Phone: 704-347-8942

Toll Free: 800-554-4373

Charlotte Regional Partnership
550 South Caldwell Street, Suite 760
Charlotte, NC 28202

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Workforce & Training

Growing Population

  • Labor force expected to reach 1.7 million by 2020, growing faster than the national average
  • 25-45 age group growing faster than national average
  • One out of every five newcomers to the Carolinas, moves to the Charlotte region
  • Rate of in-migration to Charlotte-Gastonia-Salisbury Combined Statistical Area (CSA) outpaces other major urban areas around the South
  • Concentration of global operations (more than 950 foreign-owned firms here) creating significant international presence
  • Magnet for talent from around the globe; region averages nearly 100,000 new residents each year

State Workforce Training Programs

  • Job Development Tax Credits available for qualifying firms
  • Both states consistently ranked among Top 10 of U.S. State Training Programs over past decade
  • Workforce Development Boards dedicated to bridging the gap between local employer needs and existing educational resources

International Education

  • Both International Baccalaureate and foreign language programs are available to all local high school students.
  • Waddell Language Academy: Qualified students can choose between three foreign language program
    French Immersion, German Immersion or Japanese Immersion. Japanese also offered on Saturday mornings
  • Other language immersion programs are offered at Oaklawn Language Academy and West Mecklenburg Academy of International Languages

International Higher Education

Pfeiffer University
  • Main campus located in Charlotte, NC; three graduate campuses in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, NC
  • Strong international business program
  • Partners with German universities for student exchange in both graduate and undergraduate programs
  • Earned the first-ever American accreditation for its International Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program issued by ACQUIN, the German accreditation agency.
Queens University
  •  Founded in 1857 as a female educational institution, it has since evolved into a co-ed university in Charlotte, NC
  • The John Belk Program, established in 1989, encourages study abroad through internship and exchange programs
  • The Hugh L. McColl Jr. School of Business, established in 1993, offers one of the strongest business/accounting programs in the region
Winthrop University
  • Total enrollment of 6,300 students; public four-year liberal arts college
  • Located south of Charlotte, NC in Rock Hill, SC
  • Partners with German universities for student exchange in both graduate and undergraduate programs
  • Ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top 10 Southern regional public universities in 2007
  • Dalton Hall, a newly constructed 65,000sf life sciences facility providing laboratory facilities for the biology and human nutrition departments, as well as office and research space for faculty

Community Colleges operating in the Charlotte region: