Hello Forsyth Tech students!
I wanted to give you another update as we move into the last week of classes! It is unbelievable that for the last four weeks you have persevered to finish classes online. We want to encourage you as you wrap the final week to finish strong! We understand this has not been easy so we are trying to work with each of you to do whatever we can to help you be successful though this strange time. If you need emergency help, with anything from food to rent or if you are having problems trying to finish classes, please contact Forsyth Tech Cares or call 336-734-7195. We want to support you however we can!
Virtual Commencement – May 7, 2020, at 5 p.m.
This is usually our most exciting time of year as we anticipate commencement. While COVID-19 changed some things, it doesn’t have to diminish our support for our graduates! We can still raise that kind of excitement by participating in our Virtual Commencement on May 7, at 5 p.m. on Forsyth Tech’s YouTube channel The bookstore is mailing caps and gowns to any graduate who asks so they will have them in time for May 7. We also request that graduates send us photos for a slide show and videos to share how you are celebrating graduation in your own way. If you are graduating and need information, please check out our virtual commencement webpage for more information! We still hope very much to hold an in-person graduation ceremony later this summer or early fall. We are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation and its impacts on large group gatherings, and we will let you know as soon as we know about in-person graduation.
CARES Act Distribution
As you may have heard, the federal government has approved the national CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) which will help families, small businesses, and local governments to preserve jobs and get the economy growing again. We were grateful to be recipients of some of those funds and are we have an action team working to determine how we can quickly access and distribute those funds to eligible students who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
Some of you may have received somewhat confusing messages from BankMobile about these funds. I want you to know that Forsyth Technical Community College will communicate with you directly regarding disbursement of this money to students. Thank you for your patience as we work to quickly get this plan together!
I included this information last week but wanted to share again for those of you planning for the summer semester.
We plan to start summer classes online on May 27 anticipating that we may still be under some kind of restriction for large gatherings even after the stay-at-home orders end. We will resume face-to-face classes as soon as possible and we hope to resume during the summer term with in-person labs and other hands on requirements being moved towards the end of the semester. The end of the summer semester is July 31.
The payment deadline for summer semester classes is Thursday, May 21, at 7 p.m. For your convenience, we have also added payment plans for summer semester. This will allow you to pay 50 percent of your owed tuition upfront on or before May 21 and then pay the remainder by June 19 (Note: you must be registered for at least six credit hours to participate in the payment plan).
Please be aware that we will also have what we call drop/add registration where you can make adjustments to your schedule on the first and second day of the semester – May 27 and 28. The payment for classes registered during this time will be at 7 p.m. on May 28 and the payment plan will be available for those classes as well.
Re-Entry & Return to Campus Planning
With the stay-at-home order extended to May 8, we are planning what our process will be for re-entry on Main Campus and throughout the off-campus centers. We have established a team led by our Executive Director of Off-Campus Centers, Kristie Hendrix, to help us formulate a comprehensive plan. I want to assure you that we will have a thoughtful plan that will keep us safe while allowing us to begin to return to some sense of normalcy. It will not be overnight, but it will be a phased approach. As the team develops plans and we know more, we will share information with you.
We realize the challenging situation for students during this time of uncertainty. With schools closed, and college students juggling school online, as well as the confusion about the health concerns and the logistics of everyone being at home, there will be impacts on your ability to focus and do your best in your classes. Please review the Student FAQ for why we made the decision not to offer a Pass/Fail option. There is also information on withdrawal from a class if that is an option for you
Facebook Live – Tuesday, April 28, 2020
I have enjoyed talking with you in the Facebook Live sessions. I hope you will be able to join me for another Facebook Live for you at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, 2020. We are also looking at adding an additional time to accommodate other students. I look forward to talking with you and answering your questions!
Lean on Me!
I wanted to leave you with a positive thought. Last night, in New York City they held a singalong to “Lean on Me,” the familiar song by Bill Withers. We all have probably thought of those lyrics frequently during this time. “Lean on me, when you’re not strong, I’ll be your friend, I’ll help you carry on, for it won’t be long, ‘til I’m gonna need somebody to lean on.” Many of you have leaned on someone through this past month and many of you have provided support for someone who needed to lean on you.
Thank you for all for being Forsyth Tech strong. Stay safe and stay well!