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Piedmont Tech Human Services Majors Recognized for Excellence

Piedmont Technical College (PTC) recently presented its 2019 Human Services Program awards to exceptional students. The Outstanding Student Awards for summer and fall semesters went to Elena Worthing and Brian Love, both of Greenwood. Love also was presented with the program’s Clinical Excellence Award. Brittany Able of Abbeville received the Academic Excellence Award. Angela Corn of Greenwood was presented the “Start2Finish” award.

 

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Piedmont Tech Fall Graduation Set for Dec. 12

Piedmont Technical College (PTC) will conduct two fall commencement ceremonies on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019. The first, at 3 p.m., will celebrate graduates in the arts & sciences, business, computer technology, commercial art & public service, engineering & industrial technologies. The second, at 7 p.m., will celebrate graduates in health care. Both programs will take place in the James Medford Family Event Center on the college’s Lex Walters Campus-Greenwood.

 

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

D50's Officially Adopts Balanced Modified Calendar

D50 will operate on a traditional calendar next year, prior to a transition to a balanced modified calendar during the 2021-2022 & 2022-2023 school years Greenwood School District 50’s Balanced Modified Calendar for the 2020-2021 and 2022-2022 school year recently was officially adopted.

 

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Greenwood High takes second in regional Academic Challenge Tournament; Clinton wins title

WPEC held a two day tournament on December 2nd and 3rd to decide who would represent the conference at the Academic Challenge State Championship. Monday night the teams faced off in three rounds of double elimination to determine who advances to the second day of play. Greenwood High won their first match against Mid-Carolina High School. The second match ended with Greenwood getting their first loss as they faced against defending state champions, Laurens District 55 High School. The Eagles’ last round of the night was against the team from Emerald High School ending with a close, three-point game, knocking Emerald out of the tournament. While Greenwood and Emerald were going head-to-head, Laurens was defeated by Clinton High School in the third round.

 

Friday, December 6, 2019

Lander University Alumni Association welcomes seven new board members

The Lander University Alumni Association has announced the recent addition of seven alumni to its board.

 

Sunday, December 1, 2019

D50 Announces Jamie Blount as Interim Principal at Emerald

Jamie Blount has been named as the Interim Principal at Emerald High School. Blount is currently in her 3rd year serving as the Assistant Principal at Emerald. Prior to working in District 50, Blount worked five years at Southside High School and seven years at Mauldin High School in Greenville as an English teacher.

 

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Lander business students provide digital marketing insight to entrepreneurs

When entrepreneurs Julie Schlageter and Caroline Furman launched their designer handbag brand Piper Buck, they knew a lot about fabric but very little about digital marketing. Working with a group of Lander University management marketing majors, though, has armed them with a blueprint for business success.

 

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Lander University ushers in the holiday season with Tree Lighting Celebration
Lander University’s Assembly Plaza was filled with hundreds of community friends, students, faculty, staff and their families for the fifth annual Holiday Tree Lighting celebration. Attractions included pictures with Santa, horse-drawn carriage rides, a Ferris wheel, ornament decorations, an ugly sweater contest and a life-size step inside snow globe.

Attendees also enjoyed performances from the Lander Rockettes; the university’s Minorities on the Move Choir; the Baptist Collegiate Ministry Praise Band; and Jacob Mitchell, winner of the 2019 Lander’s Got Talent competition. 

Thursday, November 21, 2019

D50 Announces Partnership with Gaggle

D50 announces partnership with national leader in K-12 student safety management Greenwood School District 50 announced today a partnership with Gaggle, the leader in assisting K-12 districts with managing student safety on district-provided technology. District 50 plans to launch Gaggle services in December.

“Our district realizes that Google and Microsoft are powerful learning tools, but safety must be considered with all of these tools,” Superintendent Steve Glenn stated. “Our partnership with Gaggle will assist in protecting our students, avoiding tragedies, and potentially saving lives. Our number one priority is to help schools in our district create safe learning environments that will positively impact students.”


Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Hemann wins Miss NSHS 2020

The Miss Ninety Six High Pageant was held on Monday, November 11th at Ninety Six High School.  Shelby Turner, Miss Ninety Six High 2019, opened the show by welcoming the audience to "The Greatest Show on Earth." 

