Edgefield County

Massage Therapy Is Putting Touch Back into Health Care

An interest in health and wellness, a solid understanding of how the human body works and a desire to help people are the perfect combination for a successful career in massage therapy.

And right now, massage therapy is one of the fastest growing career fields in the nation.

“Massage therapists provide maintenance in a world that is structured for stress,” said Michelle Liggett, massage therapy program director and instructor.  “We provide a release, both mentally and physically.”

Graduate Finds Enjoyment in Engineering Technology

Cory Nickles is always up for a challenge. So, the engineering technology programs at Piedmont Technical College were perfect for him.

Nickles graduated from Greenwood High School in 1996 and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. After his tour was over, he left the Corps because he didn’t want to continually relocate his children.

“I didn’t want to be gone their entire childhood,” he said.

Then September 11 happened and Nickles joined the National Guard.

Scholarship Recipients, Donors Recognized at Luncheon

Scholarships were presented to students and donors were recognized at the recent scholarship luncheon.

Scholarship Luncheon Honors Donors, Recipients

Scholarships were presented to students and donors were recognized at the recent scholarship luncheon.

Matters of the Heart: Cardiovascular Technology Jobs are on the Rise

There are many rewarding careers in health care, but few are as in-demand as those positions related to heart health. The need for professionals in heart-related fields is due to the high rate of heart disease in the nation.

In fact, according the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), one in every six health care dollars in the nation is spent on treating heart disease. The CDC also reports that heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States and a major cause of disability.

PTC Provides Summer Guidance Institute to Area Counselors

Piedmont Technical College (PTC) recently hosted the third annual Summer Guidance Institute, a week-long program designed to connect school counselors in PTC's region with the college's academic programs, local employers, and with economic developers to develop a better understanding of how education and workforce development fit together in our region.

Piedmont Tech Presents A Night of Hope

Piedmont Technical College is hosting a new community outreach event to connect area agencies with those in need.

A Night of Hope will be Thursday, June 29 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Medford Family Event Center on the Lex Walters Campus-Greenwood.

“We’ve been looking at non-traditional students and trying to see what issues they face that have kept them from enrolling in college,” said Darlene Saxon, admissions counselor. “We found there were many barriers.”

Donors, Recipients Honored at Scholarship Luncheon

Scholarships were presented to students and donors were recognized at the recent scholarship luncheon.

Piedmont Technical College student and McCormick resident Sylvia Adams, right, was recently awarded the Lucille Brooks Memorial Scholarship at the college’s annual scholarship luncheon. Adams, a medical assisting student, is congratulated by Dr. Ray Brooks, president of Piedmont Tech. This scholarship, established to honor the memory of Lucille Brooks, is available to a single parent showing financial need and academic achievement.

 

Piedmont Tech Ties in with Yellow Ribbon to Make Veterans’ Tuition Affordable

College is going to be more affordable for veterans in the area thanks to a new initiative at Piedmont Technical College.

Piedmont Tech was recently accepted into the Yellow Ribbon Program by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The program allows schools to cover any tuition expenses for veterans that are not already covered by the Post 9/11 GI Bill. The VA will match PTC dollar-for-dollar in covering the additional expenses.

Piedmont Tech Responds to Local Demand for HVACR Installers

Although the official beginning of summer is June 21, local residents have already had their air conditioners running for several weeks. Piedmont Technical College recently expanded its offerings to make sure everyone can continue to beat the heat.

PTC added a certificate program for HVACR installers. HVACR stands for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration. The program, which starts this fall, will prepare students for an entry-level job in the field, according to Bill Cockrell, HVAC program coordinator at Piedmont Tech.

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