A consortium of Triad community colleges led by Forsyth Technical has received a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.
That grant is aimed at supporting community colleges in advancing career pathways in manufacturing to meet employers’ demand for more skilled workers.
Forsyth Tech will lead the “Aligning the Workforce Education System for Manufacturing” project, a consortium of eight community colleges across the Triad.
The other community colleges are:
- Alamance Community College
- Davidson-Davie Community College
- Guilford Technical Community College
- Montgomery Community College
- Randolph Community College
- Rockingham Community College
- Surry Community College
“This is an extraordinary opportunity for Forsyth Tech and our partner community colleges to build a clearer education workforce development system, ultimately making North Carolina more prosperous,” said Janet Spriggs, Forsyth Tech president.
“The ultimate outcome will ensure coordination between workers’ skills and employers’ expectations, resulting in an increased number of adults with well-paying jobs in advanced manufacturing.”
The foundational activity of these eight institutions will create a Business & Industry Leadership Team (BILT), which will give regional employers a co-leadership role for technical programs in machining and mechatronics.