MeckEd’s Career Pathways is a highly successful workforce and economic development program that is creating a pipeline of students who successfully transition from K-12 to post-secondary certification and training programs, college, as well as directly into the workforce. MeckEd’s Career Pathways provides job shadowing, career exploration, soft skills training, college tours, financial and navigational support, paid internships and apprenticeship opportunities, funded certification programs, as well as career clothing, books, equipment, tools, application fees, and transportation, for students at Garinger, Harding, Vance, and West Charlotte High Schools.
A strategic priority for MeckEd is to gradually and carefully increase the engagement of additional CMS high schools and students in high quality workplace learning opportunities without compromising the quality and the potential transformative impact of Career Pathways.
Note: Career Pathways students are in demand for internships and the program is increasingly considered a model for the design and development of other local and regional workforce development initiatives.
Over 8,000 students have been served since 2012
Students have been able to participate in over 500 different workforce development experiences
Career Pathways 2018-2019 cohort had a 100% graduation rate
The Locator has more than 500 quality Out of School Time programs listed
Over 13,650 students have been served through Charlotte NEXT
Since 2018 $110,000 was awarded to program providers to provide free after school programs
MeckEd’s Charlotte NEXT initiative was launched in December 2016 with the goal of closing the EXPEREINCE GAP by ensuring that all middle school aged youth have access to quality enrichment experiences outside of the traditional school day.
With substantial support from the Gambrell Family Foundation and a growing family of local and regional funders, Charlotte NEXT built and manages an online tool called The Locator to assist students and families in matching interests and needs with current Out of School Time programs.
Charlotte NEXT offers an array of professional development programs designed to improve quality and support innovative practices in Out of School Time programming. To date over 20 different OST providers have participated on over 13 professional development sessions. These providers are impacting over 12,300 Mecklenburg County youth!
Charlotte NEXT has facilitated two Request for Proposals (RFPs) that have enabled eight program providers to offer OST enrichment experiences in three high need CMS middle schools, resulting in over 17,000 additional hours of enrichment to over 250 middle school aged students.
Charlotte NEXT has also awarded 11 program providers mini-grants totaling over $32,000 to provide creative and innovative projects to middle school students in summer and afterschool programs.