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For highly motivated students enrolling at Piedmont Technical College in Laurens, the path to a bachelor’s degree just got a little easier.
Beginning in the Fall 2014, students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university can earn an Associate in Arts degree in one year and be on their way to completing their bachelor’s degree in just three years, saving thousands of dollars in tuition costs and fees.
Scholarships were presented to students and donors were recognized at the recent scholarship luncheon.
Piedmont Technical College recently hosted area guidance counselors and career development specialists for an in-service workshop. The event drew professionals from across the seven counties.
The event was begun to allow schools, colleges and communities to collaborate on improving the implementation of the S.C. Education and Economic Development Act (EEDA) of 2005.
Piedmont Technical College has partnered with Scotts Miracle Gro to offer apprenticeship opportunities for students in the horticulture technology and diversified agriculture programs.
“This is a great arrangement for Scotts and our students,” said Hugh Bland, diversified agriculture program coordinator. “The company will have representatives who not only can work just part of the year, but who will have the knowledge to answer customer questions.”
Officials at Piedmont Technical College are looking forward to a good turnout for the summer term as the VIP registration period draws near.
Registration for the summer term begins April 1 and runs through April 30. Students who register during this period become “VIPs” and receive their first choice of classes and a $25 registration fee waiver.
“We will have a wide array of offerings in all of our programs,” said Jennifer Wilbanks, interim vice president for academic affairs.
More than 350 Piedmont Technical College students and alumni recently took advantage of the college’s 32nd annual Employers Day. Representatives from more than 50 businesses, industries and service agencies were on hand to offer information about current and future job opportunities.
Pottery lovers and shoppers will once again have an opportunity to see the work of local pottery students as Piedmont Technical College hosts its Spring Pottery Show and Sale. The exhibit and sale will feature the works of students enrolled in the Professional Clay certificate program.
More than 30 colleges and universities were in attendance recently at a College Transfer Fair sponsored by Piedmont Technical College. The fair was provided to give students information on special bridge programs and transfer pathways.
Piedmont Technical College is expanding partnership with the school districts in Laurens County through a new dual enrollment mechatronics offering for students at both high schools in Laurens County.
Meeting the workforce training needs of business and industry is a major part of Piedmont Technical College’s mission. PTC’s Continuing Education Division specializes in offering a wide range of customized training programs on a regular basis. One example of this specialization is a condensed CNC (Computer Numerical Control) class recently created for ZF Transmissions.