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Career & College Promise (CCP)

Free College credits in high school!

Did you know that students in NC can begin earning college credit for free while in high school? Find out more about this unique program called Career & College Promise!


Your Advising Team

Students may enroll in Career and College Promise to get a jumpstart on earning college credentials for free! If you have questions, contact the appropriate MTCC advising team member below!

McDowell High School & McDowell Virtual Academy
Emilee Crowder:

Homeschool, Private School, and Non-McDowell County School Students:
Betsy Ruiz: 828-652-0621 or [email protected]

Career and College Promise (CCP)

Success in today’s global economy may require a two or four-year degree, a certificate or a diploma. The purpose of Career and College Promise (CCP) is to offer structured opportunities for qualified high school students to dually enroll in community college courses that provide pathways that lead to a certificate, diploma, degree, or state or industry-recognized credential 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 program is free to all 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 at no cost to them or their families.

Apply to McDowell Technicial Community College's Career and College Program

  • Visit
  • Select “Apply to College” and then “Application Hub”
  • If you do not have a login for CFNC, create one.
  • Use your login and password for CFNC to apply to McDowell Technical Community College.

The three pathways include:

Cooperative Innovative High School Programs (CIHSP) are located on college campuses (unless a waiver was provided) and provide opportunities for students to complete an associate degree program or earn up to two years of college credit within five years. Information about McDowell Early College and McDowell Academy for Innovation can be found on their respective webpages.


Career and Technical Education Pathways (CTE) require:

  • a curriculum Career and Technical Education Pathway leading to a certificate or diploma aligned with a high school career cluster.
  • a Workforce Continuing Education Pathway (WCEP) leading to a certificate or diploma aligned with a high school career cluster.

College Transfer Pathways (CTP) require:

  • the completion of approximately 30 semester hours of transfer courses including English and mathematics.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can access the UNC System university/college course equivalencies at:


Articulated Credit

Through the McDowell Articulation Program (MAP), students may be able to transfer or “articulate” high school Career-Technical Education credits to McDowell Technical Community College. State and local agreements allow graduates from McDowell County Schools to simply “request” credit using the Application for Articulated Credit form on the right.

To receive articulated credit towards a program of study at McDowell Tech, students must have a minimum final grade of “B” in the course and a VOCATS exam score of 93 for a state-wide articulated course or 90 for a local articulated course. To receive articulated credit, students must enroll in the community college within two years of their high school graduation date.

The following MAP chart outlines the courses that articulate between McDowell County Schools and McDowell Technical Community College.

For more information about articulated credit, contact:
Julie Padgett, Director of Enrollment Management
[email protected]
54 College Drive
Marion, NC 28752

You can find a dual credit allowances chart here. Please note: students should always check with their high school principal/counselor for their specific graduation requirements and dual credit allowances.

All Career and College Promise (CCP) students must complete the following steps:

1. Download and complete the Application for Admission-Career and College Promise.

2. Submit a current high school transcript showing classes taken BY ACADEMIC YEAR and CUMULATIVE grade point average based on a 4-POINT SCALE. Examples of transcripts can be found via Google. **Note that classes must be listed by grade level taken.

3. If a student’s cumulative GPA is less than required to meet program eligibility requirements, he/she may need to demonstrate college readiness on an approved diagnostic assessment or placement test. Official test scores from PSAT, SAT, Pre-ACT, ACT, NC DAP or SAT can be reviewed or students can contact the Student Enrichment Center (Building 11) for placement testing schedules and practice test questions to take the RISE Placement Test.

4. Download and complete the Career and College Registration and Permission Form. This form must be completed by the student and high school principal/designee. Complete forms for CTE and CTP pathways should be returned to Betsy Ruiz.

5. Home school students may be requested to provide Official Non-Public School Registration Record which can be accessed and downloaded at

6. Home school students must provide a Four Year High School Plan.

For assistance with a CCP-related issue, please see the CCP/MTCC Assistance Chart. This will be updated periodically to better provide resource information to students, parents, faculty, staff, and other stakeholders.

For more information:
Betsy Ruiz, CCP Student Success Coordinator
MTCC Office: 828-652-0621
[email protected]                                
Emilee Crowder, NC Career Coach
MTCC Office: 828-659-0427
Lydia Warpoole, NC Career Coach
MTCC Office: 828-659-0489