WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY LAW CLINIC ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH FORSYTH TECHNICAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE TO PROVIDE PRO BONO LEGAL ASSISTANCE FOR STUDENTS

With access to legal services, Forsyth Tech students may have one less worry in staying on their path to completing their education

Forsyth Tech will partner with the Community Law and Business Clinic at Wake Forest University to provide legal services at no cost to Forsyth Tech students.
The program will run through the office of Forsyth Tech Cares, which was launched as part of the college’s response to COVID-19 and students’ needs outside the classroom during this time of crisis.

“The Forsyth Tech Cares office allows us to assist students with holistic services when ‘life happens’ obstacles threaten to keep them from graduating,” said Stacy Waters Bailey, executive director of student success services. “Having access to legal services is one more way we can help our students persist in their education with one less worry to complete their program.”

Fifteen law students in the Community Law and Business Clinic will work with all students, beginning this week, on a virtual meeting platform.

“This is a win-win for the Wake Forest University Law School’s Community Law and Business Clinic and Forsyth Tech,” said Steve Virgil, professor, Wake Forest University School of Law. “Our law students gain experience applying their legal and client skill development on a variety of legal issues. And, Forsyth Tech students have access to legal services that may be the help they need immediately.”

Primarily, the legal issues will focus on consumer issues (collections, credit reporting, predatory lending issues, etc.), landlord-tenant issues, family law (non-contested divorces/custody paperwork), expungements, business start-up paperwork, immigration issues, and government benefits issues. Essentially, Forsyth Tech students will now have access to free legal services for non-criminal cases.

“Forsyth Tech Cares was underway before COVID-19 and was ramped up as quickly as possible, as COVID-19 revealed many socio-economic inequities,” said Masonne Sawyer, vice president for student success services. “Through a generous grant from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Foundation, Forsyth Tech Cares is now an office at Forsyth Tech with three full-time Cares Navigators to help serve students.”

The goal of Forsyth Tech Cares is to coordinate and expand the college’s comprehensive wrap-around, holistic student support services. In November 2020, the college hired three full-time Care Navigators, who act as the primary point of contact for students in need, to provide triage to discern their needs and then connect them to the supports to meet those needs. As of January 31, the college has processed 3,963 requests for student assistance.

For more information on Forsyth Tech Cares, contact Stacy Waters Bailey at swatersbailey@forsythtech.edu.

EC-COUNCIL’S ACADEMIC DIVISION UNVEILS 2020’S AWARD-WINNING CYBERSECURITY PROGRAMS AND FACULTY

The EC-Council Academic division is proud to formally highlight academic institutions and instructors across the world that excel each year with lasting impacts on their students’ cybersecurity education and local communities.

[2/2/2021, TAMPA, FL] EC-Council is pleased to announce 2020’s academic award recipients for the U.S. region: https://www.eccouncil.org/ec-council-global-awards/.
EC-Council organizes annual partner awards to highlight the highest levels of cybersecurity education, training, executive leadership, and instruction within our global communities. This consists of partnered academic institutions, commercial training centers, corporate organizations, CISOs, and Certified EC-Council Instructors (CEIs). The award categories recognized and celebrated in the U.S. Academic division include the following:

Academic Award Categories: (Credit & Non-Credit)
2020 Academic Partner of the Year (1 award recipient)
2020 Academic Circle of Excellence (5 award recipients)
2020 Academic Innovator of the Year (1 award recipient)
2020 Academic Best Newcomer (1 award recipient)
2020 Academic Instructor Circle of Excellence (3 award recipients)
2020 Academic Instructor of the (1 award recipient)EC-Council’s Academic division and awards committee honors academic partners each year that excel in course offerings, technologies, and cybersecurity instruction for students and faculty. EC-Council’s Executive Committee reviews each nominee’s impact, assessing their faculty, student experiences, efforts outside of the classroom, individual faculty involvement, and more prior to voting on an award recipient.
These are very prestigious awards as EC-Council has over 2,000 academic partnerships across the world from High Schools, Technical Institutes, Colleges, and Universities. Award recipients are honored based on the following criteria:

– Continuous program development.
– Incorporating new technologies and innovative methods of education.
– Commitment to educate and make a difference in the cybersecurity workforce.
– Student feedback on EC-Council courses and faculty.
– Evaluation reports post class.
– Secondary, Post-Secondary, and Alumni Engagement.
– Specialized initiative engagements.
… and more

The Annual Academic Awards traditionally precedes both Hacker Halted, EC-Council’s largest annual cybersecurity conference, and the Global CISO Forum, EC-Council’s premier executive-level event. However, last year’s Hacker Halted and Global CISO Forum events were held virtually.

