Career College Promise Overview

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Taking college classes while in high school will save you money now, and could allow you to finish your college degree sooner!

The tuition-free* 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 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 programs: College Transfer Pathways, Career Technical Education Pathways, and Cooperative Innovative High School Programs. For more information on all of these programs, click on the links that are in the upper-left hand corner of this web page.

  • College Transfer Pathways can lead to completion of at least thirty semester hours of transfer courses, including English and mathematics, for qualified junior and senior high school students.
  • Career Technical Education Pathways lead to a certificate or diploma aligned with a high school Career Cluster. This program is designed for accelerated high school juniors and seniors who are ready to get a head start on career-technical courses that will lead to a career.
  • Cooperative Innovative High Schools are designed for motivated students looking for a nontraditional high school experience. These small high schools partner with A-B Tech to provide local students with a comprehensive and accessible education. Early colleges 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 Asheville campus; and Madison Early College High School, located in Mars Hill. Buncombe County Middle College is also a cooperative-innovative high school. Located on the Asheville campus, it provides juniors and seniors with a nontraditional setting for completing a high school diploma and earning college credits.

For more information about any of these Career and College Promise options, explore the links in the upper-left hand corner of this web page, or call 398-7715 or 398-7516.

*Students do not pay tuition, but students in the College Transfer Pathways, Career-Technical Education Pathways, and Middle College are responsible for buying college textbooks and paying any student fees that are associated with college courses. A $16 per semester technology fee will be included. Some classes are only available online. Early college students do not pay for textbooks, but are subject to fees.