City of Charlotte Boosts Upward Mobility with CMS Partnership

Published on July 10, 2024

Education 2 Employment group photo

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (July 10, 2024) – As a part of the Education 2 Employment initiative with the City of Charlotte and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, 13 recent graduates participated in signing day to recognize them as full-time city employees.

“As we look at upward mobility within our community and organization, it’s important to provide opportunities that develop skills and cultivate growth, “said Danielle Frazier, special assistant to the city manager for workforce development. “This program is setting up our younger workforce for success by providing a career, competitive salary, benefits and experience.” 

The students applied to posted entry-level positions within the Charlotte Department of Transportation, CharMeck 311 and the Department of General Services. To be selected, the applicants had to be graduating in 2024, 18 years old by the starting date and have a willingness to learn. They will be starting as a street crew member, office assistant or customer service representative.

“Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is committed to ensuring that our students graduate prepared and ready for the next chapter of their lives,” said Dr. Crystal Hill, superintendent, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. “We are excited that the City of Charlotte recognized their talents and potential and are grateful that they’re providing our graduates with these amazing employment offers.”

The new employees will earn minimum wage at $23 per hour and will receive city benefits including medical, paid vacation, sick and holidays; a 401(k) and North Carolina retirement pension plan; education assistance and much more. 

Some employees started on July 8 and others will start on July 15 and July 22. 

This is the first time the city has targeted graduating students directly into positions. In the future, it plans to add other departments and continue the Education 2 Employment initiative.

The city’s Workforce Development program also offers apprenticeships, internships, on-the-job training programs and more. 

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