Tyler Coker and Lisa Bartanus

Continuing Education Staff Members Receive Recognition

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

Lisa Bartanus, corporate training director, was named Outstanding Continuing Education Professional and Tyler Coker, events specialist, received the John J. Duffy Scholarship Award.

“I was so touched to be nominated by my coworkers and proud of the work we do here at Piedmont Tech,” said Bartanus. “It shows that they feel that what we are doing as a whole is making a difference.”

Bartanus took the skills honed during successful careers in health care and manufacturing to lead a wide variety of transformative change management and quality improvement projects internally at PTC. Because of her proven track record of success in creating custom training programs tailored to meet company needs, Bartanus was instrumental in creating and initiating the college’s Lean in Higher Education program, a methodology that was awarded the prestigious 2013 Bellwether Award, which recognizes outstanding and innovative programs in community college education.

“The Outstanding Continuing Education Professional Award recognizes an individual who has contributed substantially to Continuing Education in South Carolina,” said Rusty Denning, associate vice president for Workforce Development and Continuing Education. “Lisa Bartanus definitely fits the criteria for this award. She is an exceptional employee with great vision, drive and leadership.”

Coker received a scholarship that is awarded to members of SCAHCE who are engaged in graduate study on either a full- or part-time basis. He is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Columbia College.

“It always feels good to receive help for college,” Coker said. “Continuing Education is a close-knit group, like a family, and it’s an honor that they nominated me for this award.”

“I have worked with many young people during my career and I have to say that Tyler is ranked very high on the list as an amazing young man who has such heart for his family, for children in general, for his co-workers and for customers,” said Deborah Hoffman, program manager. “Investing in Tyler’s education allows SCAHCE to help a 25 year-old young man achieve his goals so he can give back to others.”

Photo Caption: Two Piedmont Technical College Workforce Development and Continuing Education staff members have been recognized by the South Carolina Association for Higher Continuing Education (SCAHCE). Tyler Coker, left, received the John J. Duffy Scholarship Award and Lisa Bartanus, right, was named Outstanding Continuing Education Professional.