Forsyth Tech to Hold First Jobs NOW Graduation

December 3, 2009 – Forsyth Technical Community College will hold the first graduation for its JobsNOW night program on Thursday, December 10  in partnership with Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina. The ceremony will feature a keynote address by Mayor Allen Joines and will honor 84 graduates from eight night programs held in 2009.

The JobsNOW: 12 in 6 program offers training in the top 12 occupational areas and in six months or less, prepares individuals to enter the workforce and achieve success. Forsyth Tech develops the curriculum and provides the instructors. Goodwill handles admissions, provides classroom space and assists with job placement upon successful completion of the curriculum. The similar missions of the two organizations – to help people develop marketable skills for the workplace – has sustained a 20-year partnership, which continues to expand to meet the workforce development needs of the community.

Despite a challenging job market, approximately 60% of the JobsNOW graduates have already secured employment, prompting Forsyth Tech and Goodwill to hold the first graduation for JobsNOW. The 2009 classes targeted growth industries such as healthcare and skilled trades and included Electrician Helper, Medical Office Billing, Plumbing Helper, Introduction to Masonry, Pharmacy Assistant and Nursing Assistant.

“This graduation marks the success that has occurred this year in spite of the economic crisis,” said Sherry Carpenter, Goodwill’s vice president of Workforce Development Services. “In addition, it’s a great way for people to learn about fields that have the most opportunities for placement right now and about training programs that are available.

The graduation ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. on December 10 at Goodwill, 2701 University Parkway.  For more information on JobsNOW, please call 336.761.1002