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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 April 22, 2015. 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:

  • Finance
  • Health Sciences
  • Human Services & Leadership
  • Local Government
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

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. Students may also elect to visit a Career and College Fair to learn about more immediate job opportunities and area higher education institutions.


Event Location

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


Please be sure to review the excitement captured at the 2014 Charlotte Career Discovery Day!



Student Involvement

High school students throughout Mecklenburg County will be invited to attend this event through school administration. Participation will be geared toward students primarily 16 to 18 years of age. 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 following areas (click on each for more details):

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 avoid hard-copy collateral wherever possible.


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. 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 Park Expo directly:

  • Electrical services
  • Carpeting


Event Sponsors and Supporters

Our event would not be possible without the following sponsors and supporters who partnered with the City of Charlotte to create an amazing event for local youth:
Gold Sponsor
Silver Sponsor
Charlotte Works
Bronze Sponsors
Carolinas HealthCare System
Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Mecklenburg County
Publix Super Markets, Inc.
The Park Expo and Conference Center


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


Key Engagement Areas 


Finance Zone

The Finance Zone will feature hands-on financial literacy education activities aimed at building strong foundations for the future of our youth. As youth become more financially literate, they become better prepared to build stable futures, to help themselves gain education, to be productive members of the workforce, and to contribute to their communities. The Mayor’s Youth Employment Program and our community partners are pleased to provide support for youth to gain employment and career experiences that give young people the opportunity to obtain the necessary skills to move forward in their careers and their future. The Finance Zone will feature:

  • Innovative, effective, and fun activities
  • A “reality check” lifestyles activity that will provide a reality check after answering only a few questions

Health Sciences Zone

The proposed Health Sciences Zone will feature a mobile hospital unit provided by Carolinas HealthCare System and Carolinas College of Health Sciences, and Simulation Center, a rich collection of high-fidelity human patient simulators and procedural task trainers. The MYEP Health Sciences Zone will highlight some of the best programs in health care education and services Charlotte has to offer. Students will explore:

  • Laboratory sciences
  • SimMan demonstrations
  • Exciting career opportunities and career pathways in nursing, radiation therapy, radiologic technology, surgical technology, pharmaceuticals, and integrative medicine


​Human Services & Leadership Zone

The Human Services zone will expose youth to popular employment opportunities that provide a range of services important to not only Charlotte-Mecklenburg business and working professionals, but those that travel through this area on business and for pleasure. Areas highlighted in this zone will include: 

  • Cosmetology
  • Hospitality
  • Tourism
  • Child care

Local Government Zone

The Local Government Zone will provide an opportunity to showcase possible future employment and career paths to our youth within the branches of our local government system. This Zone hinges upon collaboration among the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. The Local Government Zone will expose youth to the emerging careers and diverse opportunities within:

  • Engineering
  • K-12 Education/ Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
  • Public Administration
  • Energy
  • IT
  • Planning
  • Transportation
  • Legal Affairs
  • Neighborhood and Business Services:  Economic Development, Community Engagement, Housing Services, and Code Enforcement
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department
  • Charlotte Fire Department
  • Solid Waste Services
  • Department of Social Service


Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) are key elements in an innovative economy like Charlotte’s. These disciplines are foundational to the continued growth of high-skill, high-wage industries. The STEM Zone will consist of industry leaders who will offer youth:

  • An opportunity to engage with industry representatives
  • An opportunity to learn more about the industries that drive our local economy
  • Assistance with developing a greater understanding of the qualifications for different careers
  • Exciting hands-on activities and demonstrations



​Career and College Zone

The Career and Career Fair will provide students an opportunity to speak with local higher education institutions (both community colleges and 4-year colleges and universities) about post-secondary opportunities. Students will also be provided an opportunity to:

  • Learn more about local career and job opportunities
  • Schedule job pre-screening with local businesses
  • Hear from a diverse group of professionals, including:
    • Hospitality/tourism
    • Culinary
    • IT
    • Volunteer services

​2014 Participants

ACE Mentor ProgramCity of Charlotte Shared Services DepartmentMecklenburg County Solid Waste Services
AIA CharlotteCity of Charlotte Sustainability EffortsMedic (Mecklenburg EMS)
American Red CrossCMPD HR/RecruitmentMicrosoft
Bank of AmericaCoca-Cola Bottling Co. ConsolidatedMonarch
BelkCollege Foundation of NCMontreat College
Belmont Abbey CollegeCW Williams Community Health CenterMy Next Level Career Coaching
Bentala SalonDiscovery PlaceNC Department of Transportation
Best BuyDuke EnergyNorth Carolina A&T State University
Bosch Rexroth CorporationElite Resources Premier StaffingNorth Carolina Amtrak
Carolinas College of Health SciencesEmpire Beauty SchoolOperation College Scholar
Carolinas MED-1Fairfield Inn Charlotte NorthlakePaul Mitchell The School Charlotte
CarowindsFitzpatrick Engineering Group, PLLCPfeiffer University
Central Piedmont Community CollegeGaffney Health ServicesPiedmont Airlines
Charlotte Area Transit SystemGame TruckPricewaterhouseCoopers
Charlotte Fire DepartmentGreat Wolf LodgePromising Pages
Charlotte Housing AuthorityHackerspace CharlotteRegina's College of Beauty
Charlotte Mecklenburg Public LibraryHuman Technologies, Inc.Siemens Energy, Inc.
Charlotte Medical Dental and Pharmaceutical SocietyIndependent YouthSKOOLAIDE
Charlotte WorksIT-oLogySolid Waste Services
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community RelationsITT Technical InstituteSoutheastern Institute
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning DepartmentJohnson & Wales UniversityThe Art Institute of Charlotte
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police DepartmentJohnson C. Smith UniversityThe Ghettonerd Company, LLC
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Junior AchievementThe Joint
City of Charlotte Aviation DepartmentLegacy Home Loans LLCThe Scholar Mom
City of Charlotte Engineering DepartmentLoveSpeaksOutU.S. Conference of Mayors DollarWise Campaign
City of Charlotte HR/RecruitmentMacie Caldwell Consulting ServicesUNC Charlotte
City of Charlotte Innovation & Technology DepartmentMecklenburg County Child Support EnforcementUniversity of Rochester
City of Charlotte Neighborhood & Business Services Department: Code EnforcementMecklenburg County Community Support ServicesUS Army
City of Charlotte Neighborhood & Business Services Department: Community EngagementMecklenburg County Department of Social ServicesVulcan Materials Company
City of Charlotte Neighborhood & Business Services Department: Economic DevelopmentMecklenburg County HR/RecruitmentY Square Management
City of Charlotte Neighborhood & Business Services Department: Housing ServicesMecklenburg County Parks and Recreation