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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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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Where is Charlotte today with economic mobility?

WBTV • Dedrick Russell

“We are really proud of where we are today, but we also know that there is a lot of work ahead," Leading On Opportunity Executive Director Stephanie Cooper-Lewter said. "We wanted to pause at the two year and celebrate community and then also call new people to the table and get engage and become a part of the movement.”

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A New Story of School Segregation in North Carolina

The Washington Post • Valerie Strauss, Featuring Justin Parmenter - March 11, 2019

If you read the charter application Hobgood submitted to state officials, you might be inclined to think that the very purpose for the school’s existence is to lift children out of poverty by offering them a better education.

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We invite you to join our movement to increase pathways to opportunity and upward mobility for all children, youth and families.

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Connect, Commit, Empower: Join Us!

March 26, 2019

Connect, Commit, Empower: Join Us!

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Join Our April Community Impact Alliance Convening & Opportunity Café

April 29, 2019

Join Our April Community Impact Alliance Convening & Opportunity Café

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