Education is everyone’s business. Vibrant public schools attract and retain industries. Schools with up-to-date technological tools and engaging instruction help develop the skills in students that a competitive and dynamic world demands. When a community fully invests time, talent and resources in their public schools they put their community on a path of sustainable, equitable economic success. Business leaders and professionals have a critical role to play in helping students explore career paths and the world of work.

    That is why Guilford Education Alliance works hard to connect schools with the business and professional community.

    Guilford County’s business and professional leaders offer internships so students gain valuable hands-on work experience; volunteers help proctor exams, read to students, serve as mentors, lunch and reading buddies and participate in career days and the GCS World of Work expo. They donate funds that provide updated classroom equipment and supplies and lend their voice to important public policy discussions. To Guilford County’s business community – thank you. For investing in our schools. For investing in our students. For investing in our future.

“Ilderton needs technicians, sales people, managers and administrative valued employees to continue our 90+ year business. Our community has many students who will contribute to the continued growth of our community”

– Tim Ilderton, president, Ilderton Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram, and a GEA Corporate Education Council member)

"Strong public schools are a magnet to attract and retain the best talent in Greensboro, enabling us to recruit new employees and grow our business."

– Sara Millard, general counsel and executive vice-president, Arch MI and chair, GEA board.

"We saw a unique opportunity to develop programs that support families reinforcing education and core values. Our Big Brother Barber Programs have fostered open dialogue with the youth, barbers, police officers, business owners, educators and others willing to participate in barbershop talk."

– Dwayne Shaw and Rick Morton, owners of Heads Up Beauty and Barber, co-chairs for Heads Up For Our Youth

“There is nothing more important to home values than the school house at the end of the street. Excellent public schools enhance the quality of life for everyone in our communities. At Allen Tate, we believe that being part of a community means giving back.”

– Tony Jarrett, regional vice president, Allen Tate Realtors, GEA board member, and co-chair of the GEA Strategic Advocacy Team