Draughn Senior: Tuition-Waived CCP Classes Appeal to Me!


WPCC's-Scarlett-Wall-0115_1Morganton, NC— Draughn High School senior Scarlett Wall wants the most that her high school years can offer. “Taking a traditional set of courses was not the best fit for me,” Scarlett explained. “The ability to gain college credits for transfer to a higher education institution appealed to me. I wanted something challenging to help meet my high school and college goals. For these reasons, I made the choice to take Career & College Promise (CCP) classes at Western Piedmont Community College (WPCC).”

CCP is a program offered collaboratively by Burke County public schools and WPCC that allows eligible high school students the opportunity to take tuition-waived college classes on the main campus. It is possible for these high school students to graduate from high school with as many as 35 credit hours transferrable to a four-year university or with a career workforce credential for those who wish to begin a career after high school graduation. While CCP students pay for fee and book costs, the value of the tuition waived can potentially be more than $2,000.

In addition to the financial benefit of taking CCP classes, Scarlett has found the program to be a great preparation for attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She begins classes there this fall in pursuit of a bachelor of science nursing degree. Her career goal is to be a pediatric nurse practitioner.

“CCP is a wonderful program,” she shared. “Taking classes on the WPCC campus has taught me how to balance my class schedule and work with college instructors. I’ll have lots of tips and tricks for dealing with university life that I would not have without CCP.”

Scarlett encourages interested high school students to consider CCP.

“Talk with your high school principals and counselors about wanting to participate in this program,” Scarlett advises. “They are dedicated people who helped me work out my class scheduling: they will help you make all the right connections. And don’t let your barriers to college hold you back! You can accomplish much more than you think you can!”

WPCC offers high school students a clear path to success in college or in a career through the CCP program. Any eligible high school junior or senior has an opportunity to take tuition-waived courses at WPCC while being dually enrolled in his/her high school. To learn more about the CCP program, contact Amanda Rhea, WPCC Admissions/Transfer Counselor, at (828) 448-3159.

Western Piedmont Community College is situated in the picturesque rolling foothills of Morganton, North Carolina and has served the citizens of Burke County since 1964.  Each year, more than 10,700 students pursue personal enrichment, new skills for a job or career, high school diplomas, college degrees, and transfer pathways. Apply online or visit the Western Piedmont Campus to apply in person.