Student and Alumni Profiles

Piedmont Technical College students come from wide-ranging backgrounds—from first time college students, to four-year college graduates coming back to school to learn a new skill. But they’re united in their drive to improve their lives through education. These are a few of their stories.

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    Cory Nickles

    Mechanical Engineering Technology Major
    Graduation Date: May 2014
    Currently: Sealed Air

    Cory Nickles is always up for a challenge. So, the engineering technology programs at Piedmont Technical College were perfect for him.

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  • Michelle Burns

    Associate Degree Nursing Major
    Graduation Date: May 2017

    For Newberry resident Michelle Burns, becoming a nurse has been a dream since childhood. But like many Piedmont Technical College students, she had to delay that dream until later in life.

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  • abby pilgrim

    Abby Pilgrim

    Transfer Degree Major

    Abby Pilgrim knows exactly what she wants to do with her future. And she knows the dual enrollment classes she took through Piedmont Technical College will help her get there.

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  • gracie herrin

    Gracie Herrin

    Transfer Degree Major

    Gracie Herrin has big plans for her future. And she’s taking the steps now to prepare her for success.

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    Kenneth McDaniel

    Building Construction Technology Major
    Graduation Date: May 2017

    In May, Kenneth McDaniel prepared to walk across the graduation stage at Piedmont Technical College to complete a journey that he was not always sure was possible when he decided to get his degree.

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  • Nicholas Blackwell

    Nicholas Blackwell

    Cardiovascular Technology Major
    Graduation Date: August 2015
    Currently: Self Regional Healthcare

    When Nicholas Blackwell decided to attend Piedmont Technical College to receive training that would prepare him for career, he was not completely sure what direction to take.

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    Melissa Raugh

    Massage Therapy Major
    Graduation Date: August 2016
    Currently: StillWaters Natural Wellness Spa

    Melissa Raugh knows that just because you put your dreams on hold doesn’t mean you can’t achieve them.

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  • Wesley Allen

    Computer Technology Major
    Graduation Date: 2010
    Currently: Self Regional Healthcare

    Allen was connected to an internship that led to a career in computer technology at Self Regional Healthcare.

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  • Abigail Hershberger

    Associate Degree Nursing Major

    From an early age, Abigail Hershberger knew she was gravitating to a career in health care. She read a lot and would find anything she could get her hands on that contained medical subject matter. She was also the oldest of 10 children and often found herself slipping into the role of caretaker when it came to her younger siblings. These factors were key points along her path to becoming a Piedmont Technical College nursing student.

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  • Precious Logan

    Precious Logan

    Respiratory Care Major
    Graduation Date: August 2014
    Currently: Self Regional Healthcare

    Precious Logan always dreamed of a career in health care. She wanted to help people.

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