From the President

Dr. Gary Green

Progressive manufacturing technology education was one of the essential foundations of Forsyth Technical Community College at its inception in 1960. It remains true today as we are in the era of advanced or digital manufacturing—manufacturing driven by science and technology—which will continue to progress or evolve to meet the standards for the industry.
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In Memoriam

Gordon Pfefferkorn; April 13, 1921—May 27, 2017

Mr. Pfefferkorn made education a reality for dozens of Forsyth Tech students, and even after his passing, continues to create opportunities for generations to come. He established The L. Gordon, Jr. and June D. Pfefferkorn Scholarship through the Winston-Salem Foundation for students attending or enrolling at Forsyth Tech. Following an initial grant for scholarships for two students, the Pfefferkorns extended their generosity in 2014 by providing nine full two-year scholarships to Forsyth Tech students. Mr. Pfefferkorn was the president of the Pfefferkorn Company, a community-oriented mortgage banking firm. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family.
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Inaugural Recipient Chosen for Mazie S. Woodruff Scholarship

Scholarship recipients

This September, Vernell Springs was chosen as the first recipient of the Mazie S. Woodruff Scholarship. Forsyth Tech announced the establishment of this scholarship at the Mazie Woodruff Center’s Black History Month Celebration on February 23.

The new scholarship honors the life and legacy of Mazie Spencer Woodruff, the first African American elected to the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners. Woodruff was a devoted public servant and community activist, and was responsible for gaining support to build the Carver School Road Library, where the Mazie S. Woodruff Center, a satellite campus of Forsyth Tech, is also located. She received awards such as the Winston-Salem Chronicle Woman of the Year in 1998, the Sara Lee Service Award in 1990, and Outstanding County Commissioner by the National Association of Black County Officials in 1996.

The scholarship is awarded to a second-year student at the Mazie S. Woodruff Center enrolled in at least one course who maintains a 3.0 GPA. Like Woodruff herself, the scholarship’s recipient must exemplify a commitment to academics as well as his or her community.
Ms. Springs
The inaugural recipient, Ms. Springs, is a strong student who is committed to volunteering in the Winston-Salem community through the North Carolina Mission of Mercy Free Dental Clinic and Experiment in Self Reliance, and has received numerous awards for her service such as the Winston-Salem Symphony Volunteer of the Month in 2016 and the Vivian Burke We Care Award in 2015. Ms. Springs currently takes four classes at Forsyth Tech in addition to caring for her disabled husband and serving as an intern at Crisis Control Ministries.

The Mazie S. Woodruff Center began with an initial goal of $2,500 to establish the scholarship. Since February, $5,000 has been raised. Currently the recipient is awarded $500 per school year, but the ultimate goal is to secure enough funds to endow the scholarship to ensure its longevity, which at Forsyth Tech requires raising $25,000. Forsyth Tech, together with the Mazie S. Woodruff Center, believes that the creation of this scholarship will continue to eliminate barriers and increase literacy for minority students in Forsyth County. “I am glad that we decided to establish this scholarship because there are literacy gaps in Forsyth County and our hope and aim is to help close those gaps,” said Director of the Mazie S. Woodruff Center, TerCraig Edwards.

Gifts towards the Mazie S. Woodruff Center Scholarship can be received online at

Medical Assisting Program Reaches Ultimate Achievement in Student Pass Rate

medical students

Forsyth Tech’s Medical Assisting program is one example of how the college is preparing students to enter the workforce as productive members of the community. This year, all of the program’s graduates passed the Certified Medical Assistant examination of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). In addition to the 100 percent pass rate, program graduates measured at the 93rd percentile, far ahead of the national benchmark of 65 percent.
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Competition Garners National Awards for Forsyth Tech Students

Skill Group Competitors

Since April, Broadcasting and Production Technology students have been awarded state and national awards from SkillsUSA. SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit partnership of educators, students, and industry representatives committed to serving high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical, and skilled service occupations. Their mission is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders, and responsible American citizens. Each year, the organization holds local contests, state conferences, and
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Small Business Launch Challenge Inspires Local Entrepreneurs

Launch Challenge Meeting in Progress

Forsyth Tech has good news for recent graduates and area entrepreneurs. Last April, the college joined forces in support of small business with the five other colleges and universities in Winston-Salem—Piedmont International University, Salem College, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Wake Forest University, and Winston-Salem State University. The coalition was a result of the Entrepreneurial Culture Committee, an initiative organized by the Winston-Salem Alliance. Together, on May 4 at Venture Café, these educational institutions committed their financial support to distinguish how Winston-Salem can become an entrepreneurial haven.
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