Dr. Gary M. Green
We are more than halfway through another academic year, and as I reflect on where Forsyth Tech has been in the past few months and where the college is heading as we move into spring, I am gratified by what I see.
I want to begin by thanking the voters in our county for their overwhelming support of our Forsyth County Community College Bonds in November’s general election. The success of this $65 million bond package will allow us to provide new and much-needed ways to upgrade our facilities over the next six to eight years to train our students with skills for local, better-paying, in-demand jobs. We are already moving forward with some of the bond’s priority projects, including creation of an aviation center at Smith Reynolds Airport and the renovation of the Learning Commons on Main Campus.
This past fall, we celebrated the opening of our new 20,000-squarefoot Stokes County Center in Walnut Cove, our first permanent building in that county. It is now home to Stokes Early College and a variety of educational programs for adults that we will expand this year and beyond. We are also building on some of the significant accolades we’ve received recently, a testament to the innovative instruction taking place here every single day. Some highlights include:
- The National Security Administration (NSA) designated Forsyth Tech a Cybersecurity Resource Center, one of only six community colleges in the country to receive this distinction. The college also received $156,000 from the NSA to fund two initiatives designed to expand training in the cybersecurity industry.
- A team of nanotechnology students took top national honors in a National Science Foundation competition for its innovative approach to using solar energy to maximize the efficiency of greenhouses. A new team of students from the nanotechnology, bioscience and engineering programs, is entering the 2017 competition with another innovative idea.
- One of our Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology students placed second nationally for the technical skill he demonstrated in a competition sponsored by the American Trucking Association.
- A class of 20 first-semester Automotive Systems Technology students achieved a pass rate of 80 percent on the national Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Toyota T-TEN certification test, compared to the national average for first-time test-takers of 30 percent.
We are proud of how our students benefit from the education they receive at Forsyth Tech, but we cannot do this alone. Through the Forsyth Tech Foundation, we engage with our community and strategic partners to give our students the best possible education available. In this issue, Pillars of Support tells the story of how this important fundraising arm of the college is opening doors and changing the lives of our students every day.