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

Good evening students,

It has been quite a busy week for me, but also very productive and I am happy to say, it was also a week filled with opportunities to engage with students, staff, and faculty. I hope each of you continue to enjoy a productive and engaging start to fall semester 2020.

If you have any questions about safety precautions, please check our webpage at covid-19 or if you have questions, email covid-19@forsythtech.edu. Remember, Forsyth Tech Cares! If you have needs for assistance or need to talk with someone, please email ftcares@forsythtech.edu.

We are also looking for a new mascot!!! The college had one a few years ago and it’s time to bring one back. Take the survey below to share your thoughts.

COVID-19 and Reusable Masks in Vending Machines

Over the course of the week, I heard several comments and questions surrounding the Tech Alert we sent out in the evening last Thursday, August 21. I know none of us want our evenings interrupted by news like that, but we did not wait to send the notification for two important reasons. First, we felt it was the most responsible way from a safety perspective, even though there was a very low risk that anyone would be exposed – safety is our top priority. Second, we are required by the Clery Act to provide timely notifications about any positive COVID-19 case that occurs at a campus location where no other cases have been identified.

Since we began to reopen our campus locations in mid-May after the stay at home executive order was lifted, we have notified you about positive cases of COVID-19 as required and to keep us all as safe as possible. Please be reassured, we have notified you about positive cases on our campuses where individuals may possibly have exposed others, and we will continue to be transparent and provide you with new and updated information as quickly as possible. If you have questions, please email covid-19@forsythtech.edu.

Forsyth Technical Community College currently requires that masks be worn while on location at one of our campuses. We provided free face coverings and face shields for students who are taking face-to-face courses on any Forsyth Tech campus. If you come to one of our locations, and possibly forgot your mask, you can also now purchase for $3.00 located from snack machines located in vending areas spread throughout our campuses. For everyone’s convenience, the vending machines accept cash and card payments.

Bring Back the Mascot

We have heard from you that you miss the mascot at Forsyth Tech. Do you want to bring back the Forsyth Tech Tiger, or have other suggestions? Please complete the survey and let us know your ideas.

New Student Voter Video

Student Life & Engagement is very excited that this year’s SGA members are engaged and involved.

Please watch the short video created by Student Government Association Early College representative, Lauren Uy.

Facebook Live with me – Tuesday at 2 p.m.!

Next Tuesday , September 1, at 2 p.m., I’ll be hosting Facebook Live on our college’s Facebook page to talk with all of you, as well as Forsyth Tech faculty and staff. It’s a great time for us to be together to talk about the fall semester and for you to ask any questions you may have. Hope to see you then!

Quote

“I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Early this morning when I was reading news and preparing for the day ahead, I saw an article about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech which he delivered from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963, 57 years ago today. The line I quoted above is not necessarily the most often repeated quote from this iconic speech, but after seeing the article, I re-read Dr. King’s entire speech, and this line resonated with me.

We are certainly faced with “difficulties and frustrations of the moment”, yet, as a College community, we remain committed to our purpose. To me, that purpose is our dream; our shared and unwavering aspiration to employ the power of knowledge and the hope and opportunity education affords, to meet every student where they are, carry every student as far as they can go, and help every student achieve their dream.

I am grateful to each of you for choosing Forsyth Tech. We are here for you!

Take care and stay safe!

Warm Regards,

Dr. Janet Spriggs