Transforming Lives

Then // now // always


2016 marks half a century of service and innovation at Piedmont Technical College. 


We invite you to explore our history, to join us in celebrating past milestones while looking toward a vibrant future.

In 1961, South Carolina launched its unique program of Technical Education. Time and economic progress have proven the value of this exciting step forward. The success of the system of Technical and Comprehensive Education in this state soon became a model for the entire nation.

In 1966, the eighth Technical Education Center, Piedmont Technical College, was established to serve Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Newberry
and Saluda counties.

Classes met for the first time at Piedmont Technical College on September 6, 1966, with some 300 students enrolled in day and evening classes. 

Since that time, enrollment has increased dramatically, and the college has come to play an integral role in the lives of the seven counties it serves.


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Stories From Our History

Dr. Lex Walters
President Emeritus
Piedmont Technical College

Dr. Walters returns to PTC to reflect on the beginning of his work in the South Carolina Technical College System, and at Piedmont Technical College.


Dr. James Hudgins
Director of the Community College Leadership Alliance
University of South Carolina

Dr. Hudgins presented the keynote address at the New Directions in Student Development conference held recently at Piedmont Technical College. While on campus he gave us some insight into PTC's past.



Eddie Brown
Respiratory Therapist
Greenville Hospital System

PTC Alumnus Eddie Brown speaks at the 2016 Spring Graduation Ceremony. 2016 marks half a century of service and innovation at Piedmont Technical College.


Randy Pace
Lecturer of Photography
Augusta University

Randy Pace, a PTC graduate and Lecturer of Photography at Augusta University talks about how his Piedmont Technical College education helped him discover a way to make a career out of his creativity.



Dr. Matteel Jones
Vice President for Student Services
Greenville Technical College

Matteel Jones, a PTC graduate, talks about how her time at Piedmont Technical College created a foundation for a successful career.


Dr. John Paguntalan
Nurse Practitioner
Self Regional Health Care

Dr. John Paguntalan, a 1994 graduate of the Piedmont Technical College nursing program and a published nurse practitioner with Self Regional Healthcare, was the featured speaker.


From the Archives

We'll be publishing selected items from PTC's 50 year history each week this year during our 50th Anniversary. Many of these objects will be available to view in a 50th Anniversary exhibit in the PTC Library on the Greenwood Campus beginning in early February.

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