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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.”

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.

With Ncaa Basketball Championship In The Bag, Attention Shifts To Forsyth Tech’S Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta, Friday, April 24, 8 AM

As excitement around the NCAA men’s basketball championship game winds down, local attention is now shifting to another rite of spring: Forsyth Tech’s annual Cardboard Boat Regatta, which will take place on Friday, April 24 from 8 – 9:30 am at the Piney Bluff Boat Launch Ramp at Belews Creek off of Rt. 158 East (driving directions below).

This year, five teams of two students each, all of whom are in their second-year of the Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) program, will compete in the event. Participation in the regatta is a requirement of the Strength of Materials course. Students apply what they have learned in the program to designing, engineering and building their boat, a project that represents one-quarter of their semester grade.

Students must design and construct boats from nothing more than corrugated cardboard, duct tape, liquid nails and waterproof paint. The boats must be able to survive a quarter-mile water journey to and from a buoy in the lake, with the student designers as crew, and return safe and dry to the shore.  Students have the option to use a small motor to propel their craft through the water.

The annual boat regatta has been a tradition of the college’s MET program for around 40 years. MET faculty don’t see the finished boats until the morning of the regatta.

The rain date for this event is Friday, May 1, rain or shine.

The media is encouraged to attend. The event is free and open to the public.

Directions from Winston-Salem to Piney Bluff Boat Launch Ramp at Belews Creek:

  • Take Business I-40 east to exit 8, Reidsville Road exit.
  • Follow NC 158 east approximately 10 miles.
  • When you reach the intersection where Piney Grove Road turns right and Kernersville Road turns left, turn left onto Kernersville Road
  • Travel until you reach NC 65, Belews Creek Road.
  • Turn left onto NC 65 and travel ¼ miles.
  • Piney Bluff Access will be on your left.
People in a cardboard boat.

Forsyth Tech Mechanical Engineering Technology students crew a boat in Belews Creek that they designed and constructed themselves out of cardboard.

The 5 Animated Shows you Need to Binge Now

Cartoons may be colorful, and often silly, but they aren’t just for kids: As proof, look no further than these five series, which are filled with complex adventure, wit and surprisingly mature themes.

Even better: These shows are available on Hulu, Amazon or Netflix (or more than one), so they’re perfect for binging.

 1. “Adventure Time (Amazon, Netflix) Set in the post-apocalyptic land of Ooo, this Cartoon Network ‘toon follows Finn and his adopted brother Jake, a dog with magical powers. “At first the deceptively immature style fooled me into thinking the plot would be equally juvenile,” says John Kelly, instructor of digital effects and animation technologies at Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, N.C.

“The dialogue and point of view are mostly in line with the teenaged lead, but the short 10-minute episodes are packed with eye candy, unique and strangely captivating characters and boyish adventure,” he said.

2. “Attack on Titan (Hulu, Amazon, Netflix) In this action-packed anime series, produced out of Japan, giant human-like creatures called Titans have forced humans into hiding behind three giant walls to avoid their wrath. But humans are fighting back, equipping special defenders with long blades and high-powered grappling lines to thwart the Titans.

“Dig in for some sweet cable-flying sword action, intercut with frequent and gory flesh-chomping horror,” Kelly said. “The human drama is almost laughable, but easily overlooked as you anticipate the next onslaught of nightmarish visuals.”

3. “Darker than Black (Hulu) Japan’s “Darker than Black” tells a new, anime version of an old science-fiction premise, where a mysterious wall appears, blocking off a part of space and changing the world in extreme and mysterious ways. “The storyline is thoughtfully teased out over the entire season as you get to know the cast and finally come to understand the nature of the world they live in,” Kelly said.

It’s a world that includes not just spatial abnormalities and characters with special abilities, but spies and assassins and a shadowy super group known as “The Syndicate.”

4. “Steins;Gate (Hulu, Amazon) In this Japanese adaptation of a video game by the same name, Rintarou Okabe is a self-proclaimed mad scientist who has finally uncovered the secret to time travel through alternate worlds. At least, that’s what he thinks.

