Distance Education

Forsyth Tech is proud to offer 26 Associate in Applied Science degrees and certificates that can be earn completely online. In addition, several other programs, including college transfer degrees, have several courses that can be taken online to support degree competition.

Taking online classes, although convenient for many, can be challenging for students in that they require time management, intrinsic motivation, regular access to a computer/internet, and may be easier for students with certain learning styles and personality types. Not sure if you are ready to take classes online? Complete this Online Learning Readiness Questionnaire to see if you are ready!

Most importantly, online courses and degree programs are just as academically vigorous as taking face-to face classes; in either case, students should expect to study three hours a week per course credit hour. (ex. nine hours of studying is appropriate for a three credit hour course.) All completely online courses are asynchronous and are taught in Blackboard.

State Authorization

Recent amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965 include changes in regulation for State Authorization that may impact online, distance, and print-based education providers. For more information, visit the State Authorization page at http://www.forsythtech.edu/discover/state-authorization-and-complaint-resolution/.

Applying to the College

New students can complete the enrollment process by following these steps. Continuing students should visit the Distance Education page in Techlink for information about online education.

  1. Complete an Online Application for Admission
  2. Have Official Transcripts sent 

    Request that your Official Transcripts be sent to Forsyth Tech directly from your high school and/or any previous college you attended. Click here for more information.

  3. Placement Testing 

    Prospective students at Forsyth Tech typically take their placement test in either the Admissions Placement Testing Center on main campus, or at any one of our seven offsite campuses.  For students who are unable to come to Forsyth Tech for testing, there is another alternative.Most community colleges offer proctoring services for students taking distance learning classes.  Prospective students outside of the Forsyth Tech area may contact their local community college to arrange remote placement testing.  Once a testing facility has been identified, the student should contact Forsyth Tech’s Admissions Placement Testing Center at (336)734-7324, and provide the following information:

    • Student’s full name
    • Student ID number
    • Program or course of study
    • Semester of enrollment
    • Name and address of testing facility
    • Full name, email address and contact phone number of the person who will administer the test
    • Preferred test date range (must be coordinated three ways)

    After receiving the information, we will contact the testing facility to provide them with instructions and login information. The prospective student will be contacted by the testing facility to arrange a testing appointment. After testing, the test proctor will fax a Proctor Statement of Verification to the Admissions Placement Testing Center at Forsyth Tech to inform us that the test is complete. We will retrieve the student’s scores and enter them into our system. The test scores must be in our system before students are eligible to register for classes.
    For more information on placement testing, including how to take the placement test at Forsyth Tech click here.

  4. Advising and Registration

    Come to the Student Success Center or speak with one of our advisors through our online advising chat room to learn about which classes you should take and learn about the process for registering for them. For more information on both options, please click here.

  5. Apply for Financial Aid

    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after January 1 of the current year you intend to enroll in college. For additional information on applying, please visit our Application Process and Priority Processing Dates page.

  6. Complete New Student Orientation

    You will receive a letter from Forsyth Tech inviting you to SOAR Orientation. If you have any questions about this orientation, please contact the Student Success Center at 336.734.7156.

  7. Pay for classes

    Once you have registered for classes, you can pay your tuition and fees online.

  8. Purchase books

    Student who would like to purchase book online, can do so at our online bookstore. Please note that financial aid cannot be used to purchase books online.

Proctored Tests

The Academic Testing Center proudly serves Forsyth Tech students and our community by providing free proctoring services. The Academic Testing Center ensures students with ADA accommodations are able to take their examinations in a setting conducive to their specific needs. We administer make-up and distance education examinations for Forsyth Tech students, as well as proctoring examinations and certifications for other schools, colleges, universities, and certification agencies. If you would like to inquire about services, please contact the Academic Testing Center at LCTesting@forsythtech.edu.

Technical Support

Find your username (also called TechID) and default password: http://www.forsythtech.edu/techlink/

Contact Hours Support
Forsyth Tech Help Desk 7:30 AM – 7:00 PM Answer technical support questions
Blackboard 24/7 Support 1-886-517-3567 Blackboard support – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Current Students

If you are currently a Forsyth Tech student and want to view additional information about support for distance education, please visit Techlink and login using your TechID.