Forsyth Tech http://www.forsythtech.edu Tue, 28 Jul 2015 21:01:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 President’s List and Dean’s List Spring 2015 http://www.forsythtech.edu/presidents-list-and-deans-list-spring-2015/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/presidents-list-and-deans-list-spring-2015/#comments Mon, 15 Jun 2015 18:14:54 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=16825 http://www.forsythtech.edu/credit-programs/presidents-list-and-deans-list/2015-spring/

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Forsyth Tech Names Center for Rhoades http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-names-center-for-rhoades/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-names-center-for-rhoades/#comments Tue, 02 Jun 2015 13:17:25 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=16754 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.

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Forsyth Tech’s Allan Younger Wins Small Business Advocate Award from Kernersville Chamber of Commerce http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-techs-allan-younger-wins-small-business-advocate-award-from-kernersville-chamber-of-commerce/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-techs-allan-younger-wins-small-business-advocate-award-from-kernersville-chamber-of-commerce/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 18:22:43 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=16706 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.

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Wake Forest Baptist Physician, Wake Forest Innovations and Forsyth Tech Combine Skills and Expertise to Produce New Medical Training Device http://www.forsythtech.edu/wake-forest-baptist-physician-wake-forest-innovations-and-forsyth-tech-combine-skills-and-expertise-to-produce-new-medical-training-device/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/wake-forest-baptist-physician-wake-forest-innovations-and-forsyth-tech-combine-skills-and-expertise-to-produce-new-medical-training-device/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 12:58:56 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=16641 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.”

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Stokes Early College graduates 29 http://www.forsythtech.edu/stokes-early-college-graduates-29/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/stokes-early-college-graduates-29/#comments Wed, 13 May 2015 19:51:44 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=16625 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

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Stokes County Cooperative Extension Presents the 2015 Small Farms Day in Stokes Tour and Goat Forages Seminar http://www.forsythtech.edu/stokes-county-cooperative-extension-presents-the-2015-small-farms-day-in-stokes-tour-and-goat-forages-seminar/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/stokes-county-cooperative-extension-presents-the-2015-small-farms-day-in-stokes-tour-and-goat-forages-seminar/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 13:36:44 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=16500 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.

Schedule

  • 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 randy_fulk@ncsu.edu.

NC State University, A&T University, Cooperative extension  -  Empowering People - Providing Solu North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commision Forsyth Tech - Education for life

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Third Annual Fine Arts Showcase http://www.forsythtech.edu/third-annual-fine-arts-showcase/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/third-annual-fine-arts-showcase/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 14:58:22 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=16486 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!

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Preparing Tomorrow’s Supply Chain Leaders: The Importance of Technology Skills and Experience http://www.forsythtech.edu/preparing-tomorrows-supply-chain-leaders-the-importance-of-technology-skills-and-experience/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/preparing-tomorrows-supply-chain-leaders-the-importance-of-technology-skills-and-experience/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 19:01:14 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=16432 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.

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With Ncaa Basketball Championship In The Bag, Attention Shifts To Forsyth Tech’S Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta, Friday, April 24, 8 AM http://www.forsythtech.edu/with-ncaa-basketball-championship-in-the-bag-attention-shifts-to-forsyth-techs-annual-cardboard-boat-regatta-friday-april-24-8-am/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/with-ncaa-basketball-championship-in-the-bag-attention-shifts-to-forsyth-techs-annual-cardboard-boat-regatta-friday-april-24-8-am/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 15:40:34 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=16424 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.

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The 5 Animated Shows you Need to Binge Now http://www.forsythtech.edu/the-5-animated-shows-you-need-to-binge-now/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/the-5-animated-shows-you-need-to-binge-now/#comments Thu, 02 Apr 2015 15:19:22 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=16356 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.”

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Forsyth Tech Launches New FM Radio Station http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-launches-new-fm-radio-station/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-launches-new-fm-radio-station/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 16:56:28 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=16304 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.

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Area Business Leaders Provide Forsyth Tech Students with Real-World Workplace Perspectives http://www.forsythtech.edu/area-business-leaders-provide-forsyth-tech-students-with-real-world-workplace-perspectives/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/area-business-leaders-provide-forsyth-tech-students-with-real-world-workplace-perspectives/#comments Mon, 16 Mar 2015 16:19:44 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=16262 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 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PglZ0fNrkn4)

  • 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 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jdMw74-rBU)

  • 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

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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

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Shugart Women’s Center at Forsyth Tech Celebrates 15th Anniversary http://www.forsythtech.edu/shugart-womens-center-at-forsyth-tech-celebrates-15th-anniversary/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/shugart-womens-center-at-forsyth-tech-celebrates-15th-anniversary/#comments Mon, 09 Mar 2015 19:47:13 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=16236 First of Its Kind in NC Community College System

The Shugart Women’s Center at Forsyth Tech will celebrate its 15th anniversary on Wednesday, March 11, with a reception at 2 pm in the Oak Grove Center on Forsyth Tech’s Main Campus, 2100 Silas Creek Parkway in Winston-Salem.

Since 1999, the Shugart Women’s Center has been fulfilling its mission of empowering women to reach their full potential by providing a variety of services, including counseling, referrals, a clothing closet, empowerment workshops and the opportunity to connect with community resources and support through the SWCircle.

Over the past 15 years, the Center has helped more than 20,000 women find refuge, obtain encouragement, gain empowerment and grow into their potential, according to Sherraine McLean, director of the Shugart Women’s Center.

“At the Shugart Women’s Center, we don’t judge any one,” says McLean. “We meet all the women who walk through our door where they are and take them to where they want to go.

“We’re transforming lives—we’re being used as a vessel. Here, we offer a safe space for women to cry, celebrate and vent. It’s a haven. The Center is about service, which is what life is all about.”

Gloria Sexton, the Center’s first director, initiated the idea to start a Women’s Resource Center at Forsyth Tech, an idea shared with then-Forsyth Tech President Dr. Desna Wallin who fully supported the idea. In December 1999, a three-room suite on the second floor of Hauser Hall on Main Campus was dedicated to the Center, making it the first women’s resource center on a North Carolina community college campus.

In August 2002, the Forsyth Tech Foundation received an endowment from Mr. Grover F. Shugart, CEO of Shugart Enterprises, LLC, for the college’s Women’s Resource Center. The Center was then renamed Shugart Women’s Center at Forsyth Tech. Although the Center is focused on support for female students, it is open to all enrolled students of Forsyth Tech as well as faculty and staff.

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President’s and Dean’s Lists for Summer and Fall 2014 http://www.forsythtech.edu/presidents-and-deans-lists-for-summer-and-fall-2014/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/presidents-and-deans-lists-for-summer-and-fall-2014/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:07:11 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=16012 http://www.forsythtech.edu/presidents-and-deans-lists-for-summer-and-fall-2014/feed/ 0 Goodwill & Forsyth Tech Team up to Help Adults Earn a High School Diploma http://www.forsythtech.edu/goodwill-forsyth-tech-team-up-to-help-adults-earn-a-high-school-diploma/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/goodwill-forsyth-tech-team-up-to-help-adults-earn-a-high-school-diploma/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:40:31 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=15803 With the new year just around the corner it is almost time to start making New Year’s resolutions.  For some adults who never graduated from high school, earning a diploma is an important resolution to make. Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina and Forsyth Technical Community College have partnered to establish the Access Center Adult High School (formerly the Excel Center) to make it easier and more convenient for adults to earn their high school diploma, free of charge. Students can enroll at Forsyth Tech and earn their diploma online through Goodwill’s Access Center.

“Many employers are starting to prefer a diploma over a GED, so having an actual high school diploma opens doors to better job opportunities”, said Andrew Ward, Access Center Career Coach.  “There is always a reason behind an individual not finishing high school. We work with the students to make sure that they have access to the resources they need to succeed.  We provide ‘wrap-around’ services so that students are supported, encouraged, and motivated throughout the process.”

Access Center students receive the following services, free of charge:

Career coaching and personalized support including help with interviewing skills, cover letters and resumes, and image consulting
Access to a computer lab which Forsyth Tech instructors lead each week

Enrollment in a skills training course which gives them additional experience, and, in some cases, leads to a career certification once they’ve graduated.

For more information, contact the Access Center Adult High School at 336/724-3625 ext. 1231 or email award [at] goodwillnwnc.org.

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Forsyth Tech student receives scholarship http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-student-receives-scholarship/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-student-receives-scholarship/#comments Tue, 11 Nov 2014 16:17:23 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=15633 Forsyth Tech global logistics student, Dennis Studer, was awarded the William Vaughn Lifetime Achievement Scholarship from the N.C. League of Transportation and Logistics during the organization’s annual fall meeting last week, Forsyth Technical Community College said in a statement.

The scholarship ceremony took place at the N.C. Center for Global Logistics Conference Center in Colfax. Studer received a $1,500 scholarship for an essay he wrote that addressed driver shortages affecting transportation and solutions to help companies and drivers get products to market more efficiently, Forsyth Tech said.

“Dennis’ award speaks volumes for his diligence and the excellence he brings to our program,” said Demetria Ledbetter, program coordinator for Global Logistics, Business Administration and Logistics Management, Import/Export Compliance at Forsyth Tech. “This scholarship will allow Dennis to continue to pursue a career in transportation and logistics, and we are thrilled for him.”

The scholarship is awarded to up to two upperclassman each year who are pursuing a career in logistics who meet eligibility criteria and submit an essay based on a selected topic.

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Inside Forsyth Tech’s new $10M facility at Wake Forest Innovation Quarter http://www.forsythtech.edu/inside-forsyth-techs-new-10m-facility-at-wake-forest-innovation-quarter/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/inside-forsyth-techs-new-10m-facility-at-wake-forest-innovation-quarter/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:12:54 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=15556 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 http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-opens-new-location-at-525vine-in-wake-forest-innovation-quarter/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-opens-new-location-at-525vine-in-wake-forest-innovation-quarter/#comments Thu, 09 Oct 2014 14:07:34 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=15429 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.

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Forsyth Tech Announces New College Trustees and Foundation Board of Directors for 2014-2015 http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-announces-new-college-trustees-and-foundation-board-of-directors-for-2014-2015/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-announces-new-college-trustees-and-foundation-board-of-directors-for-2014-2015/#comments Mon, 06 Oct 2014 14:26:58 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=15341 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.

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Local colleges participate in initiative to prevent sexual violence on campus http://www.forsythtech.edu/local-colleges-participate-in-initiative-to-prevent-sexual-violence-on-campus/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/local-colleges-participate-in-initiative-to-prevent-sexual-violence-on-campus/#comments Mon, 06 Oct 2014 13:38:12 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=15339 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.

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Gov. Pat McCrory Recognizes Forsyth Tech on Manufacturing Day http://www.forsythtech.edu/gov-pat-mccrory-recognizes-forsyth-tech-on-manufacturing-day/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/gov-pat-mccrory-recognizes-forsyth-tech-on-manufacturing-day/#comments Mon, 06 Oct 2014 13:36:57 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=15337 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.

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Small Business Center at Forsyth Tech Assisting Local Entrepreneurs http://www.forsythtech.edu/small-business-center-at-forsyth-tech-assisting-local-entrepreneurs/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/small-business-center-at-forsyth-tech-assisting-local-entrepreneurs/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:56:08 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=15325 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.

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Forsyth and Stokes County Partners Prepare to Help Address North Carolina Skills Gap http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-and-stokes-county-partners-prepare-to-help-address-north-carolina-skills-gap/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-and-stokes-county-partners-prepare-to-help-address-north-carolina-skills-gap/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:22:08 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=15299 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

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Newsweek Study Ranks Early College of Forsyth in Top 3% of U.S. High Schools http://www.forsythtech.edu/newsweek-study-ranks-early-college-of-forsyth-in-top-3-of-u-s-high-schools/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/newsweek-study-ranks-early-college-of-forsyth-in-top-3-of-u-s-high-schools/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:18:19 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=15224 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.

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Forsyth Tech Hosts Fulbright Scholar from Australia http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-hosts-fulbright-scholar-from-australia/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-hosts-fulbright-scholar-from-australia/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:13:38 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=15221 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

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Forsyth Tech to Host Aerospace Workshop for NC Manufacturers http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-to-host-aerospace-workshop-for-nc-manufacturers/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-to-host-aerospace-workshop-for-nc-manufacturers/#comments Sun, 14 Sep 2014 18:51:13 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=15660 Forsyth Tech will host a workshop entitled “Aerospace Markets and Opportunities for NC Manufacturers” on Tuesday, November 18 from 7:30-9 am at the college’s Innovation Quarter location.

airplane into sunsetThe workshop, which is being presented by NC Aerospace and the NC Industrial Extension Service, is geared toward manufacturers and providers of goods and services, such as precision machining, bonding, welding and assembly, fabrics, semiconductors, logistics management, engineering & consulting, data processing and computer services.

Presenters will give manufacturers an overview of the aviation market and discuss how they can become an industry supplier. The discussion will also focus on the growth potential in this sector, with the goal of helping companies expand or enter aerospace markets to meet the growing demand for these services in NC.

According to NC Aerospace, compelling reasons exist to expand NC suppliers in these markets:

Aerospace and aviation are growing industry segments for the southeast region of the U.S. in general and North Carolina in particular.
Boeing is reporting record backlogs of their jets as they break ground on a facility to make composite wings for the new 777x aircraft.
Airbus says that they are seeing demand for jet aircraft that they cannot meet due to the need to develop supplier networks, especially in NC.
NC aviation and aerospace manufacturers indicate that their supply chains stretch from California to New England in order to procure services and product that meet exact aerospace standards from reliable partners. They want to develop more local partnerships to take advantage of the growth in this market, which experts are projecting will be 4-10 percent annually within the aerospace and aviation markets.

This workshop is free and open to manufacturers and others interested in learning more about how they can compete for a share in the growing aerospace and aviation industries. It is not intended for individual job seekers in the industry.

Forsyth Tech’s Innovation Quarter location is at 525 Vine St. in downtown Winston-Salem. Free parking for this event will be available in the parking lot located at 557 North Chestnut Street in Winston-Salem. To read CCD’s coverage of Forsyth Tech’s 525@Vine location, click HERE.

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Sunday November 9th Network Maintenance http://www.forsythtech.edu/sunday-november-9th-network-maintenance/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/sunday-november-9th-network-maintenance/#comments Sun, 14 Sep 2014 13:47:06 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=15536 Information Systems has scheduled a maintenance window for Sunday November 9th from 8am-12pm.  This maintenance will interrupt Internet access to college services (BlackBoard, Email, etc).  Access to college services may be available during this window, but system stability is not guaranteed.  Please plan accordingly.

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Forsyth Tech to Host Two Holocaust Survivor Presentations in December http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-to-host-two-holocaust-survivor-presentations-in-december/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-to-host-two-holocaust-survivor-presentations-in-december/#comments Sun, 14 Sep 2014 13:33:11 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=15722 Forsyth Tech will host two presentations in December that feature Polish survivors of the Holocaust, each with their own unique and powerful story to tell. Both presentations are free and open to the public. The media is invited to attend.

  • On Wednesday, December 3 at 2:30 pm, at Forsyth Tech’s Oak Grove Center Auditorium on Main Campus, Irene Skolnick of Pittsburgh, PA will present her family’s tale of survival in “Hiding in Full Sight.”  Ms. Skolnick and her family survived Nazi-occupied Poland by posing as Catholic Poles. She will discuss how her family used daring and courage to survive under almost daily interactions with the Gestapo less than a mile from Majdanek, the second largest Nazi concentration camp in German occupied Poland.
  • On Monday, December 15 at noon at Forsyth Tech’s West Campus Auditorium (1300 Bolton Street, Winston-Salem), Hank Brodt of High Point will share the inspiring story of how his life was forever changed in “The Holocaust: A Survivor’s Story,” after having spent time in five different Nazi concentration camps during World War II.

These presentations are being made possible through support from Guy Blynn who established The Blynn Holocaust Collection at Forsyth Tech’s Library on Main Campus, which contains a repository of materials, intended to help raise awareness of the Holocaust and its consequences.

Forsyth Tech has been a leader among community colleges in Holocaust education, offering a course each semester on the topic within its Humanities curriculum and presenting occasional speakers and exhibits that are open to students as well as the general public.

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Forsyth Tech Holds Information Sessions for Short-Term Worker Training Classes in Stokes County http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-holds-information-sessions-for-short-term-worker-training-classes-in-stokes-county/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-holds-information-sessions-for-short-term-worker-training-classes-in-stokes-county/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:56:16 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=15135 “Forsyth Tech in Stokes County has received a $90,000 Rural Community Mobilization Grant through the NC Department of Commerce to provide short-term job training to the unemployed and underemployed in Stokes County. The program is designed to connect qualified residents with full-time jobs and new careers, and the training will be provided at no cost.

The college will launch this program (“Stokes Works”) by holding the first of several information sessions for potential participants on Tuesday, September 9 at 9 am at the college’s King location at 3111 Big Oaks Drive.

The Stokes Works grant focuses on training qualified residents for in-demand jobs, such as electronic health records specialists, electrical linemen, facility maintenance technicians and welders, administrative assistants, and bank tellers. Classes will begin as early as September, and the program will run through the end of April 2015. Financial assistance may be available for qualifying Stokes County residents.

The program is a collaboration between Forsyth Tech, the Winston-Salem Urban League, Northwest Piedmont Workforce Development Board, and other local agencies, which provide participants with the services they need in order to complete the training, including providing
employer referrals, résumé development, employer connections, interview preparation, transportation and other ancillary services.

“This program is designed to help the un-employed and under-employed in Stokes County find meaningful and gainful employment,” says Ann Watts, director of Stokes County Operations and Off-Campus Centers for Forsyth Tech. “Connecting these people to employers who need skilled workers is a win-win for the program participants as well as the economic prosperity of employers in Stokes and surrounding counties.”

Additional information sessions will be held according to this schedule:

· Wed., Sept. 10, 6 pm, King Public Library, 101 Pilot View Dr, King
· Thurs., Sept. 18, 6 pm, Forsyth Tech Stokes County Center, 1165 Dodgetown Rd. in Walnut Cove
· Fri., Sept. 19, 10 am, Forsyth Tech Stokes County Center, 1165 Dodgetown Rd. in Walnut Cove

All information sessions are free and open to the public.

Residents who have questions about Stokes Works or would like to participate can call Sally Elliott at 336.593.5402, ext. 1101.

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Exploring the world on the Wake Forest campus http://www.forsythtech.edu/exploring-the-world-on-the-wake-forest-campus/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/exploring-the-world-on-the-wake-forest-campus/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:39:43 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=15131 Middle 66 AUGUST 28, 2014 – Thanks to a field trip to the Museum of Anthropology at Wake Forest University, students at Forsyth Middle College know a good deal about the history of Native Americans living in the Carolina Piedmont when European explorers arrived in the 1500s.

Junior Aaron Patterson was impressed by the way the Catawba – or The River People, as they called themselves – would obtain the porcupine quills that they used for needles. They would throw a deer skin over the porcupine. The quills would penetrate the deer skin. They would pull off the deer skin and – voila! – a fresh supply of quill needles.

“It was clever that they used skins they already had – resources they already had – to get more resources,” Patterson said.

He also liked learning that, unlike some games we play today, the Catawba played games designed to help them hone the skills they needed in life.

Middle 67 Junior Andrew “Drew” LeFever liked learning more about Catawba tools and how they were made. “The arrow – that was one of my favorite parts. I thought it was good that the arrowhead was so precise.”

Patterson and LeFever were among 40 Middle College students who headed to the museum on Wednesday morning. Teachers Lisa Nakawatase and Nicole Gottfried divided the students into two groups.

While Patterson, LeFever and others in one group learned about the Catawba from museum educator Tina Smith, the museum’s interim assistant director, Sara Cromwell, sent the other group on a treasure hunt through museum exhibits. Armed with a set of clues, the students found answers by examining exhibits that included Chinese ceramics, weavings from the Asian trade route known as the Silk Road and artifacts discovered on archaeological digs along the Yadkin River.

Middle College is a small high school – no more than 100 students – for junior and seniors on the campus of Forsyth Technical Community College. “It provides a more personal, smaller environment for students,” Gottfried said.

Many of the students also take classes at Forsyth Tech.

Middle 88 Patterson transferred to Middle College this year. “I wanted to be able to have a quiet learning experience with fewer distractions,” he said.

Eric Morris, who is a senior, is in his second year at Middle College. “The relationship between the teachers and students is really nice because of the smaller classes,” Morris said.

His favorite “treasure” so far was a photograph of a Chinook salmon that was part of a photographic exhibit about Alaska’s Yup’ik people. Why was that his favorite?

“I like to fish,” Morris said.

Katie Helms, a senior who transferred to Middle College this year, was also enjoying the hunt. “I like finding things so I like scavenger hunts,” Helms said.

She also participates in geocaching, in which people hide containers filled with small items in the woods and elsewhere and others use a GPS (Global Positioning System) devices to find them. They may take an item from the container and leave something in return.

Middle 47 Helms enjoys being outdoors. Since seventh-grade, she has been walking part of the Appalachian Trail each summer, and, if all goes according to plan, she and her father, David Helms, will complete the trail next summer.

Helms transferred to Middle College for her senior year because the liked the learning environment that it offers. “I wanted a different type of environment to help me transition into college next year,” she said.

Senior Kate Vale was particularly enjoying her finds in the Chinese ceramics exhibit. “My family is artistic and musical,” Vale said. “We have a lot of Asian art.”

This is her first year at Middle College. She chose it, she said, because she prefers the small classes the school offers.

The group also included junior Oliver Sutton, an aspiring pilot who participated in the Tom Davis Aviation Academy this summer. He is also taking flying lessons with Piedmont Flying Training. One day, he hopes to be a pilot for the Air Force.

Sutton said that he is part Croatan, a Native American tribe that once lived on the North Carolina coast, so he liked learning more about another tribe.

Middle 61 Although most students in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools started class on Monday, Middle College, which is on the campus of Forsyth Tech, has been in session since Aug. 11. One goal for Gottfried and Nakawatese is to get the students out into the community more this year.

“I think it’s important to get students off campus and into our community and to take learning out of the classroom,” Gottfried said.

Nakawatese said that a field trip also gives students a chance to get to know each other better. “I feel like it builds a sense of family and community with them,” she said.

The trip to the museum aligned perfectly with the school’s curriculum, she said. The students who participated in Smith’s class about the Catawba are studying American History. The students in the second group are studying World History, and, when Smith work worked with them, she talked about the Silk Road. Knowing about the people who came before us is essential to understanding the world today, Smith said. For example, clocks, paper, firecrackers and more than one religion can be traced to the Silk Road region, she said.

Middle 56 You can find out more about Sutton’s experience with the world of aviation at the school system’s good news blog Your Permanent Record.

 

 

Kim Underwood
rkunderwood@wsfcs.k12.nc.us
336.727.2696

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Good News! 200 Jobs coming to Forsyth County with United Furniture Industries Expansion http://www.forsythtech.edu/good-news-200-jobs-coming-to-forsyth-county-with-united-furniture-industries-expansion/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/good-news-200-jobs-coming-to-forsyth-county-with-united-furniture-industries-expansion/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:27:12 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=15118 North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced today that United Furniture Industries NC, LLC is expanding operations in Forsyth County. The company plans to create 200 new jobs and invest $5.2 million over the next three years in Winston-Salem.

United Furniture Industries is based in Mississippi and is a domestic leader in manufacturing of upholstery products. The company holds exclusive licensing agreements as the U.S. manufacturer of Simmons Upholstery. United Furniture Industries employs 940 people at four North Carolina facilities in Randolph, Davidson and Forsyth counties. As part of the expansion, the company is combining its manufacturing and distribution hub at a new, larger location in Winston-Salem at the renovated historic Weeks plant.

“United Furniture Industries has had a manufacturing presence in North Carolina for many years,” said Secretary Decker. “This announcement of 200 additional jobs builds on that presence. It also revitalizes the historic Weeks plant, which is a great symbol of Winston-Salem’s textile heritage.”

Salaries will vary by job function, but the annual payroll for the new jobs will be $5,684,000.

“United Furniture Industries is pleased to announce our continued expansion in North Carolina at the former Hanes Mill Weeks facility,” said Larry George, president of United Furniture Industries. “I would like to thank all those individuals and organizations at both the state and local level, who have contributed time and effort to this project. We look forward to expanding manufacturing activities to this facility.”

The project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant from the One North Carolina Fund of up to $300,000. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance, through local governments, to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity and create new jobs in the state. Companies receive no money up front and must meet job creation and investment performance standards to qualify for grant funds. These grants also require and are contingent upon local matches.

“It is great to see one of our existing businesses expanding here,” said Senator Earline Parmon. “These new jobs will be an important addition to our economic growth in Forsyth County.”

State representatives welcomed the expansion and long-term commitment to the community.

“I am extremely pleased that United Furniture Industries has chosen to create 200 new jobs in Forsyth County,” said Representative Debra Conrad. “Our strong workforce and business-friendly climate helped create the ideal location for them and we are excited to see them expanding here.”

“I am pleased that United Furniture Industries is bringing these new jobs to Forsyth County,” said Representative Edward Hanes, Jr. “This is good news for the city of Winston-Salem, the county and the region.”

“I commend the cooperation of Forsyth County, Winston-Salem and Secretary Decker,” said Representative Donny Lambeth. “We’re grateful for United Furniture Industries’ decision to expand here and we’re looking forward to working with them for many years to come.”

Other partners that helped with this project include: the N.C. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Partnership of N.C., N.C. Community Colleges, Forsyth Technical Community College, Northwest Piedmont Workforce Development Board, Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce, Forsyth County and the City of Winston-Salem.

 

Staffing will be handled by Debbie’s Staffing.  Debbie’s will handle the screening at three local offices. Job seekers can contact Debbie’s at 336/776-1717 or go HERE.

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Students are the true stars http://www.forsythtech.edu/students-are-the-true-stars/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/students-are-the-true-stars/#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2014 16:21:02 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=14907 When WXII anchor Cameron Kent walked in the doors of the Stokes Opportunity Center last Thursday it was obvious the students there knew who he was.

But Kent was just one of many stars in the building that day, as he soon learned after meeting with members of The Star Catchers, a group of Lifelong Compensatory Education students who perform well known songs throughout the state.

The ensemble first formed in 2006 when they performed at the Stokes Stomp and have been going strong ever since.

Kris Jonzcak, the Compensatory Education instructor at the Stokes Opportunity Center, said the members of the Star Catchers are composed of students aged 24 to 65 with a variety of disabilities ranging from autism to downs syndrome to traumatic brain injuries.

Jonzcak said when she started teaching at the Stokes Opportunity Center through Forsyth Tech 10 years ago the curriculum for the students was limited to basic life skills.

“It was pretty boring,” she said. “So we started going out and doing free things like going to the library or to the senior center. Then we got a little grant money form Forsyth Tech and we were able to start performing at places.”

Kent was treated to several of the songs in The Star Catchers repertoire during his visit to the center last Thursday. The show opened with a performance by Elvis, followed by Otis Redding’s “Sitting on the dock of the bay,” the Blues Brothers and rendition of Amazing Grace which brought a tears to the eyes of Kent’s wife Sue.

The songs were just part of the wide variety the group offers when it visits local churches and civic organizations to perform. But The Star Catchers are not just limited to local performances, having presented their show as far away as a Philadelphia Rotary club and the governor’s mansion in Raleigh.

The performances are just a part of the arts based curriculum offered by Jonzcak.

“They love the art and the singing,” she said. “We saw that this is the right thing to do. They are told their whole lives that they can’t do something and now they are the stars. We just kept doing it, and after three years the state said we could change the curriculum statewide, in part because of what we were doing here.”

Her classes, which meet three times a week, still offer basic life skills.

“There is still history and geography and finance,” said Jonzcak. “They still get the basic things like your name, address and phone number, but now we also have music and dance and art.”

And they get to share their unique talents with the world. Jonzcak said her students perform outside of the center at least twice a month and also organize art shows to raise funds for their activities.

“I have seen my students blossom and grow through the creativity offered in art,” said Jonzcak. “These are students who are lifelong students. I think they should enjoy everything that the rest of us have.”

In discussing a painting by a student named James Joyce, she describes how it opened up a new side of him.

“Everything he does is very linear, very exact,” she said. “But when we did this art show, he was able to be creative with his art piece and have some curves in it, and some designs that he had never done before.”

That feeling of self-worth is something Jonzcak tries to impart to all the students.

“I try to find something for everyone,” she says, “because everyone cannot be in the play, and everyone can’t do a painting. So that’s the strength of the program, that everyone is able to do something and feel successful.”

Walk into their classroom on any given day and you might find the students working on a mural, singing a song or, very likely, dancing.

“They love to dance,” Jonzcak says, and they’re pretty good at it. Whether it’s old favorites like the hokey pokey or the Cupid shuffle, or something they’re learning for the first time, you can see the joy on their faces as they move and groove to the music.”

The students will be presenting an art show and fundraiser at Divine Llama Vineyards on Oct. 11. The event will feature work by the students and performance by The Star Catchers.

Nicholas Elmes may be reached at 336-591-8191 or on Twitter @NicholasElmes. Tech Quarterly, a publication of Forsyth Tech contributed to this article.

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Pope Foundation Makes Two-Year $52,000 Gift to Forsyth Tech http://www.forsythtech.edu/pope-foundation-makes-two-year-52000-gift-to-forsyth-tech/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/pope-foundation-makes-two-year-52000-gift-to-forsyth-tech/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:08:54 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=14709 Forsyth Tech has announced that the Lawrence E. Pope Foundation is giving the college a gift of $52,000, which will be distributed over a two-year period and used to update and expand the college’s Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology program. A presentation of the initial grant check in the amount of $26,000 took place today at the college’s Transportation Technology Center in Winston-Salem.

In presenting the check to Forsyth Tech President Dr. Gary Green, Jeff Taylor, vice president and chief financial officer of the Pope Companies, and treasurer of the Lawrence E. Pope Foundation, said, “The Pope Foundation has a strong interest in making a difference in our community by supporting the educational needs of our area schools.

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From left to right:
Axell Torres, instructor, Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology program; Jeff Taylor, vice president and chief financial officer, Pope Companies and treasurer, Lawrence E. Pope Foundation; Dr. Gary Green, president, Forsyth Tech; and Alan Doub, program coordinator, Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology

“This $52,000 gift to Forsyth Tech demonstrates our support for education by helping the college expand its growing Diesel and Heavy Equipment program in order to produce even more graduates who are prepared to go to work in the field on day one.”

Pope Companies founder, Lawrence Pope, had a life-long interest in grading equipment, over-the-road tractors and all manner of diesel-powered heavy equipment, according to Taylor. Pope enjoyed operating heavy machinery on company projects until his late seventies, Taylor added, a legacy that will continue through the Foundation’s support of Forsyth Tech’s Diesel and Heavy Equipment program.

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“We are deeply appreciative of this very generous gift from the Pope Foundation,” said Green. “The Pope Companies, through their deep experience in the truckload transportation business, understand the importance of training a highly skilled workforce to meet the needs of current and future logistic and supply chain management operations. This gift will allow us to accommodate the increased enrollment in this program and meet the challenges of rapidly changing technology so that we can continue to provide our students for years to come with relevant, experiential training using state-of-the-art equipment.”

Forsyth Tech’s Transportation Technology Center is one of the premier facilities of its kind in the southeast.

About the Lawrence E. Pope Foundation

The Lawrence E. Pope Foundation was formed in 2008 by Lawrence E. Pope, a Triad area business executive, who died in 2010. The Foundation is a non-profit corporation located in Kernersville, NC This organization benefits philanthropy, voluntarism and grantmaking foundations, focusing specifically on private independent foundations programs. 

Mr. Pope was an entrepreneur and visionary businessman who started his career with American Tobacco Co., eventually becoming a buyer and plant manager. He left American to form L.E. Pope Building Co, Inc. in 1969, one of the companies in the business grouping known as The Pope Companies. L.E. Pope Building Co., Inc. was a large residential builder, developer, and sales agency in the Kernersville area for many years. In the early 1980s, the company shifted its emphasis to commercial development.  Today, the company owns and/or manages over three million square feet of commercial and residential space in North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, and Georgia. 

Many of the Pope Companies business units deliver procurement, logistics, and supply chain services to the tobacco industry, making it one of the leading procurement and logistics agents for the tobacco industry in the United States. (popecompanies.com/) 

About Forsyth Tech

Forsyth Tech (forsythtech.edu) 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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Forsyth Tech Students Collect Honors In Regional, National, International Competitions http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-students-collect-honors-in-regional-national-international-competitions/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-students-collect-honors-in-regional-national-international-competitions/#comments Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:31:56 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=14560 This spring, Forsyth Tech students competed—and came out on top—in several  regional, national and international industry-related competitions, a testament to the quality of training and education they are receiving at the college.

“Throughout the year, our students enter industry-related competitions to help them apply the skills they’re learning in the classroom,” says Conley Winebarger, Vice President of Instructional Services. “We are gratified when our students demonstrate an ability to compete effectively against students in other two- and four-year schools, because it speaks to the caliber of our students and the excellent education our faculty provides.”

Below are photos with short descriptions that highlight the awards Forsyth Tech students have earned in the past few weeks.

Microsoft Imagine Cup Innovation Competition: A Winner in Denmark

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Christopher Reyes (above center), a Forsyth Tech student, has spent the past year studying business at Copenhagen Business Academy (Cphbusiness) in Denmark. This spring he and four fellow classmates participated in the Microsoft Imagine Cup Innovation Competition. The team was required to develop a new app and present a business plan to potential investors showing how the app could make money. Chris and his team created a traveling/gaming app that allows tourists to explore cities or countries through a variety of quests that take them to local attractions, businesses and so on. Christopher and his team won the competition at Copenhagen Business Academy, which qualified them for the national competition, facing teams from across Denmark. Chris and his team won that competition as well. For winning the college and national competitions, Chris’ team received Microsoft merchandise and recommendations from Microsoft executives.

SkillsUSA North Carolina: On to Nationals

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Ten Forsyth Tech students took first place in their respective team and individual competitions at SkillsUSA North Carolina and will compete in the national SkillsUSA competition in Kansas City in June. Above are Brittany Clark (right) and Jeremy Hayes (left) who took first place in the 3-D Visualization team category. Both are students in Forsyth Tech’s Digital Effects & Animation program. The other Forsyth Tech students who will participate in the national SkillsUSA competition in Kansas City include:

Team Competition

  • Automotive Skill Showcase: Maurcio Acosta, Turner Baity, Patrick Oshilds
  • TV/Video Production: Randall Maynard and Justin Dorsey
  • Audio/Video Production: Monica Cooper and Sean Killebrew

Individual Competition

  • Screen Printing (Graphic Arts): RaShaun Edwards

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry that work together to support the development of a skilled American work force in part by sponsoring industry-designed competitions at the state and national levels.

National Bienenstock Scholarship Runner-Up

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Alston Willcox (above), a Forsyth Tech Architectural Technologies student, placed second in over 90 entries nationwide in the Interior Design portion of the annual National Bienenstock Scholarship Competition sponsored by the Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library. This year’s challenge involved designing a summer camp, recreational building for disabled and well-bodied children. This building also needed to incorporate a two bedroom apartment and office space for the acting director. The project location was set in the Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania. Submissions needed to address architectural space planning and design as well as furniture, fixture and equipment selections, including all specifications and schedules. This competition is open to any junior, senior or graduate student enrolled in an accredited college program of furniture design or interior design. The library—a worldwide center for research, design, and collaboration—holds the world’s largest collection of rare and significant books on the history and design of furniture.

Top Tech Challenge: First Place in State

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Mark Cobb (right), a student in the Heavy Equipment and Transport Technology program at Forsyth Tech, took first place in the student competition of the inaugural North Carolina Technology and Maintenance Council Top Tech Challenge. The Challenge was held at Forsyth Tech’s Transportation Technology Center on Patterson Ave. in Winston-Salem. Mark earned top place by successfully completing several tasks, including reassembling a disassembled transmission.

Natural Talent Design: Forsyth Tech Takes Top Two Places—Again

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At the annual 2014 Natural Talent Design Competition hosted by US Green Building Council  of North Carolina in Raleigh, Forsyth Tech teams placed first and second at the state level for the second year in a row. The project, located in Charlotte, required the teams to design a new, 100,000sq. ft. train station, including a large urban planning component that impacted several city blocks.

Shown above are the members of the first-place team, Team Aspect, who earned a stipend to attend the National Green Build Conference in New Orleans this October (from left to right): Jessica Ballard (interior design student), Allison Carithers (interior design student), Alston Willcox (architecture student), Nathalee Carey (interior design student), and Rosemary Deal (interior design student).

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Above is Forsyth Tech’s second place Natural Talent Design team, Team Concentric (left to right): Kelsey Fry (architecture  student), Taylor Hensley (interior design student), Cari Brown (interior design student), Veronica Nielsen (interior design student), and Andy Freeman (architecture student).

Forsyth Tech Student Receives 3M Hire Our Heroes Grant

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Eddie Shires, a student in Forsyth Tech’s Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology program,  was one of the winners of the 2014 3M Hire Our Heroes Veteran Tool Grant, which entitled him to receive $2,500 in tools. He hopes to use the grant to achieve his dream of owning his own collision repair business one day. The 3M Hire Our Heroes campaign helps support rehabilitation and training and drive employment in the collision and repair industry for America’s returning veterans and their families.

About Forsyth Tech

Forsyth Tech (forsythtech.edu) 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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Forsyth Tech awards degrees to 1,003 students http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-awards-degrees-to-1003-students/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-awards-degrees-to-1003-students/#comments Fri, 09 May 2014 18:48:17 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=14357 J. Walter McDowell, the retired chief executive officer at Wachovia Corp., mentioned Dani Winter of Winston-Salem as an example of high-achieving students at Forsyth Technical Community College during the school’s 2014 commencement program Thursday night.

“Dani is the recipient of the prestigious Park Scholar at N.C. State University,” McDowell told more than 6,000 people gathered at the Joel Coliseum for Forsyth Tech’s graduating ceremony. “Congratulations to Dani, she’s flying.”

Before the ceremony, Winter said she is proud of her academic success.

Winter, 18, received a high-school diploma, and two associate degrees at Forsyth Tech. She will attend N.C. State University as a freshman during the fall semester.

“It means a lot to me at this time,” Winter said of her three degrees. “I’m just so happy to be able to walk across the stage and have a bright future.”

Inside Joel Coliseum, hundreds of people in the audience yelled and applauded when their loved ones walked across the stage to receive their diplomas.

McDowell was the keynote speaker at the ceremony in which 1,003 FTCC students received their degrees. In his 15-minute speech, McDowell said that the education the graduating students received at Forsyth Tech will ensure their futures.

“I understand that many of you already have a job and are doing well,” McDowell said. “Others of you are still looking. Stay in the game and persevere.”

McDowell, the chairman of the Business for Educational Success and Transformation in North Carolina, urged the students to be willing to learn from their mistakes.