During the opening parade, the contestants donned original circus theme wear as they introduced themselves under the Big Top.  Emcee for the evening was Ryan Hewitt, Artistic Director and Youth & Outreach Coordinator at The Greenwood Community Theatre. 


Monday, November 18, 2019

Lander's Wellness Center hosts "Vapeout" to address student vaping

Lander University students gathered in the Grier Student Center on Tuesday, Nov. 12, for “Coffee and Conversation” on the potential health hazards associated with vaping, a popular social trend that has received high levels of national attention in recent months.

The event was sponsored by Lander’s Wellness Center, as part of a larger series entitled “The Great Lander Vapeout,” which aims to address vaping among students on college campuses.

“Vaping” is the act of inhaling vapor produced by electronic cigarettes, vaporizers and other similar devices. Popularity of these devices has risen drastically among young people in the last five years. According to a report from the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General of the United States, the use of e-cigarettes is now higher among students than with adults.


Monday, November 18, 2019

Ninety Six Students Honor Veterans

Ninety Six High School and Edgewood Middle School packed the Gymnasium on Monday, November 11 at 10:00 AM to pay tribute to local Veterans. Students from both Ninety Six High & Edgewood Middle Schools participated in the program.  Jacqueline A. Rapp, program coordinator, expressed extreme gratitude for the sacrifice that Veterans make to serve our country.

 

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Key State Scholarship Expansions will Allow More PTC Students to Attend College Tuition-Free

The daughter of a career law enforcement official from Edgefield County, Kylie Wash learned early on the value of a strong work ethic. The 20-year-old radiologic technology major and Piedmont Technical College (PTC) Presidential Ambassador aspires to live by her father’s example.

“My father devoted 24 years to the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office and to the people of Edgefield County,” she said. “He has always put others before himself. … He has taught me so much about life and has told me forever to always work hard even if nobody notices because your actions can speak louder than words.”


Monday, November 11, 2019

D50 Schools recognize Oct Terrific Kids
The following students were recenlty recognized as Terrific Kids at the following D50 schools.  

Click on the title to see a full list of students from each school.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Piedmont Tech Education Grads Help McCormick Child Care Program Attain Highest Rating in the State

It is a warm, sunny morning at the McCormick County School of Early Education (MCSEE). About a dozen preschoolers romp around an outdoor play area, their giggling and joyful exclamations resonating across the school yard. Clearly, they are having fun. But this is serious business. These youngsters are learning ― through play ― how to safely explore their world and interact with others. They are learning that school is a happy place. They’re also building lifelong, positive associations with being in school.

 

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Agreement signals significant tuition discounts for Lakelands teachers and staff

Through an agreement between Lander University and the Western Piedmont Education Consortium (WPEC), faculty and staff of school districts in the Lakelands area are able to enjoy a discounted tuition rate for courses they take at Lander.

 

Monday, November 4, 2019

Lander University celebrates Family Weekend

Lander University students and their families enjoyed a day in Bearcat Country during the annual Family Weekend, Oct. 18-20. Attendees enjoyed Uptown Greenwood’s Oktprberfest, a family picnic lunch, student performances, victories by Lander women’s volleyball and soccer teams, a Kids’ Corner with inflatables and face-painting, and a concert by U-Neek. Each year, the event is enjoyed by parents, grandparents, and entire families as they visit their Lander student while getting a taste of Greenwood. Photo by Deb Nygro.


Thursday, October 24, 2019

NSHS raises funds to support the American Cancer Society

Ninety Six High School supports The American Cancer Society yearly; cancer affects so many lives, a large number of NSHS students are affected because they have loved ones that may have or have recently been diagnosed with Cancer. As a school in the Ninety Six community they wanted to help their students to become advocates in their communities; they want them to care for others.

“I personally want to thank Mr. James Hill and Pride of Greenwood Lodge #411 for their donation of $100 to this worthy cause” said Jacqueline Rapp, Media Specialist for NSHS.  “Let’s continue to work to get a cure for CANCER. So far we have raised $656 and we are still working to get more donations for this worthy cause”.


Wednesday, October 23, 2019

"Greenwood School District 50 Update" Topic of Morning Blend

The Greenwood SC Chamber’s October 31st  Morning Blend program will feature Dr. Steve Glenn, Superintendent of Greenwood School District 50.  Named superintendent last year, Dr. Glenn will provide a district update as well as discuss the proposed calendar changes.  The district is comprised of eight elementary schools, three middle schools, two high schools, a technology center, and an adult education center. 

