Forsyth Tech Program Helps Prepare Low-Income Students for College

A program to prepare under-served students for college has partnered with Forsyth Tech to advance its mission to end the cycle of poverty.
“College Lift” places students from low-income families into intensive, hands-on math, science, and language arts courses on campus, starting in sixth grade right up through high school.
Creator Logan Philon started the program after seeing in a 2015 Harvard Study that Winston-Salem was one of the hardest places in the nation to escape poverty if you’re born into it.

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Students choose community colleges as universities head online

COVID-19 has created a large shift from the way students learn in the classroom to learning from home. With summer college classes underway, it has made some students change their minds about how they want to learn.

While the class of 2020 had big plans for their future, the journey of some graduates may look a little different.

With many universities across the country mostly offering online courses, it has some students asking, “Why pay for a four-year university right now?”

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Triad community college unveils new brand in drive-through fashion

Forsyth Tech Community College on Thursday revealed its new brand and logo with two drive-through brand launch party sessions from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4 to 6 p.m. The branding includes a new logo with the tagline, “A place of promise.”

The new brand process included months of research, gathering both qualitative and quantitative data from current, former and prospective students; parents; business partners; community members; and the college’s board members, faculty and staff.

“We first considered what Forsyth Tech is for our students and the community,” FTCC President Janet Spriggs said. “What we heard from our interviews and surveys was critical to understanding who we are and what Forsyth Tech means to our community.”

Visual elements of the rebranding include a shield logo incorporating the letters F and T encompassing a star, representing the students who are the center of Forsyth Tech.

The drive-through event is an immersive experience including a series of stations and exhibits to view elements of the new brand while listening to the college’s radio station, 105.1 The FORSe, narrating key elements of the brand.

“While this wasn’t exactly the launch event we had originally envisioned, we are excited to share our new brand with the college and community in a fun, but safe, way,” Spriggs said.

The new branding dovetails with college’s Vision 2025 strategic plan, core values and the vision statement, which is ‘Forsyth Tech is a catalyst for equitable economic mobility, empowering lives and transforming communities.’ Next steps in the branding process are updating the website with a re-design scheduled to be completed in fall 2020l. The college will also conduct surveys to begin the mascot development process with a plan to introduce a mascot this fall.


“The Forsyth Tech brand that is conveyed through our marketing communications should reflect both who we are and who we want to be as an institution,” Spriggs said. “We are excited to share this with everyone in this college and community-wide celebration.”

Forsyth Tech rolls out its new look

Forsyth Technical Community College has a new logo and a new look.

The college introduced its new colors and a new tagline Thursday at mid-day and afternoon drive-thru events on its main campus in Winston-Salem.

Here’s a glance at the college’s new look:

The new logo: It’s a shield formed from the letters F (for “Forsyth”) and T (for “Tech”). Near the center of the shield is a star, which the college said in a news release “represents the college’s students who are the center of Forsyth Tech.” The logo also includes the school’s full name, which is to the right of the shield. The old logo, now retired, is a black rectangle with the words “Forsyth Tech” atop a blue box that says “Community College.”

The new colors: Forsyth Tech has replaced royal blue and black with two other blues — a dark cerulean and teal.

The new tagline: “A place of promise.” This is the first time in several years that the college has used a tagline.

The process: The new logo and related elements are part of a branding campaign, launched soon after new President Janet Spriggs arrived at the college in early 2019, to market itself to prospective students and the larger Forsyth County community. The college said it surveyed 1,600 people — current and potential students, community members, college employees and others — to help the college identify its strengths and decide what it wants to become.

The big reveal: The college showed off its new logo Thursday at two drive-thru events at its main campus on Silas Creek Parkway. The college gave away T-shirts, bottled water and other items with the new logo on it. It also collected canned and non-perishable food for Second Harvest Food Bank. Some college employees picked up new name tags and business cards.

