Forsyth Tech Announces K-12 Cyber Fellows Program: Free Training for Teachers

Winston-Salem, N.C. – The Forsyth Technical Community College Davis iTEC Cybersecurity Center has been awarded a $326,300, 3-year grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant will enable faculty and staff in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County and Stokes County School Systems to increase their cybersecurity skills, abilities and knowledge.

Participating middle and high school teachers will enroll in Forsyth Tech’s 16-hour Cybersecurity Certificate program. After that, teachers can sit for the CompTIA Security+ Exam, an industry-standard in cybersecurity. Upon completion of the exam and test, teachers will then receive a $500 stipend.

Throughout the classes, cybersecurity instructors and professionals will mentor the participating teachers, providing assistance with cyber security-based lesson plans to incorporate into their classrooms. This helps the teachers meet new K-12 standards established by the State.

“We are grateful to be selected for this grant and believe it will help increase the number of female and minority students learning about cybersecurity,” said Thomas Brown, Department Chair of the Davis iTec Cyber Security Center at Forsyth Tech.

Brown went on to say, “With billions being spent each year on cybersecurity, and growing concerns over the sophisticated tactics used by cyber terrorists to disrupt organizations, we are proud that Forsyth Tech is working to increase the number of cybersecurity professionals in our community.”

Additional anticipated outcomes of the program include increasing the number of instructors at Forsyth Tech, and the establishment of an outreach program that connects Forsyth Tech resources to the school systems.

Message from President Spriggs: Mount Tabor High School

Dear Forsyth Tech Family,

This morning, parents across our community, state, and even country hugged their children a little tighter before sending them to school. I am grief-stricken over the horrific and senseless school shooting that occurred yesterday at Mount Tabor High School. Mount Tabor is a close partner with Forsyth Tech – they are a part of our family.

And when one member of our family hurts, we all hurt.

So, we will stand in solidarity with Mount Tabor and our community to remember and honor the life of William Chavis Raynard Miller Jr.

I know there were students, faculty, and staff here yesterday who had children in school going through this traumatic time, and I cannot even begin to imagine the fear and anguish you are still experiencing. My heart is with you.

We see things like this happening in faraway cities and states, but the sting sears deeply when it occurs in our town — to our very neighbors. We understand that this will rock our community for a long time to come and that processing this experience will look different for everyone. I want you to know that we are here for you, and we urge you to please reach out for care and support by connecting with our counseling service.

You can access this by calling our counseling team at 336.734.7280 or emailing at counselingservices@forsythtech.edu. Employees, please feel free to use our Employee Assistance Program. Our amazing Human Resources team has posted great resources for employees and parents on Techlink. Also, our Counseling Services team has shared two articles that I have included below that we welcome you to read if beneficial to you.

Our community is strong, and we are full of hope. Do not be afraid to lean on one another as you continue to weather this heartbreaking storm. Our compassion, care, and willingness to band together is truly what sets us apart here in Winston-Salem. Our hearts go out to all those who have been affected by this violence. #SpartanStrong

Graciously,
Dr. Janet Spriggs

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FORSYTH TECH ANNOUNCES A NEW REGISTERED APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM

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Forsyth Technical Community College Announces a New Registered Apprenticeship Program through the Toyota Technician Training and Education Program (T-TEN)

 

For future automotive technicians, this apprenticeship program puts them ahead on a path combining a degree with on-the-job training and additional certifications.

Winston-Salem, N.C. – Forsyth Tech is excited to announce a new registered apprenticeship program through the Toyota T-TEN program. The college serves as the apprenticeship sponsor, and Toyota and Lexus dealerships in North Carolina can sign on as a participating employer.

Students who are completing T-TEN training courses at Forsyth Tech and working in a partner dealership can register as an apprentice through this partnership. Apprentices will earn wage increases as they progress through the on-the-job training and earn an associate in applied science in Automotive Systems Technology from Forsyth Tech. Also, they will earn national and state Journeyworker credentials and industry certifications.

Forsyth Tech is the only college in the Carolinas and one of only 34 centers across the United States to receive Toyota T-TEN Certification for its Automotive Systems Technology program. With 68 Toyota and Lexus dealers supporting the Toyota T-TEN program in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. Forsyth Tech has placed 165 students in Toyota and Lexus dealerships over the past five years.

“This is a tremendous expansion for our Toyota T-TEN program to provide additional certifications and Jouneryworker credentials to students as another level of mastery in their experience,” said President of Forsyth Tech Janet Spriggs. “Our T-TEN graduates are highly-skilled and in demand, and this will enhance the value of their education and opportunities.”

