Earn College Credit in High School

Career and College Promise

Career and College Promise gives North Carolina high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to get a "jump start" and earn college credit toward a two-year or four-year degree while still in high school. In Career and College Promise, you are dually enrolled in your high school and at Central Piedmont Community College, allowing you to receive both high school and college credit for courses taken through the program. Best of all, Career and College Promise classes are tuition-free for CMS students during the fall, spring, and summer semesters; non-CMS students are responsible for student fees and insurance fees.

Career and College Promise Program Benefits

  • students explored more than 50 academic programs
  • high school students earned over 17,000 combined hours of college credit
  • more than 2,500 high school students saved approximately $1,200,000 in college tuition

Career and College Promise Program Options

Career and College Promise provides three tuition-free options for high school students to earn college credit:

  1. Dual Enrollment:

    1. College Transfer Pathways
    2. Career and Technical Pathways
  2. CMS Middle College High Schools (Cooperative Innovative High Schools): Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) students can enroll in innovative high schools and middle colleges to earn college credits and complete their high school classes simultaneously. Unlike the College Transfer and Career and Technical Pathways, students in innovative high schools and middle colleges can take a wider variety of classes. If interested in Middle College, please contact the Middle College of interest about the lottery and/or the enrollment process

Visit the CMS website to learn about Hawthorne and Performance Learning Center, two innovative high schools.

Additional Information

  • Announcements, Information Sessions, and Orientation

    Information Sessions

    Learn more about upcoming Career and College Promise information sessions on the Central Piedmont enrollment page.


    It is time for summer and fall 2019 Semester Registration!

    • please be sure to follow the enrollment steps for your associated high school
    • submit completed information as a packet, not individually to ensure your information is processed according to the following processing dates
    • contact Career and College Promise with any inquiries
    Summer/Fall 2019 Career and College Promise Processing Dates
    • First Day of Open Enrollment for Summer/Fall 2019: April 29, 2019
    • First Day of Summer 2019: May 20, 2019
    • First Day of Fall 2019: August 15, 2019
    • students submitted between February 18 through April 12 will be able to register by April 29, 2019 (first day of enrollment available for all new and returning students)
    • students submitted between April 13 through April 19 will be able to register by May 6, 2019
    • students submitted between April 20 through April 26 will be able to register by May 13, 2019
    • students submitted after April 27 will be processed in the order received; please allow five business days for completion
    • processing for summer 2019 will close May 13, 2019
    • student fees for the summer semester are due for all Career and College Promise students no later than May 17, 2019 to prevent courses from being dropped automatically
      • non-CMS students: fall 2019 student fees are due no later than August 13, 2019

    Are you a graduating Career and College Promise high school senior who plans on continuing with Central Piedmont after graduation? If yes, please make sure your MyCollege account reflects the correct residency status. All students, for tuition purposes, are classified as either in-state or out-of-state upon entering Central Piedmont Community College. This classification is also known as your residence status. As a Career and College Promise student, residency determination, currently is not required. If you plan to continue your education after high school graduation, it is required to complete the determination process. As of March 13, 2017, a statewide centralized residency procedure where the decisions are made by the Residency Determination Service.

  • FAQs

    You can also review FAQs for parents from the NC Career and College Promise website.

