College and Career Readiness

Career Development (Formerly HRD)

Getting that dream job is never easy, and first impressions are everything. Are you fully prepared for any question you might be asked at an interview? Does your resume really reflect who you are? The Career Development (formerly HRD) program can help! Career Development offers a variety of courses that help you stand out from the crowd at your next job interview.

What You Will Learn

You will take courses designed to prepare you for the job search process, such as:

  • HRD 8201: CRC Preparation and Employability Lab

This course covers developing a resume, interview preparation, and job search strategies. You will learn the components of an effective resume, including organization and formatting and how to customize your own resumes to convey greater confidence. The course also includes the opportunity for a professional dress outfitting. Additionally, all students will register in NC Works and can prepare and practice for the Career Readiness Certificate (CRC).

  • HRD 7000: Career and Planning Assessment

The course takes you through a process to assess your interests, attitudes, and aptitudes while you learn about high-demand career options and labor market information.  As you explore careers, you will develop a career and academic plan that will include measurable benchmarks for you to reach your educational and employment goals.

  • HRD 6015: Technology Awareness

The course introduces you to the basic functions of Microsoft Windows through the context of learning how to create file folders for organized record-keeping, completing on-line applications, adding email attachments, creating spreadsheets to track job search data, word processing, and using social media for job search.

  • HRD 6018: Economic Literacy

The course is designed to help you understand real-life economic concepts that will enable you to make more informed decisions in the workplace. Instruction includes budgeting, debt elimination, financial goal setting, bargain shopping, wage improvement plans, wise use of credit, and identity protection.

Learn About College and Career Readiness

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.

Additional Information

  • Who Can Enroll?

    • must be 18 years of age or older
    • enrollment is tuition-free if you meet one of the following requirements:
  • Available Courses, Locations, and How to Enroll

    Career Development classes are open enrollment and available at NCWorks Career Centers and Central Piedmont's Central Campus. Select and visit the site that is convenient for you. No pre-registration is required; participants will complete an in-class registration form and tuition waiver on the first day of class.

    Charlotte Works Executive Center Drive Career Center

    5601 Executive Center Dr.


    • Tue and Thu 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

    Central Piedmont Central Campus

    Education Center, Room 132


    • Wed 1:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
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