FORSYTH TECH ANNOUNCES A NEW REGISTERED APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM

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Forsyth Technical Community College Announces a New Registered Apprenticeship Program through the Toyota Technician Training and Education Program (T-TEN)

 

For future automotive technicians, this apprenticeship program puts them ahead on a path combining a degree with on-the-job training and additional certifications.

Winston-Salem, N.C. – Forsyth Tech is excited to announce a new registered apprenticeship program through the Toyota T-TEN program. The college serves as the apprenticeship sponsor, and Toyota and Lexus dealerships in North Carolina can sign on as a participating employer.

Students who are completing T-TEN training courses at Forsyth Tech and working in a partner dealership can register as an apprentice through this partnership. Apprentices will earn wage increases as they progress through the on-the-job training and earn an associate in applied science in Automotive Systems Technology from Forsyth Tech. Also, they will earn national and state Journeyworker credentials and industry certifications.

Forsyth Tech is the only college in the Carolinas and one of only 34 centers across the United States to receive Toyota T-TEN Certification for its Automotive Systems Technology program. With 68 Toyota and Lexus dealers supporting the Toyota T-TEN program in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. Forsyth Tech has placed 165 students in Toyota and Lexus dealerships over the past five years.

“This is a tremendous expansion for our Toyota T-TEN program to provide additional certifications and Jouneryworker credentials to students as another level of mastery in their experience,” said President of Forsyth Tech Janet Spriggs. “Our T-TEN graduates are highly-skilled and in demand, and this will enhance the value of their education and opportunities.”

The NC Department of Public Instruction has also created a statewide registered pre-apprenticeship which will feed into Forsyth Tech’s registered apprenticeship. As part of the pre-apprenticeship, high school students will complete the Automotive Service II course and a 135- hour internship with a local dealer. Pre-apprentices will learn about the three participating apprenticeships that they can apply for, one of which is Forsyth Tech’s T-TEN program. If a pre-apprentice continues into the T-TEN apprenticeship program, they are eligible for a North Carolina Youth Apprentice Tuition Waiver to attend Forsyth Tech.

Together, these programs will broaden recruitment efforts for future automotive technicians and create career paths for North Carolina students. For more information on Toyota T-TEN at Forsyth Tech, go to www.toyota.forsythtech.eduThere!. If you are a dealer interested in participating, please contact Danielle Rose, the apprenticeship coordinator, at drose@forsythtech.edu. If you are a student interested in applying for Forsyth Tech’s Toyota T-TEN program, please contact David Conner, program coordinator, automotive systems technology, at dconner@forsythtech.edu.

About Forsyth Technical Community College 

Forsyth Technical Community College provides students with guided educational pathways into a competitive workforce for the community and global economy. The college offers associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates in more than 200 programs of study, including programs that promote personal and professional development through non-credit courses and seminars, as well as customized training for business and industry. Forsyth Tech serves more than 35,000 students with approximately 1,500 full and part-time faculty and staff.  For additional information, please visit forsythtech.edu and follow on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

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Creating Equity and Access for High School Students

Creating Equity and Access For High School Students Dr Janet Spriggs Mar 2021

In March 2020, I would have hardly believed how the next twelve months would ensue. The thousands of virtual meetings, the pivoting to online instruction at breakneck speeds, and the sheer resilience of our Forsyth Tech family are just a few of the things that spring to mind as I think over this first anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic. We have learned a lot over the last year and are excited about the differences we can make going forward. However, something that has not changed has been our strong focus on creating equity and economic mobility for the many students in Forsyth and Stokes counties.

One way that Forsyth Tech continues to reach for our vision, to fulfill our mission, and to be #APlaceOfPromise for everyone, is by participating in the Career and College Promise (CCP) program. Career and College Promise offers North Carolina high school students a clear path to success in college or a career. Through the partnership of the Department of Public Instruction, the NC Community College System, the University of North Carolina system, and many independent colleges and universities, North Carolina is helping eligible high school students begin earning college credit at a community college campus at no cost to them or their families. This means that students are getting a college education while in high school for free! We firmly believe that this is one way to produce a healthy workforce, decrease equity gaps in our community, and save students thousands of tuition dollars.

