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Attitude is Everything for Piedmont Tech Student Living with Cerebral Palsy

Dillon Greenway is only 21, but he’s already had a lot of work done.

By “work,” Greenway refers to the many surgeries he’s endured over his young life to manage physical difficulties presented by cerebral palsy (CP). The Piedmont Technical College (PTC) student is pretty recognizable on campus, partly because of the rolling walker that he uses to help him get around, but mostly by the sunshine that seems to follow him in attitude and spirit.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Lander places two more students in D.C. Honors College internships

What began in 2010 as a Lander University milestone has become an almost expected tradition.

This August, two more Bearcats – Brooke Trotter and Sarah Grigg – will head to Washington, D.C., to spend their fall semester in a work-study internship through the Washington Semester Program.

Directed by the University of South Carolina Honors College, the program will run from August 25 through December 7 – and Trotter and Grigg are counting the days until departure.

“I am beyond excited,” said Trotter, a junior Criminology major.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Community invited to free concerts and art shows at Lander University

Lander University invites the community to visit campus and enjoy free concerts and artistic exhibits that showcase the talents of students and guest artists from across the country and abroad.


Friday, August 10, 2018

PTC Graduate Climbing Construction Industry Ladder

It’s only appropriate that Piedmont Tech graduate Drew Jeffries is rapidly climbing the rungs of the construction industry ladder. He has a sincere passion for it ― a passion forged while a student in a building construction technology program known for its enthusiastic, tell-it-like-it-is instructors.

This spring, the Columbia-based McCrory Construction Company promoted Jeffries to assistant project manager, and his new project is the construction of an assisted-living facility in North Carolina. He credits excellent training at Piedmont Technical College (PTC) for much of his success.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Scholarships Established at Lander University in Honor of Fallen Science Student

The parents of James Logan Lusk have established two Lander scholarships to honor the memory of their son, who lost his life in a single car accident earlier this year.

Beginning with the 2018 academic year, the Logan Lusk Angel Memorial Science Scholarship and Logan Lusk Angel Memorial General Funded Scholarship will be awarded to a science major student and a general major student in need of financial assistance, and who can demonstrate the same passion and commitment to leadership exhibited by Logan in the areas of academics, community service and extracurricular activities.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Global Manufacturer Picks Piedmont Tech Facility as U.S. Training Site

It started quietly at first. A low buzz, numerous meetings, contract development and ― finally ― the arrival of the first three IRB 140 robots to the Piedmont Technical College (PTC) Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CAM) in Laurens. This spring marked the official launch of a partnership between PTC and ABB, a leading supplier of industrial robots that serves 53 countries around the world.


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Lander Freshman Orientation another huge success - More than 850 attend summer sessions

Lander University freshmen Jacob Withers and Audrey Matthews didn’t have to wait until the first day of classes to get a feel for the Lander experience.


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

D50 implementing Clear Bag rule & Metal Detectors at major events for safety

Greenwood School District announced two major procedures they are implementing this year at all major events in an effort to keep those attending safe.


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Graduating Veteran Chose Piedmont Tech to Reinvent Herself for the Third Time

Even if you have a desk job in an Army infantry unit, you still have to run long distances and march for hours in combat boots carrying heavy gear. Willette Wright knows all too well what it takes. She served eight years as an administrative specialist in the Army. And her feet felt every mile of it.


Thursday, August 2, 2018

Lander establishes a new Center for Online and Innovative Learning

This summer Lander University took a big step toward the future of learning by creating a new Center for Online and Innovative Learning.

The new center, under the direction of Associate Professor of English Dr. Lloyd Willis, will serve to promote all educational pursuits that fall outside conventional delivery, including e-learning, weekend programs, evening programs, and faculty training for online teaching.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Abbeville Promise Campaign Advances on $1.2 Million Goal

The Freshwater Coast Community Foundation’s Abbeville Promise capital campaign has achieved a pledge total of $883,500.00. That amount equals seventy-four percent of the campaign’s $1.2 million goal. The Abbeville Promise scholarship program will give students from Abbeville County the opportunity to attend Piedmont Technical College for two years tuition and required fees.


Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Briggs steps down as Lander University Police Chief - Allen assumes new role as chief

In the mid-1980s, Eddie Briggs was a Lieutenant with the Greenwood City Police Department – and the first time he set foot on the Lander University campus was like being transported into a different world.


Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Vice President for Student Affairs Randy Bouknight to begin new chapter of service to Lander University

After 46 years of serving the students of Lander University, H. Randall 'Randy' Bouknight, Vice President for Student Affairs will soon assume a new role of service as a special ambassador for the university.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Local businesses invited to introduce themselves to Lander students at CommUniversity, register now

Lander University is inviting businesses in Greenwood and the surrounding areas to take part in the university's annual CommUniversity event on Wednesday, Aug. 22. 

This popular event attracts hundreds of Lander students who want to see what their new community has to offer.  During the event, area businesses and organizations introduce their services and products by providing samples, coupons, prizes and other promotional items that market their business. Nonprofits have the opportunity to speak with students looking to volunteer in community service projects.

CommUniversity runs from noon - 2 p.m. inside the Grier Student Center and outside on Assembly Plaza.  Registration is free, but space is limited, so register early.  To register or learn more, contact the Office of Student Activities at (864) 388-8244 or visit Lander's website at


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Lander University Names New Vice President of Student Affairs

Dr. Boyd Yarbrough has been named the new vice president for Student Affairs at Lander University. He will officially begin his duties on August 1. Lander conducted a national search to fill the position when it was announced that Randy Bouknight, who served in the role since 1979, would transition into the role of special assistant to Lander President Richard Cosentino.


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Piedmont Tech Prepares for Summer Graduations

Piedmont Technical College (PTC) will hold two summer commencement exercises on Thursday, August 2. An afternoon ceremony for Agriculture, Arts & Sciences, Business, Computer Technology, Engineering/Industrial Technology, and Nursing graduates will take place at 3 p.m. An evening ceremony for Health Science graduates will be held at 7 p.m. Both commencements will take place in the James Medford Family Event Center on PTC’s Lex Walters Campus-Greenwood.


Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Lander professionals present to fraternity and sorority life professionals throughout the Carolinas

Lander University professionals Amanda Morgan, Director of Career Services (left) and Jill Franklin, Assistant Director of Student Activities and Director of Fraternity/Sorority Life (right) share their success story on how they implemented a new career development program for the greek community on Lander's campus.


Tuesday, July 24, 2018

PTC Graduate Rises to Position as Magistrate Judge

Petite but powerful, Christina Pope had no trouble handling suspects twice her size as a former Richland County Sheriff’s Deputy. And today, the Piedmont Technical College graduate is making an equally strong impression in the courtroom as a Richland County magistrate judge.

“If you have never met me, you would not know I had a career in law enforcement,” Pope said. “I’m a small woman, but at the same time, I have a tough-woman persona. I wasn’t just on the force. I was very successful during my law enforcement career. I was part of the Gang Task Force. … I am a lady, but I don’t look like I can actually take someone down and handcuff them.”

Monday, July 23, 2018

First Citizens Bank contributes to The Abbeville Promise

Jason Arnold, Assistant Vice President of First Citizens Bank in Abbeville, presents a check for $5,000 to Abbeville Promise campaign co-chair Jeff Wilson of WCTEL.


Monday, July 23, 2018

Cambridge Academy celebrates 50 years!
Cambridge Academy, an independent school in Greenwood, is celebrating its 50th year this year.  Cambridge has indeed come a long way since beginning in 1968 with only grades 1-6.
Friday, July 20, 2018

Ahead of the Curve on 'Protect and Serve', PTC Criminal Justice Program Provides Solid Career Foundation

The ability to effectively protect and serve the public takes a special type of individual, someone with both empathy and acute critical thinking skills, someone with moral conviction and respect for the rule of law.


Friday, July 20, 2018

D50 participating in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)

Greenwood School District 50 is participating in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for the 2018/2019 school year.  Section 104(a) of the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 amended section 11(a)(1) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1759a(a)(1))(the law) to provide an alternative to household applications for free and reduced-price meals in local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools with increased levels of low-income students. This alternative is referred to as the Community Eligibility Provision.  All students enrolled in the school/district may participate in the breakfast and lunch program at no charge to them.  Families will not have to fill out meal applications.


Thursday, July 19, 2018

Many in Piedmont Tech Region May Qualify for Free Tuition Through Expanded SC Promise Scholarship

If you blinked while lawmakers returned to Columbia last month to finalize the state budget, you might have missed it. But one particular provision passed as part of the 2018-19 budget is a VERY BIG DEAL for high school graduates from the following public school districts served by Piedmont Technical College (PTC) ― Abbeville, Laurens 55, Laurens 56, McCormick and Saluda. Individuals who graduated or received their GED in these counties from 2013 through 2018 and wish to pursue a certificate, diploma, or associate degree may be eligible for up to $2,000 in scholarship funding annually through the SC Promise Scholarship program.


Thursday, July 19, 2018

Lander University Hosts Intensive Bankers School

For the eight consecutive year, Lander University served as the host site for the South Carolina Bankers Association Bankers School. This year, 168 employees from banks throughout the state attended the five-day school July 10-15.


Thursday, July 19, 2018

D50 recognizes finalist in National Merit Scholarship program

On July 16th, three Greenwood High School graduates were recognized as Finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program at the Greenwood School District 50 Board of Trustees meeting.

GHS graduates Daniel Ball, Jackson Leaman, and Isaac Washington were recognized as National Merit Finalists, along with their Physics teacher John Kinard.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

D50 recognizes 24 retirees

At the Greenwood School District 50 Board of Trustees July meeting, several special individuals were recognized for years of hard work and dedicated service. In the Superintendent’s Report, Dr. Darrell Johnson recognized 24 retirees for a combined total of 567 years of service to the district. The retiring employees received a certificate and gift from Board Chairman Shell Dula and Vice Chairman Tony Bowers, and a well-deserved standing ovation from those in attendance.


Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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

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