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home : news : school & college July 17, 2018 

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Lander Student Chaz Giles Competes on Big Stage

Lander University senior mass communications major Chaz Giles recently advanced through the state, regional and video rounds of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Student Auditions, competing in the semifinal round in Las Vegas, Nev.

Lander University Associate Professor of Music Dr. Lila Noonkester said that Giles “sang well and received very good written comments from the three judges in his category.”

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Academic Honor Students Recognized for 2018 Spring Semester

Piedmont Technical College students who had outstanding academic accomplishments during the 2018 Spring Semester 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.


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

D50 CSP Students pass College Board AP exams

Congratulations to the Emerald and Greenwood High School AP (Advanced Placement) CSP (Computer Science Principles) class.  

Monday, July 9, 2018

Get Certified For Free When You Test Drive PTC

How fast does a forklift go? How many compressions per minute should you do when administering CPR? Get the answers to those questions and earn quick certification just by sampling courses at Piedmont Technical College (PTC). Interested individuals can try out selected classes at no cost as part of “Test Drive PTC.” The free program ― a $400 value ― offers an opportunity to sample curricula associated with one of two educational concentrations ― industrial and engineering or health science and nursing.


Monday, July 2, 2018

Lander puts 144 student-athletes on PBC Presidential Honor Roll

Lander University placed 144 student-athletes on the 2017-18 Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll it was announced today by the PBC office. The Presidential Honor Roll recognized 1,473 student-athletes among the 12 PBC member institutions who had a GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) for the academic year.


Monday, July 2, 2018

Agriculture Students Get Hands-On Education at PTC Saluda Campus

Do happy cows produce sweeter milk? The folks at Hickory Hill Dairy in Edgefield County think so and work hard to make sure their Holsteins are healthy, well-fed and practically pampered. June not only marks the beginning of summer but is also National Dairy Month, which naturally transports us back to carefree days and checkered cloth-draped tables with large spreads of delicious, farm-sourced food at the peak of freshness. What does it take to deliver such bounty? More than you might think.


Friday, June 29, 2018

Students arrive at Lander for Freshman Orientation

Several hundred students line up around the corner at Centennial Hall on June 26 for early morning check-in during the first day of Lander University's 2018 Freshman Orientation. Three orientation sessions will be held over June and July to accommodate the growing base of incoming freshmen.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Italian Students Visit Piedmont Technical College for Month of Training, Plant Tours

A quiet, word-of-mouth recommendation of Piedmont Technical College’s Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CAM) in Laurens has brought 12 students who are completing their training at Azienda Bergamasca Formazione (ABF) ― a regional technical school in picturesque Bergamo, Italy ― to South Carolina for a month of instruction, training, and manufacturing plant tours.


Thursday, June 28, 2018

Piedmont Tech Apprenticeship Program Wins Over Velux Staff

The apprenticeship program that quietly launched in 2016 at Velux in Greenwood has gradually attracted notice, and more employees say they want in.


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Local Students Participate in Lander University Forensics Camp

Students from Greenwood-area schools pair up to observe blood spatter patterns as they drip synthetic blood from different heights and angles during Lander University’s annual forensics camp on June 20.

The camp is sponsored by Duke Energy, and taught by Lander biology professors T.D. Maze and Jason Lee. According to Dr. Lee, students were also able to learn about body decomposition, blood typing, fingerprinting, and DNA sampling.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Lander University Announces Spring 2018 Dean's List

Lander University announces the names of undergraduates who are recognized with the honor of making the Dean’s List for their academic achievements during the spring semester of the 2017-2018 school year. To qualify for the Dean’s List, a student must earn a GPA between 3.5 and 3.9 over the course of the semester. Students and their hometowns are listed by county below.


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Automotive Tech Program Receives Coveted Accreditation
Piedmont Technical College’s Automotive Technology program has received its industry’s highest possible endorsement for training quality ― official accreditation from the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).
Monday, June 25, 2018

Local Educator Selected as New Executive Director

The newly formed Charter Institute at Erskine has several new and existing schools under its jurisdiction.  One of those is Odyssey Online Learning, an online public charter school that formerly operated as Provost Academy.  Recently a local long-time educator was selected as Odyseey’s new Executive Director.  Rodney Robinson of Greenwood is the new leader of the free online public charter school that serves high school students in grades nine through twelve around the state.  He was unanimously selected by the Board of Trustees during their May meeting.


Monday, June 25, 2018

Local Girls Choral Group Participates with National Children's Festival Chorus and Performs at Carnegie Hall

Palmetto Girls Sing! (PGS), a girls choir based in Greenwood, performed as a part of the National Children’s Festival Chorus at the legendary Carnegie Hall on Monday, June 18. The girls joined children’s choirs from other parts of the county and participated in three days of vocal workshops and rehearsals with conductor Anthony Trecek-King at the Westin near Times Square in New York City.

“This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these young ladies to perform on the stage in the famed Carnegie Hall,” explained PGS director Amy Fennell.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

PTC Offers Instant Admission Events for July, August: Get Accepted on the Spot

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.


Sunday, June 24, 2018

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

Just three years out of high school, Piedmont Tech graduate Travisia Thompson may be earning upwards of $60,000 a year.


Friday, June 22, 2018

Piedmont Tech Administrator Helping Lead STEM Mentorship Project

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.


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Middle Schoolers Study Chemistry at Lander

Jordan, left and Justin Franke observe a chemical reaction after Justin pours vinegar into a flask containing baking soda and yellow food coloring, an experiment they performed while exploring “The Magic of Chemistry,” one of five Duke Energy-sponsored science and math programs offered this summer at Lander University. Jordan and Justin will be eighth-graders at Dr. Phinnize J. Fisher Middle School in Greenville in the fall.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Two New Assistant Principals Named in District 50

Hodges and Springfield will have new faces on their administrative teams for the 2018-2019 school year.

Christine Rogers will be the Assistant Principal at Hodges Elementary next year. Rogers has worked as an Assistant Principal, Director of School Counseling, Counselor, and Career Development Facilitator at Hannah Middle School in Berkeley County School District for the last 13 years. Rogers obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Accounting from Charleston Southern University and received her Masters of Education degree in School Counseling from The Citadel. She also received a degree in Elementary School Administration & Supervision from The Citadel in 2011.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

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

Lucy Wetzel Charping was only about 60 miles from Clemson University but wasn’t sure exactly how to get there.

Financially or academically.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Piedmont Tech Instructor Shares Expertise Embedding Soft Skills into Curriculum

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.


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

PTC Student Awarded The 40 and 8 Scholarship

Piedmont Technical College associate degree nursing student and Greenwood resident Mitzie Corona, right, was awarded the Forty and 8 Scholarship at the college’s annual scholarship luncheon. Presenting the scholarship was Daniel Grubbs, left.

The unit, a support group of the American Legion that was established in 1920 by World War I veterans, annually funds a nursing scholarship.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Three Greenwood County Students Graduate from SC Governor's School for Science & Mathematics

Ridhi Chaubey, Michael F. Gresko, and Emelee Guest of Greenwood County graduated from the SC Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) on Saturday, June 2, 2018, at the DeLoach Center in Hartsville.

Chaubey, child of Alka Chaubey of Greenwood, Gresko, child of Cindy and Michael Gresko of Greenwood, and Guest, child of Sarah and James Driscoll of Greenwood, will all attend Clemson University.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

PTC Quickskills Program Targets Immediate Workforce Needs

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.


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Smith supports The Greenwood Promise

Brandon A. Smith pledged $2,500 to support The Greenwood Promise.  To date, the Promise has received more than $4.7 million in pledges.  Promise awards began with the spring high school graduating class of 2017.  For more information, visit:

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

PTC Student Awarded the Rad Tech Scholarship
Piedmont Technical College student and Greenwood resident Breanna Driggers, right, was awarded the Rad Tech Scholarship at the college’s annual scholarship luncheon. 

Driggers, a radiologic technology student, is congratulated by Bil Heath, donor. This scholarship is restricted to a student in their senior year of the Rad Tech Program (4th or 5th semester) with a Rad Tech-specific GPA of 3.0 or higher. 

Preference is given to a single custodial parent first. Second preference is an adult student returning due to a career change.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

PTC Student Receives Judy Daulton Accounting Scholarship

Piedmont Technical College student and Greenwood resident Christopher Beaudet was awarded the Judy Daulton Accounting Scholarship at the college’s annual scholarship luncheon.

Beaudet, left, an accounting student, is congratulated by scholarship donor Judy Daulton. This endowment was established in 2014 by Judy Daulton, a retired accounting instructor at PTC. Scholarships are awarded to students enrolled in the accounting curriculum.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Lander University announces faculty tenure and promotions for 2018/19 academic year

Lander’s award-winning faculty help provide a robust student experience in the classroom and beyond, encouraging students to achieve academically and engage in the Lander and greater Greenwood community. The Provost and University Tenure and Promotions Committee recently announced their decision to promote or grant tenure to outstanding members of the Lander University faculty.


Monday, June 11, 2018

Lander Ranked 3rd Best Public College in South Carolina; 15th Best Nationally for Veterans

According to recent rankings by College Consensus, Lander University is the third best public college in South Carolina. Nationally, Lander ranks as the 33rd best public college and the 15th best in the country for veterans.

To identify the top colleges and universities, College Consensus merged data from respected college rankings like U.S. News & World Report, Forbes and Times Higher Education with student reviews published online at sites such as Niche and Unigo.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

PTC Programs Support a Growing, Higher-Tech Agribusiness Industry

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.


Thursday, June 7, 2018

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