Planning Your Future

Career and College Promise

The Career and College Promise Program is designed to offer students structured dual enrollment opportunities that provide credit toward high school graduation as well as entry-level job skills and pathways leading to a certificate and/or college credit. Lenoir County Public Schools, in collaboration with Lenoir Community College, offers dual enrollment courses to qualified juniors and seniors.

Career and College Promise courses are available at all LCPS high schools. More information, including procedures for enrolling in the Career and College Promise classes, is available in the LCPS Course Selection Guide, from your high school counselor, and at

>> Career and College Promise Procedures

Career Pathways

LCPS, in partnership with Lenoir Community College, offers high school students the opportunity to earn certification in a variety of occupational skills or get a head start on college degrees that lead to prosperous careers. Career Pathways develops students’ understanding of careers that appeal to them so they leave Lenoir County Public Schools ready to succeed in those fields. They gain a solid education and career-related skills through a variety of high school courses, college courses, and/or service learning experiences. These specific career pathways don’t just lead to jobs, but to well-paying jobs for which workers are needed in eastern North Carolina.

>> Learn more about Career Pathways

North Carolina Virtual Public School

North Carolina Virtual Public School provides courses at no cost for students who are unable to schedule courses at their local schools. “Virtual learning” means registered students can take classes using their own computers, over the Internet.

>> Learn more about NCVPS

Credit by Demonstrated Mastery

Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM) is the process by which a student may earn credit for a high school course by demonstrating a deep understanding of the content; without course enrollment or seat time.

Students must meet the requirements of a two phase process in order to earn CDM.

  • Phase 1 will include an examination to establish student mastery of the foundational skills and content this course/subject requires.  
    • Students must earn a Level V “superior” scale score on the appropriate state assessment, EOC or a 94% correct on the appropriate local exam.
    • Students have only one attempt to pass the exam.
    • Prior to the exam, students may review the content standards for the course or subject area in which they are seeking to demonstrate mastery here
    • If a student earns the appropriate score, the student will move onto Phase 2. If a student does not earn a Level V, 94% correct for non-EOC courses, or a 93 % for post-CTE assessments, the student will not have the opportunity to earn CDM for this course.
  • In Phase 2, the student will create an artifact that reflects deep understanding of the content standards, including the ability to apply the skills and knowledge expected at the end of the course.  
    • As part of this artifact, the student may be required to give a presentation, create a project, or take part in an interview as evidence of the student’s abilities.
  • The CDM Review Panel will make a recommendation if the student can earn CDM. If the student is successful, the student will earn a “CDM” on the transcript toward graduation credits. A grade or quality points will not be included in the student’s GPA.
  • Students will meet with a CDM Panel member (s) to discuss the process and long-term implications.
  • Students and their parents will be allowed to file for grievance if they do not agree with the decision of the team.

University of North Carolina System and College Admission Requirements

Students planning to attend college after graduation from high school should consult school counselors, current college catalogs (many are available online), and college admission officials concerning requirements for admission. Minimum entrance requirements can be found at:

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