Piedmont Technical College, located in Greenwood, South Carolina, was founded in 1966 to promote workforce development in its service area. Over the years the school has expanded its role, becoming a comprehensive community college and expanding its service area to include seven counties, which are covered by County Centers that provide education and services in part to reduce the need for travel to the main campus. PTC has the largest service area of any school in the South Carolina Technical College System. The school has ties to the community, working with local businesses in order to promote economic growth, which is reflected in the schools career program offerings. Education is the school's highest priority, and it maintains a high standard in order to meet current and future students' needs.
Piedmont Technical College offers 23 programs of study that result in career development or academic transfer t opportunities. Career programs provide training and education in a given field and assist students in development of skills necessary for entering the workforce as qualified professionals. These programs combine traditional classroom education with practical courses, allowing students to perfect methods and techniques used within their field through controlled environments that simulate real world settings. Programs take between one and two years to complete, resulting in a certificate or associate degree that demonstrates competency and assists in the pursuit of entry level employment.
Academic transfer is accomplished through the completion of the first two years of a four year education, after which the student will apply to a college or university in order to continue one's education. This accomplished by completing the final two years of their education at the new school and earning a bachelor's degree. Transfer to a public institution in South Carolina is made easier through transfer agreements in place between the public systems, though students may apply to private and out of state institutions which will have more stringent and varying admissions requirements.
Programs offered include:
Admissions and Financial Aid
Piedmont Technical College is an open enrollment institution that allows any individual to enrol if they meet the minimum requirements for admission, submit a completed application and pay all accrued fees. Applicants should also supply transcripts and standardized test scores if available, and take the required placement exam prior to registration. Individuals are also encouraged to participate in new student orientation to become familiar with the campus. Student should also meet with a counselor to discuss career goals, curriculum and program enrollment.
Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships. Students in need of financial assistance are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the resulting information from which will be used by the school to determine financial needs and program eligibility prior to forming an aid packet. Aid must be applied for prior to each academic year. Students may be chosen at random to supply additional information to be compared to their FAFSA in order to verify its accuracy.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $6,800. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Tuition estimates per year:
- State Residents: $3,800-$4,600
- Out-of-State: $5,600-$6,667
- Part-time students are charged:
- State Residents: $160-$200 per credit unit
- Nonresidents: $240-$280 per credit unit
Financial Aid Details
The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||96%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||96%||$5,906|
|Receiving Student Loans||27%||$4,498|
Admissions, Academics, & Student Services
To help students and recent graduates, Piedmont Technical College may offer services to students like those listed below:
- Distance learning
- Weekend and night classes available
- Remedial instructional courses
- Career path counseling
- Student employment
- Assisting students to find work
Graduation & Transfer Rates
Community colleges offer a variety of career and transfer options for students. The following table shows the graduation and transfer-out rates for Piedmont Technical College, versus those community colleges in South Carolina, which can be valuable information for determining which school to attend.
|Piedmont Technical College||Greenwood County||South Carolina|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Funeral Service Education Program
- Accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education, Committee on Accreditation (since 2000)
- Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program
- Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 1996)
- Find all the other nursing programs in South Carolina
- Radiology Technician Program
- Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (since 1976)
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
Get more information about the programs offered by Piedmont Technical College by clicking the request information to the right.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Business and Marketing Studies
Computer and Information Sciences
Family and Consumer Sciences
Health and Clinical Professions
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mechanic and Repair Technology
Personal and Culinary Services
Public Administration and Social Services
Security and Protective Services
Visual and Performing Arts
Other Community Colleges Nearby
The list of nearby schools has been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to Piedmont Technical College.
- Tri - County Technical College in Pendleton, SC (44 miles away)
- Greenville Technical College in Greenville, SC (45 miles away)
- Spartanburg Community College in Spartanburg, SC (47 miles away)
- Aiken Technical College in Graniteville, SC (49 miles away)
- Augusta Technical College in Augusta, GA (54 miles away)