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The Charlotte Career Discovery Day, a partnership between the City of Charlotte’s Mayor’s Youth Employment Program and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, will be held 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. This event will provide 4,000 students in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area with an interactive experience that showcases career paths in various fields relevant in today’s job market, including:

  • Arts and Communications
  • Business, Management, and Technology, featuring Microsoft YouthSpark Live
  • Design, Engineering, Architecture, Natural Resources, and Agricultural Professions
  • Health
  • Human Services and Local Government

Students will be welcomed into a general assembly that will showcase a Dress for Success Fashion Show and words of wisdom from leading executive and government leaders. Youth may elect to visit a College Fair to learn about advanced training from local and regional educational institutions. 

For a preview of what to expect in 2016, we welcome you to review the excitement captured at the 2015 Charlotte Career Discovery Day!


Event Location

The Park Expo and Conference Center
800 Briar Creek Road
Charlotte, NC 28205


Student Involvement

Public, private, charter, and homeschool high school students throughout Mecklenburg County will be invited to attend this event through school administration. The ages of youth sent will be determined on a school-by-school basis. More details will be disbursed at the school level.


Vendor Recruitment

We are eager for Charlotte-area employers to come out and showcase their companies and industries. Vendors are invited to sign up to showcase in the area that best suits their business (click on each title to see a more detailed list of industries located within each category):


Vendors are encouraged to create interactive displays and experiences for students to provide glimpses into what a career in your area may entail. A formal presentation is not necessary, as each student will have the opportunity to speak with multiple employers as they pass through the career zones. In an effort to promote sustainability, we ask that vendors minimize hard-copy materials wherever possible. Vendors will also be able to indicate if they will be looking to hire youth in the short-term, either seasonal or part-time. Vendor displays will need to be available to students from 8 a.m. through 2 p.m., with teardown running until 3 p.m.​

Vendors will be charged a nominal registration fee:

  • Private-sector firms: $125
  • Non-profit and educational institutions: $50

Registration fees will entitle each vendor to:

  • (1) 10’x10’ exhibit area
  • (1) 8’ table (draped)
  • (1) pipe and drape signage
  • (2) chairs (maximum)
  • WiFi

Payment will be accepted by check made out to the City of Charlotte, and is due by January 29, 2016. Please mail checks to:

City of Charlotte
Neighborhood and Business Services/Community Engagement
Attn: Steve Wood
600 East Trade Street, Suite 311
Charlotte, NC 28202


Additional services may be ordered through the venue directly (see registration form for more details):

  • Electrical services
  • Carpeting


Our registration has closed and we are now finalizing our venue layout. We look forward to seeing our vendors in April!

Event Sponsors and Supporters

Our event would not be possible without the following sponsors and supporters who partner with the City of Charlotte to create an amazing event for local youth. To learn how your firm can support the Charlotte Career Discovery Day, please contact Dawn Hill (, 704-336-4445)
Gold Sponsors
Carolinas HealthCare System
Silver Sponsor
Charlotte Works
Bronze Sponsors
Southeastern Institute
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated
Eye Dialogue
Jason's Deli
Mecklenburg County
Paul Mitchell the School Charlotte
The Park Expo and Conference Center


If you have any questions about our event, we welcome you to contact Steve Wood (,

Key Engagement Areas 


Arts and Communication

  • Apparel design and development

  • Audio/video technology and film

  • Journalism and broadcasting

  • Performing arts

  • Visual Arts

  • Web design/digital graphics

Business, Management, and Technology

  • Banking

  • Business financial and accounting management

  • Buying and merchandising

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Information systems

  • Insurance and investment planning

  • Marketing and communication

  • Network systems

  • Program/software development



Design, Engineering, Architecture, Natural Resources, and Agricultural Professions

  • Architecture and design

  • Automotive services

  • Construction

  • Engineering

  • Environmental services

  • Facility management

  • Food products/processing systems

  • Horticulture

  • Plant systems

  • Science and math

  • Technology

  • Warehousing



  • Bio-informatics

  • Biotechnology

  • Diagnostic and therapeutic services

  • Health informatics

  • Pharmacy

  • Veterinary

Human Services and Local Government

  • City government

  • Cosmetology

  • County government

  • Early childhood education

  • School district operations

  • Travel, tourism, and lodging

  • Recreation and amusement

  • Restaurants and food/beverage






2015 Participants


ACE Mentor ProgramCMS-Cato Middle College High School AdmissionsMontreat College
Affinity Automation, LLCCMS-Harper Middle College High School AdmissionsNational Amateur Sports
AquaTech Pool ManagementCollege Foundation of NCNCATSU-Summer Programs
Behailu AcademyCPCC Services Corporation/Collegiate Test PrepNeets Sweets/ Market your Mind
Bethlehem CenterCPCC Work-Based LearningNovo Community Foundation
Cabarrus College of Health SciencesDistrict Attorney's OfficePaul Mitchell
Camp Eagle Rock/Siskey YMCA AquaticsDRMP, Inc.Promising Pages
Carolinas College of Health SciencesExploring Program - Boy Scouts of AmericaPublix
Carolinas HealthCare System MAT-1Fitzpatrick Engineering GroupRadford University
Carolinas HealthCare System MED-1Frito-Lay, Inc.Regina's College of Beauty
CarowindsGame TruckRight Moves for Youth
Central Piedmont Community College - Applied TechnologiesGirl TalkSaint Augustine's University
Central Piedmont Community College - Harper Campus AdmissionsInspire NCShowmars
Central Piedmont Community College - Transport Systems TechnologyITT Technical InstituteSiemens
Charlotte Fire DepartmentJohnson & Wales UniversitySoutheastern Institute
Charlotte Mecklenburg LibraryJohnson C. Smith UniversitySPRINT
Charlotte WaterKaplan CollegeThe Art Institutes
Charlotte WorksLiving Arts CollegeThe Finance Bar
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning DepartmentLivingstone CollegeThe Scholar Mom
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police DepartmentMax Daetwyler Corp.Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Youth CouncilMayor's Mentoring AllianceU.S. National Whitewater Center
Charmeck 311Mecklenburg County CourthouseUNC Asheville
City of Charlotte - AviationMecklenburg County CSSUNC Charlotte Department of Engineering Technology and Construction Management
City of Charlotte - Code EnforcementMecklenburg County Department of Social ServicesUS Army – Charlotte Recruiting Company
City of Charlotte - Community Relations CommitteeMecklenburg County HRUS Navy
City of Charlotte - DOTMecklenburg County Internal AuditUSDA, APHIS, Veterinary Services
City of Charlotte - EngineeringMecklenburg County ITUSMC – Recruiting Station Columbia
City of Charlotte - HRMecklenburg County LUESA-GISVerizon Wireless
City of Charlotte - ITMecklenburg County Park and RecreationYMCA of Greater Charlotte
City of Charlotte - Management & Financial ServicesMecklenburg EMS Agency (MEDIC)
CMS- Levine Middle College High School AdmissionsMicrosoft