September 8, 2023

Forsyth Technical Community College is proud to announce a kick-off event for the transformative work that the college will embark upon, thanks to the Education Design Lab and funding from the Gates Foundation. 

“Equity Accelerate” will be held on Thursday, September 14 with representatives from the Education Design Lab and the Gates Foundation participating alongside students, parents and the Chief Operating Officer at Novant Health, Jeff Lindsey. Dr. Spriggs, President of Forsyth Technical Community College, will also provide insights into the broader context and significance of this initiative, emphasizing its alignment with the college’s strategic plan, Vision 2025 and the goal of eradicating poverty.

The Education Design Lab represents a pioneering initiative with the aim of revolutionizing the education sector. It is a collaborative effort involving multiple stakeholders committed to reimagining education for the benefit of all. This cohort of Designers in Residence, the second of its kind, will focus on quickening access to associate degrees for historically underserved populations, including learners who are Black, Latino or from low socioeconomic backgrounds. This event kicks off the discussion and overview of the work that will be completed at Forsyth Tech and in the region over the next 18 months.

“We are deeply committed to Forsyth Tech’s vision of being a catalyst for equitable economic mobility, and the work of the Education Design Lab aligns with and strengthens those efforts in innovative ways,” said Forsyth Tech’s Chief Officer of Student Success & Strategic Innovation, Paula Dibley, who will serve as the Designer in Residence at the college. “I’m honored to be a part of it and bring the benefit of this work to our community.” 

“Equity Accelerate,” which is free and open to the public, will conclude with a Q&A session to address any queries from attendees. Anyone interested in attending is encouraged to RSVP via this link or to Andrea Mick at A livestream of the event will also be available and posted here, closer to the event date.

When: Thursday, September 14, 2023, from 7:30 – 9 a.m. 

Where: Robert L. Strickland Center, Dewitt E. Rhoades Conference Center, located at 1615 Miller Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101.