Through this program, students earn college credit leading to certificates, diplomas, and associate degrees. They can use these college credits and transfer to a four-year institution, or even go ahead and start a career with the job skills they received at Forsyth Tech. Career and College Promise is one way to keep students moving toward their future careers and saving students and families valuable time and money. If you think there is no way to afford a college education, Career and College Promise is the option for you.

More than 70,000 students across North Carolina participated in Career and College Promise last year, and for many colleges, 25-30 percent of their student population is CCP. However, at Forsyth Tech, only 14 percent of our students are enrolled in the program. We strive to be a leader among community colleges in our state, so we are working hard to increase this number and help as many students in Forsyth and Stokes Counties as possible.

The courses that a high school student takes through our CCP program are equivalent to an Advanced Placement (AP) course, and college transfer courses are even equivalent for GPAs on high school transcripts. By the time students graduate from high school, they can earn enough credits for a community college degree or credential.

By exploring college courses, tuition-free, students awaken their curiosity through a new academic world that can give them the confidence to thrive on a post-secondary level. The program prepares students ahead of time for college admission. It demonstrates college readiness and their standard of excellence. It introduces the “college experience” to students and offers a springboard to career plans, job training, skills, and certifications. Some students need the time to move from a high school environment to college, and Career and College Promise can be their bridge into campus life.

Education is the foundation for social and economic mobility.  As a community college, we are meant to meet students where they are, and take them as far as they can go. At Forsyth Tech, we are committed to equity and to being a place of promise for every student that comes through our doors. Providing Career and College Promise is just one of the ways we do that.

For more information on Career and College Promise, call the Educational Partnerships’ office at 336-734-7466 or email edupartnerships@forysthtech.edu. 

20 Doctoral Students to Represent NC State College of Education at National Conferences through Belk Center Fellows Program

Maggie May ‘23EDD, an adjunct faculty member in the North Carolina Community College System and a doctoral student in the NC State College of Education’s Community College Leadership program, had never applied for a fellowship opportunity before, so she was “awestruck” when she was selected to be one of 20 Belk Center Fellows.

As a fellow, May will represent the Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research at the League for Innovation in the Community College’s virtual 2021 Innovations Conference from March 1-4, 2021.

“The individuals who are going to be presenting at this conference are leaders and movers and shakers in the field and I hope to be able to have a pulse on innovation with the community college system and just be part of the conversation,” May said. “I’m thrilled to be a part of an institution like NC State that stretches even beyond North Carolina with it’s connections and mentorship opportunities.”

The Belk Center’s Fellows Program began in the 2017-18 academic year through a partnership with Achieving the Dream — a non-government reform movement focused on helping community college students have better economic opportunities — and the creation of a cohort of DREAM Fellows. It has since expanded to include a partnership with the League for Innovation in Community College.

The goal of the Fellows program is to bring together a select group of doctoral students to listen and engage in national conversations surrounding community college and student success, explained Laura Maldonado ‘20PHD, a senior research associate at the Belk Center.

“DREAM Fellows provide a perspective on our annual DREAM convening in a way that only a doctoral student in educational leadership can – simultaneously making connections as both a practitioner and as a student who is constantly asked to reflect on theories in the field,” said Elayne Reiss, director of research at Achieving the Dream. “As Achieving the Dream strives to deliver evidence-rich content to community college professionals in an effort to improve levels of success for all students, the organization values the contributions of the DREAM Fellows, who help to weigh in on the ability of our DREAM content to make those links between evolving theory and current, relevant practice.”

“We are pleased to partner with the Belk Center to bring these higher education leaders and scholars to our Innovations Conference, where they explore key issues facing community colleges and promising, innovative practices these institutions are using to address current challenges,” said Cynthia Wilson, Ed.D., vice president for learning and chief impact officer at the League for Innovation.

Fellows who attend the Innovations Conference prepare an executive summary on the major themes, issues and questions presented at the conference to assist the League with event evaluation, and some will make presentations of their own during the event.

