Cyndi Johnson is the Department Chair for Advanced Manufacturing at Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, N.C. Cyndi started her career in manufacturing in 1981, when she graduated from Wake Technical Community College with a machining diploma.
Cyndi’s career in manufacturing spans 35 years. Her desire for knowledge led her to join a Fortune 100 company that makes heavy equipment. From operations and Quality Management to hydraulics design and a new plant startup, she has developed a deep understanding of all the major facets of manufacturing.
While in industry, Cyndi enjoyed the aspect of training people on procedures and processes for continuous and process improvement. In 2016, Cyndi decided to take her passion for teaching and knowledge of manufacturing into higher education when she joined Rockingham Community College (N.C.) as a machining instructor. In 2018, she moved to Forsyth Tech as a Mechanical Engineering Technology instructor, along with teaching machining students. Cyndi was selected as the Department Chair for Advanced Manufacturing in 2023.
As a manufacturing and education professional, she enjoys working in a collaborative environment, as it allows her to build a department with real-world knowledgeable faculty, facilitate department engagement with industry partners and help students succeed and enter the workforce prepared for their careers.
In her free time, Cyndi enjoys camping, hiking with her dog, Rosie, and reading.
Cyndi holds a B.S. in Business Administration from North Carolina Wesleyan College.
What do you hope to learn from the CCGE Fellows program? I hope to learn about the possibilities of short-term, stackable credentials. My mindset has been 16-week semesters, AAS and/or diplomas. It was a big leap for me to shorten some of my classes to 8 weeks. Now that I am comfortable with those classes, I am very excited to take that to the next level.