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.