Dual Enrollment

Career & College Promise Dual Enrollment

Career & College Promise Dual Enrollment gives eligible North Carolina high school students the opportunity to get a "jump start" and earn college credit toward a two-year or four-year degree at Central Piedmont while still in high school. Tuition free.

What You Will Learn

Career & College Promise offers high school students the following academic pathways:

  • Dual Enrollment College Transfer Pathways: four different pathways designed to meet your general educational requirements for a four-year college degree.
  • Dual Enrollment Career and Technical Pathways: more than 50 different pathways created to help you get a head start on a great career. You can earn college credits toward a job credential, certificate, or diploma in a technical career.

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Why Choose Central Piedmont

Career & College Promise gives you the opportunity to explore more than 50 academic programs while being dually enrolled in your high school and at Central Piedmont, allowing you to receive both high school and college credit for the courses you take through the program. Best of all, classes taken through Career and College Promise dual enrollment are tuition-free. CMS pays student fees for CMS students in fall and spring semesters. Non-CMS students are responsible for paying their student fees all semesters. CMS students are responsible for paying student fees in summer terms.

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.

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Program Options

Eligibility Criteria

You can only take the courses in your selected pathway. If you register for classes outside of your pathway, the college will drop your class(es). You can be on two Career and Technical Pathways at one time or one Career and Technical Pathway and one Transfer pathway at one time.

  • College Transfer Pathways

    • must be a high school junior or senior
    • must have at least an unweighted high school GPA of 2.8 or benchmark assessment scores in all areas of English, Reading, and Math
  • Career and Technical Pathways

    Some of the Career and Technical pathways offer Universal General Education Courses. It is prohibited to register for these courses unless you have a 2.8 UGPA or benchmark assessment scores.

    Juniors and Seniors

    Must have a high school GPA/UGPA of 2.8, or benchmark assessment scores in all areas of English, Reading, and Math, or have recommendation of principal/high school designee.

    Freshmen and Sophomores

    Freshmen and sophomores are limited to pathways in agriculture and natural resources (15xxx), business technologies (25xxx), construction technologies (35xxx), engineering technologies (40xxx), industrial technologies (50xxx), and transportation (60xxx) certificate and diploma programs without UGETC courses. Ask your school's counselor if 9th and 10th graders may participate. Not all schools allow this at this time. If your school allows freshmen and sophomores to participate, you must have:

    • recommendation of your high school principal or his/her designee (assessment scores should be considered) and rationale for recommendation
    • recommendation of the college’s Chief Academic Officer or Chief Student Development Administrator
    • passed Math I with a grade of C or better
    • score of 3 or greater on the End of Course assessment (EOC) for Math I
    • score of 3, 4, or 5 on the 8th grade End of Grade ELA assessment

    Or:

    • recommendation of your high school principal or his/her designee (assessment scores should be considered) and rationale for recommendation
    • recommendation of the college’s Chief Academic Officer or Chief Student Development Administrator
    • demonstrated college readiness in English, reading, and mathematics on an assessment (review Benchmark Scores (PDF))
  • Advanced Placement Scores and Higher Math

    Advanced Placement (AP) is a College Board program that offers college-level curricula and examinations to high school students. Colleges and universities may grant placement and course credit to students who obtain high benchmark scores on the examinations. View course credit that may be granted for specific advanced placement exam results. Official AP Exam transcripts must be sent from College Board to the following address:

    Office of Admissions
    Central Piedmont Community College
    PO Box 35009
    Charlotte, NC 28235

    Or, the high school designee only can email an unofficial AP exam transcript directly to Career & College Promise.

    MAT 271 and/or Any Higher Math Placement

    You may place directly into MAT 271 if you have met at least one of the following criteria within the past five years:

    • earned a score of 2 or higher on the AP Calculus AB Exam
    • earned a grade of C or higher in an AP Calculus course and an unweighted high school GPA of 3.0 or higher
    • earned a score of 46 or higher on the trigonometry section of the ACT Compass Math Placement Test
    • earned a score of 580 or higher on the old (prior to March 2016) SAT Math and a grade of C or higher in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study Pre-Calculus course or an equivalent course from another state
    • earned a score of 600 or higher on the new (March 2016 and beyond) SAT Math and a grade of C or higher in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study Pre-Calculus course or an equivalent course from another state
    • earned a score of 27 or higher on the ACT Math and a grade of C or higher in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study Pre-Calculus course or an equivalent course from another state
    • earned a score of 560 or higher on the SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 2

Application and Course Registration Dates

You can now apply for Central Piedmont Career & College Promise dual enrollment for spring 2021. You must complete the application process before you can register for classes.

  • Application Deadlines

    Spring Term

    Last Day to Apply

    Full semester, first 12-week session, and first 8-week session

    Fri., Dec. 11, 2020

    Second 12-week session

    Fri., Jan. 22, 2021

    Second short (8-week) session

    Fri., Feb. 26, 2021

    This program requires approval from your high school. Each high school has their own internal deadlines separate from Central Piedmont’s Career & College Promise deadlines to apply. We cannot override your high school deadlines.

  • When You Can Register for Classes

    If you submit all application paperwork...

