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Office Location:

DSS Main Office
​Wallace H. Kuralt Centre
301 Billingsley Road
Charlotte, NC 28211

West Charlotte Location
Community Resource Center
3205 Freedom Drive
Charlotte, NC 28208
Hours: Mon-Fri  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Contact

Customer Connection
704-336-3000

​RISE 2 WORK

N.C. Food and Nutrition Services Employment and Training

Rise 2 Work provides job-driven, skills-based training that leads to meaningful employment for FNS (food stamps) recipients. It is part of the voluntary N.C. Food and Nutrition Services Employment and Training program, intended to increase FNS recipients' skills, careers, and ultimately their families' financial well-being.

Rise 2 Work offers:

  • Resources, guidance, and connections to employment and skill building programs.
  • Through community agencies: skills trainings and certifications, job search support, high school completion, computer training, work experience and volunteer opportunities, job readiness services, resume building, career planning, assistance with transportation for participation in the job programs, and more.
  • Child care when funding is available.

 

Visit Our Career Services Center

​Mecklenburg County Community Resource Center
Valerie C. Woodard Center
3205 Freedom Drive, Charlotte, NC
Bus routes: 2, 8, 30, 34
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


​Rise 2 Work Connections

Central Piedmont Community College
1412 East 4th Street, Charlotte, NC 28204
Bus routes: 9, 14, 15, 17, 25, 27
704-330-2722, Ext. 3077 or 3139
www.cpcc.edu/ccr
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
5301 Wilkinson Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28208
Bus route: 5
704-374-0762
www.centerforcommunitytransitions.org

Orientation: Drop in Monday - Friday

Free Training: Working Smart soft skills for workplace success. Those who complete are guaranteed an interview in their field of interest. 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
9315-D Monroe Road, Charlotte, NC 28270
Bus routes: 27, 65X
704-375-4500
www.communityculinary.org
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

5301 Wilkinson Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28208
Bus route: 5
704-372-3434
www.goodwillsp.org
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
740 West 5th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
Bus routes: 8, 5
704-373-2256
www.urbanleaguecc.org

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

3205 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
704-566-2870
www.ncworks.gov

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
517 Blairhill Road, Charlotte, NC 28217
Bus route: 16
704-287-4459
http://www.ncianet.org/ 

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)
5301 Wilkinson Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28208
Bus route: 5
980-260-1576
ceoworks.org/locations/charlotte

Free Training: Job start readiness training & retention services

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

Grace-Mar Services
615 East 6th Street, Suite 116, Charlotte, NC 28202
Bus route:
980-257-1692
www.gracemar.org

Free Training:  Customer service, ServSafe

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



Success Stories

 
 
 
 



Rise 2 Work is available to most Food and Nutrition Services recipients living in Mecklenburg County who are able to work. In accordance with federal civil rights law, programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program info should contact the Agency where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. To request a complaint form call 866-632-9992, or visit www.ascr.usda.gov

Address

Office Location:

DSS Main Office
​Wallace H. Kuralt Centre
301 Billingsley Road
Charlotte, NC 28211

West Charlotte Location
Community Resource Center
3205 Freedom Drive
Charlotte, NC 28208
Hours: Mon-Fri  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Contact

Customer Connection
704-336-3000