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  • Graduates Share Messages of Gratitude and Faith

    Joan Pittman

    August 28, 2018

    They came from diverse origins in geography, age, race and gender. Yet all four commencement speakers at the Piedmont Technical College summer graduation ceremonies on August 2 in Greenwood shared common, overarching messages of gratitude and faith. “I didn’t come from a family with a lot of money or education, so I have been working since I was 15 years old,” said graduation speaker Joan Pittman, who earned an associate degree in administrative office technology. At age 60.

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  • PTC-SC State Bridge Graduate Lauds Progressive Leadership at MEC in Greenwood

    Orlando Carrillo

    August 23, 2018

    As he paddled a turbulent section of the Chattooga River between South Carolina and Georgia, Orlando Carrillo couldn’t help but take an engineer’s interest in the various rock formations and the patterns of rushing water circumnavigating them. “I remember thinking about the water and the danger of the hydraulics,” Carrillo said. “You try to understand how the water assumes a circular motion. I think that is very interesting from an engineering perspective.”

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  • Partnership Gives SC Vocational Rehabilitation a Consistent Presence on Greenwood Campus

    PTC Enrollment Center in Greenwood.

    August 16, 2018

    In its ongoing mission to optimize access to education in its seven-county service area, Piedmont Technical College has forged a partnership with the SC Vocational Rehabilitation Department (VR) that provides access on the Lex Walters Campus-Greenwood to provide on-site counseling, eligibility determination and consultation for individuals living with impairments ranging from minor hearing loss to debilitating brain injury. Many of these impairments are not immediately visible, such as ADHD, diabetes and emotional disorders.

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  • Attitude is Everything for PTC Student Living with Cerebral Palsy

    Dillon Greenway

    August 15, 2018

    Dillon Greenway is only 21, but he’s already had a lot of work done. By “work,” Greenway refers to the many surgeries he’s endured over his young life to manage physical difficulties presented by cerebral palsy (CP). The Piedmont Technical College (PTC) student is pretty recognizable on campus, partly because of the rolling walker that he uses to help him get around, but mostly by the sunshine that seems to follow him in attitude and spirit.

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  • PTC Alumnus Drew Jeffries Climbing the Construction Industry Ladder

    Drew Jeffries

    August 9, 2018

    Piedmont Tech graduate Drew Jeffries is rapidly climbing the rungs of the construction industry ladder. Columbia-based McCrory Construction Company promoted Jeffries to assistant project manager. His newest project is the construction of an assisted-living facility in North Carolina. He credits excellent training at Piedmont Technical College (PTC) for much of his success.

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  • Global Manufacturer Picks Piedmont Tech Facility in Laurens as U.S. Training Site

    ABB Robotics Chooses PTC as National Training Site

    August 7, 2018

    It started quietly at first. A low buzz, numerous meetings, contract development and ― finally ― the arrival of the first three IRB 140 robots to the Piedmont Technical College (PTC) Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CAM) in Laurens. This spring marked the official launch of a partnership between PTC and ABB, a leading supplier of industrial robots that serves 53 countries around the world.

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  • Graduating Veteran Chose PTC to Reinvent Herself for the Third Time

    Willette Wright and Ryan Shelton-Benson meet at Saluda Campus

    August 1, 2018

    Even if you have a desk job in an Army infantry unit, you still have to run long distances and march for hours in combat boots carrying heavy gear. Willette Wright knows all too well what it takes. She served eight years as an administrative specialist in the Army. And her feet felt every mile of it. Today the disabled veteran works in a warehouse near her tiny home town of Ridge Spring. For the past three years, she also has been the enthusiastic, 50-something lady sitting alongside students half her age in classes at Piedmont Technical College’s Saluda County Campus.

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  • Going With the Flow at Menardi in Edgefield County

    Menardi Chooses PTC for Apprenticeship Partnership

    July 31, 2018

    Navigating a sometimes turbulent marketplace requires vision, experience ― and the right balance to stabilize the ship. Management at Menardi Filter Elements in Edgefield County realized that sailing along the same way as always only brings the same results. All the while, their competitors were changing tack in the midst of an approaching sea change. Company officials saw apprenticeship, in partnership with Piedmont Technical College, as an opportunity to secure training and update employee skills at a significantly lower cost while, at the same time, instigating a progressive shift in mindset.

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  • Piedmont Tech Prepares for Summer Graduations

    PTC Summer Graduation is August 2

    July 24, 2018

    Piedmont Technical College (PTC) will hold two summer commencement exercises on Thursday, August 2. An afternoon ceremony for Agriculture, Arts & Sciences, Business, Computer Technology, Engineering/Industrial Technology, and Nursing graduates will take place at 3 p.m. An evening ceremony for Health Science graduates will be held at 7 p.m. Both commencements will take place in the James Medford Family Event Center on PTC’s Lex Walters Campus-Greenwood.

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  • PTC Graduate Rises to Position as Magistrate Judge

    PTC Graduate Today is a Magistrate Judge

    July 23, 2018

    Petite but powerful, Christina Pope had no trouble handling suspects twice her size as a former Richland County Sheriff’s Deputy. And today, the Piedmont Technical College graduate is making an equally strong impression in the courtroom as a Richland County magistrate judge.

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