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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.

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.


  • Automotive Light-Duty Diesel Technology
  • Automotive Systems Technology
  • Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology

Advanced Manufacturing

  • Computer-Integrated Machining
  • Electronics Engineering Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Mechatronics Engineering Technology
  • Welding Technology

Other Pathway Options

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Cosmetology
  • Criminal Justice Technology
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Emergency Medical Science
  • Film and Video Production Technology
  • Fire Protection Technology
  • Horticulture Technology
  • Human Services
  • Information Technology
  • Interpreter Education
  • Manicure and Nail Tech
  • Nurse Aide
  • Teacher Preparation

For information on How to Qualify, How to Apply, How to Register and How to Maintain Eligibility:
View “CCP How Do I… ?”

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 post assessments if not included on the transcript

Regional Articulation Career Education (RACE)