Student Spotlight: Amanda Mabry, Overhills High School
Amanda Mabry, Senior
Pathway: College Transfer (Pre-AA)
Amanda Mabry, Overhills High School Senior, has recently been accepted into NC State University and is happy that all 5 of her completed CCP courses will transfer with her to college in the fall. Amanda is currently enrolled in 3 additional spring courses with hopes of one day becoming a Chemical Engineer. Amanda says, "This program gave me the chance to experience college level courses while still in high school."
Amanda's advice to future CCP students is, "When you first begin classes it may seem as if they're going to be extremely difficult. You may think that you're going to be up all night studying and completing assignments, but once you began you will see that if you have self-discipline you can be quite successful. Don't procrastinate in getting assignments completed, ask for assistance, and do your best."
CCP Program Updates: Summer Class Options
For the first time, CCCC is able to offer students the opportunity to take CCP courses for FREE during the summer! Courses will run from June 15, 2015 - August 12, 2015. Below are the courses offerings and locations:
|BIO 110 Principles of Biology||Tues & Th 9 - 11:50 am||Seated in Lee Co.|
|CHM 151 General Chemistry I||Mon & Wed 9:25 - 10:40 am||Seated in Lee Co.|
|GEL 111 Intro Geology||Online||Chatham, Harnett, & Lee Counties|
|MAT 171 Precalculus Algebra||Online||Chatham, Harnett, & Lee Counties|
See your Career & College Advisor to enroll!
CTE Pathway Offering: Accounting
Beginning in the fall, students in Lee, Chatham, and Harnett counties will have the opportunity to earn one or more of the following certificates in the Accounting field: Income Tax Preparer Certificate, Payroll Accounting Certificate, and/or Small Business Financial Planner I Certificate. The majority of these courses can be completed entirely online making it a flexible pathway for CCP students to earn credentials in the field.
A growing profession, the Accounting field allows students to specialize in an area that is tailored to their individual interests. For those looking to pursue the Income Tax Preparer Certificate, the Bureau of Labor Statistics states that entry level prepares can expect to make around $10 an hour with more experienced and credentialed preparers earning a median yearly salary of just over $35,000.
For students interested in pursuing the Income Tax Preparer Certificate, below is the recommended course of study. This certificate can be earned in 2 semesters.
|ACC 120 Principles of Financial Accounting
ACC 129 Individual Income Taxes
BUS 125 Personal Finance
|ACC 122 Principles of Financial Accounting II
ACC 130 Business Income Taxes
Resources for Students Ready for Work: Job Applications - Purdue OWL
Many students who are looking to enter the workforce after high school may have never completed an official job application.
Purdue OWL of Purdue University provides valuable advice and answers to questions such as why you fill out a job application, how to list your experience, how to provide reference information, and much more. There is also help on completing resumes and employment letters that can be found here too. This resource is a great tool to reference for first time job applicants or for those needing a refresher on how to make your application as polished as possible.
For more information visit the ACCELERATE website.
College Transfer at a Glance: Fayetteville State University
Fayetteville State University (FSU) and Central Carolina Community College (CCCC) have a unique dual enrollment program that focuses on two programs of study where students' coursework from CCCC transfers to FSU and allows students to earn their bachelor's degree from the senior institution. This benefits students greatly in that the cost of their bachelor's degree is greatly reduced due to the lower tuition costs of a community college. As a part of the dual enrollment program, students are concurrently enrolled in both FSU and CCCC while completing their degree.
Students' courses in CCCC's Early Childhood Education program can be applied to a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, Birth through Kindergarten or Middle Grades Education. Students are also able to apply their coursework in Broadcasting Production Technology at CCCC towards a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. FSU offers different tracks for Communication in the areas of Speech Communication, Mass Communication, and Journalism.
For each program, there are specific courses that are to be taken at CCCC and FSU. For more information about these dual enrollment programs, contact Ginger Harris-McGinty, chair of Early Childhood, at (919) 718-7260, gHarris-McGinty@cccc.edu, or Billy Freeman, chair of Media Technologies, at (919) 718-7257, or email@example.com.
