Are you ready for an exciting career but your lack of a high school diploma is holding you back? It's time to jump start your career. Pathways to Careers through College and Career Readiness can make it happen.
What is Pathways to Careers
Pathways to Careers gives you the opportunity to earn a high school diploma, college credits, and industry credentials:
Earn your high school diploma while you complete a job training program in a high demand field at the same time — all students accepted into program will be co-enrolled in classes to receive a high school diploma or equivalency.
Receive up to 12 hours of tuition-free college credit.
Gain valuable resume and interviewing skills.
Tuition may be waived for eligible students.
Program advisors will help you select the training program that matches your interests and needs.
Central Piedmont's College and Career Readiness offers programs to develop students’ academic skills, earn a high school equivalency (GED or HiSET) or adult high school diploma, learn English as a second language (ESL), develop employability skills and participate in various work-based-learning experiences, or explore career and post-secondary educational opportunities. Many programs are free or at a very low cost for qualified participants.
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.
students between 16-17 years of age must petition to enroll into an alternative adult education program at Central Piedmont (review the requirements for minors)
must no longer be enrolled in public/private school
must lack a high school diploma
must have minimum of one year of NC residency
must meet program academic metrics (to be discussed during information session)
For the majority of training programs, students must score at a high school level on the placement tests. Students scoring below a high school level will be placed in pre-requisite courses to prepare for enrollment in Pathways.
Students who already possess a high school diploma may be eligible to enroll in Pathways if scholarship funding is available.
If you earned a high school credential outside the U.S., you may qualify for this scholarship.
Have you always had a problem with math? Or maybe you've been away from school for a while and your reading skills are a little rusty. Do not worry. We want to make sure you succeed. That is why we offer free pre-requisite classes to help you get started. Based on your College and Career Readiness placement test results, your advisor will recommend one of four levels of reading and/or math classes that are just right for you. Students scoring below a high school level (9.0) will be placed in pre-requisite classes to build their skills. After completing level four, you will be prepared for entry into the Pathways to Careers program.
Which Pre-Requisite Courses Do I Take?
To enroll in Pathways to Careers, you need to score a 9.0 on the placement test in reading and math.
If you score below 9.0, you will be placed in pre-requisite courses in reading and/or math until your placement test scores reach 9.0.
Most pre-requisite courses are eight weeks in length and meet 10 hours per week; day and evening classes are available.
A computer lab is available for additional instructional support or for students needing a more flexible schedule.
All GED®, HiSET®, and Adult High School instruction is free. GED® and HiSET® testing fees range from $50—$80, but test vouchers may be available to offset those costs.
GED®, HiSET®, and Adult High School students receive tuition waivers for up to 12 credit hours for their occupational training programs. Scholarships may be available to cover books and fees. However, these may be costs the student will need to cover if scholarships are not available.
Your first step will be to attend an information session. Information sessions are for students who do not have a high school diploma and are interested in completing this goal. Students new to Central Piedmont must complete program testing before attending an information session. Call 704.330.6129 for details.
At the end of the information session, you will be given additional information towards taking steps to be considered for a scholarship, e.g. program application, etc.