Students Go Head To-Head – And Come Out Ahead

Winning students from competition

The SkillsUSA Championships is one of a number of different industry-related competitions that Forsyth Tech students have the opportunity to participate in. This event serves as an annual showcase for the best SkillsUSA students across the nation. SkillsUSA is an organization that helps prepare students for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations. Each year, contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels, with only state winners advancing to the national competition. At this year’s Championships in Kansas City, more than 6,000 state contest winners competed in 99 different categories, working against the clock and head-to-head against contestants from other schools to show their expertise. Forsyth Tech is honored to have had five students receive medals this year across a variety of categories.
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Graduation 2015

Graduates at the Forsyth Tech Commencement ceremony

Stepping Up To The Future

The crowd can barely suppress their excitement as Forsyth Tech’s class of 2015 enters Winston-Salem’s LJVM Coliseum on May 7, 2015. Five hundred graduates in royal blue gowns and mortarboards make their way, single file, to reserved seating on the Coliseum floor. They’re bursting with anticipation, but also with pride, joy, satisfaction and even a touch of trepidation. But like the spectators, they’re mostly excited. Noise evaporates into stillness among the grads, family and friends, faculty, staff, administrators and VIPs in the room when commencement starts. Later, guest speaker Governor Pat McCrory comments on the buoyant mood lifting everyone’s spirits: “I have never seen so many smiles at one time. Your parents, your brothers and sisters, your sons and daughters, and your neighbors are so proud of you,” he tells the graduates, beaming himself. Then he repeats what his father told him when the future governor graduated from Jamestown’s Ragsdale High School in 1974: “Now, I want you to fulfill your potential.”
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