    1. What if my student does not have a 3.0 GPA?

      1. Students must have a 3.0 GPA to participate on a transfer pathway.  They can get permission from their principal to take Career and Technical classes with a lower GPA.  A limited number of these classes may transfer to some 4 year institutions.
    2. What if my student does not have the necessary test scores?
      1. Students who do not have the test scores, but have a 3.5 GPA and have completed Algebra II or higher and 2 years of high school English, all with a C or better, qualify for provisional status.
    3. Do all students need test scores?
      1. No, students on the Career and Technical pathways do not need test scores, unless they are taking a specific class that has test score pre-requisites.  Most of these classes are noted on the pathway sheets.
    4. What is the age limit for taking Career and College Promise classes?
      1. There is no age limit for - the only requirement is that students be a junior or senior in high school.  Home school families make their own determination about grade level.
    5. Who is eligible to participate?
      1. Any junior or senior at any North Carolina high school or NC home school with a valid number from the NCDNPI may participate as long as they meet the other eligibility requirements. NC residents attending high schools outside of the state may also participate.
    6. My child is a current Career and College Promise student. How do they register for subsequent semesters?
      1. Career and College Promise students must submit a new Pathway Approval Form and an updated high school transcript (signed). CMS students need to work with their school contact each semester.
    7. How many classes may my student take each semester? 
      1. There is no minimum or maximum number of classes a student may take. These are college level classes, and students should work with their counselors to make sure that they can comfortably handle the classes they take.
    8. If my student does not complete the entire college transfer pathway, will the credits still transfer?
      1. Yes. All of the classes on the college transfer pathways are part of the Uniform General Education Transfer Component (UGETC) of the comprehensive articulation agreement between the NC community college system and the UNC system.
    9. What is the deadline for registering for Career and College Promise?
      1. We will register students up until classes are full or begin. Many schools have deadlines that are earlier than Central Piedmont's. We recommend that you contact your school about their deadlines because we cannot allow students to register without permission from their school. In addition, we recommend registering as early as possible to ensure the best selection of class availability.
    10. My student is an athlete. Is it possible for athletes to participate in Career and College Promise?
      1. Yes. Athletes may participate.  They need to make sure that their class schedule is compatible with their practice and game schedule.
    11. When and where are Career and College Promise classes offered?
      1. Career and College classes are available at all six of our campuses as well as online. They meet at various times. Central Piedmont does not have special classes solely for CCP students.
    12. What about conflicts between high school and college schedules?
      1. Students are responsible for attending their college classes even when their high school is on break and vice versa.
    13. Can my student take a foreign language?
      1. Yes. Students who are on a College Transfer pathway can take up to 8 credit hours of French, German, ASL, or Spanish. With departmental permission, they can test into a higher level, but are limited to 8 credit hours. These classes do not count towards pathway completion and are not Uniform General Education Transfer Component classes, so they may not transfer.
    14. My student wants to take a class that is not on the pathway. We are willing to pay for it. Is this possible?
      1. Students may not take any class that is not on their pathway until they complete the entire pathway. Students who complete a Career and Technical pathway may continue to take other classes that will lead to a degree in that area or may select another pathway.
    15. My student would like to take summer classes. Is this possible?
      1. Students who have completed their sophomore year of high school prior to the beginning of Central Piedmont's summer session may take summer classes. All students will be responsible for books, student, and insurance fees. Tuition is covered by the state.
    16. Is it possible to substitute courses not on the pathway for those that are?
      1. Students may take a higher level math (PDF) class on technical pathways with departmental permission. Students may also take higher level math classes on transfer pathways if they submit proper documentation to the math division or the Career and College Promise Coordinator. Reminder: These are college level math courses and high school pre-calculus is not the same as Central Piedmont's MAT 171 and MAT 172. Other substitutions are sometimes possible on an individual basis.
    17. The program is tuition free. Why does my student have an account balance?
      1. The program is tuition free, but students are responsible for paying student fees. These fees vary widely based upon number of credit hours and required labs. CMS pays these fees for its students during the fall and spring semesters, with the exception of a nominal insurance fee that cannot be waived or paid by anyone other than the student.
    18. What is the deadline for dropping a class?
      1. The drop and withdrawal procedures and deadlines are the same for all Central Piedmont students, including Career and College Promise students. The drop date is 10% of the class meeting. The withdrawal date is 35% of the class meeting. These dates differ for each class but should be on the syllabus. Students need to pay close attention to these dates because these grades will be part of their high school GPA and will appear on their college transcript.
    19. What is the difference between Career and College Promise classes and AP or IB classes?
      1. Career and College Promise classes are college classes, taught by college faculty.  As long as a student makes a C or better in these classes, they will receive college credit. AP and IB classes are taught by high school staff at the high school. Students must pass exams for these classes to earn college credit. All three types of classes give students high school credit.
    20. My student is not yet a high school junior. What should we be doing to prepare?
      1. Your student should take their current course work seriously. The grades they make as a freshman and sophomore will impact their ability to participate in this program later. They should also take the PLAN, PSAT, ACT, SAT, or Central Piedmont Placement test to get the qualifying scores they need for the transfer pathways. Students should pay attention to their math sequence. All of the college ready bench mark tests require knowledge of concepts taught up through Algebra II.
    21. My student is planning on attending a 4 year institution. Why should they consider a Career and Technical class that may not transfer?
      1. the Career and Technical classes are a great way for students to “test drive” a potential career to see if they like it before they commit to a four-year program of study
      2. many of the Career and Technical certifications offer higher paying career options than some four-year degrees
      3. Career and Technical class experience can help a college student find a higher paying part time job while they are in college
      4. apply the academic skills needed for work place success
      5. many programs can lead to a four-year degree; universities will apply the credits earned in the A.A.S. degree towards a B.A. degree
      6. students' faculty advisors are usually actively involved in their career fields
    22. My student is a minor. Does the Family Education Right to Privacy Act (FERPA) apply?
      1. Yes, FERPA applies to all college students, regardless of age. Central Piedmont staff and your student’s instructors are limited on what they can discuss with parents about students. Unless the student self identifies as a Career and College Promise student, the instructor will not know they are in the Career and College program.
    23. Are Career and College Promise students eligible for disability services?
      1. Yes, accommodations work differently for college students. Students must self-identify to the Disability Services office. The Disability Services office will tell the student what paperwork they require. Once the student submits the paperwork, the disability counselor will review it and let the instructor know what accommodations the student is entitled. The student does not directly contact the instructor.
    24. Who do I contact about Middle College?
      1. Middle College is a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools program that allows high school juniors and seniors to earn college credits while completing their high school requirement. The program criteria differs from the Transfer and CTE pathways in Career and College Promise. The program is hosted at Cato, Harper, Levine and beginning Fall 2017 Merancas CPCC Campuses. Please contact the associated principal for additional information about attending Middle College.

