Students save money on transfer through Career and College Promise

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Did you know the cost of tuition is waived for eligible high school juniors and seniors through the Career and College Promise (CCP) program? Tanner Miles said he chose to participate in Nash Community College’s CCP program because he could obtain a four-year degree in less time.
Miles was born in Roanoke Rapids, and spent most of his life on Lake Gaston. He attended Roanoke Rapids High School. “I am glad I chose Nash because Nash helped me grow into a more mature student by having professors who cared, yet were still tough on me. Nash definitely prepared me for life at UNCW,” Miles said.
He began taking seven credit hours at Nash through the CCP program during the summer of 2015. The next two semesters he enrolled in both Nash and Halifax Community Colleges. “In total, I was taking 23 credit hours in the fall and 22 in the spring of 2016. I took an additional 12 credit hours during the summer so that I could receive the max amount of transferable credits to a public North Carolina university,” Miles said. He earned his Associate of Science degree in May.
“My experience at Nash was nothing short of great. All of the professors were caring and professional, and the staff were always willing to help,” Miles said. “Another great thing about getting a head start with the CCP program is it allows you to participate in activities at the university that might have otherwise delayed your graduation. For example, at UNCW, I have applied for a study abroad program in Italy. The program includes three semesters of Italian in one summer session.”

On average, in-state tuition and fees per semester for one full-time Nash Community College student are about $1,240. Four-year colleges and universities charge about $7,200 per semester. Tuition and fees are waived for CCP students. Credits earned through the CCP program transfer into Nash Community College’s degree programs and to participating four-year colleges and universities. Also, NCC transfer graduates typically perform better at universities than native juniors.

“If a high school student is considering Nash’s CCP program, they must first ask themselves if they are mature enough to take on college classes. It requires a level of commitment, responsibility, and independence that most high school students have not experienced,” Miles said. “You have to be motivated to do your work because your teacher will not be calling your parents if you don’t.”

At UNCW, Miles is double majoring in biology and business administration with a concentration in finance. Miles explained that while Biology and Business Administration may seem like an odd combination, he aspires to be a dermatologist and own his own practice one day. “I recommend starting CCP as early as possible during the junior year of high school,” he advises. “Some families worry about how they will afford college and with the CCP program, you may split your time at a university in half.”

Miles admits the CCP program was intense for him, and recommends students learn healthy habits early on. “I always ate healthy meals because I believe that a healthy body supports a healthy mind. The positive thing about going hard during the week was that I did not do any school work on the weekends.”

This summer, he is pursuing certification as a Nurse Aide at Cape Fear Community College.

In addition to the college transfer track, the CCP program also offers career and technical education tracks. For more information, visit www.nashcc.edu/ccp or call 252-451-8244.