Greenwood County

The Importance of Lottery Tuition Assistance

It's been well reported in recent years that a college education, or, at a minimum, some career-specific training after high school is going to become mandatory for the kinds of jobs that pay a livable wage.

To a large extent, this is already the case, and study after study indicates that this trend is only going to speed up.

Scholarships Make Education a Reality for PTC Students

The Piedmont Technical College Foundation recently awarded more than $136,000 in scholarships to 173 students at the college's annual scholarship luncheon.

The PTC Foundation supports the college's priority of ensuring access to high-quality, affordable education by providing more than 80 unique scholarships each year for new and continuing students.

PTC Hosts Workforce Opportunity Summit

Speakers from Piedmont Technical College (PTC), the Greenwood Partnership Alliance, the South Carolina Technical College System (SCTCS), Upper Savannah Council of Governments, SC Vocational Rehabilitation, Goodwill Industries and ZF Transmissions recently collaborated to present an overview of Youth and Adult Apprenticeship opportunities to a group that included representation from Greenwood County school districts and the business community.

Piedmont Tech Going ‘Soft’ to Teach Students How to Work Hard

It’s one thing to know how to do a particular job. It’s another thing to know how to work.

Piedmont Technical College is making sure students acquire these key “soft” skills along with technical and academic knowledge through its Work Ethics Skills program.

Currently in its pilot stages, WES is being introduced to mechatronics classes on the Greenwood, Laurens and Newberry campuses. Faculty will be incorporating concepts such as attitude, listening and punctuality into regular coursework and assessing students on how they perform.

Kinard Named PTC Innovator of the Year

Zeolean Frick Kinard, director of Institutional Reporting at Piedmont Technical College, has been named the 2017 PTC Innovator of the Year by the PTC Area Commission.

"It's an honor to be recognized," Kinard said. "I'm a part of a great team, and I think this is really a reflection on the work we all do here at PTC."

Martha B. Williams Family Contributes to Scholarship Endowment

Members of the Martha B. Williams family recently made a contribution to the scholarship awarded annually in her name to a deserving student. As a result of their generosity and cumulative contributions in support of the college, the Martha B. Williams Scholarship has moved to Patron status on the Foundation’s Wall of Honor. Pictured in front of the Piedmont Technical College Foundation’s Wall of Honor are, from left, Brenda Brooks, development coordinator with the PTC Foundation; Elnita Lipford Williams and Rev. Dr. John L. Williams, Mrs. Williams daughter-in-law and son. 

Teen Tech Provides Summer Options for Teens

Piedmont Technical College is offering an exciting slate of programs for youth this summer. From aviation to photography, there are a wide variety of different, fun and exciting programs. Get hands-on with future agents in training, mechatronics and automotive technology programs or put your imagination and creativity to work through baking, drawing and sewing offerings.

Kids’ College Provides Summer Options for Younger Children

Young people looking for something different, fun and exciting to do this summer will find several options available from Piedmont Technical College. From electronics to tiaras, a variety of camps and summer programs are available for everyone. Get hands-on with our Digitech, Aviation Expedition and Junior Dessert Designer programs. Put your imagination and creativity to work through our drawing, painting and sewing offerings.

PTC Student Receives Gunsmithing Scholarship

Piedmont Technical College gunsmithing student Dakota Potts has been awarded $3000 from The American Pistolsmiths Guild. The scholarship is designed to help top notch gunsmithing students financially and professionally. The scholarship provides an initial $1,500 plus another $1,500 from Brownells, a leading source for gun parts and accessories, ammunition, gunsmithing tools and survival gear. The scholarship is available to students in the final half of their course of study and in the top 10 percent of their class.

PTC Student Completes Machine Tool Program and High School Simultaneously

Caleb Boatwright looks like your typical teenager. He’s a soft-spoken guy who has the typical friends that he hangs out with each day. He will graduate in the spring from Greenwood High School. He doesn’t seem to be extraordinary.

Until you realize he will also be a 2017 graduate of Piedmont Technical College.

Boatwright was on track to complete his high school education in his junior year of high school. But he looked to the future and decided to stay and get a jump start on his college education by enrolling in dual enrollment classes at Piedmont Tech.


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