work-based programming designed
for college students of color

By The Numbers



Amount of jobs leaving communities of color by 2030 due to increased automation.


Employers find it necessary to have work-based experience, however, students of color in Charlotte lack the social capital to gain it.


Over the last 50 years, students of color were found twice as likely to be unemployed upon graduating.


College graduates are underemployed in their first job out of college.


With various diversity programs throughout the city, there are only six programs in Charlotte that primarily focuses on work-based learning. None of the six programs target college students of color.


College students in poverty stricken families obtain a bachelor’s degree by age 24.

1 in 5

Kids who live in Mecklenburg County are under the poverty level. 35.7 percent are Hispanic and 30.7 percent are African-American.

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