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home : news : school May 23, 2017 

District 50 celebrates Teachers of the Year
On Friday, May 19th, Greenwood School District 50 celebrated its 2017-2018 Teachers of the Year with a special recognition luncheon at Genesis Education Center. 
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Deadline to Participate in Lander Summer Science and Math Program Draws Near

Registration to take part in Lander University’s summer Science and Math program for students in grades five through 12 is available through May 31.

The application form can be found online at A letter of recommendation from the student’s science or math teacher or guidance counselor is also required. The fee, $125 per session, covers all supplies and snacks and lunch in the Lander Dining Hall.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Outstanding students honored at Piedmont Technical College Graduation

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. Five Greenwood County students were honored for maintaining high academic success.

Virginia Cannon, right, was recognized by PTC area commission secretary Cherry Brown during the afternoon ceremony. Cannon is an Associate in Arts graduate. 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Outstanding students honored at Piedmont Technical College Graduation

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. Five Greenwood County students were honored for maintaining high academic success.

Three students were recognized by PTC area commission members during the evening ceremony. Pictured are, from left, Claudine Feussi, computer technology; Dontavious Cooper, heating, ventilation and air conditioning; Sarah Driscoll, administrative office technology; and Dr. George Cone, PTC area commission member.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Local students receive first annual Mardis Gras Scholarship Ball

Five local students receive the first Mardis Gras Scholarship Ball during a special presentation held at New Generation Outreach Church.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Lander Presents 2017 Staff Excellence Awards

Five Lander University employees were honored for their work during the annual Staff Excellence Awards breakfast on Tuesday, May 9.


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Night Classes among New Initiatives for PTC Automotive Program

Responding to the needs of working adults as well as market trends, the Automotive Technology program at Piedmont Technical College is planning several changes for fall.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

New bench honors early Lander Trustee

Although current students might not recognize the name except from Lander University archives, George Washington Sullivan was one of the school’s earliest influences. Now, with the support of his family, Sullivan and his guiding efforts are being remembered through the donation of a campus bench and plaque in his honor.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

District 50 Receives Special Recognition at SC/NSPRA Annual Business Meeting & Rewards for Excellence Program
Greenwood School District 50 receives special award for "Going For Gold" videos and their own Johnathan Graves nominated as President of the SC/NSPRA.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Lander Confers More Than 270 Degrees During Spring Graduation

Lander University conferred more than 270 degrees during its 155th commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 6, in Finis Horne Arena.


Monday, May 8, 2017

Piedmont Tech Offers Summer Opportunity for Visiting Students

Summer breaks are important for college students. They’re a time to unwind, have a little fun and focus on more than just school.

Still, many college students like to enjoy their summer while also working on a few credits to help jumpstart their next academic year? Through online courses and eight convenient locations, Piedmont Technical College can help students get the credits they need while saving on tuition.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Piedmont Tech Recognizes Employees for 390 Years of Service
Awards for service to Piedmont Technical College totaling 390 years were presented at a recent luncheon. 

Recipients and their individual service totals are, front from left, Charles Dixon (20); and Kevin Moore (20). Second, Lynn Mack (40); Sherry Holmes (20); Melanie Cochran (10); Beth Moore (10); Tamatha Sells (20); Dr. Dale Smoak (30); Dr. Sung Kim (20); John Edwards (10); Claudia Edwards (10); and Travis Bouknight (10). Back, Ben Higgins (10); Phil Wheeler (10); Sheryl Maffett (10); Lisa Toland (20); Gail Carruth (10); Michelle Liggett (10); Beverly Burton (30); Michael Rhinehart (10); and Dr. Ray Brooks, president of PTC. Not pictured are Dianne Gortney (30); Doug Massey (10); Eric Fisher (10); and Marc Renwick (10).

The group represents every sector of the institution, including faculty and staff.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Lander retirees return for annual brunch

More than 40 people returned to Lander University in mid-April for the annual Retirees Brunch in honor of their years of service to the school – and whether they came from near or far, everyone enjoyed good food, reconnecting with old friends and sharing memories, and hearing the latest on school developments.


Thursday, May 4, 2017

New PTC Class Addresses Growing Demand for Registered Behavior Technicians

Responding to community needs, Piedmont Technical College has introduced a new class for registered behavior technicians (RBT).

