Student Spotlight: Yesenia Trejo Senior at Jordan Matthews High, Siler City

Yesenia Trejo

Yesenia Trejo, Senior
Pathway: College Transfer
GPA: 4.17

Yesenia says: "I enjoy taking CCP classes because they allow me to get a good feel on what it is like to be in college. My teachers don't remind me when my assignments are due; I remind myself and I am the sole person responsible for keeping my grades up. CCP classes make students responsible for themselves and forces them to become organized and develop time management skills. I also enjoy my CCP classes because I get to take classes that are not available at Jordan Matthews High School such as Philosophy and Sociology. CCP classes are also good because it puts me ahead of the game because as long as I get an 80 or above that class will carry on with me when I go to college. In short, CCP classes are important for students in preparation for entering college or community college."

New Opportunities for Harnett County Students

NC Career and College Promise

CCP students are already being registered for 2nd semester. The CCW team continues to look at possible new pathways to offer to students based on interest and the workforce need. Students will have several new pathways to choose from for next year during the upcoming high school registration period.

Industrial Systems Technology and Welding - Skills for the Future

Industrial Systems Technology

Industrial Systems Technology/Welding is a great program for students who enjoy hands-on work, but are also interested in technology.

This pathway offers foundational courses for high school students interested in continuing their education and training in this field after graduation. CCP students can earn credits toward a certificate, diploma, or an associate degree in applied science.

In the Industrial Systems Program students learn how things work. They learn how to find problems, how to fix them and how to keep things running smoothly. Studies include programming, wiring, circuitry, hydraulics, electronics, welding, and even robotics while training on same state-of-the-art equipment found in real-world workplaces. CCP students focus on welding and Lee County students even have the opportunity for an apprentice program with Caterpillar.

EDU 119 Introduction to Early Childhood Education
EDU 131 Children, Family, and Community
EDU 144 Child Development I
EDU 153 Health, Safety, and Nutrition
EDU 234 Infants, Toddlers, and Twos


Students really like the labs where projects like programming controllers to run elevators, trains and stoplights, help them understand how classroom knowledge is transferred to the work place. Donated equipment is often torn down, refurbished and rebuilt as part of the lab experience.

Working with others is important for success in this field. Students need to be able to communicate clearly and be able to work well with others. A few other traits that contribute to success are curiosity, problem solving skills, and a basic knowledge of math. Instructors have a wealth of knowledge in the work place and years of experience teaching. They use up-to-date technologies and state-of-the-art equipment.

Jobs are plentiful in this field and the demand is rising. In the past five years every graduate of CCCC's Industrial Systems Technology was offered employment in the field after completing the degree program. Graduates of the degree program find entry-level positions averaging between $28,000 and $30,000 annually with salaries often doubling after five years of experience.

Many students find jobs after their first year of study but continue to work on their degree on a part-time basis. Faculty assist in locating internships, jobs and preparing students for interviews. Graduates enter the workforce as electricians, industrial technicians, maintenance technicians, or welders.

Resources for Students Ready for Work: Plan for a Career


College Foundation of North Carolina, commonly known as CFNC, provides many free resources to students and their families. Typically students are referred to this site to learn about Colleges or Universities in North Carolina. After discovering colleges that interest them, students can apply directly to those schools via CFNC without having to navigate each individual College or Universities website. This site can also assist families with Financial Aid planning. However, one of the most overlooked aspects of the site is the career planning resource.

"Plan for a Career" as the site is called, allows students to explore careers and discover the fastest growing careers while uncovering the career focus of the state. Often times high school students may not know the career path that they want to pursue, "learn about yourself" is a tool where students can take assessment tests to help steer them into the right career field.

Visit to uncover the career path that is right for you!

College Transfer at a Glance: East Carolina University

East Carolina University

Located in Greenville, NC, East Carolina University offers a wide variety of opportunities. As a large public university with nearly 27,000 students and 5,000 faculty, their contributions to the state of NC do not go unnoticed. The school's impact on eastern NC's economic climate is upwards of 1.8 billion dollars, and the Brody School of Medicine is the nation's number 1 producer of family physicians. All of the Pirate Nation's sports are classified as Division I within the American Athletic Conference.

East Carolina University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees.

Colleges and Schools:

  • College of Allied Health Sciences
  • Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business
  • School of Dental Medicine
  • College of Education College of Engineering and Technology
  • College of Fine Arts and Communication
  • School of Art and Design
  • School of Music
  • School of Theatre and Dance
  • School of Communication
  • The Graduate School
  • College of Health and Human Performance
  • The Honors College (Does not award degrees)
  • College of Human Ecology
  • School of Social Work
  • The Brody School of Medicine
  • College of Nursing

ECU's mid-range SAT scores are 960-1170 and 20-23 for the ACT. The estimated annual cost of attendance is $16,210 and the admissions deadline is March 15th.

A large number of CCCC courses transfer to ECU. This online tool conveniently lists the courses and associated credit hours accepted:

Resources for Students Going to College: College Application Tips

Remember to list your full name as it appears on your transcript when you are completing applications. If your records don't match, it can cause confusion in the matriculation process!

Check to see what college's specific deadline procedures are: sometimes meeting an application deadline means submitting your online application only. Sometimes meeting a deadline requires for all pieces of the application, including official test scores, to be received by the college on that day.

Always remember to have someone look over your application, especially your essay, before you submit! Little mistakes can make a big difference.

Check your email diligently after you've submitted for communication from a college. Many times, this is how they will communicate with you to let you know what they need from you.

Enrollment Updates


High School Number of Students Enrolled
Chatham Central High School 31
Jordan Matthews High School 62
Northwood High School 60
Lee County High School 73
Southern Lee High School 76
Harnett Central High School 31
Triton High School 54
Overhills High School 25
Western Harnett High School 17


Approximate Fall 2013 Enrollment: 250