A Conversation With Greensboro
Serving Guilford County in North Carolina, Degrees Matter joined the Network in 2014.
Why does this work matter? Why are you building a pathway locally for adults to come back and complete a degree?
Today, 67,000+ residents of Guilford County have some college experience but have not earned a degree (United States Census Bureau, 2012). Yet, the Georgetown Center for Education and the Workforce predicts that 63% of all jobs will require some form of post-secondary education by 2018 (five short years from today.)
Who were your first champions?
University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, United Way of Greater Greensboro
What's your goal? What are you aiming for?
40,000 next credential holders (associate degree bachelor degree or high quality certificate)
Why is your community an awesome place?
Greensboro is the birthplace of the Sit-In Movement, where four brave college students from North Carolina A&T State University sat down at a segregated lunch counter, reignited the Civil Rights movement, and changed the world forever. Greensboro is also the home to more Quakers than Philadelphia. The county is a very diverse place with over 120 dialects or languages spoken. There are two major research universities, six liberal arts colleges and a world class community college. Greensboro is home to VF Corporation (brands including North Face, Timberland, Nautica, and dozens of others). Greensboro is known as the Gate City, Gtown, the Boro, the Emerald City and several other nicknames. It is a wonderful place to live, work and play.
Community Advising Locations
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1 Pro Bono
Regional Talent Development
40,000 next credential holders