Examining the Differences between Dual Enrollment and AP Classes for High School Students

You may have heard of the term dual enrollment, which allows high school students the ability to take college classes. According to the U.S. Department of Education, dual enrollment is an excellent opportunity to prepare students for the academic rigors of college; provides tuition-free classes to those students who qualify, thereby, lowering the cost of a college education; and helps students discover academic and social skills that they will need in order to succeed in college. North Carolina's Dual Enrollment program is named Career and College Promise or CCP.

Career and College Promise has two pathways, College Transfer and Career & Technical. The Career & Technical Pathway earns tuition-free course credits at SCC which leads to a job credential. These courses can also be applied toward a certificate, diploma, or associate degree in a technical career. The College Transfer pathway provides tuition-free course credits toward the Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree that will transfer seamlessly to any public or participating private college or university.

As a parent, you have a choice between your child taking a CCP or an AP class. Let me help explain the difference.

  • CCP enrolls students in college classes, tuition-free, while they are still enrolled high school. This allows them to earn both high school and college credit for courses completed. Students must earn a “C” or higher in their course to receive college credit.

  • CCP classes may take place either at the high school, on our campus, or online.

  • AP students take a college-level course that prepares them for a course-ending exam. Students earn college credit only if their exam score is high enough, even though they may have passed the class. AP course credit is solely based on the grade received on a standardized final exam.

    Here's the best part about CCP: The North Carolina Community College System and the University of North Carolina system have signed a Comprehensive Articulation Agreement that makes it seamless for SCC students to transfer to a North Carolina public university!

    Additionally, the majority of private universities, like Pfeiffer, recognize and award credit for these courses as well. Remember, this only applies to CCP College Transfer classes.

    For more information about our CCP program, please contact Steve Cumming, CCP Success Coach, at 704-991-0139 or scumming0450@stanly.edu.

    Dr. John Enamait
    Stanly Community College

    Dr. John Enamait