Greenwood County

Piedmont Tech Hosts Business and Industry Showcase

Greenwood Partnership Alliance in association with Piedmont Technical College recently held the inaugural Greenwood County Business and Industry Showcase, which featured more than 20 Greenwood industries that provided information to approximately 1500 area 10th and 11th graders, as well as seniors from the G. Frank Russell Technology Center. The showcase was hosted in the James Medford Family Event Center at Piedmont Tech.

Daulton Earns Place on Wall of Honor

Piedmont Technical College’s Foundation recently recognized Judy Daulton for her cumulative contributions in support of the college. Her recent establishment of the Judy Daulton Accounting Scholarship resulted in earning the recognition of Patron on the PTC Foundation’s Wall of Honor which recognizes donors to the college. Pictured in front of the Wall of Honor are, from left, Dr. Ray Brooks, president of Piedmont Technical College; Daulton; and Fran Wiley, assistant vice president of development with the Piedmont Technical College Foundation.

Automotive Technology Instructor an Old Car Guy with New Ideas

While his email address says he’s an Old Car Guy, Don Gaskin has some new ideas for the automotive technology program at Piedmont Technical College.  

Gaskin grew up tinkering with cars. When he graduated from high school in 1974, he went to work, thinking he didn’t need a college education to get a good job. But after training the third person in five years who became his supervisor, he knew he needed to move on to something more fulfilling.

Academic Honor Students Recognized for 2015 Summer Term

Piedmont Technical College students who had outstanding academic accomplishments during the 2015 summer term have earned inclusion on the President’s List. To be named to the list, students must be full time and earn a term GPA of 4.00. Students will receive a certificate of achievement signed by the college president.

President’s List students include:

Abbeville County - Christopher E. Glisson of Abbeville.

Anderson County - Broch E. Travis of Anderson.

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.

Greenwood County Business and Industry Showcase Coming to PTC

Piedmont Technical College is working with the Greenwood Partnership Alliance to host the Greenwood County Business & Industry Showcase on Tuesday, Sept. 22 and Wednesday, Sept. 23.

The event will connect area 10th and 11th graders, as well as seniors from the G. Frank Russell Technology Center with company representatives from local manufacturers and major industries. Students will learn about the training and education requirements needed to succeed in a number of in-demand, high-paying jobs offered by companies in the Greenwood area.

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.

Eaton Corporation Continues Support of Engineering Education with Donation

Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation recently made a generous $50,000 donation to the Piedmont Technical College Foundation. 

“We’re proud to support Piedmont Technical College’s engineering technology programs,” said Rick Todd, plant manager of Eaton's Emerald Road facility. “Our contribution will help our community’s students succeed academically today, and in the workplace later on.” 


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