Career & College Promise
Gaston College’s Career & College Promise (CCP) Program, College NOW, allows eligible high school students, who currently attend a North Carolina private, public, charter, or home school, to enroll in college classes, tuition-free. Students can earn college credit allowing them to accelerate the completion of college certificates, diplomas, and associate degrees while saving valuable time and money. Student participation in CCP can lead to entry-level job skills and/or transfer credit toward the completion of an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree. In many cases, students may earn dual credit by meeting high school graduation requirements with college courses.
Career & College Promise includes College Transfer Pathways, Career & Technical Education Pathways, and Cooperative Innovate High School Programs (Early College).
NOTE: Students who participate in CCP are responsible for paying registration fees and purchasing textbooks unless their school system incurs the cost for these items.
Current High School Junior & Senior Entrance Requirements
College Transfer Pathways and the Career Technical Pathways include: (1) Must be a junior or senior, (2) Must have an unweighted GPA of 2.8 or higher on high school course work OR demonstrate college readiness through approved assessment tests, (3) Must meet all pre-requisites for the courses they choose.
Current High School Freshman or Sophomore Entrance Requirements
College Transfer Pathways include: (1a) Must be identified as academically or intellectually gifted in English, reading, and math as outlined in the local board of education’s Academically & Intellectually Gifted (AIG) local plan OR (1b) Must be identified as academically or intellectually gifted in English, reading, and math on an aptitude AND achievement test as evidenced by a score in the range of 92nd and 99th percentile on an aptitude and achievement test included in the Mental Measurements Yearbooks published by Buros Institute of Metal Measurements; AND (2) Must demonstrate college readiness in English, reading, AND mathematics on a diagnostic assessment test approved by the State Board of Community Colleges identified in attachment A of the Career & College Promise Operating Procedures AND (3) Must have the maturity to justify admission to the Community College, as demonstrated by obtaining ALL of the following:
A – A recommendation from Principal or equivalent school administrator
B – A Recommendation from Academically Gifted Coordinator
C – An approval to enroll by the community college president or designee
Freshmen and Sophomores must meet (1a) or (1b) as well as (2) and (3) to qualify for the Career & College Promise, College NOW, program at Gaston College.
College Transfer Pathways and the Career Technical Pathways include: (1) High School Transcript, (2) Completed College NOW Enrollment Form with required signatures, and (3) Completed Online Gaston College Application.
NOTE: To remain in the Career & College Promise, College NOW, program all students, regardless of high school grade level, must be progressing toward high school graduation while maintaining a 2.0 college GPA after completing two (2) or more CCP courses.
Disability and Special Needs Resources
Gaston College is committed to providing equal access to higher education for individuals with disabilities. For further information regarding resources, please click here.