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At 15, Charles Goodman Becomes Youngest to Earn Associate in Science Degree at PCC

Charles Goodman IVWINTERVILLE—At an age most teenagers are thinking about learner’s permits and high school dances, Charles Goodman had his mind set on obtaining a college degree.

As a result, the 15-year-old Greenville resident became Pitt Community College’s first-ever (and North Carolina’s youngest) student to complete the Career and College Promise (CCP) College Transfer pathway. Unsatisfied by just those distinctions, he went on to become PCC’s youngest Associate in Science graduate.

The son of Charles and Tatjana Goodman, Charles completed the CCP College Transfer pathway by combining AP classes at J.H. Rose High School with online and hybrid classes that he took at PCC after school and during the summer. Upon completing his pathway, he took advanced coursework at Pitt to finish the Associate in Science Degree this past summer.

Started in 2012, CCP is tuition-free and open to all high school juniors and seniors in North Carolina (public, private and home schooled) who want to take college classes while they are still in high school. Like Goodman, once students complete their chosen pathways, they may select additional coursework to complete associate degrees.

Those who complete college transfer degrees can move on to one of the 16 University of North Carolina four-year institutions with junior status.

Goodman, who credits J.H. Rose Counselor Chynna Grady and PCC Career and College Promise Program Director Alton Wadford with making it possible for him to successfully complete his pathway and associate degree, is considering a bachelor’s degree in either math or physics.

For more information on the CCP program at Pitt, call (252) 493-7411 or visit the "Career and College Promise" page on the PCC website.