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Piedmont Tech Going ‘Soft’ to Teach Students How to Work Hard

It’s one thing to know how to do a particular job. It’s another thing to know how to work.

Piedmont Technical College is making sure students acquire these key “soft” skills along with technical and academic knowledge through its Work Ethics Skills program.

Currently in its pilot stages, WES is being introduced to mechatronics classes on the Greenwood, Laurens and Newberry campuses. Faculty will be incorporating concepts such as attitude, listening and punctuality into regular coursework and assessing students on how they perform.

Kinard Named PTC Innovator of the Year

Zeolean Frick Kinard, director of Institutional Reporting at Piedmont Technical College, has been named the 2017 PTC Innovator of the Year by the PTC Area Commission.

"It's an honor to be recognized," Kinard said. "I'm a part of a great team, and I think this is really a reflection on the work we all do here at PTC."

Teen Tech Provides Summer Options for Teens

Piedmont Technical College is offering an exciting slate of programs for youth this summer. From aviation to photography, there are a wide variety of different, fun and exciting programs. Get hands-on with future agents in training, mechatronics and automotive technology programs or put your imagination and creativity to work through baking, drawing and sewing offerings.

AnMed Health Visits PTC Campus

Representatives from AnMed Health recently provided a special lunch for the students in the Piedmont Technical College medical assistant and surgical technology programs. Stephanie Alessandrini, left and Carlisle Baker shared the needs of the Anderson-based health care system for well-trained personnel in both fields.

Math Department Hosts State Conference

The South Carolina Affiliate of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (SOCAMATYC) recently held their annual conference at the Newberry campus of Piedmont Technical College. The two-day workshop featured Eden Donahou, professor mathematics/endowed teaching chair from Seminole State College in Florida as well as several professional development sessions. Representatives from two-year colleges across the state were in attendance.  

Massage Therapy Grad Brings Personal Touch to Restorative Care

Melissa Raugh knows that just because you put your dreams on hold doesn’t mean you can’t achieve them.

Raugh always knew she wanted to go into massage therapy. After completing high school, she made the decision to start a family. Now that her children are grown, she has made the decision to pursue her dreams.

“I chose to be a stay-at-home mom for my children and it proved to be a huge blessing,” she said.

Computer Technology Program Teaching the Future

Today, technology is used at home, at work, at school, on phones and nearly everywhere else in one form or another. It has become an indispensable part of everyday life. And in this rapidly-changing field, it’s important to have a wide-ranging skill set.

Piedmont Technical College offers several pathways for developing the necessary skills to excel in a variety of technology-based careers. But none are more directly related to this topic than the college’s computer technology program.

PTC Sponsors Annual Black History Month Poetry Jam

Students, faculty and staff at Piedmont Technical College recently participated in an Open Mic Poetry Jam in celebration of Black History Month. Presenters included guest poet Moody Black of the award-winning Upstate “Say What?!” Slam Team. 

Piedmont Technical College Helps Workers, Industry Sharpen Skills through Apprenticeships

While the term sounds like something from centuries gone by, apprenticeships are a modern way to develop skills needed in today’s economy, as Piedmont Technical College students are finding out.

PTC is partnering with local industry on several new programs, continuing a mission of workforce development that goes back to the very beginning of the SC Technical College System.

Haering Precision Makes Presentation at PTC

Representatives from Haering Precision USA recently made a presentation to students in the machine tool technology, mechatronics technology, electronic engineering technology and welding programs at Piedmont Technical College. One of the leading manufacturers of precision components and subassemblies for the automotive industry, the German-based company will be opening a facility in Lavonia, Ga. and is recruiting highly-motivated individuals for a three-year rotational training program at their German global headquarters.

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