“Be smart and be accountable,” McDowell said. “Your jobs will be challenging and frustrating. But this all is part of your journey to success. Be an active hero in your own life.”

Todd Grace, 48, received a degree in nursing. Grace spent 25 years in the warehouse industry in Winston-Salem before he decided to change careers. His wife, Angela Grace, is a working toward her associate degree at FTCC.

“It’s an end of a long journey,” Todd Grace said, “and the start of another career of becoming a nurse. That is what I was supposed to do.”

Derrick Claggett of Martinsville, Va. traveled to Joel Coliseum to see his sister, Sharon Claggett Williams receive her degree during the ceremony.

“I am very proud of her,” Claggett said of her sister. “She was displaced from her job and she went to school.”

jhinton@wsjournal.com (336)727-7299

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Forsyth Tech to Hold Cruise-In and Open House at Transportation Technology Center http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-to-hold-cruise-in-and-open-house-at-transportation-technology-center/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-to-hold-cruise-in-and-open-house-at-transportation-technology-center/#comments Thu, 01 May 2014 18:38:22 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=14332 Forsyth Tech will hold a Cruise-In and Open House at the Forsyth Tech Transportation Technology Center, 4255 N. Patterson Avenue in Winston Salem, on Saturday, May 10 from 10 am – 2 pm.

The public is invited to bring their cars to Cruise-In—all makes and models are welcome. Gates will open at 9:30 am at the Patterson Ave. and Germanton Road entrances to the Center.

The event will also feature guided tours of the Transportation Technology Center at 10 am, 11:30 am and 1 pm as well as food and music.

This family friendly event is free and open to the public and will be held rain or shine.

“I hear from area folks every week that they have no idea what Forsyth Tech does at our Transportation Technology Center,” says Mark Walker, department chair for Transportation Technologies. “We thought that holding a Cruise-In will give people in the community the chance to enjoy looking at some of the really cool cars we expect will be on display. And, the Open House will give our neighbors and friends a first-hand look at what goes on inside the most advanced transportation technology center in the southeast.”

Forsyth Tech’s Transportation Technology Center offers programs in race car technology, collision repair and refinishing, automotive systems, heavy equipment and transport technology, and recreational vehicle maintenance & repair.

For more information on the Cruise-In and Open House, call 336.757.3399 or visit forsythtech.edu.

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Forsyth Tech To Hold 2nd Annual Fine Arts Showcase, Tuesday, April 29, 6 – 8 Pm http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-to-hold-2nd-annual-fine-arts-showcase-tuesday-april-29-6-8-pm/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-to-hold-2nd-annual-fine-arts-showcase-tuesday-april-29-6-8-pm/#comments Mon, 28 Apr 2014 16:52:50 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=14310 (Winston-Salem, NC) – Forsyth Tech will hold its second annual Fine Arts Showcase on Tuesday, April 29, from 6 – 8 pm at the college’s West Campus auditorium, 1300 Bolton Street, Winston-Salem.

The Showcase will feature artwork and performances by students enrolled in Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Acting, and Chorus classes at the college.

The performances will include scene showings from several contemporary plays, an improvisational piece based on the Italian Commedia dell’Arte, and a selection of modern choral compositions.

“The Showcase is a chance to celebrate and enjoy the artistic achievements of those who come to Forsyth Tech to learn more about the arts,” says Marshall Botvinick, program coordinator for the Fine Arts program. “Our program is only in its second year, and we already have 65 students enrolled.”

Botvinick, who has been acting since he was eight years old, has an undergraduate degree in Theater Studies from Duke University and a Master in Fine Arts from the A.R.T. Institute at Harvard University.

The Showcase is free and open to the public.

About Forsyth Tech

Forsyth Tech (forsythtech.edu) 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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Forsyth Tech Fine Arts student Michael Burke ably took on the persona of schizophrenic Robert in a scene from “Proof” during Forsyth Tech’s first-ever Fine Arts Showcase in the spring of 2013. The public is invited to attend the college’s second Fine Arts Showcase on Tuesday, April 29, from 6 – 8 pm at the college’s West Campus auditorium, 1300 Bolton St. in Winston-Salem. The event is free.

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Cardboard regatta participants reach goal: ‘make it there and back’ http://www.forsythtech.edu/cardboard-regatta-participants-reach-goal-make-it-there-and-back/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/cardboard-regatta-participants-reach-goal-make-it-there-and-back/#comments Mon, 28 Apr 2014 14:12:47 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=14298 Eight boats — with themes inspired by Princess Bubblegum, TV serial killer “Dexter” and NASCAR’s Dale Earnhardt — slipped into Belews Lake under threatening skies Friday morning for Forsyth Tech’s annual Cardboard Boat Regatta.

Constructed by second-year mechanical engineering students out of single-ply cardboard using liquid adhesive, duct tape and waterproof paint, the boats had to maneuver around three buoys and return to shore safely.

Life jackets were required.

Don Solomon, the instructor of the Strength and Materials class, said the boats counted for just a percentage of the students’ grade in his class. Forsyth Tech instructors enlisted to judge the entries graded each boat for appearance, construction, imagination, load-carrying ability and the quality of a construction log.

“The key thing is to make it there and back,” Solomon said.

Students unloaded their boats and lined them up at the edge of the parking lot for judging.

Some resembled sturdy fishing skiffs; others appeared unable to escape their heritage as humble cardboard boxes.

“We talked about buoyancy and displacement,” Solomon said, eyeing one of the larger students carefully. “The most difficult thing is keeping them from becoming waterlogged.”

As raindrops began to fall, students hoisted their boats and carried them to the water’s edge at the Piney Bluff boat ramp, gingerly climbed aboard and pushed off into the lake.

A few of the boats were propelled by small trolling motors, but kayak paddles were the most common means of propulsion.

The “Jake” was crewed by Maggie Gwin, dressed in a long pink gown and a red wig to impersonate the cartoon character “Princess Bubblegum.” Teammate, Dakota Gaddy, dressed as “Finn,” used a paddle cut from a scrap of plywood.

The paddle snapped on Gaddy’s first stroke. He retrieved the paddle head and gamely churned on. Princess Bubblegum sat in the bow and offered encouragement as the Jake drifted lazily.

The other boats traced a large arc around the buoys, with the motorized skiffs taking the lead. A boat painted to resemble the late Earnhardt’s car, complete with a leaning number 3, cruised ahead.

“He’s kicking up a wake,” a spectator said admiringly.

A sturdy, shovel-bowed boat carrying Ryan Milholand and Bryan Javiria was about to complete its circuit when it met the drifting craft of Gwin and Gaddy. Milholand gallantly passed his paddle over to Gwin, who passed the paddle to Gaddy. Milholand grasped the sides of his boat as Javiria resumed paddling.

Eventually all of the boats returned to shore, and some pushed off to enjoy another turn around the lake. A couple of the cardboard boats suffered a few soggy wrinkles, while others remained crisp and dry.

Solomon declared the regatta, which has been a tradition for about 40 years, “a great success.”

“No sinkers,” he said approvingly.

 

 

By David Rolfe/Winston-Salem Journal

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J. Walter McDowell, Retired Wachovia Executive, Is Forsyth Tech 2014 Commencement Speaker http://www.forsythtech.edu/j-walter-mcdowell-retired-wachovia-executive-is-forsyth-tech-2014-commencement-speaker/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/j-walter-mcdowell-retired-wachovia-executive-is-forsyth-tech-2014-commencement-speaker/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:05:59 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=14233 J. Walter McDowell, retired Chief Executive Officer of Wachovia’s Carolinas Banking Group, will be the speaker at Forsyth Tech’s commencement exercises on Thursday, May 8. The ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem.

Currently, McDowell serves as Chairman of Business for Educational Success and Transformation in North Carolina—also known as BEST NC. This organization brings together 67 well-respected business leaders from across NC who are focused on moving public education, including community colleges, to higher levels. BEST NC exemplifies McDowell’s belief that stronger public education is critical to accelerating job growth and supporting the state’s continued economic development.

“Walter McDowell is a financial visionary whose life is a model of community service and volunteerism,” says Forsyth Tech President Dr. Gary Green. “He is well-known for his principled leadership style, work ethic, and dedication to supporting the educational needs of North Carolina. His commitment to serving others inspires all who know him, and I believe he will inspire our graduates.”

McDowell is former Chairman of the Community Education Collaborative, a joint program of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, the United Way, and 30 not-for-profit organizations that intervene with 4,000 at-risk students each year. He is also the former Chairman for the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce, and former general chairman for the 1997 United Way Campaign in Forsyth County.

He has provided community leadership to numerous institutions and businesses through his service on the board of directors of Wake Forest University Health Sciences, Piedmont Research Park, Winston-

Salem Business Inc., and the Governor’s Council for Fiscal Reform. McDowell is also a former board member for Salem College, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Va., Global Transpark Foundation, North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry, North Carolina Partnership for Education, and the Piedmont Triad Partnership.

He is currently a board member of Bassett Furniture Company, the Research Triangle Foundation, the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, the Winston-Salem Alliance and the Winston-Salem State University Foundation.

McDowell holds a B.S. in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Approximately 1,000 Forsyth Tech students will earn associate’s degrees, certificates and diplomas that signify completion of their programs of study during the 2014 commencement exercises.

Forsyth Tech offers credit programs in Math, Science and Technologies; Business and Information Technologies; Engineering Technologies; Health Technologies; and Humanities and Social Sciences.

The graduation ceremony is open to the public at no charge, and there will be no charge for parking at the Coliseum.”

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Duke Energy Awards $248,088 to Forsyth Tech http://www.forsythtech.edu/duke-energy-awards-248088-to-forsyth-tech/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/duke-energy-awards-248088-to-forsyth-tech/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:37:59 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=14210 (Winston-Salem, N.C.)Duke Energy and Forsyth Technical Community College today announced a $248,088 investment from the Duke Energy Foundation.

The funds will purchase a mechatronics learning system that integrates mechanical, electrical, electronic and computerized control-systems.

The sophisticated learning system will expose students to automated processes found on a flexible manufacturing line. The equipment package includes components that mirror what companies in the region use on their production lines, enabling Forsyth Tech to train students and incumbent workers alike.

“Mechatronics skills are in high demand across the region,” said Forsyth Tech President Dr. Gary Green. “We listened to what our industry partners were telling us they needed when we developed our proposal. Thanks to Duke Energy, we will have a new way to help our partners and the entire region be more competitive.”

“Our partnership with Forsyth Technical Community College develops a highly skilled workforce that will attract and retain businesses in the region for years to come,” said Paul Newton, Duke Energy’s state president – North Carolina.

This grant is part of Duke Energy’s $6.7 million investment in North Carolina Community Colleges’ focus on technical education and support of business and industry. Since 2004, Duke Energy has awarded $15 million in grants to 24 community colleges within the Duke Energy Carolinas service area. This new $6.7 million investment also includes community colleges located in the Duke Energy Progress service area.

Individual community colleges can apply for funds through the Foundation for the Carolinas (Duke Energy Carolinas customers) or NC Community Foundation (Duke Energy Progress customers). Applications will be reviewed by a committee of representatives from Duke Energy, NC Community College System and NC Department of Commerce.

About Forsyth Technical Community College

Forsyth Tech (forsythtech.edu) 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; programs that promote personal and professional development with non-credit courses and seminars; and customized training for business and industry. Forsyth Tech serves more than 35,000 students with approximately 1,500 full- and part-time faculty. A leader in training students and incumbent workers to meet the needs of the region’s advanced industries, Forsyth Tech was a pilot site for the National Association of Manufacturers’ Endorsed Skills Certification System.

About Duke Energy Foundation

Duke Energy Foundation makes charitable investments on behalf of Duke Energy, the largest electric power holding company in the United States with 7.2 million customers in six states. Over the foundation’s long history in local communities, it has identified focus areas that maximize the foundation’s dollars and guide the foundation’s giving. The foundation makes grants supporting the environment, economic development, education and community vitality. In North Carolina, Duke Energy Foundation invests $16 million annually for community support and charitable contributions. To learn more about Duke Energy Foundation, visit www.duke-energy.com/community/ 

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Jimmy Flythe, Director – West Region, Government and Community Relations, Duke Energy Carolinas, presents a $248,000 check to Forsyth Tech President Dr. Gary Green that the college will use to purchase a mechatronics learning system.

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It’s Official—Spring Has Arrived: Forsyth Tech Holds Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta http://www.forsythtech.edu/its-official-spring-has-arrived-forsyth-tech-holds-annual-cardboard-boat-regatta/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/its-official-spring-has-arrived-forsyth-tech-holds-annual-cardboard-boat-regatta/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:41:09 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=14204 (Winston-Salem, N.C.)Second-year Mechanical Engineering Technology students from Forsyth Tech will compete in their annual Cardboard Boat Regatta on Friday, April 25 from 9 – 10 a.m. at the Piney Bluff Boat Launch Ramp at Belews Creek off of Rt. 158 East.

Eight teams of two students each will compete in the event, which has been a Forsyth Tech tradition for close to 40 years. Participation in the regatta is a requirement of the Strength of Materials course. Students apply what they have learned in their program of study to designing, engineering and building

They 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.

This rain date for this event is Friday, May 2, rain or shine.

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

About Forsyth Tech

Forsyth Tech (forsythtech.edu) 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; programs that promote personal and professional development with non-credit courses and seminars; and 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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Forsyth Tech Mechanical Engineering Technology students serve as their own crew as they maneuver a boat made from cardboard around Belews Creek.

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Forsyth Tech to Hold Open House Saturday April 26th http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-to-hold-open-house-saturday-april-26th/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-to-hold-open-house-saturday-april-26th/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:05:45 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=14196 Forsyth Tech will hold an open house on Saturday, April 26 from 9 am – 1 pm on its Main Campus, 2100 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem. This event offers the community the opportunity to learn about the variety of career and college transfer programs available at the college. The open house is free and open to the public.

An opening session will be held at 9:30 am in the Oak Grove Center Auditorium to orient visitors to the day’s events.

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“Our goal for the open house is to introduce prospective students, parents and all adult learners in our community to the many educational and career pathways Forsyth Tech offers,” says Eddie Waddell, Director of Recruiting and Student Support Services. “This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone who wants to know more about Forsyth Tech to speak directly with our faculty and staff and have their questions answered. Prospective students will also be able to complete their application to the college during the open house if they bring their Social Security number.”

During the open house, visitors will have an opportunity to meet with representatives from academic programs, admissions, financial aid and student support services.

The event will feature a variety of demonstrations from different programs that will allow visitors to explore career options in such areas as transportation technology, cyber crime technology, biotech, nanotech, health technologies, plumbing, HVAC, carpentry, electrical, horticulture, broadcasting, digital effects & animation, architecture and interior design.

Workshop sessions will be offered to help attendees learn more about financial aid, college transfer and career options.

In addition, the open house will include a panel discussion about manufacturing, a student-led panel discussion about the college’s paralegal program and a fine arts showcase that highlights student performances and artwork.

A resource fair will also be available and will include representatives from off-campus centers, the Minority Male Mentoring Program, the Shugart Women’s Center, Economic & Workforce Development, VetCenter, Alumni Association and much more. Free refreshments will be available, and a local jazz band will perform at the Alumni Oval throughout the open house.

Registration is requested by completing the form found HERE. or call 336/734-7326
9:30 a.m. Opening Session – Oak Grove Auditorium

10:00 a.m. -1 p.m. Manufacturing Programs – Salem Building

10:15 a.m. Financial Aid Workshop – Oak Grove Center

10:15 a.m. Manufacturing Panel – Ardmore Auditorium

10:15 a.m. Paralegal Student Panel – Hauser Hall

10:15 a.m. Transportation Technology Programs Demo – Between Oak Grove Center & Bob Greene Hall

10:15 a.m. Health Simulation Lab Demo – Bob Greene Hall

10:15 a.m. Plumbing/HVAC/Carpentry/Electrical/Horticulture Demos – Carolina Building

10:30 a.m. College Transfer Session – Oak Grove Auditorium

10:45 a.m. Cyber Crime Scene Demo – Hauser Hall

11:00 a.m. Career Session – Oak Grove Auditorium

11:15 a.m. Biotech & Nanotech Lab Demo – Technology Building

11:15 a.m. Health Simulation Lab Demo – Bob Greene Hall

11:15 a.m. Broadcasting Demo – Oak Grove Center

11:30 a.m. Financial Aid Workshop – Oak Grove Center

11:30 a.m. College Transfer Session – Oak Grove Auditorium

11:45 a.m. Digital Effects & Animation/Architecture/Interior Design Demos – Snyder Hall

12:00 p.m. Fine Arts Showcase – Ardmore Auditorium

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Forsyth Tech adds dozens of new STEM courses http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-adds-dozens-of-new-stem-courses/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-adds-dozens-of-new-stem-courses/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:34:18 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=14130 WINSTON-SALEM — At a time where UNCG and North Carolina A&T are facing funding cuts for failing to meet enrollment goals, Forsyth Tech is getting a little extra money from the state this summer for 150 new STEM related courses.

The dean of math, science and technology says Forsyth Tech has seen a large increase in demand for STEM related classes as more people look for ways to join the workforce as fast as possible.

“We have a very dedicated faculty and staff who work hard to help our students, but certainly the STEM field is a field where there are growing job opportunities, and I think students recognize that,” Dean Michael Ayers said.

Forsyth Tech will offer the new courses during two different summer sessions. The first is from May 18 until the end of July. The second is June 23 until Aug. 8.

– See more at: http://charlotte.twcnews.com/content/news/triad/706622/forsyth-tech-adds-dozens-of-new-stem-courses#sthash.uFdXTmlh.dpuf

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Forsyth Tech To Host Workshop On Trade & Exporting For Small Businesses Looking To Expand Into International Markets http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-to-host-workshop-on-trade-exporting-for-small-businesses-looking-to-expand-into-international-markets/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-to-host-workshop-on-trade-exporting-for-small-businesses-looking-to-expand-into-international-markets/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:55:17 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=14116 (Winston-Salem, NC) – The N.C. Department of Commerce has announced that Forsyth Tech will host a workshop on international trade and export opportunities for small businesses on Wednesday, April 16 from 1 – 4 pm at the Forsyth Tech Small Business Center, 4255 N. Patterson Avenue, in Winston Salem.

The workshop is being presented as an initiative between North Carolina’s International Trade Division (ITD) and the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). It is part of an educational series being held in locations across western North Carolina entitled “Global Appalachia Eye Opener Workshops.”

Representatives of small businesses looking to sell their products in international markets are welcome to attend. The workshop is free.

Attendees are asked to RSVP to ayounger@forsythtech.edu by Tuesday, April 15.

The workshop will consist of a customized look at innovative businesses located in the Appalachian region and will provide small business attendees the opportunity to learn about the resources available to them through ITD.

During the workshop, attendees will also receive one-on-one consulting with international trade experts where they can explore individual business goals and objectives and export strategies.

About Forsyth Tech

Forsyth Tech (forsythtech.edu) 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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Forsyth Tech Expands Summer Course Offerings, Introduces Early And Late Sessions http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-expands-summer-course-offerings-introduces-early-and-late-sessions/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-expands-summer-course-offerings-introduces-early-and-late-sessions/#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:53:14 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=14073 Target High School and College Students

(Winston-Salem, NC) – Forsyth Tech is expanding its summer 2014 course offerings from 490 to 640, including the introduction of nearly 150 new Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) and college prep classes. Among the courses being added are anatomy & physiology, math, information technology, developmental math, English and reading.

In addition, the college is breaking its traditional summer term into two sessions. The early session, which runs 10 weeks, begins on May 16 and runs through July 28. The late session is seven weeks long and starts on June 23 and runs through August 8.

The expanded, more flexible schedule accommodates the needs of rising high school juniors and seniors, high school graduates, and college students who want to earn high school and college credit while on summer break.

“In developing our new summer course schedule, we’ve added college prep and pre-college courses that would be of interest to high school students and graduates as well as college students who are home for the summer,” says Conley Winebarger, vice president for Instructional Services. “And, we’ve added a special section of courses that start later in the summer so that these students can get an early start on their college work after high schools and colleges let out in May and June.”

The additional course offerings are made possible by an expansion of state funding that will be applied to the college’s ’15-’16 budget year, according to Winebarger. Previously, summer sessions were paid for by funds set aside by the college for the fall and spring semesters. However, legislators have determined that, going forward, providing funding for summer sessions will allow Forsyth Tech and other community colleges to enroll more students in STEM and developmental education courses, which will contribute to the continued development of an educated, skilled workforce and help attract more technology-focused businesses to the state.

To generate awareness for the expanded summer program, the college has launched an integrated “Summer’s Cool @ Forsyth Tech” campaign that features brightly colored, beach-themed graphics and includes a Facebook and Twitter trivia game, online advertising, TV spots and a direct mail postcard sent to all households in Forsyth and Stokes counties.

Rising high school juniors and seniors who are interested in taking summer courses at Forsyth Tech should call 336.734.7236 for specific registration information. Graduating high school seniors should call 336.734.7556.

Walk-In Registration Dates for Summer Classes

Walk-in registration for new college students interested in taking summer courses at Forsyth Tech will be held from 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. on:

  • April 14-15
  • May 15

For more information about Forsyth Tech’s “Summer’s Cool” course offerings, visit forsythtech.edu.

Students can register at the following locations:

  • Main Campus
    2100 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Northwest Forsyth Center
    3111 Big Oaks Drive, King, NC
  • Forsyth Tech Stokes County Center
    1165 Dodgetown Road, Walnut Cove, NC
  • Swisher Center
    1108 Swisher Center Road, Kernersville, NC
  • Transportation Technology Center
    4255 N. Patterson Avenue, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Woodruff Center
    4905 Lansing Drive, Winston-Salem, NC

About Forsyth Tech

Forsyth Tech (forsythtech.edu) 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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Forsyth Tech’s Summer’s Cool (intended to sound like “Summer School”) logo promoting expanded summer course offerings

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Paul M. Wiles School of Nursing at Forsyth Tech Partners with Winston-Salem State University to offer RIBN http://www.forsythtech.edu/paul-m-wiles-school-of-nursing-at-forsyth-tech-partners-with-winston-salem-state-university-to-offer-ribn/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/paul-m-wiles-school-of-nursing-at-forsyth-tech-partners-with-winston-salem-state-university-to-offer-ribn/#comments Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:57:28 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=13958 RIBN, Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nursing, is an initiative coordinated by the Foundation for Nursing Excellence that partners community colleges and universities in North Carolina to provide a seamless associate to baccalaureate nursing education.  Forsyth Tech and Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) will offer this option for nursing students beginning in the fall of 2014.   RIBN students will take one online class each semester at WSSU while completing onsite classes at Forsyth Tech during the first three years of study.   After completing their associate nursing degree, RIBN students will be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam before continuing their fourth year of study at WSSU to complete their BSN.

Interested students and parents can learn more about RIBN by visiting the Allied Health/Nursing Admissions page at www.forsythtech.edu or by attending an information session at the Paul M. Wiles School of Nursing, Room 278, on Thursday, March 27th at 5:30 PM.    Questions?   Email Susan Maloney, MSN, RN at smaloney@forsythtech.edu or call (336) 757-3617.

College Events

A RIBN information session will be held at the Paul M. Wiles School of Nursing, Room 278, on March 27th, 2014 at 5:30PM.   RIBN is an innovative pathway for earning an associate and baccalaureate nursing degree that will be offered at Forsyth Tech beginning in the Fall of 2014.  The application deadline for RIBN is May 30, 2014.  For more information email Susan Maloney, MSN, RN at smaloney@forsythtech.edu or call (336) 757-3617.

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Forsyth Tech’s Chair of Design Tech to Visit Russia on Fullbright Scholorship http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-techs-chair-of-design-tech-to-visit-russia-on-fullbright-scholorship/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-techs-chair-of-design-tech-to-visit-russia-on-fullbright-scholorship/#comments Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:40:59 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=13954 Forsyth Tech has announced that Herb Burns, department chair of Design Technologies and program coordinator for Digital Effects & Animation, has received a Fulbright scholarship. Burns is one of five community college instructors and administrators selected to participate in the 2014 Russia Community College Administrators Seminar (CCAS), a project of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Burns will visit Russia from March 30 – April 12, 2014.

The Russia CCAS invites experts from across the United States to go to Russia to facilitate an understanding of how the American community college system works. Currently, Russia has no educational system equivalent to community colleges. This trip will provide Burns and his U.S. colleagues the opportunity to explain the unique collaboration that occurs between the American community college systems and this country’s industrial and manufacturing companies.

Burns’ trip will last two weeks and will include presentations and seminars in four cities: Kaliningrad, Arkhangelsk, St. Petersburg and Moscow. Burns and members of the Russia CCAS will meet with Russian university and college representatives, local administrators, and business and community representatives in these cities and will be participating in cultural activities.

“It is an honor to represent Forsyth Tech, the NC Community College System, and Community Colleges in America in this important international academic mission between our two countries,” Burns said. “My hope is that this trip will create an ongoing opportunity to advance international understanding, create opportunities to share new perspectives, and develop long-term relationships with our Russian counterparts.”

Burns received his A.A. degree from Lees Junior College, his Bachelor of Architecture from University of Kentucky, and his Master of Science in Interior Design from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has taught at Forsyth Tech for more than 30 years’ and has served as an adjunct faculty at UNCG and Salem College in the Interior Design Departments. He is a registered architect in the state of North Carolina.

Burns has received numerous awards for excellence in teaching, and leadership in education and technology. He has created and taught more than a dozen new courses relating to architecture, animation and digital design, and is recognized as an innovator in this field. His knowledge and skills are also known internationally. He has lectured on digital design, architecture and sustainability in Finland, Belarus, and Russia.

Burns is the second Fulbright Scholar at Forsyth Tech. Sylvia Haith, program coordinator of Sociology, was selected to travel to Central America earlier in her career at the college as part of this program.

Fulbright scholars rank among America’s most honored academics; 53 have won Nobel Prizes. The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs sponsors the Fulbright Program from an annual appropriation from the U.S. Congress.

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Forsyth Tech Faculty Member Receives Fulbright Scholarship http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-faculty-member-receives-fulbright-scholarship/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-faculty-member-receives-fulbright-scholarship/#comments Mon, 24 Mar 2014 19:44:48 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=13939 Herb Burns, Chair of Design Technologies, to Visit Russia

(Winston-Salem, NC) – Forsyth Tech has announced that Herb Burns, department chair of Design Technologies and program coordinator for Digital Effects & Animation, has received a Fulbright scholarship. Burns is one of five community college instructors and administrators selected to participate in the 2014 Russia Community College Administrators Seminar (CCAS), a project of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Burns will visit Russia from March 30 – April 12, 2014.

The Russia CCAS invites experts from across the United States to go to Russia to facilitate an understanding of how the American community college system works. Currently, Russia has no educational system equivalent to community colleges. This trip will provide Burns and his U.S. colleagues the opportunity to explain the unique collaboration that occurs between the American community college systems and this country’s industrial and manufacturing companies.

Burns’ trip will last two weeks and will include presentations and seminars in four cities: Kaliningrad, Arkhangelsk, St. Petersburg and Moscow. Burns and members of the Russia CCAS will meet with Russian university and college representatives, local administrators, and business and community representatives in these cities and will be participating in cultural activities.

“It is an honor to represent Forsyth Tech, the NC Community College System, and Community Colleges in America in this important international academic mission between our two countries,” Burns said. “My hope is that this trip will create an ongoing opportunity to advance international understanding, create opportunities to share new perspectives, and develop long-term relationships with our Russian counterparts.”

Burns received his A.A. degree from Lees Junior College, his Bachelor of Architecture from University of Kentucky, and his Master of Science in Interior Design from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has taught at Forsyth Tech for more than 30 years’ and has served as an adjunct faculty at UNCG and Salem College in the Interior Design Departments. He is a registered architect in the state of North Carolina.

Burns has received numerous awards for excellence in teaching, and leadership in education and technology. He has created and taught more than a dozen new courses relating to architecture, animation and digital design, and is recognized as an innovator in this field. His knowledge and skills are also known internationally. He has lectured on digital design, architecture and sustainability in Finland, Belarus, and Russia.

Burns is the second Fulbright Scholar at Forsyth Tech. Sylvia Haith, program coordinator of Sociology, was selected to travel to Central America earlier in her career at the college as part of this program.

Fulbright scholars rank among America’s most honored academics; 53 have won Nobel Prizes. The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs sponsors the Fulbright Program from an annual appropriation from the U.S. Congress.

About Forsyth Tech

Forsyth Technical Community College offers associate degrees, diplomas and certificates in more than 200 programs of study. Forsyth Tech’s Economic & Workforce Development programs promote personal and professional development with non-credit courses and seminars and provide customized training for business and industry. Forsyth Tech serves more than 35,000 students with approximately 1,500 full and part-time faculty. For more information, visit forsythtech.edu.

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Forsyth Tech’s Herb Burns, Department Chair of Design Technologies,

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Forsyth Tech’s March SciTech Lecture Features SciWorks Executive Director http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-techs-march-scitech-lecture-features-sciworks-executive-director/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-techs-march-scitech-lecture-features-sciworks-executive-director/#comments Thu, 13 Mar 2014 19:26:22 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=13880 Paul Kortenaar to Discuss Preparing Students and Teachers to
Work in World of Technology

(Winston-Salem, NC) – Paul Kortenaar, PhD, executive director of SciWorks, will be the guest speaker at Forsyth Tech’s March SciTech lecture. Kortenaar will address “Education for Innovation: Preparing Students and Their Teachers to Work in a World of Technology Change.” Biotech: Risk and Reward” on Thursday, March 20 from 4 – 5 pm.

The lecture will held in the Oak Grove Auditorium on Forsyth Tech’s Main Campus, 2100 Silas Creek Parkway in Winston-Salem. (See directions below.)

The lecture is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested by calling 336.734.7205.

Before coming to Winston-Salem as Executive Director of SciWorks, Kortenaar was the Director of Education and Weston Family Chair of Innovative Education at the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto, Canada. He worked in science museums previously in Canada and the United States, and taught in Faculties of Education in Canada and Tanzania.

While at the Ontario Science Centre, Kortenaar also acted as the principal of the Ontario Science Centre Science School, a formal public school within the walls of an informal science center.

As the Executive Director of SciWorks, Kortenaar’s primary goals are to increase the community engagement and excitement at the museum with new programs and exhibits. He believes that the role of SciWorks is to help the local community understand and interpret the role that science and scientific research play in their lives by acting as the connector between the scientific community and the wider public.

“I read recently that ‘creativity, collaboration, risk-taking and perseverance are all important skills children must practice to become the innovative individuals of the future,’” Kortenaar says. “I agree and given that Winston-Salem is the City of Arts and Innovation, SciWorks is the place where innovation begins.”

Kortenaar received an undergraduate degree in genetics from McGill University in Montreal, and masters and doctoral degrees in education from York University in Toronto. His dissertation research revolved around the intersection of formal and informal learning that occurs when schools come for field trips to science centers and museums.

Oak Grove Center Directions/Parking: 

Paul Kortenaar’s lecture will be held in the Oak Grove Center Auditorium, 3rd floor, Room #3340 at 4:00 pm on Thursday, March 20.  Parking information can be found on the map of Forsyth Tech’s Main Campus & Oak Grove Center.  (Note: The visitor parking lot is in the front of Oak Grove Center, listed as “Lot 01″ on the map.  The other two parking lots listed are for overflow parking.)

About SciWorks

SciWorks is a science museum in Winston-Salem with more than 25,000 square feet of interior exhibit space, a 119-seat Planetarium, and a 17-acre outdoor Environmental and Science Park that includes nature walks and winding trails. For more information, visit sciworks.org.

About Forsyth Tech

Forsyth Technical Community College offers associate degrees, diplomas and certificates in more than 200 programs of study. Forsyth Tech’s Economic & Workforce Development programs promote personal and professional development with non-credit courses and seminars and provide customized training for business and industry. Forsyth Tech serves more than 35,000 students with approximately 1,500 full and part-time faculty. For more information, visit forsythtech.edu.   

Paul Kortenaar

Paul Kortenaar, PhD, Executive Director, SciWorks

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Forsyth Tech partners with new national program to help veterans get jobs http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-partners-with-new-national-program-to-help-veterans-get-jobs/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-partners-with-new-national-program-to-help-veterans-get-jobs/#comments Thu, 06 Mar 2014 19:30:19 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=13794 WINSTON SALEM- A North Carolina community college is one of the first 50 in the nation to participate in a new initiative to help veterans enter the workforce after they leave service. It’s called Get Skills to Work, and is designed to equip vets with advanced manufacturing skills.

Desert Storm veteran Dan Reid is getting his advanced manufacturing degree at Forsyth Tech.

“I worked in the construction industry when I first came back. Obviously with the economic downtown, construction jobs have gone away,” he said.

He’s getting new training through the community college, which is partnering with more than 500 manufacturing companies to help vets like him – looking to develop a new skill set.

“We want to move them as quickly as possible from that military setting to the private sector manufacturing setting – with Forsyth Tech being the bridge between those two,” said Forsyth Tech president Gary Reid.

“The types of jobs our students are going for are machining, metal cutting—those could be in aerospace, automotive or heavy equipment,” said Todd Bishop, who chairs the community college’s manufacturing department.

Because many veterans already possess the skills that match up well with advanced manufacturing careers, leaders at Forsyth Tech hope to build on those through the program. “We would like to move these veterans through at an accelerated pace, to where they could complete that program in perhaps a year, 19 months or even shorter,” Green said.

Forsyth Tech is working with regional VA offices and military facilities, along with reserve units, to help identify potential students.

“I’m excited to have an opportunity to learn something new and change career paths,” Reid said.

Forsyth Tech hopes to have the program fully integrated within the next academic year.

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Forsyth Tech Receives National Accreditation as Electrical Lineman Training and Education Facility http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-receives-national-accreditation-as-electrical-lineman-training-and-education-facility/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-receives-national-accreditation-as-electrical-lineman-training-and-education-facility/#comments Thu, 06 Mar 2014 14:42:59 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=13790 Pike Enterprises Partners with College to Provide NCCER-Credentialed Program

(Winston-Salem, NC) – Forsyth Tech has received accreditation from the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) in Florida designating the college as an Electrical Lineman Accredited Training and Education Facility, the only one in North Carolina.

Pike Enterprises will serve as industry sponsor for Forsyth Tech’s program and provide a master trainer as part of the certification agreement.

“We have worked hard over the past four years to build a high-quality electrical lineman training program to meet employer demands,” says Bill Adams, director of Occupational Extension in Forsyth Tech’s Economic & Workforce Development Division. “The NCCER designation validates our hard work and provides our students with a real plus—a national, industry-recognized credential they can leverage to their advantage when applying for jobs and in the workplace.”

Forsyth Tech’s electrical lineman training program, which is offered at the college’s center in King, has been using NCCER’s curriculum for the past year, according to Adams. In order to receive the national accreditation, the college had to add three instructional days to each of the five sessions offered throughout the year, extending each session to nine weeks and increasing the number of training hours per session from 264 to 288.

The training program is offered twice in the fall and spring and once in the summer and has a class maximum of 24 students per session. The college administers the program with the support of two full-time and six part-time instructors, all of whom are NCCER-Certified Instructors.

One of the benefits of the national certification is that the names of students who take and pass the test are automatically entered into a National Registry that employers across the country can access and immediately verify those who have passed.

“Many students in these classes are from Forsyth and Stokes counties,” Adams says. “But, the popularity of these classes is spreading around the region. We’re seeing students coming to us from as far away as Virginia and Tennessee. There are jobs for our students after they graduate, provided they are willing to relocate. Pike has hired about half of our grads since our training program began.”

“The Pike Company will always have a need for new employees who have had enough training in the industry to start a new career and who fully understand what’s expected of them in their future as a lineman,” said Donald Anderson, operations VP at Pike Electric, addressing the quality of Forsyth Tech’s training.

Forsyth Tech’s Electrical Lineman Training program is available to qualified state residents at no cost through the state’s Back to Work program. Back to Work is a short-term training program designed to train unemployed North Carolinians for employment and new careers.

The next nine-week Electrical Lineman Training session begins on March 17.

For more information, visit our Electrical Lineman page or call 336.734.7762.

About NCCER

NCCER is a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) education foundation created by the construction industry to develop standardized curriculum and assessments with industry-recognized, portable credentials and to help address the skilled construction workforce shortage. NCCER is recognized by the industry as the training, assessment, certification and career development standard for the construction and maintenance craft professional. For more information, visit www.nccer.org or contact NCCER customer service at 888.622.3720.

About Pike Corporation

Pike Corporation, formerly known as Pike Electric Corporation and headquartered in Mt. Airy, is a leading provider of construction and engineering services to over 300 investor-owned, municipal and cooperative utilities in the United States. Comprehensive services include facilities planning and siting, permitting, engineering, design, installation, maintenance and repair of electric and communication infrastructure. The company’s common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol PIKE. For more information, visit www.pike.com.

About Forsyth Tech

Forsyth Technical Community College offers associate degrees, diplomas and certificates in more than 200 programs of study. Forsyth Tech’s Economic & Workforce Development programs promote personal and professional development with non-credit courses and seminars and provide customized training for business and industry. Forsyth Tech serves more than 35,000 students with approximately 1,500 full and part-time faculty. For more information, visit www.forsythtech.edu.

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Caption: Forsyth Tech’s Electrical Lineman Training Program is offered at the Northwest Forsyth Center, 3111 Big Oaks Drive in King, NC.

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Forsyth Tech Joins National Initiative to Help Veterans Find Careers in Advanced Manufacturing http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-joins-national-initiative-to-help-veterans-find-careers-in-advanced-manufacturing/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-joins-national-initiative-to-help-veterans-find-careers-in-advanced-manufacturing/#comments Tue, 04 Mar 2014 17:35:41 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=13772 College among First 50 Schools to Partner with “Get Skills to Work”

(Winston-Salem, NC) – Forsyth Tech is among the first 50 colleges to join the Get Skills to Work Initiative, a partnership among The Manufacturing Institute, GE, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Alcoa, more than 500 manufacturing companies, non-profit organizations, and institutions of higher education to further expand accelerated training and certification opportunities for U.S. veterans in advanced manufacturing.

“The Manufacturing Institute is proud to partner with these outstanding schools that are committed to investing in veterans and workforce training that has a real impact in communities across the country,” said Jennifer McNelly, President, The Manufacturing Institute. “Working with educators and employers, we are creating real opportunities for transitioning service members to get the skills they need to access in-demand manufacturing careers.”

Tech welcomes this opportunity to assist those who have served our country as they transition into civilian careers,” said Forsyth Tech President Dr. Gary Green. “Get Skills to Work is a logical extension of our partnership with The Manufacturing Institute around manufacturing skills certification and addressing the manufacturing skills gap. This initiative dovetails nicely with the opening of our VetCenter, which welcomes veterans to campus and helps them pursue their career and life-long learning goals.”

