Forsyth Tech’s Free Community Computer Clinic a Big Success

More than 100 Computers Serviced in Five Hours, including One with 3,200+ Viruses

(Winston-Salem, NC) – Forsyth Tech’s first-ever Computer Diagnostic Clinic that was held earlier this month is being called a huge success. In the five hours the free clinic was open, more than 100 people brought their PCs, Macs and laptops to the Technology Building on the college’s Main Campus. Nearly 40 computer technology faculty and students diagnosed and fixed problems, including minor repairs, virus and spam removal, and file system clean up.
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Forsyth Tech Nanotechnology Students Selected As Finalists In National Science Foundation Innovation Challenge

Team Proposes Energy-Efficient Solar Greenhouse

The National Science Foundation (NSF), in partnership with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), has named a team of Forsyth Tech nanotechnology students one of 10 finalists in the second annual Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC). This is a federally funded program that encourages students to develop skills for innovation and entrepreneurship by developing and presenting STEM solutions to real-world problems in the areas of food, energy and water.
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Our view: Forsyth Tech opens its doors wider

It may not seem like a big deal to some — especially if they’re not the studious type — but Forsyth Tech’s recent extension of lab hours to meet some students’ schedules isn’t just a convenience for them, it’s a sign of an educational institution that evolves to meet its students’ needs. We need more efforts like this.

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Chrysler Designates Forsyth Tech’s Automotive Program a Dealership Service Technical Training Site

American automobile manufacturer Fiat Chrysler Automobile (FCA US) in partnership with the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) has designated Forsyth Tech as one of the first 20 colleges in the U.S. to offer a program designed to train the next generation of Chrysler dealership service technicians. The announcement was made this week during the opening session of an all-day workshop held for local Chrysler dealers at the college’s state-of-the-art Transportation Technology Center.
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Forsyth Tech Announces New Data Analytics Strategy to Improve Student Outcomes and Transform Campus Experience

College is second in state to partner with national data analytics pioneer Civitas Learning

Forsyth Technical Community College announced today a new partnership with Civitas Learning to use advanced data analytics to enhance student support and improve retention and graduation rates over time. The Winston-Salem-based public community college will draw on Civitas Learning’s technology and data expertise to uncover hidden barriers to student success and help students plan the most efficient pathway to a degree.
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12 Forsyth Tech Diesel & Heavy Equipment Students Receive Scholarships from NC Transportation Maintenance Council

Twelve Forsyth Tech students who will receive their Associates degree in Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technology this May have received scholarships from the North Carolina Transportation Maintenance Council (NCTMC), a major sponsor of the college’s diesel program. NCTMC awarded the scholarships based on the students’ GPA and demonstrated ability to be successful in the field upon graduation.
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Forsyth Tech Administrator, Student Earn Top State Awards in Work-Based Learning

A Forsyth Tech administrator and student have received top honors from the North Carolina Cooperative Education Association (NCCEA). Beth Agnello, director of Forsyth Tech’s Work-Based Learning and Manufacturing Skills Certification programs, received the Jon A. Young Service Award for outstanding NCCEA member of the year. Tresha Johnson, a 2015 graduate of Forsyth Tech’s accounting program, received the William D. Weston Co-Op Student of the Year award. The awards were given out recently during the association’s annual conference in Greensboro.
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Allan Younger keeps entrepreneurial spirit alive

Forsyth Tech Small Business Center Director Allan Younger used the center before he became its director.

In 2009, Allan Younger wanted advice for the consulting firm he’d just started, so he turned to the Small Business Center of Forsyth Technical Community College. Now as director of that small business center, he helps entrepreneurs overcome the hurdles to success.

The  Forsyth Tech Small Business Center is one of 58 state-funded centers across North Carolina that provides services to small businesses and those thinking about starting one. The center is located at 525@Vine in the Innovation Quarter housed in 25,000 square feet devoted to Forsyth Tech’s various business and industrial services.

The center holds more than 15 education sessions and about 40 appointments for business counseling  a month.

Younger, who counsels small business owners himself, said that the center provides advice and guidance for what can often be a very daunting process of opening and maintaining a business.

“One of my biggest goals ever since I started this job in 2013 was to help people increase their confidence that they can be successful,” he said.

Younger said that he had several sessions himself when he was starting up his own management consulting business, GRACE Consulting. He said it was very beneficial to him and opened his eyes to things like what he, as a business owner, would need to keep records of for taxes.

He said he was inspired to go into business by his father, who worked for IBM for more than 30 years. He said there’s no shortage of African-Americans working in business or starting their own small businesses.

“I think a lot of it is because a lot of African-Americans grew up either in families, or knowing people who owned their own small businesses,” he said.

Younger also teaches business courses at Winston-Salem State University. He says many of his students come into class already thinking about starting their own businesses. Younger said about 40 percent of those served by the center are minorities. Among the center’s many community partnerships is one with the City’s Minority and Women Business Enterprise Program to hold events there.

Younger, who grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland, has a degree in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Masters in Business Administration from  Winston-Salem State University.

He worked in the mortgage industry for years at companies like General Electric and Republic Mortgage Insurance Company. After being laid off during the recession, he decided to start his own consulting firm. In 2010, he started giving educational presentations for the Small Business Center, and in 2013 he became its director.

As director of the Small Business Center, he oversees two employees who coordinate the education and counseling sessions there. The Center has about 15 volunteer counselors and about 30 presenters for its workshops. It also has two satellite offices: one in The Enterprise Center and the other in Walnut Cove.

He said aside from advice, guidance and education, the center also has meeting spaces, computers and Internet access for its clients. It also shares information with local businesses online through its LinkedIn group.



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