Forsyth Tech is responding to the needs of the local business community while providing new options to students for the 2015-2016 academic year with the introduction of new programs, industry credentials, and online courses.

Among the new offerings is the Associate in Engineering program (AE). Engineering employers often look for specific skills over standard degrees, and this program will provide students with the training needed to compete in the high-demand environment of today’s engineering workforce.

Engineering Pathways, a joint project of the North Carolina Community College System and the University of North Carolina, has developed an articulation agreement that allows community college students with an AE degree to transfer seamlessly to a four-year engineering program within the UNC system. The AE program is specifically designed to meet prerequisite requirements and prevent the need for students to take additional or duplicative courses upon transferring. Universities partnering with community colleges through this program include East Carolina University, University of North Carolina Charlotte, and North Carolina State University.

Another new in-demand program that will be making its debut this fall is Motorcycle Mechanics. Students entering this program will earn an AAS degree.

The college will also introduce AAS degrees in Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology as well as Welding Technology. Currently, diplomas and certificates are available in these programs.