About Career and College Promise

High School students walking in hallway

The mission of the High School Programs Office and Career and College Promise is to assist in creating a seamless transition for students by maximizing the instructional offerings and learning opportunities that provide the greatest educational benefit to those we serve.

 College Transfer PathwaysCareer Technical Education Pathways
DefinitionTuition 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.
Eligibility1. 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 Eligibility1. 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.

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 Readiness Benchmarks on Approved Diagnostic Assessment Tests

TestPLAN**PSAT 2014 and earlier**PSAT 2015 and future**Asset
(NCCCS Cut Scores)
COMPASS
(NCCCS Cut Scores)
Accuplacer
(NCCCS Cut Scores)
NC DAP
(NCCCS Cut Scores)
English15452641
Writing
70
Writing
86
Sentence Skills
Composite score of 151 or higher**
Reading18472641
Reading
81
Reading
80
Reading
Mathematics194724.541
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-ACTACT
English500Evidence-Based Reading and Writing480English18English18
Critical Reading500Reading22Reading22
Mathematics500Mathematics530Mathematics22Mathematics22

* 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.