The goal of the Title III grant (Journey), is to improve the retention and graduation rates among at-risk STEM students.
Journey will provide a system of personalized case management, tracking for career counseling, mentoring, Learning Communities, and Individualized Graduation Plans - assisting students in the realization of their own talents, potential, and skills that will ultimately lead to a successful career.
Over the course of five years, Journey will target a specific population of students with statistically low enrollment and retention rates: those in Engineering Technology, Health Sciences, Nursing and Associate in Science programs, as well as students who have not yet decided on a career path.
Each student in the program may be given the following assessments based on their individual needs:
Job Skill Tests
Mechanical Aptitude Exams
College Student Inventory Assessments
Everyday Reasoning Tests
Critical Thinking with Belief Tests
Strength Finder Assessments
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StudentLingo is a series of interactive on-demand workshops, action plans and valuable resources focused on helping students achieve their academic, personal and career goals. Workshops can be found at www.studentlingo.com/ptc.
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Piedmont Technical College (PTC) is the largest and most diverse technical college district in the state, serving seven South Carolina counties. Providing for a diverse community of educational needs, PTC has received a Strengthening Institutions Title III Grant program to set students on a path to excellence. The project, officially entitled Supporting Opportunities in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and dubbed “Journey,” will provide valuable career planning and counseling resources to at-risk students who are particularly vulnerable to failure in college level courses. In an effort to improve the retention and completion rates of the targeted populations, students are introduced to curricula that best fit their strengths, skills, values, and personality types. As a result, students are provided an opportunity to select a major and/or career path in which they will excel. Journey intends to create an Individualized Graduation Plan for each student in the program, providing these students with the necessary tools and information to ensure their success here at PTC. By setting strategic goals and a customized plan, each student has the resources to succeed in a curriculum that best suits them.