Saluda County

Early Interest in Electronics Leads to Teaching Career for Ninety Six Native

JC Crowder looks like a student, but don’t be fooled by his appearance. The Piedmont Technical College mechatronics instructor knows his field.

“I do catch some flak for being as young as I am,” Crowder said. “I teach mostly in the evenings with students who are working adults, and they’re kind of wary of a guy half their age teaching the class.”

$5 Million Federal Grant Awarded to SC Technical College System to Expand Apprenticeship in South Carolina

The apprenticeship programs at Piedmont Technical College will continue to grow as the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (DOLETA) recently awarded the SC Technical College System a $5 million grant to expand apprenticeship in the state. This grant is part of the American Apprenticeship Initiative (AAI) and represents the federal government's largest investment in apprenticeship with $100 million in grants awarded across the country.

Mechatronics Grad Finds Passion Again

Jason White tried to avoid the family business. But, he found out it was in his blood.

“My great-grandfather was an engineer, my grandfather was an engineer, my father was an engineer,” he said. “I had great aptitude for engineering, but I thought pursuing a career in something I loved was important.”

Piedmont Tech to Offer More Veterans Services through Grant

Piedmont Technical College has been awarded more than $500,000 for the first time to begin a Student Support Services (SSS) Program for qualifying veteran students.

The grant began on Sept. 1 and will continue for five years, serving 60 students each year. Eligibility requirements and goals and objectives are similar to the regular SSS grant program.

Area 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 September 30.


Mechatronics Program Preparing Students for the Future

The latest buzzword in manufacturing is mechatronics. A widely accepted career in Europe since the 1990s, mechatronics has only recently been recognized as a new training opportunity in Upstate South Carolina. But the nature of the field is still confusing to many people.

“Mechatronics is a new approach in the United States,” said Kevin Moore, mechatronics technology coordinator. “It’s a systems approach where you look at the whole system rather than the individual component.”

Commencement Ceremonies at Piedmont Technical College Honor Graduates

The James Medford Family Event Center at Piedmont Technical College welcomed nearly 300 Piedmont Technical College graduates for two commencement ceremonies to celebrate their accomplishments.

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

PTC to Provide EMT Certificate in Edgefield County

People’s lives often depend on the quick reaction and competent care of emergency medical technicians (EMTs). Piedmont Technical College has been providing education to prepare students in Greenwood to become certified EMTs. Beginning spring 2016, PTC will offer an EMT curriculum in Edgefield County that will lead to a certificate. The EMT certificate will be offered at the Edgefield County EMS Station One.

Piedmont Tech Graduate Shows Welding Not Just for Boys

Being raised with three brothers, Cassandra Jones was a self-proclaimed tomboy. She was interested in cars and mechanical things.

As an adult, the Newberry native came to the realization that she knew she needed more education to make a better life for her family, and especially her four daughters. She looked to Piedmont Technical College to explore her options.

“I’ve always been fascinated by welding, so I looked into the program,’” Jones said. “A lot of people questioned why I wasn’t going to go into what they called a ‘woman’s field,’ but that wasn’t me.”

Piedmont Technical College to Hold Commencement August 6

Piedmont Technical College will be holding two summer commencement exercises on August 6. 

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. 


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