Innovative Idea

Developing Valuable Skills in Green Construction and Geospatial Technology

Dr. Kathleen A. Dawson
Guilford County Schools
Greensboro, North Carolina

The Guilford County School system will expand its career and technical education through Safer Together Green Housing, a dual-curriculum program focused on construction and technical education, to build a pipeline of skilled trade workers to help address the local labor shortage. The program’s hands-on educational components allow students to work directly with contractors and other technicians to rehabilitate local homes and develop valuable, in-demand skills in construction. Students will learn about green construction, geospatial technology, and affordable housing.

The project aims to increase the availability of affordable housing in Greensboro, NC while also preparing a future workforce to enter lucrative jobs in construction with a focus on the housing needs of low- and moderate-income families.

Can a dual-curriculum of construction with career and technical education result in improved economic mobility for students and increased supply of affordable housing in Greensboro?

Dr. Kathleen A. Dawson
Dr. Kathleen A. Dawson is an experienced leader who has guided innovation in large public-school districts, including Nashville and Boston public schools. As Chief Innovation Officer for Guilford County Schools, she has led the opening of five Career and Technical Education academies aligned to local workforce needs. She is a committed advocate for children and families and has dedicated more than 20 years to fighting for equitable access to high-quality academic and career pathways for all students. Follow Guilford County Schools on social media @GCSchoolsNC.

Guilford County Schools

Guilford County Schools (GCS) is the third largest school district in North Carolina and the 47th largest of more than 14,000 in the United States, with more than 73,000 Pre-K through 12th-grade students at 126 schools. With approximately 10,000 employees, GCS works with parents, businesses, colleges and the community to deliver an education that connects student interests and skills with the careers and economy of our future, both here and around the world.