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Inside Forsyth Tech’s new $10M facility at Wake Forest Innovation Quarter

After more than a dozen years of planning,Forsyth Technical Community College this month opened its new $10 million facility at the 525@vine former tobacco building at the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in downtown Winston-Salem.

Gary Green, president of Forsyth Tech, said the college signed a 10-year, $3 million lease with 525@vine’s developer, Wexford Science & Technology, for 24,000 square feet. The space allows the school to train 1,200 students per year and is home to a small business resource center, computer labs, classrooms, meeting space and collaborative work areas.

Forsyth Tech also raised about $7 million in private funds for the facility.

Green said the college has been working on the project since 2001 as part of a larger goal to strengthen relationships with companies it trains employees for, including Caterpillar Inc., Herbalife and Piedmont Propulsion Systems.

For example, the college has a long-standing relationship with Winston-Salem-basedHanesbrands. Over the past few years, the college has trained the company’s management work force as well as its technical work force, Green said.

“We are working at a whole different level than we were 15 or 20 years ago in terms of our relationships with those organizations that run deeper and higher in the sense of working with senior management and corporate management,” Green said.

Green said the 525@vine space provides opportunities to work with businesses in new ways.

“This is now a new starting point for us,” Green said. “The market and the need for work force development and areas like leadership development and organizational development and how the community college can support that is almost limitless in our area.”

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Forsyth Tech Opens New Location at 525@vine in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter

Forsyth Tech officially opened its newest location today at 525@vine in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in downtown Winston-Salem, which is now home to the college’s Business & Industry Services Division.

525@vine, a former tobacco factory that was recently redeveloped and renovated into a mixed-used laboratory and office building, houses Forsyth Tech’s R. J. Reynolds Corporate Training Center, BB&T Biotechnology Program, Wells Fargo Nanotechnology Program, National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce, BioNetwork and Small Business Center.

The opening ceremony featured remarks by college and Innovation Quarter officials followed by media tours of the renovated space.

“We are excited to be expanding our presence into Winston-Salem’s vibrant downtown,” said Forsyth Tech President Dr. Gary Green. “Our location in the Innovation Quarter reflects the vision of the college to bring together services for business and industry under one roof where we can intersect with the business community as our client instead of the individual student.

“Here in the Innovation Quarter, we are at the epicenter of local economic development, making our business services more accessible than ever before, and creating opportunities to build new and even stronger collaborations that support the growing needs of our business community.”

Forsyth Tech’s 24,000 square feet of innovative work space at the Innovation Quarter was funded with $7 million raised through its Momentum Capital Campaign, which came to a conclusion in 2013, and includes lab facilities, computer labs, flexible classroom and meeting room space as well as small and large collaborative work areas.

Forsyth Tech at Innovation Quarter will serve more than 1,200 students each year as well as a growing number of corporate clients and small business owners through the:

  • J. Reynolds Corporate Training Center, which supports the college’s corporate training partnership programs and provides services for Innovation Quarter tenants
  • Small Business Center, which offers workshops, seminars, individual business counseling and a resource library for business owners and entrepreneurs
  • Lab facilities for the college’s Wells Fargo Nanotechnology Program, the only two-year nanotechnology program in the southeast
  • BB&T Biotechnology Program, the largest biotech program of any community college in the state, and
  • Offices for BioNetwork, the statewide biotechnology workforce initiative run by the North Carolina Community College System.

The 525@vine building was constructed in 1926 by the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and used as a blending and processing plant. In restoring and renovating the 234,000-square foot building, the new owner, Wexford Science & Technology, a BioMed Realty company, employed both state and federal tax credits that are available to qualified developers of income-producing spaces in historic industrial structures.

