Manufacturing-related programs and services

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General College Description: Forsyth Technical Community College is a comprehensive community college serving the citizens of Forsyth and Stokes counties. It offers a wide array of programs and services at its main campus in Winston-Salem and its 9 other campus locations. Forsyth Tech aims to provide students with exceptional technical education and training, as well as college transfer, adult basic education, and continuing corporate education programs to develop a globally competitive workforce. It offers 67 Associate in Applies Science Degrees, 35 diploma programs, 67 certificate programs, 20 college transfer degrees and a host of other programs including Business and Industry Training, Literacy Education and English for Speakers of other Languages (ESL), Distance Learning Opportunities, and Vocational and Technical Training. See
Manufacturing-Related Program Areas: Forsyth Tech offers a variety of manufacturing-related programs that span several Departments. The college offers Associate Degree, Diploma and Certificate options and graduates approximately 1,050 students each year. Click on the links below to learn more:

  • Construction and Manufacturing Technologies: .

  • Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology – Diploma, Certificate

  • Electrical/Electronics Technology – Diploma, Certificate

  • Industrial Systems Technology – Degree (AAS), Diploma, Certificate

  • Machining Technology – Diploma, Certificate

  • Plumbing – Diploma, Certificate

  • Welding Technology – Diploma, Certificate

  • Engineering Technologies: .

  • Electronics Engineering Technology – Degree (AAS), Certificate (CAD)

  • Mechanical Engineering Technology- Degree (AAS), Certificate

  • Emerging Technologies:

  • Nanotechnology – Degree (AAS)

  • Biotechnology - Degree (AAS)

  • General Occupational Technology: The General Occupational Technology curriculum provides individuals with an opportunity to upgrade skills and to earn an associate degree, diploma, and/or certificate by taking courses suited for individual occupational interests and/or needs. The curriculum content is customized for students according to occupational interests and needs. A program of study for each student is selected from any non-developmental level courses offered by the College. Graduates become more effective workers, better qualified for advancements within their field of employment, and become qualified for a wide range of entry-level employment opportunities.

The college also offers Developmental Education for students who, on the basis of test results and past performance, do not qualify for immediate admission to their chosen program of study. Students who meet the minimum entrance requirements, but whose previous academic records indicate that they may have difficulty in successfully completing their programs are also advised in the completion of their necessary course work in the Developmental Education program.

Special partnerships with high schools and four-year schools: Forsyth Tech offers College in High School programs which allow high school students to earn free college credits to give them a head start on their college career.

  • Dual Enrollment classes are available in math, science, technical (or career-oriented) courses and count for both high school and college credits in Forsyth and Stokes Counties ( Stokes College Academy is a Dual Enrollment program for Stokes County students, allowing students to take Forsyth Tech college courses on their high school campus, online, via Interactive TV, or Learn and Earn and earn free college credits. We have had high schools students participate in Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration, Machining Technology, Plumbing, Welding Technology, Nanotechnology and Industrial Systems Technology. We have a partnership with the Atkins Technology High Schools three Academies which include: Biotechnology Academy, Engineering Academy and Business Information Technology. Students take Forsyth Tech courses as part of these Academies their senior year. The college actively recruits students for all of the Manufacturing-Related program areas. We are adding a drafting course for the students in the Engineering Academy this coming year.

  • The Educational Partnerships division creates and supports Articulated (Advanced Standing) Courses, which allow students to earn advanced standing credit at Forsyth Tech or any North Carolina community college. The Tech Prep program allows the opportunities for granting of credit at the college. In this list of 120 courses there are 14 courses articulated with the two public school systems we serve that are in one of the identified Manufacturing-Related Program areas, i.e. ELC 111 Introduction to Electricity and WLD 115 SMAW (Stick) Plate.

  • Forsyth Tech also participates in the North Carolina Learn and Earn on-line program where high school students can take college level classes on-line. Students are admitted through the Educational Partnerships office and must meet the prerequisites for the classes they request. If a student wanted to complete the General Education Courses for the programs most all of these are offered on line and could be completed in high school before entering the hands-on core courses of the identified manufacturing programs. Chemistry, Math and English requirements are examples.

