Forsyth Technical Community College Announces Apprenticeship Program with Collins Aerospace as Governor Declares N.C Manufacturing Week

With support from Governor Roy Cooper, Forsyth Technical Community College and Collins Aerospace announced a new apprenticeship program giving opportunities for apprentices in engineering to work at Collins Aerospace while going to school.

Governor Roy Cooper signed the 2019 Manufacturing Week Proclamation at Collins Aerospace on October 1, 2019, and also took the time to help Forsyth Technical Community College and Collins Aerospace kick off the apprenticeship program.

Manufacturing Week, held this year from September 30 – October 5, encourages thousands of companies and educational institutions around the nation to open their doors to students, parents, teachers and community leaders.

“You think about manufacturing in the days of old and it’s so much different now,” said Gov. Roy Cooper. “It requires so much more knowledge and talent. That’s why it’s so important for us to continue to invest in education and to make sure people have the skills necessary to get these good paying jobs.”

The new apprentice program is part of the college’s LEAP@Forysth Tech program, a structured collaboration between Forsyth Tech as the apprenticeship sponsor and instructional provider, and local companies committed to employing the apprentices throughout their educational journey. LEAP@Forsyth Tech will expand the skilled workforce for the region, create a strong positive impact for the economy, and increase the region’s ability to attract new and expanding industries to the community.

“Our apprenticeship programs are also an important part of our comprehensive and diverse educational portfolio here at Forsyth Tech and it will help us achieve our vision of being a catalyst for equitable economic mobility, by empowering our students so they can be active participants in transforming our communities,” said Forsyth Tech President Janet N. Spriggs. “We are thrilled to celebrate this impactful workforce development partnership with Collins Aerospace.”

As more and more skilled workers are reaching retirement age, businesses like Collins Aerospace, defense and aerospace manufacturer, need highly-skilled workers to help them maintain, grow and expand their business operations and to fill gaps left when employees move up into other roles or reach retirement age.

“The timing of this announcement was really perfect. Manufacturing Week is an opportunity to show what modern manufacturing careers truly look like. They are innovative – these are not your grandfather’s jobs. They are high-tech, high-demand and high-paying. LEAP@Forsyth will meet this need and provide opportunities for our students. They will make money while they are learning and earning their associate degree, helping them graduate debt-free,” said provost of Forsyth Tech, Joel Welch.

Several companies like Siemens, Progress Rail and Thermcraft and Triumph Actuation Systems, Inc. have partnered with Forsyth Tech to provide apprenticeship programs through LEAP@Forsyth.

“Today, manufacturers across the country are facing a gap between the technical skills their employees need and the skills they find in applicants. Apprenticeships provide the practical along with the conceptual learning to create that highly skilled individual,” said dean of engineering technologies, John Carstens. “We are illuminating the pathways to a good career with life sustaining wages and opportunity for advancement.

For more information about LEAP@Forsyth, contact Danielle Rose, Apprenticeship Coordinator (, 336-734-7232).

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Danielle Rose Named One of the Chamber of Commerce 2019 Winston Leaders under 40

Congratulations to Danielle Rose on her selection as one of the #Winstonunder40 Leadership Team! Danielle is one of only 20 individuals under 40 in the local business community who were chosen for their outstanding leadership.

Danielle has been at Forsyth Technical Community College since 2016 and served three and a half years with the Work-based Learning Division and is currently Coordinator for the Learn and Earn Program LEAP@Forsyth Tech.

Danielle attended East Carolina University and received a dual Masters in Vocational Evaluation and Rehabilitation Counseling. Her first job out of college was as a Rehabilitation Counselor, facilitating job placement for NC Division of Services for the Blind.

At Forsyth Tech, Danielle is co-chair of the Technology Accessibility Committee and team captain for Forsyth Tech Works. She is currently a board member of the N.C. Work-Based Learning Association and is president of a women’s service organization at her church. Danielle grew up in Elon, N.C.

Forsyth Tech is proud of Danielle and her leadership in our work-based learning program and continues to demonstrate in our apprenticeship program.

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New president formally sworn in at Forsyth Tech. Janet Spriggs is the college’s seventh president

Nearly nine months after becoming the seventh president of Forsyth Technical Community College, Janet Spriggs was formally sworn into office Thursday.

With community members, elected officials, current Forsyth Tech students and professors filling the Stevens Center, the more than two-hour inauguration ceremony featured 14 speakers as well as musical performances.

Spriggs came to Forsyth Tech after more than 22 years working at community colleges, including 15 years at Carteret Community College where she started her career in education.

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Meet Janet Spriggs, new president of Forsyth Tech

Earlier this summer, sat down with Janet Spriggs, who became president of Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem in January. We talked to Spriggs about what prepared her for the role, Triad industry partnerships, outreach to high schoolers, and the college’s strategic plan.

“I think that my whole life has prepared me to be a community college president, although most of that time I probably did not realize that,” Spriggs said. “I grew up on a tobacco farm in North Carolina just across the Virginia border, and I’m a first generation college student.”

She said her experiences growing up allowed her to relate to barriers and risk factors of students. Plus, 14 years working in business and nearly 23 years serving in the community college space have given her a greater understanding of bringing education and business together. This understanding has led to a robust vision for Forsyth Tech’s future.

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Chamber’s educational forum highlights growing collaborative effort of Forsyth County’s six higher-ed institutions

For the first time in at least 15 years — possibly ever — the top officials of Forsyth County’s six higher-education institutions shared a stage last week.

The Winston Salem Chamber of Commerce held its inaugural State of Education luncheon Wednesday at the Benton Convention Center. The goal was “bringing the community together for an important discussion about workforce opportunities.”

If the collaborative and collegial nature of the conversation is any indication, a new or extended series of partnerships could be spawned from the forum.

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Meet Dr. Janet Spriggs, Forsyth Tech’s newest president

Forsyth Technical Community College’s newest president doesn’t have a lot of free time — but with the time she does have, she’s helping the college make strides after taking the reins from retired president Gary Green.

Dr. Janet Spriggs has worked in a variety of roles in the N.C. community college system for 22 years, most recently as the chief operating officer at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in Salisbury. She’s not without accolades, either — the prestigious Aspen Institute selected her for the 2018-2019 Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence.

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New Ensign Commissioned By U.S. Navy In Veterans Museum

Registered nurse Lidia Danilevich was commissioned as U.S. Navy ensign in the Veterans History Museum of the Carolinas on Aug. 30. Lt. Barbara Sterrenberg, from the Navy Officer Recruiting Station in Knoxville, Tenn., administered the commissioning oath.

Danilevich, a Russian national who earned her U.S. citizenship in 2015, began nurse’s training at Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem and finished at University of North Carolina-Greensboro. Given her choice to be deployed to Japan, Fort Belvoir or Walter Reed Medical Center, she chose Walter Reed

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Forsyth Tech camp inspires pipeline for underrepresented minorities in STEM

It was during a presentation by Kristen Nicholson, a biomechanist and assistant professor at Wake Forest School of Medicine, that Waynon Graham’s face lit up. You could practically hear the light bulb click on in his mind.

As a rising first-year student at Forsyth Technical Community College (FTCC), Graham planned to study computer science due to his love of video games. Through Nicholson’s presentation, he’d realized the connection between motion capture used in video game creation and biomechanics.

“Out of all the people that gave speeches, this is the one that resonated with me the most,” he said, even following up with Nicholson to discuss career pathways in the field like product development for running shoes or injury prevention for athletes.
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