McCormick County

Piedmont Tech Promotes Work-Life Balance and Wellness in Employees

Piedmont Technical College is taking an additional approach to helping their students succeed. That approach is to promote a work-life balance and wellness in their employees. This approach is part of Piedmont Tech’s strategic directions and goals. It’s achieved through ongoing efforts such as PTC’s annual Wellness Expo, as well as new amenities such as a faculty/staff wellness center.

“We’re trying to take a holistic approach to wellness,” said Alesia Brown, associate vice president of human resources.

PTC Begins CAREplan Initiative to Help Students

The development of a redesigned advising plan for health science and nursing students is among the special initiatives currently being undertaken at Piedmont Technical College.

Called the CAREplan, the initiative is scheduled to roll out for the fall 2018 semester on the Lex Walters-Greenwood Campus. Participants in the CAREplan will:

Piedmont Tech Welcomes New 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 14 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.

PTC to Honor Sen. O’Dell with New Manufacturing Facility

In recognition of more than a quarter century of service to the region and to the state of South Carolina, Piedmont Technical College recently announced that the Upstate Center for Manufacturing Excellence will be named in honor of the late Sen. Billy O'Dell.

"Senator O'Dell was a steadfast advocate for Piedmont Technical College, and for the entire region," said Dr. Ray Brooks, president of PTC. "During his tenure in the Senate, he had a monumental impact. He was a true statesman, and worked tirelessly on behalf of his constituents."

PTC College Fair Highlights Bridge and Transfer Partnerships

More than 30 colleges and universities were in attendance recently at a College Transfer Fair sponsored by Piedmont Technical College. The fair was provided to give students information on special bridge programs and transfer pathways.

McCormick High Grad Excels in PTC Dual Enrollment Program

Leah Anthony isn’t your typical teenager. She is a 2017 McCormick High School graduate, but she’s also a 2017 graduate of Piedmont Technical College, thanks to the middle college dual enrollment classes she took.

“I always liked a challenge,” Anthony said. “I thought it would be a good way to know if I was ready for college.”

Campus Police Officer Honored for Specialized Training

Curtis Killian, a public safety officer at Piedmont Technical College, has been presented with the FBI-LEEDA Trilogy Award.

“Curtis Killian is an exemplary officer,” said Terry Ledford, director/chief of PTC’s campus police and security. “This is very prestigious training and he did an excellent job earning this award.”

SC Works and PTC Partner for Upper Savannah Regional Job Fair

Most serious job seekers understand the importance of selling themselves to potential employers. They understand that having an updated resume and being prepared for interviews is important. But getting face-to-face with hiring professionals can be a daunting task.  And many may not realize that additional education and training can increase their employability and pay.

First Citizens Contributes to Scholarship Endowment

First Citizens Bank recently made a contribution to the Piedmont Technical College Foundation. Funds will be used for a scholarship awarded annually, in their name, to a deserving student. Pictured are, from left, Fran Wiley, assistant vice president for development and Jerry Stevens, senior vice president and market executive at First Citizens. The two scholarships of $750 each are available to residents of Greenwood, Saluda, McCormick, Edgefield, Laurens or Abbeville counties. 

Piedmont Tech, Lander Build New Bridge to Help Students Succeed

Te’yanna Mathis had an idea – go to Piedmont Technical College for two years, then transfer to a four-year school. She just didn’t know which university.

“I was trying to find a good plan for me,” said Mathis, who graduated from Greenwood High School in June.

After talking with PTC staff, Mathis discovered a new program that she described as “the best of both worlds.”

This fall begins the Bearcat Bound Bridge Program, a dual admissions partnership between PTC and Lander University that allows for a more seamless transition when students transfer.


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