Greenwood County

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.

Piedmont Technical College Honors Graduates during Commencement

The James Medford Family Event Center at Piedmont Technical College welcomed more than 300 Piedmont Technical College graduates for two commencement ceremonies to celebrate their accomplishments.

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

PTC Graduate Carves Out a New Future for Himself

In May, Kenneth McDaniel prepared to walk across the graduation stage at Piedmont Technical College to complete a journey that he was not always sure was possible when he decided to get his degree.

“I won’t lie, I was scared to death that I would not be able to do this,” he said of his decision.

Piedmont Tech Students Win Writing Award

Piedmont Technical College has announced the winners of the English department’s annual writing contest. The writing contest honors excellent work by Piedmont Tech students in ENG 101 and ENG 102 courses in two categories – Non-Fiction and About Literature. Pictured are, from left, Rebecca Soppe, English instructor; Anna Grace Cox, a Ninety Six High School dual enrollment student; Shania Anderson, an Emerald High School dual enrollment student; and Dr. Jack Bagwell, vice president for academic affairs.    

Tau Alpha Pi Inducts New Members

Eight new members were recently inducted into the Tau Alpha Pi National Honor Society at Piedmont Technical College. Tau Alpha Pi is the national honor society for engineering technology, just as Phi Beta Kappa is for liberal arts and Tau Beta Pi is for engineering. Founded in 1953 and managed for more than 30 years by engineering technology educator Frederick J. Berger, Tau Alpha Pi is open to both associate-degree and baccalaureate candidates.

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