Newberry County

Piedmont Tech Associates to be Honored at State Conference

Three Piedmont Technical College associates have been named Outstanding Educators for the 2015 – 2016 academic year and will be honored at a statewide conference. The three will join fellow winners from sister colleges at the annual South Carolina Technical Education Association (SCTEA) convention later this month. 

This year’s honorees are Beverly Burton, faculty; Kim Easler, staff; and Chad Teague, administrative.

Respiratory Care Instructor Shares Her Passion with Students

Karla Gilliam knew from an early age she wanted to go into health care. Her passion for helping people led her to a position where she is preparing the next generation of respiratory therapists at Piedmont Technical College.

Like many people, Gilliam said she thought of nursing when she looked for a career in health care. She enrolled at a four-year university, but found the program to be too large and impersonal.

“The classes were so big, I didn’t feel that the instructors cared about the students,” Gilliam said.

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.”

Practical Nursing Graduates Recognized at Pinning Ceremony

Recent graduates of Piedmont Technical College’s practical nursing program at the Laurens County Higher Education Center were recognized in a pinning ceremony in December. 

 

 

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.”

Newberry Student Provides Assistance during Inclement Weather

Austin Goodman, a student at the Piedmont Technical College Newberry County Campus, right, recently came to the rescue of a pair of strangers in the community. During the recent severe flooding, the Prosperity native provided assistance to Norman and Barbara Thomas of Chapin when the couple became lost due to the closed roads in Newberry County. Rather than just provide directions, Goodman led the couple back to the interstate and helped them find the road home. “How fortunate we were to meet a young person with this kind of compassion and willingness to help,” said Barbara Thomas.

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