Career & College Promise

Career & College Promise was formerly three programs known as Cooperative High School, The College Experience Program, and Concurrent Enrollment.

Success in today’s global economy may require a two-or four-year degree, a certificate, or a diploma. Through Career & College Promise, qualified high school students in North Carolina have the opportunity to pursue these options tuition-free while they are in high school, allowing them to get a jump-start on their workplace and college preparation.

For more information and a list of the enrollment process and eligibility, visit the Career & College Promise website at

Career & College Promise provides the following educational or career training pathways for students while they are still in high school:

Cooperative Innovative High School Programs are located on college campuses or approved locations in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. They enroll 100 or fewer students per grade level and provide opportunities for students to complete an associate degree program or earn up to two years of college credit within five years. Eligibility requirements for Cooperative Innovative High School Programs are set by the local board of education and local boards of trustees.

Career & College Promise Dual Enrollment offers high school students the opportunity to get a jump start and earn college credit toward a two-year or four-year degree while still in high school. There are two types of options in this category:

  • College Credit Transfer Pathways provide tuition-free courses that transfer seamlessly to any public or participating private college or university, saving successful students time and money in pursuing four-year degrees.
  • Career Technical Pathways lead to a certificate or diploma and align with Applied Associate Degrees at Central Piedmont.

Specific criteria and eligibility requirements are available in Part II (Operating Procedures) of the Career & College Promise Operating Procedures document on the North Carolina Community Colleges website at