AB-Tech Overview

A-B Tech / College Career Promise (CCP)

(Currently available courses and application forms can be found on our Distance Learning Catalog Page)

Program Overview

The A-B Tech Career & College Promise (CCP) dual-enrollment program is an excellent opportunity for qualified high school students to take tuition-free college classes, many of which transfer seamlessly to public and private universities in North Carolina. Participating students earn both high school and college credit, tuition free.

High school AND college credit is awarded upon successful completion of A-B Tech courses. Those courses that transfer directly to the university system carry advanced credit in high school and earn an additional quality point (equivalent to AP quality points for students who entered high school in the 2015-16 school year or later). A-B Tech courses use college textbooks, course syllabi, and grading policies, and are taught with the same rigor as those taught to college students. High school students are reminded that all A-B Tech classes will be included on a student’s college transcript, which follows the student through his or her post-secondary years, regardless of educational goals.

All textbooks and any applicable fees must be paid for by the student in most cases.

Visit the A-B Tech Bookstore to find the books required for your class.

DUAL CREDIT - Students enrolled in CCP courses can earn college credit hours and high school credit at the same time.

  • Some courses provide credits that can satisfy high school graduation requirements by replacing required high school courses.
  • Courses in the transfer pathways (and select courses in the CTE pathways) provide an advanced level credit for GPA purposes (5.0 credit).
  • Some students take only a few classes, but the Transfer Pathways make it possible for students to earn a transferable associate's degree.
  • College credits transfer to all University of North Carolina campuses and independent colleges and universities who have signed the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement.
  • Students can also work towards several Career-Technical Pathways, many of which include classes that are taught face to face at the high school.

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS - In addition to saving money and earning high school credits, students also gain these benefits:

  • Get a head start on college while still in high school
  • Gain knowledge on how college courses are structured
  • Become more appealing as a college applicant
  • Explore interests in an advanced educational setting
  • Apply earned credits (SHC) towards the freshman/sophomore General Education Core

THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE YOU ENROLL - In order to make sure that CCP courses are a good option, students should ask themselves these questions:

  • Do I meet the eligibility requirements?
  • Am I willing to pay for textbooks? (These can sometimes be rented or purchased from Amazon.com to save money. Many books can also be sold back at the end of the class.)
  • Can I succeed as an independent learner in a rigorous college course?
  • Does it fit in my schedule? (Don’t forget to investigate options such as extra periods and summer courses, which provide extra flexibility.)
  • Will it enhance my pathway or give me skills that I want/need?


(Currently available courses and application forms can be found on our Distance Learning Catalog Page)