Career and College Promise offers North Carolina high school students the chance to earn college credits at a community college campus. The program is tuition-free for high school junior and seniors (semester fees will be due). You must have a cumulative unweighted GPA of 2.8 or higher or passing test scores.

Students can earn:

Spring 2021 Semester:

  • September 15, 2020:  Start date to send a new application 
  • December 4, 2020: Deadline to submit new applications
  • December 15, 2020: Deadline to submit email for registration
  • January 11, 2021: First day of the Spring Semester

New Student Admissions Meetings

Admissions Sessions are required for all new students.  Due to COVID-19, the recorded Admissions Session below replaces the required Admissions Meeting.  Please submit a completed application packet with all signatures after viewing the Admissions Session.

The Application Packet includes the following:

  1. GTCC Application for Admission – Student signature required on page 2.
  2. Verification of Student Eligibility Form – Please make sure that you have all signatures required and that you have included the pathway.
  3. Attendance Policy Form
  4. Year-End High School Transcript - courses must be listed by grade level, signed and dated by principal and include a cumulative unweighted GPA. Please send a copy of your latest transcript with the admissions packet.  If you attend a public high school, also request this through cfnc.org and provide your High School ID # on the Verification Form.
  5. Home School Registration Form (if applicable)
  6. Consent to Release Form – the student should be completing this form and printing the parent’s name.

All Forms are available for download on the right side of this webpage - See Career and College Promise Forms.

Admissions Session includes information on the following:

  • General Program Information
  • Curriculum Pathways
  • How to navigate the website to search for classes
  • How to register for classes
  • Q & A

The Admissions Session Recording replaces our required Admissions Meeting.  It is important that you and your student watch the entire recording.

 Admissions Session Recording

Once you and your student have viewed the Admissions Session:

  • Determine your Career and College Promise Pathway – Write the Pathway name and Code on your Verification Form.

CCP Pathway Information

  • Complete Forms in the Application Packet listed above and obtain signatures. Signatures may be obtained by email. 
  • Scan your admissions packet and email the documents as attachments to amharper2@gtcc.edu
    If your transcript is in a sealed envelope, you may open it and scan it.  

Once you have submitted your application packet:

  • After your application is processed, the applicant will receive an email with Titan Account Activation Instructions.  Please be checking your email (listed on your application).  If something is missing, you will be notified.
  • After activating your Titan account, please log into your GTCC Titan Email for registration instructions.
  • Check your GTCC Titan email frequently.  
  • Once you have registered for classes, you will be sent an email with instructions for our mandatory online CCP Orientation.
There are two types of Career and College Promise Pathways: College Transfer and Career/Technical Education Pathways. Use the links below to learn more about them.

College Transfer Pathway

Learn More

Career and Technical Education Pathway

Learn More

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ For Parents Of Students Attending North Carolina Community Colleges

The purpose of Career and College Promise is to offer structured opportunities for qualified high school students to be concurrently enrolled in community college courses that provide pathways that lead to a certificate, diploma, or degree as well as provide entry-level jobs skills.

Career and College Promise offers North Carolina high school students a clear path to success in college or in a career. The tuition is waived for students who maintain a “B” average and meet other eligibility requirements. Through a partnership of the Department of Public Instruction, the N.C. Community College System, the University of North Carolina system and many independent colleges and universities, North Carolina is helping eligible high school students to begin earning college credit at a community college campus.

The pathways include:

College Transfer Pathways (CTP) allow the completion of at least 30 semester hours of transfer courses including English and mathematics, and ACA 122 College Transfer Success.

Career and Technical Education Pathways (CTE) lead to a certificate or diploma aligned with a high school career cluster.

Students will need to submit an application packet for Career and College Promise. The CCP Application Packet should include the items listed below. Once the student has their completed application packet, they will need to schedule an appointment with Linda Whitlow. They can email& her at lswhitlow@gtcc.edu for hours of availability.

  1. GTCC Application for Admission [PDF]
  2. Verification of Student Eligibility Form [PDF]
  3. Copy of test scores used to meet the test requirements that are listed on the Verification of Student Eligibility Form if the student has an unweighted GPA below 2.8. Test score benchmarks [PDF]
  4. Official High School Transcript
  5. Home School Registration Form (if Applicable)
  6. Consent to Release Form [PDF]

No, except for some non-credit courses taken on a self-supporting basis, including safe driving courses.

There is no maximum number of college credits that a CCP student can take. However, students must complete the entire CCP pathway before pursuing additional courses. All CCP participants must maintain eligibility status.

No, students must complete their pathway before taking additional courses.

All curriculum courses taken by Career and College Promise students at community colleges in accordance with in G.S. 115D-20(4). are tuition-waived except courses offered on a self-supporting basis. (This applies to Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.)

All community college courses included on the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) will receive weighted credit in accordance with NCDPI policy GCS-L-004. CTE and other courses not included in the CAA are not eligible for weighted credit.

Yes, principals are permitted to award dual credit based upon course content relative to available high school courses and State Board of Education policy GCS-M-001, which allows students in a College Transfer pathway to receive high school credit toward graduation requirements using community college courses. Additionally, some CTE college courses may count towards high school CTE core requirements. Contact the high school counselor or principal for more information.

CCP students enrolled in community college courses will be held to the same attendance and academic requirements as traditional college students.

Junior or senior standing is determined by the local school administrative unit.

No, high school graduates cannot participate in CCP. However, if the high school semester ends after the community college semester has started, the student would still be eligible for CCP. (Example: The community college semester begins on January 6th and the high school semester ends January 18th – the student would still be eligible for CCP because they were still a high school student when community college semester started).
FAQ For Home School Students And Private School Students:

Yes, students attending a registered home school or a private school may participate in CCP. Generally, private school students are required to establish eligibility using the same criteria applied to public school students (GPA, assessment scores). Home school students and students from private schools not using traditional grading scales shall follow the Community College’s established procedures for assessing eligibility and determining placement. 

No, the home school student’s principal (usually the parent) must certify that the student is a junior or senior and is making progress toward graduation. 

FAQ On Funding:

Students are responsible for the cost of fees and books. Tuition is waived for CCP

Yes.  Under special permission from the Department of Education, public high school students may qualify for a Federal Pell Grant at GTCC.  To qualify, the student must show financial need as determined by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and meet all other eligibility requirements except for high school graduation.  Note: Early Middle College, private high school, and home schooled students do not qualify for this program. 

Cooperative Innovative High Schools (including early college high schools, middle college high schools, and other CIHS models) receive transportation funds as part of a larger funding allotment at each district. No additional transportation funding is available for other CCP students.