In what might be described as a renewing of sacred vows, Piedmont Technical College (PTC) recently documented its compliance with core requirements, comprehensive standards and federal requirements in order to reaffirm its accreditation status with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
Employment-seekers who wondered what it would be like to secure the right job at the right time for the right pay had opportunities to find out through a new partnership between Piedmont Technical College (PTC) and the Upper Savannah Council of Governments. The two organizations worked together to host the Upper Savannah Regional Job Fair in March.
A proactive maintenance apprentice program among partners Piedmont Technical College (PTC), Laurens County Development Corporation (LCDC), Laurens County School Districts 55and 56, and ZF Transmissions in Gray Court is making this seemingly pie-in-the-sky opportunity available to qualified Laurens County high school students.
After just his first semester studying at Piedmont Technical College (PTC) in Greenwood, Austin Morris began working as an apprentice at Burnstein von Seelen Precision Castings in Abbeville while continuing to work toward his machine tool technology degree at PTC. It was a bit of a risk in the beginning, but Chris Ramey, Morris’s supervisor at Burnstein von Seelen, is pleased with the outcome.
The promise of a good job in a rapidly changing economy is nearly as important as the enviable compensation that comes with many of the careers pursued by Piedmont Technical College students. In many cases, students find a strong pathway to their career through the many apprenticeship opportunities available through the college. Specifically, this option allows students to learn on the job and in the classroom while also receiving a paycheck—a collaboration that works as well for the employer as it works for the student.
Participants in Piedmont Technical College’s new “Test Drive PTC” program were able to get the answers to these questions and earn quick certification just by sampling courses at the college. Specifically, interested individuals were able to try out selected classes at no cost. The free program ― a $400 value ― offered an opportunity to sample curricula associated with one of two educational concentrations ― industrial and engineering or health care.
In response to local industry demand, PTC has expanded its mechatronics program, making a mechatronics technology certificate available on the Abbeville County Campus. With the addition of Abbeville, PTC now teaches mechatronics on four of its seven regional campuses, including full mechatronics degree programs at Greenwood, Newberry and the CAM in Laurens.
This year, PTC invested significantly in learning facility upgrades, including the purchase of high-fidelity mannequins in the health care division, physical additions to the pharmacy technology lab in Greenwood, expanded capacity at the CAM in Laurens, improvements to the automotive technology facility in Greenwood and diversified agriculture enhancements on the Saluda County campus.