College & Career Connections

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library has been offering college and career readiness programs, resources, and services for over a decade. Designed for teens ages 12 to 18, our College & Career Connections suite includes free programs and workshops offered by community experts and organizations such as the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) and the Princeton Review. Topics range from resources to pay for college, admissions essays, test prep, and online practice tests.

We offer My Next Step programs led by Library staff that allow you to get personalized assistance in creating Your Road Map to Success. The Library also offers volunteer opportunities through our year-round VolunTeen initiative at all of our branch locations, in addition to virtual volunteering. You can also earn community service hours at select programs.

There's also an array of Library materials, online resources, two podcast series, and support just for you. So, be sure to take the Library along with you on your college and career journey!    














Take the Road Map to Success Challenge

Planning for your future isn’t easy, and sometimes it’s hard to know where to start! If you’re a teen between the ages of 12-18, we encourage you to build your Road Map to Success with us, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. You decide what your journey will look like by taking this challenge and participating in activities over the course of the school year. The idea is not to earn all the badges as quickly as possible, but rather taking your time to Explore, Read, Write, Create, Plan, and Act your way to be successful now, and in the future. When you complete this challenge, you’ll be able to pick up a prize and be entered into a special drawing! Don’t forget though, you’ll continue planning each school year. Be sure to check out all our College & Career Connections programs and resources from the Library, in addition to book clubs, writing groups, gaming, and much more! Follow us @cmlibraryteens on Instagram to make sure you never miss out on anything!

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College & Career Resources Live Homework Help

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.

Learning Express/PrepStep

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.

Foundation Grants to Individuals

Comprehensive database of foundations providing support for individuals including scholarships, student loans, fellowships, internships, and more.

Ferguson's Career Guidance Center

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,

GCF Learn Free

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.

Universal Class

An online education experience offering over 540 courses in subjects like entrepreneurship, technology, health, career assistance, and more.

LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning 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.

On the Blog

College & Career Connections: Trade School Fair

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library relaunches the College & Career Connections program for teens focused on their college and career options at Sugar Creek Library's Trade School Fair on November 16, 2019.