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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

  • Secondary Degree Completion
  • Career Training Programs
  • Career Advisors

Charlotte Works – Workforce Development Resources

  • Career Advising and Mentoring (high school youth and young adult)
  • Leadership Development
  • Workforce Training and Training Grants
  • Community Partnerships

Centralina Workforce NextGen Services

  • Workforce Readiness Training/Opportunities
  • Business Services (Talent/Management Strategies and Solutions)

Minds That Manufacture

  • Workforce Skills Training/Certifications
  • Advanced Manufacturing Centers
  • Youth Programming
  • Workforce Investment Board

Community Culinary School of Charlotte

  • Food Services Training Program
  • Job Placement Assistance

Job Corps

  • Free Career Planning, Training and Placement
  • Secondary Degree Completion or Equivalent
  • Earn College Credits

APSI Career Training Center

  • Free Workforce Development Programs/Seminars
  • Hero2Work Program (for veterans)
  • Customized Career Training

The ROC (Construction Training)

  • Career and Technical Education (CTE) Training (for in-school teens)
  • CTE Employment Opportunities
  • Construction-related Mentorships

Catawba Valley Community College – Manufacturing Academy

  • Manufacturing Career Courses/Degree Completion
  • Manufacturing Career Training
  • Distance and Continuing Education Opportunities

Apprenticeship 2000

  • Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeships
  • Dual Training (academic courses/in-company training)
  • Scholarship Opportunities
  • Job Placement

Apprenticeship Charlotte

  • Work-based Learning/Co-op
  • Earn Academic Credits

North Carolina Star Jobs

  • From the North Carolina Labor & Economic Analysis Division, Star Jobs is a new and simplified way to help you identify promising occupations
  • Star ratings are assigned based on wages, projected growth rate, and projected job openings, and each occupation has a rating of between 1 and 5 stars