The NC Department of Public Instruction has also created a statewide registered pre-apprenticeship which will feed into Forsyth Tech’s registered apprenticeship. As part of the pre-apprenticeship, high school students will complete the Automotive Service II course and a 135- hour internship with a local dealer. Pre-apprentices will learn about the three participating apprenticeships that they can apply for, one of which is Forsyth Tech’s T-TEN program. If a pre-apprentice continues into the T-TEN apprenticeship program, they are eligible for a North Carolina Youth Apprentice Tuition Waiver to attend Forsyth Tech.

Together, these programs will broaden recruitment efforts for future automotive technicians and create career paths for North Carolina students. For more information on Toyota T-TEN at Forsyth Tech, go to www.toyota.forsythtech.eduThere!. If you are a dealer interested in participating, please contact Danielle Rose, the apprenticeship coordinator, at drose@forsythtech.edu. If you are a student interested in applying for Forsyth Tech’s Toyota T-TEN program, please contact David Conner, program coordinator, automotive systems technology, at dconner@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, please visit forsythtech.edu and follow on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

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20 Doctoral Students to Represent NC State College of Education at National Conferences through Belk Center Fellows Program

Maggie May ‘23EDD, an adjunct faculty member in the North Carolina Community College System and a doctoral student in the NC State College of Education’s Community College Leadership program, had never applied for a fellowship opportunity before, so she was “awestruck” when she was selected to be one of 20 Belk Center Fellows.

As a fellow, May will represent the Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research at the League for Innovation in the Community College’s virtual 2021 Innovations Conference from March 1-4, 2021.

“The individuals who are going to be presenting at this conference are leaders and movers and shakers in the field and I hope to be able to have a pulse on innovation with the community college system and just be part of the conversation,” May said. “I’m thrilled to be a part of an institution like NC State that stretches even beyond North Carolina with it’s connections and mentorship opportunities.”

The Belk Center’s Fellows Program began in the 2017-18 academic year through a partnership with Achieving the Dream — a non-government reform movement focused on helping community college students have better economic opportunities — and the creation of a cohort of DREAM Fellows. It has since expanded to include a partnership with the League for Innovation in Community College.

The goal of the Fellows program is to bring together a select group of doctoral students to listen and engage in national conversations surrounding community college and student success, explained Laura Maldonado ‘20PHD, a senior research associate at the Belk Center.

“DREAM Fellows provide a perspective on our annual DREAM convening in a way that only a doctoral student in educational leadership can – simultaneously making connections as both a practitioner and as a student who is constantly asked to reflect on theories in the field,” said Elayne Reiss, director of research at Achieving the Dream. “As Achieving the Dream strives to deliver evidence-rich content to community college professionals in an effort to improve levels of success for all students, the organization values the contributions of the DREAM Fellows, who help to weigh in on the ability of our DREAM content to make those links between evolving theory and current, relevant practice.”

“We are pleased to partner with the Belk Center to bring these higher education leaders and scholars to our Innovations Conference, where they explore key issues facing community colleges and promising, innovative practices these institutions are using to address current challenges,” said Cynthia Wilson, Ed.D., vice president for learning and chief impact officer at the League for Innovation.

Fellows who attend the Innovations Conference prepare an executive summary on the major themes, issues and questions presented at the conference to assist the League with event evaluation, and some will make presentations of their own during the event.

Sonia Chandarana Tandon ‘23EDD, a faculty member and chair for the Humanities Enrichment Series at Forsyth Technical Community College, will be sharing a proposal entitled “My Perfectly Imperfect Online Class that Thrives Beyond the Pandemic.” The presentation is intended for educators who envision themselves engaging in online instruction after it is no longer required by the COVID-19 pandemic and focuses on ideas that include humanizing online classes, creating relevance in instruction, applying inclusive pedagogy and how to build a supportive community in online classrooms.

“I chose this topic for two reasons. Historically speaking, a good 50% of the classes I teach have been online, and now with the pandemic, I have transitioned 100% to online synchronous and asynchronous teaching,” Tandon said. “Creating positive student experiences in online courses is my driving mantra. Additionally, if I can in some measure contribute to the pedagogy around that, it would be hugely rewarding.”

Belk Center Fellows who will attend the Innovations Conference and those who had the opportunity to attend Achieving the Dream’s 2021 virtual DREAM conference from Feb. 16-19 also expressed an interest in learning more about topics related to equity in the community college system.

May said she is excited to hear how community college leaders from across the nation approach student success with the ideas of equity and access in mind in order to make real change.

That sentiment was echoed by Fellow Stephanie Lackey ‘23EDD, program coordinator for early childhood education at Forsyth Technical Community College.

“Exposure to nationally acclaimed leaders and practitioners and their approaches to relevant national issues and strategies on student-focused culture will provide me with practical insight into future community college leadership,” she said. “I am excited to hear community college leaders’ voices in how they are supporting courageous conversations and authentic programs that support the success and belonging of all students, faculty and staff.”

