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Initiatives in Guilford County Schools

In 2009 Action Greensboro and Guilford Education Alliance volunteers began working collaboratively on a Public Education Task Force to make recommendations about opportunities for community effort in the Guilford County Schools. In consultation with the Superintendent of Schools, the Task Force recommended five priority areas:

  • School readiness and literacy, including reading proficiency by end of third grade
  • Connecting students to the future economy
  • School leadership development
  • Parent Academy
  • Character education

From a task force made up of all elements of the community and the schools, AchieveGuilford was formed in 2011 to forge a common agenda by increasing collaboration among existing community programs; identifying the most effective programs and working to expand them; developing new programs that can be initiated in new settings; and engaging the entire community in a focus on student success at all levels.

Initiatives in Higher Education

Greensboro is the only city in North Carolina that is home to two universities in the UNC system, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. In addition, the city has three private liberal arts colleges, a law school, and a world-class community college system. Greensboro's diverse higher education institutions include two historically-black institutions, two colleges affiliated with the Methodist Church, a Quaker-affiliated college, and two colleges chartered in the 1830s.

In an increasingly knowledge-based global economy, Greensboro's abundant higher education resources make an important contribution to the city's economy and workforce. In 2008 Action Greensboro formed a volunteer task force to discover ways to leverage Greensboro's higher education assets to aid in economic development. Out of the work of the task force Action Greensboro convened local college presidents, university chancellors and key business and civic leaders to facilitate ways these groups can collaborate to accomplish their common goals.

The resulting business and higher education partnership, Opportunity Greensboro, is focused on economic development. To maintain Greensboro's attractiveness for new business and to grow the city's existing companies requires an educated local workforce willing and able to compete in a global environment.