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NextGen is a comprehensive education, training, and employment program for young adults ages 16–24 with one or more barriers to employment. The program can help you prepare for a career in a high-demand field. Check out services you can receive at no cost to you:

  • career planning
  • paid internships
  • GED or adult high school classes (if needed)
  • occupational training
  • résumé and interviewing assistance
  • soft skills building
  • mentoring and leadership development
  • personal career advisor
  • job placement assistance

 Finish the program with:

  • Job readiness skills to help you seek and find employment
  • a high school credential
  • paid work experience related to your degree program
  • an occupational certificate in a high demand field
  • employment (or in the process of obtaining employment)
  • a renewed sense of hope and a plan for your future


To be eligible for NextGen, you must be:

  • 16–24 years old
  • a resident of Gaston County
  • out of school (students enrolled in classes to finish high school can be eligible)
  • a citizen, permanent resident, or have a right to work in the United States

In addition, you must meet one of the following:

  • school dropout
  • ex-offender (an individual who is subject to the juvenile or adult justice system)
  • homeless, a runaway, in foster care, or aged out of the foster care system
  • an individual who is pregnant or parenting
  • an individual with a disability
  • low income individual who is basic skills deficient or an English language learner

If interested please complete and submit the NEXTGEN Interest Form. For additional information please call 704-923-8410.