Special Initiatives


A Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), the CAREplan has been designed to promote success for students seeking careers in health care through the redesign of the advising process for these students.

Call Me Mister »

The Call Me MISTER program at PTC, in partnership with Clemson University is designed to increase the number of black male educators in our region's classrooms. The mission of the Call Me MISTER national initiative is to increase the pool of available teachers from diverse cultures and backgrounds to serve in economically disadvantaged and educationally at-risk communities.

MODELS Academy »

MODELS Academy is a holistic mentoring and personal development program that addresses the social, academic, career and cultural development of African American males in grades 4-12. Members of MODELS Academy are prepared to become mentors, advocates, and role models for the youth within their communities. In order to facilitate a successful transition into careers, and into roles of leadership within the community, the program provides a holistic curriculum designed around career exploration, academic preparation and college readiness, personal growth and community service

Strengthening Community College Training Grant

Piedmont Technical College, Aiken Technical College and Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College are the recipients of the Strengthening Community College Training Grant Round 3. This grant is dispersed by The U.S. Department of Labor and is a four-year grant worth $4, 987,461.00. The SCCT Grant funds will be used to form the Workforce Innovation Center for Accelerated Advanced Manufacturing and Nursing Pathways.

PTC, Aiken Tech, and OCtech formed a rural workforce development Consortium to apply for these grant funds. The three colleges are part of the sixteen-member South Carolina Technical College System (SCTCS) and share a common mission to further economic and workforce development across the state. As the Consortium’s largest institution, PTC will serve as the lead college and fiscal agent for the Consortium, which spans ten contiguous rural counties in South Carolina.

The purpose of the grant’s project is to address disparities in enrollment, completion, and placement among Female, Black, and economically disadvantaged students in Advanced Manufacturing and Nursing. Key activities for the Strengthening Community College Training Grant will be to hire a Retention Counselor whose job it is to support students as they navigate through the college experience. The grant will also provide the funding for each of the participating colleges to hire a Nursing instructor to increase the number of instructors needed to teach the anticipated influx of more nursing students. The grant is also providing the funding for each campus to have a mobile lab that will be utilized throughout their regions to serve various stakeholders.

The grant award began March 1, 2023.

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