Wesley Alvarez, Director of Academics, said, “We are incredibly proud to present the following recipients with their awards to honor their achievements in 2020. Last year was a very challenging year for academic communities and students alike across the world. These award recipients were able to persevere and ensure quality cybersecurity education programs and standards were accessible for existing students as well as professionals seeking a career change. We are pleased to highlight their efforts and wish them each success in the new year!”

Forsyth Tech teams with Foxit’s PhantomPDF to go digital

Foxit Software, a leading provider of innovative PDF products and services, helping knowledge workers to increase their productivity and do more with documents, today announced that Forsyth Technical Community College is leveraging Foxit’s PhantomPDF as its PDF Software solution in order to move away from traditional paper workflows and accelerate the schools digital transformation across numerous departments. Forsyth Tech has been offering vocation instruction and training in skilled trades since 1960. Today, the school has expanded to nine campus locations and offer college transfer, two-year degree programs, short-term training, corporate training, continuing education, personal enrichment classes, and much more.

Forsyth Tech, an institution that focuses on its student success in learning and equity, instituted goals to shift to a more digital and remote-friendly campus and was searching for a solution that could accelerate campus-wide digital transformation and create innovative ways to convert workflows from paper-based to digital. The search lead to Foxit’s desktop editor, PhantomPDF, which provided the right PDF features to move away from traditional paper workflows. With PhantomPDF, Forsyth Tech could use PDF documents to enable communication and collaboration through a common, standardized, portable and secure electronic file format. This made documents viewable on all devices, making it possible for anyone on and off campus to have access to the resources they needed.

“We identified that the broad deployment of PDF editing software was an essential move to meet our goal of making campus document workflows transition to digital,” said Chris Pearce, Vice President and CIO at Forsyth Tech.  “Other PDF solution models were complicated and too expensive to allow us to provide a full solution to both students and faculty. But Foxit’s straightforward licensing options, along with the solution’s seamless integration, made them the perfect choice for Forsyth Tech.

Forsyth Tech was able to leverage PhantomPDF for different departments to use, such as the Enrollment, Human Resources, IT, and Legal departments. The solution provided faculty with the right tools and training to dramatically reduce their turnaround time and the rich and reliable features of PhantomPDF met a multitude of use-cases. Human Resources could build fillable forms. The Enrollment department could collect files and signatures from students electronically. Other staff could collaborate by adding edits, comments, highlights, and annotations to their digital document.

“Working with Foxit is so incredibly easy and, without skipping a beat, our staff has been able to easily transition without learning a whole new system,” said Pearce.  “The smooth deployment, ample support, and seamless adoption by end users, are just some of the reasons I would recommend working with Foxit.”

To learn more about Foxit’s work with Forsyth Tech, please visit: https://cdn09.foxitsoftware.com/pub/foxit/casestudy/en_us/ForsythTechCommunityCollege.pdf

To learn more about Foxit’s PhantomPDF, please visit: https://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf-editor/

About Foxit Software

Foxit is a leading provider of innovative PDF products and services, helping knowledge workers to increase their productivity and do more with documents. Foxit addresses the needs of three distinct market segments. For End-User Productivity, Foxit delivers easy to use desktop software, mobile apps, and cloud services to make knowledge workers more productive. ConnectedPDF delivers leading edge technology that powers document management, security, and collaboration services for PDF files. Foxit’s Developer Solutions enable developers to incorporate powerful PDF technology into their applications. For Enterprise Automation, Foxit provides server software for large scale PDF document management and data capture.

