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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Meeting Presents Opportunity to Galvanize Community for Lakeview

WSOC • Kevin Campbell - August 28, 2019

“We need to lift up potential bright spots in neighborhoods like Lakeview,” Cooper-Lewter said. “If things are going to change, we have to have conversations and work.”

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Community Conversation: The American Dream vs. Charlotte Reality

WBTV • Dedrick Russell - July 26, 2019

Featuring Leading on Opportunity Executive Director Stephanie Cooper-Lewter, Leading on Opportunity Council Member and County Manager Dena Diorio, and community organizations like Crisis Assistance Ministries, Central Piedmont Community College, the Urban League of Central Carolinas, Meck Pre-K, and Workforce Investment Network.

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The Economist Who Would Fix the American Dream

The Atlantic • Gareth Cook - July 17, 2019

"No one has done more to dispel the myth of social mobility than Raj Chetty. But he has a plan to make equality of opportunity a reality ... In Charlotte ... Opportunity Insights is planning housing and higher-education initiatives, but social capital is at the center of its approach. It is working with a local organization called Leading on Opportunity, and looking at nonprofits that are already operating successfully, including Communities in Schools, a national group that provides comprehensive student support, as well as a job-training program called Year Up."

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Connect, Commit, Empower: Join Us!

March 26, 2019

Connect, Commit, Empower: Join Us!

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Community Mentoring Summit Presented by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas

October 21, 2019

Community Mentoring Summit Presented by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas

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