The Duke Energy Foundation recently awarded $9,400 to WTC to fund a summer high school guidance counselors’ academy at the College to better share with counselors and career specialists about WTC’s programs and services. “Duke Energy is proud to partner with WTC as we promote this proactive program across the state,” said Theo Lane, Duke Energy Government and Community Relations District Manager (pictured center with WTC Foundation Chair Henry Poston to the left and WTC President Dr. Patty Lee). “It helps secondary counselors more fully understand the value of our state’s technical college system and their excellent educational opportunities.”
Participating secondary counseling and career professionals from the College’s service area will “experience” the College’s academic programs and student support services in a two-week hands-on environment on the WTC campus. This opportunity will give them a unique perspective to more effectively lead their students to decisions about their higher education choices and, ultimately, to higher-paying and more rewarding careers.
The summer academy will also help strengthen working relationships between the College and the area’s secondary school leaders. It will provide a venue for participants to meet business and industry representatives to learn more about workforce needs, to ask questions about workforce preparation, and to communicate on a personal level with individuals involved in economic development initiatives. The academy will also increase participants’ awareness of the relationship between better prepared graduates and the economic well-being of the region.
“We’re very thankful for this gift from the Duke Energy Foundation,” said WTC President Dr. Patty Lee. “Ultimately, this academy will forge a stronger bridge between our area counselors and our WTC personnel which will help students make the transition from one institution to the other more successfully.”
The Williamsburg Technical College Summer Course Schedule and Summer Book List are now available. Persons are reminded that registration for summer semester is May 20 from 3-8 pm and May 21 from 9 am-1 pm and admissions and financial aid paperwork completion is required before registration can occur. Call 843.355.4165 for information.
Three Williamsburg Technical College students recently earned Certificates in Nursing Assistant which qualifies them to take the competency exam for state certification as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). Pictured with instructor Deborah Ard are 2015 graduates (from left) Alexis Richardson of Kingstree, Ashton Hannah of Hemingway, and April Terry of Georgetown.
The nursing assistant curriculum consists of 16 semester hours of study which covers cardiopulmonary resuscitation techniques, general care of patents, and modern concepts of geriatric health care and nursing techniques in the long-term care setting. Nursing assistants, under the supervision of nursing and medical staffs, may provide personal care and emotional support to elderly or acutely ill patients confined to hospitals, short-term intermediate facilities and long-term care institutions.
Nursing assistants employed in health care facilities are often the principal caregivers and are required to take temperatures, pulse, respiration, and blood pressure. In addition, nursing assistants observe patients’ physical, mental and emotional conditions, and report any changes to the nursing or medical staff. They also assist by answering patients’ call bells, deliver messages, serve meals, make beds, and help patients eat. For information on the WTC Nursing Assistant program, call 843.355.4165.
WTC’s Alpha Sigma Gamma chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society recently held an induction for new members. Among those inducted into the Society were: (from left) Joshua Devon White from Hemingway, Robin Ann Hannock from Lake City, Chanel Ashley Cooper from Andrews, Amy Frye Lee from Cades, Crystal Lakisha Gore from Kingstree, Shawana O. Nesmith from Nesmith, Anna Wade Taylor from Kingstree, and Jason O’Neil Thompson from Kingstree. (Not pictured: Kerri Allison Barrineau from Lake City, Veronica Monique Bradley from Manning, Damond Cortez Burgess from Greeleyville, Lisa Marie Poston from Turbeville, Rebecca Taylor Steed from Bonneau, and Taylor Marie Stone from Cades.)
The PTK International Honor Society recognizes and encourages academic achievement of two-year college students and provides opportunities for individual growth and development through honors, leadership and service programming.
Williamsburg Technical College’s Workforce Development Department sponsored a career fair for students and community members recently in the College’s library. Over 260 participants and 39 businesses were in attendance, according to Workforce Development Director James Bostic. Pictured here from Palmetto Synthetics are employees (from left) Debbie Smith, Irene McCants, Chris Hanna, and Steve Newell.
Other businesses present who met with attendees included AccuStaff of Florence, the City of Florence, Coker College, DSM, DSS/Workforce Development of Columbia, Francis Marion University, Gear-Up of Kingstree Senior High School, Greater Visual Virtual Solutions, Honda of SC in Timmonsville, House of Raeford, ITI Hydraulik USA of Andrews, Johnson Control Inc., Lane Head Start Center, Nan Ya Plastics of Lake City, Project Hope of Florence, SC Air National Guard, SC Dental Screening Association/Classy Smiles, SC Department of Corrections in Columbia, SC Department of Public Safety, SC Works of Florence, the towns of Georgetown and Kingstree, Simpson Lumber Company of Georgetown, Staffmark/Tupperware, Morris College, Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics, Hannah Pamplico High School, Kingstree Senior High School, and Sykes.
The Workforce Development Department services such as corporate and customized training off & onsite; free business training analysis to identify company training needs; free WorkKeys job profiles in cooperation with the SC Technical College System (SCTCS); pre-college preparation, free talent assessment; free WorkKeys skill assessment; career placement and employment assistance; soft skills workshops (i.e. work ethics, teamwork, critical thinking, etc.); assistance with state and federal retraining grant and job development credits.
For more information on WTC’s Workforce Development, contact program manager James Bostic at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 843.355.4177.
Students who have attended four-year colleges or universities in the past several semesters and have fallen below the required 3.0 grade point average (GPA) to maintain the Legislative Incentive for Future Excellence (LIFE) Scholarship may be able to "save their LIFE" by attending WTC during the summer semester and working toward pulling up their GPAs. For more information, call Margaret Chandler at 843.355.4133 or email email@example.com. Registration for summer semester is ongoing until May 5 and then will be held May 20 from 3-8 p.m. and May 21 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Admission paperwork must be completed prior to registration.
Williamsburg Technical College, 601 Martin Luther King, Jr., Avenue, Kingstree, SC 29556 843.355.4110 or 800.768.2021
Williamsburg Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees.
Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Williamsburg Technical College.
Employee and applicant inquiries concerning the federal laws and their application to the College may be directed to the Vice President for Business Affairs Melissa Coker, WTC, 601 MLK Jr. Avenue, Kingstree, SC 29556 843.355.4117, who will serve as the College’s Section 504, Title II, and Title IX Coordinator.
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