Dual High School Enrollment

The Career and College Promise Program offers structured opportunities for qualified high school juniors and seniors to accelerate completion of college certificates, diplomas, and associate degrees that lead to college transfer or provide entry-level job and/or career skills. Academic credits earned through Career and College Promise shall enable students who continue into postsecondary education, after graduating from high school, to complete a postsecondary credential in less time than would normally be required. 

A-B Tech offers three types of Career and College Promise pathways: College Transfer Pathways, Career Technical Education Pathways, and Cooperative-Innovative High School Programs. 

College Transfer Pathways include at least 30 semester hours of transfer courses, including English and mathematics, that are available to qualified junior and senior high school students. 

Career Technical Education Pathways lead to a certificate or diploma aligned with a high school career cluster. These pathways are designed for accelerated high school juniors and seniors who are ready to get a head start on career and technical courses that will lead to a career. Cooperative-Innovative High Schools are designed for motivated students looking for a non-traditional high school experience. These small high schools partner with A-B Tech to provide local students with a comprehensive and accessible education. A-B Tech is affiliated with five cooperative-innovative high schools, two that are early colleges, one that is a middle college, one that is a school-within-a-school, and one that is a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)-focused school. 

Early colleges, statewide, are rigorous programs in which students can earn a high school diploma and associate degree simultaneously. Early college students start in the ninth grade, and can complete the program in five years. A-B Tech has two partner early colleges: 

  • Buncombe County Early College, located on the main campus of A-B Tech in Asheville. 
  • Madison Early College High School, located in Mars Hill. 

Buncombe County Middle College (BCMC),the School of Inquiry and Life Sciences at Asheville (SILSA), and the Martin L. Nesbitt Jr. Discovery Academy are also a cooperative-innovative high schools. BCMC is located on the main A-B Tech campus in Asheville. It provides juniors and seniors with a non-traditional setting for completing a high school diploma and earning college credits. SILSA is a four-year high school that is located on the campus of Asheville High School, and the STEM-themed Discovery Academy is located at the Buncombe County Board of Education Building. For more information, contact advisors at 398-7516, 398-7144, 398-7484, 398-7940 or ccp@abtech.edu.