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Forsyth Tech Names Center for Rhoades

Forsyth Technical Community College’s newly renovated conference room has a new name – The Dewitt E. Rhoades Conference Center, named for a longtime member of the college’s board of trustees.

Gary Green, Forsyth Tech’s president, made the announcement during the college’s grand opening ceremony Monday for newly renovated Oak Grove Center on the college’s main campus.

About 150 people attended the event.

The 856-seat conference room is on the second floor of the Oak Grove Center.

Former Gov. Jim Holshouser appointed Rhoades to Forsyth Tech’s board in 1976. Rhoades, who retired from the board in 2014, is the longest serving trustee in the college’s 55-year history, Green said.

Green met Rhoades in 2001, when he became president of Forsyth Tech, Green said.

“Dewitt has been there for 38 years on the behalf of our students,” Green said.

Rhoades told the audience that he is proud of helping Forsyth Tech expand to Kernersville and King.

“Those are things that I always felt good about,” Rhoades said.

Rhoades is the retired owner and president of DERA Inc. of Winston-Salem, an office equipment company. He served as the chairman and vice chairman of the trustees’ board during his tenure. Rhoades also served as a trustee for the N.C. Association of Community Colleges.

In 1981, President Ronald Reagan appointed Rhoades to the National Small Business Advisory Council.

During the ceremony, state Rep. Donny Lambeth, a former Forsyth Tech trustee, presented Rhoades with the N.C. Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award, one of the state’s highest honors.

“He’s a true Southern gentleman,” Lambeth said of Rhoades.

A.L. “Buddy” Collins, a friend of Rhoades and a member of the State Board of Education, said that Rhoades is dedicated to Forsyth Tech.

“Dewitt, if there is a flower in this community, it is right here,” Collins said of the college.

Forsyth Tech used $24 million from the 2008 local bond referendum to renovate the Oak Grove Center, which was once the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools’ Career Center, said Martha Murphy, a college spokeswoman.

The school system transferred ownership of the building to the college when the system moved into its administrative offices to Corporate Square Drive in the city’s northern section.

During the ceremony, Green told the audience about the new classrooms and labs in the Oak Grove Center. On the second floor, college has opened a science-skills learning lab and an early childhood lab school, Green said.

On the first floor, the college has two graphic-arts labs with computers, a classroom and lab for its horticulture technology program, as well as labs for its programs in electrical work, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), plumbing and carpentry.

The college also has a simulated manufacturing area to train students to work at the Caterpillar plant in Winston-Salem, Green said.

The students are taking advantage of the new facilities, said Davetta Cook, a Forsyth Tech student. Cook told the audience that she plans to graduate in May 2016 with an associate degree in horticulture technology.

“I appreciate everything that the school has done for me,” Cook said.


Forsyth Tech’s Allan Younger Wins Small Business Advocate Award from Kernersville Chamber of Commerce

Allan Younger, director of the Small Business Center at Forsyth Tech, received the Small Business Advocate of the Year Award from the Kernersville Chamber of Commerce. Younger was recognized during the Chamber’s 2015 Small Business Awards Breakfast held at Fountain of Life Lutheran Church on May 21.

The Small Business Advocate of the Year Award is presented to an individual who assists small business or supports the development of entrepreneurship and volunteers time to help small business grow. The recipient is also someone who promotes small business for purposes of supporting economic development within the community and advocates for small business by writing and speaking about issues of importance to small business.

Younger has worked for Forsyth Tech since 2010. He is also president of GRACE Consulting, which specializes in business effectiveness, professional and leadership development, and community relations. In addition, he is a contributing writer on small business topics for Black Business Ink and Camel City Dispatch.

The Kernersville Chamber of Commerce has been hosting the Small Business Awards Ceremonies since 1987.

Alan Younger

Allan Younger, director of Forsyth Tech’s Small Business Center, is the 2015 recipient of the Small Business Advocate of the Year Award from the Kernersville Chamber of Commerce.

Wake Forest Baptist Physician, Wake Forest Innovations and Forsyth Tech Combine Skills and Expertise to Produce New Medical Training Device

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – May 19, 2015 – Postgraduate fellows in maternal-fetal medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center are now practicing invasive procedures on a training device invented by a Wake Forest Baptist physician and designed and built by Forsyth Technical Community College students in collaboration with Wake Forest Innovations.

While the patent-pending device, an ultrasound-guided invasive procedure trainer, was conceived for use in maternal-fetal medicine – the subspecialty of obstetrics and gynecology devoted to assessing and managing high-risk pregnancies – it has adjustable features that make it suitable for training in other fields that employ ultrasound-guided procedures.

“The device provides a risk-free way to develop the hand-eye coordination and other skills needed to perform amniocentesis and other delicate procedures on a patient,” said the trainer’s inventor, Joshua Nitsche, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of maternal-fetal medicine at Wake Forest Baptist. “Everybody has to do something for the first time, but this can help clinicians gain competence, experience and confidence before that first time.”