Forsyth Tech Announces New College Trustees and Foundation Board of Directors for 2014-2015

Forsyth Tech has announced its new College Board of Trustees and Foundation Board of Directors members for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Forsyth Tech College Board of Trustees

Forsyth Tech has appointed two new trustees for the coming year:  A. Edward (Ed) Jones, retired Deputy County Manager for Forsyth County; and John M. Davenport, Jr., President/Owner of Davenport Transportation Consulting. Ann Bennett-Phillips, Vice President Campaign Group, Capital Development Services., Inc. was re-appointed to the board.

Jones and Davenport replace two trustees who retired following a long tenure of service on the board: Gordon Hughes, who served the college from 1990-2014, and Dewitt Rhoades, who served on the board from 1976-2014.

Edwin (Ed) Welch, Jr., President of I. L. Long Construction remains Chair and R. Alan Proctor, Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo, continues as Vice Chair.

Forsyth Tech Foundation Board of Directors

The Forsyth Tech Foundation has announced the following six new board members for the coming year: Martha Logemann, Certified Public Accountant, Owner, Logemann & Co., PA; Curtis Leonard, Leonard Ryden Burr Real Estate; L. Duane Davis, Sr. Vice President & Financial Advisor, First Tennessee Bank; Joanne C. Ruhland, Vice President, Government Relations, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center; Sean M. Sanz, Chief Operating Officer, Novant Health/Forsyth Medical Center; and Andrea D. Kepple, retired educator and community volunteer.

The Foundation’s board Chair is Jimmy Flythe, Director of Government Relations and Community Relations, West Region, Duke Energy; the Vice Chair is Nancy Hawley, Vice President Manufacturing, R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company; Member-at-Large is Kim Stogner, Attorney at Law, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP; and the Immediate Past Chair is C. Doug Cross, Vice President of Operations, Atrium Corporation.

Local colleges participate in initiative to prevent sexual violence on campus

Local colleges and universities are participating in a national campaign to prevent sexual assaults on their campuses, an effort that has taken on a renewed urgency in the wake of a disappearance of a University of Virginia student.

Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr., 32, was arrested last week and charged with abduction with intent to defile Hannah Graham. Graham, 18, disappeared three weeks ago after a night out with friends.

Although the exact circumstances behind Graham’s disappearance remain a mystery, Cortney Graham, a senior at Winston-Salem State University and no relation, said she recently learned some safety tips to protect herself.

“Don’t mix your liquor and your loving because you cannot legally give your consent,” Graham said. “Don’t walk alone when it’s dark. Use common sense.”

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden launched the initiative called “It’s On Us,” on Sept. 19 in the White House. Student leaders from nearly 200 U.S. colleges and universities have agreed to participate in the campaign.

Campus officials throughout Winston-Salem have posted fliers in buildings and dormitories informing students and employees that Title IX prohibits sexual harassment and sexual violence on campuses. The schools also provide brochures with information to help protect their students and employees.

The National Institute of Justice found that about one in five women is sexually assaulted while they attend college. In 2009, college campuses reported nearly 3,300 sex offenses, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

“Parents can do everything they can to support their kids’ dreams of getting a good education,” Obama said in a White House speech. “When they finally make it onto campus, only to be assaulted, that’s not just a nightmare for them and their families; it’s not just an affront to everything they’ve worked so hard to achieve — it is an affront to our basic humanity.”

Title IX of the federal Education Amendments of 1972 requires colleges and universities nationwide to report the crimes that happen each year on their campuses to the Education Department.

UNC Chapel Hill and Guilford College are among 79 colleges and universities nationwide that are under investigation for Title IX violations related to sexual assault.

The statistics for local schools are much less grim.

According to the latest available figures, Wake Forest University reported 16 sex offenses from 2010 to 2012.

Penny Rue, WFU’s vice president for campus life, said that some students don’t report being sexually assaulted.

“There are many more students who would seek confidential counseling,” Rue said.

Sara Hendricks, a WFU senior from Vienna, Va., acknowledged the sexual assaults on her campus.

“It’s a national issue,” Hendricks said. “Wake Forest is not exempt from that. For most part, I do feel safe on campus.”

Winston-Salem State University reported seven sex offenses during that period.

