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October 12, 2016
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 100 people, including legislative officials, the Piedmont Technical College Area Commission, PTC Foundation Board members and members of the PTC faculty and staff.
“What a great occasion to be here and that’s to celebrate the legislative support of a great institution – Piedmont Technical College,” said Jim Medford, chairman of the Piedmont Technical College Foundation.
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.
“We couldn’t do what we do without the partnerships with all of the groups and entities represented here tonight,” said Dr. Ray Brooks, president of Piedmont Tech. “The state, local communities and the cooperation of all the agencies we work with is tremendous.”
“I would like to thank you all for your continued support of the important work the college does in supporting our region’s economic development and providing people from all walks of life with the opportunity to pursue a quality education,” said George Piersol, chairman of the PTC Area Commission. “Your continued support means better jobs, more opportunities and a better quality of life.”
In celebration of the college’s 50th anniversary, the speaker for the event was Dr. John Paguntalan, a 1994 graduate of the Piedmont Technical College nursing program. He shared his journey from being a PTC student to becoming a published nurse practitioner with Self Regional Healthcare and the impact his education has had on his life.
“I know I am surrounded by individuals who truly care about helping Piedmont Tech transform lives because they transformed mine,” said Paguntalan. “It allowed me to have a solid foundation to build upon – a new career, a new direction, a new hope for the future and a better life for my family.”
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. John Paguntalan, a 1994 graduate of the Piedmont Technical College nursing program and a published nurse practitioner with Self Regional Healthcare, was the featured speaker.