NTA Offers Dual Enrollment with FTCC for Juniors and Seniors in the Early College Program

Students take 2 courses per semester tuition-free and earn college credit. Transportation is provided to and from FTCC each afternoon. Students may choose to enroll in the College Transfer Pathway program or in the Career and Technical Education Pathway.

NTA EARLY COLLEGE
Northwood Temple Academy’s Early College Program provides seamless dual enrollment educational opportunities for eligible NTA students. This program allows students to accelerate the completion of college certificates, diplomas, and associate degrees that lead to college transfer or provide entry-level job skills. Eligibility is determined by the requirements set forth by High School Connections at FTCC and approval of the high school principal or his/her designee. There are two ways for eligible NTA students to enroll:
• A college transfer pathway
• A career and technical education pathway

COLLEGE TRANSFER PATHWAY
The College Transfer Pathways are designed for NTA juniors and seniors who wish to begin earning credits toward a baccalaureate degree while in high school. The College Transfer Pathways provide several hours of tuition-free college credits as part of the Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC) courses, which are guaranteed to transfer for general education equivalency credit to each of the 16 UNC institutions.

  1. To be eligible, a NTA student must meet the following:
    1. Be a NTA junior or senior
    2. Have a weighted GPA of 3.0 or higher on high school courses
    3. Demonstrate college readiness on an assessment or placement test as approved by FTCC
    4. Have approval of the high school principal or his/her designee based on an evaluation of the student’s attendance and behavioral records
  2. To maintain eligibility for continued enrollment, a student must:
    1. Continue to make progress toward high school graduation, and
    2. Maintain a 2.0 GPA in college coursework after completing two courses. Per FTCC policy, students who fall below a 2.0 GPA in their college coursework will become ineligible for future courses with High School Connections.
    3. Maintain a 3.0 GPA in NTA high school coursework.
    4. Maintain approval of the high school principal or his/her designee.
  3. A student must enroll in one College Transfer Pathway program of study and may not substitute courses in one program for courses in another program per FTCC policy.
  4. With approval of the high school principal or his/her designee, a student may enroll in both a College Transfer Pathway and a Career and Technical Education Pathway.

CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION PATHWAYS
Career and Technical Education Pathways (CTE) are programs of study to provide expanded opportunities for eligible NTA students. This program enables students to participate in career and technical educational tuition-free courses and to expose students to a variety of high-skill career options.

  1. To be eligible for enrollment, a high school student must meet the following:
    1. Be a NTA junior or senior
    2. Have a weighted GPA of 3.0 on high school courses or have the recommendation of the high school principal or his/her designee
    3. Meet the prerequisites for the career pathway per FTCC policy
    4. Have approval of the high school principal or his/her designee based on an evaluation of the student’s attendance and behavioral records.
  2. To maintain eligibility for continued enrollment, a student must:
    1. Continue to make progress toward high school graduation
    2. Maintain a 2.0 in college coursework after completing two courses. Students who fall below a 2.0 GPA in their college coursework will become ineligible for future courses with High School Connections.
    3. Maintain approval of the high school principal or his/her designee.
  3. A student may not substitute courses in one program for courses in another. A student may enroll in two CTE programs at the same time, provided the exception has been approved by the High School Connections at FTCC.

INFORMATION ABOUT HIGH SCHOOL CONNECTIONS AT FTCC
Tuition is free, but the student is responsible for textbook and supply cost. Supply cost may include uniforms and special tools and equipment. High School Connections courses will appear on the NTA transcript. College transfer courses will be awarded one quality point and CTE courses will be recorded as regular classes.

High School Connections College Transfer Course CTE Course Course Grade
A 5.0 4.0
B 4.0 3.0
C 3.0 2.0
D 2.0 1.0
F 0.0 0.0

• NTA Early College student enrollment in Fall and Spring Semester courses at FTCC will require the approval of the high school principal or his/her designee. Regardless of the number of approved courses, only two courses per semester will be calculated in the high school grade point average calculation (beginning with the class of 2018). Those two courses will be the courses taken during the 1:00-2:50 p.m. timeframe. All courses will appear on the NTA transcript.

• NTA Early College students are permitted to enroll in summer courses if eligibility criteria are met. All summer credits awarded by FTCC will appear on the NTA high school transcript; however, FTCC summer courses will not be calculated in the high school grade point average calculation (beginning with the class of 2018).

• High School Connections classes are composed only of high school students.

• Students may take approved FTCC courses concurrently with the regular adult students when approved by NTA administration.

• High School Connections courses are offered on FTCC’s main campus, satellite campuses, and online. High School Connections courses typically follow the Cumberland County Schools calendar. Most High School Connections courses have a web-assisted
component, which will require some work to be done online through Blackboard. Students are responsible for access to and the use of the required technology for the online component.

• NTA provided transportation to FTCC will be mandatory for courses during the fall and spring semester within the 1:00-2:50 p.m. timeframe. Transportation for courses outside of that timeframe will be the responsibility of the student.

• Students who successfully complete a Career and Technical Education certificate program with a minimum of 2.0 FTCC GPA will be eligible to participate in the FTCC spring commencement ceremony.

• FTCC reserves priority admission to seniors for high demand programs and will factor in their high school GPA. FTCC religion courses will not fulfill a required Bible credit at NTA.

• NTA Early College students will be required to participate in a Friday philosophy course (0.5 credit) at NTA during the 1:00-3:30 p.m. timeframe.