New Apprenticeship Employer Partners and National Apprenticeship Week

Student working in diesel mechanics

Forsyth Technical Community College has new employer partners for diesel mechanics apprentices in the award-winning Learn and Earn Apprenticeship Program (LEAP). The announcement comes just in time for National Apprenticeship Week, November 14-18, 2022.

Salem National Lease, Best Logistics and Parrish Tire Company are the new LEAP employer partners. This means that they provide student apprentices in the diesel and heavy equipment program at the Transportation Technology Center with mentorships, support and on-the-job training.

“BEST Logistics Group is thrilled to be partnering with Forsyth Technical Community College as we work to further develop our talent pipeline through a robust apprenticeship program. The trucking industry remains on the front lines, and like many industries, we continue to forge ahead in overcoming hiring challenges and retaining the qualified diesel mechanics that are vital to keeping our fleets within BEST Logistics Group running to deliver goods all across the country,” said Dustin Johnson, Director of Talent for Best Logistics Group.

These new employer partners join Flow Automotive, Bob King Automotive, Smart Chevy and Tire Max, which support apprentices in the transportation field, specifically those studying collision repair and refinishing technology and automotive systems technology.

“Parrish Tire is excited to continue our partnership with Forsyth Tech Community College through the new Diesel Mechanic Apprenticeship program,” said David Yarbrough, Director of Company Stores with Parrish Tire Company. “We are confident that this deepening relationship will continue to allow us to provide quality career pathways and top-notch vehicle service in the communities that we serve.”

LEAP at Forsyth Tech, named the 2022 Outstanding Consortium Member by ApprenticeshipNC, provides students with the opportunity to earn a degree while gaining on-the-job training as an apprentice at an employer partner. There are now more than 30 employer partners in the program, and students study a range of topics, including advanced manufacturing, IT, automotive industries and supply chain and logistics.

New apprentices and employer partners are being accepted, and anyone interested in becoming involved should complete the form at

President of Forsyth Tech Provides the Dallas Herring Lecture Response

2022 Dallas Herring Lecture Graphic

Every year, N.C. State’s Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research hosts the W. Dallas Herring Lecture. Herring, considered the father of the community college system in North Carolina, helped transform the way that North Carolinians access community college.

According to the Belk Center’s website, “The lecture invites top community college leaders to speak on urgent and emerging topics, framing how to address the issues and proposing a path forward. On Tuesday, November 8th, Mike Flores, Ph.D., chancellor of the Alamo Colleges District, will deliver the 2022 Dallas Herring Lecture under the title of Community Colleges in Action: Advancing Equity and Enhancing Economic Mobility Using Local Collective Impact Strategies. “

This year, Dr. Janet Spriggs, President of Forsyth Tech, will offer a response to the Dr. Flores’ comments. Spriggs’ response will cover what North Carolina community colleges are doing to address systemic barriers to success for students, and offer practical as well as inspirational advice on how college leadership, faculty and staff can cultivate a sense of belonging among all students.

Spriggs, now beginning her fourth year as president, is uniquely positioned to share how North Carolina’s open-access institutions are poised to continue to address inequities in education. Forsyth Tech works tirelessly to address achievement gaps, and has invested significantly in a framework of inclusive excellence that has been implemented at every campus and center.

Shredding Event on Oct. 14!

Forsyth Tech is hosting a Shred-A-Thon!

Community members, students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in the free shredding event at Forsyth Tech’s Davis iTEC/Cybersecurity Center on Friday, October 14 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month and this event is a great way to dispose of your documents and other materials with sensitive information. In addition to documents, you may bring hard drives, floppy disks, VHS tapes and DVDs to be safely and securely destroyed. Staples, paper clips, binder clips and rubber bands do not need to be removed from documents.

Archive Information Management (AIM) will be on-site with their truck and receptacles to dispose of these items. AIM is funded by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

The event is Friday, October 14 from 9 a.m.  1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Robert L. Strickland Center at Forsyth Tech, 2100 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem, NC.

Notice of Non-Affiliation with Aces Elite Sports Academy

Forsyth Technical Community College is not affiliated, associated, partnered, or in any way connected with the Aces Elite Sports Academy, or any of its subsidiaries or its affiliates.

If you have additional questions, please contact the Vice President of Student Success Services, Masonne Sawyer (, 336.734.7479). Members of the media should contact the college’s public information officer, Devin Purgason (, 336.734.7230).

Dr. Janet Spriggs Elected to Leadership Role on AAWCC Board

Picture of Dr. Janet Spriggs

Dr. Janet N. Spriggs, President of Forsyth Technical Community College, has been elected as the Vice President of Membership for the American Association of Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC).

Spriggs brings more than 25 years of experience in higher education to her role on the Board and will serve for a period of four years in the elected position, beginning in July.

Founded in 1973, The American Association for Women in Community Colleges is the leading national organization that champions women and maximizes their potential at community colleges. Founded in 1973, AAWCC provides education, career development, and advancement to women educators and students at community colleges. As a council of the American Association of Community Colleges, AAWCC and its members are committed to equity and education of all women students at community colleges across the nation.