“Hang on for a zany and touching ride through the multiverse,” Kelly said. “Chaos and the most endearing, dangerous and captivating series of misadventures ensue.”

5. “Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 (Hulu, Amazon) This Japanese anime series is only 11 episodes long, but it doesn’t lack heart. “Tokyo Magnitude 8.0” follows two young sisters and an older companion as they try to navigate home after a devastating earthquake destroys Tokyo.

“We get a child’s view of the myriad ways a catastrophe can affect a city,” Kelly said. “Watch and learn a little about what makes you carry on — just be sure to have a tissue handy.”

Forsyth Tech Launches New FM Radio Station

105.1 WFOZ, The FORSe, Goes Live 9 am, Monday, March 23

As of 9 am on Monday, March 23, the Winston-Salem community will have a new radio station. That’s when faculty from Forsyth Tech’s Broadcasting & Production Technology program will officially introduce 105.1 FM WFOZ, The FORSe, a college/student-operated, non-commercial, 24/7 station with a unique music format completely new to this area.

The station, which will serve the community of license, Winston-Salem, from its radio broadcast studio in the Oak Grove Center on the college’s Main Campus, 2100 Silas Creek Parkway in Winston-Salem, will feature a format of “music gumbo.” According to adjunct radio instructor, Brian Anthony, the station will play a mix of country, adult contemporary, Top 40, classic rock and old-school R&B.

“We are going to take the best of everything in music we know is popular with students, faculty and within the community right now, and give them a fresh new listening experience,” says Anthony. “We want to create a theater of the mind.”

The station’s antenna was installed on Friday, March 20, on top of the Main Campus’ highest point—the roof of the five-story Tech Building.

“In addition to our music format, this station will be focused on engaging the community through public service announcements,” according to Amy Davis-Moore, program coordinator for the Broadcasting & Production Technology program. “Our station must follow the same requirements as commercial stations when it comes to serving the public interest.

“Our students will do the voice-over work for liners, PSA’s and pre-recorded shows as well as the station’s digital media promotion and public affairs and music programming, giving them real-world, on-the-job experience and leadership training in the radio environment before they even graduate. This will make them more employable when they start applying for jobs.”

Since 2012, the college has been streaming music 24/7 through an Internet station. The Internet streaming will continue, reflecting the programming of the new radio station, so that listeners outside of the station’s broadcast area can continue to tune in.

“We are so excited about the launch of 105.1,” Anthony says. “This station is going to speak volumes for all that’s happening at Forsyth Tech.”

Initially, public service announcements and required station identifications will be pre-recorded by students. Live programming is expected to be introduced to the format later this year.

The Forse 105.1 WFOZ-FM

The logo for Forsyth Tech’s new radio station, 105.1 WFOZ, The FORSe, was created by Randy Maynard, a graduate of the college’s Broadcasting & Production Technology program who now works for the college.

Area Business Leaders Provide Forsyth Tech Students with Real-World Workplace Perspectives

More than 800 Forsyth Tech students gained insights from area business leaders and employers earlier this week about the information literacy skills needed to thrive in today’s workplace.

The two-day event, “Information Literacy in Today’s Workplace: The Employer’s Perspective,” was held on Monday, March 9 and Tuesday, March 10, at the Oak Grove Center Auditorium on the college’s Main Campus. It featured a keynote address by Michele Van Hoeck from Project Information Literacy and dean of the Library at California State University Maritime, entitled “What Information Competencies Matter in Today’s Workplace.” Van Hoeck moderated panel discussions and Q&A sessions each day between the students and local employers from a range of fields who shared their professional perspectives with students on the critical skills they look for when hiring new employees and expectations in the workplace.

“At Forsyth Tech, we define information literacy as being able to access critical information using the tools of today, knowing the amount and quality of information that fits the task at hand, and being able to evaluate and analyze it appropriately to solve a problem,” says Susan Emery, Forsyth Tech’s QEP director.

