Forsyth Tech Expands Ways For Students To Obtain Degrees This Fall

Options Increase Convenience, Accessibility for Adult Learners and Recent High School Grads

(Winston-Salem, NC) – This fall, Forsyth Technical Community College is introducing two new ways for students to obtain an Associate in Arts degree: Weekend College and Guaranteed Schedules. These programs respond to changing demographic needs and increase accessibility and convenience for students interested in pursuing their first or second college degree and transferring to a four-year college. Both programs will begin in August.

Weekend College

Weekend College is designed for adult students who want to pursue their AA degree while working full time. Participants will take two classes on Friday evening followed by two classes Saturday morning, considered a full course load. If all required classes are taken without a semester break, students could complete an AA degree in two or two-and-a-half years through Weekend College.

The curriculum consists of hybrid courses, combining traditional classroom with online courses, a format that makes earning a degree more attainable for students balancing college and a job.

Initially, the program will be aimed at students who want to earn a general AA degree and then transfer to a four-year institution. Based on demand, more sections of a particular course may be offered in the future as the college continues to build on the course offerings.

Weekend College is the newest option designed to accommodate the schedules of working adults who seek an AA degree. The college also offers adults who work full or part time the option to earn their degree by taking evening classes that are available Monday through Thursday.

For more information, call Anu Williams, department chair, Humanities, Communication and Fine Arts, at 336.757.3312 or visit

Guaranteed Schedules

The Guaranteed Schedules program has been designed to help recent high school graduates, particularly those who have been home-schooled, receive their AA degree through a structured program available at one of three Forsyth Tech satellite locations closest to their neighborhood. This program offers a pre-set schedule of required classes each semester until graduation. Students will remain in the same cohort group until they complete their degree.

Guaranteed Schedules will be offered at:

  • Mazie Woodruff Center (East Winston)
  • Grady Swisher Center (Kernersville)
  • Northwest Forsyth Center (King)

The Guaranteed Schedules program will feature small class sizes and a peer support system. No classes in the pre-set curriculum will be cancelled. For convenience, classes have been scheduled back-to-back wherever possible at each site so students can make one trip to and from campus on class days.

For more information, visit

“These new program options are primarily targeting two groups of people—working adults and recent high school grads—though anyone interested in either program can participate,” says Anu Williams, department chair Humanities, Communication and Fine Arts. “Weekend College makes it convenient for adults who are working full time to work and earn a college degree at the same time. The Guaranteed Schedules program provides the structure, support and loose cohort group that should feel comfortable to students who have just graduated from high school, easing their transition to a college environment.”

About Forsyth Tech

Forsyth Tech provides students with flexible educational pathways to a competitive workforce for the community and global economy. The college offers associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates in more than 200 programs of study, including programs that promote personal and professional development through non-credit courses and seminars, as well as customized training for business and industry.

Forsyth Tech is the fifth largest community college in North Carolina and serves more than 35,000 students with approximately 1,500 full and part-time faculty and staff.