At a time when the manufacturing industry has a well-documented skills gap, veterans represent an important pipeline of talented workers. Many veterans have training and experience that match up to manufacturing careers, in areas as diverse as welding, machining, logistics, and maintenance.

For those veterans requiring additional training and industry certifications to prepare for the civilian manufacturing workforce, accelerated postsecondary programs can bridge the gap for transitioning veterans. Expanding educational opportunities through Get Skills to Work is important to the manufacturers in the coalition. The schools prioritize veterans in their training programs, align programs to manufacturing industry certifications, and maximize opportunities for veterans to use their GI Bill and other benefits toward technical training.

For more information, visit The Manufacturing Institute.

About The Manufacturing Institute

The Manufacturing Institute (the Institute) is the 501(c)(3) affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers. As a non-partisan organization, the Institute is committed to delivering leading-edge information and services to the nation’s manufacturers. The Institute is the authority on the attraction, qualification and development of world-class manufacturing talent. For more information, please visit www.themanufacturinginstitute.org.

About Forsyth Tech

Forsyth Technical Community College offers associate degrees, diplomas and certificates in more than 200 programs of study. Forsyth Tech’s Economic & Workforce Development programs promote personal and professional development with non-credit courses and seminars and provide customized training for business and industry. Forsyth Tech serves more than 35,000 students with approximately 1,500 full and part-time faculty. For more information, visit www.forsythtech.edu.

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College officials adopt new student-transfer policy http://www.forsythtech.edu/college-officials-adopt-new-student-transfer-policy/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/college-officials-adopt-new-student-transfer-policy/#comments Fri, 21 Feb 2014 15:32:08 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=13666 RALEIGH — North Carolina’s far-ranging higher education system is expected to finalize a deal Friday that would eliminate red lights along the paths of students wishing to transfer.

The UNC Board of Governors and the State Board of Community Colleges are scheduled to sign an agreement easing the way for students to transfer between 58 community college and 16 public university campuses across North Carolina without losing class credits.

Officials at Forsyth Technical Community College and Winston-Salem State University said they were pleased with the agreement.

“It provides our students with a much higher level of transferability to our state’s public universities,” said Conley Winebarger, Forsyth Tech’s vice president for instructional services. “The new agreement guarantees that 43 foundational courses, in such disciplines as mathematics, natural sciences, English, humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and fine arts, will automatically transfer to all UNC campuses, which will save community college students time and money in pursuing their bachelor degrees.”

Carolynn Berry, WSSU’s associate provost, pointed to the new rules that guarantee every UNC campus will recognize any or all of 30 semester hours of courses completed with a C or better. WSSU has a similar policy, Berry said.

Credit transfer agreements have been updated periodically between the two systems for nearly two decades. Many of the state’s private colleges also accept community college credits under the same guidelines.

The current rules define a general education core of 44 community college credit hours — about three semesters of full-time study — that is fully transferable to UNC schools. Students who transferred before meeting that credit-hour mark with a C grade or better often weren’t allowed to count all their work toward the general education requirements of a bachelor’s degree. That meant taking a similar course again at the university level.

The revised agreement, taking effect with the next academic year in August, also better aligns course requirements in each system.

Cathy Sink, 40, of Thomasville, earned an associate degree in science from Davidson County Community College. But the way the two systems treated major requirements meant some of the courses Sink said she needed for her community college degree weren’t required for the bachelor’s degree in kinesiology she’s now pursuing at UNC-Greensboro.

Instead, the extra community college courses will hurt her because they’ll count toward a cap on course credits beyond which qualifying for financial aid is reduced, said Sink, who has been able to stay debt free.

“I will have to have a student loan to finish off my degree,” said Sink, a university senior and married mom who also works full time. Her career goals include providing physical therapy for cardiac or pulmonary patients.

About a quarter of UNC’s undergraduates transferred from some other school, according to the university system; about half of those transferring students — nearly 24,000 — came from a state community college.

“Most of our students do transfer before they earn the associate degree or the 44 hours,” said Scott Ralls, president of the country’s third-largest community college system. “That’s just kind of a way of life. They transfer when that opportunity gets there and our goal is to make sure when they do transfer they’re well on their way to completing that bachelor’s degree and the credits that they are taking are credits they know will transfer and they won’t have to repeat.”

School officials and state lawmakers alike have been pushing for this agreement, because duplicated courses mean both students and the colleges heavily supported by taxpayer money are wasting money. State legislators passed a law last June requiring every UNC campus to follow the transfer agreement fully and for it to be reviewed twice a year to make sure it’s up to date as courses change.

Journal reporter John Hinton contributed to this story.

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CEO: ‘There’s still a great deal of hope for Targacept’ http://www.forsythtech.edu/ceo-theres-still-a-great-deal-of-hope-for-targacept/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/ceo-theres-still-a-great-deal-of-hope-for-targacept/#comments Fri, 21 Feb 2014 15:07:29 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=13663 A profile presentation on Targacept Inc. provided Thursday – as designed – a stark picture of the risk-reward balance of biotechnology.

Dr. Stephen Hill, chief executive of the Winston-Salem biopharmaceutical company, was introduced to attendees of the SciTech lecture at Forsyth Technical Community College through a litany of Targacept’s financial and research challenges of the past three years.

The driving force: the failure of its most promising drug compound, TC-5214 for major depressive disorder, in four Phase 3 clinical trials in 2011-12. It was a drug compound that analysts said could have generated at least $1 billion in annual revenue if it had been successful.

The ripple effect included: the departure of Don deBethizy as chief executive; the reduction of its workforce by 91 employees, or 64 percent, to 43 employees; moving its headquarters from Wake Forest Innovation Quarter to another downtown facility; closing its local laboratory; and a sharp drop in its share price.

It was a humbling, but apropos, way to set the tone for Hill’s remarks.

Yet, Hill was upbeat throughout his PowerPoint presentation, including ending it with a slide that simply stated “Yes! We’re still here!”

Hill said his years in the biotech sector have taught him the value “of never giving up,” which was tested again after Targacept chose in December to exit from schizophrenia research after failing in a Phase 2b clinical trial.

“It’s an industry where almost everything fails, but we have to pick ourselves up and move on and stay motivated,” Hill said. “People can spend their whole career and never achieve a drug that reaches a patient.”

“It’s OK to be disappointed, but not shocked, by a study failure.”

As Hill clicked on the slide titled “So why bother?” he cited three “future epidemic” motivations for providing drugs that can at least offer patients a better quality of life, if not a cure, for diseases ranging from Alzheimer’s to bladder incontinence.

“One in 85 Americans will come down with Alzheimer’s,” Hill said. “Five million Americans have it now, with 500,000 under the age of 65. The cost of caring for Alzheimer’s patients exceeds $100 billion in the U.S. alone.

“Thirteen million Americans deal with incontinence, mainly female. It affects some people to the point they can’t work because they may be going to relieve themselves 13 times a day.”

Although Targacept has not posted a profitable quarter from its own revenue sources, it projects having at least $100 million in cash and investments on hand at year’s end, and enough cash resources to cover operating costs through at least the end of 2015.

He said the company is fortunate to have that level of resources given that most of the biotech companies that debuted when it did in 2000 have gone out of business.

“There’s still a great deal of hope for Targacept given that there are success stories out there of companies who struggled like we have and stuck it out until they came up with a drug success,” Hill said.

Given that level of success could be years down the road, Hill advised Forsyth Tech biotech students that while Targacept wants to hire “the best and the brightest,” they may have better job opportunities in the short run in the Boston and San Francisco sectors.

rcraver@wsjournal.com (336) 727-7376

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Forsyth Tech’s February SciTech Lecture Features Targacept President/CEO http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-techs-february-scitech-lecture-features-targacept-presidentceo/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-techs-february-scitech-lecture-features-targacept-presidentceo/#comments Mon, 17 Feb 2014 21:19:21 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=13643 Stephen Hill to Address the Risks and Rewards of Biotech

(Winston-Salem, NC) – Dr. Stephen A. Hill, president and Chief Executive Office of Targacept, will be the guest speaker at Forsyth Tech’s February SciTech lecture. Hill will address “Biotech: Risk and Reward” on Thursday, February 20 from 4 – 5 pm.

The lecture will held in the Oak Grove Auditorium on Forsyth Tech’s Main Campus, 2100 Silas Creek Parkway in Winston-Salem. (See directions below.)

The lecture is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested by calling 336.734.7205.

Hill joined Targacept in December 2012 bringing with him more than 20 years of industry experience to the role. Previously, he served as president and chief executive officer of the Belgian company, Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Inc., where he led an organization of more than 1,200 employees until its acquisition by Abbott Laboratories in 2010.

At the Massachusetts-based ArQule, Inc., he led a successful transition from a fee-for-service discovery chemistry model to an enterprise with a proprietary clinical-stage pipeline. Prior to ArQule, Hill held several leadership positions with F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd., including Global Head of Clinical Development.

He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and holds degrees in medicine and surgery from St. Catherine’s College at Oxford University.

Hill also serves as the non-executive chairman of Novelos Therapeutics, Inc. and Audeo Oncology and spent seven years with the National Health Service in the United Kingdom in general and orthopedic surgery.

Targacept, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the development of novel NNR Therapeutics™ for the treatment of various diseases and disorders of the nervous system. The company’s NNR Therapeutics selectively target neuronal nicotinic receptors, or NNRs, which are found on nerve cells throughout the nervous system and serve as key regulators of nervous system activity.

Oak Grove Center Directions/Parking: 

Stephen Hill’s lecture will be held in the Oak Grove Center Auditorium, 3rd floor, Room #3340 at 4:00 pm on Thursday, January 16.  Parking information can be found on the map of Forsyth Tech’s Main Campus & Oak Grove Center.  (Note: The visitor parking lot is in the front of Oak Grove Center, listed as “Lot 01″ on the map.  The other two parking lots listed are for overflow parking.)

About Forsyth Tech

Forsyth Technical Community College offers associate degrees, diplomas and certificates in more than 200 programs of study. Forsyth Tech’s Economic & Workforce Development programs promote personal and professional development with non-credit courses and seminars and provide customized training for business and industry. Forsyth Tech serves more than 35,000 students with approximately 1,500 full and part-time faculty. For more information, visit forsythtech.edu.   

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Dr. Stephen A. Hill, President and Chief Executive Officer, Targacept

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252 students receive GEDs, diplomas from Forsyth Tech http://www.forsythtech.edu/252-students-receive-geds-diplomas-from-forsyth-tech/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/252-students-receive-geds-diplomas-from-forsyth-tech/#comments Fri, 31 Jan 2014 16:32:22 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=13570 Michelle Ross and her mother, Brenda Green, smiled and laughed as they marched with fellow graduates into Wait Chapel on Thursday night to receive their GEDs.

Ross, who lives in Tobaccoville, said she juggled several jobs and raised her three children while earning her general-educational development diploma.

“It’s been 10 years, and it should have been done a long time ago,” Ross said. “I’m glad I did it.”

Ross and Green were among 252 students who received GEDs or high school diplomas from Forsyth Technical Community College during the ceremony at Wake Forest University.

About 1,600 people showed up to support the graduates.

Green, 45, of Winston-Salem said she easily managed her studies and maintained her home while she pursued her diploma.

“I found a way in my life to do it,” Green said, adding that she wants to get her associate’s degree from Forsyth Tech as well.

Ross, 28, said she will pursue a college education. She hopes to become a dental hygienist.

In total, 532 students completed the GED program between June 2013 and December 2013, college officials said.

Alan Murdock, the college’s vice president of economic and workforce development, told the graduates that they were the largest class of GED graduates in the school’s history.

“I look at these folks, and they have taken the next step,” Murdock said to the audience. “They are looking for more and better opportunities.”

In his keynote speech, Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines said that many of the graduates will attend a two-year or four-year college, and they would be the first ones in their families to do so.

“Tonight, your future looks so much brighter because of the work that you have done,” Joines said. “Think about what your future holds. As graduates, you are an inspiration to your family.”

Joines implored the graduates to continue making good decisions in their lives. He also urged them to stretch themselves and take chances in their careers.

“Be willing to take risks,” Joines said. “You can do anything that you want to do if you put your mind to it.”

Ian Coonen, 24, of Winston-Salem said he studied for his GED degree while he endured kidney dialysis.

“I had to get my health in order before I made this accomplishment,” Coonen said. “It was pretty difficult.”

Article by John Hinton/Winston-Salem Journal

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Forsyth Tech Graduates Largest GED® Class in College’s History Tonight http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-graduates-largest-ged-class-in-colleges-history-tonight/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-graduates-largest-ged-class-in-colleges-history-tonight/#comments Fri, 31 Jan 2014 15:09:00 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=13564 Mayor Allen Joines Is Graduation Speaker 

(Winston-Salem, NC) – Forsyth Tech will graduate its largest General Equivalency Diploma (GED®) class tonight, Thursday, January 30, at Wait Chapel on the campus of Wake Forest University, at 7:30 p.m.

Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines, an advocate for the development of an educated and skilled local workforce, will be the graduation speaker.

“Given today’s changes in the economic make-up of our economy, it is essential that individuals have at least a GED® to be competitive for the new knowledge-based jobs,” the Mayor said.

Of the 532 GED students who earned their diplomas between June and December 2013, 103 students passed the test in Spanish, 38 are graduating with honors, and six will receive scholarships of $650 each to transfer into the credit program on the college’s Main Campus.

Tonight, 241 of these GED® grads will participate in the ceremony, along with 11 Adult High School students who also earned their diploma.

“This is nearly twice the size of our average GED® graduating class,” says to Michael Harris, dean of Adult Literacy. “Given the radical changes to the GED® program that went into effect on January 1, 2014, we saw an influx of students in 2013 who wanted to take the test before the new standards were adopted.

“We worked very hard to help as many students as possible successfully complete their GED® in 2013, so they wouldn’t have to start the entire process over in 2014. We’re proud of what these students accomplished.”

More than 700 students completed their GED through Forsyth Tech in all of 2013, compared to a total of 400 students in an average year.

According to Harris, on January 2, 2014, the traditional five paper-based GED® tests were replaced by four new tests that are now given only by computer. The new tests are more rigorous

than the traditional tests, which were last updated in 2002. In addition, the cost increased from $35 to take all five of the traditional tests to $24 for each of the new tests. Students who did not complete their GED® by the end of 2013 will have to start over again under the new system in 2014.

About Forsyth Tech

Forsyth Technical Community College offers associate degrees, diplomas and certificates in more than 200 programs of study. Forsyth Tech’s Economic & Workforce Development programs promote personal and professional development with non-credit courses and seminars and provide customized training for business and industry. Forsyth Tech serves more than 35,000 students with approximately 1,500 full and part-time faculty. For more information, visit forsythtech.edu.   

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CAPTION: Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines addresses the May 2010 GED and Adult High School graduating class at Wait Chapel on the campus of Wake Forest University.

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Redefining the Community College Experience http://www.forsythtech.edu/redefining-the-community-college-experience/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/redefining-the-community-college-experience/#comments Thu, 05 Dec 2013 14:30:31 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=13305 The late 2000s, dominated as they were by the Great Recession, were years of unprecedented growth for the nation’s community colleges. Colleges that had traditionally focused on student access and opportunity shifted institutional attention to student success and completion of a degree or credential. With completion the goal, the multiple defined pathways that learners use to pursue their dreams increasingly define their college experience.

Students are coming to community colleges after traditional high school graduations, adult basic education, employer training, military service or previous four-year college and university attendance, and are pursuing skill certifications, associate degrees (and increasingly community college baccalaureate degrees) or, through transfer, four-year bachelor degrees.

Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, N.C., is an example of such an institution. Enrollment at Forsyth Tech grew 52 percent from 2006 to 2011.

In October 2013, the Forsyth Tech’s Board of Trustees revised its mission statement. The new mission statement is: “Forsyth Technical Community College provides students with flexible educational pathways to a competitive workforce for the community and global economy.” This new statement is a departure from the previous statement, which catalogued the programmatic areas of the college, and it reflects Board members commitment to students and economic and workforce development.

The mission still embraces the comprehensive community college concept. It is inclusive of all the ways students — in the broad sense of the learners served — come to Forsyth Tech and of all of the paths they take to their careers. It includes the pathways that may begin in K-12, with programs such Early College or Middle College, and it includes those students who will successfully transfer from articulated programs and courses to a four-year college or university (and in some cases, who pursue graduate and professional education) before becoming part of the workforce.

As so many of the career opportunities in the economy now require higher level skill — a trend likely to continue and intensify — diploma and associate degrees are increasingly important. Nationally-recognized, third-party certified credentials such as licensure for nurses and other clinical health technicians, the credentials of the Skill Certification System of the National Association of Manufacturers or the IT certifications of CompTIA and software vendors also have increasing value.

Student learning isn’t confined to classroom, shop, clinic or lab, and the pathways to completion must acknowledge that learners bring skills and knowledge from previous education and training, such as military training, and may want to move through the curriculum at their pace, acquiring the competencies and moving to the next learning opportunity when they are ready. Flexible pathways that include competency-based learning, experiential learning, and articulation of recognized, quality learning makes that possible.

We know from research of student success that students need direction and clearly defined pathways to reach their goals; the defined pathways must represent quality instruction and high standards of performance.

The mission of Forsyth Tech to provide those defined, yet flexible, educational pathways will guide the strategic direction of the College. Where obstacles are present, students may need help around them; where possible, the path needs to be straightened. I like the analogy in a recent television ad for a financial investment company, where a potential investor sees a green pathway to a secure financial future, and we hear of the company’s commitment to keep the investor on that path. That’s our goal: to keep our students on the pathways toward attaining their educational and career goals.

Follow Dr. Gary M. Green on Twitter: www.twitter.com/@gmgreen51

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FTCC Offers Free Training for Unemployed, Underemployed and Some Military Veterans http://www.forsythtech.edu/ftcc-offers-free-training-for-unemployed-underemployed-and-some-military-veterans/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/ftcc-offers-free-training-for-unemployed-underemployed-and-some-military-veterans/#comments Tue, 03 Dec 2013 20:09:02 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=13293 More than 100 residents in Forsyth and Stokes Counties will get free job-training. First they must qualify.

Forsyth Technical Community College is among 50 community colleges in North Carolina offering a free work training program called Back to Work. It provides free, short-term occupational training for adults 18 and older who are North Carolina residents, unemployed or under-employed. The fields include electronic health-records specialists, electrical linemen, facility-maintenance technicians and welders. Classes are 6 months or less and will begin next January and February.

Sharon Anderson is the Dean of Community and Economic Development.  She says this is the second year FTCC has offered this program. The goal is to enroll 175 students and they’ll have a partner during their training. “Each person will have a success coach,” explains Anderson. “It’s their job to make sure the person is enrolling in the job that’s appropriate for where they are.  To decide if they have any limitations or to help them research a career.”

According to Anderson, the North Carolina General Assembly has given more than $5 million dollars to fund Back to Work programs at 50 community colleges. FTCC is getting more than $173,000. The money covers the costs for books, tuition and certification. Students in FTCC’s program do pay a 5-dollar school fee.

FTCC’s Back to Work program debuted during the 2012-2013 school year. 138 out of 154 students completed the training. Anderson says some of the most successful students are older workers. “Their work ethic is very different from what we see in younger students who come to the training program,” says Anderson. “One of the comments from employers is we do a good job in training them but they’re still having problems getting to work on time, working with other people. So having older workers in those classrooms really helps set the tone for younger people who don’t have that same work ethic.”

This new grant also focuses on helping unemployed military veterans and members of the North Carolina National Guard. They will be trained in the fields of emergency medical technicians, firefighters, pharmacy assistants and certified nursing assistant.

Learn more at one of FTCC’s information sessions:

  • December 4    Winston-Salem Urban League at 201 West Fifth Street               10:00 a.m.
  • December 5     North West Forsyth Center at 3111 Big Oaks Drive                       10:00 a.m.
  • December 5     Stokes Center at 1165 Dodgetown Road in Walnut Cove               1:30 p.m.
  • January 15       Swisher Center at 1108 Swisher Center Road in Kernersville     11:00 a.m.
  • January 21       Stokes Center at 1165 Dodgetown Road in Walnut Cove               2:00 p.m.
  • January 29      Goodwill at 2701 University Parkway in Winston-Salem            10:00 a.m.
  • February 6      FTCC West Campus at 1300 Bolton Street in Winston-Salem    10:00 a.m.
  • February 12    North West Forsyth Center at 3111 Big Oaks Drive                       10:00 a.m.
  • February 26   Stokes Center at 1165 Dodgetown Road in Walnut Cove                2:00 p.m.

 

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Forsyth Tech Holds Information Sessions for Short-Term “Back to Work” Training Classes http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-holds-information-sessions-for-short-term-back-to-work-training-classes/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-holds-information-sessions-for-short-term-back-to-work-training-classes/#comments Wed, 27 Nov 2013 14:11:51 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=13210 Forsyth Tech Holds Information Sessions for
Short-Term “Back to Work” Training Classes

Tuition-Free Courses Target Unemployed,
Veterans, NC National Guard
 

(Winston-Salem, NC) – Forsyth Tech is holding a series of information sessions in December, January and February to present details about its Back to Work short-term training program designed to train unemployed North Carolinians for employment and new careers. Residents who qualify for the program, which is funded through a state grant, receive the training at no cost.

The information sessions are free and open to the public.

Forsyth Tech’s Back to Work program focuses on training qualified residents for in-demand jobs as electronic health records specialists, electrical linemen, facility maintenance technicians and welders.

Additional courses and training are available to unemployed veterans and NC National Guardsmen for positions as emergency medical technicians, firefighters and pharmacy assistants.

Many of the Back-to-Work classes will begin in January 2014. The remainder will start in February and March, based on program area.

Students who enter the Back to Work program receive job training and retraining, employability skills testing, academic advising, counseling and career coaching at no cost and

may be eligible to receive industry-recognized, third party credentials to increase their job placement opportunities upon successful course completion.

In addition, the program pays registration fees, books and certification costs for approved classes that can lead to jobs.

The Back to Work program at Forsyth Tech is open to all residents of North Carolina, regardless of the county in which they live.

Information Session Schedule and Locations

Residents who are interested in learning more about the Back to Work training courses that will be offered in 2014 are invited to attend one of the following 90-minute information sessions:

  • December 4, 10 am:               Winston-Salem Urban League
  • December 5, 10 am:               Forsyth Tech (Northwest Forsyth Center)
  • December 5, 1:30 pm:            Forsyth Tech (Stokes Center)
  • January 8, 10 am:                   Forsyth Tech (Northwest Forsyth Center)
  • January 15, 11 am:                 Forsyth Tech (Swisher Center)
  • January 21, 2:00 pm:              Forsyth Tech (Stokes Center)
  • January 29, 10 am:                 Goodwill (University Parkway)
  • February 6, 10 am:                 Forsyth Tech (West Campus)
  • February 12,10:00 am:           Forsyth Tech (Northwest Forsyth Center)
  • February 26, 2:00 pm:            Forsyth Tech (Stokes Center)

The addresses for each of the locations listed above are:

  • Winston-Salem Urban League: 201 West 5th St., Winston-Salem
  • Forsyth Tech Northwest Forsyth Center: 3111 Big Oaks Drive, King
  • Forsyth Tech Stokes Center: 1165 Dodgetown Rd. in Walnut Cove
  • Swisher Center: 1108 Swisher Center Rd., Kernersville
  • Goodwill: 2701 University Parkway, Winston-Salem
  • Forsyth Tech West Campus: 1300 Bolton St., Winston-Salem

Second Time Around

This is the second time Forsyth Tech has received state funding for the Back to Work initiative. In 2012-2013, 138 students out of an initial class of 154 completed the Back to Work training for a completion rate of 90%.

Forsyth Tech received the maximum grant available of $173,870 for the 2013-2014 funding year, money that was approved by the NC General Assembly for administration through the

North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS). The NCCCS distributed the total 2013-2014 grant of $5,874,104 among 49 of the state’s 58 community colleges. The current funding period ends on June 30, 2014.

Unlike the first Back to Work grant, which focused on individuals in Forsyth and Stokes counties who had exhausted their unemployment benefits, the new grant allows Forsyth Tech to fund anyone who is unemployed, underemployed or meets income guidelines, regardless of the county in which they live. In addition, the new grant places special focus on unemployed military veterans and members of the North Carolina National Guard.

Residents who have questions or would like additional information can call: in Forsyth County, 336.734.7630 and in Stokes County: 336.593.5402, ext. 1101 or visit www.forsythtech.edu and click on the Back to Work banner.

About Forsyth Tech

Forsyth Technical Community College offers associate degrees, diplomas and certificates in more than 200 programs of study. Forsyth Tech’s Economic & Workforce Development programs promote personal and professional development with non-credit courses and seminars and provide customized training for business and industry. Forsyth Tech serves more than 35,000 students with approximately 1,500 full and part-time faculty. For more information, visit forsythtech.edu.

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Forsyth Tech plans ‘Back to Work’ info sessions http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-plans-back-to-work-info-sessions/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-plans-back-to-work-info-sessions/#comments Wed, 27 Nov 2013 13:26:11 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=13207 Forsyth Technical Community College is planning several information sessions in December, January and February for its “Back to Work” programs.

Those classes are short-term training programs specifically designed for unemployed North Carolinians looking to move into in-demand careers such as electronic health records specialists, electrical linemen, facility maintenance technicians and welders. Residents who qualify for the programs receive the training at no cost through a state grant.

There are additional training opportunities specifically targeting unemployed veterans and N.C. National Guardsmen for positions such as emergency medical technicians, firefighters and pharmacy assistants. Many programs will start in January, with others getting underway in February and March.

Information sessions about the Back to Work programs last 90 minutes and are free and open to the public. Schedule information is online or available by calling (336) 734-7430, or (336) 593-5402 in Stokes County.

This is the second year Forsyth Tech received funding for its Back to Work program. In the 2012-13 school year, the college accepted 154 students into the program and 138 completed their training, for a completion rate around 90 percent. The first year of the grant required the school to focus on students from Forsyth and Stokes counties, but the current grant opens participation to residents of any North Carolina county.

Matt Evans covers technology, entrepreneurship, higher education and financial services. Contact him at (336) 370-2916.

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Forsyth Technical Community College Announces a Major Expansion Project Off Campus http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-technical-community-college-announces-a-major-expansion-project-off-campus/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-technical-community-college-announces-a-major-expansion-project-off-campus/#comments Fri, 08 Nov 2013 15:46:34 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=13077 Forsyth Technical Community College is building a $7 million Center for Emerging Technologies in downtown Winston-Salem. The center will be located in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter.

Gary Greene is the president of Forsyth Tech. He says the school is one of the fastest growing community colleges in the country. During the past seven years there, enrollment has doubled.

Green says the new center will serve more than 1,200 students annually.

It will fully house our small business center, and we serve over a thousand people there with individual one-on-one business counseling for people who want to start their own small businesses, as well as classes in entrepreneurship. We will also have a large laboratory facility that will have high-end equipment to support our biotechnology and nanotechnology programs.”

Green says that in an effort to support emerging companies throughout Forsyth and Stokes Counties, the college will relocate its office for facilities and corporate training to Innovation Quarter.

The former “90 series” R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company building is being renovated for the project.  Forsyth Tech’s new educational facility joins the recently announced Express YMCA as the second tenant planned for the site at Innovation Quarter.

Forsyth Tech will lease the facility from Wexford Science & Technology of Baltimore, the current owner of the building.  Green says the new center is needed to help support economic growth in the region.

“You will have Inmar, which is an exciting new information and technology company that is growing in our community. We will also be serving the needs of the life science industry that Wake Forest is bringing downtown to Innovation Quarter and the businesses that will spin out of that, companies like Carolina Liquid Chemistries that are located here,” says Green.

According to Green, the project is a community effort. Forsyth Tech recently finished its Momentum Capital Campaign to help raise money for the center. The total amount raised during the campaign was $13.7 million.

In addition, the college is receiving some state and county funding for the project.

The more than 23,000 square foot facility will open in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in October 2014.

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One of the Biggest Economic Development Projects in the Country is Taking Place in Winston-Salem http://www.forsythtech.edu/one-of-the-biggest-economic-development-projects-in-the-country-is-taking-place-in-winston-salem/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/one-of-the-biggest-economic-development-projects-in-the-country-is-taking-place-in-winston-salem/#comments Fri, 08 Nov 2013 15:42:29 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=13075 The area within the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in Winston-Salem will soon look like a town within the city.

In the early 1990’s, officials with Wake Forest University, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, and city and county officials began looking into the idea of creating a downtown research park in Winston-Salem.

The area was originally called the Piedmont Triad Research Park, but in March, the name was changed to Wake Forest Innovation Quarter.

Eric Tomlinson is President the Innovation Quarter. He says more than $500 million will be invested in the project by the end of 2014.

“When you add it all up together, by the end of 2014, we expect there to be about 2,800 people working in Innovation Quarter, compared to about 1,000 today. We expect there to be in addition about 2,200 accommodation units in and around this research park, so that means a town, a community suddenly is developing within downtown Winston-Salem,” says Tomlinson.

The downtown Research Park consists of three phases. The first one includes the re-purposing of the former R.J. Reynolds Tobacco buildings, also known as the “90 series”. Tomlinson says this project involves splitting the buildings into two sections.

“The northern half will be called 635@Vine and the southern will be called 525@ Vine. 635@ Vine will become the home for Inmar, who will be moving in starting in February of next year.  In the southern part of the 90’s buildings, now with the announcement that Forsyth Tech will move their Emerging Technology Center there and with the YMCA Express moving into 525@Vine, we are starting to get tenants committed to that space,” says Tomlinson.

The “90 series” buildings and land for the project were donated to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center by R.J. Reynolds. Wake Forest sold the properties to Wexford Science & Technology of Baltimore. Tomlinson say the private developer used tax credits for the reconstruction to bring the buildings online for about half of the renovation costs. The company is leasing the buildings to Wake Forest Baptist and other tenants.

Dr. John McConnell is the CEO of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. He explains how the hospital is using the site to help spur economic growth in the region.

“Right behind my left shoulder is the Dean building, which houses Dr. Atala’s world class Regenerative Medicine Institute. On the other side of Innovation Quarter in the old R.J Reynolds buildings. We have opened one new research building that houses biomedical engineering, microbiology, immunology and other research programs. We are constructing the next facility after that and our world class public health science division will be moving downtown along with our public science division,” says McConnell.

Phase two involves more than 40 acres of land. Wake Forest Baptist has partnered with city and county officials to build a flood retention pond on the site.

Tomlinson says they also are collaborating to help draw future businesses to the site. Another iconic building they are focusing on is the former Bailey Power Plant.

“We expect the Bailey Power Plant to be developed over the next few years as a mixed use facility with restaurants, cafes, exhibition space, perhaps even a grocery store. There is a fantastic opportunity to light up those chimney stacks, or even turn the chimney stacks into some sort of art feature,” says Tomlinson.

Phase three of the project is south of Business 40. The Center for Design and Innovation, which is currently housed in Winston-Tower, is building a new facility in the research park.

Tomlinson says Innovation Quarter will eventually become a destination, with a park and Greenway. The Greenway would link with the Salem Connector and Salem Lake.  Overall, Innovation Quarter has 140 developable acres. Tomlinson says only about one-sixth will be completed by the end of next year.

A new roadway opened a few weeks ago to give the public more access to the site. Graydon Pleasants oversees the real estate development for Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. He says the project is one of the biggest economic development projects taking place in the country.

“If you were a visitor to Winston-Salem five years ago, and you drove East on I-40 or West, and you looked North or South, what you see was an aging concrete plant spewing dust , and then you saw old distribution companies with an old industrial nature. If that same visitor rides by there by today, they see a brand new facility with a road and developable land and a totally different economy. It’s a new front door to Winston-Salem,” says Pleasants.

Pleasants says officials with Innovation Quarter expect to announce more tenants within the coming months.

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Manufacturing night to be held at Forsyth Tech Oct. 24 http://www.forsythtech.edu/manufacturing-night-to-be-held-at-forsyth-tech-oct-24/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/manufacturing-night-to-be-held-at-forsyth-tech-oct-24/#comments Wed, 23 Oct 2013 18:24:16 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=12894 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Information is key when searching for a career path.

Forsyth Tech is holding an event next Thursday to let people know about Manufacturing – as well as education and careers.

Manufacturing night is 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24.

The event will be held in the Ardmore Auditorium on the main campus of Forsyth Tech in Winston-Salem.

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Forsyth Tech Announces Manufacturing Night In Winston-Salem http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-announces-manufacturing-night-in-winston-salem/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-announces-manufacturing-night-in-winston-salem/#comments Wed, 23 Oct 2013 18:21:02 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=12892 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Forsyth Tech is hosting an information session focused on the manufacturing industry.

The event is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 24 from 6 – 7:30 pm in Ardmore Auditorium on the college’s Main Campus, 2100 Silas Creek Parkway in Winston-Salem.

This session is free and open to the public.

Faculty and staff from the college’s manufacturing programs will introduce current students, prospective students, high school students and their parents and those interested in the manufacturing sector to the numerous high-paying career opportunities that now exist in this thriving field as a result of evolving new technological advancements that have been merged with traditional manufacturing processes.

During the information session, the college is expected to unveil nearly $1 million in state-of-the art manufacturing equipment, installed this fall, to meet the highly-technical education and training needs for those looking to find manufacturing jobs in the Triad.

On hand will be representatives from local manufacturers who will set up booths and look forward to talking about the kinds of jobs available at their companies and the skills job seekers need to land those jobs. Companies participating in the manufacturing information session include Deere-Hitachi, Caterpillar, Siemens, Reynolds American, Inc., Weiland Copper, Winston Tool, TE Connectivity, among others.

For more information, call (336) 734-7529.

David Reeve

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New Forsyth Tech center will ramp up activity in Innovation Quarter http://www.forsythtech.edu/new-forsyth-tech-center-will-ramp-up-activity-in-innovation-quarter/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/new-forsyth-tech-center-will-ramp-up-activity-in-innovation-quarter/#comments Wed, 23 Oct 2013 18:19:30 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=12890 Forsyth Technical Community College’splanned Center for Emerging Technologiesis expected to ramp up the population of downtown Winston-Salem’s research park by 1,200 students annually when it opens in October 2014.

Forsyth Tech President Gary Green and Wake Forest Innovation Quarter PresidentEric Tomlinson will announce this afternoon that the $7 million, 23,900-square-foot facility will be located in the 525@Vine building, located next to both Wake Forest Biotech Place and the future headquarters of Inmar Inc. Forsyth Tech will lease the space for 10 years.

The Center for Emerging Technologies will serve multiple purposes for the college. It will add laboratory space for both the nanotechnology and biotechnology programs that are supported by Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC) and Winston-Salem-based BB&T Corp. (NYSE: BBT) respectively.

It will also house the R.J. Reynolds Corporate Training Center, which coordinates the various training programs the college runs for corporate clients, as well as the Southern Community Small Business Center to provide resources for entrepreneurs and offices for BioNetwork, the state’s biotech workforce initiative.

Green said the new labs for the biotech and nanotech programs will be in addition to the existing facilities the school already has for those growing programs.

“The programs will still be run out of the main campus, but students will be coming through that laboratory, carrying out academic assignments, conducting experiments and getting exposure to all the work going on at the park,” he said. “We want to give them that exposure because (the Innovation Quarter) is where many of them will end up working.”

Learning is a key component of Wake Forest’s vision for the Innovation Quarter along with living, working and playing, Tomlinson said. The Center for Design Innovation — a joint project of Forsyth Tech, UNC-School of the Arts and Winston-Salem State University — is under construction in the park’s Southern District, and Wake Forest Innovations also partners with WSSU on a career education program called SciTech in the park.

“It’s clearly a marvelous addition” to have hundreds of Forsyth Tech students studying at the park each semester, he said. “It helps develop that whole dimension of learning that we’ve wanted in the Innovation Quarter from the beginning.”

Green said Forsyth Tech is investing about $4.6 million in funds raised privately into the upfit of the leased space, while it will cost about $1.8 million to equip the facility and $3 million to lease it for 10 years. The state passed legislation during its recent session allowing the school to repurpose some of its capital budget for a lease, and Forsyth County is also helping fund operating costs that are expected to run about $135,000 in the first year.

The private funds were raised as part of Forsyth Tech’s Momentum Capital Campaign, which has now concluded having raised a total of $13.7 million.

Green said the school decided to lease space in the Northern District rather than construct a building of its own elsewhere in the park because of all the activity coalescing there now. In addition to the recently opened Biotech Place, retail technology company Inmar will soonrelocate 900 employees into new headquarter nearby and a number of innovative smaller companies such as Carolina Liquid Chemistries will be neighbors, Green said.

“We feel like this is where the energy is in the Quarter, so it made sense for us to be in this area as we refined our plans,” Green said.

Wake Forest didn’t have a preference as to Forsyth Tech leasing or building from scratch, Tomlinson said. The energy in the Northern District is obvious now, but he expects that momentum to spread.

The impending opening of Research Parkway will improve circulation around the park, and revised planning documents for the Central District and the CDI building to the south should spark additional interest from developers in those areas, he said.

“There’s a continuum of effort, it’s not like we’re starting in one area, finishing it, then starting another,” Tomlinson said.

Reporter-The Business Journal

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WFMY News 2 Partners With Local Organizations To Launch ‘Aviation Triad’ http://www.forsythtech.edu/wfmy-news-2-partners-with-local-organizations-to-launch-aviation-triad/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/wfmy-news-2-partners-with-local-organizations-to-launch-aviation-triad/#comments Fri, 16 Aug 2013 13:33:32 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=12313 GREENSBORO, N.C. — WFMY News 2 is partnering with local businesses and organizations to launch a marketing campaign to expand the aviation workforce in the Triad.

The initiative, Aviation Triad, unites the industry with community, civic and other aviation interests to highlight the growing aviation business.

“A robust aviation industry is growing in the Piedmont Triad,” said Penny Whiteheart, Executive Vice President of the Piedmont Triad Partnership. “There is great opportunity ahead as we build a workforce to match.”

Aviation Triad will communicate with different generations of Triad community members about opportunity and employment in aviation through digital and broadcast messages. More information will be available on aviationtriad.com when the website goes live August 28.

Aviation Thrives Here

WFMY News 2 produced a documentary about the future of the aviation industry in the Triad, “Aviation: Taking Off In The Triad,” which is scheduled to air at 7 p.m., August 28.

“Aviation is our region’s economic opportunity,” said Larry Audas, WFMY President and General Manager. “We are committed to advancing awareness of this exciting industry and working with our partners to help create a pipeline of qualified workers.”

Local community colleges, including Davidson County Community College, Forsyth Technical Community College, Guilford Technical Community College, Randolph Community College, and Rockingham Community College are preparing students for promising careers in the aviation and advanced manufacturing fields. Aviation Triad was developed and funded by these colleges, as well as The Cemala Foundation, The Greensboro Partnership, Piedmont Triad Partnership, Piedmont Triad Airport Authority, the cities of Greensboro, High Point, and Winston-Salem, TIMCO Aviation Services and WFMY News 2. Additional partners are expected to join Aviation Triad.

