Class of 2023 Career and College Promise (CCP) graduate Emma Robinson used CCP to earn two associate degrees while still in high school. (Photo by Ben Rickert, Marketing and Communications Dept.).

Blue Ridge Offers Tuition-Free Dual-Enrollment Opportunities to High Schoolers

Featured photo: Class of 2023 Career and College Promise (CCP) graduate Emma Robinson used CCP to earn two associate degrees while still in high school. (Photo by Benjamin Rickert, Marketing and Communications Dept.).

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For high school students seeking a well-paying career or heading to college after graduation, Blue Ridge Community College’s Career and College Promise program offers multiple tuition-free dual-enrollment opportunities.

Career & College Promise (CCP) is North Carolina’s dual-enrollment program for high school students exploring their future or seeking college credit. Through their high schools, eligible local students can enroll in tuition-free Blue Ridge Community College classes, where they will earn credits toward both high school and college diplomas, degrees or credentials. 

The program gives a jump start toward a two- or four-year college education at more than 40 participating colleges and universities across the state, and it trains students for rewarding careers. Furthermore, recent data show that dual-enrolled students are more likely to graduate from high school and enroll in a public college following graduation.

“Career and College Promise is a broad term for an umbrella of opportunities for high school students in North Carolina,” explained Blue Ridge Chief of Staff Dr. David Stegall. “It’s all about exploration, as well as investing in their careers without tuition costs.”

Blue Ridge Community College provides five CCP options for high schoolers:

  1. College courses taken on Blue Ridge’s campus.
  2. College courses taken online.
  3. Blue Ridge Scholars: A two-year cohort model offered in Henderson County.
  4. Innovative High School: As part of Henderson County Public Schools, this full service high school offers both high school and college courses. In four years, students earn a high school diploma and a college associates degree.
  5. Career Academy: As part of their Innovative High School curriculum, students earn credit toward workforce certifications and credentials while earning a high school diploma.

In Transylvania County, CCP courses are available online and through Blue Ridge’s Transylvania County Campus. Families are invited to speak with their high school’s academic advisors this month to reserve courses for the upcoming fall semester.

This winter, Henderson County families are invited to one of several information sessions taking place in their respective high schools:

  • North Henderson High School: Feb. 8, 6 – 7 p.m.
  • West Henderson High School: Feb. 15, 6 – 7 p.m.
  • East Henderson High School: March 5, 6 – 7 p.m.
  • Henderson High School: Feb. 21, 6 – 7 p.m.

Blue Ridge Scholars
New this year through Henderson County Public Schools is the Blue Ridge Scholars cohort program. Over two years, high school students will complete nine Blue Ridge Community College classes at their school during the first block with a group of peers. This will result in Scholars earning 25 to 27 guaranteed transferable college credits toward a two- or four-year degree. Courses are designed to meet both high school and college requirements. 

“Blue Ridge Scholars is a streamlined approach for Henderson County high school students to make significant progress towards earning an associate’s degree during their junior and senior years,” said Dr. Stegall. “And on their high school graduation day, they will proudly wear a Blue Ridge Scholars cord to signify their accomplishment.”

The pilot program aims to increase accessibility and convenience for CCP opportunities.

Explore with CCP
High school students can utilize the Career and College Promise program to learn more about the professional fields that interest them. By taking tuition-free dual-enrollment courses, students boost their high school career while taking a risk-free test run of their future. Getting a head start on future studies or workforce credentials will ultimately boost a graduate’s earning power.

Families are invited to visit to learn more about the Career and College Promise promise program, and to learn about the many programs available through Blue Ridge, such as information technology, automotive and transportation technology, nursing and healthcare, American sign language, advanced manufacturing, horticulture, and more.