For students not interested in the CCCC-FSU dual enrollment programs, but are interested in FSU, please see FSU's transfer requirements.
Resources for Students Going to College: Financial Aid & Scholarships
As acceptance letters continue to arrive for students planning to enroll in both four year institutions and community colleges, the next question that students and parents often have is, "How are we going to pay for college?" All students who will be continuing on to college should be planning to complete their FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid as reported in our December newsletter.
This free application is completed each year a student is in college and uses parents' and students' tax information to determine whether students qualify for federal aid money, both grants and loans. It is also required by many colleges in order for students to receive institutional grants and scholarships. Regardless of your family's income, students should not skip this important step in order to determine their need eligibility. If you are a student or parent who is considering taking out student loans, federal loans have the lowest interest rate of any loan provided for education and require the FAFSA to be completed. Many colleges' deadlines to complete the FAFSA are approaching in the month of March.
Be sure to check with your high school's Counseling Department if you would like to receive assistance in completing the FAFSA or attend one of North Carolina's FAFSA Day events on February 28, 2015 from 9 a.m. -12 p.m. in Lee, Chatham, or Harnett counties listed below. Be sure if you are planning to attend to register at www.cfnc.org/event/fafsa/fafsa_nc_map.jsp.
|Chatham||SECU - N. Chatham Park Branch (Chapel Hill)
SECU - Pittsboro Branch
SECU - Siler City Branch
|Harnett||SECU - Dunn Branch
SECU - Lillington Branch
|Lee||Central carolina Community College, Lee Main Campus SECU-Sanford Branch|
February and March are the two months when many local and regional scholarships publicize and distribute their scholarship applications. Many local scholarships are given to counselors to distribute in the high schools. Be sure to check with your Counseling Department for a list of scholarships and/or applications. Deadlines are approaching on many so do not delay! Also, do not forget to check with parents' place of work, churches, civic organizations, etc. for scholarship opportunities. Many of these places offer money to their employees, employees' children and members.
An additional resource to check out is http://www.chegg.com/scholarships (formerly Zinch) for thousands of scholarships. A newer search engine that takes out the hassle of ads that many scholarship search engines rely on, Chegg has the same scholarships plus more! Remember: there is no easy button for applying to scholarships! Scholarships take time and effort so set aside time in advance to make your applications stand out from the others!
Central Carolina Works Director's Spotlight
I hope you enjoy this monthly issue of CCW Connections. The CCW team has a lot of upcoming events in March in which will allow students the opportunity to visit campuses and learn more about the opportunities available to them. The advisors are also working closely with their high schools regarding the registration process. Thank you to our partners for including the advisors in the registration process. They are excited to participate in the process this year!
The annual IPC event was held on the Chatham Main Campus in Pittsboro on February 13. It was a great day and event. Thank you to all of our secondary partners that attended. We hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did!
Finally, the CCW Spring enrollment totals are in! We are very pleased with the increase of enrollment. We look forward to serving more students and ensuring that more students are taking advantage of the wonderful opportunities available to them. Please see the enrollment table for the totals.
Virginia Brown, Director of Secondary Partnerships
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." ~Nelson Mandela
Points of Interest:
- CCW Days: Campus tours for students in each county have been scheduled for rising juniors and seniors. The campus tours will focus on the CCP pathway options available to students in each county. This will allow students to learn more about each pathway prior to registration.
- Tour Dates: Chatham County: Friday, March 6 Harnett County: Friday, March 13 Lee County: Friday, March 20
- Registration Reminder: Please encourage students to speak with a Career and College Advisor about the opportunities available to them, to enroll, and to learn more about the CCP pathways.
- Information and Planning Conference (IPC): This year, the annual IPC event was held on the Chatham Main Campus in Pittsboro. Guests toured the campus and attended the following informational sessions: Sustainable Technologies, Culinary Institute, Sustainable Agriculture, Accelerate Program, Multiple Measures, and the Chatham Community Library.
- I am pleased to announce that that Southern Lee High School received the President's Cup this year!
- CCP Summer Classes: Please see the CCP Program Updates for more information on summer class offerings.
- Summer Camp Information: Please visit CCCC's website for Summer Camps available at CCCC.