College and Career Readiness


Are you unemployed or underemployed? Do you want a better job, career, and life? Do you need additional training, certifications, or degrees? Rise 2 Work through Central Piedmont College and Career Readiness is the program for you.

What You Will Learn

Rise2Work is a grant-funded partnership between Central Piedmont, the Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services, and the North Carolina Division of Health and Human Services that connects low-income residents with the education and training opportunities they need to secure a better-paying job or family-sustaining career. If you are enrolled in Mecklenburg County's Food & Nutrition Services Employment and Training program, Rise2Work can help you increase your skills, earn new credentials, boost your career possibilities, and contribute to your family's financial well-being.

Through Rise2Work, you can receive:

  • scholarships to college
  • training and certifications for in-demand jobs
  • advising and career coaching
  • Education Navigator assistance to help you plan your career path
  • support services and transportation assistance

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 is Eligible to Participate?

    To be eligible for Rise2Work, you must:

    • be receiving or eligible to receive Food and Nutrition Services (EBT) in Mecklenburg County (SNAP, EBT, Food Stamps assistance, etc.)
    • at least 16 years old
    • be able to work
    • not be receiving Work First or Refugee Employment Services
  • How Do I Enroll?

    Attend a Rise2Work information session or contact an Education Navigator. Information sessions are held every Wednesday at 10 a.m. virtually. To join the session, call 1.415.655.0001, then enter the code 612372683 when prompted.

    For general questions about the Rise2Work program, contact an Education Navigator:

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