Forsyth Tech Receives $6 Million To Construct First Permanent Facility in Stokes County

Commissioners Approve Funding as Part of School Capital Projects Initiative

(WINSTON-SALEM, November 10, 2010) – Forsyth Technical Community College will receive $6 million from Stokes County for a “brick and mortar” structure to be built on the college’s Meadows site in Walnut Cove. Construction on the Forsyth Tech Stokes County Center building, which will become the college’s first permanent facility in Stokes County, will begin in January 2013.

Stokes County Commissioners approved the allocation of $6 million to Forsyth Tech as part of a $26.5 million school capital projects package voted into action earlier this week. This package, which funds school construction and renovations from the elementary to community college level, is part of a long-term educational initiative designed to meet the projected educational needs of the county’s growing population, address overcrowding issues, and support economic development in Stokes County by attracting new businesses with assurances of an educated and skilled workforce.

“We are grateful to the Stokes County Commissioners for providing us with the ability to move ahead with our planned expansion into Stokes County sooner than we expected,” said Dr. Gary Green, Forsyth Tech’s president. “A permanent Forsyth Tech facility in Stokes will facilitate the introduction and expansion of many educational and workforce training opportunities to meet the anticipated growth needs of the county.”

The announcement of the $6 million allocation by Stokes County Commissioners comes less than six weeks after Forsyth Tech held an official ceremony celebrating the opening of an eight-room pod on the Meadows site, which is currently being used by Stokes Early College High School during the day and for adult evening classes. The pod is already operating at near capacity.