On April 6, a group of students from North Stokes High School, South Stokes High School, and West Stokes High School had the opportunity to tour the Advanced Manufacturing facility at Forsyth Tech Community College to promote Advanced Manufacturing S.T.E.M. week. These students were greeted by Eddie Waddell who is over recruiting for the college and Todd Bishop: Program Coordinator for Mechanical Engineering, Technology, Drafting, and Design. The students toured the interior design, drafting, architectural design, graphic design, machining, and electronics facilities.
The students enjoyed seeing extensions of the activities that they currently are doing in their classrooms. They heard from professors about skills that aren’t on the computer such as communication, collaboration, and sketching ideas prior to digital modeling. At Forsyth Tech they were able to see the finished product of their Architectural Design process. The students were able to manipulate digital models to test out specifications prior to production.
“I thought the trip was very informative. The students and I were impressed by the size of the campus and the amount of technology available in the program areas. I was also pleasantly surprised by the diverse number of programs available. You got a real sense of passion and pride from the staff and administration ,” said West Stokes CTE instructor Forrest Munden.
The planning process for the field trip started when Doug Rose, High School director for Stokes County met Eddie Waddell on campus. David Martin (Career Development Coordinator) for Stokes County took a small team of educators from the county down to tour the facilities and plan activities for the students.
“Our partnership with Forsyth Tech has been a wonderful experience, and I can see so many opportunities for our students with the community college system,” Rose stated. “Forsyth Tech wants to expand the courses offered to our students through Career and College Promise. This will allow our students to get college and high school credit at the same time.” Other areas of opportunity that were mentioned involved the satellite campuses of Forsyth Tech in Tobaccoville and our new Stokes campus located in Meadows. The community college system is being promoted by the state, and they study employment trends and find successful pathways for their students. Stokes County students are going to have additional opportunities based on the sharing that is taking place.