News - McCormick County

  • Piedmont Tech Team Honored for its Work Ethic Skills (WES) Program

    PTC Team Honored for Work Ethic Skills Curriculum

    April 18, 2018

    In past years, the term for a full complement of behaviors surrounding workplace integrity and productivity was “soft skills.” After a comprehensive study, Piedmont Technical College took up the challenge to form a Work Ethic Skills (WES) team, which developed a pilot system to integrate WES training into the curriculum of selected courses. That team ― comprised of PTC Humanities Department Head and Spanish Instructor Jennifer Lopes, Welding Instructor Tony Amos, English Instructor Rebecca Soppe, Associate Dean of Students David Rosenbaum, Computer Technology Instructor Coronicca Oliver, and Cardiovascular Technology Instructor Laura Boone ― has been selected as PTC’s A. Wade Martin Innovation Team of the Year for 2018.

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  • Rusty Denning Named A. Wade Martin Innovator of the Year at PTC

    Rusty Denning Named A. Wade Martin Innovator of the Year

    April 18, 2018

    You may call him a dreamer, but he’s not the only one. Rusty Denning thinks big when it comes to creating opportunities for people to excel in careers that need them. The associate vice president for economic development and continuing education at Piedmont Technical College is gregarious, determined, and unrelentingly focused on the prize ― meeting the most critical needs of students and employers. His commitment and creativity are key reasons the PTC Area Commission has named Denning its A. Wade Martin Innovator of the Year for 2018.

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  • $1.5 Million Grant Benefits Planned Upstate Center for Manufacturing Excellence

    $1.5 Million Grant Benefits Planned Upstate Center for Manufacturing Excellence

    April 10, 2018

    A $1.5 million federal grant announced March 28 by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA, a department of the Department of Commerce) will provide essential gears in the funding machine that will bring to fruition Piedmont Technical College’s planned William H. “Billy” O’Dell Upstate Center for Manufacturing Excellence (UCME) on the Lex Walters campus in Greenwood.

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  • Study: Workplace Skills Gap Most Profound in Health Care Fields

    Skills Gap Most Profound in Health Care Fields

    April 5, 2018

    A study by Burning Glass Technologies and published last month by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce found the country’s most profound workplace skills gaps exist in health care occupations. “This is particularly true among higher-skill practitioner roles where openings exceed available workers by more than 40 percent,” the study, titled Different Skills, Different Gaps, noted. “This is by far the most dramatically expanding skills gap in our research.”

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  • New PTC Associate VP Keenly Focused on Needs of Students

    New PTC Associate VP Darrin Campen Focused on Student Needs

    April 3, 2018

    It’s only logical that a former psychology teacher might unconsciously invoke Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs when describing priorities for his new role as associate vice president for academic affairs at Piedmont Technical College (PTC). First and foremost, Dr. Darrin Campen is focused on the needs of more than 4,000 students across seven campuses. Related partnerships with high schools and diverse industries bring needs management to an even more complex level.

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  • Test Drive Piedmont Tech and Get Certified - For Free!

    Test Drive Piedmont Tech and Get Certified - for Free!

    March 22, 2018

    There’s nothing like that first time you ease into the seat of a new car and grasp the steering wheel. How does it fit? How does it feel? Like purchasing a car, entering higher education can be a significant investment. It would be imprudent not to try it out before buying. Right? Now those interested in trying out Piedmont Technical College can take selected classes out for a two-week spin at no cost as part of “Test Drive PTC.” The new program offers an opportunity to take a test drive via one of two educational routes ― industrial technology or health care.

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  • Longtime Greenwood Educator Charles L. Graves Named PTC Area Commissioner

    Charles L. Graves

    March 16, 2018

    From an early age, Charles L. “Chuck” Graves learned the value of discipline and hard work. As a child, the newest Piedmont Technical College Area Commissioner watched his neighbors ― the late superstar Michael Jackson and his siblings ― exhaustively rehearse musical numbers in the garage of their childhood home in Gary, Indiana. The retired Greenwood School District 50 educator, appointed to the PTC Area Commission in January, likes to include memories of his early relationship with the Jackson family in motivational speeches to communicate that true success does not happen overnight and not without extreme dedication and effort.

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  • Piedmont Tech and SC Works to Host Job Fair March 22

    Piedmont Tech, SC Works, Hosting Job Fair March 22

    March 9, 2018

    Ever wonder what it will take to secure the right job at the right time for the right pay? The answers you find at the Upper Savannah Regional Job Fair just might surprise you. Hosted by Piedmont Technical College (PTC) and the Upper Savannah SC Works System, the event on Thursday, March 22, will feature more than 70 employers from Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Newberry and Saluda counties. The employers will be on site from 1-3 p.m. at the Medford Family Event Center on PTC’s Lex Walters Campus at 620 N. Emerald Road in Greenwood.

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  • A Helping Profession: Human Services Workers Provide Support, Advocacy

    February 8, 2018

    Helping others has its own rewards, but it’s also something that you can make a career out of.

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  • Annual Massage Therapy Clinic Opens Jan. 2018

    Massage Therapy Clinic 2018

    January 26, 2018

    Piedmont Technical College's massage therapy program will be offering its annual massage clinic as part of the training for its students beginning Jan. 23.

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