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ECPI University

Originally known as East Coast Polytechnic Institute, ECPI University focuses on technology. However, there are programs in health science, culinary arts, nursing, business, and criminal justice as well. Campus locations are in North and South Carolina, Virginia, Florida, and Texas. The institution embraces a hands-on approach to prepare students for jobs. Its ties to employers are a benefit too. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges accredits ECPI to give out a variety of degrees and diplomas.
  • 4800 Airport Center Pkwy. Charlotte, NC 28208
  • 7802 Airport Center Dr. Greensboro, NC 27409
  • 4101 Doie Cope Rd. Raleigh, NC 27613
  • Business, Computer and Information Technology, Criminal Justice and Law, Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management, Healthcare and Nursing

Empire Beauty Schools

Empire Beauty Schools offers hands-on experience in cosmetology, skincare, and cosmetology education at all of their locations.
  • 4901 B N Tryon St. Charlotte, NC 28213
  • 10075 Weddington Rd. Ext. Concord, NC 28027
  • 2001 E Wendover Ave. Greensboro, NC 27405
  • 11032 E Independence Blvd. Matthews, NC 28105
  • 8700 Pineville-Matthews Rd. Pineville, NC 28226
  • 7740 N Point Blvd. Winston-Salem, NC 27106
  • Cosmetology and Barbering

Forsyth Technical Community College

Forsyth Technical Community College, part of the North Carolina Community College System, serves approximately 11,000 students each semester with a wide range of degrees and certifications. Known for its hands-on training and flexible class schedules, Forsyth Tech ensures student success with morning, afternoon, evening, and online classes.
  • 2100 Silas Creek Parkway Winston-Salem, NC 27103
  • Business, Computer and Information Technology, Education, Healthcare and Nursing, Law, Skilled Trades

Isothermal Community College

Established in 1964, Isothermal Community College offers a comprehensive array of academic programs including over 100 associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates. With campuses in North Carolina, the college provides flexible learning options with classes available in accelerated formats of 8 weeks or traditional 16-week semesters, accommodating both day and night schedules alongside online courses.
  • 286 ICC Loop Road PO Box 804, Spindale, NC 28160
  • Business, Healthcare and Nursing, Skilled Trades

McDowell Technical Community College

McDowell Technical Community College (MTCC) offers a diverse range of programs including associate degrees in healthcare, business administration, and engineering technology, along with diplomas in welding and automotive systems technology, and certificates in fields like computer programming and cosmetology. With flexible class schedules, including online and hybrid options, MTCC ensures accessibility and practical learning experiences through externships and clinical placements.
  • 54 College Drive Marion Marion, NC 28752
  • Business, Healthcare and Nursing, Technology

McDowell Technical Community College

  • 54 College Drive Marion, NC 28752

Miller-Motte College

With courses in business, healthcare, beauty & wellness, law, skilled trades, and technology, Miller-Motte College lets students learn a new vocation. This prepares them to enter the job market. The program schedules are flexible, and online options are available. There are 11 locations in North and South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee.
  • 2205 Walnut St. Cary, NC 27518
  • 3725 Ramsey St. Fayetteville, NC 28311
  • 1291 A Hargett St. Jacksonville, NC 28540
  • 3901 Capital Blvd., Ste 151 Raleigh, NC 27604
  • 5000 Market St. Wilmington, NC 28405
  • Business, Computer and Information Technology, Construction, Cosmetology and Barbering, Criminal Justice and Law, Electrical, Healthcare Administration, Healthcare and Nursing, Medical Billing and Coding, Pharmacy Tech, Veterinary Services, Welding, Wellness


MyComputerCareer (formerly TechSkills) provides career training courses in in the fields of healthcare, business, and information technology. Students can attend classes at one of the schools' locations in Ohio, Indiana, Texas or North Carolina.

