Student Spotlight: Evelyn Overton, Graduate of Southern Lee High School

Evelyn Overton, Graduate
CCP Pathway:
Computer Information Technology

Evelyn Overton is a recent graduate of Southern Lee High School. She was enrolled in the Computer Information Technology Pathway. She earned a total of 16 credit hours towards her Associate Degree. Evelyn received the Trustees Scholarship to continue her studies at CCCC. She happily shared some of her insight gained this year.

What have you gained from the CCP program and how do you feel this program prepares you for college?

The CCP program has helped me to be comfortable in a college setting and has taught me that high school and college are very different. College is ten times better than high school. The CCP program has prepared me for college by showing me all of the resources that are available to help me not just succeed but to excel in college.

What advice would you give to future participants of the CCP Program?

I would advise future participants of the CCP program to always go to class, be on time, do your work, and try to enjoy taking free college classes. Once you graduate from high school, nothing is free anymore.

CCP Program Updates

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The Central Carolina Works Team is very excited with the advisor and student success of our first year!

  • Percent of Students Reached in Chatham, Harnett, and Lee County Enrolled Students: 75%
  • Number of Students Enrolled in CCP Courses in Chatham, Harnett, and Lee Counties: 694
  • Percent of Juniors and Seniors Enrolled in CCP Courses in Chatham, Harnett, and Lee Counties: 14%
  • Average of Grades for Chatham, Harnett, and Lee County Enrolled Students:
    • A - 47%
    • B - 29%
    • C - 12%
  • 88% of enrolled students earned an A, B, or C

These numbers are for the 2014-2015 school year (Fall and Spring combined).

CTE Pathway Offering: Medical Assisting

If you're a student looking to become a part of one of the fastest growing medical-related fields in the country, the Medical Assisting program is for you! The Central Carolina Community College Medical Assisting program provides students with an opportunity to receive quality instruction while learning about both clerical and clinical work such as lab procedures, billing, electrocardiography, and more. Within this area of study, there also comes hands-on experience that will allow students to practice their skills in a simulated environment, allowing students to not only learn from the instructor, but to also learn from other students as well.

The Medical Assisting program is a nationally accredited program that requires students to complete a 240-hour clinical externship, in addition to classroom time, in order to be eligible for graduation. Students can earn either a Medical Assisting Associate Degree or Medical Assisting Diploma to complete their course of study. After graduating, students have the opportunity to sit for the national certification exam. Once a student passes the exam and becomes certified, job opportunities such as clinical specialist, medical assistant, insurance specialist, and more await!

Visit the Medical Assisting Program page on CCCC's website for more information.

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Resources for Students Ready for Work: CTE CCP Pathways

Students can get a jump start on preparing for a career while in high school by selecting courses from one of the following Career and College Promise CTE Pathways:

  • Accounting*
  • Automotive Restoration Technology*
  • Automotive Systems Technology *
  • Barbering
  • Broadcasting Production Technology
  • Business Administration*
  • Computer Information Technology*
  • Computer Integrated Machining*
  • Cosmetology*
  • Criminal Justice Technology
  • Culinary Arts*
  • Early Childhood Education*
  • Electronics Engineering Technology*
  • Human Services Technology
  • Industrial Systems Technology*
  • Laser and Photonics
  • Library and Information Technology*
  • Medical Assisting
  • Nurse Aide*
  • Renewable Energy Technology*
  • Telecommunications Installation and Maintenance*

*These CTE Pathways can lead to a credential/college certificate.

College Transfer at a Glance: Central Carolina Community College

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Congratulations to the Class of 2015! It is not too late to attend Central Carolina Community College in the fall. Classes are still available and students need only to take the following steps to apply today:

Step 1: Submit an application online or download the printed application from the website at For a printed format, return it to Student Services in person or mail to the address below:

Admissions Office
Central Carolina Community College
1105 Kelly Drive
Sanford, NC 27330

Step 2: Submit your official high school transcript by contacting your high school guidance department and having them submit your official transcript to CCCC's Registrar Office.

