There’s still a large need for tech and manufacturing workers in North Carolina. One community college is making a push to train hundreds of new workers in the field.

Dr. Janet Spriggs and Dr. Stacy Waters-Bailey discussing Forsyth Tech Cares on Triad Today

Forsyth Tech Wins $5M Grant to Train Students in Advanced Manufacturing

There’s still a large need for tech and manufacturing workers in North Carolina.

One community college is making a push to train hundreds of new workers in the field.

That college – Forsyth Tech – is the only community college in the state and one of 11 colleges nationally to receive an award under the Department of Labor’s Strengthening Community Colleges Program.

Right now, the college has at least 100 students in the advanced manufacturing program and it hopes to recruit more.

But the big hurdle – meeting employers’ demands for more skilled workers.

“If you like it, you’re going to be good at it,” said Pemmco President Rick Powell. “If you’re good at it, you’re going to rise to the top.”

“These types of grants give us that nudge, that momentum that we need that helps us to fulfill our vision,” said Forsyth Tech Chief Academic Officer Jacob Surratt.

Forsyth Tech is partnering with growing industries here and across the region – some include Pemmco, Herbalife and Siemens.

“We always want to be proactive in our training, responsive to our industry partners needs and make sure we are providing a skilled workforce,” Surratt said.

We’re told the program is truly about transforming the community, but what must be done first, combatting misconceptions.

“People still think of manufacturing as an old man leaning across a dirty piece of equipment that gets covered in oil in a smoky environment,” Powell said.

Pemmco Manufacturing makes parts in aerospace, automotive and lawn and garden.

Powell says industry leaders need to get younger people in as the older generation retires, showing them clean environments that involve computers, 3D models and the latest technologies.

“We can go out and buy more equipment and we can buy additional building space, but we can’t go out and buy human resources,” he said. “We need employees who have technical skills.”

We asked Forsyth Tech leaders how they can ensure students will be ready for evolving jobs in the field. They say educators need to be…

“providing education that is timely, does it need to be accelerated,” Surratt said.

“If we can get the students in and see it and pick it up, that’s probably the best way to get them interested,” Powell adds.

Powell says his company works with students on a focused curriculum and then hires them afterward.

Joining with Forsyth Tech are Alamance Community College, Davidson-Davie Community, College, Guilford Technical Community College, Montgomery Community College, Randolph Community College, Rockingham Community College and Surry Community College. Their foundational activity will be creating a Business & Industry Leadership Team giving regional employers a co-leadership role for technical programs in machining and mechatronics.

MILLIONS SHARE IN NURSING STUDENT’S GOOD NEWS

Victoria Glosson was lying in bed on Feb. 13 with nothing to do and no electricity after a storm had knocked out the power to her family’s house.

Bored, Glosson decided to share a funny video she had recorded two days earlier of her father. Her phone died soon after her 80-second video was uploaded onto TikTok.

“My family loved the video, so I was like let me just post it,” she said.

Glosson, 22, was working on homework for one of her classes in the UNC Greensboro School of Nursing when power was finally restored to her house and her phone turned back on. Her phone immediately started buzzing.

When Glosson checked her phone, she saw that her video had 30,000 views on TikTok, then 1 million views, and soon more than 9 million views. The UNCG nursing student had gone viral over the Valentine’s Day weekend.

Millions of people around the globe have been touched by Glosson’s heartwarming video. In the short clip, she captures the moment when she informs her father, former UNCG police officer Barry Glosson, that she’s cancer-free after battling Stage 3 Hodgkin’s lymphoma for nearly two years.

Her mother, Dr. Smita Glosson, who earned her bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree from UNCG in 1996, was getting ready for work one morning when she saw her daughter’s video on NBC’s “Today” show.

It was then featured on ABC’s “World News Tonight.”

“We just did not expect it to go that far, but people were sending me just such kind messages like how they were smiling,” Glosson said. “People with cancer were reaching out to me, asking for advice. It was just so heartwarming the amount of good things that people were saying, and the support was insane.

“I was like ‘Oh my gosh. Never in a million years would you ever guess this.’”

Of course, not much about the past two years has gone as Glosson planned.

Glosson, an Oak Ridge native, is a nurse like her mother and her older sister. She works in the emergency department at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital.

She’s also in her second semester in UNCG’s RN-to-BSN program, in which registered nurses go back to school to earn their BSN degree. She’s scheduled to graduate in December.

On May 27, 2019, Glosson was working toward earning her associate’s degree in nursing from Forsyth Technical Community College when she felt a cramp in her side. It was Memorial Day, and she decided to go to the Moses Cone emergency department to get a scan.

Glosson felt fine, but she thought her cramp might have something to do with her appendix. However, when her test results came back, she was told her body had “lit up like a Christmas tree” in the scan because of how much cancer was in her body.

As Glosson was leaving the emergency department, a nurse told her that her cancer diagnosis would make her a better nurse.

“I didn’t really understand that at the time. I was like ‘Why would she say that? That’s not the right time to tell me that,’” Glosson said. “But now I finally understand why it really does make you not only a better nurse but a better person, and I can relate to my patients.”

