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Funeral Service Education
Graduation: 2010
Currently: Wilbert Burial Vaults
Amanda Moss didn’t grow up around the funeral service business. She didn’t feel a calling to go into the business. But, she has found the career that she was meant to have. Moss graduated from the College of Charleston with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, but the field of...
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...
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...
Funeral Service Major
Graduation: August 2010
Currently: Terry Funeral Home, Philadelphia
Darren Jones is on his way to fulfilling a dream that began as a sixth grade student researching career options. The Greenwood native has been recruited to work as the operations manager for Terry Funeral Home in Philadelphia. Jones graduated from Piedmont Technical College in August 2010 with his...
Respiratory Care
Graduation: May 2007
Currently: Respiratory Therapist, Greenville
Eddie Brown feels that respiratory care is not just his job, it’s a career. And he loves every minute of it. “When you come to work, you shouldn’t look at it as work,” he said. “Look at it as a career.” Brown came to Piedmont Tech following a career in juvenile...
Funeral Service Major
Graduation: May 2008
Currently: Funeral Director, Saint Matthews
As a first-generation mortician, Kevin Jenkins gets a lot of questions about his chosen profession. He responds that this is something he feels he has to do. “I look at this as a career and I have a passion for it,” Jenkins said. A licensed hair stylist in Saint Matthews, Jenkins worked...
Massage Therapy
Graduation: August 2010
Currently: Piedmont Medical Massage
Jennifer Scott feels that she has a calling to help people. While working as a licensed insurance agent, she felt she was helping, but she wanted to be more hands-on. “I was at that point in my life that I was ready to make a life change,” she said. Scott came to Piedmont Tech and met...
Veterinary Technology
Melissa Waters has discovered that sometimes you need to follow your heart to discover your passion. She came to Piedmont Technical College for the radiologic technology program, but has found her calling with the veterinary technology program. “I started out at Piedmont Tech in the radiology...
Funeral Service Major
Graduation: August 2011
Currently: The Plastinarium, Germany
Jamie Cline-Bowman was always interested in mortuary science and anatomy. But, thanks to an encounter with an internationally known museum exhibit called “Body Worlds,” her interest has taken her down a different path called plastination. “I saw my first Body Worlds exhibit in...

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