Student Frequently Asked Questions

General

Is the Forsyth Tech Early Childhood LAB School open?

The Lab School is closed at this point through the extended spring break, with the goal, at this time, of reopening on Monday, March 30.

What is the college doing to keep the facilities clean?

Forsyth Tech and our cleaning crew have increased our cleaning frequency and intensity. We are using hospital grade disinfectant in key high traffic areas. We are also using the time when the college is closed to conduct a deeper clean on door handles and other high-touch areas.

Students

What does the stay-at-home order mean for Economic and Workforce Development (EWD) classes?

All Economic and Workforce Development classes have been canceled with the exception of exception of Basic Law Enforcement Training, Emergency Management Services training and Certified Nursing Assistant classes. Due to the nature of the classes that would provide critical services during COVID-19, we were asked by the state to continue holding these classes. Faculty, staff and students are practicing as many safety precautions as possible. EWD Classes will resume when the college is permitted to offer face-to-face classes. Please check our website for updates closer to April 29.

What about Study Away Trips?

All Study Away trips for Forsyth Tech including Japan, Ireland, England, France and Belgium have been canceled.

Since Forsyth Tech has extended spring break, what does that mean for EWD classes?

Many Economic and Workforce Development classes are wrapping up and will proceed on schedule at this time, unless you hear otherwise from your instructor. New classes that are scheduled to begin in the next couple of weeks are being considered on a case-by-case basis. If you have any questions, please call 336-734-7023.

What if I don’t have computer equipment or access to the internet?

We recognize that some students may need access to on-campus computers. There will be designated labs open for your use. We will limit the number of students in each lab and also clean computers in between uses. Additionally, please contact your instructor(s) to discuss arrangements. Faculty will be flexible and will provide support for you. Additionally here is some more information on limited free internet offers.

How will this impact Commencement ceremony on May 7?

We have cancelled Commencement on May 7 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Dr. Janet Spriggs, president of Forsyth Tech has assured students, “You will have a Commencement. You will have the opportunity to walk across the stage and be recognized for your hard work and accomplishments. You have earned it and you deserve your moment and the friends and families who supported you also deserve to celebrate this special time with you. We have no choice but to postpone, but we have not cancelled our Commencement Ceremony. I believe, in the end, when we come out on the other side of this pandemic, our 2020 Graduation will be even more special and carry even greater meaning for us all.”

What about various skills testing for health technologies?

For the TEAS test for competitive admission, we will not be giving the TEAS test during this spring break shut down. We will resume testing when the school reopens and the Allied Health deadline is now April 9th so testing will be from March 30th to April 9th.

For the placement test for students who are eligible to take that as new students to determine their placement into English and math, we will not be giving the placement test until the college reopens after the extended spring break.

Will the semester be extended?

We are determining how this additional week of spring break will impact classes and assignments and if extending the semester is necessary. We will update you through email and the health alert website.

Why must I complete a self-reported Travel Form?

As a result of the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19, we encourage all members of the campus community to give serious consideration to the health risks posed with any personal travel plans that you have between now and the period in which COVID-19 is no longer considered a risk. All students, faculty, and staff who are traveling internationally or to out-of-state domestic locations must complete the College’s Self-Reported Travel Form before their return to Forsyth Tech.  This is required for both College-sponsored and personal travel. These will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and the college will determine what to do based upon the best interest of keeping our students, faculty and staff safe.

I’m in a tough financial situation. I’m having difficulty with hunger, transportation, etc.

Contact Student Support Services, the Shugart Women’s Center or the Male Minority Mentoring Center. Male students should contact the Minority Male Success Initiative at minoritymalementoring@forsythtech.edu or (336) 734-7385. Female students should contact the Shugart Women’s Center at swc@forsythtech.edu and (336) 734-7280.

What about career/professional development?

Contact Career Services at careerservices@forsythtech.edu

What about my current Work-Based Learning experience?

Contact Work-Based Learning at wbl@forsythtech.edu

What are the plans for Adult High School orientation that was supposed to be held on March 23 at the West Campus?

We’re suspending orientation until we return.

The online classes are really hard and don’t make sense to me that’s why I took face-to-face classes at the school.

We understand that this is a very difficult and challenging time for all of us. Forsyth Tech did not have the option to continue offering face-to-face classes, based on the recommendations to practice social distancing in order to contain the outbreak of COVID-19. Most of our staff is telecommuting to keep as many people away from campus as possible.

For online classes, we will offer additional tutoring and services to students who want assistance in completing work online. We’re also planning alternative options to our students who are having difficulty transitioning to online learning. For instance, in some classes, students may be able to pick up packets of materials and assignments. More information is available on our health alert webpage. This site will be updated frequently as we make further plans to accommodate student needs.

Forsyth Tech cares about all of our students and wants you to continue your academic path in light of the conditions we are facing. When classes resume, March 30, the college will connect with every student through email, text or phone to reach out and offer help. If you are having difficulties, please reach out to Forsyth Tech Cares and someone will follow up with you.

Some of the professors have switched to online assignments/instruction during the extended Spring Break, while some professors of online courses have not addressed what will be done during this time at all. What is supposed to be done during this time? Some of my peers have already had due dates adjusted and some have been told online instruction will be implemented during the extended break. This has caused us all a lot of confusion because we aren’t sure what exactly is going on. 

All due dates are pushed past spring break. Students can continue working on courses if they choose but will not be required to.