Programs for High School Students

Columbus Career & College Academy

The Board of Trustees of Southeastern Community College and the Board of Education for Columbus County Schools have established an early college high school on the campus of Southeastern Community College to provide the opportunity for students to be concurrently enrolled in high school and college courses. Students in this five-year program will work toward completing an associate degree while completing their high school diploma. Students must apply for entry into this program during their eighth-grade year. Application is made to Columbus Career & College Academy. Individuals interested in Columbus Career & College Academy should contact the principal at 910-788-6281.

Career and College Promise

Career and College Promise provides structured opportunities for qualified high school students to dually enroll in community college courses that provide seamless pathways that lead to a certificate, diploma, or degree, as well as provide entry-level job skills.

The program is tuition-free for all eligible North Carolina high school students. Books and fees do apply.

Career and College Promise consists of:

  1. College Transfer Pathways (CTP) which requires the completion of at least 30 semester hours of transfer courses.
  2. Career and Technical Education Pathways (CTE) which lead to a certificate or diploma aligned with a high school career cluster.
  3. Workforce Continuing Education (WCE) Pathways (CTE) which lead to industry recognized certifications and curriculum credit (where applicable).

Educational Talent Search

Educational Talent Search is funded by the United States Department of Education to serve sixth through twelfth grade students in Columbus County. Two-thirds of the students enrolled must be from low-income families where they would be the first potential college graduate. The project’s primary goal is to promote educational advancement by assisting students in obtaining a high school diploma, enrolling in a post-secondary institution, and obtaining a college degree. Free supportive services include career, academic, and financial literacy counseling; exposure to college campuses and cultural enrichment activities; connections to tutoring; assistance with college entrance exam preparation; and financial aid and college admissions application completion. For more information, interested persons should call (910) 788-6394.