For Road to Hire, work based learning is more than cutting a check
Trying to decide what to do with life after high school can be daunting. The Road to Hire program works to ease that decision while also breaking economic mobility barriers in the Charlotte area. The team believes that motivated young adults should have an equal opportunity to develop professional skills and move up the ladder even if college isn’t an option.

Charlotte Works caught up with Chandler Martin, Director of Road to Hire, and former Director of Human Capital at Red Ventures, to discuss his career pathway and how the program provides training for young adults to help them become successful in the workplace.

Middle school students explore STEM careers at youth expo
Charlotte Works held its first ever iamSTEMCLT Youth Expo June 27. Over 200 middle school scholars attended the interactive event to learn about opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

iamSTEMCLT is a collaboration between Charlotte Works and Freedom School Partners with support from various community partners and employers such as Bank of America, Discovery Place, and Central Piedmont Community College.
What STEM careers are key to improving economic mobility in Charlotte?

As the Charlotte community works to improve its ranking in economic opportunity, a vital focus has become education and career readiness. Leading on Opportunity, the organization established to implement strategies to improve economic mobility, outlines several recommendations centered around providing students with access to high quality education, career pathway guidance, and work-based learning opportunities. Jobs in STEM, or Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, are poised to serve as a springboard into stability and career growth for students entering the workforce over the next decade. In Mecklenburg County, there is a demand for 88,500 STEM careers through 2028.
Upcoming Events
Networking Workshop
July 5, from 9 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
NCWorks Career Center
5601 Executive Center Dr., Suite 100 [  map  ]

On the Job Training Grant Info Session for Career Seekers
July 12, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
NCWorks Career Center
5601 Executive Center Dr., Suite 100 [  map  ]

Applications, Resumes, & Cover Letters Workshop
July 17, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
NCWorks Career Center
5601 Executive Center Dr., Suite 100 [  map  ]

Lean Six Sigma Info Session
July 24, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
NCWorks Career Center
7140 Forest Point Blvd., Suite A [  map  ]