 

Monday, October 21, 2019

Richardson Pays Final Visit to Lander

In the past 13 years, 109 Lander University students have studied abroad at the University of Winchester, in England. The rich history of the city, its closeness to London, the excellent reputation of the university and the affordability of a semester there are some of the reasons why.

 

Monday, October 21, 2019

Piedmont Tech Engineering Student Creates Special Needs Prototype

The tycoons of reality television’s Shark Tank should take note. Piedmont Technical College (PTC) Engineering Design Technology student Kaleigh Price may not have invented the next big thing like the Simply Fit Board, but she’s designed something that undoubtedly will make a BIG difference for special needs students at Woodfields Elementary School in Greenwood.  

 

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Abbeville Promise Results Exceed Expectations in Year Two

After a community-wide effort to raise enough funds to make the program sustainable, the Abbeville Promise launched with the graduating high school class of 2018. Now in its second year, and just a few weeks into the Fall 2019 college semester, the impact of the Abbeville Promise continues to be felt.

Under the leadership of Brad Evans as chairman, The Freshwater Coast Community Foundation sponsored a campaign to establish the Abbeville Promise—a “last dollar” scholarship program for every graduating high school senior from Abbeville County.


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Lander's miniature horses provide needed support
With fall break just around the corner, students at Lander University took a break from classes to visit with a group of miniature horses on Wednesday, Oct. 9. 

The visit was sponsored by Lander’s Student Wellness Center, as part of Mental Health Awareness Week, which seeks to educate the campus community on mental wellness and provide support for students in need of help.

Other activities included depression screenings, educational exhibits, and stress relieving neck and shoulder massages provided by area professionals.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Piedmont Tech Continuing Education to Present Details for Three Travel Opportunities for Next Year on October 24

Picture it. Tuscany 2020. Renaissance art. Sunflower fields. Olive groves. …

Affordable travel opportunities abound, and the Piedmont Technical College (PTC) Continuing Education program has scheduled a free presentation about three trips planned for 2020 ― to Tuscany, Southern France and the Painted Canyons of the American West.


Monday, October 14, 2019

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Lander University unveils gaming lounge for students

Lander University unveiled its new gamer’s lounge during a grand opening celebration last week.

Nicknamed the Bearcade, the lounge is located in the Thomason residency complex. In addition to having three gaming stations for the general student population, the Bearcade also features a 12-station training area for Lander’s Esports team, the Bearcat Bytes.


Friday, October 11, 2019

PTC Human Services Students Learn Suicide Prevention Strategies

It became astonishingly clear as the question-and-answer session commenced that nearly everyone in the room had been affected by suicide at some point in their life. Some shared their personal stories. A few shed tears.

To learn strategies for dealing with a suicidal person in crisis, Piedmont Technical College (PTC) Human Services students in Greenwood recently participated in a special training ― titled the QPR Institute ― with Tony Johnson, regional executive director of Mental Health America.


Friday, October 11, 2019

Lander University recognizes alumni award winners

Lander University recognized six alumni during its annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Ceremony. The event was held Friday, Oct. 4, at Lander Legion Hall.

 

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Family Weekend set for Oct. 18-20 at Lander University

With the promise of October's cooler temperatures and colorful autumn foliage, Lander University is preparing to host Family Weekend from Oct 18-20.

The weekend kicks off on Friday, Oct. 18 with a free outdoor concert when "The Tams" perform at Oktoberfest in Uptown Greenwood.  Students and their families are invited to a reception at The Arts Center of Greenwood later that evening.


Monday, October 7, 2019

Lander Students Get Lesson in Self-Defense

Private investigator Chandra Cleveland, a law enforcement veteran and self-defense expert, demonstrates how to use a “catfight self-defense tool” to ward off an attack by an assailant. “This is going to be a big surprise for him,” she said, adding, “as soon as he lets my hand go, I’m gone.” Cleveland, who spoke at Lander University, said that one in four female undergraduates will be sexually assaulted by the time she graduates. “If you don’t know how to protect yourself, you’re more likely to be a victim,” she said. Cleveland, whose visit was sponsored by Lander’s Spill the T.E.A. student organization, said that awareness of one’s surroundings is the key to staying safe.


Thursday, October 3, 2019


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