GTCC gets lead role in jobs program
Guilford Technical Community College will be a lead partner in a regional consortium of community colleges working to expand computer integrated machining programs.Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, the consortium leader, has been awarded an $825,000 Golden LEAF Foundation grant. GTCC’s portion will be $180,000.
The grant will enable the five colleges to coordinate training for computer-controlled machining jobs recognized by the National Association of Manufacturers’ Endorsed Skills Certification Program. The grant includes money for new equipment at each college, instructional support and supplies, and professional development.
“Advanced manufacturing is one of the pre-eminent business sectors that will provide a solid future for the work force of Guilford County,” said GTCC President Randy Parker.
The grant will allow work with regional employers to promote the adoption of credentials that reflect the demonstrated competencies that manufacturers seek in their hiring process and a fast-track training option that manufacturers say will address a regional shortage of workers with machining skills. It also will make possible more computer-integrated machining to more high school students in the Piedmont Triad.
The projects will target more than 3,580 employment opportunities identified by industry over a two- to three-year period.
“The future of the Piedmont Triad region rests on these types of training opportunities. It is vital that we have programs which enable our work force to develop the skills that business and industry require,” said Coy O. Williard, chairman of the GTCC Board of Trustees.
In addition to the five community colleges, key partners include the Piedmont Triad Partnership.
“A skilled work force is a key factor in the economic development strategy for the Piedmont Triad, and a strong manufacturing base is fundamental to economic success,” said David M. Powell, president and CEO of the Piedmont Triad Partnership.
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Members: Guilford Technical, Forsyth Technical, Randolph, Rockingham and Davidson County community colleges.
Awards: Forsyth Tech won a $5.7 million grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation through its Mid-Skills Workforce Training Initiative to help 14 community colleges deliver hands-on training in skill areas that are in demand by North Carolina companies.