preparation, tuition-free to the student.”

To enter the program high school students must maintain a “B” average, demonstrate college readiness and meet a host of other eligibility requirements. Students who qualify for the program may choose from the following pathway tracks:

  • College Transfer – Students may earn tuition-free course credits toward a four-year degree in the North Carolina community college system All North Carolina public colleges and universities are participating and many independent colleges and universities have signed on as well.

  • Technical Careers – Students may earn tuition-free course credits at a N.C. community college that may be applied toward an entry-level job credential, certificate or diploma in a technical career.

  • Cooperative Innovative High Schools (limited availability) – Students may begin earning tuition-free college credits as early as their freshman year by attending a Cooperative Innovative High School, such as the Cato Middle College High School at CPCC’s Cato Campus.


“Career and College Promise will not only help Mecklenburg County’s high school students save time and money, but it will also help them achieve academic success as they complete course work at an accelerated rate ahead of their peers,” said JJ McEachern, dean of Enrollment Management, Administration for CPCC. “This program will elevate CPCC and the state’s education system, allowing North Carolina colleges and universities to more quickly produce qualified graduates who are prepared to enter today’s competitive marketplace. Because of this, CPCC is both excited and proud to be a participating partner in this new state-wide initiative.”

Gov. Perdue announced the launch of Career & College Promise on Thursday, Nov. 10 at CPCC’s Cato Campus, home of the Cato Middle College High School, a future provider of the program’s Cooperative Innovative High Schools pathway.

To learn more about Career and College Promise, visit http://careercollegenc.org. To learn more about CPCC’s program, visit http://www.cpcc.edu/hsprograms/career-college-promise or contact CPCC’s Office of Outreach and Recruitment at outreach@cpcc.edu.

Central Piedmont Community College is the largest community college in North Carolina, offering nearly 300 degree and certification programs, customized corporate training, market-focused continuing education, and special interest classes. CPCC is academically, financially and geographically accessible to all citizens of Mecklenburg County. In 2002, the National Alliance of Business named CPCC the Community College of the Year for its response to the workforce and technology needs of local employers and job seekers through innovative educational and training strategies.