Greenwood County

Students Honored at Awards Ceremony

At Piedmont Technical College’s 43rd annual Student Awards and Recognition Program, president Dr. Ray Brooks applauded the achievements of more than 40 student leaders.  The ceremony attracted students, faculty, staff, friends and family members.

New PTC Class Addresses Growing Demand for Registered Behavior Technicians

Responding to community needs, Piedmont Technical College has introduced a new class for registered behavior technicians (RBT).

The RBT course began in March and runs for approximately 12 weeks. Two dozen students signed up, a strong turnout for a first-time continuing education class, according to Piedmont Tech’s Kassie Hall.

“The class is great for anyone who is working with children,” Hall said.

Piedmont Technical College to Hold Commencement May 4

Piedmont Technical College will hold two spring commencement exercises on May 4. 

Commencement exercises will begin at 3 p.m. for Associate of Arts and Science, health science and nursing graduates. A ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. for industrial & engineering technologies, business and computer technology and public service graduates. Both commencement exercises will be held in the James Medford Family Event Center at Piedmont Technical College in Greenwood. 

Piedmont Tech Early Care and Education Hosts Annual Literacy Event

Piedmont Technical College’s early care and education program (ECD) recently hosted an event to promote literacy for nearly 100 area preschoolers from Noah’s Ark, Mud Pies, Lifetime Discoveries, Children’s Courtyard and Learning Vine.

The annual event came about because of the ECD Club’s involvement in past Literacy Alive events. When that event was discontinued, the students wanted to continue to introduce literacy to preschool students in the community.

Greenwood Voiture Local 435 Earns Place on Wall of Honor

Piedmont Technical College’s Foundation recently recognized the Greenwood Voiture Local 435 for their cumulative contributions in support of the college. The continued support through the 40 and 8 Scholarship resulted in earning the recognition of Patron on the PTC Foundation’s Wall of Honor which recognizes donors to the college. Pictured in front of the Wall of Honor are, from left, Fran Wiley, assistant vice president of development with the Piedmont Technical College Foundation; Dan Grubbs, Chef de Garre Passe with the Greenwood Voiture Local 435; and Dr.

Piedmont Tech PBL Hosts Leadership Conference, Wins Awards

The Piedmont Technical College chapter of Phi Beta Lambda recently hosted the organization’s 2017 State Leadership Conference. The conference allowed students to compete in leadership events, share their successes, and learn new ideas about shaping the future of their career through workshops and exhibits. Three PTC students took awards during the competition.

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.

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