Mayor's Youth Employment Program

The CCDD has been postponed until further notice.


The Charlotte Career Discovery Day (CCDD) is where more than 100 local businesses and universities share hands-on experiences with 2,000+ students in highly engaging and interactive events.



Why should your business attend CCDD?

Inspire youth and help shape the future workforce!

CCDD is a collaboration between the City of Charlotte and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), with the help of several community stakeholders. More than 2,000 students will visit interactive "industry zones" and explore different career paths.

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The more businesses that participate, the more young people can learn about their potential career options. Become a vendor to inspire students and share your line of work!

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Why should you or your child come to CCDD?

Get hands on!

  • Want to try coding? See the inside of the police bomb squad car? Use a welding device for the first time?  Most vendors have hands-on activities for you to explore and learn more about their industry. Find out what career paths you or your child might be interested in at this interactive event.

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Take the next step in your career

  • Meet with universities and colleges to talk about next steps after high school. Many of these schools waive their application fees at this event!
  • Real-life Human Resource (HR) representatives will also be on-site, giving students tips about how to score that job interview, what to wear to the office, and more.

Learn how your business can participate in Charlotte Career Discovery Day by emailing

For Non CMS Students

Student attendance is coordinated through Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and is for high schools students. If you're interested in attending, contact your school's CDC.

Students who are homeschooled, attend a private school or charter school, or are involved in any other non-CMS educational group can still attend Charlotte Career Discovery Day! All students must have a chaperone who transports the student(s) to the Convention Center and is with them at all times during the event. All attendees also must be pre-registered.

For more information and/or to register your non-CMS student group, please contact us.



Do you want to help 2,000+ youth learn more about career options so they can “Reimagine Life’s Possibilities? Sign up to be a Charlotte Career Discovery Day volunteer today!

Approximately 80 volunteers are needed for this event to help ensure students have a full experience. Volunteer opportunities include bus transportation, registration, vendor set up assistance, industry "zone" volunteers and other general duties.

Volunteers will be given a t-shirt to identify themselves as a volunteer, and refreshments will be provided.

To learn more and/or to sign up to volunteer, contact us.



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Learn how your business can participate in Charlotte Career Discovery Day by emailing

2019 Charlotte Career Discovery Day Event, the most successful one in program history!

Thank you to our sponsors who made it possible: Junior Achievement, Army ROTC, Atrium Health, Charlotte Works, Siemens, Microsoft, Charlotte Area Hotel Association ( CAHA)

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Thank you to all our vendors, volunteers and all 5,349 CCDD student attendees.

We could not have accomplished this record breaking event without all of you!