Programs of Study

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To carry out the mission of the college, CPCC offers the following educational programs:

Degree Programs, Diplomas and Certificates

The cornerstone of the North Carolina Community College System is the preparation of students for entry into the workforce, for job changes and for career advancement to meet individual goals and regional needs. In addition, community colleges provide students opportunities to transfer to four-year colleges and universities. The college offers career programs in a broad range of occupational areas.

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The college offers two-year Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees and shorter-term diploma and certificate programs. Graduates of these programs develop marketable employment and college-level academic skills. In some cases, courses within the programs are transferable to colleges and universities. Students may reach other career goals such as updating job skills, career advancement and re-entry into the workforce. In support of these programs, the college continues to form partnerships with business and industry.

Transfer Programs

The college provides the first two years of study in the arts and sciences and pre-professional fields for students who wish to transfer to four-year colleges and universities in the Associate in Arts (A.A.), Associate in Science (A.S.), and Associate in Fine Arts (A.F.A.) degrees. Students are able to transfer a diploma or an associate degree to four-year colleges prepared with the background and skills necessary to succeed in further studies. Graduates have college-level academic skills and have successfully completed the general education core curriculum.

Comprehensive Articulation Agreement

The Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (C.A.A.) is a statewide contract between the North Carolina Community College System and the North Carolina State University System. This agreement enables students to complete lower division general education requirements at the community college and meet respective four-year college or university equivalents by doing so.

College and Career Readiness

A basic premise of the community college movement is the expansion of educational opportunities for all adults, including those facing academic barriers to success. The College and Career Readiness department offers pre-college courses to help students improve their skills before enrolling in college or seeking employment.

A variety of pre-college courses are offered in language arts, math, High School Equivalency preparation, Adult High School, English as a Second Language, and specialized programs that integrate occupational training with academic and job readiness. Programs also are offered at libraries, public schools, and community sites to target select populations, including newly arrived refugees, parents and the homeless.

Corporate and Continuing Education

Corporate and Continuing Education is offered across college disciplines in relevant and popular topic areas through non-credit programming, events and services for individuals and employers. With flexibility in design, content and delivery, Corporate and Continuing Education plays a significant role in meeting the training needs of business and industry. Strong partnerships with governmental and community organizations allow the college to leverage multiple funding sources and to provide targeted and often hands-on skill training and knowledge to ensure a ready and reliable workforce.

For individuals, Corporate and Continuing Education offers year-round programming and services to help adults meet their professional and personal goals, including starting or growing a small business or preparing for retirement. Such a comprehensive selection allows individuals to earn certifications and courses for professional licensure, as well as to pursue recreational and leisure programs.