Career & College Promise
Central Carolina Academy has a partnership with Central Carolina Community College (CCCC) in using the NC Career & College Promise (CCP) as a key aspect of the Central Carolina Academy high school academic program. It gives highly motivated eleventh and twelfth graders the ability to earn transferable college credits with free tuition. The courses are considered “dual credit” because they also help students simultaneously meet high school graduation requirements and accumulate college transfer credits. The majority of seniors at Central Carolina Academy will complete one of the “pathways” of study, an accomplishment achieved by few students across the state in the CCP program.
The Central Carolina Academy high school program is modeled after a middle college concept. Instead of allowing upperclassmen to take the CCP courses only if they can fit them into the high school schedule, the master schedule has both high school and college-level courses already built in. Juniors and seniors have a combination of traditional seated, online, and hybrid classes. They will typically take some classes on CCCC campuses in yet another of Chatham Charter’s steps toward preparing them for college life.
Maximizing the Career & College Promise
- Upperclassmen focus on courses in either a College Transfer Pathway or a Career and Technical Education (CTE) Pathway. The College Transfer Pathways are (Leading to an Associate of) 1) Arts, 2) Science, and 3) Engineering. Students studying in CTE areas can complete a Pathway or certificate, and/or earn an industry-recognized workforce credential.
- Central Carolina Academy builds its high school master schedule around the college course schedule in order to maximize the number of courses students can take.
- Dedicated staff monitor and advise students taking college-level courses.
- Students develop soft skills in the “unwritten curriculum” and are well-prepared for post-secondary study and the workforce. Among the skills students learn throughout the middle and high school years at Central Carolina Academy are critical thinking, problem solving, time management, organization, self-advocacy, good work ethic, and strong communication/public speaking.
- The daily schedule is individualized and flexes to meet high school and college course formats (seated, hybrid, or online) and times.