Somewhat of a sponge and proud of it

I lived in Winston-Salem for over five years before I finally discovered Quarry Park. Have you ever been?

It was Community Day as part of a Leadership Winston-Salem (congratulations to class of 2020, by the way), and the objective of the day’s itinerary was to teach our class about various parts of the city.

This objective, the idea of learning something new, was the very reason I loved Leadership Winston-Salem. I’m a nerd at heart and consider myself a sponge of sorts. According to my CliftonStrengths Assessment results (Input), I’m a collector of words, further proving my obsession with learning new things.

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Forsyth Technical Community College Hosted U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia and Rep. Virginia Foxx


Forsyth Technical Community College Hosted U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia and Rep. Virginia Foxx

The roundtable discussion focused on ways community colleges can offer multiple pathways for students straight into careers or transfer into a four-year university.

On Friday, July 17, Forsyth Technical Community College (Forsyth Tech) hosted U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia and U.S. Representative Virginia Foxx at the College’s Small Business Center and the National Center for Biotechnology Workforce in Innovation Quarter. During a brief visit to the Biotechnology Lab and a roundtable conversation, College leaders shared information about the variety of programs offered by Forsyth Tech including short term workforce certifications, career technical education and college transfer degree programs, apprenticeship programs, and career and college transfer dual enrollment opportunities for high school students.

Leaders from Forsyth Tech included President Janet N. Spriggs, Jennifer Coulombe, dean of Business Services; Paula Dibley, associate vice president for Marketing/Recruitment and Educational Partnerships; Jason Gagliano, lab coordinator for the National Center for Biotechnology Workforce; and Allan Younger, director of the Small Business Center at
Forsyth Tech.

“We were thrilled that U.S. Secretary Scalia and Representative Virginia Foxx spent time with us and were interested in discussing how community colleges are drivers of workforce development, especially at this time in our lives,” said President Spriggs. “They were specifically interested in learning about apprenticeship programs like our Learn and Earn Apprenticeship program (LEAP at Forsyth Tech), cybersecurity and dual enrollment opportunities for high school students.”

LEAP at Forsyth Tech, began in 2019 as a structured collaboration between Forsyth Tech as the apprenticeship sponsor and instructional provider and local companies committed to employing apprentices throughout the education journey.

Spriggs said often students with four-year degrees come back to Forsyth Tech to gain a marketable skill, what is known as ‘reverse transfer.’ “Their focus is on learning the skills they need for available jobs and they come to us for that workforce preparation and to earn the certification they need to enter new careers. For many students, community colleges should be the first choice, not the last resort, and we are working hard to make sure high school students and graduates, and all the members of the communities we serve, know the value Forsyth Tech adds to workforce and economic development. We need to end the stigma associated with community colleges.”

Triad community college releases fall semester instruction plan

Forsyth Tech Community College will begin the fall semester with an instruction strategy that includes sessions held in person, online and a combination of both. As Covid-19 mitigation efforts continue, FTCC will offer students course delivery options in a variety of formats for the semester that begins Aug. 17 and concludes Dec. 9.

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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