Degrees Matter! is a cross-sector initiative of the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro that was established in 2013 to aid in addressing Guilford County's urgent need for a better-educated workforce to increase economic opportunities. Degrees Matter! formed as a partnership between higher education institutions and the community to cultivate ideas, convene leaders, and connect existing best practices that could be spread and scaled to increase adult degree completion.
To aid in the development of a well-educated and prepared workforce, both the cities of Greensboro and High Point have come together to create a culture of learning that will help prepare residents to be career ready. To do this, an educational continuum has emerged from early childhood through an initiative called "Ready for School, Ready for Life," to "Say Yes to Education," a K-12 initiative designed to get students to and through college, to "Degrees Matter!", the postsecondary completion initiative designed to help get adults back to college to finish their degrees coupled with apprenticeship efforts of the Triad Workforce Solutions Collaborative and Guilford Apprenticeship Partners. These efforts are aligned to strengthen the community and to work together to create a community prepared for the future.