By Ian Faulkner, Staff Writer
Monday, February 25, 2013 —
Melissa Eudy is the liaison for the Career and College Promise (CCP) program at Stanly Community College (SCC). Thursday morning she had a short informational session with South Stanly High School’s rising juniors and seniors about the CCP program and how it can help them with their futures.
The CCP program gives high school students the opportunity to take college courses and receive college credit while still in high school. Students eligible for the program are rising juniors and seniors with a 3.0 GPA or higher.
“You can get some of your college out of the way while still in high school. You can get high school credit for college classes, as well,” Eudy said.
She explained some of the benefits of participating in the CCP program.
“You don’t have to pay tuition. You only have to purchase your books for the course,” Eudy said.
Students can earn up to 24 hours of college credit.
Another benefit to the CCP program is the classes in the college pathways fulfill the general education requirements set down by the state for the university system, meaning that the classes could save students time by getting courses out of the way before they even get to college.
“We have an articulation agreement with (state schools),” said Eudy, elaborating that credits earned through the CCP program will transfer to North Carolina universities.
“However, I did have a student last year to take 16 credit hours and she was going to go to N.C. State. At the last minute she changed her mind and got accepted to Perdue University in Indiana. I thought, ‘Wow, they are probably not going to take credit from SCC, because they are humongous.’ They took all 16 hours,” Eudy said.
She said students will still enter college as freshmen; transfer hours and credit hours will not be totalled until the end of the first year.
Eudy said that even with advanced placement (AP) courses, students still have to take the AP test to receive college credit. With CCP courses, all a student has to do is complete the class with a letter grade of C or higher to get college credit.
For students interested in a career pathway, there are courses in business administration, computer information technology and biomedical equipment technology.
For students interested in a college transfer pathway, the CCP program offers classes in the humanities and social science, business and economics and engineering and math.
They offer both seated and online courses.
CCP classes are set up in a 12-week, late-start format so students can get comfortable in their high school classes before jumping into college courses.
Eudy said there are more than 190 students in the CCP programs at SCC. She said the most popular classes for this program are Psychology 150, Art 11, History 111 and the Simulation and Game Development classes.
“It’s such a good deal for parents,” said Claudia Gresham, head of university transfers at SCC.
She cited the money that parents can save by utilizing this free program to earn college credit.
Eudy said taking courses through CCP looks good on college applications and is great for motivating students to prepare for college.
“They learn valuable college skills by taking these courses: time management, how to use a syllabus, learning how to interact with their instructors. They’re learning about it with a good support system around them, so they’re not out on a limb when they get to college,” Eudy said.
“It’s a good transition to help them mature,” Gresham said.
There will be a CCP open house at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. Feb. 28 in the Webb Student Center at the SCC’s Albemarle campus.
For more information, contact Melissa Eudy at (704) 991-0194 or visit stanly.edu.