McCormick County

PTC HVAC Program Hosts Specialized Training Presentation

Piedmont Technical College’s Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) program recently hosted a training event for its students to introduce them to a unique area of the field. Gary Gilley, vice president of Protec Industrial Services, made a presentation on ammonia refrigeration systems, covering the safety, operation and use of the process. Ammonia refrigeration systems are used by many large industries in the area and training is limited.

Piedmont Tech Honors Veterans

Students, faculty and staff at Piedmont Technical College recently gathered to honor veterans. Students and staff who had served or are currently serving in the armed forces were treated to a special luncheon and recognition, including the presentation of special honor cords to those veteran students who will be graduating in December.

Continuing Education Program Receives Recognition

Piedmont Technical College’s Economic Development and Continuing Education division has been recognized for their outstanding work with registered behavior technicians (RBT) by the South Carolina Association for Higher Continuing Education (SCAHCE).

The RBT program received the SCAHCE Cooperative Program Award. The award recognizes effective cooperative programs in continuing education among two or more educational institutions and /or state agencies, non-profits, public sector, or private sector partners.

PTC Foundation Names New Board Members

The Piedmont Technical College Foundation has named several new board members for the coming year. They are Mamie Banks of McCormick County, and Dan Martins and Jamie McClain of Greenwood County.

Expansion Projects Aid Growth at Piedmont Tech

Piedmont Technical College is committed to creating vibrant learning communities for students, and the evidence can be seen in multiple renovation and expansion projects.

“We have a lot going on right now – probably more than normal,” said Chad Teague, PTC’s director of facilities management. “However, we’re always looking to improve our programs, so we normally have some sort of project going on at one of our seven county campuses.”

Academic Honor Students Recognized for 2017 Summer Term

Piedmont Technical College students who had outstanding academic accomplishments during the 2017 summer term have earned inclusion on the President’s List. To be named to the list, students must be full time and earn a term GPA of 4.00. Students will receive a certificate of achievement signed by the college president.

President’s List students include:

Respiratory Care Instructor Wins State Award

Karla Gilliam, respiratory care instructor at Piedmont Technical College, has been named the 2017 South Carolina Society of Respiratory Care (SCSRC) Education Practitioner of the Year.

“This is a huge honor,” Gilliam said. “We have a very strong respiratory society and we have very strong respiratory therapists in the state, so for me to stand out is one of the highest honors I’ve had.”

Piedmont Tech Promotes Work-Life Balance and Wellness in Employees

Piedmont Technical College is taking an additional approach to helping their students succeed. That approach is to promote a work-life balance and wellness in their employees. This approach is part of Piedmont Tech’s strategic directions and goals. It’s achieved through ongoing efforts such as PTC’s annual Wellness Expo, as well as new amenities such as a faculty/staff wellness center.

“We’re trying to take a holistic approach to wellness,” said Alesia Brown, associate vice president of human resources.

PTC Begins CAREplan Initiative to Help Students

The development of a redesigned advising plan for health science and nursing students is among the special initiatives currently being undertaken at Piedmont Technical College.

Called the CAREplan, the initiative is scheduled to roll out for the fall 2018 semester on the Lex Walters-Greenwood Campus. Participants in the CAREplan will:

Piedmont Tech Welcomes New Presidential Ambassadors

Each year, Piedmont Technical College chooses some of its best and brightest to serve as Presidential Ambassadors. These students represent the college at campus functions, provide tours and speak about their experiences to potential students. This year’s select 14 are from a variety of backgrounds, representing many program areas and hometowns, but they all have one thing in common. They all echo a common message of gratitude for the impact Piedmont Tech has had on their lives, both personally and academically.


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