Silvia Ramos, WSSU’s Title IX coordinator, declined to comment on WSSU’s numbers. She said that the university has taken several steps to protect its students.

The UNC School of the Arts and Salem Academy and College each reported two sex offenses from 2010 to 2012, according to the statistics. Forsyth Technical Community College reported no sex offenses during that period.

“Salem is firmly committed to providing individuals, who study, live and work on the campus with an environment that is free from sexual harassment and violence,” Anna Gallimore, Salem’s Title IX coordinator, wrote in an email.

James Lucas, UNCSA’s Title IX coordinator, said that the students’ safety is critical.

“We feel like we are accountable to what happens to our kids,” Lucas said. “We take it very seriously.”

Hendricks and female students at WSSU, UNCSA and Forsyth Tech say they always carry their cell phones with them while they attend their classes and other activities on campus.

Hendricks said she is involved with the student group PREPARE (Policy Group on Rape Education, Prevention and Response). The organization helps educate the Wake Forest community about rape and sexual assault and provide support for students who are victims of those crimes, according to its website.

Brandon Bowden, a WSSU senior from Albemarle, said he knows many WSSU female students who carry Mace or pepper spray on their key rings. Bowden said that he and other male students should escort female students safely to their destinations at night.

“We just can’t be bystanders,” Bowden said.

Gov. Pat McCrory Recognizes Forsyth Tech on Manufacturing Day

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory visited Triumph Actuation in Clemmons Friday afternoon as part of Manufacturing Day activities and credited Forsyth Tech’s Customized Job Training Programs as models for the development of a skilled manufacturing workforce. Forsyth Tech President Dr. Gary Green and Dean of Business & Industry Services, Jennifer Coulombe, were invited to attend the event.

During his remarks, Gov. McCrory indicated Forsyth Tech was one of the top community colleges in the state, particularly around manufacturing.

Forsyth Tech has had a long-term training relationship with Triumph dating back to 2006 when the college first began providing the hydraulic manufacturer with Customized Training Programs.

Forsyth Tech has been a leader in the development of advanced manufacturing training and education programs to meet the growing demands of today’s modern manufacturing facilities. Since 2010, the college has invested more than $3 million in new equipment to keep pace with the needs of local and regional manufacturers.

Small Business Center at Forsyth Tech Assisting Local Entrepreneurs

Starting and operating a small business is hard work. Did you know that there is a local resource that exists with the primary purpose of helping you achieve business success? Furthermore, this organization provides FREE services. I am pleased to introduce you to the Small Business Center at Forsyth Tech. We provide:

  •  Confidential one-on-one business counseling
  •  Small business seminars and roundtables
  •  Resource center for research and networking

The objective of the Small Business Center Network is to help small businesses succeed by providing high quality, readily accessible assistance to prospective and existing business owners. Many of people that you may know have taken advantage of our services. We hope that you will decide to do so as well.

The Forsyth Tech Small Business Center offers new, interesting, and helpful seminar topics each semester. Seminars for the Fall 2014 semester include:

  • Cloud Based Small Business Tools
  • Marketing For Artists and Crafters
  • Enhancing Business Success
  • Keeping Small Business Records and Paying Your Taxes
  • Digital Social Media
  • Developing A Small Business Marketing Plan
  • Website Building 101 for Small Businesses
  • 10 Biggest Mistakes That Entrepreneurs Make and How To Avoid Them

The Small Business Center is designed to address the needs of current and prospective small business owners. We want to keep giving you reasons to return to the Small Business Center to take our seminars to help ensure your small business’ success. More than 100 clients participate in our seminars and roundtables each month. We also provide business counseling to about 20 clients each month. Don’t hesitate to let us know how we can serve you.

Our motto is “Increasing Business Success” which describes our commitment to our clients. The assistance that we provide to our clients may include business plan development, marketing strategy, operations analysis, strategic planning, expense management, cost analysis, and much more.

