• PTC to Unveil New Lab and Training Space in Laurens County

    PTC to Unveil New Space at Center for Advanced Manufacturing in Laurens County

    March 28, 2018

    Piedmont Technical College’s Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CAM) in Laurens County cordially invites members of the community and the media to tour new labs and an additional 4,800 square feet of flexible training space recently completed at its high-tech training facility at 109 Innovation Drive in Laurens. The Phase III construction unveiling will take place at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, April 5, from 5-7 p.m.

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  • Horticulture Students Compete in National Landscape Competition

    Horticulture Students Compete in National Landscape Competition

    March 23, 2018

    Almost as soon as we spring forward one hour, the extra daylight draws casual gardeners outside to begin prepping their yards for the season. A team of four Piedmont Technical College horticulture students led by PTC Horticulture Program Director Daniel Greenwell approached the growing season with a slightly more professional eye when they traveled to Alamance Community College in Graham, North Carolina, to compete in the 42nd annual National Collegiate Landscape Competition held March 14-17. After the pine straw had settled, PTC’s landscape plant installation team finished 16th out of 58 teams, even beating out teams from several large four-year institutions such as North Carolina State University, Mississippi State University, Virginia Tech and Michigan State University.

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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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  • When Your Community - and its College - Have Your Back

    Greenwood Promise Scholarship Recipient Noel Johnson

    March 20, 2018

    It can be scary venturing into the world of postsecondary education. Aside from the challenging coursework, the cost can seem daunting. But more than ever before, education beyond high school has become a necessary step for a rewarding career. Recognizing this need and the value of a well-trained workforce, the Greenwood County business community and forward-looking citizens created the Greenwood Promise ― a unique scholarship program designed to help Greenwood County high school graduates begin their college studies tuition-free.

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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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  • In the Business of Transformation

    In the Business of Transformation

    March 6, 2018

    Dr. Matteel D. Jones believes you have to get personal before you can get real about change. The keynote speaker for the New Directions in Student Development Conference at Piedmont Technical College on March 1 asked the educators in attendance each to identify their personal “ouch” ― that internal tipping point that finally puts one on the path toward transformation. A first-generation college graduate, Dr. Jones today is vice president for student services at Greenville Technical College. For Jones, her obesity was one “ouch” that was exacerbated by divorce and a spiritual awakening. These combined to put her on the path to her own transformation.

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  • Air Force Chief Master Sergeant Chronicles African-American Progression in the Military

    USAF Chief Master Sergeant Reviews African-American Military Milestones

    March 6, 2018

    As superintendent of the 89th Operations Group, 1st Airlift Squadron, at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, Air Force Chief Master Sergeant Stephanie Patterson is proud of her place on the continuum of African-American military achievement. From humble beginnings, the Abbeville native ascended to the highest enlisted rank in the U.S. Air Force, providing executive airlift to world leaders. The senior enlisted aviator shared her experiences with dozens gathered in the Piedmont Technical College Library on Feb. 27 in commemoration of Black History Month.

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  • Piedmont Tech Begins New Automotive Manufacturing Apprenticeship Program

    PTC Begins New Automotive Manufacturing Apprenticeship Program

    March 2, 2018

    Piedmont Technical College (PTC) on Feb. 22 held a special information session for students interested in a new apprenticeship program with BMW Manufacturing in the Upstate.

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  • Piedmont Tech FFA Students Visit State Legislators

    Piedmont Tech FFA Students Visit SC State House

    March 2, 2018

    Students from Piedmont Technical College’s Diversified Agriculture Program visited the SC State House in Columbia on Feb. 21, 2018, to participate in the Future Farmers of America (FFA) State Legislators Appreciation Day.

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