Nitsche was dissatisfied with the available invasive-procedure training devices, which simulate specific anatomic structures and procedures, so he decided to make one with wider utility. He did, using materials from a home improvement store, then took his creation to Wake Forest Innovations, the Medical Center’s commercialization arm. There, Kenneth Russell, director of product innovation services, and Mohammad Albanna, an innovation associate, recognized its potential as a commercial product and the need for a prototype more sophisticated than Nitsche’s homemade model.

As Wake Forest Innovations doesn’t have production facilities, Russell and Albanna contacted Todd Bishop, coordinator of the mechanical engineering technology program at Forsyth Tech, and David Dinkins, an instructor in the program. They agreed to take on the project for two classes.

“We like to have students work on as many ‘real-world’ projects as possible and this seemed like a great opportunity,” Dinkins said.

Starting in the fall, seven Forsyth Tech students – three in mechanical engineering technology, four in computer-integrated machining – worked on the design, composition and construction of the device in consultation with Nitsche, Russell and Albanna. By February, they had produced three professional-quality ultrasound-guided invasive procedure trainers.

Nitsche took the Forsyth Tech-made prototypes to the annual meeting of the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, where they received favorable reviews, and began using them in his teaching sessions with postgraduate fellows.

The training device consists of a plastic basin with a side valve, a removable cover of either silicone or ballistic gelatin (to simulate human skin), an aluminum ring, steel draw latches and targeting constructs of various sizes and shapes with anchoring magnets.

Here’s how the device is used: A targeting construct is placed at the bottom of the basin then the basin is filled with water. The soft cover is placed over the basin, held in place by the aluminum ring and secured by the steel latches. More water is added to the basin through the valve until the cover develops a curvature (to simulate an abdomen). After sonographic gel is applied, the user places an ultrasound transducer on the cover with one hand and inserts a needle with the other. Using the ultrasound image as a guide, he or she attempts to direct the needle to the targets.

The changeable, moveable targets are what differentiate this device from other trainers.

“It can be made more or less challenging, which is a rare feature in medical simulators,” Nitsche said. “And it can mimic different patient situations for different procedures.”

The ultrasound needle guide trainer is currently available for licensing through Wake Forest Innovations.

“Working with Wake Forest Innovations and seeing how something goes from an idea to a real product was interesting and informative,” Nitsche said. “And working with the students and instructors at Forsyth Tech – exchanging ideas, learning about materials and so on – was great.”

“This was a valuable educational experience for the students,” Dinkins said. “By interacting with professionals to develop an actual product they learned lessons beyond what they would normally get in the classroom. We anticipate this will be a jumping-off point for more collaboration with Wake Forest Innovations.”

Stokes Early College graduates 29

Stokes Early College kicked off graduation season Thursday morning at King Central Park when 29 seniors received their diplomas alongside family and friends.

“We have graduates who have experienced loss of loved ones, physical and emotional struggles and the added responsibility of being the bread winner for their family,” said Stokes Early College principal Misti Holloway. “Through it all the class of 2015 has not lacked for perseverance.”

That perseverance has paid off. The graduates have earned 1.9 million dollars in scholarship money and Holloway believes the students will hit the two million mark by the end of the school year.

“They are the smallest graduating class in Stokes County and have been awarded the most scholarship money so far. They’re record breakers and to me that’s what defines them,” Holloway said.

Assistant superintendent Tony George challenged the young adults to focus on the day at hand.

“Yesterday means the past, today means right now, and tomorrow means the future. Graduates, I’m going to give you a little heads up. We can’t worry about yesterday because it’s already gone and we can’t worry about tomorrow because we’re not promised tomorrow. Today is the most important day of your life. Write it down, right here at the park in King. You’re getting ready to get a Stokes County diploma which is a ticket to go out in the world and be successful. Go be somebody.”

Senior Katie Hyatt is a recipient of the prestigious Salem Sister Scholarship and is attending Salem College to pursue a double major in Math and Science this fall. On Thursday she addressed her peers and said, “I never thought I would make it to this moment and many of you may be feeling the same way. Many of us have dreamed of this moment and now we’ve finally made it.”

Hyatt praised the teachers at the school and said they are anything but typical.

“In our team building exercises we did at Camp Hanes before our freshmen year began, our teachers actually did the exercises with us. We zip lined together and the teachers made us feel part of something,” she said. “Now that I’m heading off to college I will be taking memories of the past four years and everything I’ve learned with me. Just as we stepped off that wooden ledge trusting the zip lines with our lives is probably identical to the fear we feel today, the fear of the unknown. This fear may never go away because the future is unknown but for many of us what we’ve built in us over the years has built the strength and ability to succeed.”

Miranda Nicholson, who holds the highest grade point average at Stokes Early College and has been accepted to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a Chancellor’s Academic Merit Scholarship also thanked the teachers for their instrumental role over the past four years.

Holloway concluded with telling the 2015 class each one of them was created with natural gifts and special talents.

“Use them. You have come a long way but not half as far as you will go.”

Story by Amanda Dodson

Stokes County Cooperative Extension Presents the 2015 Small Farms Day in Stokes Tour and Goat Forages Seminar

Date: Thursday, April 30 , 2015
Time: 8:30AM—4:00 PM
Tour departs from the Stokes Cooperative Extension office parking area

In conjunction with this years tour we are pleased to announce a Goat Forages Seminar led by Dr. Jean Marie Luginbuhl, NCSU Crop Science. There will be a $10 / person charge for this seminar which will in-clude a box lunch. There is no charge to attend the Farm Tour only.


  • 8:30– Depart Extension office
  • 10:45– Depart Oldtown Farm
  • 12:30– Depart Buffalo Creek Creamery
  • 1:00 Return to Extension office
    (Those not participating in Goat Forages seminar dismissed)
  • 1:00– 1:15– Travel to Forsyth Tech Stokes Campus
  • 1:15– 2:00 Lunch
  • 2:00– 4:00 Goat Forages seminar with Dr. Jean Marie Luginbuhl – Crop Science – NCSU
    ($10 / person, includes lunch)

Attend either or both the farm tour and the goat forages seminar
For more information contact Randy Fulk, Horticulture Agent, Stokes CES
593-8179 or by email at

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Third Annual Fine Arts Showcase

Tuesday April 21st  6:30-8:30 pm, West Campus Auditorium

This event will feature artwork and performances by Forsyth Tech students  studying  art, acting,  and music. Come to celebrate and enjoy the artistic achievements of students who come to Forsyth Tech to learn more about the arts. Performances will include scenes from plays by Anton Chekov, Neil LaBute , Yasmina Reza,  ensemble and vocal performances of  music by Mozart, Sousa, Gershwin, an “audience participation” performance of a musical composition by John Cage, and vocal performances of songs from the musicals Show Boat and Grease. In addition, a very special guest, Dr. Arnold Hence, Former Executive Vice President of Forsyth Tech will exhibit his  photography. Please Join us for a reception following the event!

Preparing Tomorrow’s Supply Chain Leaders: The Importance of Technology Skills and Experience

With the logistics industry growing at 22 percent annually, both shippers and transportation providers are searching for workers who have what it takes to succeed in their line of work, which increasingly is being driven by information technology.

Likewise, colleges and universities want to prepare new entrants to not just gain a foothold in the logistics industry but to hit the ground running and advance their careers. More than ever before, this means providing students with hands-on experience using enterprise software applications, such as transportation management systems (TMS).

Chattahoochee Technical College is a perfect example. As a member of our MercuryGate University program, which provides students with free access to our transportation management system, students spend a month using the TMS while taking the final, capstone course in the college’s Logistics and Supply Chain Management degree program. Students use self-paced, online training to learn the ins-and-outs of the software, and then put it to use by solving real-world examples and case studies.

“The program has been a perfect fit for Chattahoochee Technical College,” says Douglas McElhaney, an adjunct professor who helped create the curriculum for the college. “The good thing about the TMS is that it helps to teach students how to really manage transportation costs. It’s a great teaching tool to explain how important it is to manage not only inventory but also data and information. The more information you have, the better your decisions will be. It has been very educational and a great opportunity. Learning to use the TMS enables students to find the most cost-effective way to move freight across all modes for both international and domestic supply chains.” Students can also create multiple “what-if” scenarios to analyze alternative transportation plans based on real-world parameters.

Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, N.C., is another example. “Using the TMS allowed us to give students a real-world experience which has been very important,” says Demetria Ledbetter, program coordinator for the associate’s degree in Global Logistics Business Administration. “The program has given students the opportunity to see what a TMS is, and by understanding how a TMS works, students are more marketable and competitive.”

Students enrolled in the degree program at Forsyth Tech spend about three months using the software, where they apply the theories they have learned in the curriculum, including how important data integrity is to achieving good results. Students and faculty also learn to use the more advanced features of the TMS, including optimization practices to consolidate shipments and minimize miles, costs, and CO2 emissions.

The program gives users secure logins along with hosting of the application and data to make the TMS easy to deploy both inside and outside of a classroom setting. For example, faculty can use the full TMS suite outside the classroom to conduct their own special research projects or to provide business consulting.

The bottom line is that just having a higher education is no longer sufficient to be competitive in the market. You also need technology skills, knowledge, and experience, which employers greatly value. Educators are tasked with challenging the future workforce — that is, with creating a hands-on learning environment where students can harness and develop these technology skills, making sure that future logisticians are prepared and ready to take on the challenges of a demanding world and fickle economy.