Edgefield County

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.

Pharmacy Technology Program Director Wins National Excellence Award

Clay Sprouse, pharmacy technology program director at Piedmont Technical College, has been named the 2016 Piedmont Technical College Visionary of the Year award for faculty and will be recognized as a 2016 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award Recipient.

“I am thrilled that my peers think enough of what I’m doing to nominate me for this honor,” Sprouse said. “Being a first-time instructor when I started here at PTC, this award validates my decision and assures me that I am on the right path.”

Associate Degree Nursing Graduates Recognized at Pinning Ceremony

Recent graduates of Piedmont Technical College’s associate degree nursing program at the Lex Walters-Greenwood campus were recognized in a pinning ceremony in December.

 

Piedmont Technical College Honors Graduates at Commencement Ceremony

The James Medford Family Event Center at Piedmont Technical College welcomed more than 350 Piedmont Technical College graduates for a commencement ceremony to celebrate their accomplishments.

Dr. Ray Brooks, president, welcomed graduates, family and guests to celebrate the accomplishments of the graduates.

“I was thinking about past Christmases and trying to remember the best gift I’ve received,” Brooks said. “Education is the gift that you give yourself that will help sustain you as you go through life.”

Continuing Education Staff Members Receive Recognition

Two members of Piedmont Technical College’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education division have been recognized for their outstanding work by the South Carolina Association for Higher Continuing Education (SCAHCE).

Lisa Bartanus, corporate training director, was named Outstanding Continuing Education Professional and Tyler Coker, events specialist, received the John J. Duffy Scholarship Award.

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