Institution Name:  Forsyth Technical Community College

Point of Contact: 
Beth Agnello

E-mail Address:

Brief Description of Institution:
Situated in Winston-Salem, N.C., Forsyth Tech opened in the fall of 1960 as the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Industrial Education Center, offering courses in such areas as automotive mechanics, machine shop, electronics and practical nursing. The school added adult enrichment and adult basic education in the 1960s; allied health, police science (now criminal justice) and two-year nursing degree programs in the 1970s; and a college transfer program in the 1980s.

The College has added programs and classrooms, laboratories, administrative space and off-campus locations since the 1990s and has more than 1.1 million square feet of space over 13 locations in two counties and about 10,000 curriculum students. One of four national pilot sites for the NAM-Endorsed Skills Certification System, Forsyth Tech’s offers the Career Readiness Certificate (“CRC”) and other third party certifications to students in its manufacturing programs. 

The college has recently become an AWS accredited test facility; its Computer Integrated Machining program is NIMS accredited and it is an authorized CRC and MSSC testing center.  In September 2012, Forsyth Tech received a $15 million Department of Labor grant to create the Community College Consortium for Bioscience Credentials, which comprises 12 institutions nationwide.

The College offers more than 200 curriculum programs: 70 certificates; 67 Associate in Applied Science degrees; 37 diplomas; 25 programs available entirely online; and 20 college transfer degrees, Associate in Arts, Science or General Education. Forsyth Tech is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees, diplomas and certificates.

Multiple Campuses:
Main campus, West Campus, Winston-Salem; 10 centers throughout Forsyth and Stokes counties.

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Manufacturing Programs:

Program Course Name  Certification(s) Delivered  Credit/Non-Credit 
Mechanical Engineering Technology Various* CRC Credit
MAC-111 Machining Technology NIMS various Level 1
Computer Integrated Machining Various* CRC Credit
MAC-111 Machining Technology NIMS various Level 1
MAC-112 Machining Technology NIMS various Level 1
Industrial Systems Technology Various* CRC Credit
Various** MSSC Maintenance Awareness
Welding Technology Various*CRCCredit
WLD-121 GMAW (MIG) FCAW PlateAWS D1.1, MIG unlimited
WLD-115 SMAW (Stick) PlateAWS D1.1 1/2" stick

*CRC testing is not linked to one particular course and the CRC testing schedule varies from year to year.
**This assessment is not linked to one particular course; it is offered when students are well prepared.

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