Winston-Salem, N.C. – Vulcan Materials Company has donated $50,000 to Forsyth Technical Community College to fund revitalizing hydraulic training and equipment to be used at the Northwest Forsyth Center, the Transportation Technology Center and the new Center for Advanced Manufacturing on the main campus.
“The donation of the needed hydraulic trainers and equipment will allow our diesel and heavy equipment students to experience hands-on training with how a hydraulic system works and have the capability to troubleshoot and make adjustments or repair to hydraulic circuits,” said Todd Bishop, dean of engineering technology and program coordinator for computer-integrated machining.
Bishop added, “This is an invaluable skill for anyone who wants to become a master in the heavy equipment field. This equipment also allows instructors to evaluate the students’ understanding and abilities of hydraulics and how to troubleshoot, tune, and make necessary repairs. In addition, this equipment will help other programs that use hydraulics and pneumatics training. ”
Vulcan Materials has partnered with Forsyth Tech on numerous initiatives to help encourage students in advanced manufacturing and has referred some of their employees to the college for continuing education and training. Following their involvement with the Center for Advanced Manufacturing, Vulcan Materials made the commitment to donate money to the school.
“Vulcan Materials has been an excellent partner in preparing the manufacturing workforce of the future,“ said Forsyth Tech President Gary Green. “This donation to support education in hydraulics will help ensure that students have the skills needed for successful careers.”
“We are excited to assist Forsyth Tech as they train future generations and lay the foundation for thousands of careers in the skilled trades,” said Alex Tabish, talent development specialist with Vulcan Materials Company. “Many of these careers are pillars in society with tremendous growth forecasted. This is an investment in local families, communities and the labor force.
About Vulcan Materials Company
Vulcan Materials Company is the nation’s largest producer of construction aggregates, primarily crushed stone, sand and gravel, and a major producer of other construction materials including asphalt and ready-mixed concrete. Based in Birmingham, Alabama, Vulcan operates aggregate facilities, serving markets in 20 states, the District of Columbia, Mexico and the Bahamas, and employing over 8,000 dedicated men and women.
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.
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