• PTC Offers Instant Admission Events for July, August

    Instant Admission Facilitates Rapid Enrollment

    June 22, 2018

    Prospective students can go from zero to enrolled in a snap during Piedmont Technical College’s “Instant Admission Days.” At these events, counselors are on hand to help students get accepted on the spot and quickly complete the enrollment process for the Fall 2018 semester. Students will leave Instant Admission Day already enrolled and prepared to start classes this fall.

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  • ZF Apprenticeship Delivers High-Paying Jobs for Those with the Right Stuff

    ZF Transmissions Training High School Dual-Enrolled PTC Apprentices

    June 21, 2018

    Just three years out of high school, Piedmont Tech graduate Travisia Thompson may be earning upwards of $60,000 a year. Let that sink in for a moment. A proactive maintenance apprentice program among partners Piedmont Technical College (PTC), Laurens County Development Corporation (LCDC), Laurens County School Districts 55 and 56, and ZF Transmissions in Gray Court is making this seemingly pie-in-the-sky opportunity available to qualified Laurens County high school students. That’s right. HIGH SCHOOL.

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  • Piedmont Tech Administrator Helping Lead STEM Mentorship Project

    Donna Foster Helps Lead STEM Mentorship Project

    June 18, 2018

    This spring, the Million Women Mentors SC group held its second annual statewide MWM-SC STEM Symposium at IT-ology in Columbia. MWM-SC has pledged 5,000 mentoring relationship commitments to support moving girls or young women toward STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers. Piedmont Technical College associate vice president for assessment and compliance Dr. Donna Foster serves on the 12-member MWM-SC steering committee.

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  • Piedmont Tech Program Nurtures Role MODELS, Father Figures

    June 14, 2018

    As Father’s Day approaches, we are reminded of the powerful impact strong male role models can have. For millions of children in the United States who don’t regularly see their fathers, a positive male role model can significantly enrich their lives and improve their prospects for success. It is in this spirit that Piedmont Technical College (PTC) sponsors the MODELS Academy, a holistic mentoring and personal development program specifically designed for African-American boys from sixth grade through high school graduation.

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  • Piedmont Tech Graduate Now a 4-H Agent for Greenwood County

    Former PTC Student Now a 4-H Agent for Greenwood County

    June 13, 2018

    Lucy Wetzel Charping was only about 60 miles from Clemson University but wasn’t sure exactly how to get there. Financially or academically. “I wanted to go into agriculture education at Clemson, but I knew I couldn’t afford to go to Clemson for four years,” Charping says.

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  • Quickskills Program Puts Students on Fast Track to Employment

    PTC Program Targets Immediate Workforce Needs

    June 12, 2018

    When employers come to Piedmont Tech with their workforce wish lists, increasingly they are seeking candidates with very specific skills that can be learned relatively quickly and built upon over time. PTC, in turn, customizes its academic offerings to align with industry needs. Critical to this task is the college’s Quickskills certification options, which teach very specific skill sets in as little as one semester. Graduates of these programs are ready to work in entry-level positions with room for advancement.

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  • PTC Instructor Shares Expertise at SC State Leadership Institute

    Jennifer Lopes Presents at SC State Retreat

    June 11, 2018

    Piedmont Technical College Humanities Department Head Jennifer Lopes gave a presentation at the South Carolina State University Division of Academic Affairs Leadership Institute in Savannah, Georgia, on May 23. Her topic, titled “The 21st Century Student and the New Paradigm for Higher Education,” emphasized the importance of “soft skills” such as work ethic and professionalism, listening, promptness, attitude and dependability in the marketability and employability of young people.

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  • National Fruit and Vegetable Month Shines Light on Agribusiness

    PTC Programs Support Higher-Tech Agribusiness Industry

    June 6, 2018

    Summer is celebrated for many things, among them the amazingly plump and colorful fruits and vegetables that grace our tables this time of year. Not everyone is aware of the hard work that goes on behind the scenes before that fresh abundance is delivered to grocery stores and farmers markets. In celebration of June as National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month, Piedmont Technical College (PTC) gives a nod to those who devote their life’s work to agriculture. For those who aspire to work in agriculture or horticulture, the PTC School of Agriculture has programs to support that goal.

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  • PTC Adult Achievers Receive GEDs, Welcome New Beginning

    Piedmont Tech Adult Achievers Graduate with GEDs

    June 5, 2018

    Some 65 individuals, all with compelling stories to tell, graduated last week as members of the Greenwood County Adult Education Class of 2018. Eleven of the graduates sported the symbolic yellow stole indicating they were PTC Adult Achievers.

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  • Students Receive Countywide Recognition at Spring Graduation

    June 4, 2018

    At Piedmont Technical College’s recent spring commencement exercises, outstanding students from each of the college’s seven supporting counties were honored for academic achievement.

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