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Career and Technical Education

Technical Industry: Setting the Direction and Pace of 21st Century Education

The intersection of passion and talent marks the birthplace of the 21st century workforce who have transitioned away from the pursuit of a traditional four-year college degree to that of industry-recognized apprenticeships and certification and associate’s degree programs that provide direct entry into high-demand technical careers and continued learning opportunities that increase employees’ skill-sets, salaries and job market values.

WTVI-PBS Charlotte invites you to explore the growing momentum of area training programs and companies in collaboration as they develop and provide industry-driven curricula, alongside real-world experiences, to help train and provide highly skilled trade workers that understand how to utilize the latest technologies and serve to meet the American economy’s immediate need to fill jobs that cannot be outsourced to other countries.

From advanced manufacturing to mechatronics engineering, the modern technical age is advancing rapidly and setting the direction and pace of 21st century education. And students turned multi-skilled workers are taking full advantage of these accelerated pathways by opting to enroll or transition into career-focused programs that offer industry-recognized credentials and hands-on industry exposure for advanced job opportunities and higher salaries.

Though experience, location and job position are all variables, the median annual wage among skilled trade jobs is approximately $42,000. And in many cases, the opportunity to advance to a top salary can occur within less than six years of employment.

To learn more, please enjoy PBS Charlotte’s technical career video library and click on the listed North Carolina career pathways resource links to enroll in a local program today!

Technical Career Video Library


NC Career Pathways Resources

Central Piedmont Community College – Pathways to Careers

Charlotte Works – Workforce Development Resources

Centralina Workforce NextGen Services       

Minds That Manufacture

Community Culinary School of Charlotte

Job Corps

APSI Career Training Center

The ROC (Construction Training)

Catawba Valley Community College – Manufacturing Academy