Abbeville County

Student Development Professionals Converge on Piedmont Tech

Nearly 150 student development professionals from North and South Carolina as well as Georgia and Florida came together at Piedmont Technical College recently to focus on the practical applications of innovative ideas in student development.

“As educators we’re always looking for new ways to solve student problems,” said Andy Omundson, associate vice president for student affairs. “Our number one goal is student success.”

Engineering Technology Students Celebrate National Engineers Week

As part of its continuing efforts to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the engineering technology program at Piedmont Technical College recently celebrated National Engineers Week by inviting high school students to learn more about the career.

“Every day everyone benefits from the work of engineers,” said Sandy Warner, department head for engineering technology. “While National Engineers Week focuses on those who are in the engineering field, we wanted to celebrate the students who have chosen engineering as a career.”

PTC Offers Scholarship Information Sessions

Piedmont Technical College’s Economic Development and Continuing Education division is offering a new tuition assistance program for individuals seeking training in information technology, advanced manufacturing and health care.

The Workforce Pathways Scholarship is available to any student in the seven-county Piedmont Tech service area who is at least 18 with a high school diploma or GED. Participants must also undergo a drug screen and background check.

Respiratory Grad Finds Health Care Niche

Precious Logan always dreamed of a career in health care. She wanted to help people.

After graduating from Greenwood High School, Logan took her first step into the health care field by earning her certified nursing assistant certificate (CNA). She enrolled at a four-year university, but found it wasn’t the right fit for her. So she transferred to Piedmont Technical College where she found the path to the career she had been looking for.

Piedmont Tech to Host Open House

Piedmont Technical College will sponsor an Open House Tuesday, March 22 in the James Medford Family Event Center on the Lex Walters Campus. Representatives from the more than 80 programs offered at PTC will be available to answer questions. There will be two sessions: a morning session from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and an evening session from 4-7 p.m.

Piedmont Tech Associates to be Honored at State Conference

Three Piedmont Technical College associates have been named Outstanding Educators for the 2015 – 2016 academic year and will be honored at a statewide conference. The three will join fellow winners from sister colleges at the annual South Carolina Technical Education Association (SCTEA) convention later this month. 

This year’s honorees are Beverly Burton, faculty; Kim Easler, staff; and Chad Teague, administrative.

Respiratory Care Instructor Shares Her Passion with Students

Karla Gilliam knew from an early age she wanted to go into health care. Her passion for helping people led her to a position where she is preparing the next generation of respiratory therapists at Piedmont Technical College.

Like many people, Gilliam said she thought of nursing when she looked for a career in health care. She enrolled at a four-year university, but found the program to be too large and impersonal.

“The classes were so big, I didn’t feel that the instructors cared about the students,” Gilliam said.

Academic Honor Students Recognized for 2015 Fall Semester

Piedmont Technical College students who had outstanding academic accomplishments during the 2015 fall semester have earned inclusion on the President’s List. To be named to the list, students must be full time and earn a term GPA of 4.00. Students will receive a certificate of achievement signed by the college president.

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PTC Student Receives Grainger Scholarship

Prosperity resident Troy Lawson, an industrial electronics technology and mechatronics technology student at Piedmont Technical College, has been awarded $2000 from The Grainger Tools for Tomorrow Scholarship Program. Each year, Grainger works with the American Association of Community Colleges to offer 250 scholarships of $2,000 each at 125 community colleges in the United States.

“Receiving this scholarship was a tremendous honor,” Lawson said. “It’s going to help me finish my degree so I can go into the field.”

Respiratory Care Program Helping Patients Breathe Easier

Although the general public is more familiar with doctors and nurses, anyone who’s had a serious hospital visit or surgery has probably had contact with a respiratory therapist at some point.

These respiratory experts are important members of the health care team, and are involved in saving and improving the quality of people’s lives on a daily basis. Respiratory therapists are experts in life support equipment, and work closely with doctors and other health care staff to treat heart and lung diseases like emphysema, asthma and more.

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