College and Career Readiness

Accelerated Career Training

Live in the Charlotte region? Unemployed, underemployed, or limited to low-wage jobs? Step up from a job to a career. Accelerated Career Training at Central Piedmont is focused, fast, and free.

What You Can Expect

Attain meaningful employment through fast job training in high-growth career paths. With Accelerated Career Training, you will get:

  • access to a personalized Career Success Coach who will help you decide on your career path
  • personalized help during your program to support your day-to-day life challenges

Background checks and drug screening are not required for participation in all all Accelerated Career Training programs, but may be required for future employment.

Working Smart Classes

By participating in an Accelerated Career Training program you are also required to attend Working Smart classes. The Working Smart course supports your Accelerated Career Training program course by focusing on helping you master the skills that employers believe are critical to job success and on increasing your chances for employment and promotion. The Working Smart Course will cover resume development, interview preparation, and job search techniques. The Working Smart course will also give you personalized help during your program to support your day-to-day life challenges and ensure that you are successful in completing your courses. Working Smart is recognized and valued by Mecklenburg County employers. If you have previously completed the Working Smart course and have a certificate, you will not need to complete the course again — provide us with a copy of your Working Smart Certificate to fulfill this requirement.

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Why Choose Central Piedmont

Central Piedmont's 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. Many programs are free or at a very low cost for qualified participants. 

Real World Education

At Central Piedmont, your education goes beyond what you learn in class. We offer numerous opportunities for you to enhance your learning — and to make friends, network, and pursue your passions — through clubs and organizations, sports, events and activities, leadership opportunities, job experience, volunteer experiences, visual and performing arts, and even international experiences.

Accelerated Career Training Is:

  • Focused

    We offer options that will give you the skills you need for a specific job.

  • Fast

    Complete your program in 7–16 weeks and start your new career.

  • Free

    These free job training programs cover all required costs including tuition, books, fees, and services.

How Do I Enroll in an Accelerated Career Training Program?

  • Steps to Enroll

    We are now accepting applications for the fall 2020 term for certain programs.

    Attending an information session and submitting an application, while required for consideration, do not guarantee your admittance to an Accelerated Career Training program. The selection process begins the following week after the application deadlines for each program. Selected students will be notified via phone or email.

Accelerated Career Training Programs and Deadlines