Craven County Schools
- Craven County School District
- Craven County Schools Home
Earning College Credit in High School
Career and College Promise:
Earning College Credit in High School
Written by: Toni Blount, District Coordinator of College Advising and Scholarship, Craven County Schools
The community college campuses across North Carolina offer a unique experience to high school students entitled Career and College Promise (CCP). Students can earn college course credits, certificates or diplomas from the community college while attending high school. On January 1, 2012, the State Board of Education and the State Board of Community Colleges established the Career and College Promise (CCP) program. Since then, Craven County Schools and Craven Community College have been instrumental in providing these opportunities to hundreds of students. The program is tuition-free except for some fees that may be associated with a lab or electronic textbook.
Through a partnership with the University of North Carolina System and many independent colleges and universities, high school students can transfer their community college credits to a university. The benefits of transferring credits include allowing time for a double major or minor, internship, study abroad, advanced standing with credits, and of course, cost savings. As an example of cost savings, the cost of full-time tuition at Craven Community College is approximately $1,300 per semester and the tuition at East Carolina University is approximately $7,200. When you include fees, housing, meals, and miscellaneous expenses, the cost of attendance at East Carolina University exceeds $22,000 per year. Private college costs in North Carolina range from approximately $25,000 to $80,000 per year.
CCP students are responsible for obtaining textbooks for their classes. Due to the rising cost of college textbooks, Craven Community College, Craven County Schools and private businesses have worked together to build a textbook library on the campuses of Havelock, New Bern and West Craven High Schools. With the generous support of International Paper, Walmart of New Bern and Havelock, and a scholarship donor, students can check out a college textbook to be used for the semester. This saves hundreds of dollars as well as removes the barriers for students who would like to participate, but do not have the financial resources to pay for college textbooks.
The first step in determining CCP eligibility and interest is scheduling a meeting with the high school counselor. The CCP liaison from Craven Community College will also be instrumental in assisting the student with the options of selecting one of the following pathways:
- College Transfer Pathways (CTP) require the completion of at least 30 semester hours of transfer courses
- Career and Technical Education Pathways (CTE):
- a curriculum Career and Technical Education Pathway leading to a certificate or diploma aligned with a high school career cluster.
- a Workforce Continuing Education Pathway (WCEP) leading to a State or industry recognized credential aligned with a high school career cluster.
It is important to consider a student’s four-year high school plan, as well as their career goals when selecting these options. Students who are interested in pursuing the visual and performing arts, JROTC, health and physical education, foreign language and Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs are encouraged to explore all course options while in high school. Students can schedule a robust high school schedule while exploring many course offerings, including Advanced Placement courses offered through The College Board, which also provide potential college credit with a qualifying score on the AP exam.
Zomar Peter, Dean of Enrollment Management at Craven Community College, adds “The value of CCP pathways is to enable students who continue into post-secondary education after high school to complete degrees, diplomas, or certificates in less time than high school students without college credit. Selecting a CCP pathway is important and should be based on a student’s educational and career goals.” Dr. Tosha Diggs, Assistant Superintendent for Academic Services, shared, “Our school counselors are critical in helping students and parents learn about all of the available options. Even though advising may look a little different, it actually gives students and parents some more convenient options through virtual appointments to communicate with their counselor. We don’t want students to unknowingly rule out options for their future.”
Interested students should attend CCP informational sessions offered virtually, which will be scheduled through each high school counseling office in the upcoming months. General information on CCP is located at: