Greenwood County

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Program Preparing Skilled Technicians

Every private residence, business, industry and agency needs the skill of technicians trained in the installation, maintenance and repair of air conditioning, refrigeration and heating systems. Because these systems are increasing in complexity, skilled technicians are in continuous demand to keep them running at maximum capacity.

In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) is one of the top 50 fastest growing occupations--projected to grow by 23 percent in South Carolina alone.

PTC Kicks-off One Book, One College Series

Piedmont Technical College will kick off its One Book, One College series Nov. 2 with an introduction to this year’s spotlight novel, “The Things They Carried” by Tim O'Brien.

As a part of the college’s eighth annual One Book, One College series, the library will host weekly programs addressing the collection of short stories about the men of Alpha Company during the Vietnam War.  

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.

Anonymous Donor Gives $1 million to The Greenwood Promise

The Greenwood Promise capital campaign is off to a fast start with an anonymous donation of $1 million to ensure its success.

“This is such a generous contribution,” said Campaign Chair and Self Regional Healthcare President/CEO Jim Pfeiffer. “The enthusiasm for this game-changing initiative is inspiring and contagious. The Promise opens the door of opportunity for all high school graduates in our county and advances Greenwood jobs for Greenwood people.”

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.

Piedmont Tech Hosts Business and Industry Showcase

Greenwood Partnership Alliance in association with Piedmont Technical College recently held the inaugural Greenwood County Business and Industry Showcase, which featured more than 20 Greenwood industries that provided information to approximately 1500 area 10th and 11th graders, as well as seniors from the G. Frank Russell Technology Center. The showcase was hosted in the James Medford Family Event Center at Piedmont Tech.

Daulton Earns Place on Wall of Honor

Piedmont Technical College’s Foundation recently recognized Judy Daulton for her cumulative contributions in support of the college. Her recent establishment of the Judy Daulton Accounting Scholarship resulted in earning the recognition of Patron on the PTC Foundation’s Wall of Honor which recognizes donors to the college. Pictured in front of the Wall of Honor are, from left, Dr. Ray Brooks, president of Piedmont Technical College; Daulton; and Fran Wiley, assistant vice president of development with the Piedmont Technical College Foundation.

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.

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