College and Career Readiness
Finish high school. Get job training and work experience. Learn English. Enhance your independent living skills. Whatever your goal, your success is our priority.
College and Career Readiness offers programs to develop students’ academic skills, earn a high school equivalency (GED® or HiSET®) or adult high school diploma, learn English as a second language (ESL), develop employability skills and participate in various work-based-learning experiences, or explore career and post-secondary educational opportunities. Our programs meet many needs, from Independence and Literacy Education for Adults with Disabilities (I-LEAD), which serves students with intellectual disabilities, to work-based-learning or occupational skills training through NextGen, Working in America, and Project Search (I-LEAD).
Many programs are free or offered at a very low cost for qualified participants.
Explore College and Career Readiness Programs
Please visit each program page for eligibility, course schedule, and enrollment information.
Career Planning and Job Training
Career planning and job training programs help students get ready for college and careers. These programs combine College and Career Readiness classes with job training, career planning, interview and resume prep, free occupational training and real work experience, internships, soft skills certification, as well as opportunities to earn a high school credential while completing an occupational certificate. All of the following career planning and job training programs are offered at Central Campus:
- Accelerated Career Training (ACT)
- Career Development
- Caseworker Training: NC FAST and DSS Human Services
- NCWorks NextGen (Work and Learn)
- Pathways to Careers
- Way to Work
- Working in America
Finish High School
For students seeking a high school credential by completing Adult High School or an equivalency exam, such as the GED® or HiSET® .
- Adult High School
- available at Central Campus
- High School Equivalency Exam (GED® or HiSET®)
- courses available at Cato, Central, and Harper Campuses
English as a Second Language (ESL)
ESL is for students who would like to learn English or improve their English language skills without earning college credit. ESL is available at the Cato, Central, Harper, and Levine Campuses.
Skills for Individuals with Disabilities
I-LEAD is for students with intellectual disabilities or traumatic brain injuries wanting to increase independence and is available at Central Campus.
Students With Disabilities
Disability Services is committed to equal access to learning by providing academic accommodations to students with documented disabilities. Central Piedmont promotes student self-advocacy, which enhances the educational experience and the personal growth of the students we serve. Students should self-identify and request academic accommodations by attending a short disability services appointment. During this appointment, the student will receive important information on how to request academic accommodations. For more information, please contact Jonathan Klish at email@example.com.