Building Bridges

Building Bridges

Winston-Salem and The Republic of Belarus are more than 5,000 miles apart, but students from Forsyth Tech and Belarusian-Russian University’s Architecture Construction College are bridging that gap through a unique and historic collaboration. On April 28, interior design and architecture students from both colleges took part in their first live international conference.  They used Skype to ...

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Achieving A Goal

Achieving A Goal

The 2007-8 recession hit Darena Pack and her family hard. She lost her bookkeeping job, her husband lost his truck driving job, and they eventually had to move out of their house and into an apartment. “We were really struggling,” she says. She got a job in a veterinarian’s office that she enjoyed, but then ...

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Making Education Pay

Making Education Pay

Jeremiah Cockerham was looking for a job that paid well. Not because he wanted to live a lavish lifestyle, but because he has a family – including five children ­– who depend on him. For Jeremiah, like a lot of people with family responsibilities, what the job was wasn’t nearly as important as how much ...

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Competing to Learn

Competing to Learn

Many of the advantages of attending Forsyth Tech are well-understood—affordable tuition, small class sizes, program variety, and flexible class schedules that accommodate students with family and job responsibilities. Another often overlooked plus involves the quality of the Forsyth Tech faculty. Students gain real-world perspectives from their instructors who have practical work experience and subject and ...

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“Don’t Let Anybody Tell You What You Can’t Do.”

“Don’t Let Anybody Tell You What You Can’t Do.”

Douglas Richburg, GED, Associate Degree Student Overcoming Challenges Douglas Richburg never thought that he would go to college. In fact, he was discouraged from even trying. “I never had a strong support system and people in other educational settings told me that I would never amount to anything in life,” he recalls. “One person in a high ...

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A Whole New Life

A Whole New Life

Elke Ebhodaghe, AAS, Radiography   A New Country, A New Career When Elke Ebhodaghe moved to Winston-Salem from Germany with her husband and daughter in 2006, she was hoping to continue her career as an optician, but unfortunately North Carolina’s licensing board did not recognize the undergraduate degree she obtained in Germany. She was told she could be ...

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Shifting Gears

Shifting Gears

Jim Midkiff, Therapeutic Massage Graduate A Man On The Move Jim Midkiff is not a man to just do nothing. “I don’t want to be a couch potato,” he says, “because I think sitting on the couch watching television is a waste of life.” So in 2009, when Jim retired from Roadway Express after 31 years as ...

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“It Will Absolutely Help You Find Yourself”

“It Will Absolutely Help You Find Yourself”

Angelo Herrera, College Transfer Graduate Big Goals Angelo Herrera’s dream is to be a cardiologist, and save lives. “Saving someone’s life would be an incredible thing to do,” he says. But amazingly, that’s not his only career goal. At some point he’d also like to get into politics. “I feel like as a politician, I could be ...

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Drawn Together

Drawn Together

How An Art Class Became A Little Community Molly Lithgo taught “Drawing In Color” at Forsyth Tech for twenty years, from 1996 until she retired last May, and Mary Lib McCachern and Shirley McElwee were in virtually every class. Even when the class had three sessions a year – fall, spring and summer – Mary Lib ...

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Alumni Success Story: DeEtta Famiano

Alumni Success Story: DeEtta Famiano

This is actually an update on an alumni success story. We first profiled DeEtta Famiano in 2011, in what was then called Tech Quarterly, and is now Forsyth Tech Magazine. A 2009 graduate of Forsyth Tech with an AAS degree in Architectural Technology, DeEtta had a background in construction and had come to the college thinking ...

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