Triad community college joins online co-admission network

Forsyth Technical Community College has added another co-admission partner to its growing roster of educational collaborations. The school has joined the Bellevue University Premier Partner Network, the nation’s largest such network of more than 50 community colleges.

The partnership will offer Forsyth Tech students the opportunity to continue their education beyond an associate degree at one of the nation’s leaders in preparing students for career success. Students can transfer all of their college credits, including full associate degrees, toward accelerated, online bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

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‘College Guarantee’ program announced for Forsyth County residents

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Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines announced a new program Wednesday that will allow local high school graduates who can’t afford the cost of Forsyth Technical Community College to attend for free.

Funded primarily by an $870,000 grant from BB&T Corp., the Winston-Salem College Guarantee was announced at a news conference on the campus of FTCC. The “Hope and Opportunity” scholarships will be available to students from low-income households who graduate at the end of the current school year.

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Forsyth Technical Community College Announces Herbalife signing with Apprenticeship Program

Herbalife signing with Apprenticeship Program

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, November 11 – 17, Forsyth Tech recognizes
all our employee-partners who have joined LEAP@ForsythTech.

Winston-Salem, NC – Forsyth Tech celebrates National Apprenticeship Week by signing another employer partner for the Learn and Earn Apprenticeship at Forsyth Tech (LEAP@ForsythTech) program. Herbalife, with headquarters based in Winston-Salem, N.C., will provide students an opportunity to combine on-the-job training with technical education while earning an income.

LEAP@Forsyth Tech is 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.

“We are thrilled that Herbalife is partnering with us through LEAP@Forsyth Tech to help fulfill Forsyth Tech’s mission as a catalyst for equitable economic mobility, empowering lives and transforming communities,” said President of Forsyth Tech, Janet Spriggs. “With all our employee-partners who are collaborating with us through LEAP, we will expand the skilled workforce in our region, provide a strong positive impact on our economy and increase our ability to attract new and expanding industries to our community.”

Currently, Forsyth Tech works Progress Rail, A Caterpillar Company; Siemens Energy. Inc.; Thermcraft and Triumph Actuation Systems, LLC. to provide customized training programs for potential employees. Utilizing existing relationships while nurturing new ones, Forsyth Tech will communicate the benefit of being an employer partner with our sponsored program to train the workforce of today and the future.

“Herbalife has benefitted greatly throughout the years from our partnership with Forsyth Technical Community College,” Gene Corbett, vice president human resources and talent, Herbalife. “The Apprenticeship Program is another step in our long-standing relationship as we both understand the value in developing future talent for our business.”

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Dr. Janet Spriggs, president of Forsyth Tech participated in the Piedmont Triad Partnership’s panel on the State of the Region and the 2019 Triad Business Journal’s Power Player’s Event.

Moderator Ted Alexander and panelists Connie Book, president of Elon University, Janet Spriggs, president of Forsyth Technical Community College, and Harold Martin Sr., chancellor of North Carolina A&T State University, discuss the importance of collaboration during the Piedmont Triad Partnership’s State of the Region presentation Wednesday at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering at Gateway Research Park.

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FORSYTH TECHNICAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE CONGRATULATES THE GRADUATES OF THE 46TH CLASS OF ELECTRICAL LINEMEN

Twenty-one new electrical linemen poised to accept high-paying jobs after only nine weeks of high-quality training

 Winston-Salem, N.C. – Forsyth Technical Community College is proud to graduate the 46th class of the Forsyth Tech Electrical Linemen Academy. Most of the 21 graduates have secured jobs and start to work as early as next week.

“Forsyth Tech is proud of our electrical lineman graduates, our instructors and the overall program,” said President of Forsyth Tech Janet N. Spriggs. “Through our community partnerships with Duke Energy, and the utility contractor companies, we have developed a quality instruction program that will provide a great foundation for these students to have a life-long career.”

Forsyth Tech offers a leading lineman program in the south. Since 2010, Forsyth Tech has trained more than 700 workers in the nine-week program. Forsyth Tech was one of the first colleges to start this type of program and is currently the only nationally certified line worker class in North Carolina. It offers five, nine-week sessions per year, with 24 students per session. The programs fill up months in advance and have an extensive waiting list.

