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.

The Accelerated Career Training candidate lives in the Charlotte area and is:

  • seeking to improve their economic status
  • unemployed or underemployed
  • a self-starter and highly motivated
  • seeking guidance to explore career path options with a career coach
  • actively seeking employment and/or career growth
  • able to adapt and commit to scheduled classes

Working Smart Classes

By participating in an Accelerated Career Training program you are also required to attend Working Smart: Soft Skills for Workplace Success classes. The Working Smart course supports the Accelerated Career Training program course by going beyond technical skills, helping you master the soft skills that employers believe are critical to increasing your chances for employment, job success, and promotion. 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. Please 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.

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Accelerated Career Training Programs and Deadlines