Degrees Matter! is a cross-sector initiative based at the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro that was established in 2013 to aid in addressing Guilford County's urgent need for a better educated workforce to increase economic opportunities. Degrees Matter! formed as a partnership between higher education institutions and the community to cultivate ideas, convene leaders, and connect existing best practices that could be spread and scaled to increase adult degree completion.
To aid in the development of a well-educated and prepared workforce, both the cities of Greensboro and High Point have come together to create a culture of learning that will help prepare residents to be career ready. To do this, an educational continuum has emerged from early childhood through an initiative called "Ready for School, Ready for Life," to "Say Yes to Education," a K-12 initiative designed to get students to and through college, to "Degrees Matter!", the postsecondary completion initiative designed to help get adults back into college to finish their degrees couple with apprenticeship efforts of the Triad Workforce Solutions Collaborative. These efforts are aligned to strengthen the community and to work together to create a community prepared for the future.
Degrees Matter! will provide one-on-one and group advising sessions to employees of business partners and members of the community directly on on financial aid, financial literacy and FAFSA/scholarship assistance, academic assistance, getting "college-ready", applying for college, exploring careers, selecting the right college and enrolling in college. Specially trained advisors will seek to create a life-changing impact on clients starting with the first interaction continuing through degree completion. Additionally, Degrees Matter! 2.0 will partner with area higher education institutions, business, and the faith-based community to focus specifically on the residents of Guilford County (ages 25 and above) to help identify and work with individuals who have at least 60 credit hours towards a college degree/credential. The vision of Degrees Matter! is to promote a culture of education that helps improve the quality of life for residents of Guilford County.
Dr. Jason J. Caldwell assumed the role as the Exeuctive Director of Degrees Matter! in October of 2016 after previously serving as the Associate Director, Volunteers & Advising. Dr. Caldwell has a Doctor of Management degree with a concentration in Global Leadership degree from Colorado Technical University, a Master of Religion from Liberty University and a Bachelor of Music Education with a minor in Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Dr. Caldwell has helped cultivate relationships with the NC Works Career Centers, where he currently serves as the Chair of the NC Works Career Center Partners Development Board.
Tiffany Jacobs serves as a Senior Advisor for Degrees Matter!. Tiffany serves as the primary contact for students seeking to return to college and works to leverage partnerships with community stakeholders. Her personal and professional passion is to assist, empower, and educate others to succeed. Tiffany has a degree from Guilford College.
Join us on August 9, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. for an open house introduction to our new initiative for WINc (Women in Nontraditional Careers). The event will be held at the Forge Greensboro, 219 Lewis St, Greensboro, NC 27407. There will be a panel discussion and light refreshments will be served. Activities for kids will be available. Please register at the link below.
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Monday - Friday: 10am - 4pm