Gaston College and SYFA Announce Scholarships for Textile Technology Students

DALLAS, NC – November 2, 2022 – To mark their 50th anniversary, the Synthetic Yarn and Fabric Association (SYFA) has partnered with Gaston College to establish a scholarship fund that will support new students in Gaston’s textile technology program.

SYFA members produce technically advanced yarns and fabrics for use in key industries such as healthcare, military, automotive, apparel and home furnishings. “US manufacturers need a talented workforce with the skills, know-how and motivation to implement cutting-edge technologies. Grants are a proven way to attract talent that might otherwise have chosen a different path,” said Hardy Sullivan, President of SYFA.

Beginning in the Spring 2023 semester, the scholarship fund will cover $500 of a student’s tuition per year. To support ongoing funding, SYFA’s first fundraiser will be a golf tournament in April 2023.

The Textile Technology Associate in Applied Science (AAS) program started in Fall 2022. It prepares students to work as technicians in product development and testing, machine operation, fiber construction and other projects, and as textile designers. A bilateral 2+2 articulation agreement between Gaston College and Wilson College of Textiles at NC State gives prospective students a seamless path to earning a bachelor’s degree at NC State University.

The Textile Technology AAS program is taught at the Textile Technology Center, located on Gaston College’s Kimbrell campus in Belmont, NC. There the students receive

Hands-on experience with the latest technology and equipment. Construction of a world-class fiber innovation center is about to begin on the Kimbrell campus.

SYFA Scholars are selected by the Gaston College Foundation, the custodian of more than 100 scholarships awarded to Gaston students annually. “We are grateful to SYFA for providing this grant,” said Luke Upchurch, executive director of the Gaston College Foundation. “The ability to provide this financial support makes our Textile Technology associate degree program even stronger for students who are becoming an important part of the expanding textile industry.”

SYFA is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization that holds twice-yearly conferences in Charlotte, NC, which serve as a forum to discuss product and process innovation, regulatory activity, and economic forecasts. Founded in 1972 as the Textured Yarn Association of America (TYAA), SYFA continues to pursue a mission to advance synthetic yarns and fabrics through education and advancement of new technologies and end uses.

The SYFA grant is a visible way for industry to show their enthusiastic support for Gaston’s new textile technology program and it is a win-win for students and industry. The industry will benefit from a larger pool of technically trained employees, while students will make career-building connections with globally competitive employers.

Posted: November 7th, 2022

Source: Gaston College

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