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Career and Technical Education Pathways

Blue Ridge Community College offers a number of Career and Technical Education Pathways leading to a certificate or a diploma aligned with high school Career Clusters. 


Career and College Promise Career and Technical Education (CTE) Pathways Benefits

  • Select from a number of CTE Pathways leading to a certificate or a diploma aligned with a high school “Career Cluster”
  • Count several CTE courses as “Honors” credit and transfer them to four-year schools with a “C” or higher grade
  • Explore various careers or learn valuable job skills tuition-free
  • Articulate high school courses into CTE pathways with acceptable test scores and grades
  • Enroll in a CTE pathway and a College Transfer Pathway or enroll in two CTE Pathways with prior approval

Career and Technical Education Pathways

Alternative Transportation Technology

Automotive Light-Duty Diesel Technology

Automotive Systems Technology

Business Administration

Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology

Computer-Integrated Machining

Criminal Justice Technology

Criminal Justice Technology/Latent Evidence

Early Childhood Education

Electronics Engineering Technology

Film and Video Production Technology

 Fire Protection Technology

Interpreter Education

 Mechatronics Engineering Technology

 Mechanical Engineering Technology  

Welding Technology

Qualifications for Juniors and Seniors

  • Be making satisfactory progress toward high school graduation
  • Have a weighted GPA of at least a 3.0 or obtain a recommendation from the high school Principal/designee
  • Meet prerequisites for the career pathway


Qualifications for Freshmen and Sophomores

Beginning in 2013 qualified high school freshmen and sophomores may enroll in certificates or diplomas leading to CTE pathways in “industrial and engineering technologies” including the Mechatronics Engineering Technology Pathway. 

  • Score a “C” or higher grade on Math I and a 3 or 4 on the EOC for Math I
  • Have a college-ready reading score of 16 on the 8th grade Explore test or take the College reading placement test
  • Meet prerequisites for the career pathway
  • Obtain a recommendation from the high school Principal/designee (based on assessment of student maturity and ability to effectively participate in a class that may include adult students)
  • Sophomores must have a weighted GPA of 3.0 or higher on high school courses.


Course Requirements

View the course requirements of College and Career Promise Pathways at Blue Ridge Community College


How to Apply

  1. Complete the Career and College Promise Application for Admission
  2. Provide a high school transcript, recommendation, or other documentation confirming grade-level requirements
  3. Submit PLAN, ACT, PSAT, or SAT scores or schedule the BRCC placement test


How to Register

  • Search the online curriculum course schedule to locate the courses listed on your pathway
  • Determine if the class is offered at a time that works with your schedule
  • Notice that each class on the schedule is identified with a section number unique to the day/time the course is being offered
  • Provide your advisor with course prefix, course number, and section number (ENG 111 001) in order to register for class


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How to Maintain Eligibility

  • Continue progressing toward high school graduation
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 in college coursework after completing two courses Falling below the 2.0 GPA requires students to fulfill the College’s policy for satisfactory academic progress.
  • Not substitute classes from one pathway to another
  • Seek approval from the high school Principal/designee and the College’s Chief Student Development Administrator prior to changing pathways
  • Make at least a “C” grade to transfer the course to a four-year school
  • Complete their College Transfer Pathway prior to taking other transfer classes required for the degree 
  • Check with the high school Guidance Office to determine if the Blue Ridge class(es) qualify for high school credit
  • Attend class.  Excessive absences in BRCC courses may result in a withdrawal or failure, which could affect high school graduation.
  • Be aware of discrepancies between the BRCC academic calendar and those of Henderson County and Transylvania County public schools.


State and Regional Articulation Credit

North Carolina recognizes that some high school Career Technical Education courses match the knowledge and skills of similar courses at community colleges. To minimize repeating such courses, students proficient in their high school course may receive college credit at a NC community college. This credit expires two years after the student graduates from high school.

To receive college credit, the student must have a final grade of B or higher in the course and score at least 93 or higher on the standardized CTE post assessment test. Students must submit the following to receive articulated credit:

1) Application for articulation credit (available through the High School Guidance Office)
2) High school transcript
3) All official standardized CTE postassessments if not included on the transcript


 BRCC Programs Eligible for Advanced Placement Credit 

Automotive Systems Technology

Business Administration
Business Administration/Marketing and Retailing
Computer Information Technology
Computer-Integrated Machining
Early Childhood Education
Mechanical Engineering Technology
Horticulture Technology
Networking Technology
Office Administration
Web Technologies