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Piedmont Technical College Helps Workers, Industry Sharpen Skills through Apprenticeships

While the term sounds like something from centuries gone by, apprenticeships are a modern way to develop skills needed in today’s economy, as Piedmont Technical College students are finding out.

PTC is partnering with local industry on several new programs, continuing a mission of workforce development that goes back to the very beginning of the SC Technical College System.

Haering Precision Makes Presentation at PTC

Representatives from Haering Precision USA recently made a presentation to students in the machine tool technology, mechatronics technology, electronic engineering technology and welding programs at Piedmont Technical College. One of the leading manufacturers of precision components and subassemblies for the automotive industry, the German-based company will be opening a facility in Lavonia, Ga. and is recruiting highly-motivated individuals for a three-year rotational training program at their German global headquarters.

MODELS Academy Program Adopted at Piedmont Tech

Through a new program at Piedmont Technical College called MODELS Academy, the college is taking action to address a problem of national proportions.

“There continues to be a crisis among African American males in education,” said Steve Coleman, director of Genesis Initiatives.

In the U.S., more than two-thirds of African American men who start college do not graduate within six years, which is the lowest college completion rate among both sexes and all racial/ethnic groups in higher education.

Piedmont Tech Associates to be Honored at State Conference

Three Piedmont Technical College associates have been named Outstanding Educators for the 2016 – 2017 academic year and will be honored at a statewide conference. The three will join fellow winners from sister colleges at the annual South Carolina Technical Education Association (SCTEA) convention later this month. 

This year’s honorees are LaKeya Jenkins, faculty; Jenney Johns, staff; and Dr. Brad Griggs, administrative.

Cybersecurity: Virtual Crime-Fighting, Real-World Rewards

This academic year, Piedmont Technical College launched a new cybersecurity program to fill a growing need for this skill set in information and computer technology professions.

“We do a lot of research to stay on the cutting edge,” said Lesley Price, information technology department head. “The new cybersecurity program came out of those efforts. Anyone can look at the news headlines to see the growing need for these skills.”

Academic Honor Students Recognized for 2016 Fall Semester

Piedmont Technical College students who had outstanding academic accomplishments during the 2016 fall semester have earned inclusion on the President’s List. To be named to the list, students must be full time and earn a term GPA of 4.00. Students will receive a certificate of achievement signed by the college president.

President’s List students include:

Abbeville County - James E. Allison, II, Jessica L. Bowie, Timothy A. Cann, Nicholas L. Manley and Jorge D. Ortega, all of Abbeville; and Shelby L. Devenney of Calhoun Falls.

Piedmont Tech Awarded Grant for New Job Readiness Program

Piedmont Technical College has received the State Workforce Development Board’s (SWDB) Apprenticeships for Priority Populations Grant which will help cover tuition costs for the first two steps of the college’s new “Ready to Work” program. SWDB awarded the college $100,000 to implement apprenticeship opportunities for individuals with barriers to employment.

Continuing Education Staff Members Receive Recognition

Two members of Piedmont Technical College’s Economic Development and Continuing Education division have been recognized for their outstanding work by the South Carolina Association for Higher Continuing Education (SCAHCE).

Dave Wittig, instructor, was named Outstanding Continuing Education Instructor and Lisa Bartanus, corporate training director, received the John J. Duffy Scholarship Award.

“It’s nice to be recognized for all the hard work and wanting to do a good job,” said Wittig.

PTC Awards Presidential Medallions at Commencement Exercises

Piedmont Technical College president Dr. Ray Brooks, back right, honored eight college associates and community leaders with the Presidential Medallion, the institution’s most prestigious award, at PTC’s recent fall commencement exercises. Pictured with Brooks accepting the Presidential Medallions were, front from left, Lisa Bartanus, corporate training director; Alesia Brown, associate vice president of human resources; Thelma Woody, Area Commission Abbeville County; and Dr. Jeremy Lord, retired chairman of Paskill Stapleton & Lord.

Outstanding Students Honored at PTC Graduation

At Piedmont Technical College’s recent fall commencement exercises, outstanding students from each of the college’s seven supporting counties were honored for academic achievement. 

 

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