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Mechatronics Engineering Technology – Basic: Certificate Program – CCP (High School Students)

Success in today’s global economy may require a two-or four-year degree, a Certificate, or Diploma–CCP. Through Career & College Promise (CCP), qualified high-school-age students in North Carolina have the opportunity to pursue these options, tuition free, while they are in high school, allowing them to get a jumpstart on their workplace and college preparation.
Blue Ridge Community College offers the Career and College Promise options listed below to help advance eligible students’ post-high school success:

College Transfer – College transfer pathways provide up to 34 hours of tuition-free course credits toward the Core 44, an agreed-upon 44 hours of college credits that will transfer seamlessly to any public or participating private college or university, saving successful students time and money in pursuing four-year degrees. All students must be juniors or seniors, be “college-ready”, and have a weighted high school GPA of 3.0. BRCC offers four different pathways, shown below.

Technical Careers – Technical careers programs provide a means for high school students to earn tuition-free course credits at an NC Community College toward a job credential, Certificate or Diploma in a technical career. BRCC offers a number of programs leading to Certificates or Diploma– CCPs as shown below.

Henderson County Early College High School (HCECHS) – HCECHS allows high school students to begin earning tuition-free college credits in the ninth grade. HCECHS is housed at BRCC on the Henderson County Campus. All offices and classrooms for the high school are located in the Industrial Skills Center. Admittance to HCECHS is through an application and selection process. For additional information, contact HCECHS at 120 Alumni Way, Flat Rock, NC 28731, phone (828) 697-4561, or on the web at

Special admission procedures for the High School programs are outlined in the outline below.

The diplomas and certificates listed below are subject to modification, pending approval by the North Carolina Community College System.

Total Semester Credit Hours in Program: 15


Intro to Automation

Credit Hours: 

Engineering Graphics

Credit Hours: 

Intro to Engineering

Credit Hours: 

Introduction to PLC

Credit Hours: 

Industrial Safety

Credit Hours: 


High School Student Enrollment

A high school student enrolled in a North Carolina public school system, private high school system, or home school may enroll in a course(s) at Blue Ridge Community College through Career and College Promise, provided that the student meets one of the following sets of criteria:

For students wishing to take classes under one of the Core 44 College Transfer Pathway programs of study, the student must:

a.  Be a high school junior or senior;

b.  Have a weighted GPA of 3.0 on high school 
     courses; and

c.  Demonstrate college readiness on an assessment 
     or placement test. A student must demonstrate 
     college readiness in English, reading, and 
     mathematics to be eligible for enrollment in a 
     Core 44 College Transfer Pathway.

For students wishing to take classes under one of the Career and Technical Education Pathway programs of study, the student must:

a.  Be a high school junior or senior;

b.  Have a weighted GPA of 3.0 on high school
    courses or have the recommendation of the high 
    school principal or his/her designee; and  

c.  Meet the prerequisites for the career pathway.

Tuition is waived for high school students taking courses under an approved Career and College Promise Pathway.

High school students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the Blue Ridge Community College Henderson County Campus and the Transylvania County Campus.

All other applicable College regulations apply to high school students upon their admission to Blue Ridge Community College.

All other provisions of the North Carolina Administrative Code and the Manual on Cooperative Programs in North Carolina High Schools and Community Colleges apply to high school students. For further information, contact Student Services on either campus.