Dr. Sydney Richardson has joined Forsyth Technical Community College as the dean of College and Career Readiness. As part of the Economic and Workforce Development Division, College and Career Readiness serves approximately 2900 students who take Adult Basic Education classes, Adult High School courses, and English as Second Language courses, leading them to either additional academic pursuits or the workforce.

Prior to joining Forsyth Tech, she worked at Salem College as Director of the Writing Center, Assistant Professor of Education, and Dean of Adult Education.

Dr. Richardson holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a master’s degree in English and African American literature from North Carolina Agriculture and Technical University and a doctorate of philosophy in educational studies with a specialization in cultural studies and women and gender studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Her passion and focus in her career has centered on creating transformative learning environments for non-traditional students, and assisting them in reaching their career and life goals.

“My vision for College and Career Readiness is to help the students we serve reach their next level of success by providing career and academic pathways, and connecting with community organizations to assist in this effort,” said Dr. Richardson. “When anyone meets a person who could benefit from our courses and programs, I want them to think of us first.”

Vice President, Economic and Workforce Development, Dr. Alan Murdock said, “We are excited to have Dr. Richardson as part of the Forsyth Tech family. She brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, and energy to a program that fuels economic development in our community.”