Save money while earning transferable college credits this summer at PCC

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Interested in earning college credit while saving money this summer? Piedmont Community College (PCC) is offering 12 transferable courses during the May 29-July 25 summer session. Students home for the summer or who have recently graduated high school have the opportunity to earn credits that will transfer to 4-year public universities in North Carolina.

A three credit summer class costs under $270 at Piedmont Community College. At a nearby 4-year university, the same class would cost nearly $900. Taking two summer classes at PCC this summer will save a student close to $1,260!

How is this possible? The North Carolina Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) is a statewide agreement governing the transfer of credits between NC community colleges and NC public universities. The specific classes listed below are designated in this agreement as universally transferable between community colleges and 4-year public institutions in NC. Students are encouraged to work with advisors at both PCC and the NC four-year public university of their choice to ensure a smooth transfer process.

PCC’s 2018 Transferable Summer Classes include:
• General Biology I (BIO-111) – online
• Principles of Microeconomics (ECO-251) – online
• Principles of Macroeconomics (ECO-252) – online
• Writing and Inquiry (ENG-111) – online
• Writing and Research in the Discipline (ENG-112) – online
• World Civilization I (HIS 111) – online
• Quantitative Literacy (MAT 143) – Person County Campus
• Statistical Methods I (MAT 152) – online
• Pre-Calculus Algebra (MAT 171) – online
• General Psychology (PSY 150) – online
• Introduction to Sociology (SOC 210) – online

Other Class Offered at PCC this Summer:
Anatomy and Physiology I (online), College Transfer Success (online), Introduction to Business (online), Introduction to Chemistry (online), Introduction to Computers (online), Developmental Math and English, Computer Graphics, Gunsmithing, Motors and Controls, Nurse Aide I, Developmental Psychology (online), Social Problems (online), and welding.

PCC Open House
Learn more about Piedmont Community College at one of two Open House events and take a tour of either campus. You will also learn about tuition; financial aid; programs of study; online, day, and evening classes; and transferable courses offered this summer and fall.
• Monday, March 19 on the Person County Campus
• Tuesday, March 20 on the Caswell County Campus
• Drop in anytime between 5-6:30 p.m.

Current high school seniors who graduate after June 5 are eligible to take summer classes at PCC through the Career and College Promise (CCP) program at no cost. To learn more about this opportunity, contact Katrina Madden at (336) 694-4619, ext. 213 or in Caswell County or Leia Rollins at (336) 599-8321, ext. 20012 or in Person County.

Year Round Pell Now Available
Effective 2017-2018, students may attend full-time Fall, Spring, and Summer sessions and receive the Pell grant as long as they meet the eligibility requirements. Students will need to be enrolled at least half-time in order to receive the additional Pell for Summer 2018. Piedmont Community College’s Financial Aid Team is prepared to assist students with applying for the Pell grant and will hold special pre-announced sessions for those seeking additional guidance.

For more information about PCC’s Summer Class Schedule, call (336) 322-2159 or visit