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Career and College Promise

Career and College Promise is a new initiative recently authorized by the State of North Carolina. It provides seamless dual enrollment opportunities for eligible North Carolina high school students.

Career and College Promise provides the following options for students while they are still in high school:

  • Core 44 College Transfer Pathways leading to a minimum of 30 hours of college credit
  • Career Technical Education Pathways (CTE) leading to certificates, diplomas or degrees
  • Cooperative innovative high schools (Anson and Union County Early Colleges)

Download the 2013-2014 Career & College Promise booklet.

Additional information regarding this new option may be viewed at http://www.careercollegenc.org/.

Specific operating procedures may be viewed here.

Need additional information? View a list of frequently asked questions here

South Piedmont Community College received State approval for the college transfer pathways to be offered in the Spring 2012 semester! Certain career technical pathways will be offered in the Fall 2012 semester.

Interested students should check with their high school counselor or career development coordinator (CDC) to verify eligibility. 

Details about the Core 44 and Career Technical Education Pathways are found below:

Click here to view the N.C. High School to Community College Articulation Agreement. This document shows what high school classes are equivalent to SPCC classes.

How to Apply

  1. Meet all eligibility requirements for Career and College Promise:
    1. Be a high school junior/senior;
    2. Have a weighted 3.0 GPA on high school courses;
    3. Demonstrate college readiness on an approved assessment or placement test (see table below for acceptable scores).
  2. Complete SPCC’s application for admission (www.spcc.edu, Future Students > Admissions)
  3. Provide an official copy of high school transcript
  4. Provide an official copy of assessment scores (unless posted on high school transcript)
  5. View new student orientation (www.spcc.edu, Future Students > Orientation)

Students may change their program with the permission of their high school principal or designee. Click here to download the Program Change Form.

Students may also take Core 44 classes if they did not reach the required scores on the placement (or other approved) test if they meet other stipulated criteria. Click here to download the Core 44 College Transfer Pathway Enrollment Exception Form.

College Readiness* Benchmarks on Approved Diagnostic Assessment Test
Test Plan** PSAT** Asset
(NCCCS Cut Score)
(NCCCS Cut Score)
(NCCCS Cut Score)
English 15 49 41 Writing 70 Writing 86 Sentence Skills
Reading 17 50 41 Reading 81 Reading 80 Reading
Mathematics 19 50 41 Numerical Skills and
41 Int. Algebra
47 Pre-Algebra and
66 Algebra
55 Arithmetic and
75 Elem. Algebra
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   ACT      
Writing 500 English 18    
Critical Reading 500 Reading 21    
Mathematics 500 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.
**PLAN and PSAT scores recommended by ACT and College Board as indicators of college readiness.