Forsyth Tech Automotive Students Blow Out National Pass Rate on Industry Certification Exam

A class of 20 first-semester Automotive Systems Technology students at Forsyth Technical Community College has achieved a pass rate of 80 percent on the national Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Toyota T-TEN certification test. By comparison, the national average for first-time T-TEN students taking this exam is 30 percent. Dealership technicians with two or more years’ experience average a pass rate of approximately 40 percent on the ASE exam.
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Forsyth Tech Transportation Technology Student Places Second in National Competition

Forsyth Technical Community College Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology student Daniel Hanna won second place in the American Trucking Associations’ 2016 Technology & Maintenance Council’s (TMC) National Student Technician Competition, TMC FutureTech 2016, held in Raleigh, NC, recently. This is the second year in a row that Forsyth Tech has participated in this competition. Hanna took first place in 2015.

In addition to placing second in the overall competition, Hanna was the station winner in several individual skill competitions, which included Service Information, Coolants & Diesel Exhaust Fluid, Torque and Drive Belts.

Hanna competed against four other students from Forsyth Tech and 43 other competitors from tech schools around the country including Utah Valley University (UT), WyoTech (WY), and Francis Tuttle Technical Center (OK). All five Forsyth Tech students placed in the top 18 of 48 entrants. This is the third year of the FutureTech competition and is part of an industry-wide initiative to attract a new generation of technicians to the field.

“We are so proud of Daniel and all of our students who entered this competition,” said Allen Doub, Forsyth Tech’s program coordinator for Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology. “They competed among the best students in the country.

“Competitions like these offer great opportunities for our students to not only demonstrate their skills but to network with trucking company representatives looking to hire the best technical talent available. In fact, Salem Leasing, WheelTime Company and TravelCenters of America made private presentations to our students, including first-year students who attended to support their colleagues, to introduce them to their companies and discuss future employment opportunities. All three of these companies have a need for many qualified technicians.”

American Trucking Associations’ 2016 Technology & Maintenance Council’s (TMC) National Student Technician Competition
Forsyth Tech Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology student Daniel Hanna, far right, receives a second-place award at the American Trucking Associations’ 2016 Technology & Maintenance Council’s (TMC) National Student Technician Competition, TMC FutureTech 2016, held in Raleigh, NC this fall.

Forsyth Tech Thanks Voters for Support of Bond Referendum

Dr. Gary Green, president of Forsyth Technical Community College, expressed gratitude on behalf of the college following passage of the Forsyth County Community College Bonds on Tuesday night. The $65 million bond package passed by a 74% to- 26% margin, receiving approximately 117,880 yes votes compared with 42,400 no votes.

“I want to thank the voters of Forsyth County, County Commission members, and supporters and friends of Forsyth Tech,” Green said. “The success of this bond referendum will allow us to provide new and much-needed ways to upgrade our facilities over the next six to eight years. In turn, this will give us the opportunity to train our students with the skills for local, better-paying, in-demand jobs, which will help our community grow economically.”

Forsyth Tech will use the bond money to implement multiple capital projects at the college, including extensive Main Campus renovations to support new programs and upgraded infrastructure;  create a Learning Commons on Main Campus that includes a new library and features technology-rich design and maker spaces; develop a new Aviation Center at Smith Reynolds Airport for technology education and training that serves the aviation and aerospace manufacturing and service industries; and expand the college’s Transportation Technology Center on Patterson Avenue with additional shop, laboratory, and classroom space to support the growing Automotive Technology, Diesel and Heavy Equipment, Motorcycle Service and Race Car Technology programs.

Dr. Green reiterated that the passage of the bond will help the college meet critical needs and assured voters that the money will be used prudently. “Forsyth Tech is a good steward of the funds provided by the people, and we can assure our community that every dollar will be well spent,” he said.

This is the third time Forsyth Tech has received bond money for critical capital improvements.

Two other bonds on the ballot—$350 million for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County K-12 public schools College and $15 million for Forsyth County parks and recreation—were also approved by voters by wide margins.

NC Community College Small Business Center Network Encourages Consumers to “Shop Small For All”

With the holiday shopping season upon us, the North Carolina Community College Small Business Center Network (SBCN), which includes Forsyth Technical Community College’s Small Business Center, is encouraging communities to support local small businesses on Saturday, November 26, 2016, and to use #ShopSmallForAll on social media.

Nestled between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday® has quickly become a nationally recognized day to support local independent merchants with the power of local dollars.

“Small Business Saturday is a celebration of local businesses,” says Allan Younger, director of the Small Business Center at Forsyth Tech.  “I am privileged to work with so many outstanding small business owners.  Their commitment and ability to provide great customers service is strengthened by their personal connection to our community.”

Small Business Saturday® was founded by American Express in 2010 as a day to celebrate local businesses through the holiday shopping season. The day has since grown into a powerful movement in support of local small businesses that make communities unique.

Consumer spending with independent retailers and restaurants during the 2015 Small Business Saturday® neared $16.2 billion, a 14% increase from 2014 according to the results of a survey conducted by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB); with a total of 95 million consumers shopping “small” on the day, up 8% from 2014.

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that over 50 percent of the working population works in a small business.  A small business is defined by the Small Business Administration as one with 500 or less employees.  Small businesses have generated over 63 percent of new jobs between 1993 and mid-2013.

Small Business Saturday® is an opportunity to support the local small businesses that provide economic vitality and quality of life to communities. The SBCN encourages shopping local and shopping small #ShopSmallForAll on November 26 and help make a lasting impact in the place you call home.


About the Small Business Center Network
The mission of the NC Community Colleges Small Business Center Network (SBCN) is to increase the success rate and number of viable small businesses in North Carolina by providing high quality, readily accessible assistance to prospective and existing small business owners, which will lead to job creation and retention. The SBCN assists in starting an average of more than 700 businesses each year.  Small Business Centers have an economic impact in 90% of all NC counties each year, including helping to create and retain over 3,600 jobs annually.

About Forsyth Tech

Forsyth Tech provides students with flexible educational pathways to 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 is the fifth largest community college in North Carolina and serves more than 35,000 students with approximately 1,500 full and part-time faculty and staff.