Sonia Chandarana Tandon ‘23EDD, a faculty member and chair for the Humanities Enrichment Series at Forsyth Technical Community College, will be sharing a proposal entitled “My Perfectly Imperfect Online Class that Thrives Beyond the Pandemic.” The presentation is intended for educators who envision themselves engaging in online instruction after it is no longer required by the COVID-19 pandemic and focuses on ideas that include humanizing online classes, creating relevance in instruction, applying inclusive pedagogy and how to build a supportive community in online classrooms.

“I chose this topic for two reasons. Historically speaking, a good 50% of the classes I teach have been online, and now with the pandemic, I have transitioned 100% to online synchronous and asynchronous teaching,” Tandon said. “Creating positive student experiences in online courses is my driving mantra. Additionally, if I can in some measure contribute to the pedagogy around that, it would be hugely rewarding.”

Belk Center Fellows who will attend the Innovations Conference and those who had the opportunity to attend Achieving the Dream’s 2021 virtual DREAM conference from Feb. 16-19 also expressed an interest in learning more about topics related to equity in the community college system.

May said she is excited to hear how community college leaders from across the nation approach student success with the ideas of equity and access in mind in order to make real change.

That sentiment was echoed by Fellow Stephanie Lackey ‘23EDD, program coordinator for early childhood education at Forsyth Technical Community College.

“Exposure to nationally acclaimed leaders and practitioners and their approaches to relevant national issues and strategies on student-focused culture will provide me with practical insight into future community college leadership,” she said. “I am excited to hear community college leaders’ voices in how they are supporting courageous conversations and authentic programs that support the success and belonging of all students, faculty and staff.”

There’s still a large need for tech and manufacturing workers in North Carolina. One community college is making a push to train hundreds of new workers in the field.

Dr. Janet Spriggs and Dr. Stacy Waters-Bailey discussing Forsyth Tech Cares on Triad Today

Forsyth Tech Wins $5M Grant to Train Students in Advanced Manufacturing

There’s still a large need for tech and manufacturing workers in North Carolina.

One community college is making a push to train hundreds of new workers in the field.

That college – Forsyth Tech – is the only community college in the state and one of 11 colleges nationally to receive an award under the Department of Labor’s Strengthening Community Colleges Program.

Right now, the college has at least 100 students in the advanced manufacturing program and it hopes to recruit more.

But the big hurdle – meeting employers’ demands for more skilled workers.

“If you like it, you’re going to be good at it,” said Pemmco President Rick Powell. “If you’re good at it, you’re going to rise to the top.”

“These types of grants give us that nudge, that momentum that we need that helps us to fulfill our vision,” said Forsyth Tech Chief Academic Officer Jacob Surratt.

Forsyth Tech is partnering with growing industries here and across the region – some include Pemmco, Herbalife and Siemens.

“We always want to be proactive in our training, responsive to our industry partners needs and make sure we are providing a skilled workforce,” Surratt said.

We’re told the program is truly about transforming the community, but what must be done first, combatting misconceptions.

“People still think of manufacturing as an old man leaning across a dirty piece of equipment that gets covered in oil in a smoky environment,” Powell said.

Pemmco Manufacturing makes parts in aerospace, automotive and lawn and garden.

Powell says industry leaders need to get younger people in as the older generation retires, showing them clean environments that involve computers, 3D models and the latest technologies.

“We can go out and buy more equipment and we can buy additional building space, but we can’t go out and buy human resources,” he said. “We need employees who have technical skills.”

We asked Forsyth Tech leaders how they can ensure students will be ready for evolving jobs in the field. They say educators need to be…

“providing education that is timely, does it need to be accelerated,” Surratt said.

“If we can get the students in and see it and pick it up, that’s probably the best way to get them interested,” Powell adds.

Powell says his company works with students on a focused curriculum and then hires them afterward.

Joining with Forsyth Tech are Alamance Community College, Davidson-Davie Community, College, Guilford Technical Community College, Montgomery Community College, Randolph Community College, Rockingham Community College and Surry Community College. Their foundational activity will be creating a Business & Industry Leadership Team giving regional employers a co-leadership role for technical programs in machining and mechatronics.