Step 3: Check to see if you need to take a placement test. All applicants must test unless they are exempt due to SAT, ACT, Asset, and/or Compass scores, or Multiple Measures. For more information or to schedule your placement test, contact the campus closest to you:

Chatham Main Campus: (919) 545-8029
Harnett Main Campus: (910) 814-8863
Lee Main Campus: (919) 718-7300

Step 4 : Once you are accepted, register for orientation by going to the CCCC orientation website. Orientations are held throughout the summer on all three campuses in Pittsboro, Sanford, and Lillington.

Resources for Students Going to College: Top Truths about Campus Life

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High School Graduation is complete and finally over!!! Think you are ready for college??? Guess again! Here are some fun and helpful tips that will help high school graduates prepare for their transition to college and the next four to six years of their lives...

  1. Being Homesick: Remember, the things you miss are the things that have been part of your life for years, things that took time to establish. The knee-jerk reaction is to run back to the familiar. There's nothing wrong with visiting home, talking with friends online or on the phone, but do so in moderation. The cure to homesickness is not at home - it's realizing how you made your old home so comfortable and doing the same things in your new home.
  2. Making friends on campus: Always leave your dorm room door open. Close it only if you're sleeping or not at home. Most first year college students come to college without friends so considering that most people need friends, meeting people becomes easy. You're forced to meet your roommate and next comes your roommate's friends. Get involved on campus in groups, intramurals, activities, etc. You have to put yourself out there to meet people!
  3. Attending Class: You can miss classes once in awhile, but you have to be very strategic about it. If you miss a lot of classes, your grades will suffer. Some instructors award credit just for attending class so always check attendance policies. Also, sitting in the class and playing games on your phone, texting people, and watching episodes of Empire on your computer counts as sitting in - NOT actually being in - class. If you must miss, let your professor know and get notes from a friend or off of a class website. Visit your professor's office hours that week, too!
  4. Doing Laundry: Stock up on underwear! The truth about laundry in college is that doing it for most people will be a rare event. Remember to not wash dark and light colors together. Keep a close eye on your laundry. If you aren't there when your laundry finishes washing/ drying, do not be surprised if you find that it has been moved out of the washer/dryer by someone so that they can start their laundry. Time is of the essence!
  5. Avoiding the Freshman 15: Remain active and exercise control at the dining hall buffet. Walk to class and don't always take a campus bus. Get to know your campus pools, workout facilities, tracks, etc. You're paying for them with tuition so get your money's worth! Join an intramural sports team and keep moving. When it's time for lunch and dinner, use judgement when going through the buffet line. It's all you can eat, but remember that all you can eat for an entire year can add up around your waistline. Stay healthy!
  6. Textbooks: Definitely visit the campus bookstore for school apparel, foam fingers to show school spirit, and family gifts to send home since some will only go home during the winter holidays. Most importantly, be sure to pick up your textbooks if you still have money left over! (No need to worry parents) The campus bookstore will provide you with exactly what you need when it comes to obtaining your textbooks for your courses. While the campus bookstore is a great place to obtain textbooks, also take advantage of shopping around online or locally if you are looking to save time on delivery and maybe even money.

The Naked Roommate by Harlan Cohen (2011)

Central Carolina Works Director's Spotlight

Virginia Brown

It has been a great year! It has been a very successful first year for CCW and all goals have been reached. A program like CCW would not be possible without great advisors, great students, and wonderful partners like Chatham, Lee, and Harnett County Schools! We look forward to returning for another great year! Have a great Summer!

"Stay cool this summer!" Virginia Brown, Director of Secondary partnerships

"No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world." Robin Williams

Points of Interest:

  • 26 students were inducted into the Harnett Health Sciences Academy on June 16th. This is a new program in partnership with Harnett County Schools and Central Carolina Community College.
  • The Career and College Advisors reached 75% of the student bodies at their respective high schools for the academic year.
  • Total CCP enrollment for Spring 2015 was 11% for the 9 area high schools, up from 5% (pre-CCW)
  • Bridging Education and Careers: 2015 Summer Symposium presented by Central Carolina Works was held June 23rd and June 24th at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center
  • 900 students are projected to enroll in CCP for Fall 2015