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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    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    With the exception of a couple of labs, Hershberger was able to complete the majority of the coursework needed to enter the nursing program completely online. “If it hadn’t been for the online courses that PTC has to offer, I wouldn’t have been able to start when I did and I wouldn’t be as far along in my degree as I am now,” she said.

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    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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    Jason White

    Mechatronics Technology Major
    Graduation Date: August 2014

    Jason White tried to avoid the family business. But, he found out it was in his blood.

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