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An interest in health and wellness, a solid understanding of how the human body works and a desire to help people are the perfect combination for a successful career in massage therapy.
And right now, massage therapy is one of the fastest growing career fields in the nation.
Piedmont Technical College and USC Aiken recently signed two agreements that will make it easier for students to pursue their bachelor’s degree - an articulation agreement that will provide a new gateway for students who would like to enter the field of early childhood education and a Bridge Program intended to make the transition to the University as uncomplicated as possible.
Thirty-seven new members were recently inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society at Piedmont Technical College. Phi Theta Kappa was established in 1918 to honor two-year college students and boasts more than 1,200 chapters today. The Carolinas region includes 75 active chapters in the two-state area. Piedmont Tech’s Omega Chi chapter became the first among South Carolina’s technical colleges in 1974.
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 on April 19 in room 209C of the James C. Self Conference Center on the Greenwood campus. The exhibit and sale will feature the works of students enrolled in the Professional Clay certificate program.
After record-setting fall and spring enrollments, officials at PTC are looking forward to a good turnout for summer term classes as the VIP registration period draws near.
Registration for the summer term begins April 2 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.
Melissa Waters has discovered that sometimes you need to follow your heart to discover your passion. She came to Piedmont Technical College for the radiologic technology program, but has found her calling with the veterinary technology program.
“I started out at Piedmont Tech in the radiology program, but I found the veterinary technology program was a better fit for me,” said Waters.
Through SC REACH for Success, a statewide network of Public Computer Centers (PCCs) has been established. For Piedmont Tech, this initiative means that the computer lab was updated in Newberry and is now available for anyone to use.
The Veterinary Technology program at Piedmont Technical College is training future technicians with the help of local shelters.
“Our animals come from the shelter and it’s a win-win situation for everyone,” said Sylvia MacFarlane, instructor and program coordinator. “Our students learn to do their procedures on the shelter animals and in turn, the animals go back to the shelter as better candidates for adoption.”
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 worked on the Presidential military staff under President Clinton. Upon retirement, he looked into several options for a new career.
Scholarships were awarded recently at a luncheon honoring donors and recipients.