Bill Adams, part-time director of occupational extension at Forsyth Technical Community College, has been awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine — one of the most prestigious awards conferred by the governor of North Carolina.
President of Forsyth Tech Gary Green, presented the award to Adams March 14. Adams has a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Education and a Master of Science and a doctorate in Occupational Education, all from North Carolina State University.
“Bill Adams has made invaluable contributions to the education of North Carolinians, beginning with K-12 education and, for more than 50 years, North Carolina’s community colleges. His life’s work has been ensuring career opportunities and hope for the future for countless people,” Green said.
Three community college programs he started are still offered. At Davidson County Community College, he started the horticulture program in the 1980s through the Continuing Education Division at the local men’s prison to help men who are about to be released find jobs.
In 2000, Adams began the Truck Driver Training Program. The program, which began as a Continuing Education program, is now a curriculum program and is still regarded as one of the best in the state of North Carolina. In 2010 at Forsyth Tech, Adams began the Electrical Lineman Program to train line workers in cooperation with Pike Electric and Duke Energy. Congratulations, Bill!