    ...you can register for classes beginning:

    Sept. 25–Oct. 23, 2020

    Mon., Nov. 9, 2020

    Oct. 24–Oct. 30, 2020

    Mon., Nov. 16, 2020

    Oct. 31–Nov. 6, 2020

    Mon., Nov. 23, 2020

    If you submit all your application paperwork after November 6, we will process your application in the order it was received; we may not process your application until after November 23.

    Please allow up to ten business days after November 23 for processing.

  • Deadlines for Non-CMS Students to Pay Fees

    Spring 2021: Thursday, January 7, 2021

    If you do not pay all student fees by the deadline, your courses will be dropped automatically.

  • When Classes Start

    Visit the college registration page for semester and short session start dates.

Apply for Career & College Promise Dual Enrollment

The following steps are for students who want to remain at their high school and take college courses via Career & College Promise dual enrollment. Middle College is a different program with different enrollment steps.

Additional Information

  • Universal General Education Transfer Courses (UGETC)

    Universal General Education Transfer Courses (UGETC) are courses approved to fulfill the first 31—34 credits for the transfer degrees. The following Universal General Education Transfer Courses courses may be chosen for the listed degree.

    The North Carolina Comprehensive Articulation Agreement is a statewide agreement governing the transfer of credits between NC community colleges and NC public universities and has as its objective the smooth transfer of students. The comprehensive articulation agreement provides certain assurances to the transferring student; for example:

    • assures admission to one of the 16 UNC institutions (Transfer Assured Admissions Policy)
    • enables NC community college graduates of two-year Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degree programs who are admitted to constituent institutions of the university of NC to transfer with junior status

    Associate in Arts and Associate in Science

    • The Associate in Arts (A10100) (AA) degree is designed for students who want to pursue a four-year degree in one of the liberal arts disciplines or training at a professional school that requires a strong liberal arts background.
    • The Associate in Science (A10400) (AS) degree is designed for students who want to pursue a four-year degree in areas of study such as computer science, engineering, mathematics, the sciences or professional programs that require strong mathematics and science backgrounds.

    Transfer Course List

    The Universal General Education Transfer Course (UGETC) list (PDF) contains a list of courses accepted for transfer between the NC Community College System and the University of North Carolina. For current information on course offerings, please contact the individual community college.

  • FAQs

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

    1. What if my student does not have a 2.8 GPA?

      1. Students may be admitted to a transfer pathway with either a 2.8 unweighted GPA or qualifying test scores on various standardized tests (PDF).
    2. What if my student does not have the necessary test scores?
      1. Students may be admitted to a transfer pathway with either a 2.8 unweighted GPA or qualifying test scores on various standardized tests.
    3. What if my student doesn't have a 2.8 GPA or test scores?
      1. Students on many of the Career and Technical pathways do not need test scores if they have approval from their school administrator. Certain Career and Technical pathways have Uniform General Education Transfer Component (UGETC) classes. Students would not be able to take UGETC classes even if they are on the pathway, however the remainder of the pathway would be available to them. There are several pathways that do require test scores, so those would not be an option for some students. This should be noted on the pathway.
    4. 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.
    5. What is the age limit for taking Career & College Promise classes?
      1. There is no age limit. The only requirement is that students be a junior or senior in high school. Home school families make their own determination about grade level.
    6. 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.
    7. My child is a current Career & College Promise student. How do they register for subsequent semesters?
      1. Career & College Promise students must submit a new Pathway Approval Form and an updated, signed high school transcript every semester they wish to participate. CMS students must work with their school contact each semester they wish to participate.
    8. 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. However, the college does a course overload policy
    9. 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.
    10. What is the deadline for registering for Career & College Promise?
      1. We typically stop accepting applicants one week before the start of each semester. 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.
    11. My student is an athlete. Is it possible for athletes to participate in Career & College Promise?
      1. Yes. Athletes may participate. They need to make sure that their class schedule is compatible with their practice and game schedule.
    12. When and where are Career & College Promise classes offered?
      1. Career & College Promise 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 Career & College Promise dual enrollment students.
    13. 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.
    14. Can my student take a foreign language?
      1. Yes. Students who are on a College Transfer pathway can take up to eight credit hours of French, German, ASL, or Spanish. With departmental permission, they can test into a higher level, but are limited to eight credit hours. These classes do not count towards pathway completion and are not Uniform General Education Transfer Component classes, so they may or may not transfer.
    15. 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.
    16. 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 and student fees. Tuition is always covered by the state for an approved Career & College Promise dual enrollment student.
    17. 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 a Career & College Promise Coordinator. Remember that these are college-level math courses, and that 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.
    18. 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.
    19. 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 & College Promise dual enrollment 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.
    20. What is the difference between Career & College Promise classes and AP or IB classes?
      1. Career & 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 can give students high school credit.
    21. 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. 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.
    22. 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. 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.
      5. Students' faculty advisors are usually actively involved in their career fields.
    23. 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 & College Promise dual enrollment student, instructors will not know they are in the Career and College program.
    24. Are Career & 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.
    25. Who do I contact about Middle College?
      1. Middle College is a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) 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 Career and Technical pathways in Career & College Promise. The program is hosted at Central Piedmont's Cato, Harper, Levine, and Merancas campuses. Please contact the associated principal for additional information about attending Middle College.

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

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