Our College & Career Connections program is designed with YOU in mind. This includes free programs and workshops by experts in the field with topics ranging from financial aid to applications, admissions essays, and even services such as free SAT and ACT practice tests offered by The Princeton Review. In addition, we have a brand-new road map to help you answer three very important questions – Who am I? What do I want to do? and How will I get there?
The Library offers volunteer opportunities through our year-round VolunTeen initiative at all 20 of our branch locations. We also have community service projects, career exploration programs and more. Lastly, we have an array of Library materials, online resources and support just for you!
College & Career Connections Road Map Checklist
- Learning Express/PrepStep – CMLibrary Online Resource
- Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center – CMLibrary Online Resource
- Learn About Yourself – College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC)
- My Next Move – U.S. Department of Labor
- NC Careers – NC Department of Commerce
- Virtual College Tours – Campus Tours
- Listen to our College & Career Podcasts on Digital Branch
- Create your own Explore activity (Suggestions: Attend a college fair, Shadow a professional to learn more about a career, Learn which schools offer your preferred major or area of interest)
- Search for books to help you on your journey in our catalog
- Recommended reading lists – Test Prep, Guidebooks for Colleges & Majors, Scholarships & Financial Aid
- Your brag sheet
- A professional resume
- At least one personal essay (Ex. college admissions, scholarship submissions, etc.)
- Your Planning Timeline – College Planning Timeline or Explore Careers – College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC)
- Visit one of our Library Makerspaces to create a meaningful project
- Share your progress via social media using our hashtag #CMLCollegeCareer
- Reality Check – NC Department of Commerce
- Know Before You Go – College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC)
- Career One Stop for Youth – U.S. Department of Labor
- Plan and Budget – Google Curriculum
- Create your own Plan activity (Suggestions: Apply for scholarships, Plan your budget, Compare occupations, Find training, Do additional research on schools, careers, etc.)
- Become a VolunTeen at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, or volunteer in the community
- Attend at least 4 College & Career Connections programs and workshops at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
- Apply to a job, internship, certificate program, or post-secondary institution
- Schedule a 1-on-1 meeting with a Charlotte Mecklenburg Library staff member to review your road map and get additional guidance. Contact your local branch for more details.
You must complete at least 10 activities (at least 1 from each category) and 10 hours of planning for your future, which will be discussed at your 1-on-1 with Library staff.
College & Career Resources
Get free homework help from a live, online, qualified tutor—up to 10 free tutoring sessions each week! All you need is a library card and an Internet connection. You can use Live Homework Help from home, school and even the Library.
Suite of highly-acclaimed eLearning solutions which provide interactive tutorials, practice tests, e-books, flashcards and articles for academic skill-building, standardized test preparation, career development and more.
Comprehensive database of foundations providing support for individuals including scholarships, student loans, fellowships, internships, and more.
Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center is a comprehensive resource for career exploration and planning that allows users to quickly find the valuable career information they need, whether it’s industry and professions articles, school planning resources,
Interactive essential skills training on topics including Microsoft Office, email, reading, math, and work skills taught through more than 125 tutorials.
What is NC LIVE? The power of your library, online! We give you free access to e-books, audiobooks, videos, online magazines, newspapers, and more.
An online education experience offering over 540 courses in subjects like entrepreneurship, technology, health, career assistance, and more.
Lynda.com is an online educational site that includes over 3,000 courses (and over 130,000 videos) in popular fields like web design, web development, IT, education/instruction, media production and business.