Forsyth Tech to Hold Second JobsNOW Graduation

Scott Ralls, President, NC Community College System, Will Deliver Commencement Address


WINSTON-SALEM, NC (April 26, 2010) – Forsyth Technical Community College will hold a graduation for its JobsNOW program on Wednesday, May 26th, at 6:30 pm. The ceremony will take place at Forsyth Tech’s West Campus Auditorium and will feature a commencement address by Dr. R. Scott Ralls, President of the North Carolina Community College System.

The 293 graduates on Wednesday will receive certificates from eight different JobsNow programs, including Introduction to Culinary Arts, Electrician Helper, HVAC, Medical Office I, Medical Unit Secretary, Nursing Assistant I, Phlebotomy, and Pharmacy Assistant. Despite a challenging job market, approximately 50 percent of this graduating class has already secured employment.

This is the second JobsNOW graduation class through Forsyth Tech—and the second graduating class within North Carolina’s community college system—for this stimulus-funded program. Forsyth Tech held the first JobsNOW graduation in the state at Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina in December of 2009.

Forsyth Tech continues to lead the state in the number of students enrolled in JobsNOW. Of the more than 1,400 students enrolled in JobsNOW programs throughout the state’s community college system, over 800 of those are enrolled at Forsyth Tech

The JobsNOW:12 in 6 program offers training in the top 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 for this program, which continues to expand to meet the workforce development needs of the community.

“In today’s recessionary economy, many in our community are without jobs,” said Sue Marion, Vice President, Corporate and Continuing Education. “Through JobsNOW, Forsyth Tech is helping the unemployed and underemployed retrain for in-demand jobs that will get them back into the workforce as quickly as possible.”

The JobsNOW graduation ceremony will take place at 6:30 pm on May 26th at Forsyth Tech’s West Campus Auditorium, 1300 Bolton Street, Winston-Salem, NC. For more information on JobsNOW, please visit or call (336) 761-1002.