Forsyth Tech Joins National Initiative to Help Veterans Find Careers in Advanced Manufacturing

College among First 50 Schools to Partner with “Get Skills to Work”

(Winston-Salem, NC) – Forsyth Tech is among the first 50 colleges to join the Get Skills to Work Initiative, a partnership among The Manufacturing Institute, GE, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Alcoa, more than 500 manufacturing companies, non-profit organizations, and institutions of higher education to further expand accelerated training and certification opportunities for U.S. veterans in advanced manufacturing.

“The Manufacturing Institute is proud to partner with these outstanding schools that are committed to investing in veterans and workforce training that has a real impact in communities across the country,” said Jennifer McNelly, President, The Manufacturing Institute. “Working with educators and employers, we are creating real opportunities for transitioning service members to get the skills they need to access in-demand manufacturing careers.”

Tech welcomes this opportunity to assist those who have served our country as they transition into civilian careers,” said Forsyth Tech President Dr. Gary Green. “Get Skills to Work is a logical extension of our partnership with The Manufacturing Institute around manufacturing skills certification and addressing the manufacturing skills gap. This initiative dovetails nicely with the opening of our VetCenter, which welcomes veterans to campus and helps them pursue their career and life-long learning goals.”

At a time when the manufacturing industry has a well-documented skills gap, veterans represent an important pipeline of talented workers. Many veterans have training and experience that match up to manufacturing careers, in areas as diverse as welding, machining, logistics, and maintenance.

For those veterans requiring additional training and industry certifications to prepare for the civilian manufacturing workforce, accelerated postsecondary programs can bridge the gap for transitioning veterans. Expanding educational opportunities through Get Skills to Work is important to the manufacturers in the coalition. The schools prioritize veterans in their training programs, align programs to manufacturing industry certifications, and maximize opportunities for veterans to use their GI Bill and other benefits toward technical training.

For more information, visit The Manufacturing Institute.

About The Manufacturing Institute

The Manufacturing Institute (the Institute) is the 501(c)(3) affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers. As a non-partisan organization, the Institute is committed to delivering leading-edge information and services to the nation’s manufacturers. The Institute is the authority on the attraction, qualification and development of world-class manufacturing talent. For more information, please visit www.themanufacturinginstitute.org.

About Forsyth Tech

Forsyth Technical Community College offers associate degrees, diplomas and certificates in more than 200 programs of study. Forsyth Tech’s Economic & Workforce Development programs promote personal and professional development with non-credit courses and seminars and provide customized training for business and industry. Forsyth Tech serves more than 35,000 students with approximately 1,500 full and part-time faculty. For more information, visit www.forsythtech.edu.