Newberry County

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.

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.

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.

Grad Discovers Rewarding Career in Heart-Health

When Nicholas Blackwell decided to attend Piedmont Technical College to receive training that would prepare him for a career, he was not completely sure what direction to take.

After receiving suggestions from family and help from an academic advisor at the college, he chose cardiovascular technology.

“Once I got into the CVT program, I became fascinated with the function of the heart,” Blackwell said.

Taylor Foundation Establishes Student Assistance Fund

Piedmont Technical College’s Foundation recently recognized the Taylor Foundation for their continued support of the college. The Taylor Foundation Scholarship has been expanded with the establishment of a student assistance fund to help Newberry County students meet their financial needs in order to continue their education. Pictured are, from left, Dr. Ray Brooks, president of Piedmont Technical College; Trey Taylor, CFO of Cannon Associates; and Fran Wiley, assistant vice president of development with the Piedmont Technical College Foundation.

Dual Enrollment Program Opens Doors for PTC Grad

Grace Alger, like many students her age, has recently started working toward her bachelor’s degree. For the 2017 Mid-Carolina High School graduate, this will be her second college degree, thanks to the dual enrollment classes she took from Piedmont Technical College.

“I wanted to get a head start for college and I wanted to see if it would help me prepare myself to go to a four-year school,” Alger said. “Once I started taking dual enrollment classes, I realized I really liked the classes I was taking.”


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