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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 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.

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."

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.

AnMed Health Visits PTC Campus

Representatives from AnMed Health recently provided a special lunch for the students in the Piedmont Technical College medical assistant and surgical technology programs. Stephanie Alessandrini, left and Carlisle Baker shared the needs of the Anderson-based health care system for well-trained personnel in both fields.

Math Department Hosts State Conference

The South Carolina Affiliate of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (SOCAMATYC) recently held their annual conference at the Newberry campus of Piedmont Technical College. The two-day workshop featured Eden Donahou, professor mathematics/endowed teaching chair from Seminole State College in Florida as well as several professional development sessions. Representatives from two-year colleges across the state were in attendance.  

Massage Therapy Grad Brings Personal Touch to Restorative Care

Melissa Raugh knows that just because you put your dreams on hold doesn’t mean you can’t achieve them.

Raugh always knew she wanted to go into massage therapy. After completing high school, she made the decision to start a family. Now that her children are grown, she has made the decision to pursue her dreams.

“I chose to be a stay-at-home mom for my children and it proved to be a huge blessing,” she said.

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