WALNUT COVE — Matthew Owens graduated in 2016 with an associate degree in from Stokes Early College and then promptly snagged a job with Learfield/IMG College as a broadcaster monitor and producer for Southern Mississippi football and basketball, with hopes to one day become a studio host for Southern Mississippi or another school.
“I am having a blast,” said Owens. “I never really knew a person could love a job as much as I do with my current job at Learfield/IMG College. Certainly, it’s tough times right now with what’s going on in the world and how it has affected sports. There’s not much to do right now, but eventually sports will be back and I will too.”
Owens has always known that he wanted to get into broadcasting from an early age. As a toddler he would sit in the floor with toy cars and announce a race since he was three or four years old according to Owens.
Thinking about my history in massage therapy education immediately brings to mind two teachers who worked at a school with me, and how vastly different they were. In short, one was probably the best teacher I have seen before or since, and the other was quite possibly the worst. Having little access to feedback and essentially no credentials in education, I asked myself how I could be more like the great teacher, and less like the poor one. And unfortunately, other than intuition, I did not have an answer, because my school (like practically every other massage school in the country) had no requirements for teachers – not even being a licensed or certified Massage Therapist.
I relied upon student evaluations, peer discussions, and the few teacher training courses I could find that would also offer CE credits, as well as feedback and impetus for upgrading my class material or teaching style.
My father was a University professor emeritus at VA Tech and freely offered advice about teaching, but it did not always seem to apply to the unique world of bodywork education (suffice it to say, he had no experience with students regularly disrobing in his classroom). Other than pursuing a degree in Education (which has appealed to me for years but requires both financial and time commitments still beyond the scope of what I can offer), what resources do I have to ensure my success as an educator?
Medical professionals across the country are working tirelessly in the fight against the coronavirus.
In May, graduates in the Triad will join that front line team to help during this crisis to help in any way they can.
Williams Wallace is one of those expected graduates. He’s a nursing student at Forsyth Tech Community College.
Harley Affeldt expected an uneventful birthday.
After all, he was turning 94 years old. That made going out for a birthday meal a big no-no in the age of the new coronavirus, which is particularly lethal for people over the age of 65. And because of their age, they aren’t seeing any visitors for fear they might contract the virus.
The Affeldts also live in Arbor Acres, which is restricting visitors to protect its residents.
But March 31 wound up being a pretty special day for Affeldt, a World War II veteran and the first employee of Forsyth Technical Community College back in 1960.
For one thing, Virginia, his wife of 68 years, who is also 94, was able to continue a tradition that she started when they first married — spelling out “I Love You” in toothpicks on the kitchen table.
“I thought his birthday would just be us,” Virginia said, “and that this would be the first year without a birthday cake.”
Novant Health received more than 42,000 medical supply donations from the community to continue fighting the coronavirus.
Lowe’s, Samaritan’s Purse and Forsyth Tech came together to donate goods like masks, sanitation wipes and cleaning supplies to help Novant Health ensure the safety of its medical staff and patients.
As COVID-19 prompted community colleges across the state to shift away from face-to-face instruction, the staff at Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem knew their students would face new hardships in the weeks and months to come.
Stacy Waters-Bailey, executive director of student support services for the college, set out to find every resource available to students. She and her team launched Forsyth Tech Cares, a digital form that allows students to identify their needs and make requests.
The point hits hard every day for Forsyth County residents of low resources trying to get ahead: Transportation problems cut across every issue of poverty. Those problems frustrate access to doctors, jobs, grocery stores and higher education. Forsyth Technical Community College and Winston-Salem State University’s Center for the Study of Economic Mobility are researching the education part.
Forsyth Tech hopes to lead the way. COVID-19 has created unprecedented turmoil for all of us, but Forsyth Tech President Janet Spriggs wants our leaders to remember the most vulnerable when they make policy decisions. Since Gov. Roy Cooper announced the closure of public K-12 schools, institutions of higher learning have also been working to adapt to the pandemic.
Herson Garcia an apprentice at Hayward Industries, demonstrates his drive to succeed
On March 5, 2020 at the Apprenticeship NC Conference, Herson Garcia was awarded the outstanding pre-apprentice from North Carolina. Click here to watch Garcia’s video.
Garcia attended Forsyth Tech’s FOCUS event last spring while a student at Reagan High School. Following graduation, he jumped right into the pre-apprenticeship Production Technician Program (PTP) during the summer, which prepares students to interview for a position in the Learn and Earn Apprenticeship Program (LEAP) at Forsyth Tech. He is now an apprentice at Hayward Industries and a student in the Mechanical Engineering Technologies program at Forsyth Tech.
“I realized I couldn’t miss out on this massive opportunity,” said Garcia. “I’m now working and going to school. It’s a great investment in my future, I’m getting a degree while working and getting paid.”
Danielle Rose, apprenticeship coordinator at Forsyth Tech nominated Garcia for the award for several reasons, primarily because he demonstrated such drive and initiative. “Within 24 hours after FOCUS, I received an email from Garcia with a screenshot of his Forsyth Tech acceptance and an attached registration form for the PTP. Wow, I was impressed with the quick follow-through of this teenager.”
On the last day of the PTP program, eleven companies attended to interview students. Only four of the companies were accepting apprentices but Garcia interviewed with all eleven. He was interested in an apprentice position, but also recognized he should have a back-up plan just in case!
Garcia now works at Hayward Industries part-time while attending classes at Forsyth Tech. He said he wants to master what he is doing now as a technician and that his learning will pay off. When he graduates, he will have a degree to help him advance after gaining valuable on-the-job experience.
If you are interested, read more about the LEAP@ForsythTech Program or apply for the 2020 PTP!