FORSYTH TECHNICAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE PRESIDENT SELECTED FOR INAUGURAL COHORT OF ASPEN INSTITUTE’S NEW PRESIDENTS FELLOWSHIP FOR COMMUNITY COLLEGE EXCELLENCE

New Leaders of Colleges Educating a Half-Million Students Tapped to Participate
in Comprehensive Program to Advance Student Success

Winston-Salem, NC, February 5, 2020 – Janet N. Spriggs, president of Forsyth Technical Community College, has been selected by the Aspen Institute to join the 2020-21 inaugural class of the Aspen New Presidents Fellowship, a new initiative designed to support community college presidents in the early years of their tenure to accelerate transformational change on behalf of students.

“We are extremely proud that Dr. Spriggs is one of the first presidents chosen for the Aspen Institute’s New Presidents Fellowship,” said Ann Bennett-Phillips, chair of the Forsyth Tech Board of Trustees. “She is a student-centered leader who is committed to advancing student success, intentionally focusing on excellence in teaching and learning, using data to close equity gaps and developing partnerships to advance Forsyth Tech’s work as a leader in workforce and economic development within our communities.”

“I’m honored and privileged to be included in the first cohort of the new presidents fellowship,” said Spriggs. “This is an incredible opportunity to learn from Aspen Institute faculty and top community college leaders, while collaborating with forward thinking peers engaged in transformational change efforts across the country. I am also eager to share the work we are doing at Forsyth Tech to achieve our vision of being a catalyst for equitable economic mobility, empowering lives and transforming communities.”

The fellows, who have been college presidents for five years or less, were selected for their commitment to student success and equity, willingness to take risks to improve outcomes, understanding of the importance of community partnerships, and ability to lead change. They will engage in a seven-month fellowship beginning in June 2020.

“We know more than ever before about how community colleges can improve outcomes for students, both in and after college,” said Josh Wyner, executive director of the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program. “And the urgency for them to do so only increases—especially for students of color and low-income students. These fellows have shown they are fully, urgently committed to excellence and equity, and we look forward to working alongside them.”

Nearly 80 percent of community college presidents nationwide plan to retire in the next decade. Through this fellowship and its other leadership programs, Aspen is committed to helping to replace those exiting the presidency with an exceptionally capable and highly diverse talent pool. According to the American Council on Education, only 36 percent of community college presidents are female, and 20 percent are people of color. The incoming class of Aspen fellows is 48 percent female, and 40 percent are people of color. Their institutions span 15 states and vary widely, from a rural college with fewer than 2,000 students to a statewide system that educates more than 150,000.

“By preparing students and workers for in-demand jobs and meeting the training needs of businesses, community colleges are critical institutions for their regions’ prosperity and development,” said Jennie Sparandara, head of workforce initiatives, JPMorgan Chase. “JPMorgan Chase is proud to partner with the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program to build the next generation of diverse community college leaders.”

The program for new presidents is an addition to the Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence, which has been serving aspiring presidents since 2016. Of the nearly 160 fellows who have taken part in the Rising Presidents Fellowship, 41 are now community college presidents, serving more than 500,000 students.

JPMorgan Chase is funding the Aspen Presidential Fellowship as part of New Skills at Work, a five-year, $350 million investment to support community colleges and other pathways to great careers and economic mobility.

Janet Spriggs Portrait Photo

For a bio and photo of Janet N. Spriggs and a list of the 2020-21 class of Aspen Presidential Fellows, visit: https://highered.aspeninstitute.org

 

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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 over 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, visit forsythtech.edu and follow on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram

The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program aims to advance higher education practices and leadership strategies that significantly improve student outcomes. Through the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence, and other initiatives, the College Excellence Program works to improve colleges’ understanding and capacity to teach and graduate students, especially the growing population of low-income students and students of color on American campuses. For more information, visit highered.aspeninstitute.org and follow us on Twitter at @AspenHigherEd.