The employers who participated in the panel discussions (see complete list below) represented varied industries, from public safety to the legal field to manufacturing to health. Each had their own definitions of the skills and traits they look for and expect from employees:

  • “The top three [information literacy] skills we want our workforce to possess are the abilities to gather information that’s relevant, consider the pros and cons for recommending a particular course of action and articulate the research and arguments for the recommendations in a way that different audiences will understand,” said Scott Cunningham, Chief of Police for the Town of Kernersville. “An ability to apply theory to practice is important.”
  • “When we hire a legal assistant or a paralegal, we look for an ability to communicate with clients through both oral and written communications,” said Carrie Vickery, an attorney with Holton Law Firm and adjunct instructor at Forsyth Tech. “Our employees need to have the skills to understand the right questions to ask and identify the actual issue.”
  • “We have a saying at our firm,” said Tom Calloway, principle and architect at CJMW. “‘I don’t care how much you know until I know how much you care.’ Attitude is critical.”

The panel discussions were streamed live from the Oak Grove Center Auditorium via YouTube to viewing parties at several of Forsyth Tech’s Off-Campus Centers.

This event was-sponsored by Student Activities and Forsyth Tech’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) initiative, a five-year plan designed to enhance student learning, with a focus on information literacy.

List of Panelists and Links to Sessions

Monday (

  • Mike Fogelman – Human Resource Professional Specializing in Training and Leadership Development at Deere Hitachi
  • Rodney Evans – Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) in the Interventional Radiology Department at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
  • Carrie Vickery – Attorney with Holton Law Firm and Adjunct instructor with Forsyth Tech
  • Tom Calloway – Principle and Architect at CJMW)
  • Theressa Stephens – Owner and Director at Church Childcare Center, Inc.
  • Chris Davis – Assistant Chief for the Forsyth County Fire Department
  • Scott Cunningham – Chief of Police for the Town of Kernersville Police Department

Tuesday (

  • Annette Peak – Radiology Manager at Novant Health
  • Jill Atherton – Vice President of Economic & Community Development for Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce
  • Russ Read – Executive Director for the National Center for the Biotech Workforce
  • Paula Grafton Young – Associate Professor of Mathematics and Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation at Salem College
  • Chris Langham – Battalion Chief for the Winston-Salem Fire Department

Selected Examples of Information Literacy Competencies

  • Ability to search online
  • Knowing how and where to find information and to search on the open web
  • Manipulating and analyzing data using common software programs
  • Demonstrating competencies related to proprietary database searches
  • Synthesizing information
  • Search strategies that go beyond the first page of Google
  • Articulating a “best solution” and conclusion from information found to solve problems
  • Locating information about industry competitors, tax regulations, conference planning or news coverage of a particular issue
  • Fact-checking across multiple sources
  • Scoping out or defining problems or potential problems
  • Finding patterns and making connections from information found
  • Exploring topics thoroughly


Information Literacy Competencies panelInformation Literacy Competencies panel

Caption: On Monday, March 9, and Tuesday, March 10, 12 area employers and business leaders provided their insights to more than 800 Forsyth Tech students about the important information literacy skills needed to thrive in today’s workplace.

Photo Left: Employers pictured here on Monday, March 9: from left to right: Mike Fogelman—Deere Hitachi, Rodney Evans—Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Carrie Vickery—Holton Law Firm and Forsyth Tech Adjunct instructor, Tom Calloway—CJMW, Theressa Stephens—Church Childcare Center, Inc., Chris Davis—Forsyth County Fire Department; Scott Cunningham—Chief of Police for the Town of Kernersville

Photo Right: Employers pictured here on Tuesday, March 10: from left to right: Annette Peak—Novant Health; Jill Atherton—Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce; Russ Read—National Center for the Biotech Workforce; Dr. Paula Grafton Young—Salem College; Chris Langham—Winston-Salem Fire Department