Workplace Learning and Apprenticeship Charlotte

Instructional areas across the college, both curriculum (credit-based) and continuing education (non-credit) provide training and customized services to employers. Collaboration and training may also extend beyond Mecklenburg County to serve national and global clients.

Workplace Learning

Workplace Learning covers three main learning opportunities:

  1. Work-based Learning (formerly Cooperative Education or Co-op)
  2. Internships
  3. Apprenticeship Charlotte

For more information:

> Visit the Workplace Learning Office on Central Campus in the Elizabeth Office Building
> Call 704.330.6217
> Email
> Visit the Workplace Learning Web page

Locations for Workplace Learning offices on all Central Piedmont campuses are available in the college directory.

Work-based Learning

Work-based Learning (formerly Cooperative Education or Co-op) is an academic college class that blends classroom learning with practical work experience. Instead of attending class in a traditional classroom, students work with an employer in a position directly related to their field of study. Work-based Learning is similar to an internship, but students receive academic credit either as an elective or as a required class. Through employer partnerships, students gain work experience that increases their chances of finding career-related employment upon completion. Employers have the opportunity to connect with students that are given faculty support throughout the experience. Work-based Learning experiences may be paid or unpaid.

Students are accepted from various programs of study, provided they meet the following criteria:

  1. They must be enrolled in an approved Central Piedmont Work-based Learning curriculum program of study.
  2. They must meet GPA and course completion eligibility requirements as established by the programs of study and state regulations.
  3. They must be recommended by the program faculty coordinator.
  4. They must be approved by the Workplace Learning office. Placement is not guaranteed for all eligible students.
  5. Students who meet certain criteria may qualify to receive academic credit for a Work-based Learning experience at their current job.

Placement is not guaranteed for all eligible students.


Internships are flexible, non-credit bearing work experiences that allow students and recent graduates to gain exposure to their field. Internships enable students to further build related work experience and enhance their portfolios and are an option in programs where work-based learning is unavailable. Upon successful completion of an internship, participants will receive a certificate acknowledging their achievement.

Eligibility to participate in an internship that is not for academic credit varies based on the program of study. Contact the Workplace Learning office for details.

Apprenticeship Charlotte

Apprenticeship Charlotte is a program that connects talented students to local employers. By combining classroom and workplace learning, both the employers and selected students share a valuable experience that produces immediate results. Employers often cover the cost of tuition, fees, and books for apprentices, and many times offer full-time employment upon successful completion of an apprenticeship. Employers benefit from having highly skilled employees in positions that are difficult to fill.

To learn more about participating in an apprenticeship, potential students should visit the Apprenticeship Charlotte website or send an email to