September 13, 2012
For decades, manufacturing was one of the cornerstones of North Carolina’s economy. Then, as we witnessed manufacturers move operations oversees or replace workers with technology, many began to think of it as a dying sector. Perhaps we gave up too quickly because manufacturing continues to offer the biggest rate of return in the nation’s economy.
Forsyth County stands as an example of foresight within the manufacturing industry. In a partnership with Caterpillar, Forsyth Technical Community College began training employees with the advanced skills needed to work in the Caterpillar plant. Forsyth Tech has taken this concept beyond Caterpillar by creating a board to focus on the needs of the local manufacturing community. The effort has garnered national recognition.