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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

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

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