Hello Forsyth Tech students!
Happy first week of summer session! If you are a new student or a returning student we welcome you and are very happy to have you here! Summer classes started remotely for most classes this past Wednesday. However, due to the nature of hands-on labs, we cannot keep them completely online. Those labs will start on Monday, June 1. If you have any questions, please reach out to your instructor. Lecture-based courses, however, will remain online. If the course has specific days and times for the class meetings, students are expected to attend synchronous online sessions (students meeting remotely at the same time) as scheduled. The college hopes to offer face-to-face lecture options beginning July 1, but these lectures will still be offered remotely for those who do not wish to return to campus.
We are very excited that our summer enrollment has increased. If you are returning to school due to a job disruption related to COVID-19, we empathize with you as we know this is a very difficult time. We want to work with each of you to help with what you need. If you need emergency help, please contact Forsyth Tech Cares or call 336-734-7195. Or, if you have questions about being successful in your classes this summer or about registering for your fall classes, please reach out to your academic advisor or to the Student Success Center. We want to support you however we can!
We will continue to offer curriculum classes remotely for now and are bringing some hands-on labs back to campus on Monday, June 1. I know there has been some confusion over which classes will be able to stay remote and which will be required to come back for their labs. We have updated our messaging on the Health Alert page on our website, but we are also encouraging you to check with their individual instructors for details about how their course will work.
I’ve said it before but it bears repeating, you have faced tremendous odds this year so I want you to know that Forsyth Tech cares about you. We want to reassure you, as Christopher Robin said, “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.”
If you need more information about any of our updates related to how we are handling the COVID-19 situation, please check out the Health Alert page on our website. Further updates are below. Thank you for taking the time to read!
First COVID-19 Case
In light of the current situation with COVID-19, we shared earlier this week that we have had our first instance of a Forsyth Tech student testing positive for COVID-19. The student, who is currently in isolation at home, attended class at the Northwest Forsyth Center on Wednesday, May 20, 2020.
Please be assured that professionals from the Forsyth County Health Department are notifying any community members with whom the affected student indicates he or she may have come in close contact to advise them of steps or precautions they should take.
We remind everyone to continue following precautionary steps to keep us all safe. While we are not requiring, we are recommending, that everyone, our employees and our students wear masks, maintain social distancing and practice good hand hygiene. Our primary goal is the safety of our employees and students.
Drive-Through Brand Launch Party
We have more exciting news! Forsyth Tech will be revealing a new brand for the college! We felt we needed to define our identity, define our brand and design a new logo! Thanks go out to our Marketing team for their hard work, but also to all of the students, faculty, staff and community members who participated in giving us critical feedback to build this new brand. In spite of COVID-19, we are nearing the end of the process and have set a brand launch date! We will reveal our new logo and how we arrived at the selection.
Mark your calendars for Thursday, June 25, for the “Brand Launch Party – Drive-Thru Style” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in parking lot CC3 of the Strickland Center near Horticulture, and join us! You may stay safe in your car, while you drive through the parking lot. We will have giveaways, food and lots of fun!
Next Facebook Live – Thursday, June 4, 2020
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 FB Live on June 4 at 2 p.m. Please join me if you can – I look forward to talking with you and answering your questions.
Be the change
As we begin the first week of summer semester, I will leave you with one last thought for the week:
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” — Mahatma Gandhi
Most often when circumstances and events happen over which we have no control, the best we can do manage our reaction and attitude. As we have seen uncontrollable changes since March, we’ve all learned more flexibility, strength and we’ve learned we can change our perspective.
I encourage and implore us all to keep Gandhi’s words front and center as we navigate the days, weeks and months ahead. We will work together to lead and to be the change we wish to see in the world. If we cannot change the whole world, we can be the change for each other, for our students and for our community.
And finally, speaking of the need for change in our world, I would not be the leader you deserve if I remained silent about the tragic and senseless death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on Monday, May 25, 2020. My heart aches. Since hearing the news, my emotions have ranged from sadness to anger to overwhelming disbelief, and yet I know my emotions pale in comparison to the hurt and pain of my black and brown friends and colleagues.
I have thought a lot about how, in 2020, we find ourselves here. I do not claim to know or have the capacity to understand the answer to that question, but what I do know is that we cannot sit idly by and hope for things to change. We spent the past year together talking a lot about equity, creating our shared vision framed by our commitment to equity, and building a strategic plan that includes a bold equity statement intentionally embracing a culture where everyone belongs. Now, we have an opportunity to commit even more strongly and with renewed purpose to building an inclusive environment where every person is valued and respected, regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, background or experience.
I am committed to this important work and to the hope that together, we can eliminate discrimination and oppression. Together we can build a brave new world where everyone belongs. Together we can be the change that our world so desperately needs. And together, we can be a model of leadership for all of higher education, a catalyst and a beacon of hope that empowers lives so they can transform communities and be the change that builds a world of belonging.
I am grateful for all of you. Stay safe, stay well and have a great weekend.
Dr. Janet N. Spriggs
Forsyth Technical Community College