College & Career Readiness

College & Career Readiness

Two of every three new jobs now require some level of postsecondary education—training credentials, an associate degree, a four-year degree, or higher.

Students need to be prepared for our rapidly-changing workforce needs. A rapidly-changing job market has opened other pathways to equip our students with the skills and education they will need to build and support thriving families.

Strategies to Address College and Career Readiness

  • Strategy F/6

    Broaden the range of and access to high quality college and career pathways offered by our K-12 and postsecondary institutions, ensuring all students have access to and support for the full range of opportunities.

  • Strategy G/7

    Equip all students and their parents with the information and guidance they need to understand and navigate multiple college and career pathways, preparation, and processes.

  • Strategy H/8

    Galvanize community support to develop and implement a multi-faceted plan to increase paid work-based learning opportunities for students.

  • Strategy I/9

    Expand and strengthen support for first-generation and other low-socioeconomic students who need help transitioning to and completing postsecondary education.

  • Strategy J/10

    Create more on-ramps to education, training, and employment for our disconnected youth and young adults (ages 16-24).

  • Strategy K/11

    Elevate and actively promote the critical importance of acquiring a postsecondary degree and/or industry certification for our young people to successfully compete in our rapidly changing, technologically advanced labor market.

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Agents of Change

Leading on Opportunity works alongside community to expand college and career readiness.

Kevin Loux

Community Impact Director

Stephanie Kripa Cooper-Lewter, Ph.D.

Executive Director

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The Agent of Change for Opportunity in Charlotte

WSOC TV • Kevin Campbell - June 10, 2019

“Our child and family stability strategies need to ensure that parents who are coming into a housing challenge of figuring out where they’re going to live have immediate access to resources,” Cooper-Lewter said. Among the many Cooper-Lewter has connected is a group of community organizations that have been champions for change, including, A Child’s Place, Community Link, Charlotte Works, Goodwill, Crisis Assistance Ministry, For Charlotte, Northside Baptist Church and more.

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Celebrating Our Community's Response

Leading on Opportunity

Our 2017 Opportunity Report provides a roadmap for improving social and economic mobility for all residents. Following our strategies, our community's public, private and nonprofit sectors are improving our children's future.

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GreenLight Fund Invests $1 Million in Early Childhood Initiative

Queen City Nerve • Ryan Pitkin - May 29, 2019

“This investment connects directly to our early care and education strategies,” [Leading on Opportunity Executive Director] Cooper-Lewter continued. “It aligns and fills a gap where early care recommendations were not being addressed and says, ‘This is something that we can do differently as a community.’”

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March 26, 2019

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August 27, 2019

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