Earn College Credit in High School

Dual Enrollment

What You Will Learn

Central Piedmont Community College offers Career and College Promise 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

Learn More About Career and College Promise

Why Choose Central Piedmont

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.

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.

Eligibility Criteria

Success in today’s global economy may require a two-or four-year degree, a certificate, or a diploma. Through Career & College Promise (CCP), qualified high-school-age students in North Carolina have the opportunity to pursue these options, tuition free, while they are in high school, allowing them to get a jumpstart on their workplace and college preparation.

  • Dual Enrollment: 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
  • Dual Enrollment: Career and Technical Pathways

    • must be a high school junior or senior
    • recommended that students have GPA/UGPA of 3.0 or higher; however may have permission to enroll in a Career and Technical pathway with principal/high school designee permission.**

    **Some of the Career and Technical pathways offer Universal General Education Courses. It is prohibited to register for these courses unless a student has a 2.8 UGPA or meets all three areas of benchmark assessments.

  • Universal General Education Transfer Courses

    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 transfer course 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.

  • 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 and College Promise.

    MAT 271 and/or Any Higher Math Placement

    A student may place directly into MAT 271 if the student has met at least one of the following criteria within the past five years:

    • a score of 2 or higher on the AP Calculus AB Exam
    • a grade of C or higher in an AP Calculus course and an unweighted high school GPA of 3.0 or higher
    • a score of 90 or higher on the NCDAP College-Level Math (CLM) test
    • a score of 46 or higher on the trigonometry section of the ACT Compass Math Placement Test
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • a score of 560 or higher on the SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 2
  • Additional Information

    • 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

Program Options