  • Forsyth Middle College is a high school on the Forsyth Tech campus that focuses on individualized study and offers both regular high school and Dual Enrollment courses for juniors and seniors enrolled in this Forsyth County high school. Forsyth Middle College is a collaborative project of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools and Forsyth Technical Community College ( For more information, see the Forsyth Middle College website at Students have enrolled in the identified manufacturing programs in the morning while they completed high school in the afternoon. This has been beneficial to the students and often was the “carrot” that kept them in high school and got them graduated. The college actively promotes this option to these 100 students.

  • Early College of Forsyth is a 9-12 high school on the Forsyth Tech campus with an accelerated academic program that allows students to earn a high school diploma and an associate's degree at the same time ( As part of their program of study when they reach the 11 grade students can choose to enroll in any of the identified manufacturing programs. Career information on the manufacturing programs is offered to all Early College students.

  • Stokes County Early College is a 9-12 high school located in Stokes County with an accelerated academic program that allows students to earn a high school diploma and an associate’s degree at the same time. This program is supported by a five year grant from the New Schools Project. ( These students may also take courses during their junior and senior years in the identified manufacturing programs. Students are offered career information on these curriculum programs.

  • Forsyth Tech has 20 Instructional Service Agreements which jointly offer a curriculum program between Forsyth and another community college. Students can take courses in a program of study and earn a degree, diploma, or a certificate from the home institution. Of the 20 agreements 9 are in Biotechnology and 1 is in Nanotechnology.

Faculty Expertise/Specialized Knowledge/Skills
The Manufacturing-related program departments employ instructors who are subject matter experts in all specialized fields. Both regular and adjunct faculty members have significant industry experience in their specific fields and hold advanced industry certifications, and are supported in additional professional development opportunities. The college employs professionals in the areas of machining and computer numerical control, welding, industrial systems technology, electrical and mechanical engineering, drafting, and computer-aided design. Additionally, faculty members are all highly experienced in the technical education of adults and possess a diverse knowledge of the manufacturing-related fields.
Specialized Facilities/Equipment

Forsyth Tech’s manufacturing-related facilities are all equipped with modern equipment and classrooms equipped with many computer workstations. The cost to equip these five areas exceeded 1.8 million dollars. The college’s welding facilities are equipped with state of the art presses, sheers, testing equipment, welders, and a waterjet cutter. The machine shop has CNC lathes, milling machine, and trainers. The college also has conventional machine shop equipment such as engine lathes, vertical milling machines, and surface grinders, as well as industrial process training equipment, machine tools, and testing equipment in our industrial Industrial Systems Lab. The Mechanical Engineering Technology lab is aligned with advanced industry standards and practices. No drafting boards here! Students learn and work with state-of-the-art design and prototyping software and equipment. The electronics engineering facilities are filled with the equipment necessary to earn accreditation by the Accrediting Body for Engineering Technology (ABET). This equipment includes oscilloscopes, curve tracers, spectrum analyzers, and a programmer prom.

Contract Training Capabilities:
As part of Forsyth Tech’s commitment to support local economic development efforts, the college offers customized assessment and training services to assist local manufacturing employers compete successfully in the global marketplace. See:
Forsyth Tech works with businesses to assess their business environment, staff and current situation to make certain the training options are tailored to meet their training needs. The college works in partnership with area manufacturers to develop specialized training and can arrange on-site instruction of employees in such established disciplines as Lean, Six Sigma, leadership and customer service.

Forsyth Tech also offers Focused Industry Training (FIT), a specialized program for North Carolina's manufacturing industries. FIT uses individualized needs assessments and consultations to design and implement targeted, customized training for organizations which need to upgrade workers' skills because of technological or process advances. Examples include Advanced Industrial Training with Kobe Wieland Copper Products and lean manufacturing training done with DAC Products.

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