Brooke Thompson: May 2021 Dual Enrollment Student of the Month
Brooke Thompson, a Nash Central High School 2021 graduating senior, recently reflected on her decision to enroll in the Career and College Promise program at Nash Community College.
Career and College Promise (CCP) offers eligible high school students the opportunity to earn employment credentials or university transfer credits tuition-free. The program provides students the opportunity to accelerate exposure to college-level coursework towards an associate degree for transfer to a senior institution or a technical certificate in preparation for entering the workforce. The CCP program is composed of the College Transfer pathway, Career and Technical Education, and Cooperative Innovative High Schools. Selected students take courses leading to a certificate, diploma, degree, or state or industry-recognized credential.
“I chose to enroll in Career and College Promise because I wanted to learn what college classes were like and to get some of the prerequisite classes for college taken care of while in high school,” Brooke Thompson said. “I chose Nash Community College because this was the program offered to me at my high school, and I am so glad that I chose Nash!”
Thompson is dually enrolled at Nash Central High School and Nash Community College. After graduation, she will be attending UNC-Chapel Hill.
“I am so glad that I enrolled at Nash! I have been able to take a lot of classes that have given me college credit and because of it, I will be able to finish my four-year degree in three years,” Thompson said.
For students interested in challenging themselves academically while also having the opportunity to obtain college credit, the Career and College Promise program at NCC can offer more options than a traditional path from high school into a university or career.
“There are a number of great parts of being a CCP student. It has allowed me to take a variety of interesting courses that I would not have been able to take at my regular high school. I have enjoyed every single class I have taken and each of my teachers have been extremely helpful.”
Thompson intends to double major in Peace, War, and Defense and Russian at UNC-Chapel Hill. She added, “I would love to get my master’s degree after my time at UNC. Hopefully, in the future, I will be working a full-time job, preferably in the Washington, DC area. I would love to work in linguistics for a government agency.”
If a dually enrolled student completes 24 credits at NCC, they will potentially have completed one year at a four-year college. That would save them roughly $8,000 to $10,000 in tuition at a public university. The Career and College Promise Program could save a student $30,000 to $32,000 in tuition at a private four-year institution.
The dual enrollment program is now enrolling for the summer and fall semesters. For more information, visit www.nashcc.edu/ccp, or students may reach out to their high school counselor or contact Dr. Mindi Collins at 252-451-8473 or firstname.lastname@example.org.