Dr. Monique Umphrey, President of the AAWCC, said, “We appreciate the talent, skills and experiences that Dr. Spriggs will bring to the office of Vice President for Membership.”

“I’m excited to serve and lead this extraordinary group of women educators and difference-makers,” said Dr. Spriggs. “Forsyth Tech is a catalyst for equitable economic mobility, and our mission aligns with the AAWCC’s, as we all work towards a more just and equitable future.”

Forsyth Tech Student Han Nguyen Awarded Prestigious Scholarship

Han Nguyen

Han Nguyen, a student that graduated from Forsyth Tech this spring, has been awarded the prestigious Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The highly competitive national scholarship provides students transferring from community colleges to four-year universities up to $55,000 a year to complete their bachelor’s degrees at the college of their choice. The scholarship is awarded by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.

Nguyen graduated from Forsyth Tech with an associate in science and will attend Liberty University in the fall to study Biomedical Sciences. Upon earning her bachelor’s degree, she plans to enroll in medical school to pursue an M. D. and eventually join Doctors Without Borders. Nguyen is currently an intern for the Radiological Control Technician Training Program through August.

While at Forsyth Tech, Nguyen was always a stand-out student; she participated in Phi Theta Kappa and was the New Century Transfer Scholarship recipient, she was in Alpha Mu Beta, was a Global Scholar of Distinction, and was named the Academic Excellence Student and the Dallas Herring Nominee.

The Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship had 1,200 applicants this year from 42 states and the District of Columbia. 100 scholarships were awarded, which was the largest cohort of scholars for the Cooke Foundation to date.

“We are thrilled for Han to be recognized and rewarded with a Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship!” said Dr. Janet Spriggs, President of Forsyth Tech. “Of course, it was no surprise, as Han’s academic excellence and commitment to service are unparalleled. She is a wonderful representative of how our Forsyth Tech grads are blazing new trails!”

Forsyth Tech Students Earned 23 medals at the Skills USA NC Leadership and Skills Competition

Students from Skills USA win awards

32 Forsyth Tech Students competed in 10 different skilled competitions at the Skills USA NC Leadership and Skills Competition on Thursday, April 28. Forsyth Tech students won 23 medals: 15 first-place medals, 4 second-place, 2 third-place, 1 fourth-place and 1 fifth-place.

All first-place winners will represent Forsyth Tech at the Skills USA National Leadership and Skills Conference during the last week in June. Forsyth Tech students will compete against other post-secondary students from across the 50 states and the U.S. Territories.

Below are the Forsyth Tech students that placed at the competition:

3D Visualization & Animation
1st place Travis Campbell & Kyle Posadas
2nd place TJ Thacker & Leopolda Amadia
3rd place Bella Adams & Quantavious Jackson

Audio/Radio Production
1st place Alexis Flinchum & David Lytle

Broadcast News Production
1st place Asante Benton Bailey, Jaleel Franks, & David Vargas

Computer Programming
1st place Zachary Fuqua

Diesel Equipment Technology
1st place SJ Boysen
4th place Mario Kjuka
5th place Cole Plaster

Motorcycle Service Technology
1st place Alex Williams
2nd place Luke Dulin

Television (Video) Production
1st Michael Rinaldi & Zack Glass

Welding Fabrication
1st Place Zach Karnes, Thomas Marley & Samuel Person

The SkillsUSA North Carolina Championships, held in Greensboro, NC, took place April 27-29, 2022 at the Greensboro Coliseum and Koury Convention Center. The conference was the largest showcase of Career and Technical Education in North Carolina with more than 1,500 outstanding career and technical education students competing in over 120 hands-on trade, technical and leadership contests.  These contests span more than 95 trade areas from construction, automotive, and welding to drafting, public safety, culinary, cosmetology, and more!

Students worked against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in their chosen occupations. All contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations, and technical experts and test competencies that are set by the industry. In addition, leadership contestants demonstrated their skills, which included extemporaneous speaking and conducting meetings with parliamentary procedure. Over 100 industry partners help support the competitive events and include well-known names like Builders Mutual, Lowe’s, 84 Lumber, ASE and many more.

Top student winners received gold, silver and bronze medallions. Many also received prizes such as tools of their trade and/or scholarships to further their careers and education. The SkillsUSA North Carolina Championships are for middle school, high school and college-level students who are members of SkillsUSA.

SkillsUSA (formerly known as Vocational Industrial Clubs of America or V.I.C.A.) is a national partnership of students, teachers and industry, working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce by providing students with the opportunities to gain personal skills, workplace skills, and technical skills grounded in academics.  SkillsUSA chapters help students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations excel. SkillsUSA has more than 350,000 students and instructors as members at the national level.

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Welding students win Skills USA awards

Forsyth Tech Receives Funding for Micro-credentials

Forsyth Tech Logo plus BioMade NSF and BCSI

Forsyth Tech Community College has received more than $100,000 in funding from the National Science Foundation Advanced Technical Education (NSF/ATE) to support micro-credentials.

Micro-credentials, often described and issued as digital badges, are a recent development for workforce training and skills building. According to Forbes Magazine, however, they are important to effectively recruit, retain and upskill workers.

