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Forsyth Tech Biotech Student Captures Heart of Nation

 

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Whether you saw it on TV, followed it on the internet or heard it on the radio, you've probably heard about Kathy Proctor's now-famous words during Tuesday night's State of the Union speech. 

 
"That's me," Proctor said to her neighbor across the aisle in First Lady Michelle Obama's box. The Trinity resident is studying for her biotech degree at Forsyth Tech.
 
The laid-off furniture worker's journey followed the vision laid out almost 30 years ago by North Carolina's leaders.
 
As furniture, textile and tobacco-farming jobs left North Carolina, they saw a new, technology-based economy emerging. The Biotechnology Center has been working ever since to build a biotech industry in North Carolina.
 
The result? North Carolina is the #3 state for biotech. 
 
$64.6 billion in total economic activity comes from biotechnology.
 
226,000 people have jobs because of the industry.
 
We look forward to Kathy Proctor joining those ranks later this year, when she completes her biotech training at Forsyth Tech.
 
By the way, Forsyth Tech is also home to the National Center for the Biotechnolology Workforce. Its Pharmaceutical Center is one of the seven main centers  of the NC Community Colleges' NCBioNetwork, which links biotech training opportunities at community colleges statewide.