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home : news : school & college June 20, 2018 

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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

Westview Middle School Girl Power (PEARLS) Positive, Elegant, Articulate, Responsible, Loveable, Servant Leaders
Westview Girl Power (PEARLS) would like to thank The Self Family Foundation for supporting our second year of mentoring a group of middle school girls.  Our membership has grown from 17 members to a total of 37 members of sixth and seventh graders.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

PTC Adult Achievers Receive GEDs, Welcome New Beginning

Just a few years ago, Melissa Seabolt struggled with a difficult past that significantly limited her employment options. She feared she might never amount to anything because of poor choices made during her adolescence. But on May 31, the former high school dropout proudly crossed the stage at Greenwood High School to receive her GED, her National Career Readiness Certificate ― and a new lease on life.


Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Heading for the Archives - Lander senior pioneering a path for history students

In December 2017, Lander University senior Becca Watford got a Christmas present she could have never pulled out of a stocking.

Only four months before, she had landed a dream internship at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. – the first-ever Lander student to do so.

The internship had been everything she had imagined, but now, with a new year approaching, her bosses told her they weren’t letting her go – and they didn’t.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

EHS students pass CCENT exam

Congratulations to Mitchell Gabriel and Justin Mathis for passing the CCENT (Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician) exam.  CCENT is a professional certification that validates the ability to install, operate and troubleshoot a small enterprise branch network, including basic network security. 


Monday, June 4, 2018

Lander Distinguished Professor Barnette 'Fell in Love' with Teaching English

Lander University Associate Professor of English Dr. Sean Barnette, the winner of this year’s Distinguished Professor Award, tries to make his classes as interactive as possible.


Monday, June 4, 2018

PTC Graduate from Saluda Named 2018 New Century Workforce Pathway Scholar

Tina Magnussen, who graduated this spring from Piedmont Technical College (PTC) with an associate degree in nursing, has been named an inaugural 2018 New Century Workforce Pathway Scholar and will receive a $1,250 scholarship.

This new scholarship is the first of its kind to support students at associate degree-granting institutions who plan to enter the workforce upon the completion of a degree or certificate on a national scale. The program is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation and the Phi Theta Kappa honor society.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Award-Winning Lander Professor Prides Herself on Creating Atmosphere of Compassion and Courage

Lander University Lecturer of English Starlyn “Dusty” McGee-Anderson, the winner of this year’s Moore Award for Excellence in General Education Teaching, took the long road before finding her footing as a educator.

“Every career test I ever took clearly pointed to the education field, yet I resisted becoming a teacher for decades,” she recalls. “I tell my students I’ve worked in a range of fields from hospitality to government to construction. But when I finally experienced teaching while in graduate school, I discovered all those career tests had actually been guiding me to the correct path – education.”

Friday, June 1, 2018

D50 Completes Successful March of Dimes Campaign

Greenwood School District 50 has always been a proud supporter of March of Dimes. Since 2010, District 50 has raised over $160,000 towards the March of Dimes.  


Thursday, May 31, 2018

Three All-State Band Members Recognized at D50's May Board Meeting

In March, three Greenwood School District 50 students participated in All-State band activities. The following students and instructors were recognized at the May Board meeting for their success:

Marqual Littlejohn ~ Northside Middle School

Northside Band Instructor Vernon Clamp

Eric Gardner ~ Emerald High School

Emerald Band Instructor Stephan Botchie

Thomas McCoy-Bruce ~ Greenwood High School

GHS Band Instructor ~ Anthony Gaskin

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Lander students strengthen leadership skills and future potential at NEW Conference

Kathryn Wypasek still has another year until graduation, but the Lander University senior criminology major is already on the path to her future, thanks in part to the National Education for Women’s (NEW) Leadership conference this spring.


Thursday, May 31, 2018

PTC Student Receives The Links at Stoney Point PTC Golf Classic Scholarship

Piedmont Technical College student and Troy resident Emily Dorn, left, was awarded The Links at Stoney Point PTC Golf Classic Scholarship at the college’s annual scholarship luncheon.


Thursday, May 31, 2018

PTC Offers Instant Admission Events for June: 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.

 Click on the title for available dates and locations....

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

PTC Students Awarded the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce Community Scholarship
Two Piedmont Technical College students received the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce Community Scholarship at the college’s annual scholarship luncheon. 

Pictured: Kimbela Norman, left, an associate in science degree student from Greenwood, receives congratulations from Chandler Darling of the Greenwood Chamber. Not pictured is Josie Day, a medical assisting student from Ninety Six. 

The scholarship is awarded annually to a resident of Greenwood County who is registered as a full-time student in good academic standing who is active in community service and willing to attend or volunteer at a Chamber Event.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Erskine Wins Conference Carolinas Allan Sharp Award for Academic Excellence

Belmont, NC- Conference Carolinas Commissioner Dr. Alan Patterson presented the 2018 Alan Sharp Award for Academic Excellence to Erskine College on Monday night at the conference's annual Milestone/Legacy Awards at Belmont Abbey College. Erskine Director of Athletics Mark Peeler accepted the award given to the Conference Carolinas institution with the highest academic performance success rate.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Health Care Assisting Students Honored
G. Frank Russell Technology Center students were honored for completing the Health Care Assisting Program. 
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Lander professor retires from "first job" - Research fund renamed in her honor

When Dr. Deb Acorn entered Lander University for the first time in 1989, she saw it as “a good fit for a first job after graduate school.”

At noon on May 15, 2018, Acorn officially closed the books on her first job – stepping down after 29 years of teaching, tutoring, mentoring, and preparing all levels of students for careers beyond college.

“I didn’t originally expect to remain at Lander for so long,” said Dr. Acorn, a professor of psychology. “But my colleagues and the Lander staff have been so congenial, and the students so wonderful, I couldn’t help but stay. And I truly appreciate everyone’s support throughout my career.”

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

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