  • 3701 Arco Corporate Dr, Suite 500 Charlotte, NC 28273
  • 5511 Capital Center Dr, Suite 500 Raleigh, NC 27606
  • Computer and Information Technology, Healthcare and Nursing

Paul Mitchell Schools

There are more than 100 Paul Mitchell Schools nationwide that prepare future professionals for careers in the beauty industry. Students can learn in-demand skills to become cosmetologists, barbers, estheticians and nail designers.
  • 1516 Elizabeth Avenue Charlotte, NC 28204
  • Cross Creek Mall, #505A Fayetteville, NC 28303
  • 284 E Garrison Boulevard Gastonia, NC 28054
  • 8551 Glenwood Avenue Raleigh, NC 27612
  • Cosmetology and Barbering

Roadmaster Drivers School

Roadmasters Drivers School provides students with the skills and hands-on training they need to obtain a Class A commercial driver's license. The school partners with a variety of industries hiring new drivers with Class A licenses. Classroom locations are nationwide and the curriculum is between three and four weeks long. A truck driving education is both affordable and accessible to anyone looking for long time work that pays well.

  • 1111 S Clinton Ave Dunn, NC 28335
  • Trucking and Transportation

South College

South College provides training in the fields of Business & Technology, Physical Therapy, Pharmacy, Physician Assistant, Health & Therapy, Legal Studies, Nursing, and Education. Since 1882, South College has focused on student-centered enrichment. With 7 locations in the southern United States, as well as online courses, programs meet the needs of various enrollees. Hybrid, transfer, and distance learning methods combine with traditional higher education and modern technology.
  • 140 Sweeten Creek Rd. Asheville, NC 28803
  • Business, Criminal Justice and Law, Dental, Healthcare Administration, Healthcare and Nursing

South University

South University, founded in 1899 in Savannah, GA, has grown from a business-focused Draughon’s Practical Business College to a comprehensive university offering a broad spectrum of undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs. Now spread across multiple states and online, the university serves a diverse student body with programs in fields like healthcare, business, and theology. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to confer a range of degrees, emphasizing its commitment to high academic standards. South University is celebrated for its effective blend of traditional and innovative educational approaches, providing robust career support to ensure graduates are prepared for success in their fields. With an acceptance rate of 100% and a dedication to making education accessible, South University stands as a significant choice for prospective students seeking comprehensive and flexible educational opportunities.
  • 3975 Premier Drive High Point, NC 27265 High Point, NC 27265
  • Business, Computer and Information Technology, Criminal Justice and Law, Healthcare Administration, Healthcare and Nursing, Medical Assisting

Southeastern College

Southeastern College provides career education in Medical Assisting, Occupational Therapy, Medical Billing & Coding, Pharmacy Technology, Phlebotomy, and Massage Therapy. The curriculum at Southeastern College targets entry-level learners who are ready to jumpstart their careers. The school originally only taught massage therapy courses, but its programs have since expanded to many jobs in the medical industry. Enrollees can earn certificates or associate's degrees.
  • 207 Regency Executive Park Drive Charlotte, NC 28217
  • Business, Cosmetology, Healthcare and Nursing, Massage Therapy, Medical Assisting, Medical Billing and Coding

Strayer University

Strayer University is a private college that offers online and in-person programs from associate's to master's levels. The school has locations in over 15 different states. Degree options include business and criminal justice. SU has a mission to teach students the skills they need to grow and thrive.

  • 4900 Koger Blvd, Suite 400 Greensboro, NC 27407
  • 13620 Reese Blvd, Suite 310 Huntersville, NC 28078
  • 4 Copley Parkway Morrisville, NC 27560
  • 7870 Commons Park Circle NW Concord, NC 28027
  • 8701 Wadford Dr Raleigh, NC 27616
  • 9101 Kings Parade Blvd, Suite 200 Charlotte, NC 28273
  • Architecture, Computer and Information Technology, Criminal Justice and Law, Trucking and Transportation

Universal Technical Institute

Universal Technical Institute trains students on skilled trades in the automotive, marine, diesel, and motorcycle fields. The school also teaches vocations like welding and CNC machining. Some locations focus on training for specific products, often with input from big companies such as Yamaha, BMW, and Harley-Davidson. Student support services helps with financial aid, housing and more.
  • 220 Byers Creek Rd. Mooresville, NC 28117
  • Automotive, Cosmetology and Barbering, Trucking and Transportation


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Career Outlook in North Carolina

The North Carolina Department of Commerce expects health care and social service careers to increase by 16.1%. Meanwhile, professional and technical jobs like accounting, business administration, and web development should grow at a rate of 15.4%.

Industry Growth in North Carolina

Several North Carolina industries set to expand over time include healthcare support as well as culinary and restaurant services. Another job market to watch, office support careers such as administrative assistant work and roles in human resources are also on the rise.