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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$70 Million for Affordable Housing in Charlotte

Charlotte Observer • Eli Portillo - January 15, 2019

Three major financial institutions are pledging more than $70 million to fund low-income housing developments in Charlotte, giving a boost to the city’s efforts to keep up with the fast-rising costs of renting or buying a home. Bank of America, Ally Financial and Barings said they will invest a combined $70.75 million through a series of initiatives. The bulk of it, $50 million, will be in the form of low-interest loans to private developers building income-restricted housing.

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Community Impact Director Speaks to Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners at Budget Priority Public Hearing

Yuly Rodriguez, Community Impact Director, Leading on Opportunity - January 15, 2019

It is now our opportunity to rally behind our community, which in part includes the Latinx community, that represents one quarter of the children entering kindergarten in Charlotte every year - about 3,000 children.

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Leading on Opportunity's Executive Director Reflects on Tradition

Creative Mornings CLT • Matt Olin - December 7, 2018

On Friday, December 7, 2018, hundreds of creative Charlotteans packed the halls of LaCa Projects – to explore the global theme of “Tradition.” As Executive Director of Leading on Opportunity, Dr. Cooper-Lewter’s talk is a timely and moving meditation on what it takes to create new Traditions that will lift up everyone in our community.

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March 26, 2019

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March 04, 2019

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Leading on Opportunity Executive Director Plenary Speaker at Movement Day Charlotte

March 16, 2019

Leading on Opportunity Executive Director Plenary Speaker at Movement Day Charlotte

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