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

Who Can Enroll

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
  • able to work
  • not receiving Work First or Refugee Employment Services

Enroll Now: Attend a Rise2Work Information Session or Contact an Education Navigator

On Wednesdays at 11 a.m., join our virtual information session by phone:

  • Join WEBEX meeting

    • Access code: 178 403 5476
    • Password: GEER2021
  • Join from a mobile device (Attendees only)
    • Call +1-415-655-0001, 1784035476#   
  • Join from a video system or application 
  • Join using Microsoft Lync or Microsoft Skype for Business


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

email Chasity Gardner or call 704.330.2722, ext. 3139

Additional Information