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home : news : school & college November 17, 2017 

PTC HVAC program hosts specialized training presentation

Piedmont Technical College’s Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) program recently hosted a training event for its students to introduce them to a unique area of the field.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Instant Admission Day to Be Offered at Piedmont Tech Nov. 29

Piedmont Technical College will be offering Instant Admission Day for spring 2018.

Instant Admission Day will be Wednesday, Nov. 29 for spring classes which begin on Jan. 10. Admissions counselors will be on hand to help students through the entire enrollment process in just one day.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Lander holds inaugural student-athlete fall etiquette dinner

The Lander athletic department held its first student-athlete fall etiquette dinner for 60 Bearcats on Tuesday night. The event, which featured etiquette specialist Shannon Wilson, was put together for the 60 Bearcat juniors and seniors participating in spring sports. 


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

EHS student wins BBB of the Upstate 2017 Student of Integrity Award

Better Business Bureau® of the Upstate (BBB) presented six high school students with scholarships through the Better Business Bureau Education Foundation during a ceremony on November 9, 2017 at the Hilton Greenville. South Carolina. Secretary of State Mark Hammond presented the scholarships, which may be used to attend the college or university of the student’s choosing.


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Freshman student Arie O'Dell is crowned Miss Lander University 2017-2018

Beauty, flair and poise were abundant at the annual "Miss Lander University" pageant, held November 6 in Lander's Josephine B. Abney Cultural Center Auditorium. Reflecting their talents and unique personalities, 12 young women took to the stage to compete for the crown during this year's pageant which incorporated elements of the Great Coral Reef. Contestants were judged on talent performance, professional wear and interviews.


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Continuing Education Program Receives Recognition

Piedmont Technical College’s Economic Development and Continuing Education division has been recognized for their outstanding work with registered behavior technicians (RBT) by the South Carolina Association for Higher Continuing Education (SCAHCE).


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Tommy Claus - Lander tradition brings joy and hope to more families each year

The boxes are out – with hopes that lots of St. Nicholas toys soon will be there.

During the next several weeks, Lander University students will take time from their academic studies to take part in the 14th annual “Tommy Claus,” a university-wide Christmas toy drive to benefit underprivileged families and children in nearby communities.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Madden crowned Miss Emerald High 2017
The Miss Emerald Pageant was held Monday night, November 6th at Emerald High School.  Hayley Madden was crowned Miss Emerald High 2017.  Congratulations to all winners, click the title for a full list.
Monday, November 13, 2017

Police Dogs Put on a Show at Lander

Sgt. Doug Wannamacher believes that he and the other officers in his unit have the best jobs in the sheriff’s office.

“Every day we go to work, we play with dogs,” he said.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Ninety Six High School's Annual Veterans Day Program

Ninety Six High School and Edgewood Middle School packed the high gymnasium on Thursday, Nov. 9 for their annual Veterans Day Program.  The Emerald High School Air Force Junior ROTC under new direction of Major David Pfancook began the program with the traditional flag ceremony. 


Friday, November 10, 2017

Piedmont Tech Honors Veterans

Students, faculty and staff at Piedmont Technical College recently gathered to honor veterans. Students and staff who had served or are currently serving in the armed forces were treated to a special luncheon and recognition, including the presentation of special honor cords to those veteran students who will be graduating in December.

Friday, November 10, 2017

EMACH and GEMS Members Participate in Annual Youth Leadership Conference at the Statehouse

Emerald and Greenwood High School were well represented at the Annual Youth Leadership Conference on October 31st at the South Carolina Statehouse Complex in Columbia. The event was hosted by members of the South Carolina Legislative Black Caucus (SCLBC). Emerald student Jalen Posey and GHS students Jitwan Floyd and Jayden Calhoun served as the representatives from District 50.


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Huge crowd expected for Lander commencement - early arrival is suggested

More than 200 graduates are expected to cross the stage and receive their degrees on Dec. 16, 2017, during Lander University’s 156th commencement.

The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. in Finis Horne Arena – and all guests entering the arena will be required to have a ticket.

This year each graduate will be allotted 11 tickets for family and friends – which means that a crowd of more than 2,000 is expected.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Self-Defense Class Offered at Lander for Second Year

Patrolman Chad Smith and Capt. Tina Gooding of the University of South Carolina Police Department demonstrate how to get out of a stranglehold during a self-defense class held Thursday, Nov. 2, at Lander University. The key to protecting oneself from an attacker, according to Gooding, is “being aware of your surroundings. Make sure you’re paying attention to people and looking at them,” Gooding said.

Monday, November 6, 2017

New Board Members Named to PTC Foundation

The Piedmont Technical College Foundation has named several new board members for the coming year. They are Mamie Banks of McCormick County, and Dan Martins and Jamie McClain of Greenwood County.


Friday, November 3, 2017

Expansion Projects Aid Growth at Piedmont Tech

Piedmont Technical College is committed to creating vibrant learning communities for students, and the evidence can be seen in multiple renovation and expansion projects.


Thursday, November 2, 2017

Academic Honor Students Recognized for 2017 Summer Term

Piedmont Technical College students who had outstanding academic accomplishments during the 2017 summer term 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.

 Click on the title to see a list of students honored:

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

NS Students attend Black Caucus Legislative Day

Ninety Six High School students attended The South Carolina Black Caucus Legislative Day October 31, 2017 in Columbia, South Carolina. The students were placed on committees and actually got to work with Senators and Representatives to see how a bill actually becomes a law.


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Lander a tremendous value for students, but there's still a need for giving, Todd says

GREENWOOD — “Your gifts are needed now more than ever,” keynote speaker Walter Todd told scholarship donors at this year’s Eleanor Shiflet Teal Scholarship Banquet, held Oct. 26 at Lander University.


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Lander University to Recognize and Celebrate Veterans During Nov. 10 Ceremony

GREENWOOD, S.C. – Although Veterans Day is officially Nov. 11, Lander University will celebrate the holiday on Friday, Nov. 10, at 10 a.m. in the Josephine B. Abney Cultural Center Auditorium with a program honoring those who have served in the United States Armed Forces.


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Lander presents Emerging Keyboard Artist Recital on November 9

Lander University’s Department of Music presents the Emerging Keyboard Artist Recital on Thursday, Nov. 9 featuring performances by pianists Angelina Ning, of Charlotte, N.C., and Caleb Connor Borick, of Charleston.  


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

NS Marching Band wins State third year straight

This past weekend was huge for the Ninety Six Wildcat Marching Band as they won their 3rd consecutive 1A State Championship.  A feat many would say is impossible, but not for the Wildcats!


Monday, October 30, 2017

Students drop everything to read

Students in all four schools in Greenwood School District 52 (Ninety Six) recently took time out of their daily routine to Drop, Everything, Read from 9- 9:30 AM. Literacy is Greenwood School District 52 initiative for 2017-2018 school year.  

Monday, October 30, 2017

Motivational speaker uses humor to deliver serious message to college students

Alcohol abuse can interfere with a college student's education with negative outcomes such as poor academic performance, property damage, injuries, deaths, and unprotected sex. 

Thursday, October 26, 2017

ACTS 8th Grade Musical Present Elf Jr.

Ring in the holiday season with everyone's favorite human elf! Elf, jr is a musical based on the 2003 New Line Cinema Film by David Berenbaum, and was adapted for Broadway to premiere in 2010. With book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin, music by Matthew Sklar, and lyrics by Chad Beguelin, this stage adaptation of the well-known beloved movie is sure to delight and entertain, while leaving your toes tapping and in the mood for the season!


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Polatty Receives Heartprint of the Month Award

ESOL Instructional Coach Alla Polatty received a Heartprint of the Month Award at the October Greenwood School District 50 Board of Trustees meeting. Polatty is known throughout the district for her love and compassion for students and staff. 


Monday, October 23, 2017

Wildcats marching toward another State Championship
To those who have been associated with marching bands, you know just how difficult it is to win a high school state championship.  The Ninety Six Marching Band is currently back-to-back 1-A State Champions and are about to compete for their chance at a third.  But first comes the Upper State competition this Saturday where Ninety Six Wildcats have won the last eight years.
Friday, October 20, 2017

Respiratory Care Instructor Wins State Award

Karla Gilliam, respiratory care instructor at Piedmont Technical College, has been named the 2017 South Carolina Society of Respiratory Care (SCSRC) Education Practitioner of the Year.


Friday, October 20, 2017

Art reception kicks off new exhibit by national artist

GREENWOOD, S.C. – A crowd of nearly 70 showed up on Oct. 16 at a reception to see drawer-artist Jillian Dickson debut a brand new exhibit at Lander University’s Monsanto Gallery.

Dickson’s five-week exhibit, titled “The Collective Mine,” runs through Nov. 20 and is considered an artistic coup for Lander’s College of Arts & Humanities.

“I’ve been showing my students her artwork all six years I’ve been teaching at Lander,” said Elizabeth Snipes-Rochester, associate professor of art. “To have someone of her caliber exhibiting here and interacting with our art students is a real treat for us.”

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Piedmont Tech Promotes Work-Life Balance and Wellness in Employees

Piedmont Technical College is taking an additional approach to helping their students succeed. That approach is to promote a work-life balance and wellness in their employees. This approach is part of Piedmont Tech’s strategic directions and goals. It’s achieved through ongoing efforts such as PTC’s annual Wellness Expo, as well as new amenities such as a faculty/staff wellness center.


Thursday, October 19, 2017

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