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  College Transfer Pathways Career Technical Education Pathways
Definition Tuition free course credits toward the Associate in Arts , Associate in Science or Associate in Engineering and a four year degree. Tuition free course credits toward an entry level job credential, certificate or diploma for eligible high school students.
Eligibility
  1. Be a high school junior or senior;
  2. Have a weighted GPA of 3.0 on high school courses; and
  3. Demonstrate college readiness in English, reading and mathematics on an assessment or placement test or meet provisional status.
  1. Be a high school Junior or Senior and;
  2. Have a weighted GPA of 3.0 on high school courses or have the recommendation of the high school principal or his/her designee (PLAN scores should be considered); and
  3. Have received career pathway information outlining program requirements for completion of the certificate or diploma.
Maintaining Eligibility
  1. Continue to make progress toward high school graduation, and
  2. Maintain a 2.0 GPA in college coursework after completing two courses.
  3. A student who falls below a 2.0 GPA after completing two college courses will be subject to the college's policy for satisfactory academic progress.
  1. Continue to make progress toward high school graduation, and
  2. Maintain a 2.0 GPA in college coursework after completing two courses.
  3. A student who falls below a 2.0 GPA after completing two college courses will be subject to the college's policy for satisfactory academic progress.

II. Operating Procedures

Session Law 2011-145, the Appropriations Act of 2011, authorized the State Board of Education and the State Board of Community Colleges to establish the Career and College Promise program, effective January 1, 2012.

Career and College Promise provides seamless dual enrollment educational opportunities for eligible North Carolina high school students in order to accelerate completion of college certificates, diplomas, and associate degrees that lead to college transfer or provide entry-level job skills. North Carolina community colleges may offer the following Career and College Promise pathways aligned with the K-12 curriculum and career and college ready standards adopted by the State Board of Education:

  1. College Transfer Pathway leading to a minimum of 30 hours of college transfer credit;

  2. A Career and Technical Education Pathway leading to a certificate, diploma or degree;

  3. A Cooperative Innovative High School Pathway approved under Part 9 of Article 16 of Chapter 115D of the General Statutes.

 

College Transfer Pathway

  1. The Career and College Promise Pathway requires the completion of at least thirty semester hours of transfer courses, including English and mathematics and ACA 122: College Transfer Success

  2. To be eligible for enrollment, a high school student must meet the following criteria:6. A student must demonstrate college readiness in English, reading and mathematics to be eligible for enrollment in a College Transfer Pathway.

    • Be a high school junior or senior;

    • Have a weighted GPA of 3.0 on high school courses; and

    • Demonstrate college readiness on an assessment or placement test (see attachment A).

  3. A student must demonstrate college readiness in English , reading and mathematics to be eligible for enrollment in a College Transfer Pathway.
  4. A high school junior or senior who does not demonstrate college-readiness on an approved assessment or placement test may be provisionally enrolled in a College Transfer Pathway. To qualify for Provisional Status. a student must meet the following criteria:

      • Have a cumulative weighted GPA of 3.5;

      • Have completed two years of high school English with a grade of 'C' or higher;

      • Have completed high school Algebra II or Math III ( or higher level math class) with a grade of 'C' or higher;

      • Obtain the written approval of the high school principal or his/her designee; and,

      • Obtain the written approval of the community college president or his/her designee.

    • Students who meet all the requirements listed above may:

      • Enroll in English and/or mathematics courses in a college transfer pathway as provisional students without placement or other testing.

      • Provisional students who successfully complete ENG 111 with a 'C' or higher can enroll in ENG 112.

      • Provisional students in the Associate in Science pathway who successfully complete MAT 171 with a 'C' or higher can enroll in MAT 172.

      • Register only for college mathematics (MAT) and college English (ENG) courses within the chosen Pathway.

      • Provisional students cannot enroll in any additional courses in the pathway until they are no longer considered provisional.

      • In order to no longer be considered provisional, the student must successfully complete the first mathematics and English course in the pathway with a grade of 'C' or higher.

  5. To maintain eligibility for continued enrollment, a student must:

      • Continue to make progress toward high school graduation, and

      • Maintain a 2.0 GPA in college coursework after completing two courses.

      • A student who falls below a 2.0 GPA in college coursework after completing two courses will be subject to the college's policy for satisfactory academic progress.

