From the President

Dr. Gary Green

Progressive manufacturing technology education was one of the essential foundations of Forsyth Technical Community College at its inception in 1960. It remains true today as we are in the era of advanced or digital manufacturing—manufacturing driven by science and technology—which will continue to progress or evolve to meet the standards for the industry.

That is one of the reasons why we are proud to share the new Center for Advanced Manufacturing at Forsyth Tech, which opened this fall. With manufacturing technologies now under one roof, we have a greater capacity to educate students in the variety of programs they will need to move into the highly-skilled workforce needed for the future of manufacturing.

Recently, we had the opportunity to host Gov. Roy Cooper for a tour of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing at Forsyth Tech, and he held a roundtable with staff and administration. He listened to our challenges in providing quality educational programs and increasing enrollment, while competing for state funds to make vital improvements in technology and the curriculum.

His visit provided us the time to showcase the variety of educational opportunities we offer in advanced manufacturing, to share how the Center was established and convey how it will positively impact our community for students and employers. In the past few weeks, I have also met with Speaker of the N.C. House of Representatives, Tim Moore, and President Pro Tem of the N.C. Senate, Phil Berger, to discuss the need for additional state support in our community colleges and our effort at Forsyth Tech to build advanced training in a variety of sectors from advanced manufacturing, to clinical health, to cybersecurity.

We appreciate the fact that the governor and other state leaders recognize that community college education is one of the primary measures to grow the state’s economy and a thriving workforce.

Our feature story describes the evolution of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing, and how the ever-changing landscape of technology in every aspect of our lives will necessitate the growing need for greater advancements in education and technology.

We are on the cutting edge of many future innovations, and it is exciting to imagine that students from Forsyth Tech may go on to careers in the latest science, technology, or medical fields.

Dr. Gary M. Green