Dr. Gary M. Green
Transformation. There is no better word to describe the exciting and long-term journey on which Forsyth Tech is currently embarking.
For the past few years, many of you have enjoyed keeping up with Forsyth Tech through Tech Quarterly. With this issue, we are introducing a new biannual publication to engage readers in fresh new ways and communicate the evolution of the college in a time of rapid technological change. Transformation is a theme that you will see reflected throughout several stories in this issue, but I’d like to highlight here some of the ways transformation is informing the college.
We recently created a new strategic plan that will lead us forward for the foreseeable future. We call it “Transformation,” which has as its most basic guiding principle the desire to become a better college that better serves our students. This is already playing out in a number of ways, both practically and conceptually.
In the fall of 2014, we officially opened our state-of-the-art facility in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, strategically placing our Business & Industry Services department in the heart of invention and creativity in Winston-Salem. For the first time, we have cutting-edge class and lab space that is transforming the way we serve our business clients of all sizes, from start-ups to multinationals. You can read more about our Business & Industry Services offerings in the cover story.
We have recently completed a multimillion-dollar investment in our computer-integrated machining program, transforming the way we are preparing students to meet new technical workforce demands. This equipment is also transforming the way we are meeting the needs of our local employers by providing them with highly skilled workers.
Technology is transforming the way we want people to think about Forsyth Tech. In the past, the community has thought of Forsyth Tech as a place where they go for instruction. In the future, the college will be a virtual “place” as well as a tangible community resource accessible by virtual connections. With our focus on technological transformation, we’re remaining true to the word “technical” in our name.
We are using social media more and more to connect with students and alumni proactively to communicate with and engage them with the college. We are using technology to collect data for decision making that will transform the way we recruit, admit, onboard and even tutor students.
Regardless of whether we’re focused on enhancing our student-focused programs or meeting employer needs, technology is transforming the way we interact with and deliver services to all of our customers.