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

Hello Forsyth Tech Students!

Last night’s virtual Commencement was a hit! We had more than 200 student photos submitted and 5,000 viewers which made it very special! We held it virtually – for now – but we hope to have an in-person ceremony for the Class of 2020 later this summer or early fall. Additionally, many graduates submitted exciting testimonials and videos that we compiled into an awesome celebration video. We continue 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

We wanted to reiterate our plans to “Return to Brave New Normal,” to assure that you have the information you need about re-entry to campus. Please take the time to read this message in full.

Additionally, if YOU need emergency help, with anything from food to rent, please contact Forsyth Tech Cares or call 336-734-7195. We want to support you however we can!

Return to Brave New Normal – Our Re-entry Plans

As you know, the governor’s stay-at-home orders have entered into Phase I. North Carolina has successfully flattened the curve of COVID-19 and we want to continue to do our part. However, Phase I doesn’t change a tremendous amount of what we have been doing as a college. Our goal is still to keep as many services as possible at-a-distance, but also resuming some in-person operations and services over the next several weeks. Please let me assure you that we are doing everything we can to keep everyone safe by following recommendations of our public health officials. This includes taking safety precautions, following social distance requirements, providing masks for employees and students, and maintaining remote operations to the fullest extent possible while also meeting business needs. Unless you are coming to campus to complete labs from the spring semester, we want to remind you to continue to with us remotely until we have fully reopened campus.

Governor’s Phase I (two-three weeks)

Limited on-campus operations only on Main Campus, West Campus, NWFC, and TTC

  • May 11 – Limited employees return to campus on an as needed basis as determined by managers (less than 20 percent of each division)
  • May 18 – Students who accepted an incomplete for a spring 2020 course work with their instructors individually to determine how to complete their coursework. In-person coursework for this purpose will be allowed to resume.
  • May 21 – Virtual Centralized Registration for Summer 2020 – 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Students may RSVP in advance or call in that day to be registered remotely using 336-734-7195. Watch Techlink for more information next week!

  • May 27 – First Day of Summer Classes.
  • May 27 & 28 – Virtual Drop/Add Registration for Summer 2020 – 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
    Students may call in that day to be registered remotely using 336-734-7195. Watch Techlink for more information next week.

Governor’s Phase II (assumes three-week Phase I)

All campuses open, social distancing practices

  • June 1 – Some summer classes with hands-on components/labs will resume in-person coursework (with social distance practices in place), limited employees on campus with additional employees being added, as needed in staggered shifts (with social distance practices)

Governor’s Phase III

  • July 6 – Some summer classes with lectures may introduce face-to-face classes (while maintaining a remote option); possible to have a full employee compliment

Drive-In Diploma Pick-Up

Mark your calendars for the Forsyth Tech 2020 Graduates Drive-In Diploma Pick-Up at the Robert L. Strickland Center! Graduates, this is the time when you can get your actual degree, diploma or certificate.

In addition to your degree and some giveaways, a food truck will also be onsite with a limited menu of three options from which each graduate can select making the flow of traffic fluid and swift. Graduates will not need to leave their vehicles. Food, swag items and degrees will all be brought to the graduates’ vehicle.

Dates/Times: Tuesday, May 19 – 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Wednesday, May 20 – 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Safety Precautions Reminders of Wear, Wait and Wash

As we plan to re-enter campus in phases following the stay-at-home restrictions for COVID-19, we would like to remind you of the proper protocol for wearing masks, social distancing and proper cleaning protocols.

The three W’s as mentioned by the state public health department are: Wear, Wait and Wash:

  • Wear – Employees, students and visitors highly encouraged to wear masks (masks are available, and provided by the Forsyth Tech Foundation)
  • Wait – A social distance of six feel is expected. There are floor markings and barriers (tables) to promote distance when conducting college business. When boarding elevators, there are floor markings for no more than two people at a time on the elevator. Gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited.
  • Wash – There is signage in ALL restrooms promoting proper handwashing techniques. Commercial grade cleaning products will be used in all areas, as well as regular sanitization of all high-touch areas like elevator buttons, handles, counter tops, etc.

In order to help flatten the curve of the COVID-19, you will see prominent signage around main areas on campus to promote proper hygiene protocol, practice social distancing and staying at home if you feel sick. We are not requiring everyone to wear masks, but we are strongly encouraging it and offering them to employees and students.

CARES Act Distribution

We have a plan for distributing these funds to students as soon as possible. We will send an email to all eligible students next week, with instruction on how they will receive their money. Thank you all so much for your patience as we made our plans for distribution and waited to receive the funds from the federal government.

Please note that the college is thrilled to have these funds and to get them directly in the hands of our students. However, the guidelines regarding who can receive the funds was set by the federal government. We want you all to know that regardless of those guidelines, we are here to help all of you. Remember, if you need emergency help, with anything from food to rent, please contact Forsyth Tech Cares or call 336-734-7195. We want to support you however we can!

Summer Registration

If you haven’t already enrolled, now is the time! Summer session will start online and slowly transition to in-person classes. The plan is for classes that move back to campus to still offer the remote access for students. We will keep you informed of when we will be able to bring classes back to campus. Here are some key dates

  • May 21 – Virtual Centralized Registration for Summer 2020 – 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Students may RSVP in advance or call in that day to be registered remotely using 336-734-7195. Watch Techlink for more information next week!

  • May 27 – First Day of Summer Classes.
  • May 27 & 28 – Virtual Drop/Add Registration for Summer 2020 – 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m.Students may call in that day to be registered remotely using 336-734-7195. Watch Techlink for more information next week.

Facebook Live, Tues. May 12, 2020

I have been enjoying 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. next Tuesday, May 12, 2020. Please join me if you can to talk with you and answer your questions!

Three C’s of Life

I wanted to leave you one last thought as we look toward summer semester and re-entry over the next few weeks.

“The 3 C’s of Life: Choices, Chances, Changes. You must make a choice to take a chance or your life will never change.”― Zig Ziglar

We had to make a choice to take chances this semester and I feel certain those choices changed us. I also believe we are now stronger together than ever.

Thank you for all for being Forsyth Tech Strong. Stay safe and stay well! Hope to see you back on campus soon.

Warm Regards,

Janet Spriggs' Signature