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The new practical nursing program for Piedmont Technical College based at the Laurens County Higher Education Center recently had its first class of graduates from the Laurens County program.
Through a new program called Project Genesis, Piedmont Technical College is taking action to address a problem of national proportions.
“There is a crisis among African American males in education,” said Steve Coleman, director of Project Genesis. “Piedmont Technical College has recognized this crisis and we are working to provide a targeted group of men with the necessary resources for success.”
Through SC REACH for Success, a statewide network of Public Computer Centers (PCCs) has been established. For Piedmont Tech, this initiative means that computer labs at all seven campuses have been updated and are ready for public use.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for people in all seven counties we serve,” said Jennifer Wilbanks, dean of county campuses. “These PCCs will help us provide computer access to many people who otherwise would not have it.”
Students at Piedmont Technical College recently headed back to class. Interested students still have time to enroll for Late Term, which begins September 26.
Recent graduates of Piedmont Technical College’s nursing program at the Greenwood campus were recognized in a pinning ceremony in August.
The Shaw Group recently made a generous donation to the Piedmont Technical College Foundation toward the new Center for Advanced Manufacturing in Laurens County. The donation will assist with establishing a welding lab in Phase II of the construction. Pictured are, from left, Joe Harrison, general manager for B.F. Shaw in Laurens, and Fran Wiley, executive director of the Piedmont Technical College Foundation.
At Piedmont Technical College’s recent summer commencement exercises, outstanding students from each of the college’s seven supporting counties were honored for academic achievement.
Piedmont Technical College president Dr. Ray Brooks, back center, honored six college associates with the Presidential Medallion, the institution’s most prestigious award, at PTC’s recent commencement exercises. Instituted in 1991 during the college’s silver anniversary celebration, the medallions recognize individuals who have made significant contributions toward excellence in education.
Piedmont Technical College President Dr. Ray Brooks has named Dr. Donna Foster the college’s Associate Vice President of Institutional Assessment and Compliance.
Foster joined the college in 1992 as the developmental mathematics coordinator and a member of the math faculty. Most recently, she served as dean of arts and sciences.
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.