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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.

PTC Provides Summer Guidance Institute to Area Counselors

Piedmont Technical College (PTC) recently hosted the third annual Summer Guidance Institute, a week-long program designed to connect school counselors in PTC's region with the college's academic programs, local employers, and with economic developers to develop a better understanding of how education and workforce development fit together in our region.

Piedmont Tech Presents A Night of Hope

Piedmont Technical College is hosting a new community outreach event to connect area agencies with those in need.

A Night of Hope will be Thursday, June 29 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Medford Family Event Center on the Lex Walters Campus-Greenwood.

“We’ve been looking at non-traditional students and trying to see what issues they face that have kept them from enrolling in college,” said Darlene Saxon, admissions counselor. “We found there were many barriers.”

Piedmont Tech Ties in with Yellow Ribbon to Make Veterans’ Tuition Affordable

College is going to be more affordable for veterans in the area thanks to a new initiative at Piedmont Technical College.

Piedmont Tech was recently accepted into the Yellow Ribbon Program by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The program allows schools to cover any tuition expenses for veterans that are not already covered by the Post 9/11 GI Bill. The VA will match PTC dollar-for-dollar in covering the additional expenses.

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