“Education will grow aviation employment and, ultimately, the regional economy. A trained workforce is the key,” said Kip Blakely, TIMCO’s Vice President of Industry and Government Relations. “When we rely on home grown talent, they’re more likely to stay with us and develop, and that’s what we’re looking for.”

Aviation Triad aims to create a sustaining support system for aviation and advanced manufacturing in the Triad.

For more information call Larry Audas at (336) 379-5700.

– www.digtriad.com

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Stokes Nursing Students Graduate http://www.forsythtech.edu/stokes-nursing-students-graduate/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/stokes-nursing-students-graduate/#comments Thu, 15 Aug 2013 15:47:54 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=12308 The class of 2013 Forsyth Technical Community College, Paul M Wiles School of Nursing, Stokes County Campus Practical Nursing Evening and Weekend program had a Pinning Ceremony on July 29 at Faith Missionary Alliance Church, located at 1078 Gumtree Rd. in Winston-Salem.

FTCC has 2 Practical Nursing Programs, one in Stokes County on the Early College campus and one held on FTCC’s Main Campus in Winston-Salem.

The instructor for the program is Denise McSweeney. Students enrolled in the Stokes County Campus Practical Nurse Evening and Weekend program are Crystal Adamcheck, Jennifer Eldridge Ames, Charmaine Austin, Amanda Bost, Jennifer Collins, Rita Dulin, Michelle Fulp Flinchum, Susan Elizabeth Hepler, Bonnie Hoskins, Kayla Huffman, Adriane McFadden-Lash, Brook Marsh, Jessica Robbins, Erika Steele, Mallory Pegram Thomas, and Emily Tunat.

The Stokes County program is held on night and weekends.. The lecture and lab classes are held at the Stokes County Campus and clinicals are at various locations, including Forsyth Hospital, Downtown Health Plaza, Salemtowne, Adult Daycare, Northside Dialysis, and the Simulation lab.

Congratulations to the Stokes County campus Practical Nursing Evening and Weekend program graduates.

The Stokes News

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Hagan’s jobs bill advances in Senate http://www.forsythtech.edu/hagans-jobs-bill-advances-in-senate/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/hagans-jobs-bill-advances-in-senate/#comments Wed, 07 Aug 2013 13:33:17 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=12187 A bill modeled after a Forsyth Technical Community College initiative is one stop closer to becoming a nationwide standard after advancing in the U.S. Senate.

The AMERICA Works Act, introduced earlier this year by a bipartisan coalition of three senators, including Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., passed through committee and has been rolled into the reauthorization of Workforce Investment Act. The jobs proposal could see a vote on the Senate floor when lawmakers return in September.

“I introduced (the AMERICA Works Act) after hearing from business owners across North Carolina,” Hagan said Monday. “They have open positions … but couldn’t find workers with the right skills to fill those jobs.”

The AMERICA Works Act would overhaul existing federal workforce training programs and establish a national credentialing system for advanced manufacturing skills. Hagan said the plan will help job seekers gain the skills needed for jobs that are available now. The other two co-sponsors were Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., and Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind.

The bill is part of the reauthorization proposal for the Workforce Investment Act, the primary federal program that supports workforce development activities, including job search assistance, career development and job training. Hagan said the reauthorization of WIA that’s being proposed this year is overdue. Originally passed in 1998, WIA expired in 2003.

“Families shouldn’t be struggling to put food on the table when employers are struggling to fill those jobs,” Hagan said. “Hopefully we can get (the bill) to the Senate floor, to the House and signed by the president.”

The program will use established industry-recognized standards from existing certification and credentialing programs to update curriculums of community colleges and job training centers. The goal is to get students enrolled in welding, machining, computer engineering and other advanced manufacturing programs to achieve national certification while earning their degrees.

The national certifications will help employers know what they’re getting from potential employees, said Kip Blakely, vice president of industry and government relations at Greensboro-based Timco. The aviation services company that specializes in aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul also manufactures aircraft seats and parts. Blakely said Timco is like many in the manufacturing sector struggling to finds qualified workers, despite the millions of Americans still out of work.

“This bill would take the frustrating guessing game out of the hiring decision,” Blakely said. “Young students, the unemployed and the underemployed who are trying to start a new career will have the same training … so we’ll know exactly what we’re getting in an employee.”

The AMERICA Works Act is modeled after programs at Forsyth Tech and several other community colleges that already steer students toward achieving nationally recognized certifications.

When Forsyth Tech moved toward this model, it did not add to its course offerings but instead reformed the curriculum for current courses to match standards required by national certification programs like those offered by the American Welding Society and National Institute for Metalworking Skills.

The certification standards are built into the curriculum for students in Forsyth Tech’s welding and computer integrated machining programs. Taking the test is an expected part of the program. Testing fees are built into course costs, and students spend class time preparing.

Because the AMERICA Works Act amends the existing Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, Trade Adjustment Assistance Act and Workforce Investment Act, Hagan said the new bill won’t add any new costs. Instead, it will restructure the way financing is distributed, giving priority to those programs that provide certification.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 12.3 million Americans are out of work. But a recent Manpower survey indicates that almost 50 percent of employers are having trouble filling their open jobs. In the manufacturing industry, 67 percent of manufacturers have a moderate to severe shortage of available and qualified workers. Recent data show manufacturing companies cannot fill as many as 600,000 skilled positions.

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Gardner-Webb offers program in two new locations http://www.forsythtech.edu/gardner-webb-offers-program-in-two-new-locations/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/gardner-webb-offers-program-in-two-new-locations/#comments Mon, 29 Jul 2013 12:53:26 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=12107 Gardner-Webb University’s Greater Opportunities for Adult Learners program announced two new educational partnerships with Forsyth Technical Community College and Catawba Valley Community College.

The program, which allows students working full-time jobs to pursue a bachelor’s degree, will now hold classes on Forsyth Tech’s west campus and Catawba Valley’s east campus in the school’s Higher Education Center.

“The two new locations allow these adult students to continue their educations in a convenient and collegiate environment,” Bobbie Cox, associate vice president of GWU’s College of Adult Education and Distance Learning within the GOAL program, said.

“These higher-education partnerships are very important to the completion of the bachelor’s degree.”

GOAL, which has been operating for more than 25 years, was taught out of a satellite location in an office building in downtown Winston-Salem for the past eight years, Cox said.

She said she hopes having a GOAL center on Forsyth Tech’s main campus will make it easy for students to earn a four-year degree.

“Community college offers the first two years. We allow them to finish what they started and finish the last two years; that’s what makes it such a great partnership,” she said.

Gary Green, the president of Forsyth Tech, agreed with Cox.

“Many Forsyth Tech alumni and a number of employees have found that the GOAL program meets their needs as adult, working learners,” Green said in a statement.

“The GOAL program extends the pathway to success that began for these students at the community college.”

The GOAL program offers courses on weekday evenings and some weekends; certain majors are also offered online. In addition to the GWU campus, the GOAL program is taught in 16 centers in the following locations: Burke, Gaston, Montgomery, Richmond, Surry and Wilkes counties; Isothermal Community College; Mayland Community College; and Charlotte, Hickory, Statesville and Winston-Salem.

GOAL classes begin Aug. 9.

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Local community colleges talk trends in enrollment, marketing http://www.forsythtech.edu/local-community-colleges-talk-trends-in-enrollment-marketing/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/local-community-colleges-talk-trends-in-enrollment-marketing/#comments Mon, 29 Jul 2013 12:50:49 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=12105 Strips of caution tape cover a manhole at the bottom of an escalator in Hanes Mall, but there’s no need for shoppers to be alarmed. Upon closer inspection, the “manhole” is actually just a graphic sticker, part of Forsyth Technical Community College’s creative advertising campaign to help increase enrollment at the school.

“Don’t fall into debt,” the graphic reads. “Get an affordable education at Forsyth Tech.”

The floor graphics at Hanes Mall are a part of the school’s recent campaign featuring a variety of ads using different media, all with the goal of increasing enrollment.

Forsyth Tech’s enrollment has increased. It had 13,904 full- and part-time students in the 2011-12 school year, about 22 percent more than in 2008-09.

The new campaign also is meant to make students more aware of what the college has to offer, admissions director Jean Groome said.

“We’ve seen a huge explosion at Forsyth Tech over the last eight years,” Groome said. “We’re just trying to reach the people who need us and trying to serve them best.”

She said registrations for this fall are up by about 500 from last year because of new, mandatory student orientations to help students become more prepared before the fall and to preregister for classes.

“We’re encouraging people to come and get that done so they don’t have to wait in long lines on open-registration days,” Groome said.

Growth at another area community college, Guilford Tech, has been increasing as well, said Stephanie Wright, the director of institutional research, effectiveness and reaffirmation at Guilford Tech.

Full- and part-time enrollment increased by 28 percent from 2008-09 to 2011-12. During the 2011-12 school year, 19,938 students were enrolled at Guilford Tech. The school has campuses in Jamestown, Greensboro and High Point; an Aviation Campus and Center in Greensboro; a Small Business Center in Greensboro; and is in the process of building two additional facilities.

“We have robust enrollments and expect to continue to grow,” said Quentin Johnson, Guilford Tech’s vice president of student support services.

Forsyth Tech’s Groome said that despite being one of the top five community colleges in North Carolina in terms of size, it — and community colleges in general — are highly dependent on the economy.

“When the economy starts getting bad or has problems, we tend to see enrollment go up because people realize they may need retraining and upgrading of their skills,” she said.

She said Forsyth Tech tries to train people in fields where workers are needed, such as in manufacturing.

“We try to be really receptive to the needs of the community. With Caterpillar coming, we’ve done a lot of training to help prepare the workers for the manufacturing jobs with Caterpillar,” she said.

Groome also highlighted certain programs that are considered areas of growth for the college.

“We have largest number of Allied Health nursing programs in the state here. Our technical programs have grown enormously, like air conditioning and heating and welding; also, our digital effects and animation programs,” she said.

“I think we’ve seen an even growth with both people planning on continuing on to a four-year school and those continuing on to a job.”

Enrollment trends at Guilford Tech can also be attributed to the economy, Wright said.

“Over the past several years everybody has had growth, which is largely explained by people retooling for jobs or needing an affordable alternative to four-year schools,” she said. “Now that the economy is improving, we expect to see that level off somewhat.”

Wright identified Guilford Tech’s aviation programs as one area that is likely to grow significantly. The college recently received a Cemala grant for $932,500 to expand aviation programs beginning this fall. Guilford Tech is also a National Aviation Consortium grantee, which she said will also expand aviation programs.

Johnson said another expected area of growth is an engineering program that Guilford Tech just began in collaboration with N.C. A&T State University. The program will allow eligible students to be admitted to both schools though one application.

“Students would come to Guilford Tech the first two years and earn an associate’s degree, and then they will be already admitted into N.C. A&T for their engineering program,” Johnson said.

Stan Turbeville, Guilford Tech’s director of marketing and public information, said the college has a multifaceted marketing approach including traditional methods, such as print, radio and television ads, as well as some nontraditional advertising online and through social media. He said Guilford Tech has ads running in all local Guilford County movie theaters through a deal with National CineMedia.

“We specify types of media depending on who we’re trying to attract, like movies cover everyone, but print is generally baby boomers and millennials,” Turbeville said.

“Social media is more for the younger generation, but it just depends on what market we’re trying to capture at the time,” he said.

Turbeville said that in addition to targeting high school students and adults, Guilford Tech also specifically advertises to attract members or former members of the military.

“We’ve been noted as a military-friendly school, so we have print ads in military publications. We have a VA benefits department that’s staffed just to assist military personal and help with their benefits to come back to school,” he said.

Forsyth Tech’s most recent advertising campaign is also multifaceted and targets prospective students of all ages. Groome said a lot of the college’s current marketing uses technology that might appeal more to a younger audience. That includes Twitter-style messages on a digital billboard, and geotargeting mobile-device users in Forsyth and Stokes counties.

Groome said she feels there are aspects of the campaign that can resonate with people of all ages.

“Our marketing strategy includes humor and everybody gets humor, everybody needs to smile,” she said. “Hopefully the ads will be catchy and make people smile a little bit and they’ll go, ‘Oh yeah, education can be fun,’ and come in with a better attitude about it.”

Groome said she hopes the ads show community members how Forsyth Tech can help them.

“I hope that we just continue to be here for the people who need us,” she said.

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New Marketing Strategies for Fall 2013 http://www.forsythtech.edu/new-marketing-strategies-for-fall-2013/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/new-marketing-strategies-for-fall-2013/#comments Mon, 08 Jul 2013 13:52:30 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=11903 Forsyth Tech Uses Humor, Technology, and Internal Talent to Recruit New Students for Fall 2013 

Innovative Floor Graphics Campaign at Hanes Mall Turns Heads 

(Winston-Salem, NC) – Forsyth Tech’s fall recruitment push is underway, and this year, the college is using humor, technology and internal talent to draw new students to its Forsyth and Stokes county locations.

This week, the college launched a new, comprehensive marketing campaign designed to reach target audiences with messages about convenience, cost-effectiveness, and educational and job opportunities. The campaign features lively TV spots, the first for the college in many years, as well as other pieces designed to reach both mass and highly targeted audiences. These include:

  • An innovative floor graphics campaign at Hanes Mall that uses strategically placed “intrusive” messaging—and humor—in 10 high-traffic public areas throughout the mall. The graphics are designed to remind shoppers, mall walkers and mall workers of the advantages of a Forsyth Tech education.
    • Shoppers stepping off “down” escalators will be greeted with an image of a large, dark hole covered by caution tape and the message: “Don’t fall into debt.” The graphic goes on to tout the affordability of a college degree at Forsyth Tech.
    • Other affordability messages, located near ATMs and vending machines, urge mall visitors to “Be smart with your money” by choosing Forsyth Tech.
    • Specific programs are also advertised, including massage therapy (“Learn to rub people the right way”) and computer-integrated machining (“Get your career in gear.”)
  • A radio campaign featuring voice talent currently enrolled in Forsyth Tech’s Radio and TV Broadcast Production program. The female and male voice talents used in the spots are national gold and silver medal winners in the annual Skills USA competition. The students also sound-engineered and edited their own spots to give them real-world experience and material for their audition tapes and portfolios.

 

  • A digital billboard on Business 40 around Stratford Rd. that carries Twitter-style messages targeting younger audiences and conveys a sense of urgency about enrolling at Forsyth Tech.
    • One of the messages, designed in a Twitter-like format, reads:
      “OMG! Registration is July 17-18.”
  • A mobile advertising campaign that geotargets mobile device users in Forsyth and Stokes counties. The ads, sized for seven different types of devices, use both Twitter-style messages and concepts similar to the college’s very popular billboard campaign. The goal is to inspire prospective students to consider enrolling at Forsyth Tech.
    • One of the mobile ads states, “This may look like another mobile ad, but it could change your life. Find out more.” The ad leads mobile users to Forsyth Tech’s website where they can learn more about what the college has to offer.

“We’re using intriguing strategies this year to reach the community in new, engaging and even fun ways,” says Mamie Sutphin, vice president for Institutional Advancement. “We are tapping technology to reach younger audiences and utilizing public venues that attract broader audiences to promote the benefits of Forsyth Tech educational and career training opportunities.”

Forsyth Tech’s walk-in registration dates for fall 2013 are July 17-18 and August 14-15.

Here are a few of the new floor graphics installed at Hanes Mall to advertise Forsyth Tech.

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BizLaunch 2013 Winston-Salem http://www.forsythtech.edu/bizlaunch-2013-winston-salem/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/bizlaunch-2013-winston-salem/#comments Sun, 07 Jul 2013 18:05:04 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=11916 Read this .PDF flyer about the 2013 Winston-Salem BizLaunch.

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BizLaunch 2013 Kernersville http://www.forsythtech.edu/bizlaunch-2013-kernersville/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/bizlaunch-2013-kernersville/#comments Sun, 07 Jul 2013 18:03:39 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=11914 Read this .PDF flyer about the 2013 Kernersville BizLaunch.

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Forsyth Tech Bioscience Learning On-Demand http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-bioscience-learning-on-demand/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-bioscience-learning-on-demand/#comments Mon, 01 Jul 2013 12:19:26 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=11833 Forsyth Tech Piloting Learning On-Demand Model In

Fall Bioscience Classes

Format Designed to Reduce Barriers and Increase Convenience for Students

 

(Winston-Salem, NC) – This fall, Forsyth Tech will introduce a unique, custom-designed Learning On-Demand (LOD) format into its biosciences courses that will allow students to participate in academic and lab instruction as their schedules allow.

The LOD concept features two components: expertly designed online learning tools and a state-of-the-art Science Skills Learning Laboratory (SSLL) that will be open for extended hours.

This model is the brainchild of Michael V. Ayers, dean of Math, Science and Technologies at Forsyth Tech, an experienced biology instructor.

“The new format is a major improvement over traditional hybrid courses that lock students into specific days and times to work in the laboratory,” Ayers states. “It is much more effective than offering strictly online courses that deny students access to scientific equipment used in modern laboratories. This format will open new doors for many science students. It provides a new way for delivering lab instruction.”

Each course will have online learning components that students can access wherever they have internet access. The online components are designed by faculty experts and a team of instructional designers who have incorporated into the model advanced learning technologies and practical applications of adult learning theories.

“Once students have mastered concepts using the online materials, they will be ready to visit the SSLL to complete hands-on activities and assessments,” Ayers adds.

The coursework requires that students spend approximately three hours a week on laboratory activities and assessments, according to Ayers. Lab times are flexible and will often be available on a drop-in basis to accommodate students whose schedules change from week to week.

The SSLL, located in the Technology Building on the college’s Main Campus, will be open and fully staffed from 7 am – 10 pm, Monday through Thursday, and from 7 am – 5 pm on Friday during the fall and spring semesters. Instructors will be on hand to assist students in completing the laboratory requirements of their coursework and administer assessments.

Forsyth Tech is piloting this LOD model in its fall 2013 and spring 2014 biology, chemistry and biotechnology courses.

“I believe this model will be so successful that it will become the norm in bioscience education,” says Ayers.

The SSLL, instructional design team, and laboratory staff are being funded by a $15 million U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) grant that Forsyth Tech was awarded last October to lead a national effort to develop and expand workforce training across the $100 billion biosciences industry.

Forsyth Tech and the National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce, a BioNetwork Center, are implementing the three-year $15 million grant through the DOL’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training (TAACCCT) program.

The TAACCCT grant has established the Community College Consortium for Biosciences Credentials, a national partnership consisting of:

  • 12 community colleges from across the nation, including Forsyth Tech, the Consortium Leader
  • National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education’s BIO-LINK center
  • National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education’s North East Biomanufacturing Consortium
  • BioNetwork
  • Major industry employers

Workforce boards and organizations from around the country

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Bioscience education: Forsyth Tech takes another step into the future http://www.forsythtech.edu/bioscience-education-forsyth-tech-takes-another-step-into-the-future/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/bioscience-education-forsyth-tech-takes-another-step-into-the-future/#comments Mon, 24 Jun 2013 19:20:43 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=11341 Read this Winston-Salem Journal article about Forsyth Tech’s Bioscience education.

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SACS reaffirms Forsyth Tech’s accreditation http://www.forsythtech.edu/sacs-reaffirms-forsyth-techs-accreditation/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/sacs-reaffirms-forsyth-techs-accreditation/#comments Mon, 24 Jun 2013 19:18:00 +0000 http://www.forsythtech.edu/?p=11339 Read this Business Journal article about Forsyth Tech’s renewed accreditation.

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Forsyth Tech Wins Federal Grant to Train Bioscience Instructors at Community Colleges http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-wins-federal-grant-to-train-bioscience-instructors-at-community-colleges/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-wins-federal-grant-to-train-bioscience-instructors-at-community-colleges/#comments Fri, 07 Jun 2013 18:56:12 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=9345 (Winston-Salem, NC) – Forsyth Tech has been awarded a $490,568 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a three-year professional development initiative to improve the quality and relevance of community college bioscience education.

The Bioscience Industry Fellowship Project (BIFP) will recruit 12 instructors for four-week summer sessions each in 2014 and 2015 to help them contextualize learning by providing real-world exposure through hands-on externships in bioscience industry/organizational settings.

Applicants will be drawn from community colleges in North Carolina and surrounding states, as well as colleges associated with Forsyth Tech through its U.S. Department of Labor-funded Community College Consortium for Bioscience Credentials.

Fellowships will start with six days of laboratory “boot camp” to familiarize participants with equipment and practices common to the bioscience industry facilities where they will spend their hands-on “externships” for the majority of the summer program. Externships will be based in the Piedmont Triad.

The third year of the grant will focus on creating a mechanism for planning and implementing the fellowship program at other institutions across the United States.

Russ Read, Executive Director of the National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce based at Forsyth Tech, is Principle Investigator on the NSF grant. Alan Beard, Chairman of the Biotechnology Department at Forsyth Tech, will be one of three biotechnology mentors for the BIFP. They will be joined on the project by colleagues from Alamance Community College and Rowan Cabarrus Community College which, like Forsyth Tech, are part of N.C. BioNetwork.

The grant is the first awarded to Forsyth Tech by the NSF, an independent agency with a $7 billion budget that funds about 20 percent of all federally supported basic research at colleges and universities in America.

Forsyth Tech’s grant is effective January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2016.

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Spring 2013 President’s and Dean’s Lists http://www.forsythtech.edu/spring-2013-presidents-and-deans-lists/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/spring-2013-presidents-and-deans-lists/#comments Thu, 30 May 2013 19:28:49 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=8456 The Spring 2013 President’s and Dean’s Lists are now available online.

For a full list of names, please navigate to this page.

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Forsyth Tech to Offer Overnight Welding Classes http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-to-offer-overnight-welding-classes/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-to-offer-overnight-welding-classes/#comments Tue, 21 May 2013 13:35:07 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=7531 Read this Fox 8 article about Forsyth Tech’s overnight welding classes.

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Middle College Students Win Essay Contest! http://www.forsythtech.edu/middle-college-students-win-essay-contest/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/middle-college-students-win-essay-contest/#comments Wed, 15 May 2013 18:46:02 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=7158 Middle College of Forsyth had two winners in the Winston-Salem Centennial essay contest.

Junior Jessica Hill won for the overall High School division and senior Lajacia Lyles won in the 12th grade category. Jessica will be honored as part of the Winston-Salem Centennial celebration on May 9.

Congrats to these well-deserving students!

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Early College of Forsyth Senior Brittany Devasure wins BIG! http://www.forsythtech.edu/early-college-of-forsyth-senior-brittany-devasure-wins-big/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/early-college-of-forsyth-senior-brittany-devasure-wins-big/#comments Wed, 15 May 2013 18:44:42 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=7156 Congrats to Early College of Forsyth senior, Brittany Devasure, who won a scholarship contest for Project Yellow Light, a national campaign that promotes safe driving habits for teens. Brittany won first place in the high school category; in addition to receiving the scholarship, her video will become an Ad Council PSA distributed nationally. Brittany will fly to DC to meet with the Secretary of Transportation next week and will return in time to receive her Associate of Arts. Brittany will attend Appalachian State University in the fall, where she has earned a full scholarship. If you would like to learn more about Project Yellow Light, visit this link: http://www.projectyellowlight.com/.

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Forsyth Tech and SECCA Team up for Art Project http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-and-secca-team-up-for-art-project/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-and-secca-team-up-for-art-project/#comments Wed, 15 May 2013 18:41:29 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=7153 Read this Camel City Dispatch article about Forsyth Tech and SECCA teaming.

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Stokes Early College Graduates First Class http://www.forsythtech.edu/stokes-early-college-graduates-first-class/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/stokes-early-college-graduates-first-class/#comments Wed, 15 May 2013 18:36:51 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=7148 Read this Stokes News article about the first graduating Early College class.

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Largest Graduating Class In Forsyth Tech History http://www.forsythtech.edu/largest-graduating-class-in-forsyth-tech-history/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/largest-graduating-class-in-forsyth-tech-history/#comments Wed, 15 May 2013 18:32:04 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=7144 Read the Winston-Salem Journal’s article on the largest graduating class in Forsyth Tech’s history.

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Forsyth Tech holding annual Cardboard Regatta http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-holding-annual-cardboard-regatta/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-holding-annual-cardboard-regatta/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 13:32:56 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3267 Read the full article at the following link:

http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/article_84798026-ad24-11e2-b7e2-0019bb30f31a.html

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Forsyth Tech Awarded $825,000 Golden LEAF Foundation Grant http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-awarded-825000-golden-leaf-foundation-grant/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-awarded-825000-golden-leaf-foundation-grant/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 13:27:02 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3258 College Will Lead Regional Effort to Expand Training in Computer Integrated Machining

(Winston-Salem, NC) – Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem has been awarded a $825,000 Golden LEAF Foundation grant to lead a regional consortium of community colleges to expand the National Association of Manufacturers’ Endorsed Skills Certification Program in Computer Integrated Machining.

The regional partnership includes Forsyth Tech, the consortium leader, as well as Guilford Tech, Randolph and Rockingham Community Colleges and the Davie Campus of Davidson County Community College.

The grant will enable the five colleges to coordinate training for jobs in computer-controlled machining; promote adoption of industry-recognized, third-party credentials; and build career pathways to attract high school students and others into advanced manufacturing. The grant includes money for new equipment at each college, instructional support and supplies, credentialing costs, and professional development.

David M. Powell, president and CEO of the Piedmont Triad Partnership, applauded Forsyth Tech’s leadership in proposing a coordinated, regional approach to building a workforce trained in both the technical competencies and “soft” skills that manufacturers need to thrive.

“A skilled workforce is a key factor in the economic development strategy for the Piedmont Triad, and a strong manufacturing base is fundamental to economic success,” he said. “The coordinated, systematic,

sustainable approach to mid-skills training envisioned will make the region even more competitive in recruiting new investment and landing new jobs.”

Forsyth Tech’s award is one of nine totaling $5,723,130 that the Golden LEAF Board of Directors has awarded through its Mid-Skills Workforce Training Initiative to help 14 community colleges deliver hands-on training in skill areas that are in demand by North Carolina companies. These projects will serve 25 counties across the state and target more than 3,580 employment opportunities identified by industry over a two- to three-year period.

“The Mid-Skills Initiative will help address several issues with manufacturing employment in the state,” William Clarke, Golden LEAF board chair, said in a news release. “The grants awarded will provide citizens from tobacco-dependent, economically distressed and rural communities with access to skills training for high wage jobs, connect the state’s industries with the skilled workers they need, and upgrade the capacity of our training institutions.”

A key element of Forsyth Tech’s grant will be to work with regional employers to promote the adoption of credentials that reflect the demonstrated competencies that manufacturers seek in their hiring process. Forsyth Tech is a leader in this area, having been one of four national pilots for a skills certification system endorsed by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). The College is also part of NAM’s Manufacturers Endorsed Education Alliance.

“Acquiring these credentials will increase workforce opportunities for students and improve the hiring process for manufacturers across our region,” said Dr. Gary M. Green, Forsyth Tech’s president. “With our community college partners, we recognize the important role we all have in providing employers with an educated work force.”

Golden LEAF funds will cover the cost of credentials testing for students who complete courses in computer-numeric controlled (CNC) machining. Credentials demonstrate competencies in specific areas, such as measurement, materials and safety; job planning, benchwork and safety; milling; turning; and programming setup and operations. These credentials reflect some of the competencies that regional employers are seeking when hiring.

Project activities will include promoting the value of third party certifications to manufacturers, aligning curricula with third party certifications, promoting community college programs as a gateway to manufacturing careers, offering a fast-track training option that manufacturers say will address a regional shortage of workers with machining skills; enhancing the certificate, diploma and associate degree programs in place at community colleges; and offering computer-integrated machining to more high school students in the Piedmont Triad.

In addition to the five community colleges, key partners in the 2½-year project include public school systems, workforce agencies, businesses and the Piedmont Triad Partnership.

ABOUT FORSYTH TECH:

Forsyth Technical Community College offers associate degrees, diplomas and certificates in more than 200 programs of study. Forsyth Tech’s Economic & Workforce Development programs promote personal and professional development with non-credit courses and seminars and provide customized training for business and industry. Forsyth Tech serves more than 50,000 students with approximately 1,150 full and part-time faculty.

ABOUT THE GOLDEN LEAF FOUNDATION:

The Golden LEAF Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1999 to help transform North Carolina’s economy. The foundation receives one-half of North Carolina’s funds from the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement with cigarette manufacturers and places special emphasis on assisting tobacco-dependent, economically distressed and/or rural communities across the state. The Golden LEAF Foundation works in partnership with governmental entities, educational institutions, economic development organizations and nonprofits to achieve its mission. The foundation has awarded 1,152 grants worth over $508 million since its inception. To learn more about applying for a grant, visit www.goldenleaf.org or call (888) 684-8404.

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UNC-TV’s Profile on Forsyth Tech http://www.forsythtech.edu/unc-tvs-profile-on-forsyth-tech/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/unc-tvs-profile-on-forsyth-tech/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 13:26:24 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3256 UNC-TV

December 7, 2012

As part of the NC Community College System’s 50th anniversary year, UNC-TV is airing profiles of each of the state’s 58 community colleges every week on its nightly show, North Carolina Now. Forsyth Tech’s profile aired Wed., Nov. 21 at 7:30 pm and was the lead story that night.

View Forsyth Tech’s profile here: http://video.unctv.org/video/2308083254

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Ojo’s Road to M.D. Began at Forsyth Tech http://www.forsythtech.edu/ojos-road-to-m-d-began-at-forsyth-tech/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/ojos-road-to-m-d-began-at-forsyth-tech/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 13:25:40 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3254 Winston-Salem Chronicle

November 21, 2012

Dr. Adesanmi Abel Ojo returned to Forsyth Tech last week, telling students how the path that led him to a career in medicine began at Forsyth Tech.

Ojo dreamed of being a doctor since his childhood in his native Nigeria. In 2002 when his family moved to Forsyth County, he began the journey to achieving this dream. He drove by Forsyth Tech by chance and ended up enrolling at the school. He earned an associate degree in biology. After graduating from Forsyth Tech, he transferred to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he earned a BS degree in 2006. He just became a medical doctor after graduating from the medical college at the American University of Antigua. The school is located in St. John’s on the Caribbean islands of Antigua and Barbuda.

Ojo said the lower cost of taking courses at a community college is a great advantage, especially for medical students, who rack up a lot of debt by the time they become doctors. Ojo also believes that the education offered at Forsyth Tech is just as good as the instruction at four-year colleges and universities. He added that the smaller classes at Forsyth Tech allowed for more on-one-one time with instructors and easier access to the school’s Learning Center, where he served as a biology and chemistry tutor.

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New Department of Labor Initiative Focuses on Workforce Development http://www.forsythtech.edu/new-department-of-labor-initiative-focuses-on-workforce-development/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/new-department-of-labor-initiative-focuses-on-workforce-development/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 13:25:14 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3252 November 19, 2012

Diverse Issues in Higher Education

The U.S. Department of Labor, in conjunction with the Department of Education, has recently awarded 54 grants to 297 schools across the U.S., District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to increase workplace development programs in community colleges around the country, thanks to a provision in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act signed by President Obama in 2010. The initiative — the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training (TAACCCT) program — awards grants for training programs to enable schools to meet the needs of local industries in an ongoing effort to develop a stronger national workforce.

In North Carolina, Forsyth Tech has received a TAACCCT grant of just under $15 million. The North Carolina Consortium to which Forsyth Tech belongs consists of 12 colleges that have begun looking across the country for best practices to bring back to North Carolina. Forsyth Tech, which focuses on biotechnology, will pilot a modular learning lab where assessments will be conducted and duplicated nationally. Students will develop core skills in bioscience, working with industry partners, producing industry-recognized skill sets and obtaining “industry-recognized” credentials.

Read more: http://diverseeducation.com/article/49585/

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UNC-TV to Feature Profile on Forsyth Tech on Wed., Nov. 21 at 7:30 pm http://www.forsythtech.edu/unc-tv-to-feature-profile-on-forsyth-tech-on-wed-nov-21-at-730-pm/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/unc-tv-to-feature-profile-on-forsyth-tech-on-wed-nov-21-at-730-pm/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 13:24:57 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3250 As part of the NC Community College System’s 50th anniversary year, UNC-TV is airing profiles of each of the state’s 58 community college’s every week on its nightly show, North Carolina Now. Forsyth Tech’s profile will air Wed., Nov. 21 at 7:30 pm (closer to 7:45 pm during the second half of the show), which is Thanksgiving “Eve.”

The channel for UNC-TV will depend on the service provider. Viewers can find the UNC-TV channel in their area by going to  http://www.unctv.org/content/whats_on and typing in their zip code.

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Forsyth Tech, King Library partner to offer job-seeking services http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-king-library-partner-to-offer-job-seeking-services/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-king-library-partner-to-offer-job-seeking-services/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 13:24:01 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3248 The Stokes News

November 9, 2012

Forsyth Technical Community College and the King Public Library have entered into a new partnership aimed at providing community job-seeking resources to the unemployed in Stokes County.

Forsyth Tech’s new Employability Skills Lab is located in the King Public Library and provides free job search information, resume preparation, mock interviews, and hands on advice from area human resource instructors. According to King Branch Librarian Ann Nichols the employment lab has only been open for a little more than a month, but is has already been a “huge success.”

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Forsyth Tech History Instructor, Barry Lawing, to Provide Election Night Commentary http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-history-instructor-barry-lawing-to-provide-election-night-commentary/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-history-instructor-barry-lawing-to-provide-election-night-commentary/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 13:23:43 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3246 WFMY-News 2 TV

Tune into WFMY News 2 tonight—Barry Lawing, History instructor at Forsyth Tech, will be providing live Forsyth County election results commentary from 7:30 – 11 p.m. on WFMY-News 2 from in front of the Government Building on Chestnut St. in downtown Winston-Salem!

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Caterpillar in W-S more than halfway to its staff goal http://www.forsythtech.edu/caterpillar-in-w-s-more-than-halfway-to-its-staff-goal/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/caterpillar-in-w-s-more-than-halfway-to-its-staff-goal/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 13:23:24 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3244 The Business Journal

November 2, 2012

Caterpillar is more than halfway to its projected full employment at the $426 million heavy equipment axle manufacturing factory that opened in the Triad a year ago this month.

One of the factors that drew Caterpillar to Winston-Salem was the promise of a customized training program for its employees at Forsyth Tech. The state of North Carolina provided the school with $921,212 to establish that program, with the additional help buying equipment from the Golden Leaf Foundation and Duke Energy.

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Caterpillar is more than halfway to its projected full employment at the $426 million heavy equipment axle manufacturing factory that opened in the Triad a year ago this month.

There are currently 300 full-time and contract employees at work at the factory, according to figures provided by a Caterpillar spokesperson. Caterpillar qualified for state and local incentives worth nearly $54 million based on a hiring target of 510 workers, including employees and contractors, by the time the plant is at full production in 2014.

The company did not specify how the lowering of production and sales targets for the full fiscal year that was announced in the company’s third-quarter earnings report Oct. 22 would affect current employment or the pace of hiring at the Winston-Salem factory. But in a statement to The Business Journal, Caterpillar said its multiple facilities around the state would be taking cost-cutting actions based on individual business unit needs ranging from reduced travel to temporary layoffs or facility shut-downs, or moving to a four-day work week.

Caterpillar employs about 2,000 across the state at facilities in Cary, Charlotte, Clayton, Franklin, Goldsboro, Morganton, New Bern, Sanford and Smithfield. In 2011, it expanded its Building Construction Products factory in Sanford with plans to add about 325 employees to the 900 that already worked there.

The statement added that any cost reductions would impact both production and support as well as management personnel.

“We understand these types of decisions are difficult, but we also must manage our business for the long-run, and we must position Caterpillar for the next 85 years,” the statement said.

For now, though, Caterpillar said the Winston-Salem factory is running two shifts and building axles for three truck models. Production of axles for three additional truck models is due to start by February.

Caterpillar’s statement did not address questions about the status of the factory’s machining operation filling the western end of the 850,000-square-foot plant, which was not completed for the grand opening. Officials told The Business Journal in March that installation was under way for equipment that would allow the factory to machine its own components rather than bring them in from other locations. Caterpillar officials indicated at the time that full machining functions would be ready by early in 2013.

Training on schedule

One of the factors that drew Caterpillar to Winston-Salem was the promise of a customized training program for its employees at Forsyth Technical Community College. The state of North Carolina provided the school $921,212 to establish that program, with additional help buying equipment from the Golden Leaf Foundation and Duke Energy.

Alan Murdock, vice president of economic and work force development at Forsyth Tech, said 82 Caterpillar employees have completed the training program so far, which is about the pace the school and company had been expecting.

The training equipment bought for Caterpillar is available for use by other companies that might need it, Murdock said. So far, Bucyrus International, a mining company bought by Caterpillar in 2011, has made use of the facilities as well, but others could too, he said.

“This helps build our capacity at the college, and if the tools make sense for another business (to use for training), we’re on board for that,” he said.

Supplier impact minimal

Because of the structure of Caterpillar’s supplier network, local economic development officials were never expecting the opening of the factory to draw large numbers of supporting businesses to the area. That’s played out as expected, said Bob Leak, president of Winston-Salem Business Inc.

Leak said one business, Pennsylvania-based Keen Transport, has opened a facility adjacent to the Caterpillar factory on Temple School Road, and there may be other opportunities down the line. Keen provides storage and transportation for the massive axles the factory produces.

“But it’s been exactly what we expected,” he said. “Cat was upfront with us about that. The manufacturing plant itself was the prize we were trying to get.”

Mark Diveley, the facility manager at Keen’s Winston-Salem branch, said that office currently has five employees. How much that figure grows depends on how much Caterpillar ultimately produces.

“We may grow some people-wise, but we stay pretty focused on Caterpillar,” he said.

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Nearly 300 Forsyth County Students to Participate in Nov. 3 Robotics Competition at Forsyth Tech http://www.forsythtech.edu/nearly-300-forsyth-county-students-to-participate-in-nov-3-robotics-competition-at-forsyth-tech/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/nearly-300-forsyth-county-students-to-participate-in-nov-3-robotics-competition-at-forsyth-tech/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 13:22:58 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3242 Winston-Salem Chamber

October 31, 2012

Nearly 300 students from 17 Forsyth County middle schools and Brunson Elementary School will gather November 3 to test their skills in science, technology and teamwork during the second annual Forsyth County Invitational Robot Run Tournament.

The Robot Run, organized by the Winston?Salem Chamber of Commerce and its Technology Council is open to the public and will be held at Forsyth Technical Community College, West Campus Gymnasium, 1300 Bolton Street, Winston?Salem, N.C. An opening ceremony will take place at 1:00 p.m., followed by the Robot Run competition. The Awards Presentation and Closing Remarks are expected to begin at 4:00 p.m.

