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Piedmont Tech Recognizes Employees for 320 Years of Service

Awards for service to Piedmont Technical College totaling 320 years were presented at a recent luncheon. Recipients and their individual service totals are: (front, from left) Lisa Crawford (20); Brenda Dailey (10); Carol Paguntalan (20); Toni Lee (20); Brenda Edwards (10); Betty Jean Gilchrist (30); Sissy Copeland (40); and Lynn Baker (30). Back, Dr. Ray Brooks, president of PTC; David Martin (10); David Rosenbaum (20); David Kibler (20); Zeolean Kinard (30); Jason Collins (10); Pleshette Elmore (10); Sandy Warner (20); and Dedrick Gantt (10). Not pictured is Jennifer Wilbanks (10).

Piedmont Technical College to Hold Commencement May 7

Piedmont Technical College will hold two spring commencement exercises on May 7. 

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

PTC to Host She’s Somebody’s Hero with Diana Jordan

Women have always been heroes. They do extraordinary things, but so often, we think of them as ordinary. They shape the world, trying to make it kinder, softer, more compassionate, and a more beautiful place to live.

To celebrate women, Piedmont Technical College will host “She’s Somebody’s Hero featuring Diana Jordan” Friday, May 15.

New Board Members Named to PTC Foundation

The Piedmont Technical College Foundation has named three new members to its board for the coming year. They are Jimmy Burke of Greenwood, Jeff Wilson of Abbeville and William Whitfield of Saluda. Whitfield was named to the board as a representative for the Piedmont Technical College Area Commission.

Burke is the area operations manager for South Carolina and Georgia for CenturyLink. He and his wife, Tracy, have four children - Kelli Phiffer, James Burke, Jr., Amanda Burke and Raine Bradley.

Engineering Technology Students Are Prepared for Rewarding Careers

Piedmont Technical College offers a number of programs that connect graduates with careers after completing a two-year degree. For students who are fascinated by the big impact technology has on our lives, and enjoy a hands-on approach to problem-solving, that career could likely be engineering technology.

Sandy Warner, department head of PTC’s Engineering Technology program, explains that engineering is at the heart of every facet of modern life. Engineers develop the concepts for solving problems and work to improve existing technology.

Piedmont Tech Associates Honored at State Conference

Three Piedmont Technical College employees have been named Outstanding Educators for the 2014 – 2015 academic year and were honored at a recent South Carolina Technical Education Association conference. 

This year’s honorees are Tracy Wright, faculty; Lynn Lanouette, staff; and Pleshette Elmore, administrative.

Wright began teaching at Piedmont Tech five years ago after spending time working as a teaching assistant in the chemistry department at Furman University. She found that she enjoyed the difference she was making in the lives of the students.

Bartanus Recognized with Innovator of the Year Award

Lisa Bartanus, corporate training director in Continuing Education at Piedmont Technical College, has been awarded the A. Wade Martin Innovator of the Year Award from the South Carolina Technical Education Association (SCTEA).

Countybank Makes Donation to Foundation

Countybank recently made a generous contribution to the Piedmont Technical College Foundation for the scholarship presented annually to students in the administrative office technology, computer technology and business programs. Pictured are, from left, Dr. Ray Brooks, president, Piedmont Tech; Lynn Turner, vice president, Countybank; and Fran Wiley, assistant vice president for development, PTC Foundation.

PTC Recognized for Excellence at the Center for Advanced Manufacturing

Piedmont Technical College’s work with the businesses in Laurens County through the Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CAM) has won the College another national recognition.

PTC was selected as a finalist for a prestigious 2015 Bellwether Award, which recognizes outstanding, innovative programs and practices that are successfully leading community colleges into the future.

Academic Honor Students Recognized for 2014 Fall Semester

Piedmont Technical College students who had outstanding academic accomplishments during the 2014 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.

President’s List includes:

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