The RBT course began in March and runs for approximately 12 weeks. Two dozen students signed up, a strong turnout for a first-time continuing education class, according to Piedmont Tech’s Kassie Hall.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Students Honored at Awards Ceremony

At Piedmont Technical College’s 43rd annual Student Awards and Recognition Program, president Dr. Ray Brooks applauded the achievements of more than 40 student leaders.  The ceremony attracted students, faculty, staff, friends and family members.


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Johnson receives 2017 Outstanding Superintendent Award

On Wednesday, May 3rd, G. Frank Russell Technology Center Director Bonnie Corbitt recognized District 50 Superintendent Darrell Johnson with the 2017 Outstanding Superintendent Award. 


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Two New Elementary Principals Named in District 50

The Early Childhood Center and Woodfields Elementary School will have new faces as principals next year.

Ginny Metts has been named as the Early Childhood Center’s new Director. Metts is currently in her 6th year as Principal at Woodfields Elementary School. She received her Bachelor’s degree from in Elementary Education and her Masters of Education degree in School Administration from the University of South Carolina.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Lander Graduate Moore Receives Top Academic Award

Melissa Williams Moore, of Greenwood, has received Lander University’s Thayer Award in recognition of her achievement of graduating in December with the highest scholastic average of any student in her class.


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Carolina-DeMARINI finishes strong in Super NIT

Team Carolina-DeMARINI finished 2nd in the Majors division out of 17 teams in the South Carolina Spring Super NIT played in West Columbia 4/29-4/30. Playing 4 games on Sunday, going 3-1.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Lander employees honored during Alumni Week

It’s a new tradition that could soon catch on – as 33 of Lander University’s staff showed up April 18 at the school’s alumni employee breakfast.


Saturday, April 29, 2017

Greenwood School District 50 Provides Notice of Data Security Event

Greenwood School District 50 (“the District”) began providing notice today to impacted individuals about a recent incident that may affect the security of personal information relating to certain current and former employees of the District, certain employee family members, students, and other individuals.


Friday, April 28, 2017

Piedmont Technical College to Hold Commencement May 4

Piedmont Technical College will hold two spring commencement exercises on May 4. 


Friday, April 28, 2017

SCANA Corporation Chairman Kevin Marsh to speak at Lander Spring Commencement

Lander University will confer approximately 270 degrees during its spring Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 6, at 11 a.m. in Finis Horne Arena.

The commencement speaker will be Kevin Marsh, chairman and chief executive officer with SCANA Corporation, a $9-billion energy-based holding company that has brought power and fuel to homes in the Carolinas and Georgia for 170 years.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Turnout for Student Academic Symposium Called 'Excellent'

Breanna Butler, a secondary English education major from Bradley, won top honors in the “Connecting to Education” segment of this year’s Student Academic Symposium, one of nine sessions and panels in which Lander University students presented their research, art and other academic work before faculty members, fellow students and members of the community. 


Friday, April 28, 2017

Piedmont Technical College Hosts Two Adventures

Piedmont Technical College is hosting two adventures to two exciting locations.

The Southern California New Year’s Celebration will be Dec. 29, 2017-Jan. 3, 2018. The Southern Italy and Sicily trip is scheduled for March 8-19, 2018. 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

District 50 Announces 2017-2018 Support Employees of the Year

The Support Employee of the Year Program is designed to honor those individuals who represent District 50’s many exceptional support employees. In recognition of their hard work and dedication, 19 support employees have been selected as their school/department’s 2017-2018 Support Employee of the Year.

Click to see the full list of employees honored...

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

EHS Athletics accepting Hall of Fame nominations

Emerald High School Athletics will be accepting Hall of Fame nominations through Friday, May 5.  If you would like to nominate a former Emerald athlete or coach, please go online to:  click on the Viking HQ link for information and the form.  You may also contact Sherri Tommie (941-5730 or by email - or Tonya Branyon (941-5730 or by email -

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

FAFSA Week Extended to Piedmont Tech County Campus Locations

Piedmont Technical College has extended FAFSA Week and expanded it to the college’s county campuses.

Due to security concerns, the IRS and the Department of Education now require all students and parents to enter their tax information by hand into their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In addition to FAFSA Week being held now through April 28, FASFA Days will be held at county campus locations.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Lander holds 49th Annual Athletics Banquet

The Lander University Athletics Department held the 49th Annual Athletics Banuqet on Monday evening at Horne Arena. The event honored the University's student-athletes for their accomplishments during the 2016-17 campaign. 


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Lander seniors to be honored at year's last art show
Art lovers of all kinds are expected to show up April 20 for the reception of Lander University’s annual senior arts exhibition.
Friday, April 21, 2017

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