October 11, 2012
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 work force development of South Carolina’s Lakelands region. The event was attended by more than 130 people, including legislative officials, the Piedmont Technical College Area Commission and members of the PTC faculty and staff.
“Good things continue to happen at Piedmont Tech and the reason they do is the group of individuals we have that are dedicated to providing the highest level of service to our students,” said Dr. Ray Brooks, president of Piedmont Tech.
The event, which was funded by the Piedmont Technical College Foundation, included a social hour and a sit-down barbecue dinner. Legislators and PTC officials discussed the college’s essential function in the region, South Carolina’s current economic status and how the college is partnering with counties throughout the region to strengthen economic development efforts.
“We host this event each year to publicly say thank you for all the support that each of you give to Piedmont Technical College from the local level in the seven counties to the state and national support we receive from our legislators,” said William Whitfield, PTC Area Commission chairman. “To our business leaders, thank you for joining hands with us to provide the best trained work force we can in our communities. Without this collaborative effort, we could not do our job in helping students meet their needs and goals and have the necessary skills to meet the demands of the workplace.”
Speakers for the event included Piedmont Technical College graduate Tabby Davis, who is lead engineer with Eaton Electrical, and Jim Coleman, Laurens County Council chairman.
“Overall, I feel like Piedmont Tech is an asset to our community,” said Davis. “It’s not just the engineering field, which I am familiar with. They offer so many different programs that make it possible for you to get a good education at a low expense and get a good job.”
“Laurens County is truly a county on the move. But, it just doesn’t happen. You have to have a vision,” said Coleman. “With this vision for Laurens County, we knew we would need a better trained work force. Working with our partner, Piedmont Tech, today we have Phase I of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing open and training employees. When you invest in yourself, people will invest in you.”
Photo Caption: The Piedmont Technical College Area Commission recently hosted a barbecue dinner for local, state and federal legislators to raise awareness of PTC’s vital role in the work force development of South Carolina’s Lakelands region.