Students & Alumni
Currently: Savannah College of Art & Design
Kristen Culbreath graduated from Piedmont Tech's Commercial Art program in Summer 2011, and she's now headed into the junior year of her bachelor's degree at the Savannah College of Art & Design, one of the best art schools in the country. Thanks to the skills she learned...
Mechatronics & Industrial Electronics
Currently: GE Aviation
After completing degrees in both Mechatronics and Industrial Electronics, Valerie Fennell says she’s found her niche—and she’s doubled her salary, as well. After working in industry for years, Fennell had reached the point in her career where she needed to pursue certification in...
Engineering Graphics Technology
Currently: Lead Engineer at Eaton
Tabby Davis is making her mark in the traditionally male-dominated world of engineering. As a lead engineer for Product Applications at Eaton, Davis often finds herself the only woman in the room, providing technical training around the world. But, her journey began in a non-traditional way. "...
Associate Degree Nursing
Currently: Self Regional Healthcare
Like many other people in our region, Wade Nicholson has had to reinvent himself over the course of his career. After earning a bachelor’s degree and working in a successful manufacturing career, Nicholson was forced to re-examine his career path during the recent economic downturn. Piedmont...
Computer Technology Major
When Emily Walden came to Piedmont Technical College, she was unsure at first what she wanted to do, but she had taken several computer classes while in high school and the course offerings in the Computer Technology program at PTC clicked with her. “I thought it would be something I could do...
Associate in Arts
Currently: Vice President for Student Affairs
Matteel Jones is now a top-level administrator at a two-year college, but her journey started right here at PTC. She completed her Associate in Arts degree at PTC, then went on to obtain a B.A. degree from Limestone, an M.A. from Clemson, and eventually a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina...
Graduation: December 2010
Currently: Owner, Bell House Pottery
It is the dream of every artist to be accepted into a gallery to display their work. Laura Bachinski has achieved that dream. The Ninety Six resident is enrolled in the professional clay program at the Piedmont Technical College Edgefield County Center. As part of an assignment on marketing their...
Graduation: May 2002
Currently: Elliott Davis
Anita Murphy has discovered that finding your dreams sometimes takes a leap of faith – and a gentle push. She had obtained her GED after dropping out of high school but she knew she wanted something else. Murphy knew that to go to a four-year college, she would need an associate degree...
Early Care and Education
Graduation: May 2009
Currently: CEO, The Kingdom Academy
A mother of five children, Darlene Saxon of Greenwood always wanted to be a teacher. Little did she know how she would accomplish that goal. When Saxon and her husband decided to home school all of their children, she began receiving several compliments on how well-educated and well-mannered her...
Currently: Ag Student at Clemson
Agriculture has always been part of Caleb Miller’s life. Raised on a small farm in Saluda, he developed a love for the family business and the desire to pursue a career in agriculture. But, he wasn’t sure how to accomplish that goal. “I wasn’t going straight to Clemson...