High School Programs

Get a Head Start While You Are Still in High School

You’re interested in getting a start on your college degree or career training. The High School Programs department at Pitt Community College offers several different learning opportunities for high school students that will help you build a foundation for your long-term academic and career goals starting as early as the ninth grade.

If you’re a rising or current high school student, PCC welcomes you to enroll in a variety of programs, tuition-free — on the PCC campus, online, or even at your own high school. These comprehensive programs allow you to get an early start on your college courses; complete a degree, diploma, or certificate program; or develop entry-level trade and technical skills.

Since 1961, PCC has been educating and training students to achieve personal and professional success. In High School Programs, including our Career and College Promise dual enrollment program, we educate and empower you for success. PCC offers diverse pre-college programs, career preparation, individual advising, and a community of support.

Why Choose Pitt Community College High School Programs?

The Career and College Promise program has a significant impact on students and their families in unique ways. Hear firsthand from our current students, former students, and CCP parents as they discuss their experience with the program here at Pitt Community College.

Participating in our high school programs allows you to earn certificates, diplomas, and degrees, transfer to a four-year institution, or compete in the local workforce. We have several options to choose from that fit the post-high-school career and college goals of every student.

Dual Enrollment

Career and College Promise (CCP), the dual enrollment program for the state of North Carolina, offers clear pathways to earn PCC certificates, diplomas, and associate degrees. In addition, CCP students who qualify for the Bulldog Promise Scholarship can complete a full Pitt Community College degree tuition-free after graduating from high school.

Pitt County Schools Early College High School

Pitt County Schools Early College High School provides you with the opportunity to earn your high school diploma and two years of transferable college credit, or an associate degree, within five years at no cost. Students apply in the eighth grade to begin enrollment in the ninth grade.

Health Sciences Scholars

The Health Sciences Scholars program is designed for students interested in the health sciences programs at PCC. To ensure the highest level of education and overall experience, only 18 students are selected annually as Health Science Scholars.

Students selected to participate in the program take classes at PCC from 9:00–11:00 a.m. every day and return to their home high school for lunch, 3rd, and 4th periods. Transportation, tuition, and books are provided free of charge.

Students will take prerequisite courses to prepare for admission to PCC health sciences programs. In addition to coursework, students participate in career exploration, job shadowing, and other academic enrichment activities.

To learn more about Health Sciences Scholars, contact Courtney Spence at cespence663@my.pittcc.edu or call 252-493-7268.

PCC-PCS Technical Academy

Our Technical Academy is a partnership between PCC and Pitt County Schools (PCS). Students accepted into the Technical Academy take classes at PCC from 9:00–11:00 a.m. every day and return to their home high school for lunch, 3rd, and 4th periods. Transportation, tuition, and books are provided free of charge.

The Technical Academy is an exceptional pathway to earn college credits and develop workforce credentials. Skilled employees are in high demand in Pitt County in the following areas:

To learn more about the Technical Academy, contact Keith Kinlaw at kgkinlaw316@mypittcc.edu or call 252-493-7643.

PCC High School Programs Pathways

At Pitt Community College, we have a variety of academic pathways that lead to a degree, diploma, or certificate.

College Transfer Pathways

Associate of Arts
Associate of Arts – Teacher Preparation
Associate of Science
Associate of Science – Teacher Preparation
Associate of Engineering
Associate of Fine Arts in Visual Arts
Associate of Fine Arts in Music

Career and Technical Education Pathways

PCC’s Career and Technical Education pre-college programs include, but are not limited to, Marketing, Automotive Systems Technology, Business Administration, Information Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Criminal Justice, and Welding Technology. Review the complete list of options to determine the program to fit your future college and career goals.

Benefit of Location

PCC offers classes, both College Transfer and CTE, on-site at all six public high schools in Pitt County. There are no fees for classes or books for students who take classes at their high school, and transportation is not required.

Highly Skilled Staff

All staff members of the High School Programs department have worked in NC public schools and/or the community college for more than 15 years. Additionally, they are constantly expanding their knowledge and skills through professional development and training.

Pre-college Career Advising

All Career and College Promise, NC Career Coaches, and Early College High School staff members have career exploration assessment test certification. They’ll help you explore the best pathway to achieve your individual academic and career goals.

The Transition From High School to the PCC Campus

Pre-College High School at No Cost to You

All programs, including our CCP dual enrollment program, are tuition-free, saving you thousands of dollars.

PCC High School Program Parents and Family

Although some of our pre-college programs and courses take place on high school campuses, we know your child’s well-being is foremost in your mind. Click on our resource link for informational materials to learn more about PCC’s mission and culture.

Schedule a Visit

Our pre-college programs prepare you to join the PCC community after you graduate from high school. Schedule a tour of our beautiful campus to see how easy your transition will be.

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