McCormick County

Academic Honor Students Recognized for 2015 Fall Semester

Piedmont Technical College students who had outstanding academic accomplishments during the 2015 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.

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PTC Student Receives Grainger Scholarship

Prosperity resident Troy Lawson, an industrial electronics technology and mechatronics technology student at Piedmont Technical College, has been awarded $2000 from The Grainger Tools for Tomorrow Scholarship Program. Each year, Grainger works with the American Association of Community Colleges to offer 250 scholarships of $2,000 each at 125 community colleges in the United States.

“Receiving this scholarship was a tremendous honor,” Lawson said. “It’s going to help me finish my degree so I can go into the field.”

Respiratory Care Program Helping Patients Breathe Easier

Although the general public is more familiar with doctors and nurses, anyone who’s had a serious hospital visit or surgery has probably had contact with a respiratory therapist at some point.

These respiratory experts are important members of the health care team, and are involved in saving and improving the quality of people’s lives on a daily basis. Respiratory therapists are experts in life support equipment, and work closely with doctors and other health care staff to treat heart and lung diseases like emphysema, asthma and more.

Pharmacy Technology Program Director Wins National Excellence Award

Clay Sprouse, pharmacy technology program director at Piedmont Technical College, has been named the 2016 Piedmont Technical College Visionary of the Year award for faculty and will be recognized as a 2016 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award Recipient.

“I am thrilled that my peers think enough of what I’m doing to nominate me for this honor,” Sprouse said. “Being a first-time instructor when I started here at PTC, this award validates my decision and assures me that I am on the right path.”

Associate Degree Nursing Graduates Recognized at Pinning Ceremony

Recent graduates of Piedmont Technical College’s associate degree nursing program at the Lex Walters-Greenwood campus were recognized in a pinning ceremony in December.


Piedmont Technical College Honors Graduates at Commencement Ceremony

The James Medford Family Event Center at Piedmont Technical College welcomed more than 350 Piedmont Technical College graduates for a commencement ceremony to celebrate their accomplishments.

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

“I was thinking about past Christmases and trying to remember the best gift I’ve received,” Brooks said. “Education is the gift that you give yourself that will help sustain you as you go through life.”

Continuing Education Staff Members Receive Recognition

Two members of Piedmont Technical College’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education division have been recognized for their outstanding work by the South Carolina Association for Higher Continuing Education (SCAHCE).

Lisa Bartanus, corporate training director, was named Outstanding Continuing Education Professional and Tyler Coker, events specialist, received the John J. Duffy Scholarship Award.

Benefactors and Community Leaders Honored by PTC Foundation

Benefactors and community leaders joined together at Piedmont Technical College recently to celebrate the successes of the past year with the annual benefactors’ event.

Dr. Ray Brooks, president of PTC, welcomed those in attendance. The event was to honor Cornerstone Society members and benefactors who had contributed to the growth and success of the college.

“One of the things that brings us all together tonight is that we are all thankful for all the blessings we have in our lives and the commitment each of you has made to this college,” he said.

Piedmont Technical College to Hold Commencement December 15

Piedmont Technical College will be holding fall commencement exercises on Tuesday, December 15. 

Commencement exercises will begin at 5 p.m. in the James Medford Family Event Center at Piedmont Technical College in Greenwood. Due to limited seating, tickets will be required for all guests attending the graduation ceremony. Each ticketholder, including children, will be entitled to one seat.

Piedmont Tech Honors Veterans

Students, faculty and staff at Piedmont Technical College recently gathered for a variety of events to honor veterans. Members of the McCormick High School JROTC perform a flag folding ceremony. Participants were, from left, Cadet 2nd Lt. Joshua Guillebeaux, Cadet 1st Sgt. De’Marcus Moore, Cadet Maj. Mo’Neque Luchay and Cadet Cpt. Bradley Jones. Other events for the week included a presentation by retired Air Force Brigadier General Charles E.


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