Hello Forsyth Tech faculty and staff,
Th summer semester is basically a wrap and are now eagerly looking forward to Fall 2020. Managing another term, within the limits of the pandemic, has not been easy, to say the least, yet, you all have continued to persevere, serving our students and each other with empathy and excellence!
We still have challenges ahead of us, but I encourage you all to remember how important it is to maintain balance in our lives. We have so much work ahead of us as we work together to be a catalyst for equitable economic mobility, empowering lives and transforming communities, and our work is critically important, transformational work. However, time with friends and families, time to enjoy the beauty of the season, and time to reflect, refresh and recharge is vital for us all to be at our best as we face the challenges and achieve our mission and vision. I am so deeply grateful for the commitment you bring to work – enjoy your weekend and make a commitment to take some time for you!
Here are a few updates as we look toward the first day of fall classes, August 17.
Once again, I wish we could all be together again, but nonetheless, I am proud of the way we are adapting to new ways of engaging remotely and socially distanced, and I am excited that we will be introducing Convocation in a new way this year. We will hold virtual sessions using Microsoft Teams throughout the week of August 10 through August 14. These sessions will give you an overview of work that has been going on throughout COVID-19 and provide important updates and information about plans for the fall.
I am sharing a keynote address on the morning of August 13 and will hold a question and answer session that afternoon. While there will be a small number of people with me in-person at the College for both the keynote and the question and answer, the majority of you will be joining this event remotely. Both of these sessions are critically important as we prepare to enter our Brave New Normal Fall Semester, and the other information sessions throughout the week will be helpful if you can work them into your schedules and find time to attend. Attendance for the August 13 Convocation presentation is required for all full-time and part-time staff, and full-time faculty, and part-time adjunct faculty are invited to attend if their schedules allow.
You will receive an invitation next week with information about the technology we will use and with links to register. The schedule for Convocation Week will be shared on Techlink. We hope you will join us for some or all of the informative sessions hosted by faculty and staff.
Virtual Centralized Registration
This information is will be shared with students today so I wanted you to be aware as well. We have a new Fall Classes Information page that will be part of our new COVID-19 page on the website.
Tuesday, August 11 – Virtual Centralized Registration for Fall 2020: 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
If you still need to register for Fall classes, Sign up now at the Event Portal or call 336-734-7195 on August 11.
Make sure you’ve applied, confirmed how you will pay for classes and course materials, and created your Techlink account!
- Wednesday, August 12 by Noon – Fall 2020 Payment Deadline
- Monday, August 17 – First day of Fall 2020 classes
- Monday & Tuesday, August 17 & 18 – Virtual Drop/Add Registration for Fall 2020: 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Students may call in that day to be registered remotely using 336-734-7195.
We continue to work hard to create successful learning and support opportunities for students in fall semester, while at the same maintaining our commitment to safety and remaining empathetic to the challenges we all continue to face due to COVID-19.
Student Identification Cards
We have a new ID system that we will roll out during the fall and into the Spring semester. Each Student will get a new ID (at left) that eventually will be used to swipe for purchases in the Bookstore and at the Grill, etc. Students will be able to submit formatted “selfies” as the photo. More details, including when students will be able to get their new card, will be sent to their Forsyth Tech email
Navigate Forsyth Tech
Navigate is a comprehensive technology that brings together administrators, faculty, advisors, and staff to support students from enrollment to graduation and beyond. We will share more information with you and students as we will introduce the new technology soon!
Next Facebook Live
I have been enjoying engaging with our students and with so many of you in the Facebook Live sessions each week. I look forward to continuing these engagement opportunities with our next Facebook Live on Aug. 4, at 2 p.m. Please join me if you can! It is a great way for staff and faculty to engage with each other, and for you to also engage with students.
“The real opportunity lies within the person and not in the job.”
The past 4 ½ months has certainly given us a plethora of new opportunities! It has been a joy and I have been so very proud and grateful to each of you who have gone above and beyond your “jobs” throughout this unprecedented season. You have clearly demonstrated the real opportunity that lies within you!
Stay safe and take care!
Dr. Janet N. Spriggs
Forsyth Technical Community College