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Neil Bolick | April 11, 2017

Forsyth Technical Community College is proud of its accomplishments and is excited to announce Irene Bantigue as the community college’s first graduate in the Global Scholar of Distinction (GSD) Program. She will graduate on May 9, 2017. Irene is the current president of Forsyth Tech’s Student Government Association and when asked of her future goals, Irene replied, “In the future, I plan on double-majoring in International Studies and Economics, so the Global Scholar of Distinction Program for me was a perfect complement to my academic ventures. Also, I am thankful for the GSD Program because the intercultural activities and immersion made me realize I want to concentrate on refugee/immigration policy, and hopefully pursue a career where I can better advocate for these groups.” Carol Hayes, the program coordinator at Forsyth Tech noted how proud the college is of Irene and that she has served as a great ambassador to help promote global awareness and the GSD Program. Hayes also noted that Irene is leading the way and Forsyth Tech has eleven more global scholars slated to graduate by Spring 2018.

Forsyth Technical Community College launched the Global Scholar of Distinction (GSD) Program in Fall 2016.  According to Hayes, “World View has played an integral part in providing valuable training and resources to globalize curriculum and increase faculty and student involvement through seminars and the Global Education Leaders Program. We have over 70 globalized course sections being offered in Fall 2017 and are looking to work with faculty this summer to globalize curriculum in Health Technologies, Business and Administration, Human Services, and even welding”. For more information on the Global Scholar of Distinction Program at Forsyth Tech please click here.

The NC GLOBAL DISTINCTION initiative is a collaboration between North Carolina community colleges and UNC at Chapel Hill to globalize the curriculum and increase faculty and student involvement in global issues, activities and dialogue. This initiative is developing a state and national model of best practices for internationalizing the curriculum and campus programs.

Thank you to Carol Hayes for submitting the article highlighting the success of the global distinction program at Forsyth Tech.