Innovation Earns First-Place Win

The Forsyth Tech nanotechnology team

Many of us hope to change the world. Forsyth Tech nanotechnology students are well on their way to doing it.

A Forsyth Tech team of six nanotechnology students won the second annual Community College Innovation Challenge. The competition – funded by the National Science Foundation in partnership with the American Association of Community Colleges – encourages students to develop solutions to real-world problems using science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). As first-place winners, the team members received $2,000 each.
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A New Chapter In Mathematics

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When it comes to teaching mathematics, Dr. Sharilyn Owens is at no loss for words. In fact, the mathematics department chair, who is also Associate in Engineering Program Coordinator and Faculty Learning Communities Facilitator, is a co-contributor to the upcoming Handbook of Research on Transforming Mathematics Teacher Educa­tion in the Digital Age. She contributed an entire chapter on the professional development of mathematics teachers.
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The Drive For Success

Honk to congratulate 12 recent graduates from Forsyth Tech’s Diesel & Heavy Equipment program.

The students, who earned their associate degrees in May 2016, each received a scholarship from the North Carolina Transportation Maintenance Council (NCTMC), a major sponsor of the college’s diesel program. The scholarship is awarded to students with a high GPA and a demonstrated ability to succeed in their field after graduation.
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A Meeting Of The Minds On Cybersecurity

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Forsyth Tech is forging a name for itself in the cybersecurity arena as a recipient of the prestigious Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense Education designation from the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The college’s Davis iTEC Center, under the leadership of Dr. Deanne Wesley, department chair, held a cybersecurity symposium on Main Campus April 22, 2016. Experts addressed faculty, students and the public about education and research in the field.
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The New Weekend Warriors

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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

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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.”