Greenwood County

Piedmont Tech Honors Veterans

Students, faculty and staff at Piedmont Technical College recently gathered for a variety of events to honor veterans. Members of the McCormick High School JROTC perform a flag folding ceremony. Participants were, from left, Cadet 2nd Lt. Joshua Guillebeaux, Cadet 1st Sgt. De’Marcus Moore, Cadet Maj. Mo’Neque Luchay and Cadet Cpt. Bradley Jones. Other events for the week included a presentation by retired Air Force Brigadier General Charles E.

New Board Member Named to PTC Foundation

The Piedmont Technical College Foundation has named Don Holton of Greenwood as a new board member for the coming year.

Holton is the vice president of fresh pork and food service sales with Carolina Pride, where he has worked for 14 years. Previously, Holton served as the vice president of sales and marketing and the director of branded product sales.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from the University of Florida and his MBA from the University of North Florida.

Building Construction Technology Program Purchases New Equipment

The Building Construction Technology (BCT) Department at Piedmont Technical College recently purchased a mini excavator with the help of federal Perkins money. “This will be a great training tool for the students because this is the type of equipment they will be using when they go out on the job site,” said Bobby Roche, program director for BCT. “Without the tools, you can’t teach effectively.” Pictured with the excavator are, from left: Chad Teague, director of facilities management; Tucker Threlkeld of Ninety Six; Dr.

PTC Student Receives Pearson Scholarship

Saluda resident Ashley Owens, an associate in science-honors and diversified agriculture student at Piedmont Technical College, has been awarded $5000 from The Pearson Scholarship for Higher Education. Through the partnership with the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, Pearson awards a total of 10 scholarships to exceptional community college students who are Phi Theta Kappa members and intend to continue their education at a four-year institution.

Piedmont Tech Pays Tribute to Veterans

Piedmont Technical College faculty and staff are coming together to pay tribute to armed forces veterans during a week of activities.

During the week of Nov. 9-13, the New Student Advising and Veterans Center will sponsor a variety of events to recognize and honor veterans in the community culminating with a presentation by retired Air Force Brigadier General Charles E. Fox, Jr. on Wednesday, Nov. 11.

Piedmont Technical College Signs Bridge Agreement with Presbyterian College

Piedmont Technical College and Presbyterian College recently signed an articulation agreement that will create a bridge program for students who would like to begin their studies at Piedmont Tech, and then transfer to Presbyterian College.

Automotive Club Assists Seniors with Safety Check

Piedmont Technical College's Full Throttle automotive club recently provided automotive safety checks at the Agency on Aging in Greenwood. Students checked fluid levels, brakes and tires at no charge. Pictured, automotive student Jason Cooley of Ninety Six, right, reviews his inspection with John Goodwin of Greenwood. The project allowed students to gain experience working with customers while providing a service to the community. 

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Program Preparing Skilled Technicians

Every private residence, business, industry and agency needs the skill of technicians trained in the installation, maintenance and repair of air conditioning, refrigeration and heating systems. Because these systems are increasing in complexity, skilled technicians are in continuous demand to keep them running at maximum capacity.

In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) is one of the top 50 fastest growing occupations--projected to grow by 23 percent in South Carolina alone.

PTC Kicks-off One Book, One College Series

Piedmont Technical College will kick off its One Book, One College series Nov. 2 with an introduction to this year’s spotlight novel, “The Things They Carried” by Tim O'Brien.

As a part of the college’s eighth annual One Book, One College series, the library will host weekly programs addressing the collection of short stories about the men of Alpha Company during the Vietnam War.  

Piedmont Tech HVAC Instructor Finds Enjoyment in Teaching

Electricity has always been in Wade Smith’s blood. It’s been passed down in his family over three generations. And he is sharing that knowledge with the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) technology students at Piedmont Technical College.  

Smith is the third-generation owner of Cullum Electric and Mechanical. He never had any questions of what he wanted to do. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Clemson University.


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