Forsyth Tech was named a national finalist in the Bellwether Award competition in January for a four-year project spearheaded by its National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce (NCBW).
Forsyth Tech and its NCBW received Bellwether Award recognition for the work of the Community College Consortium for Bioscience Credentials, which was created under a $15 million Trade Adjustment Assistant Community College Career Training (TAACCCT) grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.
From 2012-2016, the c3bc joined 12 community colleges, including Forsyth Tech and industry and workforce partners, spanning 13 states, provided opportunities for close to 4,480 participants; built unique relationships with employers; developed novel skill standards; and removed barriers for learning.
Judges for the University of Florida’s School of Education, which sponsored the Bellwether Award competition, cited Forsyth Tech as one of 10 national finalists in the workforce development category. In all, there were 1,400 applications for Bellwether Awards.
“I think this was a great experience, very much a learning and developmental one,” said, Russ Read, executive director for the NCBW. “Although we did not win first place, we won in many ways. This was a great team effort in developing the c3bc through our DOL grant and the ultimate success to make an excellent submission and presentation with our partners.”
Read has led the NCBW since its creation in 2005 under a previous DOL grant to Forsyth Tech. Since then, the NCBW has been a national leader in developing best practices, skill standards, and capacity building in biotech workforce education and skills training.