Newberry County

Academic Honor Students Recognized for 2016 Summer Term

Piedmont Technical College students who had outstanding academic accomplishments during the 2016 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:

Abbeville County - Timothy A. Cann, Richard A. Coleman and Jorge D. Ortega, all of Abbeville.

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 100 people, including legislative officials, the Piedmont Technical College Area Commission, PTC Foundation Board members and members of the PTC faculty and staff.

Area Piedmont Technical College Students Head Back to Class

Students at Piedmont Technical College recently headed back to class. Interested students still have time to enroll for Late Term, which begins Sept. 27.


first day abbevilleDonalds resident Joshua Nance, a criminal justice student, left, receives help printing out his schedule from admissions administrative specialist Hannah Beaty. 



Spanish Instructor Shares Her Love of Culture with Students

Jennifer Lopes has had a love of Hispanic culture since she was a child. Now she is bringing that love to the classroom at Piedmont Technical College.

“My mother took us to the children’s museum to see an exhibit on Latin America,” Lopes said. “I fell in love with the culture and the language. From that point on, I decided I wanted to speak Spanish.”

Piedmont Technical College Recognizes Graduates

The James Medford Family Event Center at Piedmont Technical College was the setting for the culmination of many dreams for the more than 300 Piedmont Technical College graduates who took center stage in two commencement ceremonies.

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

Associate Degree Nursing Students Honored

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


Scholarships Presented at Luncheon

Scholarships were awarded recently at a luncheon honoring donors and recipients.


Piedmont Technical College to Hold Commencement August 4

Piedmont Technical College will be holding two summer commencement exercises on Aug. 4. 

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

HVAC Program Opens New Facility

The heating, ventilation and air conditioning program at Piedmont Technical College is on its way to becoming the premier training facility in the southeast with the recent addition of a state-of-the-art building.

“We spent many hours in discussion and planning to get the ball rolling,” said David Kibler, interim dean of engineering and industrial technologies. “Now we have a first-class, state-of-the-art training facility that is possibly the best HVAC training facility in the state of South Carolina, and maybe in the southeast.”

New Board Members Named to PTC Foundation

The Piedmont Technical College Foundation has named two new members to its board for the coming year. They are Lee Matthews representing Abbeville, and Trey Taylor representing Newberry.

Matthews is the plant manager for Sage Automotive Interiors in Abbeville. He is a member of the Abbeville County First Steps board, Upper Savanah Workforce Development board and Abbeville Work Ready Communities Team. He also serves as chairman of the Upper Savanah Regional Workforce Advisory Board. Matthews and his wife, Chrissy, have two children – Hope and Dylan.


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