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The new PTC Center for Advanced Manufacturing held its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house. More than 200 people braved the stormy weather to tour the new facility in Laurens County.
"This project resulted from the combined effort of a lot of organizations working together toward a common goal, a goal that will ultimately provide good jobs to a lot of our fellow South Carolina citizens," said Dr. Ray Brooks, president of Piedmont Tech.
Representatives from Piedmont Technical College, readySC and the ZFGroup took advantage of the Open House festivities at the new Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CAM) in Laurens to solidify the agreement between the three entities concerning all training for the company.
“This agreement that confirms our commitment to work collaboratively to provide the training for ZF employees,” said Susan Heath, area director for readySC.
The Multipurpose building at Piedmont Technical College was the setting for the culmination of many dreams for the more than 300 Piedmont Technical College graduates who took center stage in two commencement ceremonies.
Dr. Ray Brooks, president, welcomed graduates, family and guests to celebrate the accomplishments of the graduates.
Piedmont Technical College will be holding two summer commencement exercises on August 2.
Commencement exercises will begin at 3 p.m. for Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, business and information technology, industrial and engineering technology graduates. A 7 p.m. ceremony will be held for health science and nursing graduates. Both commencement exercises will be held in the Multipurpose building at Piedmont Technical College in Greenwood.
The partnership formed between Piedmont Technical College and Laurens District 55 has proven to be a successful venture and the third offering of the program is now open for registration.
Piedmont Technical College offers the lowest tuition cost of any college within the region, but for many students, even affordable tuition rates may seem out of reach. Assistance is available in many forms, including one of the newest scholarship programs, the Hi-Tech Scholars Program.
The Piedmont Technical College Center for Advanced Manufacturing in Laurens County is now open for business.
The Center opened in late May by providing three training programs for two local companies in the first week of operation, and the facility has been bustling ever since.
Piedmont Technical College has collaborated with ZF Group to design three certificates that will prepare students directly for entry-level employment at the new transmission facility in Laurens County.
Scholarships were awarded recently at a luncheon honoring donors and recipients.