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April 8, 2014
Piedmont Technical College will be celebrating the opening of its new facility in Abbeville with a dedication ceremony Monday, April 21. The public is invited to attend beginning at 5:30 p.m.
“The faculty and staff at the Abbeville campus are very excited to have this new facility,” said Jennifer Wilbanks, interim vice president for academic affairs. “I think this will be something the citizens of Abbeville will be proud of.”
The new campus is a 9,570 square foot facility on 10 acres that will allow for any expansion that may be needed in the future. The campus will offer six associate degrees and eight certificate programs along with a wide array of general education courses. The facility has a computer lab/library, student common area, a conference room, four PEN rooms, two computer rooms and several traditional classrooms.
“Because of the size of the old campus, we were limited in what we could offer in Abbeville,” said Wilbanks. “With the additional space at this new facility, we’ll be able to expand the variety of programming we can offer.”
The new campus opened for classes with the spring semester. Around 150 students attended the Abbeville campus in the fall; however, there are over 800 Abbeville residents who attend PTC in some capacity. Wilbanks says she hopes the new facility will allow more Abbeville students to attend class closer to home.
“I think, for the students who are in the surrounding counties, some of their greatest challenges are time and travel,” Wilbanks said. “By putting these state-of-the-art campuses in the communities where they live tells them they are important to us and we’re here to serve them. Without these county campuses, many of our students would not have the resources to pursue a degree.”
Refreshments and tours of the facility will be provided following a ribbon cutting ceremony.