The program is specifically designed to promote learning about science, math and teamwork among middle school students, and better prepare them for future knowledge economy jobs.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 31, 2012

Nearly 300 Forsyth County Students to Participate in Nov. 3 Robotics Competition

Winston?Salem, N.C. – Nearly 300 students from 17 Forsyth County middle schools and Brunson Elementary School will gather November 3 to test their skills in science, technology and teamwork during the second annual Forsyth County Invitational Robot Run Tournament.

The Robot Run, organized by the Winston?Salem Chamber of Commerce and its Technology Council is open to the public and will be held at Forsyth Technical Community College, West Campus Gymnasium, 1300 Bolton Street, Winston?Salem, N.C. An opening ceremony will take place at 1:00 p.m., followed by the Robot Run competition. The Awards Presentation and Closing Remarks are expected to begin at 4:00 p.m.

The 30 competing teams are each made up of about 10 students. The program is specifically designed to promote learning about science, math and teamwork among middle school students, and better prepare them for future knowledge economy jobs.

With the Chamber’s focus on K?12 education, workforce preparedness and development of a knowledge?based economy, “the Tech Council and its STEM subcommittee knew it was important to do something to get our students excited about math and science – and learn at the same time,” said Peggy Low, senior vice president of technology for the Chamber.

The Title Sponsor of the event is Cook Medical. Other sponsors include Caterpillar, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Duke Energy, A&A Metal Products, Forsyth Technical Community College, Solid Space and Winston?Salem/Forsyth County Schools.

More information about the Robot Run is at www.wsrobotrun.com.

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Forsyth Tech Welcomes Mamie Sutphin as New Vice President http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-welcomes-mamie-sutphin-as-new-vice-president/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-welcomes-mamie-sutphin-as-new-vice-president/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 13:22:35 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3240 Forsyth Tech

November 1, 2012

Forsyth Tech announced today the appointment of Mamie McKinney Sutphin as its new Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the Forsyth Tech Foundation. Ms. Sutphin has served for five years as Vice President for Resource Development at United Way of Forsyth County. Citing Forsyth Tech’s success in changing lives through education as her motivation for seeking the job, Ms. Sutphin brings solid experience, a deep understanding of our community and a passion for education to the job. Ms. Sutphin will begin work at Forsyth Tech on November 16, 2012.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 1, 2012 

Forsyth Tech Welcomes Mamie Sutphin as New Vice President

(WINSTON-SALEM, NC) — Forsyth Tech announced today the appointment of Mamie McKinney Sutphin as its new Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the Forsyth Tech Foundation.

“We are delighted to welcome Mamie to this highly visible and important role in the life of the college,” said Forsyth Tech’s President, Dr. Gary Green. “She brings solid experience, a deep understanding of our community and a passion for education to the job.”

Ms. Sutphin has served for five years as Vice President for Resource Development at United Way of Forsyth County. Prior to her promotion to Vice President at United Way, she held the positions of Division Director and Director of Workplace Campaigns.

Ms. Sutphin cited Forsyth Tech’s success in changing lives through education as her motivation for seeking the job. “I believe education is the single most important factor in improving lives, both individually and for the community,” she said. “Forsyth Tech is known for making a positive difference in our community in so many ways, and I look forward to being a part of the organization.” In her role with the Forsyth Tech Foundation, she hopes to expand opportunities for students in the Triad, making higher education accessible to all, regardless of income.

Ms. Sutphin will begin work at Forsyth Tech on November 16, 2012.

Ms. Sutphin holds an MBA from Wake Forest University and earned her BS in Business Administration from Meredith College in Raleigh.

In 2012, Ms. Sutphin was named one of the Triad’s “40 Leaders Under 40.” She is a graduate of Leadership Winston-Salem and is a board member of The Children’s Center of Surry and Yadkin. She has also served on the Meredith College Fund Advisory Board.

Ms. Sutphin fills the positions of Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the Forsyth Tech Foundation left vacant by Dr. Sharon B. Covitz who retired from Forsyth Tech in June 2012.

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Forsyth Tech Community College Joins Consortium for Health and Safety Training http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-community-college-joins-consortium-for-health-and-safety-training/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-community-college-joins-consortium-for-health-and-safety-training/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 13:22:11 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3238 Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center

October 26, 2012

Forsyth Tech has been welcomed into the Community College Consortium for Health and Safety Training (CCCHST). The CCCHST consists of community colleges partnered with business and industry, universities, and community-based organizations to offer a consistent and quality response to the national training need for hazardous waste workers and emergency response personnel. CCCHST is administered by the Partnership for Environmental Technology Education (PETE), in partnership with ATEEC and the Hazardous Materials Training and Research Institute (HMTRI).

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Golden LEAF Foundation is doing good work http://www.forsythtech.edu/golden-leaf-foundation-is-doing-good-work/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/golden-leaf-foundation-is-doing-good-work/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 12:51:34 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3235 Winston-Salem Journal (Editorial)

October 25, 2012

The grants provided by the Golden Leaf Foundation have generally proved to be effective and successful. They are a strong example of investing in our economic future.

As the Journal’s Richard Craver reported in Sunday’s Journal, grants from Golden LEAF have served as “the closer” — the deciding factor — in many of the major economic-development projects that have been done in the Triad and Northwest N.C. Since 2002, the foundation has provided $13.4 million to 24 area projects that have been used for production equipment and machinery, infrastructure development and training equipment. Beneficiaries include Caterpillar Inc., Honda Aircraft Co. and Piedmont Triad International Airport.

One of the latest beneficiaries is Deere-Hitachi, which will use welders trained by Forsyth Technical Community College, utilizing a Golden LEAF grant of $447,145.

Read more: http://www2.journalnow.com/news/2012/oct/25/golden-leaf-foundation-doing-good-work-ar-2723204/

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The grants provided by the Golden Leaf Foundation have generally proved to be effective and successful. They are a strong example of investing in our economic future.

As the Journal’s Richard Craver reported in Sunday’s Journal, grants from Golden LEAF have served as “the closer” — the deciding factor — in many of the major economic-development projects that have been done in the Triad and Northwest N.C. Since 2002, the foundation has provided $13.4 million to 24 area projects that have been used for production equipment and machinery, infrastructure development and training equipment. Beneficiaries include Caterpillar Inc., Honda Aircraft Co. and Piedmont Triad International Airport.

One of the latest beneficiaries is Deere-Hitachi, which will use welders trained by Forsyth Technical Community College, utilizing a Golden LEAF grant of $447,145.

The foundation was created by the General Assembly in 1999 as part of a national tobacco settlement of $4.6 billion over 25 years. The foundation’s job is to steer 50 percent of that settlement money to the promotion of new economic ventures, particularly in tobacco-dependent communities. Legislators have attempted to divert the money to related causes at times, and that’s met with objections from the foundation. We have on this page supported using some of the foundation’s money to preserve jobs in education, and we agreed with state House Majority Leader Paul Stam’s short-lived proposal to use it to compensate the victims of the forced-sterilization program. Education jobs are obviously important to the economy, and compensating the victims would enhance the state’s very reputation, which is certainly important in luring new business.

But in general, Golden LEAF has used its money wisely. We wish so much of it didn’t have to go to incentives, but that’s the business culture in which we live. Forsyth County and Winston-Salem have been wise in their use of claw-back provisions to make incentives deals as safe as possible.

The use of this grant money rooted in tobacco is both a symbol of our transforming economy and a bedrock of that transformation.

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County moves forward with community college project http://www.forsythtech.edu/county-moves-forward-with-community-college-project/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/county-moves-forward-with-community-college-project/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 12:51:17 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3233 The Stokes News

October 25, 2012

The Stokes County Board of Commissioners gave tentative approval to the Forsyth Technical Community College Stokes campus at a county meeting on Oct. 8.

The commissioners unanimously approved the North Carolina Community College System Tentative Approval for Capital Improvement form. The form describes the proposed project as a roughly 20,000-square-foot educational building located at the Meadows property owned by the county. The form, which also had to be approved by Forsyth Tech, has to be submitted to and approved by the State Board of Community Colleges before schematic drawings can be developed.

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“I Am Domestic Violence” – Tuesday, October 30, 2012 http://www.forsythtech.edu/i-am-domestic-violence-tuesday-october-30-2012/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/i-am-domestic-violence-tuesday-october-30-2012/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 12:51:00 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3231 Ardmore Auditorium

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

I Am Domestic Violence is a phenomenal theatrical performance. You do not want to miss this powerful and energetic educational experience! I Am Domestic Violence is A One-Woman Performance Presentation. Students, faculty, staff and college community are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Wambui Bahati is a nationally acclaimed inspirational and motivational speaker, author and entertainer. This dynamic survivor draws upon her diverse background filled with challenging adversities that she miraculously overcame to become a promoter of holistic mental health and domestic violence advocacy. Wambui wrote, produced and stars in the one-woman play I Am Domestic Violence.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information contact StudentActivities@forsythtech.edu or call 336.734.7512 or 734.7509

Click here to view the flyer.

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Golden Leaf Foundation serves as “the closer” in many economic-development projects http://www.forsythtech.edu/golden-leaf-foundation-serves-as-the-closer-in-many-economic-development-projects/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/golden-leaf-foundation-serves-as-the-closer-in-many-economic-development-projects/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 12:50:23 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3229 Winston-Salem Journal

October 21, 2012

KERNERSVILLE —

Grants from the Golden Leaf Foundation have served as “the closer” in many of the 24 major economic-development projects that have been done in the Triad and Northwest N.C. since 2002. However, Golden Leaf and local economic officials stress that the economic impact is not limited to easing training expenses for large beneficiaries such as Caterpillar Inc., Deere-Hitachi Construction Machinery Corp., Ashley Furniture Industries Inc., Pittsburgh Glass Works and Honda Aircraft Co.

For example, Golden Leaf is providing $447,145 to Forsyth Tech for training equipment that Deere-Hitachi requires for new welders.

Forsyth Tech also provided a tour of its Caterpillar axle-assembly training facility last week, which is being operated in 5,000 square feet of leased space in Kernersville. The college also is providing machinist, welding, painting and quality-control training.

Read more and view a video: http://www2.journalnow.com/business/2012/oct/21/golden-leaf-foundation-serves-as-quotthe-closerquo-ar-2711639/

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KERNERSVILLE —

Grants from the Golden Leaf Foundation have served as “the closer” in many of the 24 major economic-development projects that have been done in the Triad and Northwest N.C.since 2002.

However, Golden Leaf and local economic officials stress that the economic impact is not limited to easing training expenses for large beneficiaries such as Caterpillar Inc., Deere-Hitachi Construction Machinery Corp., Ashley Furniture Industries Inc., Pittsburgh Glass Works and Honda Aircraft Co.

The production equipment being bought through Golden Leaf funding can also provide smaller employers in similar industry fields with vital training skills for high-demand manufacturing jobs, such as welding, machining and assembly.

For example, Golden Leaf is providing $447,145 to Forsyth Technical Community College to pay for training equipment that Deere-Hitachi requires for new welders.

Alan Murdock, vice president of economic and workforce development for Forsyth Tech, said the college hopes to have the welding equipment in place at its main campus by year’s end.

“There are many job openings for machinists and other production jobs with similar skill needs,” said Charles Skeen, a machinist instructor at Forsyth Tech.

“We are optimistic that the Deere-Hitachi training program will not only fill its hiring needs, but help fill the coming gap in the community for welders as more welders – and more people in the trades – approach or surpass retirement age.”

Deere-Hitachi confirmed Oct. 5 it will create at least 340 full-time jobs in Kernersville over four years, and retain 719 jobs, as part of a $97 million capital investment that will bolster its operations there by 60 percent.

Having the ability to train new welders was one key to Deere-Hitachi’s decision to expand locally rather than in China or Japan, according to company officials.

“The grant will help integrate state-of-art welding with other advanced-manufacturing curricula,” said Dan Gerlach, Golden Leaf’s executive director.

“There’s lots of demand in this space, so much so that we have a special funding cycle currently under way for mid-skills training.” That kind of training typically is aimed at the professional trades.

Leigh Cannon, manager of order fulfillment at Deere-Hitachi, said the Golden Leaf contribution was important for the company to know “that we would be able to get the additional skilled workers now and in the future.”

Setting up simulations

Forsyth Tech provided a tour of its Caterpillar axle-assembly training facility last week, which is being operated in 5,000 square feet of leased space in Kernersville. The college also is providing machinist, welding, painting and quality-control training.

The assembly training equipment is placed in a Caterpillar work station setting. The money for this equipment was paid by Duke Energy as part of its incentive package to Caterpillar to gain another large electricity customer.

During the training of up to 17 Caterpillar new hires, some are assembling components while others are taking them off as a prototype axle goes along the conveyor belts. The training has a timing monitor to track how the new hires are doing with each axle during a simulated eight-hour work day.

“They are taught each step of the Caterpillar way to efficiently and safely assemble these pieces,” Skeen said. He said Caterpillar has sent new hires to the Forsyth Tech training from as far away as Georgia and Pennsylvania.

Murdock said Caterpillar chose not to do the training at its Winston-Salem plant because even though there is 850,000 square feet of space there, “that would be 5,000 square feet that they couldn’t dedicate directly to production.”

Skeen said Forsyth Tech is ramping up its machinist training as Caterpillar hires for that portion of plant production. Caterpillar has said it will hire up to 120 machinists.

“We prefer five or more years in experience with machinery, along with computer skills and blueprint reading, but we will hire entry-level positions for those with a two-year associate’s degree,” Allen Unger, a human resources official, said at the Winston-Salem Urban League job fair in September.

Skeen said that while Forsyth Tech will offer specific machinist training to Caterpillar, the overall skills being taught, such as how to properly measure and how to apply the proper amount of torque, is available to any company.

Part of the challenge – and the opportunity – for training for advanced-manufacturing jobs is overcoming the perception that manufacturing “is hot, dirty, dingy, hard on your body work,” said Jennifer Coulombe, a Forsyth Tech official who works with the business and services industry.

“More settings are air-conditioned, using ergonomic-based equipment,” Coulombe said.

“Some of the biggest obstacles can be parents and school counselors trying to steer students away from manufacturing even with internships and apprenticeships available.

“There are good job opportunities in the trades for people willing to train for the skills necessary,” she said. “The Southeast in general, and the Triad in specific, is a hot bed for advance manufacturing, and we expect that will only grow over time.”

$13.4 for projects

Golden Leaf was created by General Assembly to distribute a portion of the tobacco-Master Settlement Agreement money into parts of the state trying to transition away from an economic dependence on the crop.

In the past 10 years, the foundation has provided a combined $13.4 million to 24 Triad and Northwest North Carolina projects.

The largest is $2.5 million for production equipment to Davie County, which will lease the equipment to Ashley Furniture Industries Inc. for its campus near Advance.

Forsyth had the most projects at seven, including $1.3 million to Forsyth Tech for Dell employee training, $997,000 to the city of Winston-Salem to buy equipment that is being leased to Caterpillar and $500,000 to the Airport Commission of Forsyth County for infrastructure improvement that will benefit NS Aviation LLC, its largest tenant, which recently announced a major maintenance contract with United Airlines.

The foundation remains active in its “closer” role despite the General Assembly voting to transfer some of its annual settlement money toward the General Fund to help fill a funding shortfall.

As a result, Golden Leaf has become perhaps the most visible example of the legislative tug-of-war over how to best spend limited resources to bolster the economy.

Gerlach said the state budget for 2012-13 shifts $24 million that the foundation is scheduled to receive in April 2013 to the General Fund. Another $17.3 million was shifted from its April 2012 payment.

Gerlach said the funding transfer is “making it harder to do out-of-the-box grants, which is pivotal since many of the requests from communities negotiating with large corporations typically don’t fit neatly in a box.”

He said the foundation’s board of directors has not decided whether to spend any of the principal of its endowment, which exceeds $550 million.

John H. Boyd, a principal in The Boyd Co. Inc., a site-location consulting company, said North Carolina likely will continue to be competitive.

“The incentive money squeeze in North Carolina will not impact it nearly as much in those states that have little or nothing else to fall back on,” Boyd said. “North Carolina’s positive labor climate, low property taxes, attractive energy costs and deep skill sets in manufacturing make a compelling case for the state, incentives or not.

“Incentives played a role, clearly in signature deals like Dell, Caterpillar, Apple, but they did not carry the decade,” Boyd said. “The fundamentals did and will continue to do so.”

Gerlach said he’s aware the perception is that Golden Leaf is only concerned about the big projects because of the size of its grants.

“In those cases, there was a single company making a decision on where to expand or relocate and our assistance was necessary to help facilitate location in North Carolina,” Gerlach said.

But Gerlach points to the foundation’s Biotech initiative that begin in 2003 that has helped pay for facilities at N.C. State and N.C. Central universities and the BioNetwork initiative at community colleges that include a pharmaceutical center in Piedmont Triad Research Park in downtown Winston-Salem.

In 2010, Golden Leaf provided $5 million to education entities in four regions most ready to capitalize on aerospace-manufacturing opportunities. The Triad received $1.4 million of the total “given the significance of the industry in the region and the growth opportunities,” Gerlach said.

It has provided $100,000 to Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind Inc. to buy supply chain management software to better handle U.S. Defense Department contracts, $200,000 for water and sewer improvements to benefit The Village of Shelton Vineyards in Dobson, and $200,000 to Elkin to help pay for a water storage tank to benefit Hugh Chatham Hospital.

The latest Golden Leaf project involves an $8 million initiative to better connect private-sector employers with the job-training skills they need from new hires.

“This tie between evidence of private-sector demand and capacity to deliver on meeting demand is crucial,” Gerlach said.

Golden Leaf’s board of directors has 14 finalists for the funding, including a consortium of community colleges in Davidson, Forsyth, Guilford, Randolph and Rockingham requesting a combined $1 million. Forsyth Tech is leading that effort.

Gerlach said he expects the Golden Leaf board to make final decision of most, if not all, of the grant requests in December.

“Overall, community colleges have received $48.8 million to date from our grants-making, including scholarships,” Gerlach said.

More programs planned

Murdock said the need for mid-skill manufacturing training will only intensify if Caterpillar, Deere-Hitachi, HondaJet, Siemens, Timco Aerosystems and other advanced manufacturing expand local operations as projected.

“These companies’ need for producing product faster and more efficiently will play a major role in their future success, especially as they need to be more responsive to customers’ demands through the ups and down of the economy,” Skeen said.

Murdock said Forsyth Tech plans to add more certification programs for the trades that will make the employee more hirable if they move away from their current job.

“Heaven forbid that another major employer like Dell closes up or moves away,” Murdock said.

“But if that happens, the skills would remain here, and hopefully as Lenovo may be proving in Whitsett, other companies will find those skills attractive and want to open or expand operations here.”

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Forsyth Tech Participates in Coating Symposium in Halifax, VA http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-participates-in-coating-symposium-in-halifax-va/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-participates-in-coating-symposium-in-halifax-va/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 12:49:51 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3227 The Gazette-Virginian

October 22, 2012

Halifax County Industrial Development Authority this morning will unveil the region’s newest asset for economic development — the National Center for Coatings Application, Research and Education (C-CARE). The Honorable Mary Rea Carter, deputy secretary of commerce and trade, will represent Gov. Bob McDonnell at the ribbon cutting scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Riverstone Centre.  Forsyth Tech is one of many colleges and organizations involved in the symposium.

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Forsyth Tech Students Attend Women’s Conference at Salem College http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-students-attend-womens-conference-at-salem-college/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-students-attend-womens-conference-at-salem-college/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 12:49:31 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3225 Winston-Salem Chronicle

October 18, 2012

Salem College welcomed nearly 200 Triad-area college students to campus for a day of professional development, networking and inspiration at its inaugural Women’s Conference, Developing Emerging Professionals on Sept. 29. Students from Salem, Winston-Salem State University, Wake Forest University, Forsyth Tech, UNC-Greensboro, Guilford College and Davidson County Community College were all in attendance. The day-long event provided students the opportunity to learn and practice many of the skills critical to building a successful career in today’s highly competitive and ever-changing marketplace.

Read more: http://www.wschronicle.com/2012/10/female-leaders-speak-at-salem-business-conference/

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Rec Center’s Latest Offering: GED® Classes http://www.forsythtech.edu/rec-centers-latest-offering-ged-classes/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/rec-centers-latest-offering-ged-classes/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 12:48:47 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3223 Winston-Salem Chronicle

October 18, 2012

Winston-Salem native Dominique Adams was forced to drop out of Carver High School his senior year when his daughter was born. After working in construction, Adams wasn’t satisfied, so he enrolled in the GED® program at Forsyth Tech.

Read more: http://www.wschronicle.com/2012/10/rec-centers-latest-offering-ged-classes/

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Candidate for House District 71 Cites Forsyth Tech’s $15 Million DOL Grant as Example of Need to Invest in Education, Develop Skilled Workforce http://www.forsythtech.edu/candidate-for-house-district-71-cites-forsyth-techs-15-million-dol-grant-as-example-of-need-to-invest-in-education-develop-skilled-workforce/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/candidate-for-house-district-71-cites-forsyth-techs-15-million-dol-grant-as-example-of-need-to-invest-in-education-develop-skilled-workforce/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 12:48:03 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3221 Winston-Salem Journal

October 9, 2012

For the first time in 18 years, House District 71 is up for grabs. In February, state Rep. Larry Womble, a Democrat, announced he would not seek re-election after he was seriously injured in a car wreck last December.

Democrat Evelyn Terry, a former Winston-Salem City Council member and longtime community activist, is running against Republican Kris McCann, an electronics technician for Lorillard Tobacco Co. who volunteers for the Beeson Crossroads Fire and Rescue Department in Kernersville.

Terry, who ran unsuccessfully for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education in 1984, said she would work to reform education so that young people are prepared for the future.

She said she would push businesses and others to invest in education. She pointed to the recent $15 million grant that the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training program gave to Forsyth Technical Community College.

Read more: http://www2.journalnow.com/news/2012/oct/09/two-candidates-run-for-seat-long-occupied-by-state-ar-2693203/

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Forsyth Tech Instructor’s Blog Featured in WFU Alumni Magazine http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-instructors-blog-featured-in-wfu-alumni-magazine/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-instructors-blog-featured-in-wfu-alumni-magazine/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 12:47:43 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3219 Wake Forest Magazine

October 16, 2012

When he became a father for the second time at 42, Paul Garber (’86) recalls asking himself, “Do I really want to run around with this pink Vera Bradley baby bag on my shoulder?”

That was several years ago; today Garber shares thoughts and resources on older parenting through his blog, “Fathers After 40,” that explores biological and social issues of older fatherhood while celebrating the joys that come with a growing family.

Garber, who was an editor and the first multimedia reporter at the Winston-Salem Journal, left the newspaper business after 19 years last spring to pursue freelance writing.

Many headlines related to “full-nesters” focus on risks such as genetics, says Garber, who has master’s degrees from Johns Hopkins and UNC and teaches a mythology and human culture class at Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem.

Read more: http://triad.news14.com/content/top_stories/665248/former-gov–hunt-meets-with-middle-class-families-in-winston-salem

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Forsyth Tech Student Talks Politics with Former Gov. Hunt http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-student-talks-politics-with-former-gov-hunt/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-student-talks-politics-with-former-gov-hunt/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 12:41:58 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3216 News 14 TV

October 12, 2012

A Forsyth Tech autobody student and stay-at-home mom was part of a group of middle class families who met with former NC governor Jim Hunt at a family’s home in Winston-Salem to discuss the choices voters have to make this November and how education is the key to a rebounding economy.

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Former Forsyth Tech Instructor Named WSFC Principal of the Year http://www.forsythtech.edu/former-forsyth-tech-instructor-named-wsfc-principal-of-the-year/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/former-forsyth-tech-instructor-named-wsfc-principal-of-the-year/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 12:41:41 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3214 The Chronicle

October 10, 2012

Jefferson Elementary School’s Nora Baker is the 2013 Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Principal of the Year. Baker has also worked as an adjunct instructor at Salem College and Forsyth Technical Community College.

Read more: http://www.wschronicle.com/2012/10/baker-named-top-principal/

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Stokes students celebrate Forsyth Tech Community Day http://www.forsythtech.edu/stokes-students-celebrate-forsyth-tech-community-day/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/stokes-students-celebrate-forsyth-tech-community-day/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 12:41:16 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3212 The Stokes News

October 11, 2012

Senior Director of Off-Campus Centers Ann Watts dances with Stokes Early College students in an impromptu dance. Students and staff enjoyed snacks, refreshments and music in a community celebration day sponsored by Forsyth Technical Community College.

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Forsyth Tech Awarded $15M Grant from Department of Labor http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-awarded-15m-grant-from-department-of-labor/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-awarded-15m-grant-from-department-of-labor/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 12:40:53 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3210 North Carolina Biotechnology Center

October 10, 2012

Winston-Salem’s Forsyth Tech Community College has been awarded a $15 million U.S. Department of Labor grant to lead a national workforce development and training program across the $100 billion biosciences industry.

Read more: http://www.ncbiotech.org/article/forsyth-tech-awarded-15m-grant-department-labor

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For Obama, the trail can be on ‘grind it out’ mode http://www.forsythtech.edu/for-obama-the-trail-can-be-on-grind-it-out-mode/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/for-obama-the-trail-can-be-on-grind-it-out-mode/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 12:40:34 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3208 WCNC TV/Associated Press

October 10, 2012

WCNC TV online in Charlotte, NC carries a story today about the Obama campaign, which is accompanied by a photo of President Obama speaking during his visit to Forsyth Tech in Dec. 2010.

Read more: http://www.wcnc.com/news/politics/For-Obama-the-trail-can-be-on-grind-it-out-mode–173477411.html

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Caterpillar’s Worker Hunt Means Welders Top Banking Pay http://www.forsythtech.edu/caterpillars-worker-hunt-means-welders-top-banking-pay/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/caterpillars-worker-hunt-means-welders-top-banking-pay/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 12:39:47 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3206 Bloomberg

October 9, 2012

While employers struggle to fill jobs in health care and trades such as welding, enrollment in the two-year, degree-awarding colleges that provide graduates for those fields rose only 18 percent from 2005 to 2010, trailing the 21 percent growth for four-year universities.

Even with trades offering competitive pay, skilled factory vacancies may soar fivefold to 3 million by 2015 amid a U.S. industry rebound and baby boomer retirements, according to the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. That shortfall threatens to jeopardize both the U.S. recovery and corporate growth plans.

The manufacturing mismatch is part of a broader skills gap in an economy that has more than 3 million jobs open, even with an unemployment rate that ran at 8 percent or more for 43 straight months until the decline in September to 7.8 percent.

Forsyth Tech President Gary Green points out that recent history also creates more of a struggle for manufacturers than other industries to attract skilled workers. “The harder sell is in manufacturing,” Green said. “For a period of time there’s been this sense that American manufacturing has disappeared.”

Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-10-09/caterpillar-s-worker-hunt-means-welders-top-banking-pay.html

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Forsyth Tech wins $15 million U.S. Department of Labor grant http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-wins-15-million-u-s-department-of-labor-grant/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-wins-15-million-u-s-department-of-labor-grant/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 12:39:22 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3204 The Stokes News

Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem has been awarded a $15 million U.S. Department of Labor grant to lead a national effort to develop and expand workforce training across the $100 billion biosciences industry.

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Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Forsyth Tech President Gary Green Inducted into the Liberian Organization of the Piedmont Legend’s Hall of Fame http://www.forsythtech.edu/liberian-president-ellen-johnson-sirleaf-and-forsyth-tech-president-gary-green-inducted-into-the-liberian-organization-of-the-piedmont-legends-hall-of-fame/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/liberian-president-ellen-johnson-sirleaf-and-forsyth-tech-president-gary-green-inducted-into-the-liberian-organization-of-the-piedmont-legends-hall-of-fame/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 12:39:02 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3202 October 5, 2012

Liberian Daily Observer

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was inducted into the Community Leaders and Legend’s Hall of Fame of North Carolina, which the group granted for her years of advocacy for social justice and commitment to development in Liberia.

According to a citation read by the organization’s President, James Hunder, the Liberian leader has successfully restored Liberia’s standing in the comity of nations, following years of a devastating civil war and economic degradation.

In the citation, Gov. Bev Perdue also praised President Sirleaf for her commitment to the people of Liberia, which has helped foster relations with North Carolina and beyond.

Forsyth Tech President Gary Green was inducted into the Legend’s Hall of Fame alongside President Sirleaf. Forsyth Tech is now collaborating with the Grand Bassa Community College in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, Liberia on a range of technical support.

Read more: http://www.liberianobserver.com/index.php/news/item/2720-in-north-carolina-ellen-inducted-into-lop-legends-hall-of-fame

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Deere-Hitachi Expanding In Kernersville Adding 340 Jobs By 2016 http://www.forsythtech.edu/deere-hitachi-expanding-in-kernersville-adding-340-jobs-by-2016/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/deere-hitachi-expanding-in-kernersville-adding-340-jobs-by-2016/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 12:38:40 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3200 Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce

October 5, 2012

Today, Governor Beverly Perdue announced that Deere-Hitachi will invest $97 million to expand their manufacturing capacity in Kernersville. This project will allow Deere-Hitachi to hire an additional 340 full-time employees over the next four years. Forsyth Tech is one of many sponsors of the project.

Read more: http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=75d9848ae31b00f57583a0828&id=1b5fd20af1&e=629e4f9eba

http://www.digtriad.com/news/article/248738/57/Deere-Hitachi-Expanding-Kernersville-Facility

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KingFest to offer a variety of activities on Saturday http://www.forsythtech.edu/kingfest-to-offer-a-variety-of-activities-on-saturday/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/kingfest-to-offer-a-variety-of-activities-on-saturday/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 12:38:16 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3198 The Stokes News

October 5, 2012

The 23rd annual KingFest will take place at Central Park in King from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 6. Activities at the festival include a classic cruise-in car show, artisan vendors, food, and much more.

Forsyth Tech will be sponsoring the Family Safety Center area and will be available to discuss the courses the college offers in the community.

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Looking Ahead, Leading Change http://www.forsythtech.edu/looking-ahead-leading-change/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/looking-ahead-leading-change/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 12:37:50 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3196 October 5, 2012

US Airways Magazine

Forsyth Tech is featured in the special destination supplement about Winston-Salem in the Oct. issue of US Airways Magazine, which will reach 6 million people throughout this month. According to the article, Forsyth Tech “epitomizes the visionary, fast-moving, globally competitive workforce education that our country needs.”

Check it out: http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pace/usairways_october2012/#/130.

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Private sector to play key role in $15 million Forsyth Tech grant http://www.forsythtech.edu/private-sector-to-play-key-role-in-15-million-forsyth-tech-grant/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/private-sector-to-play-key-role-in-15-million-forsyth-tech-grant/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 12:36:14 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3193 The Business Journal – Matt Evans 

October 5, 2012

Forsyth Technical Community College and the 11 schools it leads on a $15 million federal grant will lean heavily on private sector companies in designing biotech credentials. U.S. Department of Labor Deputy Secretary Seth Harris made that clear when he toured the labs at Forsyth Tech a few days after his agency announced the grant as part of $500 million in national work force training funds.

There are 14 formal “Employer Partners” who helped plan and write letters in support of Forsyth Tech’s grant application, including three from or with a major presence in the Triad: Targacept, Ocular Systems Inc. and Cook Group. But Russ Read, executive director of the National Center for the Biotech Workforce at Forsyth Tech, said many more Triad companies will have input through the school’s relationships with the N.C. Biotech Center and other groups and committees. Each of those companies are expected to help planners identify the skills they need in their own employees and what kind of training standards they would consider reliable in a future job candidate.

Read more: http://www.bizjournals.com/triad/print-edition/2012/10/05/private-sector-to-play-key-role-in-15.html

Full article:

Forsyth Technical Community College and the 11 schools it leads on a $15 million federal grant to will lean heavily on private sector companies in designing biotech credentials.

U.S. Department of Labor Deputy Secretary Seth Harris made that clear when he toured the labs at Forsyth Tech a few days after his agency announced the grant as part of $500 million in national work force training funds.

“It’s absolutely critical to have close community college-employer partnerships,” Harris told The Business Journal. “We want to train workers for jobs that are available now and will last into the future.”

Harris gets no argument from Russ Read, who heads the Forsyth Tech-based National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce, which has been leaning on private employers as advisors throughout its eight-year history. The NCBW was established to develop teaching resources that could be used and replicated by other biotech training colleges around the country.

The $15 million grant will fund the design of new credentials for biotech workers in research and lab skills, medical devices and biomanufacturing. The credentials — be they formal degree programs, certificates or even noncredit courses — should be recognizable to employers across the country. They also should allow students who earn those credentials to build on them with further education.

There are 14 formal “Employer Partners” who helped plan and wrote letters in support of Forsyth Tech’s grant application, including three from or with a major presence in the Triad: Targacept, Ocular Systems Inc. and Cook Group. But Read said many more Triad companies will have input through the school’s relationships with the N.C. Biotech Center and other groups and committees.

Each of those companies are expected to help planners identify the skills they need in their own employees and what kind of training standards they would consider reliable in a future job candidate.

“We want them to understand that these credentials have the value of having been designed by a multipartner consortium and reflect current needs and skills,” Read said. “Portability is really important.”

Scott Sewell, vice president of technology acquisition and development at medical device manufacturer Cook Medical, said he believes his company and others have had a beneficial impact on past training initiatives, and he expects the same this time. Cook has more than 500 employees at its Winston-Salem facility.

Private employers have a lot of incentive to step up and help improve worker training, Sewell said, because the need for efficiency and productivity is ever-growing. Reach Matt Evans at (336) 542-5865 or mlevans@bizjournals.com.

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Center provides horseback therapy http://www.forsythtech.edu/center-provides-horseback-therapy/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/center-provides-horseback-therapy/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 12:35:50 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3191 Winston-Salem Chronicle

October 3, 2012

On the ground, four year-old Ethan Lee sometimes faces challenges. But when he’s on the back of a horse at Riverwood Therapeutic Riding Center, Ethan – who suffers from a mild form of autism – is on top of the world.

Pam Stovall-Lee, a computer science instructor at Forsyth Technical Community College, said her son has a “near obsession” with horses. His flair for all things equestrian, combined with the therapeutic elements of the program at Riverwood, made it an ideal fit for Ethan.

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Forsyth Tech Shows Off Transportation Technology Center http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-shows-off-transportation-technology-center/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-shows-off-transportation-technology-center/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 12:35:29 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3189 Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce Blog

October 2, 2012

Forsyth Technical Community College showed off its new Transportation Technology Center at 4255 N. Patterson Ave. to the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce’s Technology & Innovation Series Tuesday. The new center will “create jobs for the people in this community,” said Dr. Gary Green, Forsyth Tech president. He said the long-term vision was to provide “all transportation technologies.” Forsyth Tech is one of the only Toyota T10 level certified programs in the Southeast.

Green listed five programs as currently available:

  • Automotive Systems Technology
  • Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology (including sheet metal and new finishes)
  • Heavy Equipment and Transportation Technology for large trucks and over-the-road tractors
  • Recreational Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Technology
  • The Richard Childress Race Car Technology program. This center will feed students into the $6 billion auto racing industry.

Read more: http://tech.winstonsalem.com/2012/10/forsyth-tech-shows-off-transportation.html.

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Photo Gallery: Deputy Secretary Seth Harris Visits Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, NC http://www.forsythtech.edu/photo-gallery-deputy-secretary-seth-harris-visits-forsyth-technical-community-college-in-winston-salem-nc/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/photo-gallery-deputy-secretary-seth-harris-visits-forsyth-technical-community-college-in-winston-salem-nc/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 12:35:10 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3187 Department of Labor

September 27, 2012

In a recent visit to Forsyth Tech, Deputy Secretary Seth Harris formally delivered a $15,000,000.00 grant to the college from the Department of Labor. Forsyth Tech will lead a national effort to develop workforce training in bioscience.

View photos from the Deputy Secretary’s visit: http://www.dol.gov/dol/media/photos/slideshows/20120927-harris-forsyth.htm

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Deputy labor secretary visits Forsyth Tech, announces grant http://www.forsythtech.edu/deputy-labor-secretary-visits-forsyth-tech-announces-grant/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/deputy-labor-secretary-visits-forsyth-tech-announces-grant/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 12:34:53 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3185 Winston-Salem Journal

September 27, 2012

With a $15 million dollar grant, provided by the U.S. Department of Labor, Forsyth Tech will lead a national effort to develop workforce training in bioscience. The grant was announced last week but celebrated in style at Forsyth Tech Thursday with a visit from Seth Harris, deputy secretary in the Labor Department.

This article also contains an audio interview with the Deputy Secretary.

Read more: http://www2.journalnow.com/news/2012/sep/27/2/deputy-labor-secretary-visits-forsyth-tech-announc-ar-2645458/

View a photo from the Deputy Secretary’s visit: http://www2.journalnow.com/news/2012/sep/27/w0928-forsythtech-c-im-152700/

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Forsyth Tech Receives a 15 Million Dollar Grant and a Visit from the Deputy Secretary of Labor http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-receives-a-15-million-dollar-grant-and-a-visit-from-the-deputy-secretary-of-labor/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-receives-a-15-million-dollar-grant-and-a-visit-from-the-deputy-secretary-of-labor/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 12:34:27 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3183 Camel City Dispatch

September 27, 2012

Thursday morning Forsyth Technical College formally received a $15,000,000.00 grant from the US Department of Labor as part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community Career Training (TAACCCT) program. On hand to “deliver the check” was Deputy Secretary of Labor, Scott D. Harris, along with 12th District Congressman Mel Watt, Forsyth Tech president Dr. Gary Green, Russ Read of the BioNetwork at Forsyth Tech, and Phil Sugar CEO of Carolina Liquid Chemistries along with faculty students, and staff of Forsyth Tech. Deputy Secretary Harris also toured some of Forsyth Tech’s bio-technology classrooms.

Read more: http://www.camelcitydispatch.com/forsyth-tech-receives-a-15million-dollar-grant-and-a-visit-from-the-deputy-secretary-of-labor/

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Labor official sees opportunity with Forsyth Tech bioscience program http://www.forsythtech.edu/labor-official-sees-opportunity-with-forsyth-tech-bioscience-program/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/labor-official-sees-opportunity-with-forsyth-tech-bioscience-program/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 12:33:58 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3181 The Business Journal

September 27, 2012

Deputy U.S. Secretary of Labor Seth Harris said after a tour of the bioscience facilities at Forsyth Technical Community College Thursday that the school is well-positioned to lead an effort to create new and more useful biotech credentials for workers. Harris said that Forsyth Tech was his first opportunity to see a community college bioscience program up close, and he came away impressed by the school’s facilities, faculty and students.

Read more: http://www.bizjournals.com/triad/news/2012/09/27/deputy-labor-secretary-sees.html

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U.S. labor official to visit Forsyth Tech after $15M grant awarded http://www.forsythtech.edu/u-s-labor-official-to-visit-forsyth-tech-after-15m-grant-awarded/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/u-s-labor-official-to-visit-forsyth-tech-after-15m-grant-awarded/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 12:30:29 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3178 NBC News

September 27, 2012

A top U.S. Department of Labor official will tour Forsyth Tech just a week after the school won a $15 million grant to help expand the biotechnology workforce.

