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Gaston program offers no-cost courses to students

 

ELIZABETH HEFFNER

Staff Writer

 

Lincoln County high school students and parents met Thursday at Gaston College’s Lincolnton campus to discuss new changes to the Career and College Promises program.

Gaston College Assistant Dean Gail Ford and Gaston College Coordinator of Educational Partnerships Amy Wisegerber led the discussion.

According to Ford, North Carolina governor Bev Purdue created the Career and College program in 2012. The program offers qualified students access to an affordable college education. Through a partnership of the Department of Public Instruction, the N.C. Community College System, the University of North Carolina system and many independent colleges and universities, North Carolina is assisting high school students to in earning credit at a community college campus at no cost to them or their families.

“Career and College Promises is very prescriptive with little or no choices,” Ford said. “We want our students to choose classes based on pathways.”

Gaston College currently offers two pathway programs: College Transfer Pathway and Career and Technical Education Certificates.

The College Transfer Pathway is divided into an Associate in Arts Pathway and an Associate in Science Pathway. According to Gaston College’s website, students interested in the College Transfer pathways must prove college readiness by placing out of developmental courses on the reading, writing and math portions using approved assessments such as the PLAN, PSAT, SAT, ACT ASSET, COMPASS and Accuplacer.

Gaston College currently offers Career and Technical Education certificates in Automotive Technology, Biotechnology, Computer Information Technical Basic Care, Computer Integrated Machinery, Cosmetology, Criminal Justice, Esthetics, Fire Protection Technology, Therapeutic and Diagnostic Services, Office Administration, Small Business Management and Welding Technology.

Students interested in enrolling in either pathway program must be a junior or senior and have at least a 3.0 weighted GPA. Students interested in the Career and Technical certificates must have a 3.0 weighted GPA or principal approval.

Students interested in learning more about the Career and College Promises Program should visit www.gaston.edu/programs/hs_students/index.php.

 

 

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