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    “Career & College Promise will prepare eligible high school students for life after high school – that means college credit for some, job training for others,” Gov. Bev Perdue said. “Regardless of whether a student plans to go to college or get a job, Career & College Promise provides focused preparation, tuition-free to the student.”

    The program offers three pathways for students.

    • College Transfer – Earn tuition-free course credits toward a four-year degree through North Carolina’s community colleges. All North Carolina public colleges and universities are participating and many independent colleges and universities have signed on as well.

    • Technical Careers – Earn tuition-free course credits at an NC Community College toward an entry-level job credential, certificate or diploma in a technical career.

    • Cooperative Innovative High Schools (limited availability) – Begin earning tuition-free college credits as early as freshman year by attending a Cooperative Innovative High School, such as an Early College High School.

    For Pathway Descriptions and Eligibility Requirements, Click HERE!


    The State Board of Education formally endorsed Gov. Bev Perdue"s Career and College Promise (CCP) Initiative, which will enable more students to get a head start on career training or a college degree while they are still in high school.
    "The Career and College Promise works in direct alignment with the Board"s mission to ensure that every public school student in North Carolina graduates from high school prepared for further education, professional training and work in the global economy," said State Board of Education Chairman Bill Harrison. "Thanks to strong partnerships among leaders from K-12 and higher education and the business community, this initiative will help to make sure our students have the skills they need for success in the 21st century."
    Gov. Perdue"s Career and College Promise would enable eligible students to complete one year or more of higher education by the time they graduate high school. Students participating in the program could choose to earn Career and Technical Education credentials, a college transfer certificate, or two years of college credit, depending on their goals for the future. After high school graduation, students would then have the option of completing a second year of higher education for free (through financial aid and federal tax credits) from a community college, transferring to a four-year college or university or entering the workforce.
    About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
    The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 100 charter schools serving over 1.4 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state"s public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.