They said it: “Forsyth Tech is a place of promise,” Spriggs said in a statement put out by the college. “It’s a bold statement, yet we are ready to make bold and brave statements for our students and for the communities we serve. It’s called our ‘tagline’ but it is so much more than that — it represents who and what we are. It is our promise to the communities we serve. Of course, a promise is only worth something if you actually keep it, and we pledge to keep them all.”

What’s next: The new logo, colors and tagline will show up on the college’s soon-to-be-redesigned website ( in the fall. Forsyth Tech also plans to introduce a new mascot during the fall semester.

Covid-19 puts twist on how Triad community college will debut rebranding

Following a months-long rebranding process, Forsyth Technical Community College will reveal its new brand identity in drive-up fashion Thursday, June 25, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again from 4 to 6 p.m.

The drive-through brand launch party will be in the parking of the Robert L. Strickland Center parking lot. The school solicited the input of more than 1,650 existing and prospective students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni and residents, all culminating with a new color palette, logo and tagline.

“We first considered what Forsyth Tech is for our students and the community,” Forsyth Tech President Janet Spriggs said. “What we heard from them was critical to understanding who we are and what Forsyth Tech means to our community.”

The new brand dovetails with the college’s Vision 2025 strategic plan, core values and vision statement — a catalyst for equitable economic mobility, empowering lives and transforming communities. As part of the branding, the website will be refreshed. An overhaul of the website is scheduled to be completed this fall. The school, which in the past had Tech Tiger as its mascot, said it is exploring either developing or bringing back a mascot.

“At the heart of our brand, Forsyth Tech is an institution of equity that includes, supports and connects students to community opportunity creating both personal and community prosperity by providing access to a wide range of practical, affordable and industry-relevant education,” Board of Trustees Chairperson Ann Bennett Phillips said.

To attend the launch event, enter the campus from Miller Street off Silas Creek Parkway. Volunteers will guide drivers to the parking lot. Attendees will remain in their vehicles. Donations of canned and non-perishable food items to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank will be accepted.

Forsyth Tech will use a new grant to expand a new effort to help its students

Forsyth Tech said it will use a new grant of nearly a half-million dollars to expand a new effort to help its students.

The grant — $440,000 from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust — will go toward Forsyth Tech Cares, which provides emergency aid and other services to the college’s students.

The donation “will have a powerful impact for many of our students …” Forsyth Tech President Janet Spriggs said in a news release. “We want our students to be successful, and we realize helping students succeed means caring for the whole person and supporting their needs both inside and outside the classroom.”

The community college launched Forsyth Tech Cares in March as the COVID-19 pandemic started to sweep through North Carolina. The pandemic caused the college and other institutions to move instruction online and forced many businesses to close. Not only did some Forsyth Tech students lack the technology to keep up with their studies, some also lost jobs.

Forsyth Tech Cares was created to help students with what college leaders called “life happens” moments — outside-the-classroom events that can derail college attendance and cause some students to drop out.

As the pandemic spread, the college said the needs of its students became more pressing. Since March, the college said nearly 1,500 students have asked for help buying computers, paying for internet access and covering basic needs such as food and rent. The college didn’t say how much money the new effort has paid out.

With the grant, the college said it can help more students in additional areas, including child care, health care, transportation, disability testing and legal aid. The college also will use the new grant funds to provide workshops on budgeting, personal growth and parenting.

Forsyth Tech said the expanded services should help the college retain more students from semester to semester and year to year.

The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust is a Winston-Salem charitable organization that, according to its website, works to improve the health and quality of life of people who live in Forsyth County and across North Carolina.

The funding of this grant will be life-changing for students who experience barriers beyond the classroom that hinder their success

Greensboro, High Point, Winston-Salem, N.C. – The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust has given $440,000 to Forsyth Tech to provide student support services leading to improved student completion and retention.

In Fall 2019, the college began working in collaborative teams of faculty and staff to research and identify alternative ways to provide students help completing their degrees and managing “life happens” moments. These collaboratives provided insight into the barriers students must overcome, not only to stay in school but to have food, childcare, transportation and housing. Forsyth Tech recognized the crucial need for a “web” of services that includes support both on and off campus through better connections with community resources.