Student and Alumni Profiles

Massage Therapy Grad Brings Personal Touch to Restorative Care

Melissa Raugh knows that just because you put your dreams on hold doesn’t mean you can’t achieve them.

Raugh always knew she wanted to go into massage therapy. After completing high school, she made the decision to start a family. Now that her children are grown, she has made the decision to pursue her dreams.

“I chose to be a stay-at-home mom for my children and it proved to be a huge blessing,” she said.

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.”

Respiratory Grad Finds Health Care Niche

Precious Logan always dreamed of a career in health care. She wanted to help people.

After graduating from Greenwood High School, Logan took her first step into the health care field by earning her certified nursing assistant certificate (CNA). She enrolled at a four-year university, but found it wasn’t the right fit for her. So she transferred to Piedmont Technical College where she found the path to the career she had been looking for.

Mechatronics Grad Finds Passion Again

Jason White tried to avoid the family business. But, he found out it was in his blood.

“My great-grandfather was an engineer, my grandfather was an engineer, my father was an engineer,” he said. “I had great aptitude for engineering, but I thought pursuing a career in something I loved was important.”

BCT Students Shine at Star Fort

Building Construction Technology Students at Piedmont Technical College get hands on experience working on a restoration project at the Ninety Six National Historical Site. See what they've been doing in the community in the video below.

 

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.

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.

Darlene Saxon: PTC Grad Makes Her Mark

darlene-saxon-profileDarlene Saxon, a 2009 PTC graduate, had always wanted to be a teacher. Little did she know how she would accomplish that goal, especially since she didn’t attend college right after high school.

“I remember being very excited at my high school graduation,” she says. “But I noticed that many of my friends were making plans to further their education. They were making plans for college.”

Student Finds New Beginning at Piedmont Tech

wadenicholson1210Like many people across the state of South Carolina, Wade Nicholson has had to reinvent himself. He has found the tools for that reinvention at Piedmont Technical College.

Nicholson graduated from Saluda High School and went on to college at the University of South Carolina. College wasn’t what he wanted at the time, so he began working for a large textile manufacturer.

Piedmont Tech Alum’s Leap of Faith Proves Successful

anitamurphy111Anita Murphy has discovered that finding your dreams sometimes takes a leap of faith – and a gentle push.

She had obtained her GED after dropping out of high school but she knew she wanted something else. Murphy knew that to go to a four-year college, she would need an associate degree.

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