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October 7, 2015
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 workforce development of South Carolina’s Lakelands region. The event was attended by more than 150 people, including legislative officials, the Piedmont Technical College Area Commission, PTC Foundation Board members and members of the PTC faculty and staff.
“We have so many great things going on at Piedmont Tech and the transformation of all the campuses in all the counties we serve,” said Jim Medford, chairman of the Piedmont Technical College Foundation. “They have been upgraded and modernized to better educate and develop a workforce to keep up with the tremendous economic development in South Carolina and all seven counties that we serve.”
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 college is partnering with counties throughout the region to strengthen economic development efforts.
“Everything we do is focused on transforming the lives of our students which enriches our communities and allows our businesses to prosper,” said Dr. Ray Brooks, president of Piedmont Tech. “Each of you who are here tonight is part of the hope and vision of the college.”
“What an incredible presence you have in the seven county area,” said Dr. Jimmie Williamson, president of the South Carolina Technical College System. “You should be proud of all the work Piedmont Technical College does.”
Speakers for the event were Abigail Hershberger of Due West, an associate degree nursing student and Ken Washington of Hodges, a mechatronics technology graduate.
“Piedmont Tech has given life to my dreams and it has inspired me to never give up,” said Hershberger. “To each of you here tonight, I say thank you because I know each one of you has invested in the lives of Piedmont Technical College students on some level. Because of your generosity and your willingness to bring life into the dreams of others, this community, this state and, ultimately, this country is becoming a better place to live one graduate at a time”
“You legislators and business owners who work to keep the students going with financial assistance provide a vital support to our community,” said Washington. “You serve an important role in strengthening and developing normal people who are trying to make ends meet and do right for their families.”
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. Dr. Ray Brooks, president of Piedmont Tech, left, welcomes Sen. Billy O’Dell to the event.