College and Career Readiness

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:

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® .

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

Community Sites

In addition to classes at several Central Piedmont campuses, College and Career Readiness partners with several organizations in the community to provide High School Equivalency Exam (GED or HiSET ) and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at their locations. The following is a list of the names and addresses of our community locations. Please note that enrollment at some sites is limited to participants involved with that organization.

  • High School Equivalency Exam (GED or HiSET) Classes at Community Sites

    Ada Jenkins Center 
    212 Gamble St.
    Davidson NC 28036

    City of Charlotte - Waste Management
    1105 Otts St.
    Charlotte NC 28205

    Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont
    5301 Wilkinson Boulevard
    Charlotte, NC  28208

    Grier Heights Community Center
    3100 Leroy Street
    Charlotte, NC  28205

    1000 Baxter Street
    Charlotte, NC  28204

    415 East 4th Street
    Charlotte, NC  28202

    Renaissance West 
    Dr. John T. Crawford Renaissance Center
    3610 Nobles Ave.
    Charlotte, NC  28208

    Urban League
    740 W. 5th Street
    Charlotte, NC  28202


    If you are interested in attending high school equivalency exam classes at any of these sites, please contact Cheryl Carter, 704.330.6144, for schedule and registration information.

  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes at Community Sites

    Ada Jenkins Center 
    212 Gamble St.
    Davidson NC 28036

    Albemarle Road Recreation Center 
    5027 Idlewild Road N.
    Mint Hill, NC  28227

    Cokesbury United Methodist Church
    6701 Idlewild Road
    Charlotte, NC  28212

    Galilee Center
    3601 Central Avenue
    Charlotte, NC  28205

    International House
    1817 Central Avenue
    Charlotte, NC  28205

    Latin American Coalition
    4938 Central Avenue
    Charlotte, NC  28205

    Sailboat Bay Apartments
    5417 Albemarle Road
    Charlotte, NC  28212

    Shamrock Senior Center
    3600 Shamrock Drive
    Charlotte, NC  28215


    If you are interested in attending ESL classes at any of these sites, please contact Lindsay LaPlante, 704.330.2722, ext. 3323, for schedule and registration information.