Student and Alumni Profiles

Agriculture Student Finds a Career Near to His Roots

Growing up in Kinards, Braden Iusti was surrounded by agriculture. He lived minutes away from several of the state’s largest dairy farms and grew up on a small hog farm.

Nursing Student Pursues Dream Following Military Service

Lanina Goode has traveled the world, but she has found her dream at home.

The Greenwood native chose to join the military in 2000, enlisting in the Army reserves. Following the attacks on 9/11, she found herself deployed to Kuwait. When she returned to the States in 2003, she started searching for her passion.

“I worked as a substitute teacher for a while,” Goode said. “Then I attended Lander University.”

Piedmont Tech Grad Thrives in Apprenticeship

Kenny Price had his foot in the door with Burnstein von Seelen even before he completed his machine tool technology degree at Piedmont Technical College.

The Abbeville company took Price on as an apprentice in the Tool and Die division, which has now led to a full-time position with the company. 

And they’re looking for even more machinists.

PTC President’s Award Winner Taking the Next Step

As a traveling nurse, Kaylynn Knight’s mother spent much of her time on the road. Through this journey, Knight has had a variety of experiences. She has lived in 14 different cities spread over six states, from California to South Carolina. But it has made her more aware of the need to help others.

“I met this autistic boy who was the sweetest person you could ever meet,” Knight said. “It gave me a passion to help those with special needs.”

A Five-year Goal Accomplished in Five Months

While working as a licensed insurance agent, Jennifer Scott always felt as though she was helping people.  But she wanted to make a larger difference in people’s lives with her work. 

“I was at the point in my life that I was ready to make a change,” she said.

Scott came to PTC and met with a counselor looking for a program that was a fit.  She was directed to the Massage Therapy Program and met with Michelle Liggett, program director.

Respiratory Grad Finds His Calling

Eddie Brown feels that he’s found his calling in respiratory care. And he loves every minute of it. “When you come to work, you shouldn’t look at it as work,” he said. “Look at it as a career.”

Brown came to Piedmont Tech following a career in juvenile corrections.

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Computer Technology Grad Making a Name in Abbeville

Patrick Campbell is in high demand in Abbeville. The owner and operator of Abbeville Computer Service is finding that he stays busy meeting the needs of local residents and businesses.

Business is booming, he says. After making a full-time commitment to his business in 2009, demand for his services has been constant. “I rarely have time to sit down and not have anything to do,” Campbell said.

Veterinary Technology Student in Demand

Melissa Waters has discovered that sometimes you need to follow your heart to discover your passion. She came to Piedmont Technical College for the radiologic technology program, but has found her calling with the veterinary technology program.

“I started out at Piedmont Tech in the radiology program, but I found the veterinary technology program was a better fit for me,” said Waters.

Piedmont Tech Nursing Student Recognized as Newberry Student of the Year

Willie Washington is set to embark on his second career, and it is a radical change from his first.

Washington came to Newberry after serving 30 years in the United States Marine Corps. He served as a teacher, drill instructor, served in combat situations, implemented new computer systems and worked on the Presidential military staff under President Clinton. Upon retirement, he looked into several options for a new career.

Funeral Service Grad Completes Prestigious German Internship

Jamie Cline-Bowman was always interested in mortuary science and anatomy, but thanks to an encounter with an internationally known museum exhibit called “Body Worlds,” her interest has taken her down a different path called plastination.

“I saw my first Body Worlds exhibit in 2007 and wanted to know how to do it,” she said.


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