Forsyth Technical Community College is a public, two-year higher learning institution located in the North Carolina community of Winston-Salem. The school is among the largest institutions in the state’s Community College System and includes over 10,000 enrolled credit students as well as approximately 30,000 students in the Corporate and Continuing Education fields. The school traces its roots back to 1960 when it was known as the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Industrial Education Center, specializing in vocational training and instruction.
The academic study programs fall under the following departments: Business Administration, Commercial/Design Technologies, Computer/Information Technologies, Construction and Manufacturing, Education, Emerging Technologies, Engineering Technologies, Health Administration, Health Technologies, Horticulture, Public Service, and Transportation.
As can be seen, the academic programs are largely focused on offering students very real possibilities of entering a specific professional field. In addition to the small sizes of on-campus classrooms and the low student-to-teacher ration, the school offers online study opportunities as well in a variety of the mentioned areas.
The school’s learning opportunities are broadly separated into the following three categories (with certain areas of overlap): Credit Track programs, which culminate in an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree and the ability to transfer to a four-year institution and pursue a bachelor’s degree; Continuing Education programs which are aimed at working professionals in need of a little extra training and leadership skills; and the College in High School programs, aimed at giving nearby high school students the opportunity to get an early start on racking up college credits.
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Admissions standards are relatively amenable in keeping with the spirit of the community college atmosphere. Prospective students will have to fill out the application (available online), submit their official academic transcripts (up to the latest completed academic period) and furthermore take the ACCUPLACER/Computerized Placement Tests required for enrollment in all associate and diploma degree programs.
International students are accepted strictly on the basis that they be studying in the US under an F-1 visa; all other international applicants will be turned down.
The school is a participating institution in the US Title IV financial assistance system of the federal government, and students at the school are therefore able to apply for such financial aid as available through Pell Grants, Stafford Loans, etc. Within the body of students receiving financial aid, federal grants were the most common form of assistance, followed by state grants and finally institutional grants.
Among the school’s own scholarship opportunities, prospective students should be aware of the following: the College Alumni Association Scholarship, the Apple Foundation Scholarship, the Martin Bean Scholarship, and the Branner Dixon Baldwin Scholarship, among many others. Financial aid in the form of employment opportunities are also available to qualified students.
As always, financial aid is rewarded on a priority processing basis, so the earlier students apply the better. As a place to start, consider filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form online.
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Students here have a variety of activities available to them to fill out the college experience. Among the various organizations and clubs open to membership are the Phi Theta Kappa international honor society, the Philosophical Society, and the Forsyth Tech Gospel Choir. Students are automatically made members of the Student Government Council upon admission (through payment of the mandatory Student Activity Fee), which has its own service fraternity, Alpha Mu Beta.
In addition, there are several intramural sports available for students to engage in on-campus, such as the school’s bowling league, co-ed volleyball and basketball leagues, and the three annual golf tournaments.
Students have eight different campus locations to enroll in, spread out across Forsyth and Stokes counties, the principal sources of incoming students. They are: the Main Campus where the majority of academic buildings are concentrated; the West Campus, including the bookstore and customer service center; the International Center building downtown; the Northwest Forsyth Center; the Stokes County Center; the Small Business Center, also downtown; the Woodruff Center; and the Swisher Center.
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The following sports can be found here:
The Tech Tigers are a member of the NJCAA.
- Men’s Intercollegiate, Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Basketball
- Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Golf
- Men’s Intercollegiate, Women’s Intercollegiate, Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Softball
- Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Volleyball
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