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Rise 2 Work

Provides job-driven, skills-based training that leads to meaningful employment for food stamps recipients.

Contact Us:  704-336-3000

Rise 2 Work provides job-driven, skills-based training that leads to meaningful employment for food stamps recipients. It is part of the voluntary NC Food and Nutrition Services Employment and Training Program (FNS E&T), intended to increase FNS recipients' skills, careers, and ultimately their families' financial well-being.


Rise 2 Work Connection

Central Piedmont Community College

Address1412 East 4th St.,
Charlotte, NC 28204

Bus routes: 9, 14, 15, 17, 25, 27

Phone: 704-330-2722, Ext. 3077 or 3139

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Orientation: Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

Free Training: GED®, HiSET® and adult high school instruction, CompTIA IT computer certification A+, air conditioning, heating and refrigeration, early childhood education, welding technology and more.

Other Services: Soft skills certification, occupational trainings, interview and resume prep, and career planning.

​Center for Community Transitions

Address5301 Wilkinson Blvd,
Charlotte, NC 28208

Bus route: 5

Phone: 704-374-0762

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Orientation: Drop in Monday - Friday

Free Training: Working Smart soft skills for workplace success. LifeWorks! provides practical training, employment assistance, help in defining personal values, and help to make thinking and behaviors better match those values. Seeking Safety program for managing trauma.

Other Services: Employment networking with employers who are willing to hire people with criminal records. Onsite banking and health clinic.

Community Culinary School of Charlotte

Address9315-D Monroe Road,
Charlotte, NC 28270

Bus routes: 27, 65X

Phone: 704-375-4500

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Orientation: By appointment, application required

Free Training: 14-week culinary arts program, including everything from soup stocks to sauces, knife skills, workshops on different cooking techniques, hands-on participatory classes and chefs doing demos.

Other Services: Life and literacy skills, substance abuse prevention services and career placement.

Goodwill Industries

Address5301 Wilkinson Blvd.,
Charlotte, NC 28208

Bus route: 5

Phone: 704-372-3434

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Orientation: Wednesdays at 9 a.m.

Free Training: Construction, forklift/OSHA 10, customer, administrative and business services, Microsoft Office specialist, fundamentals of IT, Salesforce Academy, Office 365 Cloud Computing, introduction to web design and development, A+ helpdesk support, and code immersion.

Other Services: Career development specialists, Goodworks staffing agency, onsite banking, child care and health clinic.

Urban League

Address740 West 5th Street,
Charlotte, NC 28202

Bus routes: 8, 5

Phone: 704-373-2256

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Orientation: Tuesdays at 9 a.m.

Free Training: Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, highway construction, fiber optics and broadband, Microsoft and customer service specialist, and medical coding.

Other Services: Bi-monthly career fairs, high school completion classes, entrepreneurship and youth programs.

NC Works

Address3205 Freedom Drive,
Charlotte, NC 28208

Earl Wright, 980-314-8464

Bus routes: 2, 8, 30, 34

8601 McAlpine Park Drive, Charlotte, NC 28211

Bus route: 19, 65x


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Orientations: Monday-Friday (multiple times)

Free Services: Career assessment and guidance. Access to many training and education programs. Information on the job market. Resume and cover letter preparation. Interview practice. Free computer and internet access. NCWorks online job search. Funding for training programs through WIOA. Job search support and more.

National Center on Institutions and Alternatives, NCIA

Address517 Blairhill Road,
Charlotte, NC 28217

Bus route: 16

Phone: 704-287-4459

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Free Training: For those receiving FNS benefits in CDL-B, automotive repair and HVAC.

Other Services: Workforce development, case management and employment placement

Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO)

Address5301 Wilkinson Boulevard,
Charlotte, NC 28208

Bus route: 5

Phone: 980-260-1576

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Free Training: Job start readiness training & retention services

Other Services: Transitional jobs to permanent job placement, financial literacy, resume writing, etc. 

Grace-Mar Services

Address615 East 6th St., Suite 116,
Charlotte, NC 28202

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Phone: 980-257-1692

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Free Training:  Customer service, ServSafe

Other Services: YouthBuild, fatherhood, Workfirst, Rise 2 Work, re-entry and housing counseling

Success Stories

Community Culinary School of Charlotte

VTC Charlotte with Student Testimonials

Testimonial 1: Aimee Chester

Testimonial 2: Chappell Mosely

HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices

​The HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices (English-Spanish) describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information. We are required by law to protect health information about you.

Contact Us

If you have questions about the Rise 2 Work program, please call 704-336-3000, or visit us in person.

Address:  Ella B. Scarborough Community Resource Center, 430 Stitt Road, Charlotte, NC 28213

VCW Community Resource Center, 3205 Freedom Drive, Charlotte, NC 28208 

Wallace H. Kuralt Center, 301 Billingsley Rd, Charlotte, NC 28211 


Telephone: 704-336-3000


Social Work Services Manager,  Jennifer Peele-Gray

RISE2Work/FNS Employment and Training, Work First Employment Services, SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) Program, and Social Work Services 


Social Work Services Sr. Manager, Lucille Joe

RISE2Work/FNS Employment and Training, Work First Employment Services, SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) Program, and Social Work Services


Economic Services Division Director, Adonica Hampton