The New Weekend Warriors

a calendar showing weekend dates

Starting in August 2016, Forsyth Tech will offer Weekend College, a program designed for adult students who work full time while studying for their AA degree. “Many adult students are employed full time, and some have to travel during the week,” says Anu Williams, Department Chair, Humanities, Communication and Fine Arts. “To carry a full course load, they may need to take classes three or four evenings a week. That isn’t possible for everyone.”
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Feature: Support For The Future

a very modern looking white hallway

Staying Ahead Of The Innovation Curve: The Future Is Now

Like every community college in North Carolina, Forsyth Tech receives most of its funding from the state and county. But the combined revenue from these sources isn’t sufficient to cover the college’s financial needs. To ensure that students are educated and trained in upgraded facilities, using state-of-the-art technology and equipment, Forsyth Tech requires extra funding.
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Finding The Right Match

Luke Marot

For Luke Marot, a voracious learner with multiple interests (engineering, graphics, composing music), college was one big knowledge buffet. The problem with so much abundance is that it makes narrowing down choices difficult. “I started with mechanical engineering, then switched to business. I changed my major three or four times,” he recalls.

Luke earned his B.A. in 2012 from Cedarville University in Ohio. But after graduation, he wasn’t so sure he’d made the right decision, having settled on electronic media, with an emphasis on videography. The job market for what he planned to do was hard to compete in for someone with no work experience in the field.

He finally decided to return to school to study architecture. From a handful of community colleges, he chose Forsyth Tech’s Architecture program. It didn’t take long before Luke knew he’d found his niche. “I soon realized how highly regarded the program is among people in the field,” he recalls. “Forsyth Tech has beaten four-year schools in state­wide competitions five years in a row. So, as far as preparing students for the real world, what comes out of the little architecture studio in Snyder Hall is on par with what big four-year colleges are doing.”

In May 2015, Luke graduated from Forsyth Tech with an AAS degree in architecture and plans to eventually earn a master’s degree in architecture from UNC Charlotte. In the interim, he’s gaining profes­sional experience. In addition to working as an architecture lab tech two evenings a week, he worked for Winston-Salem architect Joseph Oppenheimer, whose work involves preserving historic buildings.

On February 1, Luke started a new job with SPEVCO, a company in Pfafftown that builds customized marketing vehicles, such as semi-container trailers outfitted as mobile display spaces. As a conceptual designer, he works side by side with engineers, creating 3-D computer models of trucks the company builds specifically for each client.

Summing up why architecture continues to appeal to him, Luke says, “It’s one of the few fields that combines science and art. The sci­ence, math, combines with design and space planning to achieve the desired feel and function of a structure.”

Graduation 2016

a graduate from the class of 2013

Forsyth Tech’s Class of 2016 couldn’t have asked for a better day. May 14, 2016, was the perfect blend of comfortably warm, sunny weather, pomp, circumstance, dignity, sentiment and an inspir­ing commencement speech. But to make sure things didn’t get too serious – this was, after all, a celebration – graduates added just the right amount of hootin’, hollerin’, waving to family and whimsical mortarboards decked out with draw­ings, flowers, slogans and even a miniature laptop. The college’s administrators and faculty, dignified in their black robes, reminded the audience gathered in Winston-Salem’s Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum that it takes a corps of dedicated scholars to fill bright minds with useful knowledge that helps them navigate the world.
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