Deputy Secretary of Labor Seth D. Harris to tour Forsyth Tech, highlight innovative training programs at community colleges nationwide

College will lead consortium that received nearly $15 million for bioscience credentialing program

ATLANTA – On Thursday, Sept. 27, Deputy Secretary of Labor Seth D. Harris will visit Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, N.C., to tour the college’s state-of-the-art bioscience labs and observe students and faculty in action. Remarks and a press availability will follow the tour.

Forsyth Technical Community College is leading a nationwide consortium of schools that has received nearly $15 million in grants through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College to Career Training initiative. The funding will enable the consortium’s bioscience credentialing program to prepare trade-impacted workers and the long-term unemployed for high-quality, high-wage jobs within the bioscience and health care sectors.

A total of 54 grants covering nearly 300 schools across the country was announced Sept. 19. These grants will foster partnerships between community colleges and local employers to promote skills development and employment opportunities in fields such as advanced manufacturing, transportation and health care, as well as science, technology, engineering and math occupations. Additional information on the program, including a full list of grantees, is available at http://www.doleta.gov/taaccct.

WHO:
                 Seth D. Harris, deputy secretary of labor
                 Dr. Gary M. Green, president, Forsyth Technical Community College
Russ Read, executive director, National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce
Phil Shugart, president, Carolina Liquid Chemistries
Hannah Sanders, Forsyth Tech biotechnology student

WHAT:
                 Tour of Forsyth Technical Community College, remarks, press availability

WHERE:
                 Forsyth Technical Community College
Technology Building
2100 Silas Creek Parkway
Winston-Salem, N.C. 27103-5197

WHEN:
                 Thursday, Sept. 27
Tour: 10:15 a.m. EDT
Remarks and press availability: 11:15 a.m. EDT

Press interested in covering the event should contact Mike D’Aquino or Jason Kuruvilla using the contact information above.