Foxit has over 560 million users and has sold to over 100,000 customers located in more than 200 countries. The company has offices all over the world, including locations in the US, AsiaEurope, and Australia. For more information, please visit https://www.foxitsoftware.com.

Consortium of Triad community colleges led by Forsyth Tech to receive $5 million grant

A consortium of Triad community colleges led by Forsyth Technical has received a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.

That grant is aimed at supporting community colleges in advancing career pathways in manufacturing to meet employers’ demand for more skilled workers.

Forsyth Tech will lead the “Aligning the Workforce Education System for Manufacturing” project, a consortium of eight community colleges across the Triad.

The other community colleges are:

  • Alamance Community College
  • Davidson-Davie Community College
  • Guilford Technical Community College
  • Montgomery Community College
  • Randolph Community College
  • Rockingham Community College
  • Surry Community College

“This is an extraordinary opportunity for Forsyth Tech and our partner community colleges to build a clearer education workforce development system, ultimately making North Carolina more prosperous,” said Janet Spriggs, Forsyth Tech president.

“The ultimate outcome will ensure coordination between workers’ skills and employers’ expectations, resulting in an increased number of adults with well-paying jobs in advanced manufacturing.”

The foundational activity of these eight institutions will create a Business & Industry Leadership Team (BILT), which will give regional employers a co-leadership role for technical programs in machining and mechatronics.

$5 million grant goes to Forsyth Tech. The college will lead a regional effort to improve training for manufacturing jobs.

Forsyth Tech will use a new $5 million federal grant to lead a regional effort aimed at improving educational programs that lead to manufacturing jobs.

The Winston-Salem community college is the only North Carolina institution — and one of just 11 nationally — to receive this U.S. Department of Labor grant.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity for Forsyth Tech and our partner community colleges to build a clearer education-workforce development system, ultimately making North Carolina more prosperous,” Forsyth Tech President Janet Spriggs said in a news release put out by the college.

Forsyth Tech will work with seven other area community colleges in a 12-county region to produce more and better-trained workers for the advanced manufacturing sector.

The consortium plans to revise existing classes and training programs and start new ones in several advanced manufacturing areas, including machining, mechatronics, welding and industrial maintenance. Some new programs could start as early as this fall, while some others are slated to launch in 2022.

Partnerships selected for Equity Transfer Initiative

Sixteen partnerships from 13 states representing 17 community colleges and 19 universities will participate in the Equity Transfer Initiative (ETI), which aims to increase transfer rates for African-American, Hispanic, adult and first-generation learners.

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) will lead the initiative in partnership with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). The ECMC Foundation and Ascendium Education Group are funding the two-year ETI, through which selected partnering two-year and four-year institutions will receive up to $27,500 to advance transfer pathways and align them to increase transfer and completion for underrepresented student populations.

 

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AWARDS $40 MILLION IN STRENGTHENING COMMUNITY COLLEGE TRAINING GRANTS

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of $40 million through the Strengthening Community College Training Grants program to build the capacity of community colleges to meet labor market demand for a skilled workforce.

As the nation recovers from the coronavirus pandemic, community colleges are critical partners for the public workforce system to train the American workforce and build a pipeline of workers in critical industries such as health care, logistics and cybersecurity. The Strengthening Community Colleges Training Grants aim to address the skill development needs of employers and to support workers in gaining skills and transitioning quickly from unemployment to employment. The grants also build the capacity of community colleges to address challenges associated with the pandemic, such as expanding online and technology-enabled learning.

“The Strengthening Community Colleges Training Grants will play an important role in helping workers to reskill as quickly as possible with industry-recognized credentials and accelerated pathways to degrees,” said Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training John Pallasch. “These grants are among the range of actions the Department is taking to aid American workers and employers as our nation combats the coronavirus pandemic.”

