Student and Alumni Profiles

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.”

BCT Students Shine at Star Fort

Building Construction Technology Students at Piedmont Technical College get hands on experience working on a restoration project at the Ninety Six National Historical Site. See what they've been doing in the community in the video below.


Dual Enrollment Student Gets a Head Start on a Career

The loss of a high school course turned into a great opportunity for one Laurens District High School graduate.

As a freshman, Braxton Michels was interested in the machine tool class offered at LDHS. However, when the teacher left to pursue other opportunities, the course was discontinued. But, Michels knew he wanted to enroll in some form of industrial or manufacturing curriculum.

Dual Enrollment Program Offers a Jump Start on College and Tuition Savings

While college affordability and increasing tuition rates continue to get headlines across the country, families in Piedmont Technical College’s service area have been taking advantage of one of the best deals in higher education for more than 10 years.

Darlene Saxon: PTC Grad Makes Her Mark

darlene-saxon-profileDarlene Saxon, a 2009 PTC graduate, had always wanted to be a teacher. Little did she know how she would accomplish that goal, especially since she didn’t attend college right after high school.

“I remember being very excited at my high school graduation,” she says. “But I noticed that many of my friends were making plans to further their education. They were making plans for college.”

Student Finds New Beginning at Piedmont Tech

wadenicholson1210Like many people across the state of South Carolina, Wade Nicholson has had to reinvent himself. He has found the tools for that reinvention at Piedmont Technical College.

Nicholson graduated from Saluda High School and went on to college at the University of South Carolina. College wasn’t what he wanted at the time, so he began working for a large textile manufacturer.

Piedmont Tech Alum’s Leap of Faith Proves Successful

anitamurphy111Anita Murphy has discovered that finding your dreams sometimes takes a leap of faith – and a gentle push.

She had obtained her GED after dropping out of high school but she knew she wanted something else. Murphy knew that to go to a four-year college, she would need an associate degree.

Agriculture Student Finds a Career Near to His Roots

Growing up in Kinards, Braden Iusti was surrounded by agriculture. He lived minutes away from several of the state’s largest dairy farms and grew up on a small hog farm.

Nursing Student Pursues Dream Following Military Service

Lanina Goode has traveled the world, but she has found her dream at home.

The Greenwood native chose to join the military in 2000, enlisting in the Army reserves. Following the attacks on 9/11, she found herself deployed to Kuwait. When she returned to the States in 2003, she started searching for her passion.

“I worked as a substitute teacher for a while,” Goode said. “Then I attended Lander University.”

Piedmont Tech Grad Thrives in Apprenticeship

Kenny Price had his foot in the door with Burnstein von Seelen even before he completed his machine tool technology degree at Piedmont Technical College.

The Abbeville company took Price on as an apprentice in the Tool and Die division, which has now led to a full-time position with the company. 

And they’re looking for even more machinists.


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