Student & Alumni Profiles

Students & Alumni

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...
Associate Degree Nursing
Willie Washington is set to embark on his second career, and it is a radical change from his first. Washington came to Newberry after serving 30 years in the United States Marine Corps. He served as a teacher, drill instructor, served in combat situations, implemented new computer systems and...
Mechanical Engineering Technology
Graduation: August 2011
Currently: N.C. State University
After getting his start at Piedmont Technical College, Jode Robinson is on his way to becoming a nuclear engineer. Robinson spent many years as a cable TV supervisor, and knew that he was ready for a change.  “I had a lot of people telling me I needed to go back to school to be an...
Commercial Art
Graduation: 2011
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
Graduation: 2011
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
Graduation: 1988
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
Graduation: 2011
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
Graduation: 2012
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
Graduation: 1999
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...
Pottery
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...

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