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PTC Grad Finds Successful Transfer Path

Zenovia Rayford , Graduate

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 over the place. The grades from that first semester really woke me up,” she said. “I knew this was serious and I had to do this. I knew that this was what I had to do to better myself and my future.”

Rayford regained her focus and graduated in May 2010 with an Associate in Arts degree.


Graduation: May 2010

Associate in Arts

Currently: USC Aiken Psychology Grad


While exploring her career goals, she took an abnormal psychology class with Heather Rush that changed her life.

“I really loved that class and the instructor was amazing,” Rayford said. “I knew then this was what I wanted to do.”

“By starting at Piedmont Tech, you get your foot in the door and gain that experience that will help make you successful at a larger school.”

Rayford transferred to the University of South Carolina at Aiken and earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology in May 2013.

“Without my experiences at Piedmont Tech, I would have been a mess,” she said. “It really helped me to have the knowledge I had gained.”

Rayford encourages students looking to earn a bachelor’s degree to begin small.

“There is so much you need to know before you enter college,” she said. “By starting at Piedmont Tech, you get your foot in the door and gain that experience that will help make you successful at a larger school.”

As Rayford prepares to enter the workforce, she has her eye on one more goal – a master’s degree.

“I am so excited about the future,” Rayford said. “I never used to like school, but I like the challenge. I want to keep learning.”

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