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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    Braden Iusti

    Diversified Agriculture Major

    For anyone looking into a career in agriculture, Iusti strongly recommends they look to the diversified agriculture program at Piedmont Tech. “It’s the only program of its kind in the state and the instructors will let you know that you are capable of being successful,” he said. “The amount of hands-on experience you get in the program is unbelievable.”

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    Lanina Goode

    Associate Degree Nursing Major

    “With Piedmont Tech, it’s like a family here,” she said. “You get to know the faculty and staff and that makes you feel more comfortable about going to school. When you feel comfortable, it tends to show in your study habits and your grades. When that happens, you graduate and you can succeed in your chosen career.”

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    Darren Jones

    Funeral Service Major
    Graduation Date: August 2010
    Currently: Terry Funeral Home, Philadelphia

    Jones graduated from Piedmont Technical College in August 2010 with his associate degree in funeral service education. He knew from a young age that it was what he wanted to do. “Being an embalmer or a funeral director, if you take it seriously, is somewhat of a calling,” Jones said. “You know early on if you’re going to do something like that.”

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    Eddie Brown

    Respiratory Care Major
    Graduation Date: May 2007
    Currently: Respiratory Therapist, Greenville

    Eddie Brown feels that respiratory care is not just his job, it’s a career. And he loves every minute of it.

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    Kevin Jenkins

    Funeral Service Major
    Graduation Date: May 2008
    Currently: Funeral Director, Saint Matthews

    As a first-generation mortician, Kevin Jenkins gets a lot of questions about his chosen profession. He responds that this is something he feels he has to do. “I look at this as a career and I have a passion for it,” Jenkins said.

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    Jennifer Scott

    Massage Therapy Major
    Graduation Date: August 2010
    Currently: Piedmont Medical Massage

    “This program is so essential and so rewarding that it has changed my life and helped me grow,” Scott said. “It is an awesome feeling to come back from those things that slowed me down through massage and these are the things I want to give to the public.”

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    Melissa Waters

    Veterinary Technology Major
    Currently: Upstate Veterinary Specialists

    Melissa Waters has discovered that sometimes you need to follow your heart to discover your passion. She came to Piedmont Technical College for the radiologic technology program, but has found her calling with the veterinary technology program.

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    Patrick Campbell

    Graduation Date: May 2007
    Currently: Abbeville Computer Service

    Patrick Campbell is in high demand in Abbeville. The owner and operator of Abbeville Computer Service is finding that he stays busy meeting the needs of local residents and businesses.

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    Jamie Cline-Bowman

    Funeral Service Major
    Graduation Date: August 2011
    Currently: The Plastinarium, Germany

    Cline-Bowman graduated from Piedmont Technical College in August 2011 with her associate degree in funeral service education. On the day she graduated, she received an invitation from von Hagens to become an intern at The Plastinarium in Guben, Germany. “This has been a dream come true for me,” Cline-Bowman said. “I can't believe that I’ve been able to work with the best plastinaters in the world.”

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    Willie Washington

    Associate Degree Nursing Major

    Washington came to Newberry after serving 30 years in the United States Marine Corps. He served as a teacher, drill instructor, served in combat situations, implemented new computer systems and worked on the Presidential military staff under President Clinton. Upon retirement, he looked into several options for a new career.

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