Fuel Your Future.

NC Career Launch programs provide students with opportunities to gain valuable knowledge, experience and credentials that lead to high-demand jobs with growth and a living wage.

High school students and graduates:
find your career match.

Learn how to get there. Step-by-step along with our career pathways. With access to real, on-the-job learning, apprenticeships and certifications.

(And yes, you can get started in high school!)

Enter the workforce ahead of the rest.

Real-life learning takes off with NC Career Launch.

Learn by doing.

What is work-based learning?

Work-based learning is an educational strategy where students get to practice what they're learning in school by working alongside real employers and professionals in a real work environment. Students gain experience, technical skills and mentorship that will assist them in making informed decisions about their future path. NC Career Launch programs aim to:

  • Build student awareness of local job industries
  • Grow students' technical skills
  • Foster mentoring relationships between students and professionals
  • Create a talent pipeline for local businesses
  • Increase statewide postsecondary credential attainment

Pre-apprenticeship (high school)

Enroll in a qualifying pre-apprenticeship program for a chance to earn pre-apprenticeship certifications and transferrable college credits.


Apprenticeship (college)

Enroll in a registered apprenticeship program within 120 days after high school graduation to get paid on-the-job experience, grow your professional network and meet mentors.


Program completion

Complete your program and use your certifications and experience to land full-time employment or pursue a full-time education.

Featured Pathways


NC Governor Roy Cooper
NC Department of Public Instruction
NC Community College System
NC Department of Commerce
Apprenticeship NC
Charlotte Executive Leadership Council