For almost 50 years, Forsyth Technical Community College’s goal has remained the same: to provide quality education and training for the citizens of North Carolina.
The college opened in the fall of 1960 as the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Industrial Education Center. Automotive mechanics, machine shop, electronics and practical nursing were among the first course offerings.
In 1963 the North Carolina Department of Community Colleges was established and, with that, the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Industrial Education Center passed to the new community college system. In 1964 came a new name, Forsyth Technical Institute, and the school’s commitment to the community grew with the addition of the General Adult Enrichment Courses in 1964-65. Adult Basic Education began at the Institute in the summer of 1965.
The 1970’s brought more change and expansion for Forsyth Technical Institute. The allied health program was created in the fall and winter of 1971 – 72, offering courses in three areas: nuclear medicine, radiological technology and respiratory therapy. The criminal justice program was added in 1971. And in the fall of 1972, a two-year nursing degree program was added. In 1974 the College Foundation was created to work with alumni to raise funds for buildings, programs and scholarships.
In the 1980’s, expansion led to the acquisition of the Dalton Junior High School site, which became the Institute’s West Campus site in Winston-Salem, and ground was broken for a technology building, Hauser Hall, on the main campus site. The first of two more name changes came in 1985, with the school becoming Forsyth Technical College, and then, in 1987, it acquired its current name, Forsyth Technical Community College. In 1989, the College Transfer Program began, which allowed the college to serve an even wider portion of the community.
The 1990s saw the college add Bob Greene Hall (1991) with classrooms and laboratories, and the addition of the Allman Center (1992) with classrooms and administrative space. Continuing Education Division added two training sites in downtown Winston-Salem to better serve the business and industry sectors. In 1998 two new off-campus centers were added: the Mazie S. Woodruff Center in Northeast Winston-Salem and the Grady P. Swisher Center in Kernersville.
In January of 2006, a new, five-story, 85,000 square foot technology building opened on the college’s main campus. It houses the Thomas H. Davis iTEC Center, the bookstore, student activities, classrooms/labs, training rooms and faculty and staff offices. This allowed Forsyth Tech to provide a broad spectrum of technology training, utilizing traditional classroom and online courses to provide diverse technology training. Another construction project on Main Campus added 20,000 square feet to Greene Hall.
In 2008, the school opened a third off-campus building, the Northwest Forsyth Center in King. This building houses specialized training facilities for the Criminal Justice, Fire Protection and Emergency Medical Science programs. In addition, it offers the citizens of northwest Forsyth and Stokes counties a more accessible venue for curriculum and continuing education courses.
Future plans include The Forsyth Tech Center for Emerging Technologies in Winston-Salem. The Center will provide training for technicians in biotechnology and nanotechnology to support the growing research and development efforts centered in this area. It will also train students in high performance computing and digital design. The Center will also house the College’s growing corporate training efforts.
Each year, the Foundation for Forsyth Tech raises funds for operations and for direct support of students, faculty and staff. With an endowment, the Foundation will be able to increase financial aid to all needy students: allowing more students to succeed. The Foundation can provide new state-of-the-art learning technology. The Foundation also provides professional development for faculty and staff. Tax-deductible donations to the Foundation can be made online.