Student & Alumni Profiles

Students & Alumni

Funeral Service Education
Graduation: May 2011
When you first meet Ricky Fernandez, he comes across as a soft-spoken, respectful Southern gentleman. But, that gentle first impression hides a few secrets. Fernandez spends his days teaching elementary students in Cherokee County and his evenings as a licensed funeral director and embalmer. While...
Machine Tool Technology
The loss of a high school course turned into a great opportunity for one Laurens District High School graduate. As a freshman, Braxton Michels was interested in the machine tool class offered at LDHS. However, when the teacher left to pursue other opportunities, the course was discontinued. But,...
Electronic Engineering Technology
Jeremy Houchins grew up taking his toys apart to see how they worked. He never thought he could parlay that into a career. “When I graduated from high school, I was pretty lost,” said Houchins. “I knew I had to go to college, but I didn’t know what I wanted to do.” The...
Horticulture
Graduation: May 2011
Currently: Assistant Farm Manager
Zack Cook grew up in an agriculture family. While choosing a career for his life, he couldn’t image any job that would keep him inside. Cook enrolled in the horticulture turfgrass program at Piedmont Tech and in 2011 he earned his degree. While enrolled in the program, he spent one summer in...
Criminal Justice
Currently: Laurens County Sherriff’s Dept.
When you look at Faith Rayborn, you immediately think pre-school teacher – not police officer. That drive has led her to become an officer with the Laurens County Sherriff’s Department working at the Laurens County Detention Center. “I enjoy what I do,” she said....
Building Construction Technology
Graduation: May 2010
Currently: Project Engineer
Brandon Andrews tried on many hats after graduating from high school. It wasn’t until he enrolled in the Building Construction Technology program at Piedmont Technical College that he found the right fit. “I got plenty of hands-on experience at Piedmont Tech out on the job site,”...
Associate in Arts
Graduation: May 2010
Currently: USC Aiken Psychology Grad
Like many recent high school graduates, Zenovia Rayford enrolled at Piedmont Technical College because she knew she needed a college education. But she wasn’t really serious about it--until she got her grades for her first semester. “When I got to Piedmont Technical College, I was all...
Associate in Arts
Graduation: 2010
Currently: Presbyterian College
Stephanie Bohland has found many doors opened for her throughout her life. And most of those were the unexpected kind. Born in Tampa, Fla., she spent the first 10 years of her life moving from military base to military base before the family settled in South Carolina. Bohland always thought she...
Computer Technology, Networking
Antonio Sims will tell you it’s never too late for a second chance. The Whitmire native excelled in high school. He was a good student and an active athlete. But in his senior year, he discovered he was a half credit short of being eligible to participate in athletics that year. He said he...
Respiratory Care
Graduation: 2005
Currently: Parrish Home Medical
Sharon Calliham has found her passion in helping people. As a registered respiratory therapist working in home health, she gets to fuel that passion each day. “I love the personal interaction with the patients,” she said. “They become part of my family.” Calliham came to...

Featured Profiles

Funeral Service Education
Machine Tool Technology
Electronic Engineering Technology
Horticulture
Criminal Justice
Building Construction Technology
Respiratory Care

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