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.

Attend a dual enrollment information session

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.

Conquer Possibility with Career and College Promise Dual Enrollment

Dual enrollment student interviews (video playlist)

Program Options: Dual Enrollment Pathways

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

    • High school junior or senior
    • 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 their 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


    • recommendation of your high school principal or their 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:

    • an unweighted high school GPA of at least 3.5 and at least a C grade in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study Pre-Calculus course or an equivalent course from another state
    • 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 24 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

Now accepting applications for spring 2022.

  • Application Deadlines: Spring 2022

    Term Last Day to Apply
    Full spring semester, first 12-week session, and first 8-week session Mon., Dec. 13, 2021
    Second spring 12-week session Fri., Jan. 21, 2022
    Second spring 8-week session Fri., Feb. 25, 2022

    You are required to get approval from your high school to participate in this program. Each high school has their own approval deadlines separate from Central Piedmont’s application deadlines. We cannot override your high school deadlines.

  • When You Can Register for Classes: Spring 2022

    If you submit all your application documents... ...you can register for classes beginning:
    Mon., Sept. 20–Fri., Oct. 15 Mon., Nov. 1
    Sat., Oct. 16–Fri., Oct. 22 Mon. Nov. 8
    Sat., Oct. 23–Fri., Oct. 29 Mon., Nov. 15
    Sat., Oct. 30–Fri., Nov. 5 Mon., Nov. 22
    Sat., Nov. 6 and later may not be until after Tue., Nov. 23; allow up to 10 business days for us to process your application documents
  • Deadlines to Pay Fees

    Spring 2022: Thursday, January 6, 2022

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

  • When Classes Start

    Visit the college registration page for semester and 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.

  • 1. Attend a Career & College Promise Information Session (All Students)

    Before you begin the process of enrolling in Career & College Promise, parents and students are strongly encouraged, but not required, to attend a dual enrollment information session for a comprehensive overview of the program. We host information sessions at Central, Levine, and Merancas Campuses.

    You can also get your questions about Central Piedmont Career & College Promise dual enrollment answered at a virtual Q and A.

  • 2. Complete Career & College Promise Application (All Students)

    All students are required to submit the Career & College Promise application. Once we have processed your application, you will receive an admissions letter from the email address ccp@cpcc.edu.

    This letter will include your student ID number, which you will need when you create your Central Piedmont login (step 8). If you do not receive an email with your student ID within three business days of submitting your Career & College Promise application, please check your junk or spam email folder. If it is not there, please email ccp@cpcc.edu and ask about the status of your application.

  • 3. Request High School Transcripts (CMS, Bradford Prep, and Lake Norman Charter Students Only)

    To submit a copy of your most recent high school transcripts to Central Piedmont, you need to create a CFNC username/password:

    • Go to CFNC.org.
    • Hover on "Apply."
    • Click "To College."
    • Click "Application Hub"
    • Click "Request a Transcript."
    • Complete the fields accurately.
    • Enter Central Piedmont Community College in the "Search Campuses" field.
    • Click "Request My Transcript" in the "Selected Schools" field.
  • 4. Meet with your High School Liaison (CMS Students and Students at Listed Partner Schools)

    CMS students and students at partner schools included on the high school liaison list (PDF), you must meet with your school's career development coordinator (CDC) or Career & College Promise liaison to determine your eligibility for participation in Career & College Promise. The career development coordinator or guidance counselor will notify Central Piedmont of your eligibility and assist you in selecting your pathway.

    If you are a CMS student or a student at a partner school on the high school liaison list (PDF), you must see your career development coordinator prior to enrolling in Career & College Promise for any subsequent semesters to confirm that you want to continue on your current pathway or to switch pathways. Be aware that each school may have their own additional participation guidelines as well.