Deputy Labor Secretary Seth Harris will visit the school on Thursday.

Read more in the following publications:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/49169909/ns/local_news-winston_salem_nc/t/us-labor-official-visit-forsyth-tech-after-m-grant-awarded/#.UGSIRK6c5EM

http://myfox8.com/2012/09/27/forsyth-tech-gets-millions-from-government-for-biotech-training/

http://www.bizjournals.com/triad/blog/morning-edition/2012/09/forsyth-tech-to-get-visit-from-labor.html

http://www2.journalnow.com/news/2012/sep/27/wsmain02-area-news-for-thursday-sept-27-ar-2642321/

http://www.wxii12.com/news/local-news/piedmont/U-S-labor-official-to-visit-Forsyth-Tech-after-15M-grant-awarded/-/10703612/16738012/-/7g564a/-/index.html?absolute=true

http://www.camelcitydispatch.com/deputy-labor-secretary-to-visit-forsyth-tech/

http://projects.newsobserver.com/under_the_dome/obama_administration_surrogate_headed_to_forsyth

http://tech.winstonsalem.com/2012/09/deputy-sec-of-labor-seth-harris-to.html

http://www.wfae.org/post/nc-community-colleges-lead-national-effort-retrain-workers

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Community college project moves forward http://www.forsythtech.edu/community-college-project-moves-forward/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/community-college-project-moves-forward/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 20:57:11 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3175 The Stokes News

September 27, 2012

The Stokes County Commissioners are considering the next steps to take in planning for the county’s own community college campus in the Meadows area. At a meeting on Monday night, the commissioners agreed to move to next meeting’s action agenda a form which serves as tentative approval of the county’s intent to pursue a project up to $6 million. The board also set dates for future school site visits with Forsyth Technical Community College officials to look at examples of community college designs.

According to the proposed North Carolina Community College System Tentative Approval for Capital Improvement form, the Stokes County Forsyth Tech campus would be roughly 20,000 square feet and located on the Meadows property off of Dodgetown Road.

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Forsyth Tech awarded $15 million grant from Labor Department http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-awarded-15-million-grant-from-labor-department/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-awarded-15-million-grant-from-labor-department/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 20:55:09 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3173 Winston-Salem Journal

September 19, 2012

Forsyth Technical Community College was awarded a $15 million grant Wednesday as part of a national effort to develop and expand workforce training in the biotechnology industry.

Forsyth Tech received the three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training program, which helps workers who lost jobs because of global competition.

The grant will be used to establish the Community College Consortium for Biosciences Credentials, a national partnership that includes 12 community colleges across the country, the N.C. BioNetwork Center in Raleigh and major employers in the bioscience industry. Forsyth Tech will be the consortium leader.

Read more in the following publications:

http://www2.journalnow.com/news/2012/sep/19/1/forsyth-tech-awarded-15-million-grant-from-labor-d-ar-2622021/

http://www.bizjournals.com/triad/news/2012/09/19/forsyth-tech-lands-big-biotech.html

http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA20121885.htm

http://www.hagan.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=1905

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/54934115-79/community-million-college-awards.html.csp

http://triad.news14.com/content/top_stories/664289/forsyth-tech-awarded–15-million-grant-in-biosciences-field/

http://www.nwitimes.com/business/local/ivy-tech-to-benefit-from-dol-grants/article_42a7a3e9-6a0b-5547-9f42-2bdfe728c9d2.html

http://www.thewheelerreport.com/releases/September12/0920/0920wtcs.pdf

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/9/prweb9939728.htm

http://www.insideindianabusiness.com/newsitem.asp?ID=55814

http://ivytechnews.com/2012/09/26/ivy-tech-bloomington-awarded-a-1-million-federal-grant-to-develop-national-medical-device-manufacturing-curriculum/

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Editorial: Cuts needed to avoid local ‘fiscal cliff’ http://www.forsythtech.edu/editorial-cuts-needed-to-avoid-local-fiscal-cliff/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/editorial-cuts-needed-to-avoid-local-fiscal-cliff/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 20:54:03 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3171 Winston-Salem Journal

September 24, 2012

Two stories on the front page of Thursday’s Journal stood out: One on Winston-Salem’s Census Bureau poverty rate rising to 24 percent, the other on Forsyth Technical Community College getting a $15 million grant for a job-training program. Poverty is not going away, and we need more leadership and programs to fight it.

Forsyth Tech has helped lead the way in that transformation. It’s laurels include helping to land the Caterpillar plant. And Wednesday, it was awarded a $15 million grant from a U.S. Department of Labor program that helps workers who lost jobs because of global competition.

Read more: http://www2.journalnow.com/news/opinion/2012/sep/24/editorial-cuts-needed-avoid-local-fical-cliff-ar-2632414/

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Deputy Secretary of Labor Seth D. Harris to tour Forsyth Tech, highlight innovative training programs at community colleges nationwide http://www.forsythtech.edu/deputy-secretary-of-labor-seth-d-harris-to-tour-forsyth-tech-highlight-innovative-training-programs-at-community-colleges-nationwide/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/deputy-secretary-of-labor-seth-d-harris-to-tour-forsyth-tech-highlight-innovative-training-programs-at-community-colleges-nationwide/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 20:53:41 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3169 College will lead consortium that received nearly $15 million for bioscience credentialing program

ATLANTA – On Thursday, Sept. 27, Deputy Secretary of Labor Seth D. Harris will visit Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, N.C., to tour the college’s state-of-the-art bioscience labs and observe students and faculty in action. Remarks and a press availability will follow the tour.

Forsyth Technical Community College is leading a nationwide consortium of schools that has received nearly $15 million in grants through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College to Career Training initiative. The funding will enable the consortium’s bioscience credentialing program to prepare trade-impacted workers and the long-term unemployed for high-quality, high-wage jobs within the bioscience and health care sectors.

A total of 54 grants covering nearly 300 schools across the country was announced Sept. 19. These grants will foster partnerships between community colleges and local employers to promote skills development and employment opportunities in fields such as advanced manufacturing, transportation and health care, as well as science, technology, engineering and math occupations. Additional information on the program, including a full list of grantees, is available at http://www.doleta.gov/taaccct.

WHO:
                 Seth D. Harris, deputy secretary of labor
                 Dr. Gary M. Green, president, Forsyth Technical Community College
Russ Read, executive director, National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce
Phil Shugart, president, Carolina Liquid Chemistries
Hannah Sanders, Forsyth Tech biotechnology student

WHAT:
                 Tour of Forsyth Technical Community College, remarks, press availability

WHERE:
                 Forsyth Technical Community College
Technology Building
2100 Silas Creek Parkway
Winston-Salem, N.C. 27103-5197

WHEN:
                 Thursday, Sept. 27
Tour: 10:15 a.m. EDT
Remarks and press availability: 11:15 a.m. EDT

Press interested in covering the event should contact Mike D’Aquino or Jason Kuruvilla using the contact information above.

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Top 10 highest funded community colleges in N.C. http://www.forsythtech.edu/top-10-highest-funded-community-colleges-in-n-c/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/top-10-highest-funded-community-colleges-in-n-c/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 20:53:08 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3167 Triangle Business Journal

September 24, 2012

The huge influx of students into North Carolina’s community college system since the financial collapse has been well documented, and it has meant more funding from the state for those colleges. A full-time equivalent student is calculated by total credit hours, not headcount. Therefore, two part-time students could together make up a full-time equivalent student. Measuring FTE students, the state expects to have 247,937 students this year – and the legislature has allocated $1.35 billion to the colleges to educate those students.

This article includes a slideshow, which demonstrates that Forsyth Tech is the fifth highest funded community college in North Carolina.

Read more: http://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/news/2012/09/24/top-10-highest-funded-community.html?s=image_gallery

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Forsyth Tech awarded $15 million grant in biosciences field http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-awarded-15-million-grant-in-biosciences-field/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-awarded-15-million-grant-in-biosciences-field/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 20:52:43 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3165 News 14

September 20, 2012

Biosciences are at the core of curing diseases, combating hunger and creating new fuels. Through a competitive process, the Department of Labor has awarded Forsyth Tech a $15 million grant to promote job training in biosciences and biotechnology.

Over three years, Forsyth Tech and 12 other community colleges across the country will establish the Community College Consortium for Biosciences Credentials. This means their students can earn specialized credentials that are nationally recognized in the biosciences field.

Read more: http://triad.news14.com/content/top_stories/664289/forsyth-tech-awarded–15-million-grant-in-biosciences-field/

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A traffic friendly Rock the Block http://www.forsythtech.edu/a-traffic-friendly-rock-the-block/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/a-traffic-friendly-rock-the-block/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 20:52:22 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3163 Winston-Salem Chronicle

September 12, 2012

Rock the Block, the city’s annual end-of-summer downtown street festival, was held in Winston-Salem on September 21-22.  Forsyth Tech sponsored Rock This!, the teen battle of the rock bands, which was held at Winston Square Park.

Read more: http://www.wschronicle.com/2012/09/a-traffic-friendly-rock-the-block/

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Study Says 1-Million Middle Class Jobs for People Without 4-Year Degree Are Unfilled http://www.forsythtech.edu/study-says-1-million-middle-class-jobs-for-people-without-4-year-degree-are-unfilled/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/study-says-1-million-middle-class-jobs-for-people-without-4-year-degree-are-unfilled/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 20:51:51 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3161 WFMY News 2

September 19, 2012

Washington, D.C.–  A new study from Georgetown University says that there are 29-million jobs for people without four year degrees, and at least 1-million of them are unfilled. Although these jobs don’t require 4-year degrees, they do require some kind of training. This includes 2-year degrees, training, or post-secondary certificate. Often times, those certifications can be earned at community or tech schools like GTCC.

Dr. Gary Green reviewed the study and offered this statement:

The Georgetown University verifies the experience on the ground at places like Forsyth Tech — that there are jobs for people who have the right skills, and that those skills can lead to the middle class. And the place to gain those skills is the community college, especially in difficult economic times, when people need accessible training and employers need the highly skill workforce that can keep them competitive. Our work at Forsyth Tech with students in fields like nursing and allied, health, advanced manufacturing, IT, and biotechnology is preparing them for the 29 million jobs cited in the study. One of the disappointing points in the study is the under-investment in community colleges nationally.

Read more: http://www.digtriad.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=246245.

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New principal named for Stokes Early College http://www.forsythtech.edu/new-principal-named-for-stokes-early-college/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/new-principal-named-for-stokes-early-college/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 20:42:35 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3158 September 19, 2012

The Stokes News

Stokes Early College High School (SECHS) has thrived in the three years it has been in existence. It began with Principal Jimmy Via at the helm, continued to grow under Principal Kim Marion and soon will be led by Principal Steve Hall.

Marion has accepted a position in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, working in a support role for STEM education. She has been at SECHS since July 2010. She calls her former staff at SECHS, as well as the Stokes County Forsyth Tech administration, a very dedicated and hardworking staff who “are the driving force behind this tremendous program.”

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Tending gardens at the vice president’s home http://www.forsythtech.edu/tending-gardens-at-the-vice-presidents-home/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/tending-gardens-at-the-vice-presidents-home/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 20:41:19 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3156 Community College Times

September 19, 2012

This article first appeared in the spring/summer edition of Tech Quarterly, the magazine of Forsyth Technical Community College. It is reprinted in Community College Times with permission.

It took Jobe Axley a long time to discover her true passion. But, with the help of a Forsyth Technical Community College education in the horticulture, she now has the job of a lifetime—caring for the gardens at the vice president’s official residence in Washington, D.C.

She’s been on the job for six months and she’s still pinching herself. A graduate of Forsyth Tech’shorticulture technology program, Axley is on the staff caring for the gardens at the vice president’s residence on the grounds of the U.S. Naval Observatory. 

Read More: http://www.communitycollegetimes.com/Pages/Workforce-Development/Back-to-the-garden.aspx

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New program moves residents out of public housing http://www.forsythtech.edu/new-program-moves-residents-out-of-public-housing/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/new-program-moves-residents-out-of-public-housing/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 20:40:21 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3151 YES! Weekly

September 19, 2012

Housing Authority CEO Larry Woods pledged last week that, through the Path program, families committed to moving beyond dependence on public support would receive assistance in education, job training, employment placement and home-mortgage financing — classic pathways in the complicated and challenging journey from poverty to middle-class stability.

This program is now available to all public-housing residents in Winston-Salem. Employment will be required for all participants over the age of 25. Those currently unemployed will be offered access to one-stop career counseling through the Forsyth County JobLink Center, and training and job placement from Forsyth Tech — all free of charge.

Read more: http://www.yesweekly.com/triad/article-14849-new-program-moves-residents-out-of-public-housing.html

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Military academy day planned http://www.forsythtech.edu/military-academy-day-planned/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/military-academy-day-planned/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 20:38:01 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3147 JDNews.com

September 15, 2012

U.S. Senator Kay Hagan, D-N.C., is inviting all seventh through 12th grade students in the state interested in applying to a U.S. military service academy to attend Academy Day next weekend in which all five military service academies will be represented.

The event will be held on Sept. 22 at Forsyth Tech’s West Campus Auditorium on Bolton Street in Winston-Salem.

Students who apply to service academics require a nomination from a member of Congress, and Hagan is hosting Academy Day to give students an opportunity to learn about the nomination process through her office, according to a press release.

Read more in the following publications: http://www.jdnews.com/news/academy-108338-day-military.html

http://www.news-record.com/content/2012/09/13/article/service_academies_open_house_next_saturday

http://ccs.k12.nc.us/2012/09/18/military-service-academy-day-2012/

http://fayobserver.com/articles/2012/09/15/1204134

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Job seekers’ chances at career fair: ‘pretty good,’ employers say http://www.forsythtech.edu/job-seekers-chances-at-career-fair-pretty-good-employers-say/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/job-seekers-chances-at-career-fair-pretty-good-employers-say/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 20:36:34 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3141 Winston-Salem Journal
September 14, 2012

The odds of finding work in a 10 percent unemployment climate remain frustratingly long Friday for the 615 job seekers at the Winston-Salem Urban League’s annual career fair.

But as they entered the gymnasium of Forsyth Technical Community College’s West campus, their collective sense of optimism and hope was unmistakable.

Unlike many recent job fairs, in which the best outcome to be expected was a handshake and an exchanged résumé, many of the 47 participating employers are actively hiring.

Read more: http://www2.journalnow.com/business/2012/sep/14/3/job-seekers-chances-at-career-fair-pretty-good-emp-ar-2608666/

Article: The odds of finding work in a 10 percent unemployment climate remain frustratingly long Friday for the 615 job seekers at the Winston-Salem Urban League’s annual career fair.

But as they entered the gymnasium of Forsyth Technical Community College’s West campus, their collective sense of optimism and hope was unmistakable.

Unlike many recent job fairs, in which the best outcome to be expected was a handshake and an exchanged résumé, many of the 47 participating employers are actively hiring.

Those employers, including BB&T Corp., Caterpillar Inc., Inmar Inc., Pepsi Bottling Ventures LLC and RockTenn Co., are not looking for workers when and if the economy turns around. They say they need qualified applicants now.

That reality stoked Marcy Lucas’ pursuit of a new information-technology or project coordinator job after a 10-month employment contract wasn’t renewed. She said she was out of work for about a year before the contract job came along.

Lucas said she has tried her best to stay optimistic in her job search “because otherwise it gets frustrating and draining.”

“Even if there isn’t a right fit with one employer here, maybe they have heard of other companies that are hiring that might be a fit,” Lucas said.

The bulk of the job seekers ranged from their early 30s to late 60s, and crossed genders and races.

David Coady, an Inmar recruiter, said the company has IT and customer-service job openings created by attrition and expansion.

The company committed in April to expanding in Winston-Salem, pledging to add 212 jobs and retain more than 700 employees. It said in July that it was moving its headquarters to downtown by late 2013.

“We have between 10 and 12 openings now on our website, and that can fluctuate on a daily basis,” Coady said. “We need tech expertise for the IT positions and some level of previous customer-service experience.”

When asked the odds of Friday’s job seekers eventually getting hired by Inmar, Coady stressed it was “pretty good.”

“We have received, as you can imagine since the announcement, a huge number of applications,” Coady said. “An online application is a must so we can track applicants.

“However, one of the reasons we come to these job fairs is because we tend to meet people who come cold to our booth. They may have many of the job skills we are looking for.”

RockTenn’s Merchandising Displays division has about 30 job openings, many related to a new shift it has started in Winston-Salem, according to Tonya Chatwood, a human-resources coordinator. The company has more than 600 local employees after completing its acquisition of Smurfit-Stone this year.

“Some of the jobs are those that have opened up because employees have been promoted,” Chatwood said. “Qualified candidates for our entry-level jobs in many instances need a high school diploma or a GED.”

Caterpillar, understandably, had the most popular booth in the early hours of the job fair given the company’s stability and plans to have 510 full- and part-time jobs.

Allen Unger, a human resources official, said Caterpillar is ramping up the machinist side of operations as the foundation and flooring work is completed.

Caterpillar will hire up to 120 machinists, company officials have said.

“We prefer five or more years in experience with machinery, along with computer skills and blueprint reading, but we will hire entry-level positions for those with a two-year associate’s degree,” Unger said.

The crowded aisles looked good to Keith Grandberry, chief executive and president of the Urban League.

Grandberry preaches to people seeking employment and job-training assistance that they “have to create opportunities for themselves because it’s still a very tough job market.”

“It’s not hard to encourage employers to come to our career fair because they know many of the job seekers here have gone through our program this week and may be better qualified than those they see at a typical job fair,” Grandberry said.

That’s what Cynthia Moir said she’s counting on in finding a health care counseling job. She worked 26 years for Forsyth Medical Center before taking another job in April. The new job, however, fell through, dumping her into the job market.

“The Urban League taught me how to better present myself, brand myself, sell myself to employers,” Moir said. “I’ve already made three good contacts for next week, so I am on cloud nine about my chances of getting hired.”

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Grant would boost ‘Back-to-Work’ effort http://www.forsythtech.edu/grant-would-boost-back-to-work-effort/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/grant-would-boost-back-to-work-effort/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 20:34:31 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3139 The Business Journal

September 14, 2012

This summer, the North Carolina General Assembly allocated $5 million in funds for the N.C. Community College System to address the training needs of the long-term unemployed through the North Carolina Back-to-Work program. Last month, we learned that our three institutions, Davidson County Community College, Forsyth Technical Community College, and Guilford Technical Community College would receive a total of $2.1 million of this allocation to train Piedmont Triad residents in skills that match current job openings.

This funding will allow the three colleges to continue and expand industry-driven training programs that give students valuable skills in a short period of time. Programs will integrate technical training with soft skills training, employability training and third-party certifications to maximize worker readiness. By partnering with each other, employers and work force development boards and other agencies, the colleges will be able to match training and certifications with areas of workforce demand.

The Business Journal subscribers can read more here: http://www.bizjournals.com/triad/print-edition/2012/09/14/grant-would-boost-back-to-work-effort.html or read text of full article below.

Text of full article:

As presidents of Piedmont Triad community colleges, we all have a commitment to monitoring the work force needs in our region. While job losses in the Triad have finally slowed, the unemployment rate is stuck around 10 percent, meaning there remain significant numbers of unemployed workers. Coming out of this last recession, we see employers search for qualified workers while many individuals find themselves sidelined from the work force and unable to meet the requirements for the skilled jobs that are available. As the weak job growth continues, many of these workers have now lost the unemployment benefits designed to carry them to the next employer.

This summer, the North Carolina General Assembly allocated $5 million in funds for the N.C. Community College System to address the training needs of the long-term unemployed through the North Carolina Back-to-Work program. Last month, we learned that our three institutions, Davidson County Community College, Forsyth Technical Community College, and Guilford Technical Community College would receive a total of $2.1 million of this allocation to train Piedmont Triad residents in skills that match current job openings. The State Board of Community Colleges estimates that there are 20,000 people in the service areas of our colleges that have exhausted their unemployment benefits during the past year.

The needs are critical on the employers’ side as well. We are routinely contacted by companies asking us to initiate or accelerate training for such diverse positions as electrical linemen, run-and-repair mechanical specialists and facility maintenance technicians for local apartment complexes. We are already engaged in regional discussions about building the Triad’s capacity for advanced manufacturing training, both to address the existing needs of manufacturers and to sustain the continued growth of the aviation and heavy-equipment industries in the Piedmont Triad. The North Carolina Back-to-Work program provides funding to target these much-requested training programs to employees who do not yet meet the requirements for hiring.

This funding will allow the three colleges to continue and expand industry-driven training programs that give students valuable skills in a short period of time. Programs will integrate technical training with soft skills training, employability training and third-party certifications to maximize worker readiness. By partnering with each other, employers and work force development boards and other agencies, the colleges will be able to match training and certifications with areas of workforce demand. Our priorities include skills related to advanced manufacturing (i.e., welding and machining), and computer and information technology.

We are most excited about this program’s focus on third-party, industry-recognized certifications. These credentials communicate to employers the precise training and skill competency of the potential employee. Certifications are usually issued by an occupational or industry group to indicate completion of certain training, coursework, apprenticeship or other preparation for a particular skill or job category. Many jobs require some form of industry certification as a prerequisite to hiring, with attainment based on industry developed assessments. We will offer a variety of credentials, some developed by professional associations or industry groups (such as the American Welding Society), and others by individual companies (e.g. Microsoft or Cisco) that offer proprietary training and certification in the use of particular products or equipment. We hope the credentials will also prompt residents to continue their educations, even after their employment. We believe the North Carolina Back-to-Work program can significantly expand the certifications held in our region, strengthening its work force and enabling our companies to be more.

This editorial is a collaboration among Mary Rittling, president of Davidson County Community College, Gary Green, president of Forsyth Technical Community College, and Randy Parker, president of Guilford Technical Community College.

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Winston-Salem Urban League and Forsyth Tech Team up to Help Claim Your Career http://www.forsythtech.edu/winston-salem-urban-league-and-forsyth-tech-team-up-to-help-claim-your-career/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/winston-salem-urban-league-and-forsyth-tech-team-up-to-help-claim-your-career/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 20:33:40 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3137 Camel City Dispatch

September 13, 2012

All this week the Winston-Salem Urban League and Forsyth Tech have brought students, workers looking for work, entrepreneurs, and even laid-off executives together for an educational event called “Claim Your Career Conference & Job Fair”.  All of the training seminars and meetings lead to Friday’s Triad Job Fair where companies as diverse as BB&T, Modern Toyota, PepsiCo, Centerpoint Human Services, and the Community Arts Cafe will come together to talk to prospective employees about opportunities with their companies and organizations.

Read more: http://www.camelcitydispatch.com/winston-salem-urban-league-and-forsyth-tech-team-up-to-help-claim-your-career/

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Taco vendor’s answer to bad economy: Start a business http://www.forsythtech.edu/taco-vendors-answer-to-bad-economy-start-a-business/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/taco-vendors-answer-to-bad-economy-start-a-business/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 20:33:22 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3135 Winston-Salem Journal

September 13, 2012

For most of his professional life, Rodolfo Bernal worked in construction. When the economy fell apart in 2008, Bernal proactively thought of starting his own business. Bernal is now proud owner of El Llanito, a food stand at Academy Street and Peters Creek Parkway in southern Winston-Salem, whose chicken tacos, among other dishes, result in lines of customers forming at all hours of the afternoon.

Nell Perry, coordinator at Forsyth Technical Community College’s Small Business Center encourages entrepreneurs like Bernal that “knowing your passion is a good start.” In the fiscal year that ended June 30, the center counseled 225 individuals, she said, leading to 20 businesses, eight new jobs and the retention of 50 employees.

Read more: http://www2.journalnow.com/news/2012/sep/12/1/taco-vendors-answer-to-bad-economy-start-a-busines-ar-2602220/.

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Column: Manufacturing Works http://www.forsythtech.edu/column-manufacturing-works/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/column-manufacturing-works/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 20:33:05 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3133 Winston-Salem Journal

September 13, 2012

For decades, manufacturing was one of the cornerstones of North Carolina’s economy. Then, as we witnessed manufacturers move operations oversees or replace workers with technology, many began to think of it as a dying sector. Perhaps we gave up too quickly because manufacturing continues to offer the biggest rate of return in the nation’s economy.

Forsyth County stands as an example of foresight within the manufacturing industry. In a partnership with Caterpillar, Forsyth Technical Community College began training employees with the advanced skills needed to work in the Caterpillar plant. Forsyth Tech has taken this concept beyond Caterpillar by creating a board to focus on the needs of the local manufacturing community. The effort has garnered national recognition.

Read more: http://www2.journalnow.com/news/opinion/2012/sep/13/wsopin02-anita-brown-graham-guest-columnist-manufa-ar-2602311/.

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Forsyth Tech Students and Faculty Join 2nd Harvest For 9/11 National Day of Service http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-students-and-faculty-join-2nd-harvest-for-911-national-day-of-service/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-students-and-faculty-join-2nd-harvest-for-911-national-day-of-service/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 20:17:54 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3085 Camel City Dispatch

September 11, 2012

Students and faculty from Forsyth Tech spent 9/11 participating in the National Day of Service by volunteering at the 2nd Harvest Food Bank’s distribution center. Volunteers, organized by Student Government President, Sonia Yancey, spent the afternoon working in the warehouse building pallets of food that will be taken to shelters around Forsyth County and distributed to our neighbors in need.

Read more: http://www.camelcitydispatch.com/forsyth-tech-students-and-faculty-join-2nd-harvest-for-911-national-day-of-service/.

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Training for new manufacturing skill requirements http://www.forsythtech.edu/training-for-new-manufacturing-skill-requirements/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/training-for-new-manufacturing-skill-requirements/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 20:17:12 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3083 NPR – Marketplace

September 11, 2012

Some American companies are opening – and re-opening – factories in the U.S. And many of the jobs require a whole new skills set – something someone who worked in a factory five, maybe 10, years ago probably doesn’t have. In North Carolina, community colleges are trying to fix that. During this radio interview, Marketplace’s David Gura discusses with Dr. Gary Green Forsyth Technical Community College’s proactive strategy toward ensuring employability for its students within the industry of manufacturing.

Listen to/read a transcript of the interview here: http://www.marketplace.org/topics/elections/real-economy/training-new-manufacturing-skill-requirements

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Things to know Thursday at the DNC http://www.forsythtech.edu/things-to-know-thursday-at-the-dnc/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/things-to-know-thursday-at-the-dnc/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 20:16:52 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3081 WCNC News – Charlotte

September 5, 2012

President Obama’s visit to Forsyth Tech in December 2010 lives on as seen in this story about the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

Read more: http://www.wcnc.com/news/dnc-charlotte-2012/top-links/Things-to-know-Thursday-at-the-DNC-168682416.html

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Forsyth Tech Expands Nanotech Curriculum http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-expands-nanotech-curriculum/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-expands-nanotech-curriculum/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 20:16:34 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3079 NC Biotech

September 4, 2012

Approximately 150,000 Americans work in the miniscule but fast-growing field of nanotechnology, according to the National Nanotechnology Initiative.

By 2020, that number is expected to hit 2 million by 2020.

Forsyth Technical Community College has expanded its nanotech program to help meet some of the anticipated demand for workers during the coming decade,  announcing during the summer it was integrating a NanoProfessor Nanoscience Education Program into the curriculum.

Read more: http://ncbiotech.org/article/forsyth-tech-expands-nanotech-curriculum

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Housing, jobs and retirement stay on voters’ minds http://www.forsythtech.edu/housing-jobs-and-retirement-stay-on-voters-minds/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/housing-jobs-and-retirement-stay-on-voters-minds/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 20:14:55 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3078 NPR – Marketplace

August 31, 2012

Marketplace’s David Gura recently traveled through Florida and North Carolina, the states hosting this year’s political conventions. Through his research, Gura found that North Carolina seems to have converted concerns about the slowdown in manufacturing into looking into new high-tech industries, such as biotech. Gura said that North Carolina’s community and technical colleges have stepped up to provide adequate training for future employees of new tech companies in the state. Citing Forsyth Technical Community College as a model example, Gura praises North Carolina for nimbly providing students with viable skills in spite of the current shifts in the job market.

Listen to the interview here: http://www.marketplace.org/topics/elections/real-economy/housing-jobs-and-retirement-stay-voters-minds

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NCMA Member Spotlight: Forsyth Tech http://www.forsythtech.edu/ncma-member-spotlight-forsyth-tech/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/ncma-member-spotlight-forsyth-tech/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 20:14:32 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3076 North Carolina Motor Sports Association–Industry News

August 20, 2012

Please see the attached file PDF.

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Some community colleges are prioritizing enrollment http://www.forsythtech.edu/some-community-colleges-are-prioritizing-enrollment/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/some-community-colleges-are-prioritizing-enrollment/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 20:13:01 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3074 Community College Times

August 17, 2012

Community colleges have long stressed the open-door concept, but budgetary pressures—along with the need to better manage enrollment growth and ensure students are on a path to completion—have forced some colleges to put limits on access.

Read more: http://www.communitycollegetimes.com/Pages/Campus-Issues/Some-community-colleges-are-prioritizing-enrollment.aspx

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Auto Correct: Forsyth Tech’s New Transportation Center http://www.forsythtech.edu/auto-correct-forsyth-techs-new-transportation-center/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/auto-correct-forsyth-techs-new-transportation-center/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 20:10:14 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3053 The League

July 9, 2012

The state-of-the-art Transportation Technology Center at Forsyth Technical Community College (Forsyth Tech) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, hit the ground running not a minute too soon. For the past five years, enrollment has been increasing in all the college’s transportation programs: Automotive Systems Technology, Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology, Heavy Equipment and Transport Technology, the Richard Childress Race Car Technology program, and Recreational Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Technology. Shop space, computer lab space, and classrooms at the main campus were heavily strained, with classes running morning, afternoon, and evening, and some programs housed off campus.

Read more: http://www.league.org/blog/post.cfm/member-spotlight-forsyth-technical-community-college

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Three Triad Community Colleges Chosen to Train Long-Term Unemployed Through Back-to-Work Program http://www.forsythtech.edu/three-triad-community-colleges-chosen-to-train-long-term-unemployed-through-back-to-work-program/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/three-triad-community-colleges-chosen-to-train-long-term-unemployed-through-back-to-work-program/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 19:17:49 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3051 (Piedmont Triad, NC) — Davidson County Community College, Forsyth Technical Community College and Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) have been chosen as three of the 10 North Carolina community colleges to receive funding for the North Carolina Back-to-Work program to help the long-term unemployed find employment and new careers, the NC State Board of Community Colleges announced today.

The $5 million program, a partnership between NC Community Colleges and the NC Department of Commerce, will focus on providing job training and retraining; employability skills, including a Career Readiness Certificate, and third-party, industry-recognized credentials to the long-term unemployed.

As part of this initiative, Davidson will receive $514,066, Forsyth Tech will receive $711,682, and GTCC will receive $879,711 to implement the program as soon as possible, with plans to conclude the program by June 30, 2013.

“Today’s approval of the allocation of ‘Back-to-Work funds’ by the State Board of Community Colleges provides a concrete message of hope for Guilford County citizens facing long-term unemployment,” said GTCC President, Randy Parker. “We will make every possible effort to judiciously invest the money we receive to prepare the citizens of Guilford County for new careers through current offerings and possible new programs developed to serve Piedmont Triad industries.”

“We’re delighted to have been chosen to participate in this program,” said Forsyth Tech President, Dr. Gary Green. “This is one of our strong suits. Forsyth Tech has a great track record for working with employers in our area to match skilled workers with real job openings. We know where the needs are.”

“The NC Back-to-Work grant money significantly enhances our ability to collaborate with other community colleges, providing job training and retraining across our region,” stated Davidson County Community College President, Mary Rittling, Ed.D. “As the demands for a more highly skilled workforce continue to evolve, we’ll be able to leverage the funding we receive to enhance the strong programs we already offer in advanced manufacturing, transportation and information technology.”

“We are pleased that three colleges in the Piedmont Triad have been selected for the “Back-to-Work Initiative,” said David Powell, president & CEO of the Piedmont Triad Partnership (PTP). “The quality of the workforce is a key driver for economic growth in our region. These new training funds will allow us to prepare Piedmont Triad residents for jobs with existing employers, and with companies that may establish new operations in this area, and will help make our region more competitive.”

GTCC board chair Coy O. Williard, Jr. of High Point echoed Parker’s pledge to continue the battle against unemployment. “Once again we have solid financial evidence of the reputation GTCC has earned for workforce preparedness. Once again our citizen’s lifeline out of poverty is strengthened by the commitment of the faculty and staff at GTCC.”

From 2000 to 2010, the Piedmont Triad lost nearly 90,000 jobs, the equivalent of losing all the jobs in Charlotte or Research Triangle Park, according to the PTP. “The Triad added about 10,000 jobs in the last year, and funds from North Carolina Back-to-Work could help reclaim some of the job losses our region has experienced over the past decade,” Powell said.

According to the State Board of Community Colleges, approximately 20,000 people in the service areas of the three colleges exhausted their unemployment benefits during the latest 12 months.

The General Assembly supported the creation and implementation of this program for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. The $5 million in non-recurring funds has been divided between the 10 participating community colleges based on the number of long-term unemployed and the percentage of long-term unemployed in each of the college’s service area, each college’s ability to carry out the program goals, and the availability of potential jobs in the service area. An additional $1.8 million in federal funding will be allocated across an additional six community colleges.

 


ABOUT DAVIDSON COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is noted for its quality educational programs and services. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers studies in more than 50 degree programs. A fully-accredited, multi-campus college, DCCC will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2013. It is committed to developing minds, inspiring imaginations, and preparing students for enhanced career and educational opportunities within a changing global environment. Visit Davidson County Community College on the Web at davidsonccc.edu.

ABOUT GTCC

Guilford Technical Community College is the third largest of 58 institutions in the NC Community College System. GTCC serves around 45,000 students annually from four major campuses and three specialized centers.

ABOUT FORSYTH TECH

Forsyth Technical Community College offers associate degrees, diplomas and certificates in more than 200 programs of study. Forsyth Tech’s Economic and Workforce Development programs promote personal and professional development with non-credit courses and seminars and provide customized training for business and industry. Forsyth Tech serves more than 50,000 students with approximately 1,150 full and part-time faculty.

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Davis iTEC Testing Center at Forsyth Tech Holds Open House on July 11 http://www.forsythtech.edu/davis-itec-testing-center-at-forsyth-tech-holds-open-house-on-july-11/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/davis-itec-testing-center-at-forsyth-tech-holds-open-house-on-july-11/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:44:55 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3049 IT Testing Center Only One of its Kind in Forsyth County

(WINSTON-SALEM, July 5, 2012) – Forsyth Tech’s new Davis iTEC Testing Center will hold an Open House on July 11, 2012, to introduce students, Triad businesses, and Information Technology (IT) managers and employees to the new facility. Located in the Technology Building on Forsyth Tech’s Main Campus, the center will administer examinations to those wishing to be certified in a range of IT skills.

Forsyth Tech students will be able to test for certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, Comptia and A+, among others. The center will be open initially to Forsyth Tech IT students. In January 2013, it will open to the general public.

Before the opening of the Davis iTEC Testing Center, people wishing to be tested for these certifications had to travel to Greensboro. The new facility will allow for testing of up to 80 students a week. Forsyth Tech students will be provided with discount vouchers to help with the fees for the testing.

The center will hold the Open House from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on July 11 and is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

For more information about the Testing Center, contact Jim Pierson, Department Chair, Thomas H. Davis iTEC Center, 336.734.7170, jpierson@forsythtech.edu.

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Forsyth Tech Expands Nanotechnology Educational Leadership in North Carolina http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-expands-nanotechnology-educational-leadership-in-north-carolina/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-expands-nanotechnology-educational-leadership-in-north-carolina/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:44:24 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3047 NanoInk’s NLP 2000 Desktop Nanofabrication System expands current

 state-of-the-art offerings to students in search of true hands-on

nanotechnology learning and experience 

SKOKIE, Ill. – June 4, 2012 – NanoProfessor®, a division of NanoInk, Inc.® focused on nanotechnology education, announced today that Forsyth Technical Community College (Forsyth Tech) is expanding its nanotechnology educational leadership in North Carolina by integrating the NanoProfessor Nanoscience Education Program into its current nanotechnology curriculum.  Students will have the opportunity to work with NanoInk’s NLP 2000 Desktop NanoFabrication System, the first desktop nanofabrication system allowing students to quickly and easily build custom-engineered nanoscale structures with a wide variety of materials from biomolecules to metal nanoparticles using NanoInk’s proprietary Dip Pen Nanolithography® (DPN®).

Forsyth Tech’s two-year Associate of Applied Science in Nanotechnology degree is the only one of its kind with graduates in the American Southeast.  Classes are held in the rapidly expanding Piedmont Triad Research Park in downtown Winston-Salem.  The college is also home to one of the largest biotechnology programs in the state.

“The NanoProfessor Program will not only enhance our existing nanotechnology curriculum, but it will enable students to conduct new, exciting hands-on lab experiments with NanoInk’s NLP 2000 Desktop Nanofabrication System,” said Kevin Conley, Program Coordinator of Nanotechnology Education at Forsyth Tech.  “By expanding the skills and experience of our students as they work at the nanoscale, we will provide them with a competitive advantage for the rapidly growing number of nanobiotechnology jobs in North Carolina.”

“We are extremely pleased that Forsyth Tech, a recognized leader in nanotechnology education, has selected the NanoProfessor Nanoscience Education Program to complement its already impressive nanotech curriculum,” said Dean Hart, Chief Commercial Officer at NanoInk. “By training a nano savvy workforce, Forsyth Tech will not only help the state of North Carolina accomplish its mission of being a global leader in nanotechnology, but will also help the U.S. maintain leadership in the growing global nanotech market.”

“Forsyth Tech and NanoProfessor are globally recognized for their pioneering work in nanotech education,” said Griffith A. Kundahl, Executive Director of the Center of Innovation of Nanobiotechnology.  “This announcement is great news for North Carolina which depends on an educated nanotech workforce to maintain its position as one of the strongest nano clusters in the world.”

The NanoProfessor Nanoscience Education Program aims to expand hands-on nanotechnology education from the cleanrooms of research-based universities to the classrooms of undergraduate institutions, and is especially well-suited to nanotechnology educational initiatives at the community college, technical institute, and undergraduate university level.   Alternating between classroom lectures and hands-on labs, the NanoProfessor Program provides students with the opportunity to learn the fundamentals for building custom-engineered nanoscale structures while working with state-of-the-art equipment including NanoInk’s NLP 2000 Desktop NanoFabrication System, a student-friendly atomic force microscope, an advanced fluorescence microscope, a nanoparticle characterization instrument, and various chemical and biological materials used today within current and emerging nanotechnology applications.

