College can be a costly investment in a young person’s life, but with the aid of a program at Sampson Community College, students have the opportunity to advance on their educational paths, while saving both time and money.
The Career and College Promise program at SCC provides families with an affordable opportunity for juniors and seniors in high school to begin to make progress toward and occupational skill, or for transfer seeking students, to familiarize themselves with the pace and expectations of general college classes.
“Parents are understandably concerned about preparing their sons and daughters for college success,” Dr. Bill Starling, vice president of academics and administration, said. “CCP course credits enable students to reduce their course load in the freshman and sophomore years allowing a student to devote more time on courses they may find more challenging.”
According to Blair Hairr, director of admissions, the Career and College Promise provides seamless dual enrollment educational opportunities for eligible North Carolina high school students, in order to accelerate completion of college certificates, diplomas and associate degrees that lead to college transfer or provide entry-level jobs.
“CCP is a great way for junior and seniors in high school to get a jump start on college without paying the tuition fee,” Hairr stated. “This program allows students to gain a sense of what college is like before they graduate high school. This is beneficial as they move forward and determine their next educational step.”
The only cost students incur is the responsibility of purchasing their books and materials and paying the student fee at the college. The classes are free.
SCC made a few changes at the beginning of the fall semester, hiring a career specialist to assist students in their college career. Since that person has been positioned in each of Sampson County’s high schools on a weekly basis, the CCP program has experienced a drastic growth in student numbers. There are 232 students enrolled in CCP in the spring, for a total of over 1,000 credit hours.
According to Hairr, the college held CCP orientation last week for the high school students who are enrolled in the spring semester.
“It was exciting to see the large turnout of students for our Career and College Promise orientation,” Dr. Paul Hutchins, president of Sampson Community College, said. “By enrolling in CCP courses, these students will have the opportunity to earn college credit toward certificates, diplomas, and associate degrees that will ease their transfer to the university or prepare them for entry into the job market.”
In addition to saving the students money, the CCP program allows students to become familiar with the on-line technology used across higher education to deliver and support classes.
“The academic challenges of a 12-credit hour load verses an 18-credit hour load during the freshman experience are quite different,” Starling shared. “We strongly encourage parents to take advantage of this opportunity.”
One of the many challenges that comes along with attending college, is actually gaining admission to the college of one’s choice. Starling said that CCP aids students in being ready for that process.
“For a growing number of students who may be unable to gain admission to their chosen North Carolina public university, we encourage families to consider how CCP courses and further enrollment at SCC can facilitate admission to the more selective schools,” Starling said. “Students completing CCP courses and enrolling for one year at SCC are treated as transfer students by the senior schools. Admission rates to UNC, NCSU, UNC-W, ECU and others are higher for successful transfer-seeking students. CCP courses coupled with only one-year at SCC can help students achieve their academic goals. As an added incentive, SAT and ACT test scores are not needed to complete transfer.”
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