At Forsyth Technical College, Biotechnology, Skills and Credentials

In remarks planned for Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, N.D., today, President Obama is expected to embrace a political deal: If Congressional Republicans will agree to extend unemployment compensation, then the White House will support extending all the current tax rates for several years. That’s big news, but we hope it doesn’t overshadow all the good work that Forsyth Tech is doing in the area of skills training. To wit:

Forsyth Tech is one of four colleges in the United States selected by the Manufacturing Institute to participate in the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)-Endorsed Skills Certification System. NAM is the nation’s oldest and largest broad-based industrial trade association and represents 14,000 companies in every industrial sector. 

Through the NAM-Endorsed Skills Certification System, Forsyth Tech offers nationally recognized credentials to students enrolled in these advanced manufacturing credit programs: Machining Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Welding, and Industrial Systems Technology. Acquiring these credentials will increase the students’ workforce opportunities and help improve the hiring process for them. These credentials are offered at no additional cost.

President Obama will tour two biotech classrooms, which reminds us of this further cooperation between Forsyth Tech and the Manufacturing Institute:

WASHINGTON, D.C.- The Washington-based Manufacturing Institute (the Institute) and the National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce (NCBW) at Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, announced a formal alliance today to jointly develop a highly-skilled and educated 21st century biotechnology and pharmaceutical production workforce.

The new collaboration includes a five-year commitment to support advancements in career and technical education, such as developing community college programs of study in biotechnology, pharmaceutical production, and medical device manufacturing aligned to industry standards. By jointly advocating for public and private investment in these workforce development initiatives and expanding outreach to students, parents, educators, and transitioning workers about valuable career opportunities, the partnership will build the talent pool and enhance the competitiveness of the U.S. biotechnology workforce and the industry as a whole.

“The biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and medical device industries are among the growing sectors in our manufacturing economy,” said Emily DeRocco, President of The Manufacturing Institute. “The continued growth of U.S. manufacturing in these global markets requires a highly-skilled technical workforce. This alliance will develop and implement replicable solutions to the nation’s need for a technical workforce in support of manufacturing.”

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