Forsyth Tech, based in Winston-Salem, N.C., is one of the largest community colleges in the state and provides students with exceptional technical education and training, as well as college transfer, adult basic education, and continuing and corporate education programs.  The college responds to student, employer, and community needs with innovative, flexible programs and service delivery.  The Nanotechnology Degree Program is founded on the six pillars of Nanotechnology: Biology, Chemistry, and Physics, as well as Engineering, Economics, and Ethics.  Program Coordinator of Nanotechnology Kevin Conley can be reached at kconley@forsythtech.edu or (336)734-7389.  More information on the college is available at:  www.forsythtech.edu.

Nanotechnology is the understanding and control of matter at dimensions between approximately one and 100 nanometers (nm), where unique phenomena enable novel applications not feasible when working with bulk materials.  A nanometer is one-billionth of a meter.   Encompassing nanoscale science, engineering, and technology, nanotechnology involves imaging, measuring, modeling, and manipulating matter at the nanoscale.  A study funded by the National Science Foundation projects that six million nanotechnology workers will be needed worldwide by 2020, with two million of those jobs in the United States.  However, as of 2008, there were only 400,000 estimated workers worldwide in the field of nanotechnology, with an estimated 150,000 of those in the United States.

About the NanoProfessor Nanoscience Education Program

The NanoProfessor Nanoscience Education Program aims to advance undergraduate nanotechnology education and address the growing need for a skilled, nano-savvy workforce.  The NanoProfessor Program, including instruments, an expert-driven curriculum, and student/teacher support materials, is available for high schools, community colleges, technical institutes, and universities worldwide.  More information is available at www.NanoProfessor.net or (847)679-NANO (6266).  You can also like NanoProfessor on Facebook® at www.facebook.com/NanoProfessor1 and follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/nanoprofessor1.

NanoInk, NanoProfessor, the NanoProfessor logo, Dip Pen Nanolithography, and DPN are trademarks or registered trademarks of NanoInk, Inc.

Media Contacts:

Joshua Taustein, for NanoProfessor , (312)780-7219, jtaustein@dresnerco.com

David Gutierrez, for NanoProfessor, (312)780-7204, dgutierrez@dresnerco.com

Martha Murphy, for Forsyth Tech, (366)397-5407, martha@thebloomagency.com

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Jane Oates, Department of Labor, Will Be Commencement Speaker http://www.forsythtech.edu/jane-oates-department-of-labor-will-be-commencement-speaker/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/jane-oates-department-of-labor-will-be-commencement-speaker/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:42:00 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3045 (WINSTON-SALEM, May 9, 2012) – Jane Oates, Assistant Secretary of Employment and Training Administration (ETA), Department of Labor, will be the speaker at Forsyth Technical Community College’s commencement exercises on Thursday, May 10. The ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem.

Oates was nominated by President Barack Obama to join the leadership team at the Department of Labor in April 2009. Since then, she has been a tireless advocate for helping workers gain the skills and credentials needed to enter careers that pay family supporting wages and offer opportunities for advancement. Oates is no stranger to Forsyth Tech. She toured Forsyth Tech’s JobsNOW welding programs three years ago to see first-hand how Forsyth Tech was using stimulus money to train workers and put them to work in six months or less.

“Ms. Oates is a strong supporter of Forsyth Tech’s mission to educate and train students for in-demand jobs that offer opportunities for career advancement,” said Dr. Gary Green, President, Forsyth Tech, when asked why Oates was selected as commencement speaker.

Oates served as Executive Director of the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education and Senior Advisor to Governor on. S. Corzine. For nearly a decade, she served as Senior Policy Advisor for Massachusetts Senator Edward M. Kennedy with who she worked on a variety of education, workforce and national service legislative initiatives, including the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. She received her B.A. in Education from Boston College and an M.Ed in Reading from Arcadia University.

Approximately 1,200 Forsyth Tech students will earn associate’s degrees, certificates and diplomas that signify completion of their programs of study during the May 10 commencement ceremony.

The graduation ceremony is open to the public at no charge, and there will be no charge for parking at the Coliseum.

First Early College of Forsyth Graduates to Share Stage with Forsyth Tech Graduates

Forsyth Tech’s first Early College of Forsyth class will also graduate on Thursday, May 10.

Fifty Early College seniors (representing 100% of the class) will attend their Early College High School graduation at noon on Thursday, May 10, 2012, at the LJVM Coliseum Complex.

Forty six of those seniors will then return to the LJVM Coliseum that same evening to receive their AA and/or AS degree along with the 1,200 Forsyth Tech graduates.

Here are some of the statistics from the first Early College graduation class:

  • 46/50 seniors earned their AA and/or AS degree in four years instead of five
  • 5/46 seniors will also graduate with both an AA and AS degree at the evening commencement ceremony
  • 41/50 (82%) graduates have been accepted into a senior university or recruited into the military
  • Graduates of this Early College graduating class have earned over $1 million in grants and loans for their transfer to a four-year college
  • Two graduating students have received Presidential Scholarships to Campbell University in the amounts of $52,000 and $56,000 respectively

Early College of Forsyth is a joint program of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools and Forsyth Technical Community College. It’s a four-year high school that gives students the opportunity to complete the requirements for a NC high school diploma and at the same time earn a two-year college degree tuition free. Students enter this program as a high school freshman and in four years can graduate with enough college credits to enter a two- or four-year college as a sophomore. Or, students can stay for a fifth year, earn an AA or AS degree, and enter a four-year college as a junior.

Forsyth Technical Community College offers associate degrees, diplomas and certificates in more than 200 programs of study. Forsyth Tech’s Economic & Workforce Development programs promote personal and professional development with non-credit courses and seminars and provide customized training for business and industry. Forsyth Tech serves more than 50,000 students with approximately 1,150 full and part-time faculty.

Jane Oates

CAPTION: Jane Oates, Assistant Secretary of employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor, will be Forsyth Tech’s 2012 commencement speaker on May 10 at 7 pm at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem.

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Forsyth Tech’s Swisher Center (in Kernersville) will be hosting an Open House May 19th http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-techs-swisher-center-in-kernersville-will-be-hosting-an-open-house-may-19th/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-techs-swisher-center-in-kernersville-will-be-hosting-an-open-house-may-19th/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:41:07 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3043 Open House

The Open House will include:

  • Swisher Center Programs
  • Representatives from Admissions and Advising
  • Representatives from JobLink
  • Caterpillar Display
  • Critical Professional Skills workshop hosted by Suzanne Stafford
  • Facility Tours (Therapeutic Massage and CNA Labs)
  • Free Novant Blood-pressure screenings
  • Refreshments
  • Door-prizes and Give-aways
  • NASCAR race car #31 CAT

For more information, call 336.734.7903 or email tchappell@forsythtech.edu

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2012 Commencement Information and Link to Graduate Survey http://www.forsythtech.edu/2012-commencement-information-and-link-to-graduate-survey/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/2012-commencement-information-and-link-to-graduate-survey/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:39:58 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3041 ForsythTech Commencement 2012 will be held at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum Thursday, May 10, 2012 @ 7 p.m.

Forsyth Tech Graduate Survey

Forsyth Tech strongly encourages pending graduates to complete a graduate survey.  In addition to assessing the college’s services and programs, this survey provides us with vital information about your goal completion and employment information.  This survey is required by the North Carolina Community College System.

Please click the following link to complete the survey.

http://classclimate.forsythtech.edu/classclimate/indexstud.php?typ=html&user_tan=KJU39

Directions to the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Parking is free. Graduates should park in the East Lot on rows G, H, J, and K and enter the arena floor from the stairwell at section 116.

From The Southwest/West/Northwest

  • Take I 40 East to Business 40.
  • Exit Wake Forest/Silas Creek Northbound.
  • Follow Silas Creek.
  • Take Right onto University Parkway.
  • Left onto Deacon Blvd.

From the North Using US 52

  • Take US 52 South.
  • Exit University Parkway.
  • Left onto Deacon Blvd.
  • Look for the Coliseum signs.

From the South/Southeast Via US 52

  • Exit Akron Drive.
  • Left over the bridge.
  • Left onto Reynolds Blvd.
  • Left onto Shorefair Drive.
  • Right on Deacon Blvd.
  • Look for the Coliseum signs.

From the East Using I 40 West

  • Exit US 52 North.
  • Exit Akron Drive.
  • Left over bridge.
  • Left onto Reynolds Blvd.
  • Left onto Shorefair Drive.
  • Right on Deacon Blvd.
  • Look for the Coliseum signs.

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Forsyth Tech to Hold Grand Opening for New Transportation Technology Center http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-to-hold-grand-opening-for-new-transportation-technology-center/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-to-hold-grand-opening-for-new-transportation-technology-center/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:39:16 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3039 State-of-the-Art Facility Hailed as Most Advanced in Southeast

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (January 9, 2012) – Forsyth Technical Community College announced that it will hold the grand opening of its new, state-of-the-art Transportation Technology Center on Tuesday, January 17, 2012, at 11 am at 4255 North Patterson Avenue, Winston-Salem, NC. On hand for the celebration will be Forsyth Tech President Dr. Gary Green, Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines and NASCAR legend Richard Childress.

The 139,000 sq. ft. facility is the only one of its kind in the southeast and will house the college’s Richard Childress Race Car Technology, Automotive Systems, Heavy Equipment and Transport, Recreational Vehicle Maintenance and Repair, Collision Repair and Refinishing, Motorcycle Maintenance and Programs.

“We are extremely proud of our new Transportation Technology Center and the advanced training and educational opportunities it offers our transportation students,” said Dr. Gary Green, president, Forsyth Tech. “We have been good stewards of the bond money we received to design this outstanding and exciting facility—it incorporates best practices and even creates new standards for transportation program instruction.”

The center represents a stunning transformation of the former Pinebrook Shopping Center. Approximately 128,000 sq, ft. of the original shopping center space, which consisted of five separate retail spaces, has been renovated; 11,000 sq. ft. of additional space was created to meet the height requirements for the new large truck repair area.

“This project was a great opportunity to re-use and bring new life to an existing building,” said David Moore, AIA, CJMW Architecture’s Design Principal in charge of the project. “Forsyth Tech’s Transportation program is a great asset to the community and we wanted the building to support that in a fun and engaging way.”

“The original shopping center was made of up smaller pieces and parts that had been individual retail spaces. Keeping existing walls where possible allowed us to design economically so the design challenge was to put the puzzle pieces together in a way that functioned well and brought the building together as a whole,” said Moore.

Key Aspects of the Transportation Technology Center

Interesting aspects of the new center include:

  • Auto repair shops are arranged along a vehicular spine that travels through much of the building. Rather than featuring a standard garage-type arrangement with multiple bays and exterior doors, cars can be driven right into the building and can access workshops from the interior. High bay truck repair space has independent circulation access as does the race care performance shop.
  • The classroom module is sandwiched in the center of the building, isolated from program areas by interior spaces that buffer sounds from the shops, minimizing noise interference.
  • At the classroom module, a glass curtain wall encloses the original shopping center’s covered walkway, creating an interior “exterior” wall space that provides active, lit space that gives life to the building even at night, since many of the classes and work occurs during the evening hours.
  • Faculty offices overlook work areas with glass walls allowing instructors to see directly into workspaces at all times.
  • Super graphics used throughout the center bring classic iconography into the building to enliven the spaces as well as provide way finding to/identification of the different areas.
  • Other interior and exterior elements relate to the automotive and race track industries, such as painted exposed steel and fencing in exterior spaces, race flag floor patterns, red race track carpet surrounding the classroom module, suspended clouds and exposed blue sky ceiling elements, long perforated steel bench and railing designs in the student lounge, and rubber flooring.

Free Public Tours Available of the New Center

On Tuesday, January 17, from 3 – 7 pm, free public tours of the new Transportation Technology Center will be available, guided by Forsyth Tech staff and representatives from CJMW Architecture.

WSTA Offers New, Expanded Bus Route Service to Transportation Technology Center

Effective Monday, January 9, 2012, the Winston-Salem Transit Authority (WSTA) is offering new, expanded service to Forsyth Tech’s Transportation Technology Center to accommodate students who will travel to the center using mass transit:

  • On Route 7, service will be offered from 6:45 am – 6:30 pm.
  • Students will be able to board or get off the buses on Patterson Avenue and/or on Germanton Road.
  • Peak-hour service (a bus every 30 minutes) will be available from 6:45 am until 9:45 am, at which time only one bus will provide hourly service.
  • Peak-hour service will begin again from 3:30 pm until 6:30 pm.
  • Students taking night classes will be able to utilized WSTA’s night service to/from the facility on Route 11 from 6:30 pm until midnight.
  • For more information about the Route 7 and Route 11 schedules, students can go to www.wstransit.com and click on “What’s New.”

CJMW Architecture is a 106-year-old full-service architectural, engineering, and interior design firm headquartered in Winston-Salem, NC with offices in Lynchburg, VA, and Lexington, SC. Ranked one of the top 50 Design Firms in the Southeast by ENR Magazine, the firm practices within a broad range of markets, specializing in design for senior living, cultural, corporate, healthcare and educational clients. www.cjmw.com

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Forsyth Tech Announces New Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-announces-new-director-of-major-gifts-and-planned-giving/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-announces-new-director-of-major-gifts-and-planned-giving/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:38:28 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3037 Edyce Hall Elworth Chosen to Help Increase Gifts to Forsyth Tech Foundation

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (September 1, 2011) – Forsyth Technical Community College has announced that Edyce Hall Elworth has been named the new director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving. In this role, Elworth will work closely with Shari Covitz, Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the Foundation of Forsyth Tech, to raise funds for the school.

“I am excited to be taking on this challenge,” Elworth stated. “The work we do at Forsyth Tech is important on many levels to citizens throughout our community. When people give to Forsyth Tech, they know their donations will have a real impact. That makes this job both fulfilling and relatively simple – I just have to tell our story well.” Gifts to the Foundation of Forsyth Tech are used to support student scholarships, faculty development and purchase needed equipment.

Elworth has spent much of the last 15 years in the field of institutional development for such organizations as Second Harvest Food bank of Northwest North Carolina, Forsyth Jail and Prison Ministries, Community Care Center of Forsyth County and, most recently, Davidson County Community College (DCCC), where she worked for the college’s Foundation and Office of Alumni Affairs. “I’m delighted to have someone of Edyce’s experience working on our behalf,” Covitz said. “She brings a level of enthusiasm and expertise to this role that will be of great benefit to us.”

Ellworth has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Advertising Design from the University of South Carolina and is enrolled in the Duke University Certificate Program in Non-Profit Management.

The Foundation of Forsyth Tech supports the educational mission of Forsyth Technical Community College through student scholarships, new technology and support for faculty and staff.

Caption: Edyce Elworth has been named director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving at Forsyth Tech.

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Forsyth Tech Announces New Vice President of Economic and Workforce Development Division http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-announces-new-vice-president-of-economic-and-workforce-development-division/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-announces-new-vice-president-of-economic-and-workforce-development-division/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:36:21 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3035 Alan Murdock Named to Vital Post 

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (September 1, 2011) – Forsyth Technical Community College has announced that Alan Murdock is the college’s new vice president of Economic and Workforce Development (EWD). The EWD division, formerly called Corporate and Continuing Education, works with businesses and individuals to supply workforce skills training of all kinds and at all levels.

Murdock takes over the EWD division as Forsyth Tech begins working with Caterpillar to train workers in the company’s new Winston-Salem plant. “Our work with Caterpillar makes this an exciting time to be part of Forsyth Tech’s Economic and Workforce Development division,” he said. “My expectation is that this is just one of many more opportunities in which our EWD team will be able to contribute to economic development and job creation in this region.”

In announcing the appointment, Forsyth Tech President Dr. Gary Green noted Murdock’s experience at another North Carolina educational institution – Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC). “At CPCC Alan worked his way up through the ranks,” Green noted. “He began in customer service and within just a few years became Director of Economic Recruitment and Career Readiness, and he did it through hard work and putting forth good ideas. That’s the kind of initiative and forward thinking we want leading Economic and Workforce Development at Forsyth Tech.”

At CPCC, Murdock helped recruit ABB, a Swiss company, to the Charlotte area, bringing in over 100 jobs and $92 million in capital investment. He was also instrumental in the recruitment or expansion of companies such as Siemens Energy, Shutterfly Inc., Time Warner Cable, Hewitt Associates, Zenta and Electrolux. In addition, Murdock developed a Customized Training Program process documentation system that is currently being used statewide.

Murdock holds a MBA in Negotiation and Conflict Management from Jones International University and a BA in Communications from UNC-Charlotte.

Caption: Alan Murdock has been named vice president of Economic & Workforce Development at Forsyth Tech.

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Bradshaw Elected Chair of Forsyth Tech Foundation Board http://www.forsythtech.edu/bradshaw-elected-chair-of-forsyth-tech-foundation-board/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/bradshaw-elected-chair-of-forsyth-tech-foundation-board/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:31:29 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3032 New Officers Named to 30-Member Board

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (July 26, 2011) – Penni P. Bradshaw, partner with the law firm Constangy Brooks & Smith, was elected chair of the board of The Foundation of Forsyth Tech. In the election, Paul H. Hammes, chief operating officer and senior vice president of Forsyth Medical Center was chosen as vice chair. Ramon Velez, M.D., Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, was re-elected member-at-large. Forsyth Tech President Gary M. Green was re-elected as secretary of the Foundation board. And Wendy R. Emerson, vice president for business services at the College, was re-elected treasurer.

Four  new members were elected to the board. They are Aurelia Gray Eller, Community Volunteer; Algenon L. Cash, Wharton Gladden & Company; Michael L. Hauser, Piedmont Federal; Charles R. Helsabeck, Helsabeck-Hall Insurance Co.

Forsyth Tech Foundation Board members serve two three-year terms and must be re-elected for the second term. Those re-elected for another term are David C. Hinton, David C. Hinton CPA, James R. Nanton, Hanesbrands and Ramon Velez, M.D. Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

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CDI Receives Grant to Create a National Network of Diverse Expertise to Support Innovation http://www.forsythtech.edu/cdi-receives-grant-to-create-a-national-network-of-diverse-expertise-to-support-innovation/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/cdi-receives-grant-to-create-a-national-network-of-diverse-expertise-to-support-innovation/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:31:03 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3030 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Center for Design Innovation (CDI) has received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a national Network of Excellence for Science, Engineering, Arts and Design.

CDI will receive $43,493 to work with Texas A&M University and the Maryland Institute College of Art over the next few months to bring together researchers and research practices that bridge computer science, engineering and creativity. The effort follows prior meetings funded by NSF in which researchers considered methods for interdisciplinary work and its potential for innovation and education.

“It is a great honor for a young organization such as CDI to have been selected as one of the sites developing this high-level network,” said Carol Strohecker, CDI director. “On September 30 and October 1, we will welcome researchers and practioners from across the country whose careers have been immersed in combining arts and sciences to advance entertainment, education and technology development. Our group believes strongly that a national network to support science, arts, engineering and design collaborations will result in diverse combinations of expertise that will lead to innovations benefiting industry, nonprofit organizations, academia and communities.

“At CDI, we have already seen the intellectual, cultural and economic potential of creative intersections of art, science and technology,” Strohecker added. “Our emerging capability in motion capture supports not only animation for films, video games and educational media, but improvements in health care related to physical and occupational therapy. Our rapid prototyping techniques support design and development of furnishings, medical devices and industrial designs prior to manufacturing. These are just two examples of bringing together computer science, engineering and creativity to have a positive impact on many different areas that affect people’s lives.”

About the Center for Design Innovation

The CDI was established in 2005 as a multi-campus research center of the UNC system. The Advisory Board is appointed by the UNC Office of the President.  The Center’s mission is to create an environment that supports creative thinking as a means of fostering the growth of education, research and commercial enterprise.  CDI began initial operations in 2007 at an interim site in Winston Tower and is currently planning a 27,000 square foot facility to be constructed in the Piedmont Triad Research Park.  CDI represents an inter-institutional partnership between Winston-Salem State University, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and Forsyth Technical Community College.  On a project basis, collaborations also include a range of individuals and organizations involved in supporting the center’s interdisciplinary agenda.  Early results are posted at www.CenterforDesignInnovation.org.

Contact:

Nancy Young
Director of Public Relations
Winston-Salem State University
336-750-8764 (office)
youngnn@wssu.edu

Carol Strohecker
Director
Center for Design Innovation
336-354-7358 (office)
cs@centerfordesigninnovation.org

      

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Forsyth Tech’s New VP of Student Services Looks Forward to Enhanced Student Experience http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-techs-new-vp-of-student-services-looks-forward-to-enhanced-student-experience/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-techs-new-vp-of-student-services-looks-forward-to-enhanced-student-experience/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:25:14 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3026 Jewell Cherry Held Position of Interim VP for More than One Year

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (May 5, 2011) – After a nationwide search, Forsyth Technical Community College has named Jewel Cherry as Vice President of Student Services. Cherry was chosen over a field of four other candidates.

“I’m very excited to continue working toward supporting our students during this time of significant growth for the college,” Cherry said.

In addition to meeting the needs of an expanding student body with limited state funds, Cherry said one of her immediate challenges is enhancing services for Forsyth Tech’s online students. “That means counseling and career services as well as academic advisement,” she said. “Anything we do for our students face to face, I want to work toward offering that to our online students as well.”

Cherry has been at Forsyth Tech since 1977 and had served as Dean of Enrollment and Student Services. She had previously been Director of the Student Success Center and program coordinator and instructor in the school’s Business Information Technologies Division.

A graduate of Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S. C. with an MBA in business management from the Graduate School of Business Administration and a B.A. in political science, Cherry earned her Educational Specialist degree in higher education administration from Appalachian State University’s Cratis D. Williams Graduate School, and anticipates completion of her doctorate in Educational Leadership in 2012.

CAPTION: Jewel Cherry has been named Vice President of Student Services at Forsyth Tech following a nationwide search.

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Progress Energy Public Affairs VP Will Be Commencement Speaker http://www.forsythtech.edu/progress-energy-public-affairs-vp-will-be-commencement-speaker/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/progress-energy-public-affairs-vp-will-be-commencement-speaker/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:23:59 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3024 Forsyth Tech to Graduate 36% More in 2011 than 2010

(WINSTON-SALEM, May 5, 2011) – Hilda Pinnix-Ragland, Vice President-Corporate Public Affairs for Progress Energy, will be the speaker at Forsyth Technical Community College’s commencement exercises on Thursday, May 12. The ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem.

Pinnix-Ragland is no stranger to the community college system. She was elected Chair of the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges in 2005, and is the first woman and first African-American to have held that title.

“Ms. Pinnix-Ragland is a business leader who is very knowledgeable about our community colleges and is committed to the success of community college students across the state,” said Dr. Gary Green, President, Forsyth Tech, when asked why Pinnix-Ragland was selected as commencement speaker.

“Commencement is more than an event for our colleges and our students,” said Pinnix-Ragland.  “It marks both the ending of an educational milestone and the beginning of a life stage—reaping the benefits of all the challenges, successes and achievements encompassed in completing a community college degree or diploma. I am honored to be able to be at Forsyth Tech and to share in this special day with our students, faculty, staff, trustees and partners.”

As Progress Energy’s Vice President-Corporate Public Affairs, Pinnix-Ragland is responsible for working with federal, state and local officials to develop public policy that protects consumers and business. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Institute of Medicine, former national chair of the National Association of Blacks in Energy, the National Parks Foundation Board of Trustees, NC College Foundation Board of Trustees and the NC A&T University Board of Visitors.

Among her numerous awards and honors, Pinnix-Ragland was appointed to the North Carolina Budget Reform and Accountability Commission, Governor Beverly Perdue’s Transition Team, and was awarded the 2010 BOBB Award in Energy by the American Academy of Business and Commerce.

Pinnix-Ragland earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from NC A&T State University in 1977, and an MBA from Duke University in 1986.

Approximately 1,360 Forsyth Tech students will earn associate’s degrees, certificates and diplomas that signify completion of their programs of study. This year’s graduation rate represents a 36% increase over last year.

Forsyth Tech offers credit programs in Math, Science and Technologies, Business and Information Technologies, Engineering Technologies, and Health Technologies.

The graduation ceremony is open to the public at no charge, and there will be no charge for parking at the Coliseum.

CAPTION: Hilda Pinnix-Ragland, Chair of the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges, will be Forsyth Tech’s 2011 commencement speaker on May 12 at 7 pm at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem

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A Rite of Spring: Forsyth Tech Holds Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta http://www.forsythtech.edu/a-rite-of-spring-forsyth-tech-holds-annual-cardboard-boat-regatta/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/a-rite-of-spring-forsyth-tech-holds-annual-cardboard-boat-regatta/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:17:59 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3022 WINSTON-SALEM (April 19, 2011) – Mechanical Engineering Technology students from Forsyth Tech will compete in their annual Cardboard Boat Regatta on Friday, April 29 from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. at the Piney Bluff Boat Launch Ramp at Belews Creek.

Seven teams of two students each will compete in the event, which has been a Forsyth Tech tradition for more than 30 years. Participation in the regatta is a requirement of the Strength of Materials course. Students apply what they have learned in their program of study to designing, engineering and building seaworthy craft that can withstand a quarter-mile water course, arriving back at shore safe and dry. Students have the option to use a small motor to propel their craft through the water.

This event will be held rain or shine on Friday, April 29.

The public is invited to attend.

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Forsyth Tech Marketing Materials Win International and National Honors http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-marketing-materials-win-international-and-national-honors/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-marketing-materials-win-international-and-national-honors/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:17:44 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3020 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (March 31, 2011) – Forsyth Technical Community College has won a total of nine awards for 2010 marketing initiatives from the International Academy of the Visual Arts and the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR).

The College has learned that its redesigned website won a Silver W3 Award from the International Academy of the Visual Arts. The W3 Awards annually honor creative excellence in the development of websites, web video and online marketing programs. More than 3,000 entries were received in 2010, with only about 10 percent of those entered receiving an award.

NCMPR’s national Paragon Award competition has honored Forsyth Tech with a Silver Award for a series of ads placed in high school newspapers throughout Forsyth County as well as a Bronze Award for Tech Quarterly Magazine. NCMPR recognizes outstanding achievement in communications at community, junior and technical colleges and is the only national competition of its kind that exclusively honors excellence in marketing and public relations efforts at two-year colleges.

In addition, Forsyth Tech has received recognition from NCMPR’s regional Medallion Awards program that includes community and technical colleges in 11 southeastern states as well as the Bahamas and Bermuda. In this competition, the College earned two Gold Awards for its billboard and high school ad campaigns, a Silver Award for its direct mail postcard campaign, and three Bronze Awards for its website, Viewzine and Tech Quarterly Magazine.

These awards bring to 29 the number of international, national and regional marketing awards Forsyth Tech has received in the past four years for its marketing initiatives.

“We are honored to be recognized for our marketing efforts by experts and peers in the marketing field,” said Dr. Sharon B. Covitz, Vice-President for Institutional Advancement at Forsyth Tech. “But, what’s most important to us is how effective these materials have been in elevating within our community the excellent educational opportunities Forsyth Tech offers.”

Since 2007, Forsyth Tech’s enrollment has increased over 38%.

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Forsyth Tech Cyber Defense Team Earns High Honors http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-cyber-defense-team-earns-high-honors/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-cyber-defense-team-earns-high-honors/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:17:07 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3018 WINSTON-SALEM (March 21, 2011) – A feisty band of five Forsyth Tech computer network security students this week returns from spring break with a regional honor and national respect. The Forsyth Tech Cyber Defense team took third place in a field of eight regional finalists in the 6th annual CyberWatch Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.

Each team had to defend its simulated computer network against two days of relentless computer attacks from a much larger team of hackers. The Regional Finals competition was held over the weekend of March 10, 2001, at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, in Laurel, MD. The competition drew more than 500 competitors, spectators and IT industry and government officials from the region.

“We’re thrilled at how well we did,” said Forsyth Tech faculty mentor Shawn Toderick, who is Program Coordinator for the college’s Information Systems Security Program. “We came up from seventh place early on and even managed to hold the lead at the end of the first day.”

“It was a real challenge,” said Forsyth Tech student team leader Jewel Hefner. “The hackers were also blasting us with loud music and foam dart gun attacks while we were trying to defend our networks. I don’t think we’ll find that kind of attack in the real world!”

Event Director Casey O’Brien commented during the presentation of the 3rd place award that the Forsyth Tech team demonstrated that students from two-year schools can perform at the same level or higher than their four-year student counterparts. This was Forsyth Tech’s first time to enter the competition and the only two-year school to place in the top three rankings.

The University of Maryland College Park team took top honors and a chance to compete in the National CCDC in San Antonio, TX, April 8-10, 2011. James Madison University (Harrisonburg, VA) took 2nd place and Forsyth Technical Community College took 3rd place.

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Forsyth Tech Receives In-kind Software Grant From Siemens PLM Software Valued at $40.2 Million http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-receives-in-kind-software-grant-from-siemens-plm-software-valued-at-40-2-million/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-receives-in-kind-software-grant-from-siemens-plm-software-valued-at-40-2-million/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:16:49 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3016 Grant Is Largest In-Kind Grant Ever Received by College

(WINSTON-SALEM, March 10, 2011) – Forsyth Tech today announced an in-kind software grant from Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, with a commercial value of $40.2 million. This is the largest single in-kind grant the school has ever received.

The in-kind software grant, made through Siemens PLM Software’s GO PLM™ initiative, will provide the college with software introducing students to product design, development and manufacturing processes technology used by many of the world’s leading manufacturing companies.

The software, which includes Siemens PLM Software’s NX™ software, a comprehensive digital product development solution; and CAM Express software, a full function NC programming system, will be incorporated into the Mechanical Engineering Technology and Machining Technology curricula, which will be used, in part, to train those hired at the new Caterpillar facility in Winston-Salem.

“This grant from Siemens PLM Software exponentially expands our ability to train our students in advanced technologies and prepare them for in-demand manufacturing jobs,” said Todd Bishop, Program Coordinator of Forsyth Tech’s Mechanical Engineering Technology program. Bishop applied for the grant and will serve as a liaison between Siemens PLM Software and Forsyth Tech.

“Siemens PLM Software recognizes the important responsibility industry has in helping academic institutions to increase the skills of the workforce,” said Dave Shook, senior vice president and managing director, Americas, Siemens PLM Software. “Siemens PLM Software takes a leadership role in this critical process by providing Forsyth Tech access to PLM technology, which otherwise would be out of reach for the academic community, giving students a distinct advantage by being able to use the same PLM technology widely-used by many of the leading multi-national manufacturing companies around the globe.”

GO PLM Initiative

Siemens PLM Software’s Global Opportunities in Product Lifecycle Management (GO PLM™) initiative leads the industry in the commercial value of the in-kind grants it provides and brings together four complementary community involvement programs focused on academic partnership, regional productivity, youth and displaced worker development and the PACE (Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education) program. GO PLM provides PLM technology to more than one million students yearly at nearly 10,800 global institutions, where it is used at every academic level – from grade schools to graduate engineering research programs. For more information on GO PLM and the partners and programs it supports visit www.siemens.com/partners/goplm.

Note: GO PLM and NX are trademarks or registered trademarks of Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries.

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Dr. Bob H. Greene, Past President of Forsyth Tech, Receives 2011 I.E. Ready Award http://www.forsythtech.edu/dr-bob-h-greene-past-president-of-forsyth-tech-receives-2011-i-e-ready-award/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/dr-bob-h-greene-past-president-of-forsyth-tech-receives-2011-i-e-ready-award/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:16:21 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3014 Distinction Is Highest Honor Bestowed by State Board of Community Colleges

(WINSTON-SALEM, February 22, 2011) – The NC State Board of Community Colleges has named Dr. Bob H. Greene, past president of Forsyth Tech, the 2011 recipient of the I. E. Ready Award, the highest honor bestowed by the NC State Board of Community Colleges. Dr. Greene will receive the award at the North Carolina Community College 2011 Excellence Event on April 14, 2011, at the Jane S. McKimmon Center on the NC State campus in Raleigh.

Dr. Greene, who continues to live in Winston-Salem, served as Forsyth Tech’s fifth president from 1981 – 1995. During his tenure at Forsyth Tech, Dr. Greene was instrumental in managing unprecedented growth at the college, including:

  • More than doubling the physical size of the campus, from 177,554 square feet to 471,759 square feet
  • Overseeing the construction and opening of five new buildings on Main Campus
  • Acquiring the former Dalton Jr. High School on Bolton Street and renovating it to house and expand the college’s Corporate and Continuing Education division
  • Acquiring the properties and planning for two off-campus centers, known today as the Grady Swisher Center and the Mazie Woodruff Center
  • Promoting the passage of two bond referenda for the college to help fund its expansion
  • Securing hospital funding in close cooperation with the presidents of the two local hospitals for a building that now houses the nursing and allied health programs. Prior to Dr. Greene’s retirement, the College Board of Trustees approved naming the new health technology center Bob H. Greene Hall.
  • Growing the college’s enrollment to the fifth largest in the state.

Dr. Greene served as a member of the State Board of Community Colleges from 1995 – 2009. During this time, he was a member of the Program Services Committee, serving as its Chairman from 2001 – 2005, among other positions held.

Dr. Greene also served as Liaison to the Joint Education Governing Boards, which included representatives from the UNC Board of Governors, the State Board of Education, and the Independent Colleges and Universities. This work led directly to the greatest level of cooperation that the state’s University System and Community Colleges has ever seen.

Dr. Greene has served for many years on the board of Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina. The Bob H. Greene College Scholarship Program was named in his honor to support the children of Goodwill employees who demonstrate involvement in their communities and represent the values of Goodwill.

In addition, Dr. Greene has served as Chairman of the Board for Carolina Medicorp, Inc. (now known as Forsyth Medical Center) and United Way of Forsyth County.

In 1990, Dr. Greene was honored as one of the nation’s most innovative community college president by the League of Innovation in Community Colleges.

The I. E. Ready award was created in 1983 to recognize individuals who have made significant, statewide contributions to the establishment, development or enhancement of the North Carolina Community College System. The award is named for the late Issac Epps Ready, who was the first president of the North Carolina Community College System.

The award is sponsored by the State Board of Community Colleges and endowed by R.J. Reynolds.

Previous recipients of this award include Governor James B. Hunt; former executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, Thomas W. Lambeth; and Martin Lancaster, former President of the North Carolina Community College System.

CAPTION: Dr. Bob H. Greene served as president of Forsyth Tech from 1981 – 1995.

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Forsyth Tech Student Invited by White House to Attend State of the Union Address http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-student-invited-by-white-house-to-attend-state-of-the-union-address/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-student-invited-by-white-house-to-attend-state-of-the-union-address/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:14:58 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3012 Biotech Student, Kathy Proctor, to Sit in First Lady’s Box

(WINSTON-SALEM, January 24, 2011) – Kathy Proctor, a second-year biotech student at Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, NC, has been invited by the White House to share the First Lady’s box during the President’s State of the Union address tomorrow evening.

According to Proctor, she received the call from the White House on Wednesday, January 19th. “I was driving down I-40 to meet my daughter for lunch when they asked me if I’d like to sit in the First Lady’s box in the gallery,” she said. “I was totally surprised by this amazing and unexpected invitation. It’s such an honor.”

Proctor, who is 55 and a single mom of twin 18-year-old daughters, first drew President Obama’s attention during his tour of Forsyth Tech’s biotech labs on his December 6, 2010, visit to the college. At that time, Proctor explained to the President that she had been employed in the struggling furniture industry for 30 years. “He asked me if I had seen the layoffs coming,” she said. “I told him I decided to retrain for a new career because those furniture jobs kept disappearing.” Proctor said she chose biotechnology, because she recognized it as an emerging field that will offer the jobs of the future.

“As we look back at President Obama’s visit to Forsyth Tech last month, we are realizing how strategic that trip was,” said Dr. Gary Green, President of Forsyth Tech. “The President was clearly interested in hearing about our students’ focus on improving their skills to better meet the changing demands of the global economy, which is a priority for this Administration.”

PHOTO CAPTION: Kathy Proctor, far right (with glasses, left hand in pocket), seen here with classmates during President Obama’s tour of her biotech lab at Forsyth Technical Community College on December 6, 2010.

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Forsyth Tech Receives $6 Million To Construct First Permanent Facility in Stokes County http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-receives-6-million-to-construct-first-permanent-facility-in-stokes-county/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-receives-6-million-to-construct-first-permanent-facility-in-stokes-county/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:11:41 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3009 Commissioners Approve Funding as Part of School Capital Projects Initiative

(WINSTON-SALEM, November 10, 2010) – Forsyth Technical Community College will receive $6 million from Stokes County for a “brick and mortar” structure to be built on the college’s Meadows site in Walnut Cove. Construction on the Forsyth Tech Stokes County Center building, which will become the college’s first permanent facility in Stokes County, will begin in January 2013.

Stokes County Commissioners approved the allocation of $6 million to Forsyth Tech as part of a $26.5 million school capital projects package voted into action earlier this week. This package, which funds school construction and renovations from the elementary to community college level, is part of a long-term educational initiative designed to meet the projected educational needs of the county’s growing population, address overcrowding issues, and support economic development in Stokes County by attracting new businesses with assurances of an educated and skilled workforce.

“We are grateful to the Stokes County Commissioners for providing us with the ability to move ahead with our planned expansion into Stokes County sooner than we expected,” said Dr. Gary Green, Forsyth Tech’s president. “A permanent Forsyth Tech facility in Stokes will facilitate the introduction and expansion of many educational and workforce training opportunities to meet the anticipated growth needs of the county.”

The announcement of the $6 million allocation by Stokes County Commissioners comes less than six weeks after Forsyth Tech held an official ceremony celebrating the opening of an eight-room pod on the Meadows site, which is currently being used by Stokes Early College High School during the day and for adult evening classes. The pod is already operating at near capacity.

