Hello Forsyth Tech students,
It’s hard to believe that the summer term is quickly coming to a close (classes end July 31)! I wish all of you the best in these last two weeks. And for those of you with your eye on the fall semester, our fall classes begin on August 17 – just a month away!
We are working hard to keep our campuses safe while at the same time, striving to meet our students’ needs and remain a critical partner in economic and workforce recovery. Throughout this COVID-19 crises, we have demonstrated that Forsyth Tech really does care. We will not stop caring, we will not stop listening to you and to our students, and we will always do our best to meet the individual needs of our students to the best of our ability.
Please Complete A Survey: To that end, we want to know how you feel about returning to campus and what you think about our plans for delivering classes this fall so far. Later this week, you will receive an email from me with a link to a survey that will give you an opportunity to share your thoughts, concerns, and offer constructive suggestions. I hope you will take time to share your voice by completing this important survey.
Information on Fall 2020 Classes
Because the health and safety of our students and employees is our primary concern during the continuation of COVID-19, we have adjusted the course delivery methods of many of our classes for fall 2020 semester.
Please review our course offerings for fall at this Course Schedule Link, and note the Delivery column. The delivery methods listed are current and accurate to how we plan to offer each course for fall. For help in navigating our course schedule, there is a short video at the top of the Course Schedule to assist you. Additionally, the Asynchronous vs Synchronous PDF is an excellent resource for how to understand and succeed in courses that have an internet component.
Keep in mind that while these class delivery options comply with the latest guidelines from Governor Cooper, there is still the potential for adjustments should we face tighter restrictions due to COVID-19. If courses are adjusted in the future, the delivery methods will be updated and a communication will be sent to your student email account.
There are four course delivery methods you will see are:
- On campus: This means the course will happen face-to-face at the campus location that is listed in the Location
- Internet – Synchronous: This means that although you will be learning from a distance, you will virtually attend class at the same time as your instructor and classmates during the exact times shown in the Daysand Times
- Internet – Asynchronous: This means that you don’t always need to be online at the same time as your instructor or classmates. A great benefit to asynchronous online courses is the time flexibility.
- On campus with an internet component: This means that you will meet face-to-face at the campus location that is listed in the Locationcolumn during the exact times that are listed in the Days and Times However, a portion of the course will also happen using the Internet – Asynchronous delivery method.
As an additional safety measure for students, almost all On Campus classes will end by Thanksgiving with the remainder of the course being completed via one of the Internet delivery methods until the semester ends on December 9. The exception to this will be with some clinical and in-person labs which may continue into early December.
Students receiving Veterans’ benefits: If your course delivery methods have changed, please check with Paige Lee or call 336-734-7403 to guarantee that your classes will be covered by the GI bill.
For more information about campus changes and for how to request support during COVID-19, visit our Health Alerts page which has been updated with the latest details. If you have any questions related COVID-19, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keeping Campuses Clean
A key component of our efforts to keep our students, faculty and staff safe is keeping our campuses clean throughout this pandemic. We want to reassure you that our facilities are being thoroughly cleaned and sanitized daily. This includes the normal day-to–day cleaning and disinfecting all touch points (any surface that is or could be touched). You will see our housekeepers wiping down these surfaces (doors, elevators, handrails, etc.) throughout the day with a hospital-grade sanitizer.
We have also invested in additional equipment to increase our ability to disinfect our spaces, including a sprayer with a specialized solution that can disinfectant everything in a room in a few minutes. The spray contains positively charged particles that are able to aggressively adhere to all surfaces and objects.
Please know that our Forsyth Tech facilities team is taking major steps to keep our students and employees safe.
Blood Drive + COVID Antibody Testing
Now more than ever, blood is in high demand due to the pandemic. Forsyth Tech will hold a Blood Drive for the American Red Cross on July 29 from 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Robert L. Strickland Center. The Red Cross will also offer an additional antibody testing to see if donors have been exposed to COVID-19. See COVID-19 Antibody Testing and Techlink for more information. To make an appointment, contact Studentlife@forsythtech.edu or call Donna Farrar at 336-734-7509.
Next Facebook Live – Tuesday, July 21, 2 p.m.
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 July 21 at 2 p.m. Please join me if you can – I look forward to talking with you and answering your questions.
“Perseverance isn’t just the willingness to work hard.
It’s that plus the willingness to be stubborn in your own belief in yourself”.
— Merlin Olsen
During this time, simply making it through the day can be challenging. It’s taken much more perseverance and persistence for all of us to carry on.
We certainly understand as we have made adjustments in our classes and in our lives. And, for some of you, we know this has been extremely difficult. We hope you are staying safe and healthy. Continue believing in yourself as we believe in you, and know we are here to listen and support you. Remember, you can contact Forsyth Tech Cares for concerns and issues. Forsyth Tech Cares.
We will all come through this stronger together.
Dr. Janet N. Spriggs
Forsyth Technical Community College