The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Founded in 1949, the Institute drives change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most important challenges facing the United States and the world. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute has a campus in Aspen, Colorado, and an international network of partners.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.6 trillion and operations worldwide. The Firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and small businesses, commercial banking, financial transaction processing, and asset management. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, JPMorgan Chase & Co. serves millions of customers in the United States and many of the world’s most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients under its J.P. Morgan and Chase brands. Information about JPMorgan Chase & Co. is available at www.jpmorganchase.com.

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FORSYTH TECHNICAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND THE KING PUBLIC LIBRARY OFFER FREE SERVICES TO JOB SEEKERS

Update your skills to learn the most current trends in resumes and job applications

Winston Salem, North Carolina — Job seekers now have a free service at the King Public Library to help clients update their job search skills.Forsyth Technical Community College, in partnership with the King Library, offers services comprised of the following: writing resumes and cover letters, assistance in completing on-line applications, learning interview techniques, setting-up emails, filing unemployment and acquiring tips on looking for job listings.

Whether you have a few years of high school or a college degree, or perhaps you want to get back in the workforce or desire a better job, instructors from Forsyth Tech, Cinda Amen and Lynn Owens will meet you where you are in your education and work experience and build on the strengths you possess. The resume and the application process have changed within the last five years and instructors share with clients the most current trends in the job search process.

“In the past, 98 percent of clients would walk in the door in panic mode. We always have a listening ear whether they either just lost a job, or have bills to pay and a family to support.” said Owens. “We share our own journey of being jobless and provide assurance they can find a job.”

On average, Owens said, it takes approximately one hour to create the basic resume. As clients continue to apply to different positions, the job description should be carefully read and their resume revised to reflect how their abilities would match the required skills of the position. Our job listings are obtained through a variety of sources that cast a wide net and as well as local job fairs. Once a week they receive postings from companies that will hire persons that are former offenders.

Hear from one of Owens satisfied clients, Jason Geras who said, “Right out of college, I had a great job in sales for about 10 years. Then I lost my job and could not seem to find another job at the same income level. I was working in fast food restaurants and working any job to make ends meet because I thought I had no choice. One day, without my own computer, I was doing research at the King Library and ran across Lynn Owens. She literally changed my whole life! She always had time for me, helping me write my resume and maximizing how I should answer questions on job applications. It took some time, but Lynn was selfless and helped me be persistent taking one step at a time to reach my goal. I never would have gotten this job without her help. As a single dad, this was really big for me so that I can provide extra things for my daughter. I’m now working in sales again and love what I’m doing.”

This service is offered free of charge and is on a first-come, first served basis on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is located at the King Library, 101 Pilot View Drive, King, NC. When our area is not open the library provides free Wi-fi and free internet use.

 

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 over 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, visit forsythtech.edu and follow on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram

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NORTH CAROLINA WESLEYAN, FORSYTH TECHNICAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE SIGN NEW TRANSFER PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT

A new transfer partnership agreement will create a streamlined path for Forsyth Technical Community College graduates to pursue a bachelor’s degree from North Carolina Wesleyan

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (January 9, 2020) –– During a formal signing event on Wednesday, North Carolina Wesleyan College (NC Wesleyan) in Rocky Mount, N.C. announced a new agreement with Forsyth Technical Community College (Forsyth Tech) to facilitate degree completion and student success by improving access to undergraduate educational resources, college facilities and support systems.

“Forsyth Tech is thrilled to collaborate with NC Wesleyan in this agreement,” said President of Forsyth Tech Dr. Janet N. Spriggs. “Having this strategic alliance will offer tremendous benefits to our students and to the community in demonstrating how higher education works together to improve student completion and success.”

In partnership, NC Wesleyan and FT will enhance and expand the educational opportunities for Forsyth Tech’s Associate in Science specifically in Business Administration and Criminal Justice programs. NC Wesleyan will maintain a full-time Coordinator of Transfer Admission at one of the Forsyth Tech campus sites.

