Forsyth Tech Recognized As Leader In Manufacturing Training

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During a National Manufacturing Day stopover at Triumph Actuation in Clemmons this past fall, NC Governor Pat McCrory acknowledged Forsyth Tech as one of the top community colleges in the state, particularly around manufacturing training and education. The praise is well deserved. Forsyth Tech is emerging as a leader regionally and nationally when it comes to driving the process of determining what additional training must be integrated into the curricula of community colleges to meet the employment needs of area manufacturers.

Over the past few years, Forsyth Tech has invested more than $3 million in new equipment to keep pace with the needs of local and regional manufacturers. It was selected as one of four colleges around the country to pilot a program through the National Association of Manufacturers to offer nationally recognized credentials to students enrolled in advanced manufacturing credit programs as a way of enhancing the students’ value in the workplace. As a result, the college’s customized job-training programs in manufacturing have become models of industry and education collaboration, which includes programs like the ones Forsyth Tech offers Triumph.

Earlier this year, Forsyth Tech was tapped to host a regional manufacturing roundtable at Richard Childress Racing in Welcome, N.C., with support from the economic and workforce development consulting firm Regionnovate.

Roundtable participants included thought leaders, experts and innovators from the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Defense, the Small Business Administration, Piedmont Triad Partnerships, regional manufacturers, and representatives from the Piedmont Triad’s nine community colleges. The meeting resulted in the development of action plans aimed at addressing the workforce development challenges the manufacturing industry is facing in North Carolina and the southeast.

Powerful shifts are taking place in the U.S. manufacturing industry, fueled by the on-shoring of facilities and operations from overseas and the integration of advanced technology into once-manual processes. The effect of these profound changes is that American manufacturing is making a comeback but faces a major challenge. It is in desperate need of a skilled workforce, and Forsyth Tech is leading the way, providing the state-of-the-art training and education needed to meet the worker shortage.