Forsyth Tech’s Electrical Lineman Academy was named the Outstanding Pre-Apprenticeship Program in the state at the 2019 ApprenticeshipNC Conference banquet on last month in Wilmington. Sponsored by the N.C. Community College System, ApprenticeshipNC ensures North Carolina has an innovative, relevant, effective and efficient workforce development system that develops adaptable, work ready, skilled talent to meet the current and future needs of workers and businesses to achieve and sustain economic prosperity.

Since 2013, the academy has prepared individuals for work as entry-level line workers. The curriculum is 288 hours and those hours are credited toward the individuals’ apprenticeship, leading to a journeyman’s card. The curriculum covers both the basic technical skills, as well as, job readiness. If a student meets all the skill requirements, the student will receive a recommendation from the instructor to all prospective employers of that student.

Nominees for an ApprenticeshipNC Outstanding Award represented the best practices for the apprenticeship model in North Carolina.

“This award is a tremendous honor for our instructors and staff in the Electrical Lineman program,” said Sharon Anderson, dean of community and economic development programs at Forsyth Tech. “Receiving recognition from peers in the field shows respect for Forsyth Tech’s program leadership, which in turn strengthens the caliber of our graduates.”

Of the 469 graduates of the Electrical Lineman Academy, 30 have gone directly into a Registered Apprenticeship Program.

Sharon Anderson, dean at Forsyth Tech, and George Speight,

an Electrical Lineman instructor, accept award