    High school liaison list (PDF)

  • 5. Take Placement Tests (If Needed)

    You need to take the Central Piedmont placement test if:

    • Freshmen and sophomores: you want to do a career/technical pathway and do not have test scores
    • Juniors and seniors: you do not have a 2.8 GPA or you do not meet the minimum qualifications on a test you have already taken

    You can take the test at no charge by appointment only at any of our campuses where it is available. You are encouraged to review the practice test on the website to study and prepare for the test.

  • 6. Submit Paperwork (Non-CMS/Partner School Students)

    If you don't go to a CMS or partner school, you must submit all of the following information so that we can successfully process your application so that you can register. You must submit all information together. Incomplete packets will not be saved or processed. As a non-partner school student, you must submit this paperwork for each semester you want to participate in the program.

    You do not need to submit your own paperwork if you go to a CMS or partner school listed on the high school liaison list (PDF). Instead, meet with your high school liaison to have your information submitted to Central Piedmont.

    Required Documents

    Submit Your Paperwork

    You can submit a completed packet by any of the following:

    • Email a copy/scanned PDF of your packet directly to ccp@cpcc.edu. Don't have a scanner? Download the free Turboscan mobile app to convert screenshots to the PDF format needed.
    • Submit your packet in person to any campus Admissions department.
    • Fax your packet to 704.330.6510 (attention Career & College Promise).

    Please allow up to seven business days for fully completed/submitted packets to be processed. Check your Central Piedmont student email for status updates.

  • 7. Complete Career & College Promise Checkpoint Orientation (All Students)

    You are required to complete an orientation, called Checkpoint, and then take the Checkpoint quiz so that you get credit for having completed this requirement. You can register to attend a live webinar session, where you will be able to ask questions of a Career & College Promise coordinator and also receive academic advising. You may also opt to review the presentation online on your own and complete the quiz. You are responsible for the information covered. You may refer back to the presentation at any time, but you only need to complete this requirement once. If you do not complete Checkpoint, you will be dropped from your classes.

    Live Checkpoint Sessions

    Passed for now. Check back for the next schedule.

    Review Presentation on Your Own

  • 8. Create/Finish Your Student Login (All Students)

    We will notify you by email when we have processed all your paperwork. Once you get this email, you can claim and activate your account. (You need your login to access your personal information, register for classes, view and pay bills, access academic records, and access your student email account. You also need it to log on to Central Piedmont computers.)

    If you have trouble activating your account after we notify you that we have processed your paperwork, contact the ITS Help Desk or a student success navigator.

  • 9. Activate Your Email (All Students)

    Wait 24 hours after creating your Central Piedmont login; then, activate your Central Piedmont email address.

    Central Piedmont provides an official student email account to every student. Your Central Piedmont login is also your Central Piedmont email. This Central Piedmont email is our official means of communicating with students, the Cashiering office, instructors, advisors, and for campus alerts. Check your Central Piedmont student email every day.

  • 10. Register for Classes (All Students)

    Once we have processed your paperwork, we will place you into your chosen pathway and send an email to your Central Piedmont email letting you know that you are clear to register for classes. You will not be able to register for classes until you have completed Career & College Promise Checkpoint.

    Then, register for classes online using Student Planning in MyCollege. You may only register for courses from your approved pathway; otherwise, you will be considered out of pathway and will be dropped from the course(s). We encourage you to familiarize yourself with Brightspace before your first day of class.

    How to register for courses using MyCollege (video)

  • 11. Check and Pay College Fees (All Students)

    The dual enrollment program is tuition-free for the fall, spring, and summer semester. However:

    • Non-CMS students, you are responsible for paying student fees each semester.
    • CMS students, you are responsible for paying student fees during the summer semesters.

    You must pay student fees two business days before the first day of the semester. Otherwise, your courses will be dropped. Check your balance and pay your bill through your MyCollege account.

    Fees are non-refundable once the semester starts. For questions about the fee structure, please contact the Sponsored Programs office.

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.

  • Related Programs

  • North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) Website

    Visit the NC Career & College Promise website for more information on dual enrollment.