A Special Presentation to the NC Conference of English Instructors

Vetrone and Dr. Redfield

Finding uncommon ways to help students succeed is one of the commitments Dr. Kristin Redfield, Writing Program Coordinator at Forsyth Tech, makes to her students. In keeping with her teaching philosophy, when she submitted her proposal for a presentation at the NC Conference of English Instructors this past October, she had an idea for a unique presentation – bring a student who had been through the experience.

“The topic ‘But I Don’t Like Reading Stuff from Dead People!’ seemed to require a student’s perspective, plus I wanted to give a student a real-life presentation experience,” said Redfield. “I called the conference coordinator and asked if a Forsyth Tech student could present at the conference with me. She agreed.”

“It’s not often that arts and humanities students get to present to a group outside of their peers; it’s usually science, math and technology students who have those presentation opportunities,” said Redfield.

She thought about who would be a good candidate to discuss this unusual topic and then remembered Nick Vetrone from her American Literature class. Redfield knew he had critical thinking skills and enjoyed reading a variety of literature from both living and non-living authors.

Vetrone is currently a second-year College Transfer student, planning to graduate in the fall of 2018 and transfer to a four-year university.

“I thought I wanted to go into teaching, and having this real-life experience confirmed it for me. Having the chance to see first-hand if this is what I want to do with my career was inspiring,” said Vetrone. “I enjoyed the opportunity to explain our ideas and connect with educators outside of the college.”

Vetrone said he enjoyed working with Dr. Redfield to develop the presentation. He reports that she has a great teaching style, is student-driven, and likes to moderate a student-generated discussion.

Redfield said they composed the presentation together. “I was impressed that Nick was not afraid to share his ideas on the presentation and kept asking about rehearsals,” she chuckled.

In addition to the presentation, Dr. Redfield shared the participation guidelines that students use in the course to assess each other.

“Getting students to read and participate focuses on the innovative ways to make early American literature engaging, exciting, and relevant to today’s students,” said Anu Williams, Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences Division.  “Opportunities like this one are just one more way that Forsyth Tech is preparing students of today for the workplace of tomorrow.”

Photo Caption: Dr. Kristin Redfield and Nick Vetrone sharing their presentation.

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Forsyth Technical Community College Announces Winners of The Small Business Launch Challenge

Forsyth Technical Community College announces the winners of the Small Business Launch Challenge held at Wake Downtown, Innovation Quarter on Monday, December 18, 2017. Six finalists presented their proposals for new businesses, and three winners were chosen. The first place winner was Stacey Mitchell, co-owner of Smoke and Skillet Food and Beverage Catering; second place winner was Faith McKnight, owner of The Sweet Truth Bakery and Catering; and third place winner was Calissa Hooper, owner of 5 Sistah’s Delight, Food Truck Catering.
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North Carolina Work-Based Learning Association Announces Outstanding Employer

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Forsyth Technical Community College Nominates Research Information Systems at Wake Forest Baptist Health for Collaboration on Work-Based Learning 

Getting work experience while still in school is an invaluable experience for students preparing for a career. At Forsyth Tech, the Work-Based Learning Department comprised of Beth Agnello, director and Danielle Rose, manager works with local businesses to offer real-world, on-the-job internship experiences to students. Businesses also benefit by identifying students who may become employees. One of the business partners who has worked closely with Work-Based Learning is Scott Rushing, director of Research Information Systems at Wake Forest Baptist Health.
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From the President

Dr. Gary Green

Progressive manufacturing technology education was one of the essential foundations of Forsyth Technical Community College at its inception in 1960. It remains true today as we are in the era of advanced or digital manufacturing—manufacturing driven by science and technology—which will continue to progress or evolve to meet the standards for the industry.
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In Memoriam

Gordon Pfefferkorn; April 13, 1921—May 27, 2017

Mr. Pfefferkorn made education a reality for dozens of Forsyth Tech students, and even after his passing, continues to create opportunities for generations to come. He established The L. Gordon, Jr. and June D. Pfefferkorn Scholarship through the Winston-Salem Foundation for students attending or enrolling at Forsyth Tech. Following an initial grant for scholarships for two students, the Pfefferkorns extended their generosity in 2014 by providing nine full two-year scholarships to Forsyth Tech students. Mr. Pfefferkorn was the president of the Pfefferkorn Company, a community-oriented mortgage banking firm. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family.
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Inaugural Recipient Chosen for Mazie S. Woodruff Scholarship

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This September, Vernell Springs was chosen as the first recipient of the Mazie S. Woodruff Scholarship. Forsyth Tech announced the establishment of this scholarship at the Mazie Woodruff Center’s Black History Month Celebration on February 23.

The new scholarship honors the life and legacy of Mazie Spencer Woodruff, the first African American elected to the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners. Woodruff was a devoted public servant and community activist, and was responsible for gaining support to build the Carver School Road Library, where the Mazie S. Woodruff Center, a satellite campus of Forsyth Tech, is also located. She received awards such as the Winston-Salem Chronicle Woman of the Year in 1998, the Sara Lee Service Award in 1990, and Outstanding County Commissioner by the National Association of Black County Officials in 1996.

The scholarship is awarded to a second-year student at the Mazie S. Woodruff Center enrolled in at least one course who maintains a 3.0 GPA. Like Woodruff herself, the scholarship’s recipient must exemplify a commitment to academics as well as his or her community.
Ms. Springs
The inaugural recipient, Ms. Springs, is a strong student who is committed to volunteering in the Winston-Salem community through the North Carolina Mission of Mercy Free Dental Clinic and Experiment in Self Reliance, and has received numerous awards for her service such as the Winston-Salem Symphony Volunteer of the Month in 2016 and the Vivian Burke We Care Award in 2015. Ms. Springs currently takes four classes at Forsyth Tech in addition to caring for her disabled husband and serving as an intern at Crisis Control Ministries.

The Mazie S. Woodruff Center began with an initial goal of $2,500 to establish the scholarship. Since February, $5,000 has been raised. Currently the recipient is awarded $500 per school year, but the ultimate goal is to secure enough funds to endow the scholarship to ensure its longevity, which at Forsyth Tech requires raising $25,000. Forsyth Tech, together with the Mazie S. Woodruff Center, believes that the creation of this scholarship will continue to eliminate barriers and increase literacy for minority students in Forsyth County. “I am glad that we decided to establish this scholarship because there are literacy gaps in Forsyth County and our hope and aim is to help close those gaps,” said Director of the Mazie S. Woodruff Center, TerCraig Edwards.

Gifts towards the Mazie S. Woodruff Center Scholarship can be received online at foundation.forsythtech.edu.

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Medical Assisting Program Reaches Ultimate Achievement in Student Pass Rate

medical students

Forsyth Tech’s Medical Assisting program is one example of how the college is preparing students to enter the workforce as productive members of the community. This year, all of the program’s graduates passed the Certified Medical Assistant examination of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). In addition to the 100 percent pass rate, program graduates measured at the 93rd percentile, far ahead of the national benchmark of 65 percent.
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Competition Garners National Awards for Forsyth Tech Students

Skill Group Competitors

Since April, Broadcasting and Production Technology students have been awarded state and national awards from SkillsUSA. SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit partnership of educators, students, and industry representatives committed to serving high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical, and skilled service occupations. Their mission is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders, and responsible American citizens. Each year, the organization holds local contests, state conferences, and
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