May 1, 2013
Piedmont Technical College is providing more tools to help students complete a degree and enter the workforce. Through the Journey grant program, Piedmont Tech is introducing Career Coach.
“Career Coach is a tool to use with new and continuing students to assist them in deciding on a major as well as seeing what careers are available in our geographical area,” said Renee Carruth, director of Journey - Title III Grant. “The question most students ask is, when I graduate in two years, will I be able to find employment.”
Career Coach is designed to help you find a good career by providing the most current local data on wages, employment, job postings, and associated education and training. Through a simple keyword search, students and any visitor to the college’s website can learn about the employment prospects of careers they want to research. The real-time information is customized to the college’s geographic region.
Career Coach was introduced as part of the Title III grant the college received in fall 2011. The Title III Program is a United States federal grant program to improve education. The mission of the grant is to focus on assisting students in engineering technology, associate of science, associate degree nursing, respiratory care and radiologic technology. The project provides support systems that include peer mentoring, academic and personal counseling, workshops and case management to support the student success.
“As part of the grant, we assist students in exploring different careers to help them make an informed choice,” said Carruth. “Career Coach provides another tool to use during this process and to assist students in seeing the job outlook for specific careers they are reviewing.”
For more information on Career Coach, visit the Piedmont Tech website at www.ptc.edu/journey or visit the Career Planning and Counseling Center located on the Greenwood Campus.