Edgefield County

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.

Early Interest in Electronics Leads to Teaching Career for Ninety Six Native

JC Crowder looks like a student, but don’t be fooled by his appearance. The Piedmont Technical College mechatronics instructor knows his field.

“I do catch some flak for being as young as I am,” Crowder said. “I teach mostly in the evenings with students who are working adults, and they’re kind of wary of a guy half their age teaching the class.”

$5 Million Federal Grant Awarded to SC Technical College System to Expand Apprenticeship in South Carolina

The apprenticeship programs at Piedmont Technical College will continue to grow as the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (DOLETA) recently awarded the SC Technical College System a $5 million grant to expand apprenticeship in the state. This grant is part of the American Apprenticeship Initiative (AAI) and represents the federal government's largest investment in apprenticeship with $100 million in grants awarded across the country.

Mechatronics Grad Finds Passion Again

Jason White tried to avoid the family business. But, he found out it was in his blood.

“My great-grandfather was an engineer, my grandfather was an engineer, my father was an engineer,” he said. “I had great aptitude for engineering, but I thought pursuing a career in something I loved was important.”

Piedmont Tech to Offer More Veterans Services through Grant

Piedmont Technical College has been awarded more than $500,000 for the first time to begin a Student Support Services (SSS) Program for qualifying veteran students.

The grant began on Sept. 1 and will continue for five years, serving 60 students each year. Eligibility requirements and goals and objectives are similar to the regular SSS grant program.

Area College Students Head Back to Class

Students at Piedmont Technical College recently headed back to class. Interested students still have time to enroll for Late Term, which begins September 30.

 

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