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Forsyth Tech is sponsoring a new stage this year at Rock the Block—the teen rock band competition, Rock This!, that will be held on Marshall St. on Saturday, Sept. 18. http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-is-sponsoring-a-new-stage-this-year-at-rock-the-block-the-teen-rock-band-competition-rock-this-that-will-be-held-on-marshall-st-on-saturday-sept-18/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-is-sponsoring-a-new-stage-this-year-at-rock-the-block-the-teen-rock-band-competition-rock-this-that-will-be-held-on-marshall-st-on-saturday-sept-18/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:11:19 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3007 Here are some of the details:

  • Forsyth Tech chose to sponsor the teen rock band competition stage to reach out to key target audiences, including middle school and high school students and their parents, as part of the college’s 50th anniversary year celebrations.
  • The Rock This! band competition will begin around 12:30 pm Saturday. It will be held in four rounds, with the crowd texting their votes to determine the winners of each round. The winners of the first three rounds will compete in the fourth round for the $500 prize.
  • Eddie Waddell, Director of Recruiting and Student Support Services at Forsyth Tech, will be on hand to issue the $500 winner’s check when the competition comes to an end between 10:30 -11:00 pm Saturday night.
  • Every 15 minutes throughout Rock This!, Forsyth Tech will have a drawing for a USB bracelet (“Get plugged into the future @ Forsyth Tech”) that is preloaded with a link to Forsyth Tech’s website. Winners of the bracelets will be notified by text or voice mail.
  • Forsyth Tech will be giving away customized “FT” silly bandz to visitors who stop by their booth.
  • Forsyth Tech’s Rock This! booth volunteers will include Early College students from Forsyth and Stokes counties.
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National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce at Forsyth Tech and National Manufacturing Institute Join Forces http://www.forsythtech.edu/national-center-for-the-biotechnology-workforce-at-forsyth-tech-and-national-manufacturing-institute-join-forces/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/national-center-for-the-biotechnology-workforce-at-forsyth-tech-and-national-manufacturing-institute-join-forces/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:11:02 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3005 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (September 14, 2010) – The National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce (NCBW) at Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem and the Washington-based Manufacturing Institute (the Institute) announced a formal alliance today to jointly develop a highly-skilled and educated 21st century biotechnology and pharmaceutical production workforce.

The new collaboration includes a five-year commitment to support advancements in career and technical education, such as developing community college programs of study in biotechnology, pharmaceutical production, and medical device manufacturing aligned to industry standards. By jointly advocating for public and private investment in these workforce development initiatives and expanding outreach to students, parents, educators, and transitioning workers about valuable career opportunities, the partnership will build the talent pool and enhance the competitiveness of the U.S. biotechnology workforce and the industry as a whole.

“The biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and medical device industries are among the growing sectors in our manufacturing economy,” said Emily DeRocco, President of The Manufacturing Institute. “The continued growth of U.S. manufacturing in these global markets requires a highly-skilled technical workforce. This alliance will develop and implement replicable solutions to the nation’s need for a technical workforce in support of manufacturing.”

Currently, 42,000 businesses in the bioscience sector directly employ 1.3 million individuals and support an additional 7.5 million related jobs across the nation. North Carolina continues to be a national leader in bioscience research and innovation, with academic bioscience research expenditures rapidly growing beyond 2006 levels of $1.31 billion. North Carolina is also the third largest employer in biotechnology nationwide.

“Building partnerships between industry and academic research centers like the NCBW is a strategic imperative in maintaining leadership in invention and innovation,” said Russ Read, Executive Director of the National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce. “Our partnership with the Institute will enhance our center as an important resource for practical solutions and best practices in educating and training the biotechnology workforce.”

Created in 2004, NCBW is a best practices center based at Forsyth Technical Community College and is an integral part of the North Carolina Community College System’s BioNetwork, a statewide workforce training and education resource that develops curriculum and customer-driven continuing education courses for the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and life science industries. As a critical spoke in BioNetwork, NCBW aims to find cutting-edge solutions for educating and enhancing the biotech workforce through advocacy, outreach and strategic partnerships with workforce development organizations, community colleges, and the private sector at both the state and national level. Funded originally with a U.S. Department of Labor High Growth Grant, NCBW specifically seeks new ways and means of educating biotechnology technicians through enhanced training techniques, levels and efficiencies.

“Forsyth Tech is one of four colleges spearheading the national development and deployment of the Manufacturing Skills Certification System that integrates the needs and requirements of industry into for-credit curricula in advanced manufacturing,” said Gary Green, President of Forsyth Technical Community College. “This initiative builds off that leadership role.”

NCBW will lead the way in developing educational pathways that align with career pathways in biotechnology and pharmaceutical production, and will help to establish national standards through the incorporation of nationally-portable, industry-recognized skills certifications.

“The biotech industry is a critical job creator for North Carolinians,” said Scott Ralls, President of the North Carolina Community College System. “Through collaboration with partners like The Manufacturing Institute, our community colleges will make sure this critical industry has the workforce it needs to thrive in North Carolina.”

 

 

About Forsyth Technical Community College

Forsyth Technical Community College offers associate degrees, diplomas and certificates in more than 190 programs of study. Forsyth Tech’s Corporate and Continuing Education programs promote personal and professional development with non-credit courses and seminars and provide customized training for business and industry. Forsyth Tech serves more than 50,000 students with approximately 1,150 full and part-time faculty.

About the National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce and the NC Community Colleges

 NCBW is a member of the North Carolina Community College’s BioNetwork. NC Community College’s BioNetwork is a statewide initiative that connects community colleges across North Carolina, providing specialized training, curricula and equipment, to develop a world-class workforce for the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and life sciences industries. All NC Community Colleges serving the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sector are part of BioNetwork.

About The Manufacturing Institute

The Manufacturing Institute (the Institute) is the 501 (c) 3 affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers. As a non-partisan organization, the Institute is committed to delivering leading-edge information and services to the nation’s manufacturers. The Institute focuses on developing human capital strategies through education reform and workforce development, conducting applied research to provide critical information to public policy makers on challenges and opportunities for today’s industry, and advancing the innovation capacity of manufacturers operating in a global market. Visit institute.nam.org.

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Forsyth Tech Kicks Off 50th Anniversary Celebrations with Dedication of Alumni Oval http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-kicks-off-50th-anniversary-celebrations-with-dedication-of-alumni-oval/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-kicks-off-50th-anniversary-celebrations-with-dedication-of-alumni-oval/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:10:38 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3003 Forsyth Tech will be kicking off its 50th anniversary celebrations tomorrow on Sept. 14. with the dedication of its just-completed Alumni Oval. The ceremony will take place at 2 pm on Main Campus (2100 Silas Creek Parkway). The Alumni Oval is situated in the courtyard area, between Allman Center, Admore Hall and the Tech Building (you can view images of the oval here: http://www.forsythtech.edu/support/alumni-oval). This event is free and open to the public.

The Alumni Oval, which was designed by Herb Burns, Department Chair, Architectural/ Construction Technologies at Forsyth Tech, was 10 years in the making and will serve as a gathering area for students on Main Campus. It features a water wall and bricks inscribed with dedications that honor faculty, staff and students, past and present.

Forsyth Tech chose to combine the dedication of the Alumni Oval with a kick-off of its 50th anniversary celebration. Tomorrow’s 30-minute ceremony will include remarks from:

  • Dr. Gary Green, President, Forsyth Tech
  • Joyce E. Glass, Forsyth Tech, Board of Trustees
  • Dave Plyler, Forsyth County Board of Commissioners
  • Dan Besse, Southwest Ward Council Member, who will read a proclamation from Mayor Joines’ office that honors Forsyth Tech’s 50 years in the community
  • Steve Plemmons, President, Forsyth Tech Alumni Association

For more information about Forsyth Tech’s 50-year history in the community and planned 50th anniversary events, please visit a newly established 50th anniversary section on the college’s website: http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-at-50.

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Senator Kay Hagan to Talk About Her America Works Act at Forsyth Tech Today http://www.forsythtech.edu/senator-kay-hagan-to-talk-about-her-america-works-act-at-forsyth-tech-today/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/senator-kay-hagan-to-talk-about-her-america-works-act-at-forsyth-tech-today/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:10:13 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=3001 WASHINGTON, D.C., August 18, 2010 – U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan (D-NC) will tour Forsyth Technical Community College, one of four colleges in the country selected by the Manufacturing Institute to implement a job-training program that issues nationally recognized credentials. A Hagan-sponsored bill, the AMERICA Works Act — which will create a commonsense system to help displaced workers find jobs — is based on the Forsyth Tech model.

The bill will create a system where training programs across the country offer industry-recognized credentials so that workers will be qualified for employment in that industry in any state. Hagan is working with her colleagues to advance this commonsense jobs bill in Congress. More information about the AMERICA Works Act can be found here.

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Greason Elected President of Forsyth Tech Foundation Board http://www.forsythtech.edu/greason-elected-president-of-forsyth-tech-foundation-board/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/greason-elected-president-of-forsyth-tech-foundation-board/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:08:40 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=2999 New Directors and Officers Named to 30-Member Board

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (July 27, 2010) – Murray C. Greason, Jr., an attorney with Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, was elected president of the board of The Foundation of Forsyth Tech. In the election, Penni P. Bradshaw, Managing Member of Constangy Brooks & Smith, was chosen as vice-president. Ramon Velez, M.D., Wake Forest University Health Sciences, was elected member-at-large. Forsyth Tech President Gary M. Green was re-elected as secretary of the Foundation board. And Wendy R. Emerson, vice president for business services at the College, was elected treasurer.

Six new members were elected to the board. They are Louis B. Baldwin, Jr., Baldwin Properties; Walton T. Carpenter, R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.; C. Douglas Cross, First Tennessee Bank; David C. Eagan, Commercial Properties, Inc.; D. Gray Kimel, Vulcan Materials; and Scott J. Sewell, Cook Medical.

Forsyth Tech Foundation Board members serve two three-year terms and must be re-elected for the second term.  Those re-elected for their second term are Lynn Gargis, Wachovia, a Wells Fargo Company; Murray C. Greason, Jr., Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice; Beverly Godfrey, Coldwell Banker Triad Realtors; and Will Sutton, BB&T University.

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Forsyth Tech Earns Statewide Honor http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-earns-statewide-honor/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-earns-statewide-honor/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:07:47 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=2995 College Meets “Exceptional” Standards

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (July 12, 2010) – The North Carolina Community College System has named Forsyth Technical Community College as one of only 11 schools out of the state’s 58 to have met 2010 standards for “Exceptional Institutional Performance.”

This rating indicates Forsyth Tech achieved or surpassed:

  • All eight core performance standards (see link below for a list of these standards).
  • The college performance rates of students who began in, rather than transferred into, the UNC System.
  • A minimum 70 percent passing rate for students who sit for a licensure or certification exam for the first time.

The honor is the pinnacle of a Forsyth Tech effort established to meet this particular goal. Forsyth Tech President Dr. Gary Green called the designation “a direct reflection of our commitment to excellence and further illustrates this school’s outstanding educational value.”

He added, “The entire college has worked extremely hard to attain this designation. Given we achieved it during a period when we have been challenged by unprecedented enrollment growth makes the honor even more gratifying.”

In the System’s 2010 Critical Success Factors report, all 58 community colleges in the state:

  • Exceeded the System’s goal of 65 percent or more of degree students completing their education, transferring to another higher education institution or returning to continue their education.
  • Surpassed the standard of developmental course completers passing college-level English and math courses. Increasing this rate is critical to improving overall student success rates at community colleges.
  • Posted a 90 percent or higher student satisfaction rating from both student completers and non-completers.

“At a time when NC’s community colleges are straining to meet the demands of record-breaking enrollment growth, these measures [listed immediately above] are an excellent indication that students continue to receive high-quality education and training,” said NC Community College System President, Dr. Scott Ralls. System evaluators said the results demonstrate success in student retention, student satisfaction and college-level course completion.

Forsyth Tech, the largest school to receive the “exceptional” rating in 2010, joins these 10 community colleges that also received this designation: Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, Blue Ridge Community College, Coastal Carolina Community College, Piedmont Community College, Randolph Community College, Rockingham Community College, Southwestern Community College, Surry Community College, Wayne Community College, and Western Piedmont Community College.

The full System report and core performance standards summary are available at the following links:

http://www.nccommunitycolleges.edu/Publications/docs/Publications/csf2010.pdf

http://www.nccommunitycolleges.edu/pr/newsreleases/2010/SUMMARY2010.pdf

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Forsyth Tech Announces Tuition Changes http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-announces-tuition-changes/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-announces-tuition-changes/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:07:27 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=2993 Legislation Clarifies Tuition and Fees

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (July 9, 2010) – Some Forsyth Technical Community College students will see a tuition increase as a result of legislation (S.L. 2010-31) that took effect July 1, 2010. The North Carolina Community College System this week informed its member schools of increases that will impact both in-state and out-of-state students.

In-state tuition at Forsyth Tech will go up from $50 to $56.50 per credit hour. Out-of-state tuition will increase from $241.30 to $248.50 per credit hour. GED and Adult High School students and high school students taking courses in Early College or Middle College programs are unaffected.

The changes are the result of legislation intended to streamline and update the existing tuition and registration fee statutes.

Fall walk-in registration for new Forsyth Tech students will be held on July 21-22 and August 16-18, 2010. Complete registration details can be found at www.ForsythTech.edu.

 

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Forsyth Tech Announces New Principal for Stokes Early College http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-announces-new-principal-for-stokes-early-college/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-announces-new-principal-for-stokes-early-college/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:07:10 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=2991 Kim Marion, Assistant Principal, West Stokes High School, Tapped for Position

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (June 8, 2010) – Forsyth Technical Community College has announced that Kimberly L. Marion will assume the role of Principal, Stokes Early College, effective July 1, 2010. Marion will maintain her position as Assistant Principal at West Stokes High School until the end of the current school year. She will replace Craig Boyles, who has been serving as Interim Principal of Stokes Early College until a permanent replacement was named.

“I am honored to become the next Principal of Stokes Early College,” Marion stated. “As a huge student advocate, I support the development of global and innovative approaches that expand educational opportunities for students. Stokes Early College’s non-traditional and holistic learning environment challenges teachers to teach differently and encourages students to think differently about how to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in our information- and technology-driven 21st century world.”

Stokes Early College opened at Forsyth Tech’s Northwest Forsyth Center in King in fall 2009 with 47 first-year students. This fall, Stokes Early College will move to an eight-room pod at the Meadows in Stokes County, which will eventually become the first permanent location for Forsyth Tech in Stokes County. Already, 63 first-year students have been invited to attend Stokes Early College for the 2010-2011 school year. The fall semester beings on August 9.

“We’re excited that so many Stokes County students are motivated by the opportunity to attend Stokes Early College, despite the rigorous admission criteria,” Marion said. “With the economic downturn and continually increasing costs of college, we’re trying to help students and their parents understand how this program not only provides an excellent education but also has the potential to offer students two years of a college education absolutely free.”

Stokes Early College is a joint program of the Stokes County Schools and Forsyth Tech. It is a five-year high school that gives students the opportunity to complete the requirements for a North Carolina high school diploma and at the same time earn a two-year college degree tuition free. Stokes County students entering ninth grade can graduate with enough college credits to earn an associate’s degree and enter a four-year college as a junior. Students accepted into this program receive free tuition, books and transportation.

The size of each entering Stokes Early College class is limited to 50 students. The program is designed to accommodate 250 students in total once all five grades have been introduced by the 2013-2014 school year.

Applications for fall 2010 enrollment are still being accepted and can be found by going to www.earlycollege.stokes.k12.nc.us.

Forsyth County parents and students can learn more about Early College of Forsyth, located on the Main Campus of Forsyth Tech in Winston-Salem, by going to www.forsythtech.edu and clicking on the “College In High School” link on the Home Page.

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Forsyth Tech Celebrates Graduation Of GED® And AHS Students http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-celebrates-graduation-of-ged-and-ahs-students/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-celebrates-graduation-of-ged-and-ahs-students/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:06:46 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=2989 Ceremony To Be Held May 20, Wait Chapel, WFU, 7:30 PM

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (May 18, 2010) – Forsyth Tech will celebrate the graduation of 293 students from its General Educational Development (GED®) and Adult High School (AHS) programs on Thursday, May 20, at Wait Chapel on the Wake Forest University campus at 7:30 p.m. The ceremony will feature a commencement address by Mayor Allen Joines who is a powerful advocate for the creation of an educated and skilled workforce as a way to rebuild the local economy.

The graduating class includes 224 GED® students, 33 of whom will graduate with honors, and 69 AHS students.

Dr. Gary Green, President of Forsyth Tech, is proud of this year’s GED® and AHS graduates. “The students who are receiving their GED® and AHS diplomas this week are exceptional examples of the importance of never giving up on an educational goal, no matter how long it takes to achieve it. We’re pleased that these students chose Forsyth Tech to help them complete this significant milestone in their lives.”

Nearly half of this spring’s GED® graduates suffer from Irlen Syndrome, a perceptual disability that makes words dance on the page because of the way the brain interprets black print against a white page. These graduates passed their GED® by using simple, colorful plastic sheets—provided by Forsyth Tech— that they placed over the printed page to correct the problem. Forsyth Tech was the first community college in North Carolina to test for Irlen and provide treatment. Of the 2,015 candidates who came through Forsyth Tech’s GED® orientation sessions in 2009, 890, or 44 percent, needed color overlays.

The GED® testing program, offered by all community colleges in North Carolina, awards a high school equivalency diploma to students who pass all five GED® tests. AHS is a distance learning program that emphasizes individualized instruction in core courses required by the public school system along with electives offered by a community college. Students who complete this program successfully receive an AHS diploma.

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Dr. John McConnell, CEO, WFUBMC, Will Be Commencement Speaker http://www.forsythtech.edu/dr-john-mcconnell-ceo-wfubmc-will-be-commencement-speaker/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/dr-john-mcconnell-ceo-wfubmc-will-be-commencement-speaker/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:06:22 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=2988 1,000 Students to Graduate from Forsyth Tech in May

(WINSTON-SALEM, May 4, 2010) – Dr. John McConnell, Chief Executive Officer of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, will be the speaker at Forsyth Technical Community College’s commencement exercises on Thursday, May 13. The ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem.

McConnell is a leader in the field of urology and former department chair. His career achievements include building an integrated health system at a Dallas academic medical center prior to becoming Wake Forest Baptist’s first CEO.

McConnell is committed to promoting quality in every aspect of the tripartite academic medical center mission: providing the leading edge of patient care, advancing and applying research knowledge for patient benefit, and training the next generation of medical leaders. His experience as a physician, researcher, teacher and administrator inform his leadership in addressing the challenges of 21st century health care.

McConnell earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Kansas and his medical degree at Loyola-Stritch School of Medicine. He completed his urology residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He is an internationally known researcher and clinician in prostate disease and has been named among America’s Top Doctors, America’s Top Doctors for Cancer and Best Doctors in America. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 2004 and has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and 10 books.

Approximately 1,000 Forsyth Tech students will earn associate’s degrees, certificates and diplomas that signify completion of their programs of study. Forsyth Tech offers credit programs in Arts and Sciences, Business and Information Technologies, Engineering Technologies, and Health Technologies.

The graduation ceremony is open to the public at no charge, and there will be no charge for parking at the Coliseum.

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Forsyth Tech to Hold Second JobsNOW Graduation http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-to-hold-second-jobsnow-graduation/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-to-hold-second-jobsnow-graduation/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:06:05 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=2987 Scott Ralls, President, NC Community College System, Will Deliver Commencement Address

 

WINSTON-SALEM, NC (April 26, 2010) – Forsyth Technical Community College will hold a graduation for its JobsNOW program on Wednesday, May 26th, at 6:30 pm. The ceremony will take place at Forsyth Tech’s West Campus Auditorium and will feature a commencement address by Dr. R. Scott Ralls, President of the North Carolina Community College System.

The 293 graduates on Wednesday will receive certificates from eight different JobsNow programs, including Introduction to Culinary Arts, Electrician Helper, HVAC, Medical Office I, Medical Unit Secretary, Nursing Assistant I, Phlebotomy, and Pharmacy Assistant. Despite a challenging job market, approximately 50 percent of this graduating class has already secured employment.

This is the second JobsNOW graduation class through Forsyth Tech—and the second graduating class within North Carolina’s community college system—for this stimulus-funded program. Forsyth Tech held the first JobsNOW graduation in the state at Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina in December of 2009.

Forsyth Tech continues to lead the state in the number of students enrolled in JobsNOW. Of the more than 1,400 students enrolled in JobsNOW programs throughout the state’s community college system, over 800 of those are enrolled at Forsyth Tech

The JobsNOW:12 in 6 program offers training in the top occupational areas and in six months or less prepares individuals to enter the workforce and achieve success. Forsyth Tech develops the curriculum and provides the instructors for this program, which continues to expand to meet the workforce development needs of the community.

“In today’s recessionary economy, many in our community are without jobs,” said Sue Marion, Vice President, Corporate and Continuing Education. “Through JobsNOW, Forsyth Tech is helping the unemployed and underemployed retrain for in-demand jobs that will get them back into the workforce as quickly as possible.”

The JobsNOW graduation ceremony will take place at 6:30 pm on May 26th at Forsyth Tech’s West Campus Auditorium, 1300 Bolton Street, Winston-Salem, NC. For more information on JobsNOW, please visit www.forsythtech.edu/cce/continuing-education/jobsnow or call (336) 761-1002.

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Forsyth Tech Celebrates its Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-celebrates-its-annual-cardboard-boat-regatta/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-celebrates-its-annual-cardboard-boat-regatta/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:05:16 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=2985 Just as the Swallows’ Return to Capistrano…  Forsyth Tech Celebrates its Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta

WINSTON-SALEM (April 18, 2010) – Mechanical Engineering students from Forsyth Tech will compete in their annual Cardboard Boat Regatta on Friday, April 23 at 9 a.m. at the Piney Bluff Boat Launch Ramp at Belews Creek.

Nine teams of two students each will compete in the event, which has been held annually for more than 30 years. Participation in the regatta is a requirement of the Strength of Materials course. 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 motorized journey to and from a buoy in the lake, with the student designers as crew, and return safe and dry to the shore.

In the event of rain, the Regatta will be held Friday, April 30, rain or shine.

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Forsyth Tech to Hold Opening Ceremony for Emergency Services Training Center in King http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-to-hold-opening-ceremony-for-emergency-services-training-center-in-king/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-to-hold-opening-ceremony-for-emergency-services-training-center-in-king/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:04:58 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=2983 State-of-the-Art Complex Considered One of the Top Facilities in Southeast

WINSTON-SALEM (April 22, 2010) – Forsyth Technical Community College will unveil a new, state-of-the art Emergency Services Training Center (EMST) on the campus of the Northwest Forsyth Center in King on Monday, April 26 at 3 pm. The EMST will be used to train fire, police and emergency medical personnel in high-level fire-fighting, emergency rescue, and hostage negotiation techniques.

A Drill Tower and Burn Building are key components of the eight-acre EMST complex. The five-story, 10,000 square foot Drill Tower is designed to give students the opportunity to learn to rappel from high-rise buildings, negotiate various sprinkler system set ups, and handle ladder and elevator rescue scenarios.

The six-story Burn Tower will provide training space for students to experience a variety of fire-fighting scenarios, including those found in high-rise office buildings and residences, under controlled burn conditions determined by the instructors. Through computerized and manually operated props, instructors will be able to create experiential learning opportunities for students in all levels of fire containment and rescue situations, complete with exposure to intense smoke and heat conditions during daylight hours or at night.

The new complex also contains five burn pits fueled by liquefied petroleum and natural gas. Students will be trained to work as a team to gain proficiency at various hose-handling situations needed to combat such situations as gas grill fires and residential gas delivery truck explosions.

Other facilities included in the ESTC complex include a confined space tower and vehicle extrication pad to simulate victim rescue.

Rappelling and controlled burned demonstrations as well as tours of the new training complex will be conducted as part of Monday’s opening ceremonies.

“Our Emergency Services Training Center has been 30 years in the making,” said Dr. Gary Green, president of Forsyth Tech. “We have taken the time to study similar facilities at other locations and have brought state-of-the art practices together in a single location.”

“This will be the first emergency training center of its kind in Forsyth County. It’s already considered one of the two best facilities in North Carolina,” Dr. Green said. “We expect it to quickly become a regional southeast training center.”

Students will begin using the ESTC in fall 2010.

The Northwest Forsyth Center houses training programs for police, fire and emergency rescue technicians, and offers general education, certified nursing assistance and industrial technology programs.

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Richard Childress Race Car Technology at Forsyth Tech http://www.forsythtech.edu/richard-childress-race-car-technology-at-forsyth-tech/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/richard-childress-race-car-technology-at-forsyth-tech/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:04:30 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=2981 Forsyth Tech Renames its Motorsports Program Richard Childress Race Car Technology at Forsyth Tech

WELCOME, N.C. (October 28, 2009) — The motorsports technology program at Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, N.C., has been renamed Richard Childress Race Car Technology at Forsyth Tech.

The announcement was made during a ceremony October 27 on the Forsyth Tech campus. On-hand for the event were: Richard Childress, president and CEO of Richard Childress Racing; Dr. Gary Green, president of Forsyth Technical Community College; and Randy Butner, program director of Richard Childress Race Car Technology at Forsyth Tech.

“Richard Childress Racing has had a long-standing relationship with Forsyth Tech and currently employs a number of its graduates, so I’m honored to take that relationship to this next level,” said Childress. “Having a good education is more important than ever in today’s world, and motorsports is no exception. The program students will go through in the Richard Childress Race Car Technology at Forsyth Tech provides real-world experience because its instructors have decades of real-world experience to draw from.”

The Richard Childress Race Car Technology at Forsyth Tech is the first and largest race car technology program in the North Carolina community college system and one of the finest in the United States. The two-year curriculum includes engine assembly, engine tuning, chassis and body fabrication, and transmission and gear assembly. Forsyth Tech has been named a Center of Excellence for Motorsports by the North Carolina Motorsports Consortium.

“The partnership announced today brings together the leading race car education program in the state with the premier NASCAR racing team,” said Dr. Gary Green, President of Forsyth Tech. “The Richard Childress Race Car Technology program at Forsyth Tech will enhance education and job opportunities for young people throughout the region.”

About Richard Childress Racing

Richard Childress Racing (www.rcrracing.com), celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2009, has earned more than 180 victories and 12 NASCAR championships, including six in the Sprint Cup Series with the legendary Dale Earnhardt. RCR was the first organization to win championships in the Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series. Its 2009 Sprint Cup Series lineup includes Casey Mears (No. 07 Jack Daniel’s), Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil), Jeff Burton (No. 31 Caterpillar) and Clint Bowyer (No. 33 Cheerios/Hamburger Helper). Its 2009 Nationwide Series lineup includes Bowyer, Burton and Stephen Leicht (No. 29 Holiday Inn) and Austin Dillon and Sean Caisse (No. 2 RCR Chevrolet). Austin Dillon, Ty Dillon and Ryan Gifford are RCR developmental drivers in both asphalt and dirt track racing.

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New Analytical Training Lab Standardizes on Waters Innovative Technologies to Achieve Educational Goals http://www.forsythtech.edu/new-analytical-training-lab-standardizes-on-waters-innovative-technologies-to-achieve-educational-goals/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/new-analytical-training-lab-standardizes-on-waters-innovative-technologies-to-achieve-educational-goals/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 16:41:39 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=2978 MILFORD, Mass., Dec. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Waters Corporation (NYSE: WAT – News) announced today that it is partnering with the NC BioNetwork Pharmaceutical Center, and their new Analytical Training Lab, in Winston-Salem, NC, to educate and train students and workers in the life sciences, including those entering the state’s burgeoning biopharmaceutical industry. The Pharmaceutical Center, which is a collaborative effort between Forsyth Technical Community College, Guilford Technical Community College, and the North Carolina Community College System, has chosen to standardize on Waters analytical technologies, including Waters® ACQUITY UltraPerformance LC® (UPLC®) System, to teach students practical skills associated with instrument and method validation, as well as instrument qualification.

BioNetwork meets the specialized needs of the state’s biotechnology based industries by training workers and developing educational curricula for the state’s 58 community colleges. It supports North Carolina’s goal to build on its success as a biopharmaceutical manufacturing center by educating and training its incumbent workforce and the 2,000 – 3,000 new industry workers added each year to the state’s employment rolls in biotechnology.

“Our primary goal is to assist North Carolina’s Community College System with instructional tools and training necessary to meet the needs of workers in pharmaceutical manufacturing and other life science industries,” explains Doug Drabble, Pharmaceutical Training Center Manager. “This includes current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP), regulatory compliance, Good Laboratory Practices (GLP), quality control, and statistical analysis. We chose to partner with Waters since they’ve clearly demonstrated their commitment and support of workplace development and training.”

BioNetwork supports the training and development needs of 7,800 workers and students at colleges, universities, and manufacturers throughout the state of North Carolina, including 1,600 who work in analytical laboratories. The Pharmaceutical Center now offers both basic and advanced training and provides open enrollment to companies anywhere with workforce training needs. Waters will supplement the Center’s course offerings with advanced training in HPLC troubleshooting and maintenance, UPLC®, HPLC method development and validation, and basic and advanced chromatography data management.

“Waters ACQUITY UPLC System is highly-regarded throughout the pharmaceutical industry for being reliable and rugged, and it is rapidly becoming the gold standard for quality control analysis,” adds Drabble. “We’re seeing a growing interest in and demand for training on UPLC instrument qualification and instrument and method validation.”

About North Carolina’s Growing Biopharmaceutical Industry

North Carolina has the third largest biotechnology industry in the United States with more than 525 bioscience companies, contract research organizations, and device and life science-related companies employing more than 58,000 workers from bioprocess technicians to PhDs. Among the state’s largest biotech and pharmaceutical firms are GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Bayer, Biogen IDEC, Diosynth, Novo Nordisk, Talecris, Wyeth and Baxter. Over the last 10 years the state has directed $1.2 billion toward university research and facilities, worker training, incentives, and infrastructure, leading all other states in bioscience industry growth.

About the ACQUITY UPLC System (www.waters.com/uplc)

Waters ACQUITY UltraPerformance LC (UPLC®) System is an essential component of world’s life science companies for all stages of the discovery, development and manufacture of all forms of drugs. Liquid chromatography is a vital and indispensable tool for companies like Apotex Inc. (www.apotex.com), the largest Canadian-owned pharmaceutical company, for final release testing on various dosage forms of drugs for stability, purity, and potency under rules and regulations for testing set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other regulatory bodies. Pharmaceutical industry workers are among the highest trained in any industry and are required to periodically renew their certification status.

About NC BioNetwork (www.ncbionetwork.org)

BioNetwork supports the mission of the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) aligning world class workforce training and education to the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and life science industries.

BioNetwork trains at all levels of this industry, upgrading the skills of incumbent workers, from entry level to management. Its seven centers, strategically and geographically positioned, develop short and curriculum designed courses to meet the needs of industry. The centers are staffed with highly skilled, industry trained experts that are constantly developing workforce training programs that can be delivered anywhere in North Carolina.

About Waters Corporation (www.waters.com)

Waters Corporation creates business advantages for laboratory-dependent organizations by delivering practical and sustainable innovation to enable significant advancements in such areas as healthcare delivery, environmental management, food safety and water quality worldwide.

Pioneering a connected portfolio of separations science, laboratory information management, mass spectrometry and thermal analysis, Waters technology breakthroughs and laboratory solutions provide an enduring platform for customer success.

With revenue of $1.58 billion in 2008 and 5,000 employees, Waters is driving scientific discovery and operational excellence for customers worldwide.

Waters, ACQUITY, ACQUITY UPLC, UPLC and UltraPerformance LC are trademarks of Waters Corporation.

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Forsyth Tech’s Web Site Takes the Top Prize in Communications Competition http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-techs-web-site-takes-the-top-prize-in-communications-competition/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-techs-web-site-takes-the-top-prize-in-communications-competition/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 16:40:51 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=2976 (November 24, 2009) – Forsyth Technical Community College’s new website (www.forsythtech.edu) has won a Gold award in the 2009 National Council of Marketing and Public Relations District 2 Medallion Awards.

The college received Silver awards for the Forsyth Tech Foundation brochure and the Education Bond Referendum multi-media campaign, and a Bronze award for its magazine, Tech Quarterly.

The competition recognizes outstanding achievement in communications at community and technical colleges. District 2 comprises 11 southeastern states as well as the Bahamas and Bermuda. The awards were presented at a recent district meeting in New Orleans.

Forsyth Tech’s marketing communications are produced in collaboration with The Bloom Agency.

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Developing a Global Perspective Will Be Symposium Topic – Mayor Allen Joines to Deliver Opening Remarks http://www.forsythtech.edu/developing-a-global-perspective-will-be-symposium-topic-mayor-allen-joines-to-deliver-opening-remarks/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/developing-a-global-perspective-will-be-symposium-topic-mayor-allen-joines-to-deliver-opening-remarks/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 16:35:47 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=2971 WINSTON-SALEM, NC (February 24, 2010) – The International Center of Forsyth Technical Community College will sponsor a symposium on Developing a Global Perspective, on Friday, February 26. The all day symposium will focus on how Americans can increase their understanding and openness toward the current and changing immigrant populations. Mayor Allen Joines will deliver opening remarks, which will be held on Forsyth Tech’s West Campus on Bolton Street.

The event is free and open to the public.

The symposium will open a dialog within the community on such issues as the changing face of the immigrant population from primarily one of Hispanic origin to other populations on the rise, including African, Asian, Iraqi, Karenni and Bhutanese. Emphasis will be on how these cultures are different from the general American culture and how Americans can best respond when presented with new and changing cultural differences. Topics include discrimination issues being faced by new immigrants, how those issues differ among immigrant populations and how the community and individuals can be a part of the solutions.

Also on the agenda is a small business counseling session in Spanish that will focus on starting a new business, tips on staying in business and secrets of cornering the American market. Those sessions will be held in Spanish with simultaneous translation.

The presenters represent a wide range of organizations which are active in working with immigration and/or who are impacted by changes and shifts in immigration populations.  Those organizations include Faith Action International House, World Relief of North Carolina, the Immigration and Law Project, Forsyth Tech Community College and Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Forsyth County.

The symposium will take place on February 26 at Forsyth Tech’s West Campus Auditorium, 1300 Bolton Street, Winston-Salem, NC from 8:15 am – 3:30pm.

To RSVP and for more information, call 336-631-1325 or 336-631-1326

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Forsyth Tech, WSSU Introduce New Dual Admissions Program http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-wssu-introduce-new-dual-admissions-program/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-wssu-introduce-new-dual-admissions-program/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 16:35:10 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=2969 December 3rd, 2009 – Forsyth Technical Community College and Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) have entered into an agreement that will allow students to be simultaneously granted admission to both colleges.

The Dual Admissions Program (DAP) partnership is designed to provide support and resources to students who may not be ready to succeed in a bachelor’s degree program.

“Many of our students come to Winston-Salem State without the depth of preparation needed to be successful in college,” said WSSU Chancellor Donald J. Reaves. “This partnership with Forsyth Tech will provide those students with such important supports as smaller classes and lower tuition. By using dual admission, we also will be taking the steps necessary to help students feel a part of our campus so that the transition to a four-year institution will be easier for them.”

Under the DAP agreement, students will have a seamless application process that includes admission to both institutions. There will also be shared responsibility for student advising, access to resources at both campuses and opportunities to participate in some of the university’s co-curricular activities.

“Part of the mission of WSSU, and of all historically black colleges and universities, is to provide access to higher education,” added Reaves. “As we change our admission standards, this program ensures that students will continue to have the opportunity to earn a four-year college degree.”

Students who graduate with Associate Degrees in arts or science from Forsyth Tech are already able to transfer their credits to University of North Carolina schools. This new partnership provides additional advantages.

“Students will have the same benefits as in our regular program, and will have the additional benefit of an established relationship with Winston-Salem State,” said Dr. Gary M. Green, president of Forsyth Tech. “They will have access to academic advisers, student activities and facilities at both schools.”

Students who apply and do not meet the admission standards at WSSU will receive information on the Dual Admissions Program. Students who sign the contract to join the program and are accepted will receive a letter of deferment for admission to WSSU.

Students who graduate with Associate of Art or Science degrees and who meet other criteria such as grade point average and no disciplinary sanctions are guaranteed admission into a related baccalaureate degree program at WSSU.

“We are excited to be able to offer our students another option for continuing their education,” said Green. “Our partnership with Winston-Salem State enhances our ability to provide quality, affordable, accessible educational opportunities.”

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Project Skill-UP Receives $16,000 from NC Tobacco Trust Fund http://www.forsythtech.edu/project-skill-up-receives-16000-from-nc-tobacco-trust-fund/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/project-skill-up-receives-16000-from-nc-tobacco-trust-fund/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 14:19:16 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=2964 Project Skill-UP, a program that provides financial aid to students enrolled in job training programs at Forsyth Technical Community College, received additional support this week.

The North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission contributed $16,000 to the project. This brings to $116,000 the contributions the Tobacco Trust has made to Forsyth Tech since the project began in 2006.

In presenting the check on Monday, Jeff Jennings, program officer at the Tobacco Trust, said, “The North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund board feels that Project Skill-UP has proven itself, and makes a tremendous impact on the community.”

Accepting the check for the college, President Gary M. Green said, “During difficult economic times, more and more people in our community are turning to Forsyth Tech to give them opportunities. With the support of the Tobacco Trust Fund, the College has been able to provide the employability and technical skills needed to enter or re-enter the workforce.”

Sharon Anderson, Dean of Community and Economic Development Programs in Forsyth Tech’s Division of Continuing and Corporate Education, said that awards of the scholarship funds are based on need and are provided to people who are unemployed or seeking to advance in their jobs. About 80 people in Forsyth and Stokes counties each year have received funds for short-term occupational training, in courses ranging from auto body repair to Certified Nursing Assistant.

“Our division has never had scholarship money before,” Ms. Anderson said. “It’s a godsend for us.

The Tobacco Trust Fund Commission was created to implement a state statute established to assist tobacco farmers, tobacco quota holders, people engaged in tobacco-related business, individuals displaced from tobacco-related employment, and tobacco- product component programs by funding programs that support, foster and facilitate a strong agricultural economy in North Carolina.

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Forsyth Tech to Hold First Jobs NOW Graduation http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-to-hold-first-jobs-now-graduation/ http://www.forsythtech.edu/forsyth-tech-to-hold-first-jobs-now-graduation/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 13:25:19 +0000 http://www2.forsythtech.edu/?p=2957 December 3, 2009 – Forsyth Technical Community College will hold the first graduation for its JobsNOW night program on Thursday, December 10  in partnership with Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina. The ceremony will feature a keynote address by Mayor Allen Joines and will honor 84 graduates from eight night programs held in 2009.

The JobsNOW: 12 in 6 program offers training in the top 12 occupational areas and in six months or less, prepares individuals to enter the workforce and achieve success. Forsyth Tech develops the curriculum and provides the instructors. Goodwill handles admissions, provides classroom space and assists with job placement upon successful completion of the curriculum. The similar missions of the two organizations – to help people develop marketable skills for the workplace – has sustained a 20-year partnership, which continues to expand to meet the workforce development needs of the community.

Despite a challenging job market, approximately 60% of the JobsNOW graduates have already secured employment, prompting Forsyth Tech and Goodwill to hold the first graduation for JobsNOW. The 2009 classes targeted growth industries such as healthcare and skilled trades and included Electrician Helper, Medical Office Billing, Plumbing Helper, Introduction to Masonry, Pharmacy Assistant and Nursing Assistant.

“This graduation marks the success that has occurred this year in spite of the economic crisis,” said Sherry Carpenter, Goodwill’s vice president of Workforce Development Services. “In addition, it’s a great way for people to learn about fields that have the most opportunities for placement right now and about training programs that are available.

The graduation ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. on December 10 at Goodwill, 2701 University Parkway.  For more information on JobsNOW, please call 336.761.1002

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