“NCWC has a long history of partnering with NC Community Colleges and we are excited to add FT to our list of partners,” said Interim President of NC Wesleyan Dr. Evan D. Duff. “It is collaborations like this that enable students to attain their bachelor’s or master’s degree without having to leave their family or job.”

FT has launched five new co-admission partnerships over the last two years with Bellevue University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University, Salem College University of North Carolina – Greensboro and Winston-Salem State University, to improve student access to undergraduate and graduate education. The programs begin enrolling in Fall 2019.

About North Carolina Wesleyan College

North Carolina Wesleyan College, a private institution affiliated with the United Methodist Church, prepares students for professional advancement, life-long learning and responsible participation in their communities. NC Wesleyan College provides a highly personalized education in a dynamic and challenging environment. With students from all over the United States and more than 40 different countries, NC Wesleyan is a small college with a big taste for cultural diversity. To learn more, visit ncwc.edu and follow on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

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 over 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, visit forsythtech.edu and follow on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn  and Instagram.

Evan Duff and Janet Spriggs shake hands

NC Wesleyan and Forsyth Tech made the partnership official for a 2+2 transfer agreement. In front are Evan Duff, interim president of NC Wesleyan and Janet Spriggs, president of Forsyth Technical Community College.

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Noregon, Salem Nationalease, and Panasonic donate to Forsyth Tech Community College

Noregon, Salem Nationalease, and Panasonic donate to Forsyth Tech Community College
The companies provided the Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology department with TOUGHPAD tablets and JPRO Professional Software.

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Working with Panasonic, Noregon and Salem Nationalease donated Panasonic TOUGHPAD tablets to the Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology department at Forsyth Tech Community College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Each tablet includes a suite of diagnostic applications, including JPRO Professional – Noregon’s all makes and models in-shop diagnostic and repair application.

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Two Forsyth Technical Community College staff members named to the Winston Under 40 Advisory Board

Hats off to Forsyth Tech employees Danielle Rose, apprenticeship coordinator and Kirsten Ruehle Seamster, director, Transportation Center, who were named to the Winston Under 40 advisory board for 2020.

Sponsored by the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce, Winston Under 40 is a leading young professionals organization that hosts social, professional development, and service activities to engage future leaders of our community. None of the many activities of the program could be realized without the work and dedication of the advisory board. These individuals will join the board for a two-year term to begin in January. These new board members are very accomplished professionally and involved in the community already, each with special skills to contribute to the board.

Danielle and Kirsten join the following slate of 16 new members of the Winston Under 40 advisory board.

Jessica Aveyard, Winston-Salem Dash
Austin Bailey, Edward Jones
Mike Grace, Kilpatrick Townsend
Martika Harper, Womble Bond Dickinson
Kevonna Hayes, Greater Gift
Matt Kemper, Inmar
Summer Krstevska, Wake Forest University
Bo Nashtoll, Wake Forest University Athletics
Joseph Rose, Cook Medical
Danielle Rose, Forsyth Technical Community College
Kirsten Ruehle Seamster, Forsyth Technical Community College
Jimmy Smith, Wells Fargo
Eyden Thomas, Reynolds American
Kati Tsiolkas, Cook Medical
Andy Webb, Kilpatrick Townsend
Ryan Youngblood, McGriff Insurance Services

Danielle Rose

Danielle Rose

Kirsten Ruehle Seamster

Kirsten Ruehle Seamster

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Triad community college joins online co-admission network

Forsyth Technical Community College has added another co-admission partner to its growing roster of educational collaborations. The school has joined the Bellevue University Premier Partner Network, the nation’s largest such network of more than 50 community colleges.

The partnership will offer Forsyth Tech students the opportunity to continue their education beyond an associate degree at one of the nation’s leaders in preparing students for career success. Students can transfer all of their college credits, including full associate degrees, toward accelerated, online bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

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