  6. A student must enroll in one College Transfer Pathway program of study and may not substitute courses in one program fro courses in another.
  7. A student may change his or her program of study major with approval of the high school principal or his/her designee and the college's chief student development administrator.

  8. With approval of the high school principal or his/her designee and the college's chief student development administrator, a student who completes a College Transfer Pathway, while still enrolled in high school, may continue to earn college transfer credits leading to the completion of the Associate in Arts, Science or Engineering. The AA/AS/AE may not be awarded prior to high school graduation verification.

  9. With approval of the high school principal or his/her designee and the college's chief student development administrator, a student may enroll in both a College Transfer Pathway program of study and a Career Technical Education program of study.

 

Career Technical Education Pathway (Juniors and Seniors)

  1. The Career and College Promise Career Technical Education Pathway for juniors and seniors leads to a certificate or diploma aligned with a high school Career Cluster.

  2. To be eligible for enrollment, a high school student must meet the following criteria:

    • Be a high school junior or senior;

    • Have a weighted GPA of 3.0 on high school courses or have the recommendation of the high school principal or his/her designee; and

    • Have received career pathway information outlining program requirements for completion of the certificate or diploma.

  3. High school counselors should consider students' PLAN scores in making pathway recommendations.

  4. College Career Technical Education course may be used to provide partial or full fulfillment of a four-unit career cluster. Where possible, students should be granted articulated credit based on the local or state North Carolina High School to Community College articulation agreement.

  5. To maintain eligibility for continued enrollment, a student must:

  6. Continue to make progress toward high school graduation, and maintain a 2.0 in college coursework after completing two courses. A student who falls below a 2.0 GPA after completing two college courses will be subject to the college's policy for satisfactory academic progress.

  7. A student may be awarded a certificate or diploma prior to high school graduation. The AAS may not be awarded prior to high school graduation verification.

  8. A student must enroll in one program of study and may not substitute courses in one program for courses in another. The student may change his or her program of study major with approval of the high school principal or his/her designee and the college's chief student development administrator.

  9. A student may concurrently enroll in two CTE programs of study provided the exception has been approved by the college's Chief Academic Officer or his/her designee. With approval of the high school principal or his/her designee and the college's chief student development administrator, a student may enroll in both a College Transfer Pathway program of study and a Career Technical Education program of study.

  10. A CTE student is not required to demonstrate college readiness on an assessment or placement test to be eligible for the program. However, some required courses within the program may have developmental course pre-requites requirements which must be met, when this is the case through the demonstration of college readiness on an approved assessment or placement test (See Attachment A). Students are encouraged to complete college readiness assessments prior to entry to the program. CCP students may not enroll in developmental course.

  11. A student who completes the CTE certificate or diploma may continue in the same AAS as long as they are still eligible for CCP. In order to continue, the program code should be changed to reflect the AAS. The student type will remain CCPP and their student code will remain CTE.

  12. Colleges are responsible for adhering to external agency guidelines that may restrict CCP students from enrolling in specific programs.

 

 Career Technical Education Pathway (Freshmen and Sophomores)

The Appropriations Act of 2013, S.B. 402, amended NC General Statutes 115D-20(4)a.2 to allow "academic transition pathways for qualified freshmen and sophomore high school students that lead to a career technical education certificate or diploma in industrial and engineering technologies".

  1. The Career and College Promise Career Technical Education Pathway for freshmen and sophomores leads to an industrial or engineering certificate or diploma aligned with a high school Career Cluster.
  2. The college may enroll high school freshmen and sophomores only in Engineering, Industrial, Agriculture and Natural Resources, or Transportation Systems Technologies programs, certificate and diploma programs.

