Forsyth Tech Community College. A place of promise. President's Message. Dr. Janet N. Spriggs.

Hello Forsyth Tech!

I hope you had a great weekend and welcome to a new week, filled with endless possibilities and opportunities!

As we have seen the number of cases of COVID-19 continue climbing, I would like to ask everyone to remain cautious and compliant in our efforts on campus. Thank you for your leadership and cooperation in following the three W’s – wearing a face covering, waiting six feet apart, and washing your hands often – to protect yourselves and our campus community. We must continue to do everything we can to mitigate the spread of the virus.

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Navigate Forsyth Tech

I have an exciting update on Navigate Forsyth Tech to share today. Participation in Navigate Forsyth Tech has been very impressive and according to our client services team at the Educational Advisory Board (EAB), we are two months ahead of schedule in completing implementation of this critical student success tool! Their feedback affirmed we are employing the tool and it is making a difference for our students.

While we introduced this platform during COVID-19, not an easy undertaking to say the least, we have made tremendous progress. I am thrilled about the level of engagement from our students and you, as you enthusiastically adopted and are using the features to better serve students and to help increase student success!

Navigate is currently being used to schedule advising and tutoring appointments. The program maps have been built for Business and Information Technology students and Engineering Technology Division students and we will continue introducing more divisions through 2021. In the Spring, we will also introduce the one “click” registration.

Thank you for making this complex implementation go smoothly and for ensuring our successful “Go Live” and remarkable engagement during this initial roll out. Here are a few key takeaways demonstrating your outstanding hard work.

  • A total of 623 staff advisers and faculty mentors/advisors are actively using the platform, beginning in the summer, and continuing this fall.
  • 5,911 student appointments have been scheduled through the summer and the fall
  • 5,493 alerts have been issued for students which includes kudos, tutoring referrals, attendance, missing textbooks, non-academic concerns and recommended withdrawal.

Early student adoption numbers are high and there is strong student utilization of Navigate Forsyth Tech. Here are a few key metrics regarding student usage.

  • 4,768 student responses to the intake survey.
  • 1,290 students have logged in to Navigate.
  • Of the 1,290 who logged in, 643 students logged in for the first time and 647 students were returning; 284 students completed “to-dos” and 201 opted for study buddies.

Navigate Forsyth Tech will be an important and effective student success tool to guide students progressively from orientation, through matriculation, all the way to graduation. It will help our students communicate and connect with us quickly, and navigate our processes more easily and seamlessly, and it will help us keep students moving forward successfully. We will continue to provide training and additional resources for students, faculty, and staff to use this powerful vehicle to advance student success.

Our Navigate implementation teams have been hard at work rolling out each stage of the process and I appreciate all your efforts! We could not have accomplished this without your cooperation and perseverance, and I know it was even more difficult because we were doing all this work during a global pandemic. If you haven’t seen the website, please check it out here and watch the short video located at the site for more information on Navigate Forsyth Tech.

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The difference between games and championships

“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.”

– Michael Jordan

One of my favorite quotes from a much-loved North Carolina basketball player, Michael Jordan (I know this will not make everyone happy, but in my opinion, he is the GOAT!). Michael had immense talent, but he knew there were four other players on the court with him, and it took more than talent, it took intelligence, strategy, and possibly most importantly, it took teamwork. Each member of the team played a critical role in the team’s overall success and “teamwork made the dream work” (to paraphrase another famous quote by servant leader and author, John Maxwell).

We have an incredible, talented team of faculty and staff at Forsyth Tech, but even with all our individual talents, we are so much stronger playing as a team, and working intelligently and strategically together to make the dream work, and reach our shared vision. Words cannot adequately describe how proud I am to be President of this Forsyth Tech team, and how grateful I am to each of you for everything you do every day in service to our students and our communities, especially over the unprecedented and unimaginable past seven months. This is our championship season!

Take care and stay safe!

Warm regards,

Dr. Janet Spriggs