Abbeville County

Cybersecurity: Virtual Crime-Fighting, Real-World Rewards

This academic year, Piedmont Technical College launched a new cybersecurity program to fill a growing need for this skill set in information and computer technology professions.

“We do a lot of research to stay on the cutting edge,” said Lesley Price, information technology department head. “The new cybersecurity program came out of those efforts. Anyone can look at the news headlines to see the growing need for these skills.”

Academic Honor Students Recognized for 2016 Fall Semester

Piedmont Technical College students who had outstanding academic accomplishments during the 2016 fall semester have earned inclusion on the President’s List. To be named to the list, students must be full time and earn a term GPA of 4.00. Students will receive a certificate of achievement signed by the college president.

President’s List students include:

Abbeville County - James E. Allison, II, Jessica L. Bowie, Timothy A. Cann, Nicholas L. Manley and Jorge D. Ortega, all of Abbeville; and Shelby L. Devenney of Calhoun Falls.

Piedmont Tech Awarded Grant for New Job Readiness Program

Piedmont Technical College has received the State Workforce Development Board’s (SWDB) Apprenticeships for Priority Populations Grant which will help cover tuition costs for the first two steps of the college’s new “Ready to Work” program. SWDB awarded the college $100,000 to implement apprenticeship opportunities for individuals with barriers to employment.

Continuing Education Staff Members Receive Recognition

Two members of Piedmont Technical College’s Economic Development and Continuing Education division have been recognized for their outstanding work by the South Carolina Association for Higher Continuing Education (SCAHCE).

Dave Wittig, instructor, was named Outstanding Continuing Education Instructor and Lisa Bartanus, corporate training director, received the John J. Duffy Scholarship Award.

“It’s nice to be recognized for all the hard work and wanting to do a good job,” said Wittig.

PTC Awards Presidential Medallions at Commencement Exercises

Piedmont Technical College president Dr. Ray Brooks, back right, honored eight college associates and community leaders with the Presidential Medallion, the institution’s most prestigious award, at PTC’s recent fall commencement exercises. Pictured with Brooks accepting the Presidential Medallions were, front from left, Lisa Bartanus, corporate training director; Alesia Brown, associate vice president of human resources; Thelma Woody, Area Commission Abbeville County; and Dr. Jeremy Lord, retired chairman of Paskill Stapleton & Lord.

Outstanding Students Honored at PTC Graduation

At Piedmont Technical College’s recent fall commencement exercises, outstanding students from each of the college’s seven supporting counties were honored for academic achievement. 

 

Piedmont Technical College Recognizes Fall Graduates

The James Medford Family Event Center at Piedmont Technical College was the setting for the culmination of many dreams for the nearly 250 Piedmont Technical College graduates who took center stage.

Dr. Ray Brooks, president, welcomed graduates, family and guests to celebrate the accomplishments of the graduates.

Associate Degree Nursing Students Honored at Pinning Ceremony

Recent graduates of Piedmont Technical College’s associate degree nursing program at the Lex Walters Campus-Greenwood were recognized in a pinning ceremony in December. 

 

Piedmont Technical College Launching New Job Readiness Program

Starting in January, Piedmont Technical College is launching a new program titled “Ready to Work” that is designed to help individuals overcome challenges that may prevent them from finding jobs. The program will provide training for well paid, highly skilled careers in manufacturing.

“We are very excited about this new program,” said Rusty Denning, Associate VP for Economic Development and Continuing Education. “We hope it will help members of our community get back to work and fill the workforce needs of area employers.”

Brooks to stay on as Piedmont Tech President

Dr. Ray Brooks, president of Piedmont Technical College, has announced that he will postpone his retirement plans as he continues work on several key initiatives involving the college.

One of these initiatives—a project that has been in the planning stages for some time—is the college’s new Upstate Center for Manufacturing Excellence which was made possible when the citizens of Greenwood County voted to pass the Capital Project Sales Tax ballot measure by a large margin in November. 

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