Expanding Perspectives Beyond the Classroom

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Global Leadership Experience.
Forsyth Technical Community College partnered with Kernersville Cares for Kids (KCK) to hold the first Global Leadership Experience, August 5th – 7th at the Grady P. Swisher Center in Kernersville. Nineteen middle school students were chosen for their leadership skills to participate in the conference. They learned about career mapping, business, entrepreneurial and leadership skills.

A rising 8th grade student from East Forsyth Middle School, Ian, said, “The camp was very fulfilling and helped me develop skills to start my own business.” Ian said his favorite part of the camp was the field trip to Salem One, a packaging, print, direct marketing and logistics company in Winston-Salem. The students observed a business operation in action using some of the same lessons they were learning in class.

Twins in the class, Corinne and Carmen, rising 7th grade students also from East Forsyth Middle School said, “The best part of the camp was making new friends from other schools and learning how we can start our own custom design shoe business.”
A volunteer with the camp, Deborah Sutton, who is an adjunct instructor and a KCK coach at Glenn High School said, “I’m usually with older students, so teaching middle school students is fun, they are happy go lucky and ask a million questions.”
Alicia Cone, a KCK coach at East Forsyth Middle School and camp volunteer, said her experience taught her some new things as well. “The students had great creative ideas, they all want to be entrepreneurs! Plus, they gained leadership skills that they can take back and apply in their schools.”

Coordinated by L. Renee Jessup Rogers, department chair, Accounting and Business Administration, and retired department chair, Deana Ray, the camp inspired students to expand their ideas from a local viewpoint to a global perspective.

“I’m teaching the very same material that I use in my adult classes at Forsyth Tech. I just modify it so it is applicable to the KCK leaders. I know they are comprehending the information because they are paying attention and asking good questions,” said Rogers. “We had great support this year from the parents, the Winston-Salem Forsyth County School System, Junior Achievement, Truliant, Cakes and All Things Yummy, the Forsyth Tech Foundation, Allan Younger, Forsyth Tech Small Business Center and Insight Human Services. We hope we will get the resources to hold this again next year.”

The conference was free to students in the KCK program who had to apply and write an essay on leadership. KCK is a joint partnership between local business owners, town officials, non-profit agencies, the Kernersville Police Department, school administration and concerned private citizens to help youth in the community be successful and live healthy, happy and drug-free lives.

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