PTC Programs

Dual Enrollment Student Gets a Head Start on a Career

The loss of a high school course turned into a great opportunity for one Laurens District High School graduate.

As a freshman, Braxton Michels was interested in the machine tool class offered at LDHS. However, when the teacher left to pursue other opportunities, the course was discontinued. But, Michels knew he wanted to enroll in some form of industrial or manufacturing curriculum.

Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology Makes $1 Million Entrustment to PTC

zeiss donation

Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology, a global leader in precision metrology solutions, has recently entrusted $1 million in software to Piedmont Technical College’s Center for Advanced Manufacturing in Laurens County.

Dual Enrollment Program Offers a Jump Start on College and Tuition Savings

While college affordability and increasing tuition rates continue to get headlines across the country, families in Piedmont Technical College’s service area have been taking advantage of one of the best deals in higher education for more than 10 years.

Horticulture Program Welcomes New Coordinator

Murdock earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Clemson University. Following graduation, he opened his own landscaping company. But he decided that wasn’t for him.

“Self-employment is a 24/7 job,” Murdock said. “I enjoyed it and we did well, but I wanted to do something else.”

Annual Massage Therapy Program Clinic Opens

Piedmont Technical College's massage therapy program will be offering its annual massage clinic as part of the training for its students beginning January 17. The clinic will be open to the public Monday-Thursday from 12-3:45 p.m. at the PTC annex building on North Emerald Road.

A one-hour Swedish, deep tissue, neuromuscular or prenatal massage will be $10 for students and staff of PTC and $20 for the general public.

Health Science Faculty Tapped for State Boards

Several members of the faculty in Piedmont Technical College’s Health Science division have been tapped to serve on various professional boards in the state, many in key leadership positions.

“Educators set the pace for health care,” said Jerry Alewine, dean of health science.

Martin Elected to National Funeral Service Education Position

David Martin, program coordinator for funeral service at Piedmont Technical College, has been selected to serve as part of the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE).

PTC Offers S.C.’s Only Accredited Funeral Service Program

funeral serviceDennis Carroll, an Army veteran and a 2008 Piedmont Technical College graduate, first became interested in Funeral Service while still in the military. 

“One of my jobs in the Army was to play Taps for military funerals, and that kind of tugged at my heart to serve families in that capacity,” he said.

For Keisha Floyd, a 2010 graduate, it happened at the death of her brother as she worked with the funeral directors to plan his memorial service. 

HVAC Program Prepares Skilled Technicians for Success

When all goes well, air conditioning and heating systems typically go unnoticed. But anyone who’s lived through a South Carolina summer day when the air conditioning is on the fritz knows how important these systems have become in our daily lives.

In fact, every private residence, business, industry and agency needs the skill of technicians trained in the installation, maintenance and repair of air conditioning, refrigeration and heating systems. 

Sims Lab Receives an Upgrade

The simulation lab for Piedmont Technical College’s nursing program has been given an upgrade that moves it to the forefront of nursing education.


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