“There are few jobs where a student right out of high school can take a nine-week program and get a job making $18 to start, with full benefits and a retirement plan,” said Josh Burcham, director, Technical Skills Program, Economic and Workforce Development. “If they stick with the job and become a journeyman lineman, they can be making $40 an hour within about five years. Now, especially lineman jobs are in high demand as older workers are retiring.”

An interesting highlight during the graduation, was John Palmer, who was accompanied by three uncles and a cousin who are also linemen. Their family has a long history of linemen beginning with Palmer’s grandfather, John Ed Brown who worked for Pike Electric. Palmer’s relatives were visiting North Carolina from Florida and heard it was Palmer’s graduation so they all came to the ceremony. Palmer said, “This is a great career opportunity especially with my family’s experience and history in the field.”

The graduation ceremony was held October 9, 2019, at the Northwest Forsyth Center in King, N.C. Forsyth Tech has nine campus locations throughout Forsyth and Stokes counties. The Northwest Forsyth Center in King is a state-of-the-art facility for basic law enforcement training, emergency medical training, and criminal justice technology and forensics.

Students or employers interested in learning more about the Forsyth Tech Electrical Linemen Academy can contact Tim Webb, adjunct instructor, at tdwebb@forsythtech.edu or call 336-757-73076. For more information about Forsyth Technical Community College, please visit www.forsythtech.edu or call 336-734-7023.

Brown Palmer family

Caption:   Adding another lineman to the Brown/Palmer family, are from left: Robert Brown (uncle), Clay Brown (cousin), Sam Brown (uncle), John Palmer and Brad Brown (uncle).

All 21 Forsyth Tech linemen graduates on the poles waving to family members

Caption: All 21 Forsyth Tech linemen graduates on the poles waving to family members.

About Forsyth Tech

Forsyth Technical Community College is a catalyst for equitable economic mobility, empowering lives and transforming communities. The college offers associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates in over 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, visit forsythtech.edu and follow on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

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FORSYTH TECHNICAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE AWARDED MORE THAN HALF A MILLION DOLLARS IN A NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION GRANT TO BUILD NATIONAL BIOTECHNOLOGY NETWORK

New network will expand biotechnology education and encourage research opportunities at two-year colleges nationwide

Winston-Salem, N.C. – Forsyth Technical Community College was awarded more than half a million dollars from the National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education (NSF-ATE) to develop a new national biotechnology education center to address the rapidly growing need for highly skilled technicians in biotechnology.

Forsyth Tech, awarded $535,297 for this particular grant, is the home for the National Center for Biotechnology Workforce which focuses on capacity building, best practice and skills standard generation. This is the third award of more than half a million dollars from the National Science Foundation. A recent grant focused on defining the workforce skills technicians will need for manufacturing jobs where biomedical devices intersect with tissue engineering.

“This network will transform the biotech educational landscape,” said Russ Read, executive director for the NCBW. “Working across geographic regions will foster connections between students, institutions, industry and community. By galvanizing these connections, we can ensure the biotechnology sector continues to thrive with a pipeline of highly skilled graduates, and future leaders in education.”

For this award, Forsyth Tech is one of eight organizations who were granted $7.5 million total. Beginning this month, Austin Community College in Texas will lead the project. Austin Community College will create the InnovATEBIO National Biotechnology Education Center — named for the connectivity between advanced technological education and biotechnology education — to consolidate several biotech education projects into a national network. This network will share best practices and expand research opportunities for students at two-year institutions. The InnovATEBIO will also focus on biotechnology technician education across the country, with a specific focus on strengthening connections between high school and community college programs to increase the number of high school students recruited to biotechnology. The center also will provide early research experience and hands-on learning opportunities in the community college.

