Have you ever had that ‘gut feeling?’ Why this CMA proves you should listen to your intuition.

kendall Moser

Kendall Moser, a certified medical assistant (CMA) at Novant Health Cancer Institute Hematology – Forsyth, proves that following your intuition can not only be remarkable, it can save someone’s life.

Kendall first became connected with Novant Health in 2018 as a student from Forsyth Tech during her final clinical rotation. Kendall fell in love with oncology, and there luckily was an opening for a CMA to join the newly opened Hematology clinic. It was a match made in heaven.

One afternoon, patient who often visited the clinic was late. Because Kendall takes time to get know her patients, she quickly recognized this was not normal behavior. She tried to reach the patient on the phone, but she was unsuccessful. She also called the patient’s daughter, who lives out of town, to see if she knew where she may be. The daughter called her mother several times and became concerned when all the calls went unanswered. The daughter then called a family member who lived nearby and asked that they go check on her mom at home. The family member found the patient unresponsive and called EMS. The patient had a blood sugar in the low 30s and was taken to the hospital. The patient has now recovered and is doing well.

The compassion and care exemplified by Kendall should inspire us all. Her actions demonstrate our priorities to know and care for our patients. By simply taking the time to care about her patient, knowing her well enough to recognize what was out of the ordinary and going above and beyond to reach her family, Kendall may have saved a life. We celebrate Kendall’s remarkable work of going above the call of duty.

Contributed by the Novant Health Medical Group News, November 11, 2020.

Forsyth Technical Community College Recognizes cybersecurity Awareness Week, Nov. 9 – 14 with Virtual Events

While cybersecurity awareness activities continue year-round at Forsyth Tech, the college observed National Cybersecurity Awareness Month in October sponsored by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure and Security Agency, and this week the college will commemorate Cybersecurity Awareness Week sponsored by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education to help provide education on the growing impact of cybersecurity in our world.

“We are extremely proud of our cybersecurity programs preparing students for valuable cybersecurity careers,” Janet Spriggs, president of Forsyth Tech said. “Forsyth Tech was designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity Regional Resource Defense Education in 2016, and we have received recertification through academic year 2024 for the Information Technology System Security degree.”

Through the Center of Academic Excellence national community, Forsyth Tech is participating and making available to all students, a series virtual events, webinars, Twitter chats, workshops, contests and challenges. Topics range from professional development for K-12 educators, developing the cybersecurity workforce for the future, how to get into non-technical cybersecurity careers and a careers family night. To access the list of events, go to Cybersecurity Awareness Week on the Forsyth Tech website.

As a Cybersecurity Regional Resource Center (CRRC), Forsyth Tech is one of only six Centers for Academic Excellence (CAE) named jointly by the National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). With this designation and the commitment to cybersecurity awareness and education, Forsyth Tech and the Davis iTech Center continue to provide Gencyber camps for K-12 students throughout the year.

Forsyth Tech also opened the Security Operations Center student lab in September 2019 to help students understand the impact of global cybersecurity attacks and will provide students an experiential learning opportunity in the security operations center (SOC) environment. Students can use software identical to that in business and government to enhance learning on mitigating attacks from adversaries and detect malicious security threats. Student will begin working with industry partners as they monitoring network activity on a live network.

The college also participates in the Federal CyberCorps Scholarship Program, which provides grants to students continuing their study in the field of cybersecurity, computer sciences, computer programming, or information systems security.

For more information about cybersecurity programs and the Scholarship for Service program at Forsyth Tech, please contact Deanne Wesley, Associate Dean, Davis iTEC Center, at 336.734.7305 or dwesley@forsythtech.edu.

About Forsyth Technical Community College

Forsyth Technical Community College provides students with guided educational pathways into a competitive workforce for the community and global economy. The college offers associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates in more than 200 programs of study, including programs that promote personal and professional development through non-credit courses and seminars, as well as customized training for business and industry. Forsyth Tech serves more than 35,000 students with approximately 1,500 full and part-time faculty and staff. For additional information, visit forsythtech.edu and follow on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.
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