We encourage every business owner to commit to ongoing development of their entrepreneurship skills. In Forsyth County, the Small Business Center is located at our new home in Innovation Quarter at 525 Vine Street in Winston-Salem. In Stokes County, the Small Business Center is located on 904 North Main Street in Walnut Cove. Many of our seminars are provided through partnerships with the local Chambers of Commerce, the Enterprise Center at Winston Salem State University, and the Urban League Quality of Life Institute. We also partner with the NC Department of Revenue, NC Rural Center, and the US Small Business Administration.

The Small Business Center encourages suggestions on business topics of interest. Visit them HERE or you can visit us in person at Innovation Quarter. Feel free to contact us at SBC [at] forsythtech [.] edu or by calling 336/757-3810.

You can see a video about the program HERE.

Forsyth and Stokes County Partners Prepare to Help Address North Carolina Skills Gap

Workforce Teams Seeking Businesses to Visit as Part of
Statewide “1,000 in 100” Initiative

(Winston-Salem) – Workforce development partners from Forsyth and Stokes County are looking for businesses to visit as part of the “1,000 in 100” initiative, a statewide effort to match the needs of local companies with skilled employees.

Organized by NCWorks, teams from each of the state’s 100 counties will identify at least 10 businesses to visit by the end of the year. The visits will give business leaders a chance to talk about their employment needs as well as provide education and workforce development professionals the opportunity to hear and respond to those needs collaboratively.

Workforce development professionals hope to use information gathered during the meetings to address the “skills gap” in North Carolina. Employers tell local and state leaders they cannot find qualified employees for the jobs they have available, an apparent disconnect that workforce professionals are working on around the country.

“This is a great opportunity to collectively uncover the workforce needs of the state,” says Alan Murdock, vice president of Forsyth Tech’s Economic and Workforce Development division.
“Equally important is the ability to uncover the workforce needs of our immediate area, which may not be the same as the state overall.”

Locally, members of the Northwest Piedmont Workforce Board and Forsyth Technical Community College are working together to plan visits with businesses in Forsyth and Stokes County.

“The “1,000 in 100” initiative will allow us an opportunity to listen to the needs of business and industry, carefully review their concerns and respond based on our network of partners and services in the most effective and efficient manner,” says Althea Hairston, director of the Northwest Piedmont Workforce Board. “I feel sure this initiative will become a new way of doing business. We all want employers to have confidence in North Carolina’s workforce system and for employers to look to the network of workforce partners as strong collaborators in meeting their business needs.”

Information collected during the meetings along with other data could inform potential policy or changes in how North Carolina delivers workforce services in preparation for the 2015 legislative session. Gov. Pat McCrory introduced NCWorks in April to better align state agencies—including N.C. Department of Commerce, N.C. Community College system and N.C. Department of Public Instruction—with the needs of employers.

For more information, visit http://www.ptrc.org/NCWorks1000in100

Newsweek Study Ranks Early College of Forsyth in Top 3% of U.S. High Schools

Early College of Forsyth (ECF), located on the Main Campus of Forsyth Tech in Winston-Salem, has been named one of America’s top high schools in Newsweek’s 2014 High School Rankings. ECF ranked 365 out of the more than 14,000 high schools considered, placing it in the top 2.6%.

In addition, ECF received special recognition for having equitable academic performance for economically disadvantaged students as indicated by their performance levels in reading and mathematics relative to the NC state average.

Newsweek has published an annual list of America’s top high schools for more than a decade, using a ratio of Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate exams to the number of students graduating. The list is designed to identify those high schools that have high student achievement and do the best job of preparing students for college.

“Forsyth Tech is proud to be the partner in Early College of Forsyth and to have played an instrumental role in the design of such a successful program,” says Susan Phelps, dean of Educational Partnerships for Forsyth Tech. “We are only getting better at meeting the students’ needs and improving the program as time goes on.”

ECF, which is part of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System, opened in 2008 and graduated its first class of students in 2012. Students who are admitted to ECF can earn both their high school degree and their college Associate of Arts and/or Associate of Applied Science degree in just four years, tuition free.

