Forsyth Tech Selected as US Department of Labor apprenticeship ambassador

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 10, 2023

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WINSTON-SALEM — The US Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship (OA) named Forsyth Tech an official apprenticeship ambassador.

That 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 N.C. 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.

Those students can also 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 its position as a leading institution in driving workforce development initiatives. This partnership signifies a meaningful step towards a more robust and skilled workforce, ultimately bolstering economic growth and prosperity for our community and the region.