Greenwood County

First Citizens Bank Makes Donation to Foundation

First Citizens Bank recently made a generous contribution to the Piedmont Technical College Foundation. Pictured at the check presentation are, from left, Dr. Ray Brooks, president of Piedmont Tech; Jerry Stevens, senior vice president and market executive at First Citizens; Fran Wiley, assistant vice president for development; Lisa Sanders, senior vice president and retail sales manager at First Citizens; and Matt Howard, vice president and business banker at First Citizens.

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.

 

Coleman Recognized for Work with Project Genesis

Steve Coleman, director of Project Genesis at Piedmont Technical College, has been recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow by the Emerald City Rotary Club.

“I’m appreciative for this award because it is your peers recognizing you,” said Coleman. “It was given to me based on me simply doing what I felt was right and what is necessary for the community.”

Mechatronics Program Preparing Students for the Future

The latest buzzword in manufacturing is mechatronics. A widely accepted career in Europe since the 1990s, mechatronics has only recently been recognized as a new training opportunity in Upstate South Carolina. But the nature of the field is still confusing to many people.

“Mechatronics is a new approach in the United States,” said Kevin Moore, mechatronics technology coordinator. “It’s a systems approach where you look at the whole system rather than the individual component.”

Commencement Ceremonies at Piedmont Technical College Honor Graduates

The James Medford Family Event Center at Piedmont Technical College welcomed nearly 300 Piedmont Technical College graduates for two commencement ceremonies to celebrate their accomplishments.

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

Piedmont Tech Graduate Shows Welding Not Just for Boys

Being raised with three brothers, Cassandra Jones was a self-proclaimed tomboy. She was interested in cars and mechanical things.

As an adult, the Newberry native came to the realization that she knew she needed more education to make a better life for her family, and especially her four daughters. She looked to Piedmont Technical College to explore her options.

“I’ve always been fascinated by welding, so I looked into the program,’” Jones said. “A lot of people questioned why I wasn’t going to go into what they called a ‘woman’s field,’ but that wasn’t me.”

Piedmont Technical College to Hold Commencement August 6

Piedmont Technical College will be holding two summer commencement exercises on August 6. 

Commencement exercises will begin at 3 p.m. for health science and nursing graduates. A ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. for Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, business and information technology, industrial technology and engineering technology graduates. Both commencement exercises will be held in the James Medford Family Event Center at Piedmont Technical College in Greenwood. 

Welding Program Introduces New Approach at CAM in Laurens County

Piedmont Technical College’s welding program at the Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CAM) in Laurens County is launching a new approach to preparing students to enter the workforce.

Tony Amos, welding instructor at the CAM, is piloting a program in conjunction with the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). The NCCER curriculum provides students with additional resources and preparation techniques.

Scholarship Donors, Recipients Recognized at Luncheon

Scholarships were presented to students and donors were recognized at the recent scholarship luncheon.

 

Piedmont Tech Welding Instructor Destined to Teach

Tony Amos was destined to become a welder. His heart led him to take up teaching.

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