Forsyth Tech’s National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce (NCBW), based at the Innovation Quarter, will use the funds to implement a 2023 in-person workshop for instructors, to introduce and pilot new BETA Skills micro-credentials in collaboration with the Bioscience Core Skills Institute of Kansas (BCSI, At least one micro-credential in 2023 will derive from “people skills,” such as communication and good documentation practices.

This workshop and new skills are a continuation of BETA work completed in 2021 and ongoing efforts in 2022 to offer in-demand skills that are relevant to biotechnicians and other technical workers.

“We thank the NSF ATE, BioMADE (, our national partners and BCSI for the opportunity to have supplemental BETA Skills funding which enables the NCBW to pilot this approach micro credential approach.” said Russ Read, Executive Director of the National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce at Forsyth Tech @ Innovation Quarter.

An additional outcome of the funding received is to demonstrate new pathways into the skilled technical workforce, as well as add knowledge about the links among post-secondary credentials, certifications, badges, micro-credentials, and trainings – and how they intersect with and impact jobs and employment.

Forsyth Tech Offers New Degree Program

SMITTEN - Social Media Influencer Technologies, Training and Engineering Neodesign

For Immediate Release 
April 1, 2022
Contact: Devin Purgason
Director of College Relations, Marketing, and Communication

Forsyth Tech Offers New Influencer Degree

Winston-Salem, N.C. — Forsyth Tech Community College has added a degree program to their Design Technologies Division. The two-year program is designed to help students achieve their full potential by becoming social media influencers.

According to a recent survey by The Sun, 75% of Gen Z and Millennials chose becoming a YouTuber as their most desired career. As a community college, our purpose is to assess the workforce needs and create dynamic programs to meet those needs. Hence, the creation of our Social Media Influencer Technology, Training, Engineering and Neodesign degree, also known as SMITTEN.

“This storied method of achieving success has long been critical to the economic lifeblood of the communities we serve, so it made sense for us to add it to the curriculum now,” said Dr. Janet Spriggs, President of Forsyth Tech. “We are eager to support the next generation of YouTube stars within Forsyth and Stokes Counties.”

Students can learn no matter what level of experience they bring to class: this new rigorous program will cover everything, from the basics of how to hold a selfie stick and product placement, to advanced levels of photo and video manipulation, the art of the humble brag, and finding the perfect filter – so that you can still post #nofilter.

Vocal fry was in full effect at Forsyth Tech’s campuses and centers, as students learned of the new program. “Like, I feel like I’ve been waiting for this, like literally, my entire life.” said Suzy Stokes.

“Yes! Ever since my first video hit the For You page, #fyp, I’ve been literally searching for another way to give my TikTok a #glowup,” said Frankie Forsyth.

Coursework begins in Fall 2022, but students are encouraged to apply now by submitting their best ring light selfie and InstaReel. Anyone interested in joining this unique program should visit

About Forsyth Tech
Forsyth Technical Community College is a catalyst for equitable economic mobility, empowering lives, and transforming communities. 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 21,000 students with approximately 1,500 full and part-time faculty and staff. For additional information, please visit and follow Forsyth Tech on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Forsyth Tech Receives Funds from BioMADE to Help Accelerate Bioindustrial Manufacturing in the United

Forsyth Tech Receives Funds from BioMADE to Help Accelerate Bioindustrial Manufacturing in the United States

Forsyth Tech, along with partners at UNC Greensboro, Genome Insights and the Veteran’s Farm of NC and the NC Farmer Veteran Community are one of sixteen member teams to receive funding to accelerate bioindustrial manufacturing in the United States.

Bioindustrial manufacturing uses living organisms such as bacteria, yeast, and algae, to make new products or replacements for current products that are more sustainable and environmentally friendly than current processes. By propelling new biotechnology products from the lab to the commercial market, BioMADE, the Bioindustrial Manufacturing and Design Ecosystem, and its members strengthen American competitiveness and create a more robust and resilient supply chain. BioMADE is also building a diverse and globally competitive STEM workforce to ensure the workforce is prepared and ready to fill new jobs.

Forsyth Tech’s member team will focus on nanobiotechnology to inspire the next generation of the skilled biomanufacturing workforce. The program will inspire students to learn about leveraging microbes in bioindustrial manufacturing by putting cutting-edge nanobiotechnologies like hand-held DNA sequencers and scanning electron microscopes into classrooms.

“We’re extremely pleased to announce these projects, which represent all areas of our mission,” said Douglas Friedman, BioMADE CEO. “These cutting-edge projects will create new bio-based chemicals, demonstrate the feasibility and benefits of bioindustrial manufacturing, enhance the ability of the biomanufacturing community to work together, and train the workforce of the future.”

Forsyth Tech will see the greatest impact from this funding at our vibrant laboratory facility in Winston-Salem’s Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. “We are honored to be among the member teams selected to receive funding,” said Russ Read, Exec Dir, National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce at Forsyth Tech. “We can’t wait to see the impact this will have on our students as we ensure they are workforce-ready.”