 

Forsyth Tech teams with Foxit’s PhantomPDF to go digital

Foxit Software, a leading provider of innovative PDF products and services, helping knowledge workers to increase their productivity and do more with documents, today announced that Forsyth Technical Community College is leveraging Foxit’s PhantomPDF as its PDF Software solution in order to move away from traditional paper workflows and accelerate the schools digital transformation across numerous departments. Forsyth Tech has been offering vocation instruction and training in skilled trades since 1960. Today, the school has expanded to nine campus locations and offer college transfer, two-year degree programs, short-term training, corporate training, continuing education, personal enrichment classes, and much more.

Forsyth Tech, an institution that focuses on its student success in learning and equity, instituted goals to shift to a more digital and remote-friendly campus and was searching for a solution that could accelerate campus-wide digital transformation and create innovative ways to convert workflows from paper-based to digital. The search lead to Foxit’s desktop editor, PhantomPDF, which provided the right PDF features to move away from traditional paper workflows. With PhantomPDF, Forsyth Tech could use PDF documents to enable communication and collaboration through a common, standardized, portable and secure electronic file format. This made documents viewable on all devices, making it possible for anyone on and off campus to have access to the resources they needed.

 

The Trades Shops Building at the Forsyth Tech Stokes County Center offers several new trades classes for spring

Learn a new trade in 2021 and be on your way to a new career.

With many jobs shifting or being eliminated during the pandemic, now is the perfect time to learn a skilled trade. For some trades, it takes only a few short months to go from beginner to earning a license, starting a new career or moving to a new level. Short-term classes are now offered at the new Forsyth Tech Trades Shops Building.

Scott Crews, program coordinator said, “With many current workers aging out or retiring, there is a huge demand for skilled trade workers such as electricians, plumbers, and welders. One of the most valuable skills is having a combination of all these skills to basically fix anything. This even allows you to start your own business.”

WeldingAt the Trades Shops Building, classes are offered in short-term programs in horticulture, electrical systems, plumbing and welding. Many classes are offered in the evening for flexibility and convenience. Students who’ve taken advantage of these classes have demonstrated enthusiasm and excitement for learning new skills or honing the ones they have.

For Hope Hudson, her father inspired her to learn welding to help him in his hobby of restoring his 1969 Chevrolet Nova.

“I had started in cosmetology and then took a certified nursing assistant class but when I found welding, I liked it so much that I continued learning. Now have a full-time job in welding!”

Retiree Jim Caragol is another welding student who just wanted to learn a new skill and said his classes in Stokes have been a good learning experience.

The Trades Shops Building opened in 2019 with clean and inviting classrooms containing all the latest equipment for welding and electrical.

In the electrical class, the students were a combination of retirees and full-time employees in other fields. Terrence Jones, a full-time printing press operator, said, “I always wanted to do electrical work, so I came to the Forsyth Tech Trades Shops Building in Stokes to see what was offered.”

Mark Linville, a retired shop teacher, wanted to upgrade his skills and enjoys being back in the classroom as a student. Paulina Ruffino works with her family in construction and wanted to polish her electrical skills. Gray Marshall, who works with computers wanted to try something new. And, Margaret Naughton, who had worked in theater production is taking time to learn more about electrical systems for lighting so she can return to work once theaters reopen.

Instructors in the Trades Shop Building are licensed in their fields and take pleasure in sharing their knowledge through teaching. Tommy Bragg, electrical instructor, has been a licensed electrician since 1996, has worked as an inspector and has his own company.

Crews said the class sizes are limited now due to social distancing, but they are eager to help students find what they enjoy.

“With classes only taking a few weeks, students can try something out, see if they like it and see if they want to pursue the next level,” said Crews who has worked in short-term training for 14 years with Forsyth Tech.

“Employers are not always looking for degrees, but are looking for skilled employees who are creative, know how to think outside the box and solve problems. Adult learners who are continuing their education often already have the soft skills to build relationships with other employees. We can teach them trade skills.”

Stokes also offers courses in kitchen countertops, makeovers and horticulture where homeowners can save a lot of money doing the work themselves.

Imagine learning a new skill in 2021! New classes begin in February at the Trades Shops Building and at different times throughout the spring semester.

To register for a class or for more information go to https://short.forsythtech.edu/catalog.

Hope Hudson Picture

Hope Hudson takes a break before getting back to welding in class at the Trades Shop Building.