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  • Partnership Gives SC Vocational Rehabilitation a Consistent Presence on Greenwood Campus

    PTC Enrollment Center in Greenwood.

    August 16, 2018

    In its ongoing mission to optimize access to education in its seven-county service area, Piedmont Technical College has forged a partnership with the SC Vocational Rehabilitation Department (VR) that provides access on the Lex Walters Campus-Greenwood to provide on-site counseling, eligibility determination and consultation for individuals living with impairments ranging from minor hearing loss to debilitating brain injury. Many of these impairments are not immediately visible, such as ADHD, diabetes and emotional disorders.

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  • Attitude is Everything for PTC Student Living with Cerebral Palsy

    Dillon Greenway

    August 15, 2018

    Dillon Greenway is only 21, but he’s already had a lot of work done. By “work,” Greenway refers to the many surgeries he’s endured over his young life to manage physical difficulties presented by cerebral palsy (CP). The Piedmont Technical College (PTC) student is pretty recognizable on campus, partly because of the rolling walker that he uses to help him get around, but mostly by the sunshine that seems to follow him in attitude and spirit.

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  • PTC Alumnus Drew Jeffries Climbing the Construction Industry Ladder

    Drew Jeffries

    August 9, 2018

    Piedmont Tech graduate Drew Jeffries is rapidly climbing the rungs of the construction industry ladder. Columbia-based McCrory Construction Company promoted Jeffries to assistant project manager. His newest project is the construction of an assisted-living facility in North Carolina. He credits excellent training at Piedmont Technical College (PTC) for much of his success.

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  • Global Manufacturer Picks Piedmont Tech Facility in Laurens as U.S. Training Site

    ABB Robotics Chooses PTC as National Training Site

    August 7, 2018

    It started quietly at first. A low buzz, numerous meetings, contract development and ― finally ― the arrival of the first three IRB 140 robots to the Piedmont Technical College (PTC) Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CAM) in Laurens. This spring marked the official launch of a partnership between PTC and ABB, a leading supplier of industrial robots that serves 53 countries around the world.

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  • Graduating Veteran Chose PTC to Reinvent Herself for the Third Time

    Willette Wright and Ryan Shelton-Benson meet at Saluda Campus

    August 1, 2018

    Even if you have a desk job in an Army infantry unit, you still have to run long distances and march for hours in combat boots carrying heavy gear. Willette Wright knows all too well what it takes. She served eight years as an administrative specialist in the Army. And her feet felt every mile of it. Today the disabled veteran works in a warehouse near her tiny home town of Ridge Spring. For the past three years, she also has been the enthusiastic, 50-something lady sitting alongside students half her age in classes at Piedmont Technical College’s Saluda County Campus.

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  • Going With the Flow at Menardi in Edgefield County

    Menardi Chooses PTC for Apprenticeship Partnership

    July 31, 2018

    Navigating a sometimes turbulent marketplace requires vision, experience ― and the right balance to stabilize the ship. Management at Menardi Filter Elements in Edgefield County realized that sailing along the same way as always only brings the same results. All the while, their competitors were changing tack in the midst of an approaching sea change. Company officials saw apprenticeship, in partnership with Piedmont Technical College, as an opportunity to secure training and update employee skills at a significantly lower cost while, at the same time, instigating a progressive shift in mindset.

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  • Piedmont Tech Prepares for Summer Graduations

    PTC Summer Graduation is August 2

    July 24, 2018

    Piedmont Technical College (PTC) will hold two summer commencement exercises on Thursday, August 2. An afternoon ceremony for Agriculture, Arts & Sciences, Business, Computer Technology, Engineering/Industrial Technology, and Nursing graduates will take place at 3 p.m. An evening ceremony for Health Science graduates will be held at 7 p.m. Both commencements will take place in the James Medford Family Event Center on PTC’s Lex Walters Campus-Greenwood.

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  • PTC Graduate Rises to Position as Magistrate Judge

    PTC Graduate Today is a Magistrate Judge

    July 23, 2018

    Petite but powerful, Christina Pope had no trouble handling suspects twice her size as a former Richland County Sheriff’s Deputy. And today, the Piedmont Technical College graduate is making an equally strong impression in the courtroom as a Richland County magistrate judge.

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  • Ahead of the Curve on ‘Protect and Serve’

    PTC Criminal Justice Program Provides Solid Career Foundation

    July 20, 2018

    The ability to effectively protect and serve the public takes a special type of individual, someone with both empathy and acute critical thinking skills, someone with moral conviction and respect for the rule of law. Piedmont Technical College’s associate in applied science (AAS) degree with a major in criminal justice offers a solid foundation that graduates can take immediately into entry-level public service work or build on by transferring into more advanced studies at a four-year institution.

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  • Many in PTC Region May Qualify for Free Tuition Through SC Promise Scholarship

    SC Promise Scholarships Now Available in PTC Service Area

    July 18, 2018

    If you blinked while lawmakers returned to Columbia last month to finalize the state budget, you might have missed it. But one particular provision passed as part of the 2018-19 budget is a VERY BIG DEAL for high school graduates from the following public school districts served by Piedmont Technical College (PTC) ― Abbeville, Laurens 55, Laurens 56, McCormick and Saluda. Individuals who graduated or received their GED in these counties from 2013 through 2018 and wish to pursue a certificate, diploma, or associate degree may be eligible for up to $2,000 in scholarship funding annually through the SC Promise Scholarship program.

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