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Piedmont Technical College to Hold Commencement May 5

Piedmont Technical College will hold two spring commencement exercises on May 5. 

Commencement exercises will begin at 3 p.m. for 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. 

Tau Alpha Pi Inducts New Members

Seven new members were recently inducted into the Tau Alpha Pi National Honor Society at Piedmont Technical College. Tau Alpha Pi is the national honor society for engineering technology, just as Phi Beta Kappa is for liberal arts and Tau Beta Pi is for engineering. Founded in 1953 and managed for more than 30 years by engineering technology educator Frederick J. Berger, Tau Alpha Pi is open to both associate-degree and baccalaureate candidates.

Nursing Student Makes Her Dream a Reality

From an early age, Abigail Hershberger knew she was gravitating to a career in health care. She read a lot and would find anything she could get her hands on that contained medical subject matter. She was also the oldest of 10 children and often found herself slipping into the role of caretaker when it came to her younger siblings. These factors were key points along her path to becoming a Piedmont Technical College nursing student. 

“I grew up taking care of people,” she said “And taking care of people comes natural to me. And in nursing that’s just what you do.”

Piedmont Tech Hosts Annual Employers Day

More than 350 Piedmont Technical College students and alumni recently took advantage of the college’s 34th annual Employers Day. Representatives from over 75 businesses, industries and service agencies were on hand to offer information about current and future job opportunities.

“While this is not an official job interview, we stress the importance of making a good first impression,” said David Rosenbaum, associate dean of Student Services. “We encourage students to dress professionally, bring resumes and be prepared to discuss their qualifications.”

Piedmont Tech Early Care and Education Hosts Literacy Event

Piedmont Technical College’s early care and education program (ECD) recently hosted “Growing Literacy,” an event to promote literacy for nearly 100 area preschoolers from Lifetime Discoveries, Children’s Courtyard and Learning Vine.

The annual event came about because of the ECD Club’s involvement in past Literacy Alive events. When that event was discontinued, the students wanted to continue to introduce literacy to preschool students in the community.

PTC Funeral Service Program Hosts Training Event

Piedmont Technical College’s Funeral Service Education recently hosted a training event for not only its students, but area funeral directors and embalmers. The seminar, presented by expert embalmer Matt Smith, provided the participants with information on techniques used in embalming and restoration for massive trauma cases.

PTC College Fair Highlights Bridge and Transfer Partnerships

More than 30 colleges and universities were in attendance recently at a College Transfer Fair sponsored by Piedmont Technical College. The fair was provided to give students information on special bridge programs and transfer pathways.

Student Development Professionals Converge on Piedmont Tech

Nearly 150 student development professionals from North and South Carolina as well as Georgia and Florida came together at Piedmont Technical College recently to focus on the practical applications of innovative ideas in student development.

“As educators we’re always looking for new ways to solve student problems,” said Andy Omundson, associate vice president for student affairs. “Our number one goal is student success.”

PTC HVAC Program Hosts Training Event

Piedmont Technical College’s Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) program in cooperation with CC Dickson Company, recently hosted a training event for not only its students, but area contractors and HVAC companies. The seminar, presented by Brett Godin with Keep Rite Refrigeration, provided the participants with information on the latest refrigeration equipment as well as gave the HVAC program a chance to showcase its new lab.

Engineering Technology Students Celebrate National Engineers Week

As part of its continuing efforts to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the engineering technology program at Piedmont Technical College recently celebrated National Engineers Week by inviting high school students to learn more about the career.

“Every day everyone benefits from the work of engineers,” said Sandy Warner, department head for engineering technology. “While National Engineers Week focuses on those who are in the engineering field, we wanted to celebrate the students who have chosen engineering as a career.”

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