Career and Technical Education Pathways

Blue Ridge Community College offers a number of Career and Technical Education Pathways leading to a certificate or a diploma aligned with high school career clusters. 

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Career and Technical Education Pathway Options

How to Qualify

How to Apply

How to Register

How to Maintain Eligibility

Important Links & Available Resources

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Career and Technical Education Pathway Options

Most CTE pathways are certificates and do not have course prerequisites.  Students applying for a diploma requiring English and/or math are only able to complete the diploma if he or she has acceptable PSAT, SAT, Pre-ACT, ACT, NC DAP or the Blue Ridge placement test scores in those areas. Students who do not meet state benchmarks from the above tests are able to enroll in developmental courses required for the diploma following high school graduation.



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Advanced Manufacturing

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icon gears Mechanical Engineering Technology
icon robotic arm equipment Mechatronics Engineering Technology
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Criminal Justice Technology

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Criminal Justice Technology Latent Evidence

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Film and Video Production Technology

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Horticulture Technology

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Simulation & Game Development


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 Student Resources

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 Student Success Center



Career Counseling

Career Day

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Summer Camps

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SUMMER Camps at Blue Ridge Community College 
for Middle and High School Students

Design. Fabricate. Weld.

A one-day introduction to the world of welding

For rising 9-12 graders

Shark Tank

Explore. Learn. Present.

A four-day camp introducing students to the world of entrepreneurship

For rising 9-12 graders

Game Creator

Create. Design. Play.

A four-day workshop for digital game creators

For rising 9-12 graders

Young Engineers Experience (YEE)

Solve. Explore. Experience.

A four-day STEM camp introducing students to the world of engineering

For rising 7-9 graders


See your ideas on the big screen!

A four-day filmmaking and acting camp

For rising 9-12 graders and 2019 graduates


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How to Qualify 

  • To qualify, students must be making progress toward high school graduation and

1) Be classified as either a high school junior or senior AND
2) Have a 2.8 or higher unweighted high school GPA OR
3) Demonstrate College Readiness in English, Reading, and Math from an approved assessment: PSAT, SAT, Pre-ACT, ACT, NC DAP or the Blue Ridge placement test OR
4) Obtain a recommendation from the high school Principal/designee requesting the GPA requirement be waived.

Freshmen and sophomores may enroll in certain CTE pathways provided the student meets strict academic requirements. Talk to the CCP Advisor for specifics.

College Readiness Benchmarks:
Refer to page 23
CURRICULUM PROCEDURES REFERENCE MANUAL, Section 14-23, Career and College Promise, Revised 08/18/17:

View College Readiness Benchmarks


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How to Apply

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How Do I Apply for CCP?

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How to Register

  • For automotive, engineering, film and video, machining, mechatronics, welding, etc. the schedule is built around your high school schedule. High school students are either at Blue Ridge in the mornings from 8:00-10:50 a.m. or in the afternoons from Noon-3:00 p.m.
    The Blue Ridge Advisor will register you automatically once your paperwork is complete. 
  • For business, education, interpreter education, etc. classes are offered multiple times.
    • Search the online curriculum course schedule to locate the courses listed on your pathway.
    • Determine if the class is offered at a time that works with your schedule.
    • Notice that each class on the schedule is identified with a section number unique to the day/time the course is being offered.
      • View the online Curriculum Course Schedule and send an email to the Advisor with the course prefix (example: BUS), course number (example: 110), and section number (example: 001).
      • Online classes have a section number of 201, 202, 203, etc.
      • Evening classes have a section number 011, 012.
      • Transylvania County classes have a section number ending in 21 or 31.

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How to Maintain Eligibility

  • Continue progressing toward high school graduation
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 in college coursework after completing two courses
    Falling below the 2.0 GPA requires students to fulfill the College’s policy for satisfactory academic progress.

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View CCP Benefits

State and Regional Articulation Credit 

North Carolina recognizes that some high school Career Technical Education courses match the knowledge and skills of similar courses at community colleges. To minimize repeating such courses, students proficient in their high school course may receive college credit at a NC community college. This credit expires two years after the student graduates from high school.

To receive college credit, the student must have a final grade of B or higher in the course and score at least 93 or higher on the standardized CTE post assessment test. Students must submit the following to receive articulated credit:

1) Application for articulation credit (available through the High School Guidance Office)
2) High school transcript
3) All official standardized CTE postassessments if not included on the transcript

Regional Articulation Career Education (RACE)

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Contact Us

High School Programs

Henderson County Campus

Rita Blythe
(828) 694-1817


Kirbey Farley
(828) 694-1655


Transylvania County Campus

Rob Rhodes
(828) 883-2520


Serving students in
Transylvania County Schools

Leanna Hall
(828) 243-3960


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Important Links and Available Resources

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