Greenwood County

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.

 

Ware Shoals Grad Readies for College with Dual Enrollment

Abby Pilgrim knows exactly what she wants to do with her future. And she knows the dual enrollment classes she took through Piedmont Technical College will help her get there.

The 2017 Ware Shoals High School graduate plans to head to Lander University in the fall. Her goal is to complete her bachelor’s degree in biology before moving on to the University of South Carolina for medical school. She has plans to become a pediatrician.

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.

Scholarships Presented at Luncheon

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

Piedmont Technical College student and Anderson resident Alissa Gambrell, left, was recently awarded The Links at Stoney Point PTC Golf Classic Scholarship. Gambrell, an associate degree nursing student, is congratulated by Josh Black, associate vice president for enrollment and communications. The scholarship is funded through an annual golf tournament held each spring and selection is based on academic achievement and financial need. 

 

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.

NHC of Greenwood and Laurens Aid Nursing Program at PTC

National Health Care (NHC) of Greenwood and NHC of Laurens recently made a generous donation to the Nursing program at Piedmont Technical College to assist with education in the field of geriatrics. Pictured at the check presentation are, from left, Dr. Ray Brooks, PTC president; Renee Tinsley, director of nursing at NHC; Fran Wiley, assistant vice president for development with the PTC Foundation; Rickie Shearer, administrator at NHC Laurens; and Rick Sellars, administrator at NHC Greenwood.

Piedmont Tech Adds Two New Certificate Programs for Aspiring IT Pros

It seems every day there is a new report of computer hacking or system problems at a major company or organization. Piedmont Technical College is doing its part to prepare local workers to navigate an increasingly complex world of information technology challenges.

PTC is introducing two new certificate programs for the fall semester. The Certified IT Professional certificate prepares students to take national certification exams offered by Microsoft, CompTIA and others. The Cybersecurity certificate prepares students to protect IT systems from attack.

The New Face of Drafting is Technology

The drafting table still shapes the public perception of what engineering design professionals do in manufacturing, architecture and other job sectors. These workers are still called drafters. But within their field, vast changes in technology have transformed the way they design and produce things.

These changes have led to a process that is almost fully computerized, requiring drafters to have a high level of training across various software and hardware platforms. At Piedmont Technical College, that training starts in the Engineering Design Technology program.

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