Career Readiness

Job creation and economic growth in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County are only possible if we have a well-educated, well-trained workforce available to fill those new jobs. Greater Winston-Salem, Inc.’s Workforce Development initiatives are designed to ensure that we will be able to meet the demand for qualified workers by promoting student achievement, creating career awareness, and helping prepare students to meet the demands of our knowledge-based, globally competitive economy. These initiatives include:

  • Real World Connections is a program that brings business people together with students in small groups or one-on-one to give the students a sense of what is involved in different career paths.
  • Career Specific Partnerships show students what they can expect from careers in four key professional areas – Finance, Hospitality & Tourism, Construction, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) – to help them get a head start on their career decision.
  • Classroom Speakers Program includes local business and community volunteers who are willing to share their expertise with students in the classroom. Speakers bring relevance to a particular topic, helping students understand the connection between the curriculum and the real world of work. Speakers also provide teachers with additional curriculum-related resource expertise. Click below to get involved.

Classroom Speakers

Workforce Council

The purpose of Greater Winston-Salem, Inc.’s Workforce Council is to promote equitable and sustainable growth and expansion of Forsyth County’s workforce by championing a workforce development ecosystem through partnership and collaboration among community stakeholders including employers, education systems, workforce development systems, and city and county leadership.

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Partnerships & Volunteer Opportunities

Through our partnership and volunteer opportunities, the business community can make meaningful contributions to help students prepare for life and work after graduation. Greater Winston-Salem, Inc. encourages members to get involved with our educational efforts through a variety of programs:


Support a student on their journey from classroom to career. Learn more about the Internship program partnership between Greater Winston-Salem, Inc. and Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.
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Classroom Speakers

Send a company representative into the classroom to inform students about career choices in your field.
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Senior Academy

Volunteers for the Senior Academy program provide one-on-one mentoring for 12th-grade students who are in jeopardy of dropping out. Mentors are expected to spend at least one hour per week meeting with their student from late September through May.

For program details or if you would like to become a mentor, contact Tina Long at 336-728-9204.

Schools Served

Carver, East Forsyth, Glenn, North Forsyth, Parkland and Reynolds


Career Readiness Sponsors:

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