Other partners in this grant include:

  • Finger Lakes Community College, Canandaigua, New York
  • Madison College, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories (DNA Learning Center), Cold Spring Harbor, New York
  • NY City College of Technology, New York, New York
  • Digital World Biology, Seattle, Washington.
  • Bay Area Bioscience Education Community, San Francisco, California.
  • Baltimore City Community College, Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Washington State University, Pullman, Washington.

“I am so proud of the innovative work we are doing at Forsyth Tech through the National Center for Biotechnology Workforce. Our students gain early research experience, hands-on training and marketable skills that employers are looking for. The nation will not be able to fill high-tech research and development positions without engaging with its most diverse student populations, which can largely be found in community colleges. Together we are bridging the gaps in biotechnology education,” said Forsyth Tech President Janet Spriggs.

For more information on the National Center for Biotech Workforce, contact Russ Read at RRead@Forsythtech.edu.

About the National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce
 The National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce has strong ties to national bioscience workforce development back to 2005. It has led several federally funded bioscience workforce initiatives. The National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce work focuses on capacity building, best practice and skills standard generation. The National Center for Biotechnology Workforce is part of the Economic Development Workforce of Forsyth Technical Community College. The laboratory is open to qualified tenants as well as educational instructors and grant partners. For more information, see www.biotechworkforce.org.

About Forsyth Technical Community College

 Forsyth Technical Community College is a catalyst for equitable economic mobility, empowering lives and transforming communities. The college offers associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates in over 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, visit forsythtech.edu and follow on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

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Salem College and Forsyth Technical Community College Signed New Transfer Agreement

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. –– Salem College announced on October 10, 2019, a new co-admission agreement with Forsyth Technical Community College (Forsyth Tech) to facilitate degree completion and student success by improving access to undergraduate educational resources, university facilities, and support systems.

“Forsyth Tech is excited to collaborate with Salem College in this agreement,” said President of Forsyth Tech Janet N. Spriggs. “Having this strategic alliance will offer tremendous benefits to our students and to the community in demonstrating how higher education works together to improve student completion and success.”

“Salem College is honored to be a key member of the wonderful higher education eco-system that we have in Winston-Salem,” Salem College President Sandra Doran said. “We offer a diverse and inclusive community at Salem College as we prepare graduates to make a bold impact locally, nationally, and globally. We’re thrilled to welcome Forsyth Tech students to our campus.”

In partnership, Salem College and Forsyth Tech will enhance and expand the educational opportunities for Forsyth Tech’s Associate in Arts (AA), Associate in Science (AS), and Associate in Applied Science (AAS) graduates. Salem College will establish a seamless, guaranteed transfer guide for Forsyth Tech’s AA, AS, and AAS graduates with a 2.0 grade point average or higher for the Bachelor of Arts degree. In most cases, up to 60 hours of transfer credit will be accepted. Salem College will maintain a part-time Coordinator of Transfer Admission on Forsyth Tech’s campus one day each week.

Initially, Salem College will offer a Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Studies to Forsyth Tech students who meet admission requirements. Recruitment will begin immediately upon signing with classes being offered in the Spring 2020 term. Both colleges will participate in a joint Advisory Committee comprised of Salem College and Forsyth Tech faculty, staff, and/or administration that will meet twice a year to review this partnership.

Forsyth Tech has launched four new co-admission partnerships with North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Winston-Salem State University, to improve student access to undergraduate and graduate education. The programs began enrolling students this fall.

About Salem College
Salem Academy and College is the oldest educational institution for girls and women in the United States. With more than 18,000 alumnae who serve as entrepreneurs, physicians, researchers, artists, lawyers, teachers, community volunteers, and corporate executives, Salem Academy and Salem College continue to educate the next generation of global leaders. For more information about Salem Academy, please visit salemacademy.com. For more information about Salem College, please visit salem.edu.

About Forsyth Tech
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 is the seventh largest community college in North Carolina and serves more than 35,000 students with approximately 1,500 full and part-time faculty and staff. For additional information,  follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

Salem College Signing Agreement

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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 (DRose@forsythtech.edu, 336-734-7232).


Governor Roy Cooper visiting the facilities Governor Roy Cooper visiting the facilities

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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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