Two years of university, free. That’s what 12 students at Bartlett Yancey Senior High School (BYSHS) aimed for and have achieved over the past two years, saving thousands of dollars in tuition and positioning themselves to reach their educational and career goals faster. .
Piedmont Community College’s (PCC) Career and College Promise (CCP) program is designed for students to complete 30 credit hours of college education by the time they graduate from high school. If this student chooses the CCP College Transfer Pathway, they would have approximately one year of college education and save $2,280 in CCP tuition and fees. If they choose to go to college instead, earning a year of college credit could save $8,000 to $15,000 or more.
“Career and College Promise is an immeasurable tool that high school students can use,” said Leia Rollins, coordinator, College High School Programs at PCC. “Students have the opportunity to save so much money and time and they can start working in their career much earlier because of it.”
“These students have the option of focusing on the university transfer pathway if they wish to complete a bachelor’s or higher degree or they can earn certifications in our vocational technical education pathway to start working immediately upon graduation. their degree.”
In 2020, BYSHS partnered with PCC to develop an “accelerated” CCP option for students who want to take on the challenge and complete their high school diploma and associate’s degree simultaneously. BYSHS’ class of 2021 had three students who went through the CCP Fast Track process. For the Class of 2022, that number has grown to 12 students in total, with nearly 200 more in Caswell County earning college credit and saving more than $125,000.
The 12 students who completed both are Perla Bautista, Devin Davis, Celina Henderson, Faith Johnson, Brendan Nunnally, Kaitlyn Oakley, Bliss Pointer, Elizabeth Proctor, Eric Rone, Caroline “Faith” Upchurch, Wallace Vaden and Dylan Wall.
While these students will benefit greatly from completing two years of college, any student who earns college credits while in high school still benefits from using the CCP program. Rollins said every gesture counts, but the most important thing is that students feel comfortable while they learn.
“The last thing we want to do is push these students into taking more classes than they can handle,” Rollins said. “We want them to feel safe in their studies and we want them to enjoy being students. While the accelerated option is an incredible tool for these students, each PCC course they take in high school is an achievement that should be celebrated as they are that much closer to graduation or the start of their career.
The Career and College Promise program is free for high school juniors and seniors. This program enables students to achieve their career goals faster by receiving course credit toward an associate degree and/or certificate toward entry-level employment.
Courses in the Associate in Science or Associate in Arts program transfer to one of North Carolina’s 16 public universities, as well as many private universities, if the student earns a grade of “C” or higher. Students can also earn state or national degrees through the Career Technical Education Pathway.
To learn more, visit piedmontcc.edu/ccp.