Science, technology and education will soon stand shoulder-to-shoulder in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter when Forsyth Technical Community College, one of the fastest growing community colleges in the country, opens its Center for Emerging Technologies within the urban research park.
In October 2014, the school will join other pioneering Innovation Quarter tenants with a $7 million, 23,900-square-foot facility in the 525@Vine building. The location will solidify Forsyth Tech’s goal to be in the center of innovation and to work closely with industries critical to a changing economy. The new center is projected to draw more than 1,200 students annually to the heart of the city.
“The strategic placement of our Center for Emerging Technologies in Innovation Quarter enables us to immerse our students in a true landscape of the developing industries they are studying,” said Gary Green, Ed.D., president of Forsyth Tech. “The benefits provided by that proximity are boundless.”
The Forsyth Tech Center for Emerging Technologies will include: R.J. Reynolds Corporate Training Center; Southern Community Small Business Center; lab facilities for the school’s Wells Fargo Nanotechnology Program, the only two-year nanotechnology program offered throughout the southeast, and the BB&T Biotechnology Program, the largest biotech program of any community college in the state; and offices for the BioNetwork Pharmaceutical Center, the statewide biotechnology work force initiative run by the N.C. Community College System.