NC Works NextGen

The NextGen Program (formerly Work and Learn) helps young adults, ages 16 to 24, gain work experience, enter the job market, complete educational goals and prepare for a career. The program targets young adults with one or more barriers to employment. NextGen provides career exploration, paid internships, help finding employment, and scholarships for training and certifications. Eligible students can earn their high school diploma while being enrolled in the college's occupational programs at the same time. The program is funded by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act under contract with Charlotte Works.

For more information, call NextGen at 704.330.6794, or visit the NextGen website.

Working Smart Certification

Working Smart certification is issued by Charlotte Works, Mecklenburg County's Workforce Development Board, to certify the recipient's employability skills related to self-awareness, self-management, work ethics, communication skills, and problem solving skills. Satisfactory completion of the Working Smart course is necessary to receive the certification.

Career Readiness Certificate

The North Carolina Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) is a portable employability skills credential signed by the Governor. The CRC allows potential employees to distinguish themselves from other applicants or meet preferred or required qualifications for employers. Applicants must earn a designated score on three tests - Reading for Information, Locating Information, and Applied Math - to receive either a bronze, silver, or gold designation.