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October 11, 2011
The Piedmont Technical College Area Commission recently hosted a barbecue dinner at Bermuda’s at The Links at Stoney Point, for local, state and federal legislators to raise awareness of PTC’s vital role in the work force development of South Carolina’s Lakelands region. The event was attended by more than 140 people, including legislative officials, the Piedmont Technical College Area Commission and members of the PTC faculty and staff.
“Without the support we receive at the local, state and federal levels, we’d be unable to continue our work force development efforts in the seven counties we serve,” said Dr. Ray Brooks, president of Piedmont Tech.
The event, which was funded by the Piedmont Technical College Foundation, included a social hour and a sit-down barbecue dinner. Legislators and PTC officials discussed the college’s essential function in the region, South Carolina’s current economic status and how the budget deficits would affect the services provided by technical colleges.
“This is the fourth year that we have gathered together to recognize collectively the efforts that people in our seven counties make to help us do the job that we do and that is to provide the best opportunity possible for our students,” said William Whitfield, PTC Area Commission chairman. “They are the reason we are in business and their success is what our job is all about.”
Speakers for the event included two of the Piedmont Technical College Presidential Ambassadors: Elizabeth Morris, an associate degree nursing student from Saluda; and Walt Lordemann, a business student from Greenwood. The students spoke of the experiences that led them to PTC and what the college has done for them.
“I thought once I started college I would be on my own, but I was wrong,” said Morris. “I have found so much support here from friends, instructors and classmates that I thank God the day I set foot in that new Saluda County Campus and said ‘I want to enroll here to study.’”
“All of my instructors and professors have bent over backwards to help and keep me focused on my goal. In fact every person that I have had contact with at PTC has been a pleasure to work with,” said Lordemann. “I want to thank everyone that supports PTC in any way that has helped make it the institution it is today.”
Photo Caption: The Piedmont Technical College Area Commission recently hosted a barbecue dinner for local, state and federal legislators to raise awareness of PTC’s vital role in the work force development of South Carolina’s Lakelands region.