Greenwood County

Piedmont Tech Welcomes New Class of Presidential Ambassadors

Each year, Piedmont Technical College chooses some of its best and brightest to serve as Presidential Ambassadors. These students represent the college at campus functions, provide tours and speak about their experiences to potential students. This year’s select 13 are from a variety of backgrounds, representing many program areas and hometowns, but they all have one thing in common. They all echo a common message of gratitude for the impact Piedmont Tech has had on their lives, both personally and academically.

Piedmont Technical College to Hold Commencement December 13

Piedmont Technical College will be holding fall commencement exercises on Tuesday, Dec. 13. 

Commencement exercises will begin at 3 p.m. in the James Medford Family Event Center at Piedmont Technical College in Greenwood. 

Due to limited seating, tickets will be required for all guests attending the graduation ceremony. Each ticketholder, including children, will be entitled to one seat.

In recognition of Piedmont Technical College’s 50th anniversary, the commencement address will be presented by Dr. Jeremy Lord.

Greenwood District 50 Students Visit Piedmont Tech

Piedmont Technical College recently hosted a group of students from Greenwood District 50 who toured the Lex Walters Campus in Greenwood. Emerald Men Advancing and Changing History (EMACH) from Emerald High School and Greenwood Eagles Men of Success (GEMS) from Greenwood High School toured the various departments on campus from health sciences to welding and learned about the many opportunities available. Piedmont Tech, often a first choice for graduating high school seniors, encourages all interested students to visit the campus for a tour.

Benefactors and Community Leaders Honored by PTC Foundation

Benefactors and community leaders joined together at Piedmont Technical College recently to celebrate and toast the successes of the past year with the annual benefactors’ event.

Dr. Ray Brooks, president of PTC, welcomed those in attendance. The event was to honor Cornerstone Society members and benefactors who had contributed to the growth and success of the college.

Automotive Club Assists Seniors with Safety Check

Piedmont Technical College's Full Throttle automotive club recently provided automotive safety checks at the Piedmont Agency on Aging in Greenwood. Students checked fluid levels, brakes and tires at no charge. This is the second year for the outreach project. The project allowed students to gain experience working with customers while providing a service to the community. 

Academic Honor Students Recognized for 2016 Summer Term

Piedmont Technical College students who had outstanding academic accomplishments during the 2016 summer term 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:

Abbeville County - Timothy A. Cann, Richard A. Coleman and Jorge D. Ortega, all of Abbeville.

PTC Thanks Area Officials with BBQ

The Piedmont Technical College Area Commission recently hosted a barbecue dinner at Bermuda’s at The Links at Stoney Point, for local, state and federal legislators to raise awareness of PTC’s vital role in the workforce development of South Carolina’s Lakelands region. The event was attended by more than 100 people, including legislative officials, the Piedmont Technical College Area Commission, PTC Foundation Board members and members of the PTC faculty and staff.

PTC Respiratory Students Receive State Scholarship

Three Piedmont Technical College respiratory care students were recently recognized by the South Carolina Society of Respiratory Care (SCSRC) at their annual conference.

Lauren Babb of Bennettsville, Beckey Langford of Johnston and Madison Tellin of Ninety Six each received one of four $400 scholarships presented to students. The awards were based on either an original essay or a media presentation prepared by the applicant with subject matter that demonstrated clear relevance to the practice of respiratory care or the profession.   

Piedmont Tech Student Wins Writing Award

Piedmont Technical College student Pamela Anderson of Greenwood was recently recognized as the winner of the English department’s first annual writing contest. The writing contest honors excellent work by Piedmont Tech students in ENG 101 and ENG 102 courses. Anderson, an associate in arts major, was recognized for her personal essay “The Crack in My Life.” Pictured are, from left, Dr. Brad Griggs, dean of arts and sciences; Anderson; Dr. Jack Bagwell, vice president for academic affairs; and Rebecca Soppe, English instructor.    

Eaton Corporation Continues Support with Donation

Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation recently made a generous donation to the Piedmont Technical College Foundation. Attending the check presentation were, front from left, Chetna Mehra, human resource manager with Eaton Maxwell Avenue; Chelsey Steifle, human resources generalist with Eaton Hydraulics; Hugh Jones, human resources manager with Eaton Power; Brent Parris, plant manager with Eaton Hydraulics; Dr.


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