United Way Forsyth County CEO and President Cindy Gordineer Attends United Way Leaders College Promise Meeting at the White House
In the 2015 State of the Union, the President called on the country to make two years of community college free for responsible students across the country.
On September 12, 2016, United Way of Forsyth County President and CEO, Cindy Gordineer attended a meeting at the White House with Senior Administration Officials, fellow United Way CEO’s and United Way Worldwide CEO Brian Gallagher for a high level discussion of the mutual goals and how this work might advance in North Carolina and Forsyth County.
The America’s College Promise proposal would create a new partnership with states to help them waive tuition in high-quality programs for responsible students, while promoting key reforms to help more students complete at least two years of college. Restructuring the community college experience, coupled with free tuition, can lead to gains in student enrollment, persistence, and completion transfer, and employment.
Gordineer notes, “It was an honor to be invited to be a part of this important conversation. It is a crucial extension of our ongoing work and efforts to increase educational attainment in Forsyth County. We know that by 2020 an estimated 65 percent of available jobs will require at least some college or an associate’s degree. We will continue our efforts to impact positive change in our educational system and propel our community forward.”
United Way of Forsyth County believes quality of life relies on education, financial stability, health, and basic needs. All four are critical and interdependent to the collective success of our community. United Way of Forsyth County creates positive change in the community by aligning resources and strategic partners to achieve measurable, lasting results. We invest in improving student success and the high school graduation rate, increasing financial stability among lower-income individuals and families, broadening access to health care and prescription medications to the un- and under-insured, and providing critical assistance to those facing immediate crisis. Learn more about our work and rediscover the why behind the way at www.forsythunitedway.org.