To communicate what makes the city attractive to newcomers, Opportunity Greensboro has crafted a position built on the theme, “Opportunity thrives here; so can you.” The position statement reflects the positive outcome of Opportunity Greensboro’s collaboration and invites people to participate.
Companies and organizations across the city are encouraged to articulate
what enables them to thrive in Greensboro, and in turn, help businesses and people considering a move from outside the city visualize how they could thrive here as well.
To enhance K–12 education, Opportunity Greensboro and the Guilford County Schools worked together to create the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Early College on the campus of NC A&T State University, which opened on August 7, 2012. The STEM school offers students the opportunity to graduate from high school with 60 hours of college credit. Graduates will be prepared for one of three career pathways: renewable energy, engineering and biomedical sciences. One million dollars of private funding was raised in the community for start-up costs of the new STEM Early College. The STEM Early College at N.C. A&T is designed to serve highly motivated, high-performing students with an interest in science, technology, engineering and math.
Union Square Campus is a key initiative of Opportunity Greensboro, a working group of leaders from Greensboro, North Carolina businesses, foundations and higher education institutions. This national model of collaboration is identifying and acting on opportunities to transform our wealth of educational assets into economic success—creating for Greensboro a competitive advantage for business growth.
The first campus building will focus on training and education for healthcare professions and will open August 2016. The 85,000 square foot building will cost $34 million (including land, infrastructure, parking and equipment.) It will be a cornerstone of the broader Union Square at South Elm project and serve as a stimulus for surrounding mixed use private development.
With an interest in better preparing college students with talent and leadership development opportunities, Opportunity Greensboro is excited to have launched the Opportunity Greensboro Fellows Program in 2016.
Greensboro’s ability to grow, retain and attract a well-educated and skilled work force is essential in today’s knowledge based economy. Opportunity Greensboro is committed to improving connections between the talented local 50K+ college students and our business and leadership community and working to better prepare these students for the 21st century workforce. The Summer 2016 Opportunity Greensboro Fellows Program is a structured, 10 week summer program that will engage college students with Greensboro through industry internships, leadership development training through
the Leonard Kaplan Leadership Institute at the Center for Creative Leadership and local activities to experience our city as young working professionals.