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Students enrolled at Piedmont Technical College in Laurens will soon be able to complete their associate degree in less time.
Beginning in Fall 2014, students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university can earn an Associate in Arts degree in one year.
“We want to give high-achieving students an option that will get them to a four-year college or university at a faster rate,” said Jennifer Wilbanks, associate vice president for academic affairs and off-campus.
Students at Piedmont Technical College recently headed back to class. Interested students still have time to enroll for Late Term, which begins September 26.
Abbeville resident Khree Greene, an associate degree nursing student, right, receives assistance from financial aid specialist Carolyn Kelley.
The Cardiovascular Technology program at Piedmont Technical College recently received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), becoming the only associate degree cardiovascular technology program accredited in the state.
“The accreditation is a testament to the quality of the Cardiovascular Technology program at Piedmont Technical College,” said Jerry Alewine, dean of health science.
Kathryn White, an adjunct instructor at Piedmont Technical College, has been awarded the first annual Adjunct Faculty Teaching Excellence Award.
Recent graduates of Piedmont Technical College’s associate degree nursing and practical nursing programs at the Lex Walters campus were recognized in a pinning ceremony in August.
At Piedmont Technical College’s recent summer commencement exercises, outstanding students from each of the college’s seven supporting counties were honored for academic achievement.
The James Medford Family Event Center at Piedmont Technical College welcomed more than 375 Piedmont Technical College graduates for two commencement ceremonies to celebrate their accomplishments.
Dr. Ray Brooks, president, welcomed graduates, family and guests to celebrate the accomplishments of the graduates.
The College Preparatory division at Piedmont Technical College has introduced a new method of teaching math, called the Emporium method, that is producing a success rate nearly twice that of the national average.
“At PTC, student success has always been our primary concern,” said Lisa Martin, dean. “As our enrollment continues to grow at PTC, we have to look at new ways to deliver instruction to a very diverse population.”
Piedmont Technical College will be holding two summer commencement exercises on August 8.
Commencement exercises will begin at 3 p.m. for business and information technology, industrial and engineering technology graduates. A 7 p.m. ceremony will be held for Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, health science and nursing graduates. Both commencement exercises will be held in the James Medford Family Event Center at Piedmont Technical College in Greenwood.
Through a new program at Piedmont Technical College called Call Me MISTER, the college is taking action to address a problem of national proportions.
“The Call Me MISTER program is an initiative to promote careers in education for African American males,” said Steve Coleman, director of Project Genesis. “There is a large gap in the number of African American men in the classroom.”