Forsyth Tech Holds Information Sessions for Short-Term “Back to Work” Training Classes

Forsyth Tech Holds Information Sessions for
Short-Term “Back to Work” Training Classes

Tuition-Free Courses Target Unemployed,
Veterans, NC National Guard

(Winston-Salem, NC) – Forsyth Tech is holding a series of information sessions in December, January and February to present details about its Back to Work short-term training program designed to train unemployed North Carolinians for employment and new careers. Residents who qualify for the program, which is funded through a state grant, receive the training at no cost.

The information sessions are free and open to the public.

Forsyth Tech’s Back to Work program focuses on training qualified residents for in-demand jobs as electronic health records specialists, electrical linemen, facility maintenance technicians and welders.

Additional courses and training are available to unemployed veterans and NC National Guardsmen for positions as emergency medical technicians, firefighters and pharmacy assistants.

Many of the Back-to-Work classes will begin in January 2014. The remainder will start in February and March, based on program area.

Students who enter the Back to Work program receive job training and retraining, employability skills testing, academic advising, counseling and career coaching at no cost and

may be eligible to receive industry-recognized, third party credentials to increase their job placement opportunities upon successful course completion.

In addition, the program pays registration fees, books and certification costs for approved classes that can lead to jobs.

The Back to Work program at Forsyth Tech is open to all residents of North Carolina, regardless of the county in which they live.

Information Session Schedule and Locations

Residents who are interested in learning more about the Back to Work training courses that will be offered in 2014 are invited to attend one of the following 90-minute information sessions:

  • December 4, 10 am:               Winston-Salem Urban League
  • December 5, 10 am:               Forsyth Tech (Northwest Forsyth Center)
  • December 5, 1:30 pm:            Forsyth Tech (Stokes Center)
  • January 8, 10 am:                   Forsyth Tech (Northwest Forsyth Center)
  • January 15, 11 am:                 Forsyth Tech (Swisher Center)
  • January 21, 2:00 pm:              Forsyth Tech (Stokes Center)
  • January 29, 10 am:                 Goodwill (University Parkway)
  • February 6, 10 am:                 Forsyth Tech (West Campus)
  • February 12,10:00 am:           Forsyth Tech (Northwest Forsyth Center)
  • February 26, 2:00 pm:            Forsyth Tech (Stokes Center)

The addresses for each of the locations listed above are:

  • Winston-Salem Urban League: 201 West 5th St., Winston-Salem
  • Forsyth Tech Northwest Forsyth Center: 3111 Big Oaks Drive, King
  • Forsyth Tech Stokes Center: 1165 Dodgetown Rd. in Walnut Cove
  • Swisher Center: 1108 Swisher Center Rd., Kernersville
  • Goodwill: 2701 University Parkway, Winston-Salem
  • Forsyth Tech West Campus: 1300 Bolton St., Winston-Salem

Second Time Around

This is the second time Forsyth Tech has received state funding for the Back to Work initiative. In 2012-2013, 138 students out of an initial class of 154 completed the Back to Work training for a completion rate of 90%.

Forsyth Tech received the maximum grant available of $173,870 for the 2013-2014 funding year, money that was approved by the NC General Assembly for administration through the

North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS). The NCCCS distributed the total 2013-2014 grant of $5,874,104 among 49 of the state’s 58 community colleges. The current funding period ends on June 30, 2014.

Unlike the first Back to Work grant, which focused on individuals in Forsyth and Stokes counties who had exhausted their unemployment benefits, the new grant allows Forsyth Tech to fund anyone who is unemployed, underemployed or meets income guidelines, regardless of the county in which they live. In addition, the new grant places special focus on unemployed military veterans and members of the North Carolina National Guard.

Residents who have questions or would like additional information can call: in Forsyth County, 336.734.7630 and in Stokes County: 336.593.5402, ext. 1101 or visit and click on the Back to Work banner.

About Forsyth Tech

Forsyth Technical Community College offers associate degrees, diplomas and certificates in more than 200 programs of study. Forsyth Tech’s Economic & Workforce Development programs promote personal and professional development with non-credit courses and seminars and provide customized training for business and industry. Forsyth Tech serves more than 35,000 students with approximately 1,500 full and part-time faculty. For more information, visit


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