In an effort to expand accelerated training and certification for U.S. veterans seeking jobs in advanced manufacturing, Forsyth Tech, based in Winston-Salem, N.C., announced earlier this week that it is among the first 50 colleges to join the Get Skills to Work Initiative.
The Initiative is a partnership among The Manufacturing Institute, GE, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Alcoa and more than 500 manufacturing companies, non-profit organizations and educational institutions.
"Tech welcomes this opportunity to assist those who have served our country as they transition into civilian careers,” said Forsyth Tech President Dr. Gary Green. “Get Skills to Work is a logical extension of our partnership with The Manufacturing Institute around manufacturing skills certification and addressing the manufacturing skills gap. This initiative dovetails nicely with the opening of our VetCenter, which welcomes veterans to campus and helps them pursue their career and life-long learning goals.”
Veterans represent an important pipeline of talented workers when the manufacturing sector is experiencing a skills gap. Many veterans have training and experience that match up to manufacturing careers, in areas as diverse as welding, machining, logistics and maintenance.
Accelerated postsecondary programs can bridge the gap for transitioning veterans. The schools prioritize veterans in their training programs, align programs to manufacturing industry certifications, and maximize opportunities for veterans to use their GI Bill and other benefits toward technical training.