Glosson started chemotherapy two weeks later, and despite objections from her parents and her oncologist, she continued with nursing school at Forsyth Tech. She graduated last May, but along the way, a large blood clot was discovered in her heart that was nearly fatal.

On Aug. 3, 2020, Glosson started her job as a nurse at Moses Cone. The next day, her doctor called during her lunch break and informed her that her cancer had returned and that she’d need a stem cell transplant to remove it.

As if that weren’t enough, Glosson started her first semester in the RN-to-BSN program at UNCG a few days later and then another round of chemotherapy two days after that. She spent a month in the hospital after having a stem cell transplant in October.

“A few weeks into the semester, Victoria emailed to let me know she may be a few days late turning in an assignment because she was scheduled to undergo a stem cell transplant for relapsed Hodgkin’s lymphoma,” said Jennifer Wilson, a clinical assistant professor in the UNCG School of Nursing.

“When I first read her email, I thought to myself, ‘How is she going to do this?’ As an oncology nurse for over a decade, I have a deep-seated understanding for the physical, psychological, and emotional implications that come along with cancer diagnosis and treatment.”

Glosson ended up getting an “A” in both of her RN-to-BSN classes that semester. Wilson regularly checked in with Glosson and became like a comforting friend as she went through her health issues.

“It has been truly inspiring to work with someone like Victoria who demonstrates perseverance, determination, and unrelenting positivity in spite of extreme personal hardship,” Wilson said.

After everything she had been through, Glosson said she didn’t want to simply tell her father on Feb. 11 that her first PET scan after her stem cell transplant showed that the procedure had worked and her cancer was gone.

“So whenever we got home from the doctor’s office that Thursday, I made up something to my dad,” Glosson said. “I was like ‘Hey, I have a class assignment due. Can you please come home?’ I could not wait to tell him. I was ecstatic. I was so excited, and I could not hold it in.”

Glosson lied to her father and told him she had written a paper about him and needed his help with a video for it. She had him put in AirPods, and she played country singer Luke Combs’ “Beer Never Broke My Heart” loud over the headphones so he couldn’t hear what she was saying.

Glosson then made her father read her lips as she softly said, “I’m cancer-free.” He didn’t understand what she was saying at first, but as soon as he realized it, he celebrated by jumping around the house and hugging his wife.

“That’s like his little happy dance,” Glosson said. “It was no surprise that he reacted the way that he reacted because he reacts that way to everything.”

Thanks to her viral video, the rest of the world has gotten the chance to watch his happy dance and celebrate in Glosson’s good news.

Lead actor in new series on Amazon Prime has ties to Winston-Salem and Greensboro

As a child growing up in Winston-Salem, Taylor August loved film and animation.

“It influenced what I wanted to do,” August said.

He is now in his first series lead role in “The Hunter’s Anthology,” which will premiere on Amazon Prime Friday.

August plays the lead character Mac, a demon slayer, in this five-episode supernatural whodunnit that combines sci-fi, horror and mystery.

Some people have compared it to the 1985 movie “Clue,” and August said there are moments where people will possibly compare it to “The Exorcist.”

Other members of the cast are Eric Colton, Janna Bossier, Cole Taylor, Olev Aleksander, Kristy Kloetingh and Sara Lopez.

In the series, Mac, who is both mysterious and extremely serious, traps six strangers inside a subway car in New York to determine which one of them is a demon.

August, 36, moved to Winston-Salem when he was about 9 years old. He is a graduate of North Forsyth High School and attended Forsyth Technical College. In 2009, he attended UNC Greensboro to study film production. He is now working on a bachelor’s degree in animation at the Los Angeles Film School in Los Angeles, Calif., where he lives. He still has family in Winston-Salem.

“I’m super excited about it because I want that to be a big part of my future, creating animated films, shorts,” August said.
The acting bug bit August while he was taking theatre classes at North Forsyth. He went on to perform in a couple of plays at the Little Theatre of Winston-Salem in his early years.

Back then some folks might remember him as Taylor August Freeman.

“As a kid growing up on Disney films and cartoons, I knew I wanted to be an artist in some way,” he said.

While still living in North Carolina, he landed roles in two feature films, “Blood Done Sign My Name” and “Blue Ridge.”

He eventually moved to New York City, where he studied acting at the William Esper Studio and did a lot of theater, including Off-Broadway productions.

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WFU law clinic partners with Forsyth Tech to provide students with pro bono legal services

Forsyth Tech Community College will partner with the Community Law and Business Clinic at Wake Forest University to provide free legal services for non-criminal cases to Forsyth Tech students.

The program will be run through the Forsyth Tech Cares office, which was launched as a part of the college’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic and student’s needs outside the classroom.

“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 from the Community Law and Business Clinic will provide the pro-bono legal services on a virtual meeting platform beginning this week.

Steve Virgil, professor with Wake Forest’s School of Law, said the program is a “win-win” for Wake Forest and Forsyth Tech.

“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,” Virgil said.

The legal issues will focus on consumer issues, landlord-tenant issues, family law, expungements, business start-up paperwork, immigration issues and government benefits issues.

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.”

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!”