Building Culture In Collaboration

People standing outside of the Forsyth Tech Northwest Forsyth Center

On June 30 Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez and Representative Virginia A. Foxx visited Forsyth Tech to observe first-hand the type of innovative training programs the college is using to support regional workforce development.

During their visit, Sec. Perez and Rep. Foxx first went to the Northwest Forsyth Center in King. While there, they observed students in the Electrical Lineman Pre-Apprenticeship program, which gives students hands-on experience in the utility industry. Top regional employers, including Pike Electric and Duke Energy, regularly recruit graduates of the program.

After seeing demonstrations of general and emergency procedures that showed the students’ advanced technical capabilities, Sec. Perez commented on the quality of the program, telling the students, “You all have a really bright future ahead; the sky is truly the limit.”

The next stop on their visit to Forsyth Tech was the Oak Grove Center on Main Campus to view the college’s new, high-tech Science Skills Lab. Funded by a $15 million Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCT) grant awarded to Forsyth Tech by the U.S. Department of Labor, the lab is utilized by students in biology, chemistry and other science courses. Area companies such as Herbalife, Carolina Liquid Chemistries and the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine regularly employ graduates of these programs.

People Inside of a classroom lab.

Following the lab tour, Sec. Perez and Rep. Foxx participated in a roundtable discussion of Forsyth Tech’s current momentum and future with representatives from local employers, including Nanotech Labs, Inc., Cook Medical and Wake Forest Innovations. Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines was also in attendance.

At the conclusion of the roundtable discussion, Labor Secretary Perez commended participants saying, “You have built culture in your collaborations.”