Outreach and Partnerships: Educational Partnerships

Welcome to the Office of Education Partnerships!

The Office of Educational Partnerships extends the educational mission of Craven Community College by providing leadership for college-based educational initiatives. Through the efforts of this department, Craven Community College is able to collaborate with other institutions, educational partners, and community groups to enhance the educational opportunities for current and future CCC students. Major areas of interest include:

Carolina Student Transfer Excellence Program (C-STEP)

The Carolina Student Transfer Excellence Program (C-STEP) is a partnership between Craven Community College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill made possible by a grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. The goal of C-STEP is to identify high-achieving, low-to moderate-income students who would not otherwise attend a selective college or university; to enroll these students in the Associate in Arts/Science program at one of the partnering community colleges; to mentor these students through successful completion of an Associate degree (AA/AS); to transfer these students, as juniors, to UNC-Chapel Hill; and to support their successful completion of a baccalaureate degree.

College and University Partnerships: University Connections

In addition to the college transfer options available through the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) between the University of North Carolina System (UNC-System) and the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS), a number of college and university partners have a regular presence on the CCC campuses.

Because of these collaborative efforts, it is possible for a CCC student to complete an advanced degree without ever leaving Craven County. Many options are available, including online, evening, and weekend programs.

For information about college and university partnerships on the CCC New Bern Campus, students may contact the Office of Educational Partnerships. For information about these partnerships on the CCC Havelock Campus, students may contact the University Connections Office (Institute of Aeronautical Technology, Suite 114).

Enrichment Opportunities for Children and Youth: Gateway Craven

The mission of Gateway Craven is to develop and implement supportive interventions and enrichment opportunities for Craven County students. Gateway Craven offers many different services and activities that are grade and age appropriate throughout the summer and academic year. Our goals include the enhancement of students’ self-esteem, academic and leadership skills, talent development, and career exploration. As a result, we will support children, youth, and adolescents in becoming catalysts for positive change in their local communities as they develop the skills to become full and contributing members of society.

High School Partnerships: The Early College Programs and Career and College Promise

Craven Early College and Early College EAST

The NC New Schools Project (NCNSP) helps transform education for the 21st century economy by creating schools that are designed to succeed. Working with more than 70 districts and over 100 high schools across North Carolina, the NCNSP is helping students acquire the skills to think critically and communicate effectively. The NCNSP partners with teachers and administrators to build the essential knowledge and expertise required for educators to challenge and support students so they finish high school ready for college, career and life.

For more information, select: Craven Early College and Early College EAST.

Career and College Promise

Craven Community College and the Craven County Schools are working together to give high school students a JUMP START on their college and career plans. Career and College Promise is a program that enables high school students to take college-level courses, tuition-free. By enrolling in college courses while still in high school, motivated students can get ahead in their studies, saving them time and money.

Interested students should contact their high school counselors or select Career and College Promise for more information.

Contact information

For more information about Craven Community College’s Office of Educational Partnerships, please contact:

Zomar Peter, Executive Director of Enrollment and Retention
Craven Community College
800 College Court
New Bern, NC 28562


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