There’s still a large need for tech and manufacturing workers in North Carolina. One community college is making a push to train hundreds of new workers in the field.

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Forsyth Tech Wins $5M Grant to Train Students in Advanced Manufacturing

There’s still a large need for tech and manufacturing workers in North Carolina.

One community college is making a push to train hundreds of new workers in the field.

That college – Forsyth Tech – is the only community college in the state and one of 11 colleges nationally to receive an award under the Department of Labor’s Strengthening Community Colleges Program.

Right now, the college has at least 100 students in the advanced manufacturing program and it hopes to recruit more.

But the big hurdle – meeting employers’ demands for more skilled workers.

“If you like it, you’re going to be good at it,” said Pemmco President Rick Powell. “If you’re good at it, you’re going to rise to the top.”

“These types of grants give us that nudge, that momentum that we need that helps us to fulfill our vision,” said Forsyth Tech Chief Academic Officer Jacob Surratt.

Forsyth Tech is partnering with growing industries here and across the region – some include Pemmco, Herbalife and Siemens.

“We always want to be proactive in our training, responsive to our industry partners needs and make sure we are providing a skilled workforce,” Surratt said.

We’re told the program is truly about transforming the community, but what must be done first, combatting misconceptions.

“People still think of manufacturing as an old man leaning across a dirty piece of equipment that gets covered in oil in a smoky environment,” Powell said.

Pemmco Manufacturing makes parts in aerospace, automotive and lawn and garden.

Powell says industry leaders need to get younger people in as the older generation retires, showing them clean environments that involve computers, 3D models and the latest technologies.

“We can go out and buy more equipment and we can buy additional building space, but we can’t go out and buy human resources,” he said. “We need employees who have technical skills.”

We asked Forsyth Tech leaders how they can ensure students will be ready for evolving jobs in the field. They say educators need to be…

“providing education that is timely, does it need to be accelerated,” Surratt said.

“If we can get the students in and see it and pick it up, that’s probably the best way to get them interested,” Powell adds.

Powell says his company works with students on a focused curriculum and then hires them afterward.

Joining with Forsyth Tech are Alamance Community College, Davidson-Davie Community, College, Guilford Technical Community College, Montgomery Community College, Randolph Community College, Rockingham Community College and Surry Community College. Their foundational activity will be creating a Business & Industry Leadership Team giving regional employers a co-leadership role for technical programs in machining and mechatronics.

MILLIONS SHARE IN NURSING STUDENT’S GOOD NEWS

Victoria Glosson was lying in bed on Feb. 13 with nothing to do and no electricity after a storm had knocked out the power to her family’s house.

Bored, Glosson decided to share a funny video she had recorded two days earlier of her father. Her phone died soon after her 80-second video was uploaded onto TikTok.

“My family loved the video, so I was like let me just post it,” she said.

Glosson, 22, was working on homework for one of her classes in the UNC Greensboro School of Nursing when power was finally restored to her house and her phone turned back on. Her phone immediately started buzzing.

When Glosson checked her phone, she saw that her video had 30,000 views on TikTok, then 1 million views, and soon more than 9 million views. The UNCG nursing student had gone viral over the Valentine’s Day weekend.

Millions of people around the globe have been touched by Glosson’s heartwarming video. In the short clip, she captures the moment when she informs her father, former UNCG police officer Barry Glosson, that she’s cancer-free after battling Stage 3 Hodgkin’s lymphoma for nearly two years.

Her mother, Dr. Smita Glosson, who earned her bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree from UNCG in 1996, was getting ready for work one morning when she saw her daughter’s video on NBC’s “Today” show.

It was then featured on ABC’s “World News Tonight.”

“We just did not expect it to go that far, but people were sending me just such kind messages like how they were smiling,” Glosson said. “People with cancer were reaching out to me, asking for advice. It was just so heartwarming the amount of good things that people were saying, and the support was insane.

“I was like ‘Oh my gosh. Never in a million years would you ever guess this.’”

Of course, not much about the past two years has gone as Glosson planned.

Glosson, an Oak Ridge native, is a nurse like her mother and her older sister. She works in the emergency department at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital.

She’s also in her second semester in UNCG’s RN-to-BSN program, in which registered nurses go back to school to earn their BSN degree. She’s scheduled to graduate in December.

On May 27, 2019, Glosson was working toward earning her associate’s degree in nursing from Forsyth Technical Community College when she felt a cramp in her side. It was Memorial Day, and she decided to go to the Moses Cone emergency department to get a scan.

Glosson felt fine, but she thought her cramp might have something to do with her appendix. However, when her test results came back, she was told her body had “lit up like a Christmas tree” in the scan because of how much cancer was in her body.

