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 help meet many needs. We can help you develop 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.

Many programs are free or offered at a very low cost for qualified participants.

Enroll in College and Career Readiness Programs

Each College and Career Readiness program has different enrollment steps. The College and Career Readiness Intake and Advising Centers at each participating campus can help you enroll. All new College and Career Readiness students, or former students who have not attended class in 90 days, must attend a testing session prior to starting class. It is a quick and easy process. Classes are offered at four campus locations and several community sites. The length of the orientation process varies from one to three days, depending on the campus you choose.

Please visit each program page for eligibility, course schedule, and information on how to enroll in the program.

Career Planning and Job Training Programs

Career planning and job training programs combine College and Career Readiness classes with job training, career planning, interview and resume prep, free occupational training, 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:

Programs to Help You Finish High School

Learn English

Enroll in the College and Career Readiness English as a Second Language (ESL) program if you would like to learn English or improve your English language skills without earning college credit. ESL is available at the Cato, Central, Harper, and Levine Campuses. International students attending Central Piedmont on an F-1 visa cannot participate in College and Career Readiness ESL.

ESL Plus combines English language learning with career readiness skills for advanced ESL students.

Independence and Literacy Education for Adults with Disabilities (I-LEAD)

Independence and Literacy Education for Adults with Disabilities (I-LEAD) can help you increase your independence if you have an intellectual disability or traumatic brain injury. I-LEAD is available at Central Campus.

Disability Services

Disability Services is committed to equal access to learning by providing academic accommodations to students with documented disabilities. We encourage self-advocacy, which enhances your educational experience and personal growth. You are encouraged to self-identify and request academic accommodations by attending a short disability services appointment. During this appointment, you will receive important information on how to request academic accommodations. For more information, please contact Jonathan Klish at jonathan.klish@cpcc.edu.

Learning Resource Centers are available on each campus.

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. 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

    Innervision
    1000 Baxter Street
    Charlotte, NC  28204

    Innervision
    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

    Learn more about High School Equivalency Exam (GED or HiSET).

    Register

    If you are interested in attending high school equivalency exam classes at any of these sites, please contact College and Career Readiness 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

    Learn more about English as a Second Language (ESL).

    Register

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