Employers want solutions. Piedmont Tech yields problem-solvers. It’s as simple as that. Our enduring partnerships with area businesses and industries are testament to our ability to produce graduates who are ready to work in today’s most sophisticated health care and manufacturing environments, as well as contemporary education, criminal justice, agriculture and business settings.
Learning While They Earn
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 our students. For many, a strong career pathway is found through apprenticeship.
SC State Bridge Program
Even before he earned his associate degree, PTC alumnus Orlando Carrillo was employed as an engineering technician at MEC. He went on to earn a bachelor’s through PTC’s Bridge Program with South Carolina State University. The Bridge Program enabled Carrillo to “transfer” to SC State without having to commute to Orangeburg.
A Growing Partnership
PTC and SC Works collaborate every year to introduce job seekers to companies that are hiring. PTC and SC Works held a Job Fair on March 22, 2018, in the James Medford Family Event Center in Greenwood. Nearly 80 area employers were in attendance.
Last year, PTC and the Freshwater Coast Community Foundation signed an agreement to administer the Abbeville Promise, a scholarship program to guarantee a free two-year education at PTC to every student who receives a high school diploma while an Abbeville County resident.
Meet Them Where They Are
At PTC, students have varied goals and paths that have led them to seek training at the college. We work hard to provide them with the resources and guidance that will help them achieve success. This year, we’ve worked to communicate some of the more common outcomes—career preparation, transfer ability, flexibility and affordability—through new television commercials. We’ve also continued to hear echos of these topics and more from students who have completed our programs.