Forsyth Tech Hosts Fulbright Scholar from Australia

Ray Cadmore to Offer Lecture on Integration of Emerging Technologies into Community College Curriculum

This fall, Forsyth Tech is hosting Australian Fulbright Professional Scholar, Raymond Cadmore, through the National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce (NCBW) of BioNetwork, which delivers best training practices to areas in which emerging bioscience technology is developing.

Cadmore, who teaches food processing sustainability at Sunraysia Institute of TAFE in Mildura, in northwestern Victoria, Australia, will focus his research on the integration of emerging technology, such as biotechnology and biomanufacturing, into community college curriculum. TAFE, similar to the U.S. community college system, is Australia’s largest provider of vocational education and training.

Cadmore will share his research and observations in a presentation entitled “Integration of Emerging Technology into Community College Curriculum: An Overview and Background” as part of Forsyth Tech’s SciTech Lecture series on Thursday, September 18, at 4 pm in the Oak Grove Center Auditorium, located on the college’s Main Campus, 2100 Silas Creek Parkway (directions are included below).

This presentation is free and open to the public.

During his Fulbright research in the U.S., Cadmore will visit other colleges as well as federal and state officials, tapping into the network of contacts Forsyth Tech has established as lead member of the recently awarded U.S. Department of Labor Community College Consortium for Biosciences Credentials Trade Adjustment Assistant Grant (c3bc).

“I arrived at Forsyth Tech just last month, and already I’m impressed with how closely community colleges working in emerging technology operate with local industry partners,” Cadmore says. “It’s a tight relationship and is providing me with an understanding of the ways industry, government and vocational educators in this country go about engaging with future training needs.

“North Carolina in particular has reasons to be happy,” he adds. “This state went after biotechnology 30 years ago and has stayed ahead in that sector. I’m hoping to bring back home the best practices I’m observing here as a way to help build the Australian biotech and biomanufacturing skilled workforce of the future.”

Cadmore will return to Australia in November.

Directions to the Oak Grove Center, Forsyth Tech, Main Campus:

The Oak Grove Center is On Forsyth Tech’s Main Campus at 2100 Silas Creek Parkway in Winston-Salem. Enter Campus on Miller Street and go to the end of the street. Turn left onto Oak Grove Road, and then turn into the first driveway on the right.

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About BioNetwork (ncbionetwork.org)

The mission of BioNetwork is to provide high quality economic and workforce development for biotechnology and life industries across North Carolina through education, training, and laboratory resources. Operated by the North Carolina Community College System, BioNetwork offers incumbent worker training, transitional worker training, and pre-employment classes on specific topics and skill sets through hands-on training in simulated industrial environments, through virtual learning, and in face to face learning sessions in one of three BioNetwork facilities or at the industry site. BioNetwork also supports the future biotechnology and life science workforce through teacher training and student outreach.

About NCBW (biotechworkforce.org)

The National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce (NCBW) was created through a US Department of Labor High Growth Grant Initiative in September 2004 and operated in this capacity until September 2008. On October 1st, 2008 the NCBW became a part of BioNetwork.

In October 2012, the NCBW became the operational site for the Community College Consortium for the Biosciences Credentials initiative, funded by the US DOL under a round two TAACCCT grant. The NCBW is the operational site of NSF – ATE DUE # 130410 Project Grant called the Bioscience Industry Fellows Program (BIFP).   

About Forsyth Tech (forsythtech.edu)

Forsyth Tech provides students with flexible educational pathways to a competitive workforce for the community and global economy. The college offers associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates in more than 200 programs of study, including programs that promote personal and professional development through non-credit courses and seminars, as well as customized training for

business and industry. Forsyth Tech is the fifth largest community college in North Carolina and serves more than 35,000 students with approximately 1,500 full and part-time faculty and staff.  

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Caption: Ray Cadmore, Australian Fulbright Professional Scholar 2014 at Forsyth Tech