High School to Community College Articulation

  • This statewide articulation agreement is comprised of high school CTE courses that match the knowledge and skills taught in similar community college courses. The articulation agreement ensures that if a student is proficient in their high school course, the student can receive college credit for that course at any North Carolina community college. To receive articulated credit, students must enroll at the community college within two years of their high school graduation date and meet the following criteria:

    Final grade of B or higher in the course and

    A score of 93 or higher on the standardized CTE postassessment

    High school students who enroll in a Career and College Promise pathway may earn articulated college credit as described in this agreement while enrolled in high school if the CTE articulated college credit is part of their Career and College Promise pathway. Community college officials verify eligibility and acceptance of articulated courses listed on the high school transcript. Students may be asked to submit supporting documentation and/or demonstrate proficiency to receive credit. Colleges must follow the criteria of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges in awarding credit. 

    * Due to the Impact of COVID-19, CTE postassessments were not given in Spring 2020. The test score requirement for affected students will be waived.  See the May 2020 memo.

NC Articulation Course List

  • The North Carolina High School to Community College Articulation Agreement is an agreement between the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the North Carolina Community College System.

    The North Carolina High School to Community College Articulation Agreement provides a seamless process that joins secondary and postsecondary Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs of study.

    This statewide articulation agreement comprises approximately 50 high school CTE courses that match the knowledge and skills taught in similar community college courses. The articulation agreement ensures that if a student is proficient in his/her high school course, the student can receive college credit for that course at any North Carolina community college. This streamlines the student's educational pathway by eliminating the need to take multiple courses with the same learning outcomes.

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Local Articulation Course List

  • In addition to this statewide articulation agreement, local articulation agreements can be developed to build strong partnerships between high schools and individual community colleges. These local articulation agreements respond to new and emerging industries, provide for programs unique to the region and add additional articulated courses and pathway alignments at the local level that are not included in the state agreement.

    The following courses from Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, Durham Public Schools, and Orange County Schools have been articulated with the following Durham Technical Community College courses and is in effect from July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2022.  Note: This list of articulated courses is for high school courses that began July 1, 2017, or later.

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