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Saluda High School Senior Readies for College with Dual Enrollment

Hector Ortiz already has plans for his future. And he knows the dual enrollment classes he is taking through Piedmont Technical College will help him get there.

The rising Saluda High School senior plans to head to the University of South Carolina after high school. His goal is to pursue his bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry for medical school.

“I decided to take dual enrollment classes because I wanted to get the college experience and get credit while I’m in it,” Ortiz said. “The classes really challenged me to organize my time.”

Academic Honor Students Recognized for 2017 Spring Semester

Piedmont Technical College students who had outstanding academic accomplishments during the 2017 spring 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:

Piedmont Technical College to Hold Commencement August 3

Piedmont Technical College will be holding two summer commencement exercises on Aug. 3. 

Commencement exercises will begin at 3 p.m. for nursing, industrial technology, engineering technology, agriculture, computer technology and business graduates. A ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. for Associate in Arts, Associate in Science and health science graduates. Both commencement exercises will be held in the James Medford Family Event Center at Piedmont Technical College in Greenwood. 

Piedmont Tech Students Named to Academic All-State

Two Piedmont Technical College students were recently among those named to the Phi Theta Kappa South Carolina All-State Academic Team. Stephanie Johnson of Prosperity and Elizabeth McCurry of Greenwood were among the 29 students honored at a ceremony in Columbia.

Johnson and McCurry are joining an elite group. Less than one percent of America’s six million two-year college students have distinguished themselves with this superior level of academic achievement and service to their colleges and communities.

Surgical Technology Program Hosts State Bowl

More than 150 surgical technology students and instructors from eight of the technical colleges recently participated in annual Student Surgical Technology Bowl for the state of South Carolina at Piedmont Technical College. The day consisted of students being divided into teams in a quiz bowl-type competition.  The questions included information necessary for their National Certification exam. Representatives from the SC State Assembly for Surgical Technologists were also on hand to answer students’ questions.

Scholarship Luncheon Honors Recipients, Donors

Scholarships were presented to students and donors were recognized at the recent scholarship luncheon.

Piedmont Technical College student and Greenwood resident Johnson Wooten, left, recently received the Building Construction Technology (BCT) Scholarship at the college’s annual scholarship luncheon. Wooten, a BCT student, is pictured with Bobby Roche, BCT program director. The scholarship is awarded annually based on academic achievement and financial need to Building Construction Technology majors.  


Massage Therapy Is Putting Touch Back into Health Care

An interest in health and wellness, a solid understanding of how the human body works and a desire to help people are the perfect combination for a successful career in massage therapy.

And right now, massage therapy is one of the fastest growing career fields in the nation.

“Massage therapists provide maintenance in a world that is structured for stress,” said Michelle Liggett, massage therapy program director and instructor.  “We provide a release, both mentally and physically.”

Graduate Finds Enjoyment in Engineering Technology

Cory Nickles is always up for a challenge. So, the engineering technology programs at Piedmont Technical College were perfect for him.

Nickles graduated from Greenwood High School in 1996 and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. After his tour was over, he left the Corps because he didn’t want to continually relocate his children.

“I didn’t want to be gone their entire childhood,” he said.

Then September 11 happened and Nickles joined the National Guard.

Scholarship Luncheon Honors Donors, Recipients

Scholarships were presented to students and donors were recognized at the recent scholarship luncheon.

Matters of the Heart: Cardiovascular Technology Jobs are on the Rise

There are many rewarding careers in health care, but few are as in-demand as those positions related to heart health. The need for professionals in heart-related fields is due to the high rate of heart disease in the nation.

In fact, according the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), one in every six health care dollars in the nation is spent on treating heart disease. The CDC also reports that heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States and a major cause of disability.


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