After research on student retention and business involvement in our local colleges and universities, Action Greensboro and Opportunity Greensboro came together to launch the Fellows Program in 2016.
Opportunity Greensboro: A Business and Collegiate Partnership is a consortium of the business and higher education leaders who are working to further the connections between businesses and our colleges and universities. Through this national model of collaboration, Opportunity Greensboro identifies and acts on opportunities to transform Greensboro’s wealth of educational assets into commercial success—creating for Greensboro a competitive advantage for business growth.
Opportunity Greensboro focuses on four areas that leverage academic strengths into success: marketing, common programs, entrepreneurship, and K–12 education. The group’s first projects included establishing the community-wide marketing theme, “Opportunity Thrives Here, So Can You”, the launch of the STEM Early College at NC A&T, a collaborative venture with Guilford County Schools, and the shared downtown “Union Square Campus” scheduled for completion this Fall 2016.
In 2018 after a successful third year of the Fellows Program, the program expanded into Campus Greensboro. Campus Greensboro now manages the same summer Fellows Program, but has recently launched a spring internship initiative – Spring Forward. Campus Greensboro also hosts year-round programming and events for students focused on local industry awareness and connecting to businesses in Greensboro.
About Action Greensboro
Action Greensboro serves as a national model for city-based collaborative philanthropic investment in the U.S. Action Greensboro is comprised of six local charitable foundations that work collaboratively with the Chamber of Commerce, as the city’s primary economic and community development group. We are a catalyst for public-private partnerships and serve as an intersection of government, education, nonprofit sector, entrepreneurial community, arts & culture and young professionals. Through our programs, we align the needs of employers and coordinate existing education and workforce development initiatives to attract, connect and develop the next generation of workforce. We uphold and share a bold vision for advancing the community to meet the demands of the 21st century, while driving the demands of this vision with quick action, determination, high energy and nimbleness. Our staff has diverse skill sets including public policy, strategic communications, nonprofit management, business, transportation, urban planning and higher education.