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Career & College Promise

Want to earn college credits for free? At Caldwell, you can! 

Did you know that high school students can earn college credit at CCC&TI…for free?

If you’re a high school junior or senior in Caldwell or Watauga county, have at least a 2.8 unweighted GPA or have earned a qualifying score on a college placement test, then you could start earning free college credit TODAY with the Career and College Promise program at CCC&TI!

**To confirm your eligibility, you can talk to your high school’s CCC&TI Transition Advisor or call 828.726.2606 and talk to Jeff Link, Executive Director of Student Engagement and Educational Partnerships at CCC&TI. You can also email your questions to jlink@cccti.edu.

Once you’ve confirmed that you are eligible for Career and College Promise here are the steps for enrollment:

  1. Pick your pathway based on your interests and strengths. Students have a variety of options in two categories: College Transfer and Technical. For detailed information on the pathways, please review the various College Transfer or Technical Pathways document listed later on this page.
  2. Complete and submit the Career and College Promise (CCP) application and Permission Form.
  3. Contact your high school’s CCC&TI Transition Advisor, who can walk you through the remaining steps of the process.
  4. Attend Orientation. Be sure to sign up for the Orientation for Career and College Promise students.

High school students taking college credit courses under Career and College Promise provisions are exempt from applicable tuition for certain classes. Expenses for books, supplies and activity fees are the responsibility of the student.

Those outside of Caldwell or Watauga counties, or those who are home school students, may contact Jeff Link, Executive Director of Student Engagement and Educational Partnerships at 828.726.2606, 
jlink@cccti.edu for advising.

College Transfer
Pathway Eligibility

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

To be eligible for enrollment, a high school student must meet the following criteria:
0 .8

Have an unweighted GPA of
2.8 on HS Courses

Be a high school
junior or senior

or

Demonstrated readiness in english/math/
reading tests.

To maintain eligibility for continued enrollment, a student must:

Sustain progress to high school graduation

or

0 .0

Maintain a 2.0 GPA in college coursework after two courses.

A student must enroll in one College Transfer Pathway program of study and may not substitute courses in one program for courses in another.
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.
Each course a high school student completes in the pathway with a grade of "C" or better will be accepted by all UNC member institutions and equated for lower division General Education credit at the university.

Career Technical Education
Pathway Eligibility

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

To be eligible for enrollment, a high school student must meet the following criteria:
0 .8

Have an unweighted GPA of
2.8 on HS Courses

Be a high school
junior or senior

or

Recommendation from high school principal

Meet career pathway prerequisites

To maintain eligibility for continued enrollment, a student must:

Sustain progress to high school graduation

or

0 .0

Maintain a 2.0 GPA in college coursework after two courses.

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 granted articulated credit based on the local or state North Carolina High School to Community College articulation agreement.
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.

CCP Resources

Application

College Readiness Benchmarks on Approved Assessment Tests

Test Plan PSAT 2014 & earlier PSAT 2015 & later NC DAP Pre-ACT & ACT SAT (taken prior to March 2016) SAT (taken March 2016 or after)
English 15 45 26 Composite Scored of
151 or higher
18 500 Evidence
Based
Reading and
Writing:
480
Reading 18 47 26 Composite Scored of
151 or higher
22 500 Evidence
Based
Reading and
Writing:
480
Mathematics 19 47 24.5 7 on each assessment
for DMA 010 thru 060
22 500 Math:
530

* 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.

College Transfer Pathways

Career & Technical Education Pathways

When to Register

You can register for Career and College Promise during CCC&TI’s semester registration sessions.

Registration is typically available as follows:

  • April – July for FALL semester
  • November for SPRING semester
  • April – May for SUMMER semester

Visit our Academic Calender page to determine the exact dates for registration sessions.

If you have questions, contact your high school’s CCC&TI Transition Advisor listed below.

Contacts

Caldwell Early College
High School

Caldwell County

Brenda Lewis
Transition Advisor
Caldwell Early College High School

Student Services
Office: Caldwell – K – 217
Phone: 828.759.4647
Email: bblewis@cccti.edu

Caldwell Applied
Sciences Academy

Caldwell County

Frank J. Pait IV
Transition Advisor
Middle College

Student Services
Office: Caldwell – G – 132
Phone: 828.759.4653
Email: fpait@cccti.edu

South Caldwell
High School

Caldwell County

Mitzi Triplett
Transition Advisor
South Caldwell High School

Student Services
Office: – South Caldwell High School
Phone: 828.396.2188
Email: mftriplett@cccti.edu

Hibriten
High School

Caldwell County

Sherry Herman
Transition Advisor
Hibriten High School

Student Services
Office: Caldwell – Hibriten High School
Phone: 828.758.7376 x353
Email: sherman@cccti.edu

West Caldwell
High School

Caldwell County

Josie Varela
Transition Advisor
West Caldwell High School

Student Services
Office: Caldwell – West Caldwell High School
Phone: 828.758.5583 x390011
Email: jvarela@cccti.edu

Watauga
High School

Watauga County

Bobbie Watson
Transition Advisor
Watauga High School

Student Services
Office: – Watauga High School
Phone: 828.264.1330
Email: bjwatson@cccti.edu

Other/Non-Resident of Watauga and Caldwell

Home School & Other

Jeff Link
Executive Director / Athletic Director
Student Engagement and Educational Partnerships

Student Services
Office: Caldwell – E – 119
Phone: 828.726.2606
Email: jlink@cccti.edu