Steve Moore, director of transfer and adult student academic success, was interviewed by News Observer about Degrees Matter!, which helps Guilford County residents re-enroll for a post-secondary degree. This initiative is backed by a grant from the Lumina Foundation and along with UNCG, is being spearheaded by the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro.

“The difference between where North Carolina is and where it needs to be is troubling, and the need for talent is only getting bigger,” said Moore. He cited classified ad data showing that well over 1,000 jobs in engineering, health care and information technology remain open in North Carolina because qualified candidates can’t be found.

Guilford County, which includes Greensboro and High Point, has a statistic of nearly 70,000 residents who have attended college but never earned a degree. Through Degrees Matter!, the goal is to ensure that at least 63 percent of Guilford County residents, or 40,000 more people, have earned a post-secondary degree by 2025. The program will enroll its first students this fall.