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Business for Excellence in Education

Businesses for Excellence in Education is a partnership between the Greensboro business community and the Guilford County Schools. Recognizing that public schools are fundamental for economic development, the programs funded by Businesses for Excellence in Education focus on student, faculty and administrative excellence with goals to ensure that our public schools are the best in the Southeast and support the creation of a skilled workforce. 

Businesses for Excellence in Education

The programs are designed by the Superintendent of Guilford County Schools.

Since 2001, nearly 40 Greensboro businesses have demonstrated their support of excellence in public education with donations totaling more than $6 million. Corporate donations currently support six programs in the Guilford County Schools:

Cool to be Smart

This program is open to Guilford County Schools graduating seniors who have passed at least five Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exams during their high school career. The program encourages students to enroll in rigorous courses in two diploma programs and to achieve high scores on the course exams. Held on a Sunday afternoons in August, the Cool To Be Smart event gives qualifying students who are able to attend a chance to try their luck at winning Apple computer products and a grand prize, a new Toyota.

Montlieu Academy of Technology

This school was transformed into Guilford County Schools’ prototype technology school with $750,000 from Businesses for Excellence in Education, High Point University and the Millis Foundation of High Point. In 2011 Apple iPad2 devices were leased for every Montlieu student and teacher for three years. The school’s one-to-one technology model frees students, guided by their teachers, to work at their own pace, using personal learning maps on the tablets showing how they are progressing toward mastering concepts. Those who need more time receive it without pressure. Students are also able to choose from enrichment experiences or accelerated learning activities that interest them.

STEM Early College at NC A&T State University

A joint project of Opportunity Greensboro and the Guilford County Schools, the program opened in August 2012 on the campus of NC A&T with 50 9th grade students. As an early college, the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) school offers students the opportunity to graduate from high school with 60 hours of college credit, transferable to most public and private colleges and universities. Students take advanced high school classes in grades 9 and 10, followed by two years of college classes in grades 11 and 12. Action Greensboro raised almost $1 million from companies and foundations for start-up costs for the first four years of the STEM Early College.

The Celebration of Excellence In Education

This program recognizes and rewards the outstanding performance of Guilford County's most academically improved schools. Every year since 2001, Businesses for Excellence in Education has made cash awards to the 15, and in recent years, the 16 most academically improved schools. 

In addition, the Teacher of the Year, Principal of the Year and Employee of the Year are recognized at the annual awards event, with top winners each receiving a cash award.

UNCG Cohort Doctoral Program

This is a leadership development program designed by the Center for Creative Leadership, Guilford County Schools and UNCG. To be eligible, administrators and prospective administrators must meet interview and portfolio criteria used by Guilford County Schools. 

Upon initial approval, they also must meet UNCG's application and entrance criteria. Doctoral candidates receive their doctorate over three years. They are reimbursed by Businesses for Excellence in Education for two-thirds of the coursework cost and they pay for their own books and supplies. In exchange, the candidates commit to three years of post-degree employment with Guilford County Schools.

Cool to Serve

A new program in 2012, Cool to Serve is a character development initiative that rewards students who have recorded at least 175 hours of service-learning time, making them eligible to win Apple computer products or a new car.