In an increasingly knowledge-based global economy, our work supports local K-12 schools and higher education to ensure our children develop as leaders who can seamlessly connect to the area’s future economy.
Education - Greensboro and Guilford County
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.
In early 2013 leaders from Guilford Education Alliance; Businesses for Excellence in Education and AchieveGuilford began meeting with key leaders of Guilford County Schools to discuss closer collaboration between the organizations that could yield greater educational success for the community. By the fall of 2013 the group had mapped out a merger of the three that would preserve the strengths of each and provide a more streamlined, focused and high impact organization. Governing bodies of the three organizations endorsed the plan, the intent to merge was announced at the annual Education Summit in November and by the end of December the three came together in a restructuring of GEA.
Bringing the community engagement, program and advocacy strength of GEA together with the strategic funding capacity of BEE and the collective impact initiatives of Achieve Guilford amplifies the work the community can do provide the strongest opportunity for students to succeed in public education and beyond. Together, the alliance:
- invests significant resources in strategic GCS initiatives;
- energizes community and business leaders and build a base for advocacy in support of public education, through programs and activities that provide engagement and facilitate understanding;
- connects business, community and education leaders;
- mobilizes community groups and businesses to focus on activities and programs that help students and teachers achieve educational goals.
GEA’s current mission builds commitment to educational success for all Guilford County
citizens, from Pre-K through postsecondary training and education, with emphasis on the success of the Guilford County Schools.
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.