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2100 Silas Creek Pky
Winston Salem, NC 27103-5197
p. 336-723-0371
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Forsyth Technical Community College

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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.

Financial Aid

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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Ranks 3508th for the average student loan amount.
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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.

Student Enrollment Demographics


The following sports can be found here:

  • 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
The Tech Tigers are a member of the NJCAA.

Information Summary

Ranks 105th in North Carolina and 2768th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 4 0.04
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2 0.02
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 2 0.02
Arrest 9 0.09

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Winston Salem, NC 27103-5197
Surrounding communityMidsize city (inside urban area, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population27,268 (27,256 urban / 12 rural)
Households12,347 (2.17 people per house)
Median Household Income$41,888
Families7,109 (2.82 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Urban-serving Single Campus
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingLarge two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3705

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4262nd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $1,824 $1,824 $6,408
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $138 $138 $138
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $72 $72 $264
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $2,987 $2,987 $7,571
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $11,893 $11,893 $16,477
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $6,282 $6,282 $10,866

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $1,654 $1,728 $1,654 $1,728 $6,982 $6,336
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $780(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $5,236(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $5,905(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $5,905(N/C)

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 7 405 81 15 3 1,041 39 1,609
Accounting 2 1 1 12 1 17
Adult Development and Aging 4 5
Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions, Other 2 8 2 12
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects 3 10 2 15
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General 7 9
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician 1 1 4 1 7
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician 7 1 25 1 34
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 11 2 26 39
Banking and Financial Support Services 1 1 2
Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician
Biotechnology 7 1 2 7 17
Business Administration and Management, General 3 24 2 37 3 69
Cardiovascular Technology/Technologist 1 7 8
Carpentry/Carpenter 3 1 3 7
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician 1 2 8 11
Computer Programming, Specific Applications
Computer Programming/Programmer, General 1 1 10 13
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 7 1 15 1 25
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance 2 8 1 11
Criminal Justice/Police Science 2 4 18 24
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 11 1 29 41
Crisis/Emergency/Disaster Management 1 2 3
Cyber/Computer Forensics and Counterterrorism 2 1 1 1 5
Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration 1 1 8 10
Dental Assisting/Assistant 2 9 11
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 1 7 8
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 1 6
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician 3 6 9
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 20 1 24 46
Education, General
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 1 3 12 1 17
Electrician 3 5 8
Electromechanical and Instrumentation and Maintenance Technologies/Technicians, Other 7 25 32
Elementary Education and Teaching 4 1 5
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 9 9
Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician 2 1 3
Environmental Science 1 2 3
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician 1 9 10
Forensic Science and Technology 4 11 15
General Studies 6 1 1 6 14
Graphic Design 3 1 6 10
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician 13 1 7 22
Information Science/Studies 1 1 6 8
Information Technology 3 1 12 16
Interior Design 2 2
International Business/Trade/Commerce 3 1 4
Landscaping and Groundskeeping
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 18 1 35 54
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 6 1 15 24
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1 32 25 6 184 9 257
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 5 1 37 43
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management 5 10 3 18
Machine Shop Technology/Assistant 1 3 4
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technology/Technician 1 1 12 14
Mammography Technician/Technology 34 1 25 61
Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage 2 4 8 1 15
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician 1 12 13
Medical Office Management/Administration 66 5 1 100 7 179
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist 6 6
Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist 4 4
Medical/Clinical Assistant 3 1 1 5 10
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other 34 1 25 61
Nanotechnology 1 3 4
Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist 5 5
Office Management and Supervision 16 20 36
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant 1 9 10
Plumbing Technology/Plumber 5 4 9
Pre-Engineering 1 1 2
Pre-Nursing Studies 1 1 1 3
Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician 2 7 9
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer 4 2 1 13 20
Real Estate
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 2 64 2 70
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 2 2 6 1 11
Special Education and Teaching, General
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling
Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Technologies, Other
Welding Technology/Welder 5 1 16 2 25

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3330th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $51,250 ($50,666 male / $42,844 female)
Number of FT Faculty 246 (101 male / 145 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,023
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $6,577,069

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