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SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s Career & College Promise (CCP) program is giving local high school juniors and seniors a chance to jumpstart their college education – tuition-free.
“We have a truly great opportunity here to help more of our current high school students achieve their goals of a college education. Getting started on a college education while still in high school is the best way to do that because it is tuition-free!” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.
The Career & College Promise program allows students to simultaneously enroll in high school and college so that they can receive both high school and college credit for courses taken as part of the program.
“We want our community to be aware of this program,” said Dr. Michael Quillen, vice president of the College’s academic programs. “We want to do everything we can to ensure that high school students and their parents know about this opportunity as early as possible so that they can stay engaged earlier in high school and on track with their education.”
Currently, the program has approximately 575 traditional high school students in Rowan and Cabarrus counties taking advantage of this opportunity.
Unlike the early college programs, this allows students to remain very involved in their high school. They can stay active in sports and engage in all of the regular extracurricular activities, while taking college and high school courses simultaneously.
“These students still take high school classes at their high school, but can also take college classes tuition free at Rowan-Cabarrus,” said Quillen.
There are two tracks for the Career & College Promise program – one allows students to specialize in a career or technical pathway, while the other allows students to prepare for general transfer onto a four-year college or university.
Many of the college transfer classes are weighted just like honors classes, making them a great alternative to Advanced Placement courses.
“I am thrilled to have a strong relationship with our local community college,” said Dr. Lynn Moody, superintendent of schools for Rowan-Salisbury School System. “Rowan-Cabarrus is a critical asset for developing our local workforce, and I hope to see even more of our students taking advantage of these tuition-free college classes or continuing their education there after they graduate from high school.”
Rowan-Cabarrus also offers options for students to get a head start in careers like fire protection, cosmetology, criminal justice, machining, web technologies, welding and more.
“Students experience real college classes and ultimately feel better prepared when they enter a four-year college or university because they’re already confident in their ability to do college work,” said Quillen.
The College has also improved its offerings by providing dedicated classes and sections that fall within the high school schedule in both counties. These classes include English, sociology, and other core transfer classes that transfer seamlessly within the North Carolina university system.
For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu/ccp or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). The College is currently registering Career & College Promise students for classes for the fall term. High school students should also speak with their guidance counselor.