Forsyth Tech plays a unique role in our community. We serve as a gateway, providing students with flexible educational pathways that lead to jobs in the local economy. Our goal is to ensure our students are prepared to enter the workforce after they pass through our doors.
One way we accomplish this mission is by forming and sustaining deep partnerships with local companies and nonprofit organizations. These collaborations increase our ability to teach students marketable job skills and often include opportunities for them to work on real-world projects.
Our feature story introduces you to unique strategic partnerships we have forged with leading businesses and organizations. From creating prototypes for an innovative medical device for Wake Forest Innovations, to learning to produce and edit radio broadcasts from IMG College professionals, to installing plumbing in newly built or renovated homes for Habitat for Humanity, our students receive invaluable work experience before stepping into the job market.
Another example of our commitment to high educational standards is the college’s recent designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense Education. Awarded jointly by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, this recognition makes us one of the first community colleges in the state to earn the designation. After a rigorous, yearlong application and review process, we are proud to have qualified for this designation, which gives Forsyth Tech cybersecurity graduates the prestige of having trained in a program recognized by the top two national agencies overseeing information security.
We are also committed to providing campus facilities conducive to advanced learning. This spring, the second phase of the Oak Grove Center opened, adding 130,000 square feet of much-needed classroom and administrative space to our Main Campus. The building houses the Dewitt E. Rhoades Conference Center, named for a longtime Forsyth Tech board member. In Stokes County, we celebrated the groundbreaking of our new off-site facility, scheduled to open in 2016. This academic center will expand the number of programs available to local residents.
I am equally delighted to announce that our students garnered a record number of awards this spring, at the state and national levels. These honors, bestowed in a variety of spheres, confirm that our graduates are ready to meet the challenges of today’s keenly competitive job market.