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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 March 24, 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
  • 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.


To register as an event vendor, please fill out the form here.

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.  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 organizations: $75

Registration fees will entitle each vendor to:

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

Additional services may be ordered through the Park Expo directly:

  • Electrical services
  • Internet access
  • Carpeting
  • Additional parking permits

To register for the event, please fill out the form here.


Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities will be available to support the entire event.  If you or your firm are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact Steve Wood (, 704-336-4161).



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


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 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 Program City of Charlotte Shared Services Department Mecklenburg County Solid Waste Services
AIA Charlotte City of Charlotte Sustainability Efforts Medic (Mecklenburg EMS)
American Red Cross CMPD HR/Recruitment Microsoft
Bank of America Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated Monarch
Belk College Foundation of NC Montreat College
Belmont Abbey College CW Williams Community Health Center My Next Level Career Coaching
Bentala Salon Discovery Place NC Department of Transportation
Best Buy Duke Energy North Carolina A&T State University
Bosch Rexroth Corporation Elite Resources Premier Staffing North Carolina Amtrak
Carolinas College of Health Sciences Empire Beauty School Operation College Scholar
Carolinas MED-1 Fairfield Inn Charlotte Northlake Paul Mitchell The School Charlotte
Carowinds Fitzpatrick Engineering Group, PLLC Pfeiffer University
Central Piedmont Community College Gaffney Health Services Piedmont Airlines
Charlotte Area Transit System Game Truck PricewaterhouseCoopers
Charlotte Fire Department Great Wolf Lodge Promising Pages
Charlotte Housing Authority Hackerspace Charlotte Regina's College of Beauty
Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library Human Technologies, Inc. Siemens Energy, Inc.
Charlotte Medical Dental and Pharmaceutical Society Independent Youth SKOOLAIDE
Charlotte Works IT-oLogy Solid Waste Services
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations ITT Technical Institute Southeastern Institute
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department Johnson & Wales University The Art Institute of Charlotte
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Johnson C. Smith University The Ghettonerd Company, LLC
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools  Junior Achievement The Joint
City of Charlotte Aviation Department Legacy Home Loans LLC The Scholar Mom
City of Charlotte Engineering Department LoveSpeaksOut U.S. Conference of Mayors DollarWise Campaign
City of Charlotte HR/Recruitment Macie Caldwell Consulting Services UNC Charlotte
City of Charlotte Innovation & Technology Department Mecklenburg County Child Support Enforcement University of Rochester
City of Charlotte Neighborhood & Business Services Department: Code Enforcement Mecklenburg County Community Support Services US Army
City of Charlotte Neighborhood & Business Services Department: Community Engagement Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services Vulcan Materials Company
City of Charlotte Neighborhood & Business Services Department: Economic Development Mecklenburg County HR/Recruitment Y Square Management
City of Charlotte Neighborhood & Business Services Department: Housing Services Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation