Rise to Success applications will be available March 1-31, 2020.

The Rise to Success Initiative is a program that enables Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) high school graduates to earn an Associate’s degree in a healthcare related discipline from one of three participating community colleges with Atrium Health’s support. Participating community colleges include Central Piedmont, Rowan-Cabarrus and Gaston College. Participants are encouraged to earn their Bachelor's degree upon program completion.

Selected participants will have an opportunity to obtain a part-time position at Atrium Health that requires at least 24 hours per work week, provides benefits and will include access to the Atrium Health Educational Assistance program.

  • If an applicant is selected to participate, Atrium Health will provide up-front financial coverage of tuition and books to one of three regional community colleges that includes Central Piedmont Community College, Rowan Cabarrus Community College and Gaston College. Participants will be expected to continue employment with Atrium Health an additional year after completion of their degree.
  • Career coaching will be available to program participants.
  • Rise to Success Program Flyer

Eligibility Criteria and Requirements

  • Graduated with a high school diploma and 18 years of age prior to start date of the program
  • Resident of Mecklenburg County
  • Demonstrated high aptitude in the sciences
  • Minimum 3.25 GPA (high school or college)
  • Provide a one-page personal statement which demonstrates excellent attitude and motivation to participate in this program
  • Good high school attendance record
  • Meet the physical requirements of the position
  • • Enrolled or plan to enroll (with a minimum of nine credit hours) at one of three participating community colleges by Fall 2020: Central Piedmont Community College, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College or Gaston College

How to Apply

Rise to Success applications will be available March 1 -31, 2020. Visit this site at that time to access the application.


Frequently Asked Questions

Are you accepting Rise to Success high school graduates from non-CMS school districts?
At this time, we are accepting high school graduates from CMS schools only.

What type of positions are available to Rise to Success participants?
Participants will be eligible for positions in Outreach Services, Physician Connection Line, Certified Nurse Aide (if certified) positions and other entry level positions.

For more information, see all Career Development Center Frequently Asked Questions.