Forsyth Tech Transportation Technology Student Places Second in National Competition

Forsyth Technical Community College Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology student Daniel Hanna won second place in the American Trucking Associations’ 2016 Technology & Maintenance Council’s (TMC) National Student Technician Competition, TMC FutureTech 2016, held in Raleigh, NC, recently. This is the second year in a row that Forsyth Tech has participated in this competition. Hanna took first place in 2015.

In addition to placing second in the overall competition, Hanna was the station winner in several individual skill competitions, which included Service Information, Coolants & Diesel Exhaust Fluid, Torque and Drive Belts.

Hanna competed against four other students from Forsyth Tech and 43 other competitors from tech schools around the country including Utah Valley University (UT), WyoTech (WY), and Francis Tuttle Technical Center (OK). All five Forsyth Tech students placed in the top 18 of 48 entrants. This is the third year of the FutureTech competition and is part of an industry-wide initiative to attract a new generation of technicians to the field.

“We are so proud of Daniel and all of our students who entered this competition,” said Allen Doub, Forsyth Tech’s program coordinator for Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology. “They competed among the best students in the country.

“Competitions like these offer great opportunities for our students to not only demonstrate their skills but to network with trucking company representatives looking to hire the best technical talent available. In fact, Salem Leasing, WheelTime Company and TravelCenters of America made private presentations to our students, including first-year students who attended to support their colleagues, to introduce them to their companies and discuss future employment opportunities. All three of these companies have a need for many qualified technicians.”

American Trucking Associations’ 2016 Technology & Maintenance Council’s (TMC) National Student Technician Competition
Forsyth Tech Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology student Daniel Hanna, far right, receives a second-place award at the American Trucking Associations’ 2016 Technology & Maintenance Council’s (TMC) National Student Technician Competition, TMC FutureTech 2016, held in Raleigh, NC this fall.

Forsyth Tech Thanks Voters for Support of Bond Referendum

Dr. Gary Green, president of Forsyth Technical Community College, expressed gratitude on behalf of the college following passage of the Forsyth County Community College Bonds on Tuesday night. The $65 million bond package passed by a 74% to- 26% margin, receiving approximately 117,880 yes votes compared with 42,400 no votes.

“I want to thank the voters of Forsyth County, County Commission members, and supporters and friends of Forsyth Tech,” Green said. “The success of this bond referendum will allow us to provide new and much-needed ways to upgrade our facilities over the next six to eight years. In turn, this will give us the opportunity to train our students with the skills for local, better-paying, in-demand jobs, which will help our community grow economically.”

Forsyth Tech will use the bond money to implement multiple capital projects at the college, including extensive Main Campus renovations to support new programs and upgraded infrastructure;  create a Learning Commons on Main Campus that includes a new library and features technology-rich design and maker spaces; develop a new Aviation Center at Smith Reynolds Airport for technology education and training that serves the aviation and aerospace manufacturing and service industries; and expand the college’s Transportation Technology Center on Patterson Avenue with additional shop, laboratory, and classroom space to support the growing Automotive Technology, Diesel and Heavy Equipment, Motorcycle Service and Race Car Technology programs.

Dr. Green reiterated that the passage of the bond will help the college meet critical needs and assured voters that the money will be used prudently. “Forsyth Tech is a good steward of the funds provided by the people, and we can assure our community that every dollar will be well spent,” he said.

This is the third time Forsyth Tech has received bond money for critical capital improvements.

Two other bonds on the ballot—$350 million for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County K-12 public schools College and $15 million for Forsyth County parks and recreation—were also approved by voters by wide margins.