Native Filipino, a British citizen, and a U.S. permanent resident Irene Bantigue moved to Winston-Salem, North Carolina in October of 2014. The relocation with her family was not easy as they faced heavy relocation expenses and were surviving on one income. Irene did not think she would be able to afford a college education until she called Forsyth Technical Community College.
Her time at Forsyth has been characterized by exploration and exponential growth and has found herself inspired to give back for the unwavering support she was given in her pursuit to gain her degree. Active in Student Government, Bantigue, challenge her leadership skills and served as President of Student Government Association. She states, "that she is grateful and eternally indebted to Forsyth Tech for helping her dreams come to fruition!"