  3. To be eligible for enrollment, a high school student must meet the following criteria:

      • Be a high school freshman or sophomore;

      • A qualified freshmen must:

        • have passed Math I with a grade of "C" or better;
        • scored a 3, 4 or 5 on the EOC for Math I;
        • meet the college ready reading score of 16 on the 8th grade Explore test;
        • have received career pathway information outlining program requirements for completion of the certificate or diploma; and
        • have the recommendation of the high school principal or his/her designee (based on assessment of student maturity and ability to effectively participate in a class that may include adult students).
      • A qualified sophomore must:

        • have passed Math I with a grade of "C" or better;
        • scored a 3, 4 or 5 on the EOC for Math I;
        • meet the college ready reading score of 16 on the 8th grade Explore test;
        • have a weighted GPA of 3.0 on high school courses;
        • and have received career pathway information outlining program requirements for completion of the certificate or diploma.
        • have the recommendation of the high school principal or his/her designee (based on assessment of student maturity and ability to effectively participate in a class that may include adult students).
      • Students without Explore and/or Math I Scores

        • For Students who do not have an Explore score or Math I score (example: homeschool students, students from a private school, or students who moved to NC from another state), the college shall establish a local policy that details which alternative assessment score will be used in place of Explore or Math I. Attachment A lists the approved assessments/scores that the college can select from alternative scores for reading, English and math for students who do not have an Explore score and/or Math I. The assessment that is chosen locally should be documented and used consistently for only those students without the Explore and/or Math I.

        • Students who do have Explore and Math I (those who are attending public school in NC) must meet the eligibility guidelines outlined in items 3 above.

  4. College Career Technical Education courses may be used to provide partial or full fulfillment of a four-unit career cluster. Where possible, students should be ranted articulated credit based on the local or state North Carolina Highs School to Community College articulation agreement.

  5. To maintain eligibility for continued enrollment, a student must:

      • Continue to make progress toward high school graduation, and

      • Maintain a 2.0 GPA in college coursework after completing two courses. A student who falls below a 2.0 GPA after completing two courses will be subject to the college's policy for satisfactory academic progress.

  6. A student may be awarded a certificate or diploma prior to high school graduation. The AAS may not be awarded prior to high school graduation verification.

  7. A student must enroll in one program of study and may not substitute courses in one program fro courses in another. The student may change hi or her program of study major to another industrial or engineering program of study with approval of the high school principal or his/her designee and the colleges chief student development administrator. A student may concurrently enroll in two engineering or industrial CTE programs of study provided the exception has been approved by the college's Chief Academic Officer or his/her designee.

  8. A student who completes the CTE certificate or diploma may continue in the same AAS as long as they are still eligible for CCP. In order to continue, the program code should be changed to reflect the AAS. The student type will remain CCP and their student code will remain CTE.

  9. Colleges are responsible for adhering to external agency guidelines that may restrict CCP students from enrolling in specific programs.

 

Attachment A

College Readiness Benchmarks on Approved Diagnostic Assessment Tests

Test PLAN**


PSAT 2014

and earlier**

PSAT 2015

and Future**

Asset
(NCCCS
Cut Scores)
COMPASS
(NCCCS
Cut Scores)
Accuplacer
(NCCCS
Cut Scores)

NC DAP

(NCCCS Cut Score)

English 15 45 26 41
Writing
70
Writing
86
Sentence Skills

Composite score

of 151

or higher ***

Reading 18 47 26 41
Reading
81
Reading
80
Reading
Mathematics 19 47 24.5 41
Numerical Skills &
41
Int. Algebra
47
Pre-Algebra &
66
Algebra
55
Arithmetic &
75
Elem. Algebra

7 on each

assessment for

DMA 010

thru 060

In addition to the diagnostic assessments, colleges may use the following SAT and ACT scores recommended by the testing companies as benchmarks for college readiness:*

SAT (Pre-March 2016)   SAT (March 2016 and Future)   Pre-ACT   ACT
English 500 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 480 English 18 English 18
CriticalReading 500 Reading 22 Reading 22
Mathematics 500 Mathematics 530 Mathematics 22 Mathematics 22

 * To be eligible for enrollment in a College Transfer Pathway, students must demonstrate college readiness in English, reading, and mathematics on an approved test or tests. Eligibility may be demonstrated by achieving the required scores on a single test or by combining test scores from any of the approved assessments. For example, a student may combine a 19 on PLAN math with an 86 and an 80 on Accuplacer sentence skills and reading to demonstrate college readiness.

**PLAN and PSAT scores recommended by ACT and College Board as indicators of college  readiness.

***The Reading and English part of the NC DAP is an integrated assessment of reading and English skills; meeting the composite cut score for placement into ENG 111 is one way to demonstrate college readiness in order to participate in the College Transfer Pathway.