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

Construction Industry Council

The Construction Industry Council is made up of area construction professionals and educators who work together to bring more students into the construction fields, producing the next generation of architects, craftspeople and skilled and semi-skilled tradespeople. There are not enough people going into the skilled trades to fill positions left vacant when employees leave. These jobs offer lucrative career opportunities for young people emerging into the current workforce. Addressing the heavy demand for skilled workers is a top priority. Council meetings focus on topics relevant to construction industry professionals and on strategies to promote the industry to the emerging workforce.

Construction Career Days

To address the skilled workforce shortage, the Construction Industry Council, in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Transportation, hosts a two-day Construction Career Days event.

With about 1,200 students from Forsyth and surrounding counties in attendance, this event exposes high school students to the vast array of exciting opportunities and career paths available in the industry. Students learn about the latest equipment, tools, and industry innovations through interactive, hands-on activities, the operation of heavy equipment, and one-on-one conversations with skilled-trade professionals and educators.

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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:

Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation Ad