Building Capital Partnerships

Susan Cameron

Building hope, opening doors, changing lives…that’s Forsyth Tech’s mission. To produce the highly skilled employees the market demands, however, requires financial support above and beyond the support we receive through the state and county.

Forsyth Tech is in the early stages of launching a new capital campaign, Pathways to Possibilities, a fundraising effort focused on updating technology and equipment and providing student support. We will be sharing more about this campaign in the coming months, but, for now, we are excited and honored to introduce three pillars of leadership in our community and champions of Forsyth Tech who have agreed to guide this campaign.

Susan Cameron, president and CEO of Reynolds American Inc., will serve as honorary chair. She believes in the college’s training Ed Welchprograms and believes an investment in Forsyth Tech is an investment in our community.

Ed Welch, president of I. L. Long Construction and current Forsyth Tech Board of Trustees and Foundation Board member, and Heather Robinson, regional operations manager for Caterpillar in Winston-Salem and current Forsyth Tech Foundation Board member, have agreed to co-chair the campaign.

Ed brings a wealth of experience to this role. He is the immediate past chair of the Board of Trustees and will contribute insights and knowledge gained as co-chair of the college’s last capital campaign.

Heather’s strategic thinking, experience in workforce readiness initiatives and passion for the relationship Caterpillar and Forsyth Tech have Heather Robinsonforged since day one will be a major asset to the campaign.

Ed and Heather are currently helping the college define its value story and determine what investments are needed long term to ensure that the infrastructure is in place to support workforce innovation and student success.

“Forsyth Tech is an integral part of our community. This is not just a capital campaign to raise money but an opportunity to build capital partnerships,” says Ed.

“Businesses want to invest in organizations that can help ensure their future,” adds Heather. “That’s why it’s important for us to demonstrate how Forsyth Tech can do just that.”