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  • Special Initiatives Show Community College is for Everyone

    Special Initiatives Show Community College is for Everyone

    April 19, 2018

    For the most fortunate Americans, attending college is a given. But for far too many, the barriers to a college education can be wide and vast. A number of community and technical colleges ― including Piedmont Technical College (PTC) ― have special initiatives designed for those who face the most daunting challenges.

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  • PTC to Showcase Training Opportunities in Advanced Manufacturing on April 30

    PTC Showcase to Highlight Training for Careers in Advanced Manufacturing

    April 18, 2018

    The rise of the machines in our state’s growing advanced manufacturing industry is nothing to fear. In fact, it’s actually creating thousands of well-paying jobs for individuals with the right qualifications. Piedmont Technical College (PTC) invites those interested in learning about training programs for a range of careers in advanced manufacturing to a special showcase at its state-of-the-art Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CAM) in Laurens on Monday, April 30, at 6 p.m.

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  • Piedmont Tech Team Honored for its Work Ethic Skills (WES) Program

    PTC Team Honored for Work Ethic Skills Curriculum

    April 18, 2018

    In past years, the term for a full complement of behaviors surrounding workplace integrity and productivity was “soft skills.” After a comprehensive study, Piedmont Technical College took up the challenge to form a Work Ethic Skills (WES) team, which developed a pilot system to integrate WES training into the curriculum of selected courses. That team ― comprised of PTC Humanities Department Head and Spanish Instructor Jennifer Lopes, Welding Instructor Tony Amos, English Instructor Rebecca Soppe, Associate Dean of Students David Rosenbaum, Computer Technology Instructor Coronicca Oliver, and Cardiovascular Technology Instructor Laura Boone ― has been selected as PTC’s Innovation Team of the Year for 2018.

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  • Rusty Denning Named Innovator of the Year at PTC

    Rusty Denning Named Innovator of the Year

    April 18, 2018

    You may call him a dreamer, but he’s not the only one. Rusty Denning thinks big when it comes to creating opportunities for people to excel in careers that need them. The associate vice president for economic development and continuing education at Piedmont Technical College is gregarious, determined, and unrelentingly focused on the prize ― meeting the most critical needs of students and employers. His commitment and creativity are key reasons the PTC Area Commission has named Denning its A. Wade Martin Innovator of the Year for 2018.

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  • Abbeville Campus Showcase April 24 to Spotlight Newest Mechatronics Careers

    Abbeville Showcase to Spotlight Latest Mechatronics Careers

    April 18, 2018

    The rise of the machines in our state’s growing advanced manufacturing industry is nothing to fear. In fact, it’s actually creating thousands of well-paying jobs for individuals with the right qualifications. Piedmont Technical College (PTC) invites those interested in learning about training programs for careers in mechatronics to a special showcase at its Abbeville County Campus on Tuesday, April 24, at 6 p.m.

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  • Technical College Offers Wide Range of Promising Career Path Options

    Technical College Offers Wide Range of Promising Career Path Options

    April 11, 2018

    The evidence is indisputable. Individuals who have completed at least some college fare better in terms of employment and earnings than those with only a high school diploma.

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  • $1.5 Million Grant Benefits Planned Upstate Center for Manufacturing Excellence

    $1.5 Million Grant Benefits Planned Upstate Center for Manufacturing Excellence

    April 10, 2018

    A $1.5 million federal grant announced March 28 by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA, a department of the Department of Commerce) will provide essential gears in the funding machine that will bring to fruition Piedmont Technical College’s planned William H. “Billy” O’Dell Upstate Center for Manufacturing Excellence (UCME) on the Lex Walters campus in Greenwood.

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  • Study: Workplace Skills Gap Most Profound in Health Care Fields

    Skills Gap Most Profound in Health Care Fields

    April 5, 2018

    A study by Burning Glass Technologies and published last month by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce found the country’s most profound workplace skills gaps exist in health care occupations. “This is particularly true among higher-skill practitioner roles where openings exceed available workers by more than 40 percent,” the study, titled Different Skills, Different Gaps, noted. “This is by far the most dramatically expanding skills gap in our research.”

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  • New PTC Associate VP Keenly Focused on Needs of Students

    New PTC Associate VP Darrin Campen Focused on Student Needs

    April 3, 2018

    It’s only logical that a former psychology teacher might unconsciously invoke Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs when describing priorities for his new role as associate vice president for academic affairs at Piedmont Technical College (PTC). First and foremost, Dr. Darrin Campen is focused on the needs of more than 4,000 students across seven campuses. Related partnerships with high schools and diverse industries bring needs management to an even more complex level.

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  • PTC to Unveil New Lab and Training Space in Laurens County

    PTC to Unveil New Space at Center for Advanced Manufacturing in Laurens County

    March 28, 2018

    Piedmont Technical College’s Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CAM) in Laurens County cordially invites members of the community and the media to tour new labs and an additional 4,800 square feet of flexible training space recently completed at its high-tech training facility at 109 Innovation Drive in Laurens. The Phase III construction unveiling will take place at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, April 5, from 5-7 p.m.

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