Edgefield County

Piedmont Tech Honors Veterans

Students, faculty and staff at Piedmont Technical College recently gathered for a variety of events to honor veterans. Members of the McCormick High School JROTC perform a flag folding ceremony. Participants were, from left, Cadet 2nd Lt. Joshua Guillebeaux, Cadet 1st Sgt. De’Marcus Moore, Cadet Maj. Mo’Neque Luchay and Cadet Cpt. Bradley Jones. Other events for the week included a presentation by retired Air Force Brigadier General Charles E.

Piedmont Tech Receives Federal Grant Money for Classes in Edgefield

Piedmont Technical College, Edgefield Adult Education and Strom Thurmond Career Center (STCC) have received nearly $150,000 as part of a Federal Incentive Grant awarded to the SC Department of Employment and Workforce, SC Department of Education and the SC Technical College System.  The initiative, called Learn 2 Earn, is a comprehensive, coordinated effort to meet basic skills needs of adults and create a pipeline of skilled youth and adult workers for the health care and advanced manufacturing and includes a soft skills component. 

Building Construction Technology Program Purchases New Equipment

The Building Construction Technology (BCT) Department at Piedmont Technical College recently purchased a mini excavator with the help of federal Perkins money. “This will be a great training tool for the students because this is the type of equipment they will be using when they go out on the job site,” said Bobby Roche, program director for BCT. “Without the tools, you can’t teach effectively.” Pictured with the excavator are, from left: Chad Teague, director of facilities management; Tucker Threlkeld of Ninety Six; Dr.

Piedmont Technical College Signs Bridge Agreement with Presbyterian College

Piedmont Technical College and Presbyterian College recently signed an articulation agreement that will create a bridge program for students who would like to begin their studies at Piedmont Tech, and then transfer to Presbyterian College.

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Program Preparing Skilled Technicians

Every private residence, business, industry and agency needs the skill of technicians trained in the installation, maintenance and repair of air conditioning, refrigeration and heating systems. Because these systems are increasing in complexity, skilled technicians are in continuous demand to keep them running at maximum capacity.

In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) is one of the top 50 fastest growing occupations--projected to grow by 23 percent in South Carolina alone.

Piedmont Tech HVAC Instructor Finds Enjoyment in Teaching

Electricity has always been in Wade Smith’s blood. It’s been passed down in his family over three generations. And he is sharing that knowledge with the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) technology students at Piedmont Technical College.  

Smith is the third-generation owner of Cullum Electric and Mechanical. He never had any questions of what he wanted to do. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Clemson University.

Piedmont Tech Welcomes New Presidential Ambassadors

Each year, Piedmont Technical College chooses some of its best and brightest to serve as Presidential Ambassadors. These students represent the college at campus functions, provide tours and speak about their experiences to potential students. This year’s select 13 are from a variety of backgrounds, representing many program areas and hometowns, but they all have one thing in common. They all echo a common message of gratitude for the impact Piedmont Tech has had on their lives, both personally and academically.

PTC Thanks Area Officials with BBQ

The Piedmont Technical College Area Commission recently hosted a barbecue dinner at Bermuda’s at The Links at Stoney Point, for local, state and federal legislators to raise awareness of PTC’s vital role in the workforce development of South Carolina’s Lakelands region. The event was attended by more than 150 people, including legislative officials, the Piedmont Technical College Area Commission, PTC Foundation Board members and members of the PTC faculty and staff.

Automotive Technology Instructor an Old Car Guy with New Ideas

While his email address says he’s an Old Car Guy, Don Gaskin has some new ideas for the automotive technology program at Piedmont Technical College.  

Gaskin grew up tinkering with cars. When he graduated from high school in 1974, he went to work, thinking he didn’t need a college education to get a good job. But after training the third person in five years who became his supervisor, he knew he needed to move on to something more fulfilling.

Academic Honor Students Recognized for 2015 Summer Term

Piedmont Technical College students who had outstanding academic accomplishments during the 2015 summer term 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.

President’s List students include:

Abbeville County - Christopher E. Glisson of Abbeville.

Anderson County - Broch E. Travis of Anderson.


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