August 2, 2023

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship (OA) has named Forsyth Tech as an official Apprenticeship Ambassador. This recognition marks an essential partnership in promoting, expanding and diversifying Registered Apprenticeships, demonstrating the college’s dedication to strengthening the nation’s workforce.

As an Apprenticeship Ambassador, Forsyth Tech will take on a significant role in advocating for the advancement of apprenticeship programs, fostering growth and enhancing opportunities for aspiring professionals. The partnership with OA highlights the college’s commitment to excellence in workforce development and will contribute significantly to addressing the skills gap in various industries.

Only the second college in NC to be designated as an Apprenticeship Ambassador, the college has long led the way when it comes to apprenticeship opportunities, as evidenced by the award-winning Learn and Earn Apprenticeship Program (LEAP). 

Through LEAP, students can participate in work-based learning on campus or with employers, in addition to the traditional clinicals and labs that you would expect in healthcare, welding, advanced manufacturing and similar programs. But, they also have the opportunity to attend school to earn a degree, while working part-time – and receiving full time pay. In addition to learning and earning a degree, certificate or diploma, students who complete the program also receive a national Journeyworker certification, and many are hired upon graduation by their employers.

“We are honored to be selected as an Apprenticeship Ambassador by the Department of Labor,” said Danielle Rose, Director of Experiential Learning for Forsyth Tech. “We’re fostering a legacy of learning and growth at Forsyth Tech, and this recognition illustrates that beautifully.” 

Forsyth Tech’s appointment as an Apprenticeship Ambassador reaffirms their position as a leading institution in driving workforce development initiatives. This partnership signifies a momentous step towards a more robust and skilled workforce, ultimately bolstering economic growth and prosperity for our community and the region.