The Enrollment pathway is for students who plan to continue 
their education in a post-secondary or four-year institution.  

Iredell’s Roadmap to College Readiness 

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Students exploring the Enrollment pathway are interested in pursuing postsecondary education at either a 2-year or 4-year college or university. It is crucial to maintain good grades, establish effective study habits, and take challenging courses as early as middle school to prepare for higher education. Discussing your interests with your guidance counselor will help ensure that you take courses that fulfill the requirements needed to attend college and that help you identify your field of study. 

Crosby Scholars

Crosby Scholars partners with our public schools to provide assistance to students and families and helping them navigate preparation for college and postsecondary schools, starting in 6th grade through graduation. Programs include workshops for students and parents, college planning, college testing, guidance on college admissions, financial aid, college tours, community service, leadership development, career exploration, scholarship, and grants.

NC Scholars

NC Scholars are students who complete the State Board of Education requirements for a well-balanced, challenging high school program. Most students should begin planning for the program as they enter the ninth grade to ensure they get the most flexibility in their courses. The students who qualify for this special recognition will receive a Seal of recognition attached to their diploma and receive an Honor Cord worn at graduation.

College and Career Resources

Both school districts provide students with career pathways and courses at their high schools and in partnership with Mitchell Community College that are aligned with Iredell’s growing industries.  Students have the opportunity to choose a career pathway and take courses that they can earn a workforce credential for before ever graduating from high school.  The curriculum also allows students to explore their interests, experience hands-on-learning, and acquire skills in high-demand jobs in our community. 

Career and College Promise (Dual Enrollment) – Career & College Promise (CCP) is a partnership between both public school districts and Mitchell Community College which enables high school students to get a jump-start on earning college credits while still enrolled in high school.  The tuition is free. Eligible students may earn college transfer credits, workforce credentials, or both.  College Transfer Pathways designed for students to start working toward a four-year degree.  These structured pathways offer courses that, if successfully completed with a “C” or better, will seamlessly transfer to any public university and many private colleges and universities in the state.

Iredell Crosby Scholars Community Partnership is a nonprofit college access organization. Crosby Scholars prepare students academically, financially, and personally for successful college admission and other post-secondary opportunities best suited to a student’s needs, aptitudes and dreams. Students are eligible to join the program in middle school and have access to advisory services, career and college exploration activities, college admission and financial aid workshops. Students completing the program in grades 10-12 are eligible to apply for “Last Dollar Grants” for college.

College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) is a free service of the State of North Carolina provided by a collaboration of Pathways with the NC Department of Public Instruction, the NC Community College System, the NC Independent Colleges and Universities, the University of North Carolina System, the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority, and College Foundation, Inc. CFNC promotes access to North Carolina higher education and assists students with education planning, career planning, and applying and paying for college.

The college admissions process has become increasingly competitive and challenging. To improve your chances of getting into a top school, you can take Advanced Placement (AP) and/or honors classes. Taking advanced courses demonstrate your aptitude and success in college and provide you with the opportunity to increase your weighted Grade Point Average (GPA).  Honors provide a .5 increase to your grading scale and AP courses provide a 1.0 increase to your grading scale.

However, make sure you understand the differences between these two types of courses before choosing your classes. To learn more about the differences between honors and AP Classes, visit Honors vs. AP Classes: What’s the Difference? | BestColleges. Students can also take community college classes through Mitchell Community College which may be eligible for transfer credits, depending on the college or university. They also provide a 1.0 increase to your grading scale.

Many colleges and universities still require students to submit scores from the SAT and ACT as part of their admission process. Each of the tests are nationally recognized standardization tests that measure a student’s proficiency, knowledge, and skills in core areas such as reading, writing, and math. Both schools offer practice tests starting in a student’s sophomore year.  Crosby Scholars provides information on test prep and strategies. 

Essential Tools for Your College Journey

FAFSA® Application | Federal Student Aid – Federal Student Aid offers grants, loans, work-study, and more to help you pay for college or career school. You must complete the FAFSA application on time to be considered for federal student aid.  States and colleges also use FASFA information to award their own financial aid packages. Use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply. Click here to learn more about FAFSA.

Common App is a non-profit college access organization that helps students apply to college every year. Common App’s free college application tool is designed to make applying to college faster and easier. With Common App you only need to use one system to apply to multiple colleges and universities. Over 1,000 colleges and universities use common app, including several in North Carolina. There are two main parts you fill out: a set of common questions and each college’s own specific questions. The best part is you only have to fill out the common questions one time! Common App is a place for you to learn about the college admissions process, understand how to plan and apply to college, and discover all that different colleges have to offer. It’s a hub of information that can guide you through each step of the application journey. It’s a resource that connects you with financial aid and scholarship opportunities.

The North Carolina Scholars program is a prestigious accolade rewarding students who meet the State Board of Education’s challenging academic standards. These scholars receive special recognition as they graduate, including an official seal on their diplomas, symbolizing their commitment to excellence and future readiness. Embark on this demanding journey, and more than a diploma, earn honor and a strong foundation for your career. Seize this chance to excel academically and prepare for limitless opportunities. Become a North Carolina Scholar and unlock success in your career path.

Mitchell Community College operates three early college high schools in partnership with Iredell Statesville Schools.  The Early College program provides motivated Iredell County students the opportunity to graduate from a five-year program with a high school diploma and up to two years of college credit with no cost to the student for tuition or books. Students typically enroll in the early college in the ninth grade through an admission process. Interested students should apply during the fall of their eighth-grade year. 

Mitchell Community College has two campuses, located in Statesville and Mooresville, and provides postsecondary education to support individuals looking to achieve skilled training, earn a credential or certificate, pursue their Associates Degree, or enhance their skills and knowledge. The programs and curriculum they offer maps directly to the needs of local industry. Programs offered by the community college include Computer Science, Culinary Arts, Engineering, Healthcare, Nursing, Production Technician, Public Safety, and Welding. To see a full list of programs, click the button below.

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