Preseidents's Message: Dr Janet N. Spriggs, Forsyth Tech Community College, #Elevate

Good Evening Forsyth Tech Students,

During this extraordinary and very challenging time for all of us, above all else, we want you to know that Forsyth Tech Cares about you and we are here to support you.  First and foremost, our goal is to focus on your welfare and do everything within our power to keep our students, as well as our faculty and staff, safe and healthy.

Based on the latest recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and in order to adhere to guidelines and directives from North Carolina Governor, Roy Cooper, we are announcing changes in the way we will deliver courses and provide support services following the expanded Spring Break (March 16-29).  Beginning March 30 and continuing until further notice, we will transition to alternate and remote learning.  Classes will be delivered online and we will work with students who need computer and/or Internet access.  Your faculty are using the Spring Break time to move content for in-person classes online and creating plans for sharing class materials with you in printed format as/if needed.  Additionally, staff are developing plans for providing support services at a distance – services like tutoring and advising.  Please don’t worry — we will be here for you, helping you transition from in-person, on-campus learning to online, remote instruction.  We will keep you updated and share information with you regularly and consistently.

As you know, Forsyth Tech was closed for the past 2 days, but we will reopen three of our campuses on Wednesday, March 18 – Main Campus on Silas Creek Parkway, West Campus on Bolton Street, and Northwest Center in King.  BLET, EMS and Electrical Lineman classes currently in progress at the Northwest Center will continue to meet in-person for the hours currently scheduled.  Our Main Campus and our West Campus will be open from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM daily.  During our expanded spring break, we anticipate continuing to offer all the normal services you are used to – just in different formats. Some services will be offered in-person/face-to-face, but most will be offered online, via phone or video conferencing.  I would encourage you to call or email first to see if your situation may be able to be handled from a distance. Here is the list of how to access college services during this time.

Your faculty will be in touch with specific details about your courses, and the details for courses may differ.  Other staff will also be reaching out to check on you and help you remove barriers and move past obstacles created by these changes, and also to keep check of how you are doing as we all navigate the COVID-19 crisis.  Again, Forsyth Tech Cares about you!

We recognize that some students may need access to on-campus computers. We intend to continue to provide computer labs on-campus for your use. We will limit the number of students in each lab and also provide high standards of cleaning for computers and lab space in between each use.  Your faculty will be flexible, they will help you schedule computer time and they will provide additional support for you as needed.  We will make sure you are aware of other resources available to help you, such as free internet for students.  You may also refer to the frequently asked questions on our webpage for additional information.

I know how difficult and scary things are right now – they are that way for all of us.  I heard a quote yesterday from an author that I want to share with you because I believe it is very applicable to this extraordinary situation.

“Know that while this might last for a while, it will probably not last forever. Think marathon, not sprint but even marathons do eventually end. You stay sane by just running the mile you’re in.” -Laura Vanderkam

This situation is not normal, and we don’t yet know when we’ll be back to normal. Until then, let’s take it one day at a time, the best we can. Let’s just run the mile we are in, remembering that we are all in this together and we will get through this challenge together.

Forsyth Tech Cares about each and every one of you, and so do I!  Stay safe, practice social distancing, and remember to wash those hands!

Warm regards,

Janet