Academic Related Courses (ACA)

Academic Related Courses (ACA)

Central Piedmont's Academic Related Courses (ACA) courses help you achieve academic and transfer success. Classes are offered at all Central Piedmont campuses and online in a variety of 4, 8, 12, and 16- week formats to meet your needs.

Why Choose Central Piedmont

We offer all students a real-world, hands-on, well-rounded education in order to provide the foundational skills and knowledge you need to succeed in any career.

Real World Education

At Central Piedmont, your education goes beyond what you learn in class. We offer numerous opportunities for you to enhance your learning — and to make friends, network, and pursue your passions — through clubs and organizations, sports, events and activities, leadership opportunities, job experience, volunteer experiences, visual and performing arts, and even international experiences.

What We Offer

  • Available Courses, Locations, and Delivery Methods

    For a full listing and descriptions of ACA courses, please visit the college catalog. Course offerings and availability are subject to change from semester to semester. Always confirm where and in what course delivery method (in-person, online, or combined) ACA courses are available for upcoming semesters using Schedule Builder.

    Visiting Students

    If you wish to transfer course credit back to your home institution, explore how to enroll at Central Piedmont as a visiting student.

    Corporate and Continuing Education

    Central Piedmont's Corporate and Continuing Education provides non-credit, non-degree courses and programs, including job skills, industry-focused career training, certificates, certifications, professional licensure, and personal enrichment. Day, evening, weekend, and online opportunities are available.

    College and Career Readiness

    If you are looking for programs to gain the knowledge or skills necessary to finish a high school degree or to get a job, visit Central Piedmont's College and Career Readiness.

    College Credit for High School Students

    Visit Career & College Promise to learn about opportunities for high school students to earn college credit at Central Piedmont.

  • Explore Careers

    Taking ACA courses at Central Piedmont can give you the knowledge and foundation you need to succeed. Visit Career Coach for detailed career opportunities, salary information, and job openings.

ACA Scholarship

Central Piedmont's ACA department invites students enrolled in ACA 090, 111, 118, and 122 to enter the ACA Scholarship Contest. To enter the contest, students write and submit an essay answering the question: “What Makes a Successful Community College Student?” Seven winners will be chosen each semester (fall and spring only) to receive scholarship awards of $600 each. Winners will be chosen by a team of Central Piedmont instructors and administrators. The fall semester essay submission deadline is November 1. The spring semester essay submission deadline is April 1.

  • ACA Scholarship Eligibility Requirements and Application

    ACA Scholarship Requirements

    1. Must be enrolled in ACA 090, 111, 118, and 122 during the semester essay is submitted.
    2. Previous ACA scholarship awardees are not eligible.
    3. Must be in good academic standing with the college (GPA of 2.0 or higher) and maintain a passing grade in the ACA 090, 111, 118, or 122 class.
    4. Must be high school graduate or have GED.
    5. Must be currently enrolled at Central Piedmont to receive the funds.
    6. Must be in good financial standing with the college and cannot have a previous financial balance owed to the college.

    For more information, please contact Linda Dunham, Chair of ACA Scholarship Committee, at 704.330.4259, or

    ACA Scholarship Application

    The deadline to apply for fall was Nov. 1, 2019. Check back for when the application re-opens for spring 2020.

  • ACA Scholarship Judging Criteria

    Topic and theme:

    • Was the topic addressed/subject matter matches required topic?
    • Was the theme carried throughout the essay?


    • Was subject is discussed clearly and in an interesting manner?
    • Was the question “What Makes a Successful Community College Student?” answered successfully and thoroughly?
    • Was the information presented organized and clearly structured?

    Quality of writing:

    • Was correct grammar, punctuation and spelling used?
    • Did the information flow easily from one thought to another?
    • Does the essay show original thought and presentation?

    Additional criteria for scoring:

    • Were references used to support position?
    • Does the essay show evidence of personal learning in the classroom and applications to real life situations?
  • Past Winning Essays