    If you have additional questions, please contact our Career and College Promise/Outreach and Recruitment team.

  • Career and College Ready Graduates Legislature

    The North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges, in consultation with the North Carolina State Board of Education, shall develop a program that is aimed at providing opportunities for college remediation (in developmental mathematics and developmental reading and English curricula) for high school students prior to graduation. The program shall be fully implemented in all North Carolina high schools beginning with the 2018-19 school year. The program shall require the following:

    • the introduction of the community college developmental curriculum in the high school senior year by providing opportunities for remediation prior to high school graduation
    • the establishment of measures for determining college readiness by the end of the junior year
    • the establishment of measures for successful completion to ensure that students are prepared for coursework at NC community colleges
    • delivery of remedial courses by high school teachers
    • providing high school teachers with professional development that targets the instructional strategies that will be used in the prescribed remediation process


    • as a high school junior, student identified as not college-ready in math or English
    • as a high school senior, student participates in remediation while fulfilling high school fourth math requirement or English 4
    • student enters directly into college-level math or English course in college

    Central Piedmont's Model Overview

    In collaboration with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), Central Piedmont will implement a model intervention that will:

    • Provide co-requisite support for the most essential pre-requisite topics in one or more high school math courses. Successful completers of the given course, who also successfully complete the required co-requisite, will simultaneously satisfy their 4th high school math requirement and will earn eligibility to register for gateway college-level mathematics courses.
    • Be advised by a team of Central Piedmont math faculty and CMS math teachers; the taskforce team will:
      • Examine CMS high school math courses to identify the most essential prerequisite topics needed to be successful in those courses.
      • Align the above-referenced topics to competencies in Central Piedmont developmental math (DMA) courses.
      • Align the above-referenced topics to learning objects in the EdReady system.
      • Actively engage in ongoing discussions with CMS administrators and faculty.
    • Adhere to a set of well-established standards for success, such as:
      • Multiple Measures or Career and College Promise placement guidelines
      • Robust professional development for faculty and staff
      • Findings from the analysis of relevant student success data

    Participating high schools will use EdReady to provide just-in-time remediation on the most essential prerequisite topics that are associated with units currently covered in their high school math course. Phase 1 schools will begin with the Advanced Functions and Models (AFM) course.

    • Phase 1 High School: Harding High School

      • utilizing agreed upon EdReady assessments: Yes
      • EdReady mastery level set at 85%: Yes
    • Phase 1 High School: Myers Park High School
      • utilizing agreed upon EdReady assessments: Yes
      • EdReady mastery level set at 85%: Yes
    • Phase 1 High School: North Mecklenburg High School
      • utilizing agreed upon EdReady assessments: Yes
      • EdReady mastery level set at 85%: Yes
    • Phase 1 High School: Vance High School
      • utilizing agreed upon EdReady assessments: Yes
      • EdReady mastery level set at 85%: Yes
    • Phase 1 High School: West Charlotte High School
      • utilizing agreed upon EdReady assessments: Yes
      • EdReady mastery level set at 85%: Yes

    Units of AFM courses:

    1. Unit 1 Prerequisites: Probability Curriculum
    2. Unit 1 Prerequisites: Univariate Data Curriculum
    3. Unit 1 Prerequisites: Trigonometry
    4. Unit 1 Prerequisites: Piecewise-Defined Functions
    5. Unit 1 Prerequisites: Power Functions
    6. Unit 1 Prerequisites: Logarithmic Functions
    7. Unit 1 Prerequisites: Modeling
    8. Unit 1 Prerequisites: Recursively-Defined Functions

    For more information on Central Piedmont’s Career and College Ready Graduates model effort, please contact Bruce Johnson (Associate Dean, STEM) at bruce.johnson@cpcc.edu.

    How Career and College Promise Benefits High School Students

    Testimonials from real Career and College Promise students