AP VS. CCP Classes

After numerous hours in a classroom, miscellaneous lectures, and ambitious competition over grades, many students are ready to move on after graduation. For some, that means moving on to a career. For others, it means college.

In order to prepare for college, at least while in high school, there are two types of classes that may help out. The first kind of class, called an AP class, offers college level work and exams– potentially giving students college credit– while in high school.

Rhiannon Rabon is an avid participant in both Advanced Placement courses and the Community College Program. Both of these courses are taught in different ways and give students different types of credit. She has taken several of both in order to prepare for college. She has aspirations of going to the University of North Carolina at Asheville.
“AP classes challenged me. They also look great on college applications,” said Rabon. “However, they are way more work than the classes I take at JCC.”

Every AP class has an exam at the end of the course. Students can score up to a five on an exam. Depending on the student’s average in the class and what they score on the exam, a university may choose to either except the college credit or ignore it.

“Advanced Placement classes are definitely harder, because in college you don’t actually take tests every week and a half. But AP Language has benefitted me more than any other class I have ever taken,” Rabon said.

Many colleges look for AP classes as a sign of rigor in a student’s academic career. Although these courses are considered rigorous, taking them is often a toss up. The chance of earned college credit is possible but not definite.

“If you’re looking to go to a prestigious school like UNC Chapel Hill or Duke, then AP classes are your best bet,” Rabon said.

The second kind of college preparatory class students may wish to take are CCP, or Career and College Promise, classes. These classes, given in coalition with Johnston Community College, guarantees college credit to students.

“CCP classes go on both your high school and college transcript. I needed my math and Spanish for high school, and I knew I would have to take it again in college, so I went ahead and took them at JCC… CCP classes might give you the wrong impression of the difficulty and load of the work,” said Rabon.

Certain CCP courses are available here on campus, while others, depending on how many people signed up for the class, are only taught at JCC.

“But if you’re going to a “B” school (that is still a four year university or community college) then get in as many of the CCP courses as possible to make college shorter after high school,” Rabon said.

Unfortunately, freshmen aren’t allowed to take AP or CCP classes. However, these classes are available to sophomores and above.

“Just be prepared to work hard and know it will pay off in the end,” said Rabon.