As Glosson was leaving the emergency department, a nurse told her that her cancer diagnosis would make her a better nurse.

“I didn’t really understand that at the time. I was like ‘Why would she say that? That’s not the right time to tell me that,’” Glosson said. “But now I finally understand why it really does make you not only a better nurse but a better person, and I can relate to my patients.”

Glosson started chemotherapy two weeks later, and despite objections from her parents and her oncologist, she continued with nursing school at Forsyth Tech. She graduated last May, but along the way, a large blood clot was discovered in her heart that was nearly fatal.

On Aug. 3, 2020, Glosson started her job as a nurse at Moses Cone. The next day, her doctor called during her lunch break and informed her that her cancer had returned and that she’d need a stem cell transplant to remove it.

As if that weren’t enough, Glosson started her first semester in the RN-to-BSN program at UNCG a few days later and then another round of chemotherapy two days after that. She spent a month in the hospital after having a stem cell transplant in October.

“A few weeks into the semester, Victoria emailed to let me know she may be a few days late turning in an assignment because she was scheduled to undergo a stem cell transplant for relapsed Hodgkin’s lymphoma,” said Jennifer Wilson, a clinical assistant professor in the UNCG School of Nursing.

“When I first read her email, I thought to myself, ‘How is she going to do this?’ As an oncology nurse for over a decade, I have a deep-seated understanding for the physical, psychological, and emotional implications that come along with cancer diagnosis and treatment.”

Glosson ended up getting an “A” in both of her RN-to-BSN classes that semester. Wilson regularly checked in with Glosson and became like a comforting friend as she went through her health issues.

“It has been truly inspiring to work with someone like Victoria who demonstrates perseverance, determination, and unrelenting positivity in spite of extreme personal hardship,” Wilson said.

After everything she had been through, Glosson said she didn’t want to simply tell her father on Feb. 11 that her first PET scan after her stem cell transplant showed that the procedure had worked and her cancer was gone.

“So whenever we got home from the doctor’s office that Thursday, I made up something to my dad,” Glosson said. “I was like ‘Hey, I have a class assignment due. Can you please come home?’ I could not wait to tell him. I was ecstatic. I was so excited, and I could not hold it in.”

Glosson lied to her father and told him she had written a paper about him and needed his help with a video for it. She had him put in AirPods, and she played country singer Luke Combs’ “Beer Never Broke My Heart” loud over the headphones so he couldn’t hear what she was saying.

Glosson then made her father read her lips as she softly said, “I’m cancer-free.” He didn’t understand what she was saying at first, but as soon as he realized it, he celebrated by jumping around the house and hugging his wife.

“That’s like his little happy dance,” Glosson said. “It was no surprise that he reacted the way that he reacted because he reacts that way to everything.”

Thanks to her viral video, the rest of the world has gotten the chance to watch his happy dance and celebrate in Glosson’s good news.

Lead actor in new series on Amazon Prime has ties to Winston-Salem and Greensboro

As a child growing up in Winston-Salem, Taylor August loved film and animation.

“It influenced what I wanted to do,” August said.

He is now in his first series lead role in “The Hunter’s Anthology,” which will premiere on Amazon Prime Friday.

August plays the lead character Mac, a demon slayer, in this five-episode supernatural whodunnit that combines sci-fi, horror and mystery.

Some people have compared it to the 1985 movie “Clue,” and August said there are moments where people will possibly compare it to “The Exorcist.”

Other members of the cast are Eric Colton, Janna Bossier, Cole Taylor, Olev Aleksander, Kristy Kloetingh and Sara Lopez.

In the series, Mac, who is both mysterious and extremely serious, traps six strangers inside a subway car in New York to determine which one of them is a demon.

August, 36, moved to Winston-Salem when he was about 9 years old. He is a graduate of North Forsyth High School and attended Forsyth Technical College. In 2009, he attended UNC Greensboro to study film production. He is now working on a bachelor’s degree in animation at the Los Angeles Film School in Los Angeles, Calif., where he lives. He still has family in Winston-Salem.

“I’m super excited about it because I want that to be a big part of my future, creating animated films, shorts,” August said.
The acting bug bit August while he was taking theatre classes at North Forsyth. He went on to perform in a couple of plays at the Little Theatre of Winston-Salem in his early years.

Back then some folks might remember him as Taylor August Freeman.

“As a kid growing up on Disney films and cartoons, I knew I wanted to be an artist in some way,” he said.

While still living in North Carolina, he landed roles in two feature films, “Blood Done Sign My Name” and “Blue Ridge.”

He eventually moved to New York City, where he studied acting at the William Esper Studio and did a lot of theater, including Off-Broadway productions.

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