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

Hello students,

We are a month into the fall semester and I hope it’s going well for all of you. We want to assure you in spite of all we are experiencing, we are still very involved with students and working hard to help you adjust to life in the new normal.

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.

I have a few announcements below regarding Constitution Day, Voter Registration and the census. All three of these are extremely important for us to understand the meaning of our voice, our votes and why each of us should be counted in our country.

There are reminders for Angel Tree program and College Transfer virtual tours. Remember to check Techlink for all the latest announcements and information to help you.

Thank you, SGA for Constitution Day!

I wanted to give a huge thank you to Student Life and Engagement and the Student Government Association especially, Curtis Walker, Paulina Solis Page and Lauren Uy for coordinating a wonderful event last Thursday with Constitution Day. The amount of work completed behind the scenes was remarkable and these students took up the challenge to deliver an outstanding event.

I was honored to serve as a panelist along with: NC State Senator Joyce Krawiec; NC Representative House District 72 Derwin Montgomery; Mayor Allen Joines; Winston-Salem Council Member Annette Scippio; Professor and History Department Chair, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Dr. Arwin D. Smallwood; Director of the Locke Foundation John Hood; NC Senate Candidate Terri LeGrand; Congressional Candidate for the 6th District Kathy Manning; and Congressional Candidate for the 6th District John Haywood. It was my honor and a great privilege to be a part of this great representation of thoughtful political leaders.

Our students demonstrated exemplary leadership skills in both putting this event together and delivering a quality opportunity for thoughtful dialogue about our constitution, our democracy, and the importance of exercising our right to vote! Congratulations to everyone who helped with the event!

National Voter Registration Day is Tomorrow

Tuesday, September 22 is National Voter Registration Day! The deadline to register to vote is October 9th. If you do not register in time for that, same day registration is available at polling location during the Early Voting period, October 15 – 31st.

If you haven’t registered and need to know how and where, go to Forsyth County Board of Elections for all you need to know about voting. Voting wasn’t always guaranteed to many groups, so we need to stand up and do our part as citizens of the United States.

Have you completed the 2020 Census?

There is still time to respond to the 2020 Census! The deadline to respond to the 2020 Census is September 30, 2020. Not only does the Census determine our representation in Congress, but it also ensures that North Carolina and Forsyth County get our share in billions of dollars of federal funding for local programs like road construction, emergency services, Medicaid, school lunch programs, and housing programs. Nearly 40 percent of Forsyth County residents have not responded to the Census and this will have a significant impact on our local community. Again, the deadline to respond is September 30, 2020. You can go online to My 2020 Census or call 1-844-330-2020 and follow the prompts. Please answer the Census, because you count in Forsyth County!

Angel Tree Deadline

Student Life and Engagement, along with Student Government Association and Alpha Mu Beta are Sponsoring the Angel Tree program for the holidays again this year. The Angel Tree program is for parents who are in need this holiday season and would like assistance in making the holidays special for their children. If you would like to apply, here is the application and criteria. Please download the application and save a blank copy before typing your information. Send your application to angeltree@forsythtech.edu. The Angel Tree pick up will be November 23-24 and the location will be announced on Techlink.

College Transfer Virtual Tours

Are you interested in college transfer? Making connections with transfer schools is not the easiest thing right now, since we cannot host other schools and your ability to visit other campuses is very limited. Be sure to check out all the virtual college tour opportunities.

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

Tomorrow, September 22, 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!

Don’t let doubt stop you

“If people are doubting how far you can go, go so far that you can’t hear them anymore.”

Michele Ruiz

It takes courage and determination to believe in yourself when others doubt you. Remember, how much strength you have inside you to do what you know you can do so you will go far beyond what other may have thought possible. Stay strong!

Take care and stay safe!

Warm Regards,

Dr Janet Spriggs