Forsyth Tech Offers New Degree Program

SMITTEN - Social Media Influencer Technologies, Training and Engineering Neodesign

For Immediate Release 
April 1, 2022
Contact: Devin Purgason
Director of College Relations, Marketing, and Communication

Forsyth Tech Offers New Influencer Degree

Winston-Salem, N.C. — Forsyth Tech Community College has added a degree program to their Design Technologies Division. The two-year program is designed to help students achieve their full potential by becoming social media influencers.

According to a recent survey by The Sun, 75% of Gen Z and Millennials chose becoming a YouTuber as their most desired career. As a community college, our purpose is to assess the workforce needs and create dynamic programs to meet those needs. Hence, the creation of our Social Media Influencer Technology, Training, Engineering and Neodesign degree, also known as SMITTEN.

“This storied method of achieving success has long been critical to the economic lifeblood of the communities we serve, so it made sense for us to add it to the curriculum now,” said Dr. Janet Spriggs, President of Forsyth Tech. “We are eager to support the next generation of YouTube stars within Forsyth and Stokes Counties.”

Students can learn no matter what level of experience they bring to class: this new rigorous program will cover everything, from the basics of how to hold a selfie stick and product placement, to advanced levels of photo and video manipulation, the art of the humble brag, and finding the perfect filter – so that you can still post #nofilter.

Vocal fry was in full effect at Forsyth Tech’s campuses and centers, as students learned of the new program. “Like, I feel like I’ve been waiting for this, like literally, my entire life.” said Suzy Stokes.

“Yes! Ever since my first video hit the For You page, #fyp, I’ve been literally searching for another way to give my TikTok a #glowup,” said Frankie Forsyth.

Coursework begins in Fall 2022, but students are encouraged to apply now by submitting their best ring light selfie and InstaReel. Anyone interested in joining this unique program should visit

About Forsyth Tech
Forsyth Technical Community College is a catalyst for equitable economic mobility, empowering lives, and transforming communities. 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 serves more than 21,000 students with approximately 1,500 full and part-time faculty and staff. For additional information, please visit and follow Forsyth Tech on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.