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Fuel Your Future.

NC Career Launch programs provide students with opportunites 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.

NCBCE Annual Meeting: Good News Across the State

Travel across the state with NCBCE visiting teachers, students and employers transforming work-based learning in our state.

Get inspired by and learn how you can provide opportunities and develop a workforce for the future.

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
1

Pre-apprenticeship (high school)

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

2

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.

3

Program completion

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

Featured Pathways

NCBCE Special Correspondent Discusses Work-Based Learning with Governor Roy Cooper

Partners

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