October 2, 2017 - Williamsburg Tech Names President’s, Dean’s and Merit List Students
Williamsburg Technical College recently announced the list of students named to the President’s List, Dean’s List, and Merit List for 2017 Summer Semester. The President’s List recognizes students who have attended full-time and have earned a term grade point average of 4.0. The Dean’s List names students who have attended full-time and have earned a semester grade point average of 3.5 or better. The Merit List recognizes students who have attended part-time and have earned a term grade point average of 3.5 or better. Summer 2017 Academic Listing
August 11-12, 2017 - Workforce Summit Held at WTC
Senator Ronnie Sabb, Williamsburg County Supervisor Stanley Pasley, Executive Director of Williamsburg County Board of Economic Development, Jim Moore, and WTC Dean of Workforce Development, James Bostic planned a Workforce Summit that was held at Williamsburg Technical College, August 11-12, 2017.
The Summit focused on employment opportunities and information from current employers as well as new businesses relocating to Williamsburg County. Special guests and speakers included: Senator Ronnie A. Sabb; Representative Cesar McKnight; County Supervisor, Stanley Pasley; Williamsburg Technical College President, Dr. Patty Lee; Motivational speaker, April Davis; SC DEW representative, Jesse Oxendine; SC Works representative, Kerri Kellahan; Apprenticeship, SC representative, Demetrius Smith; Attorney Kimberly Barr; GED Achievement presenter, James Bostic; and Economic Development presenter, Jim Moore. Many interested members of the community came to obtain information about available jobs and the training needed to prepare for them. Guests heard from agencies that provide assistance in the process, county officials that announced economic growth via new companies that have made firm commitments to locate to Williamsburg County and WTC representatives who explained the college’s commitment to provide the training new jobs will demand. There was also discussions about different sources of funds and other resources available for training and preparation of jobs. WTC President, Dr. Patty Lee said, “Throughout the two day event, there was much emphasis on the college and the role that we play in the workforce development for the county’s economic growth. It’s an awesome responsibility that we take very seriously as we prepare ourselves for whatever comes our way in terms of requests for training.”
August 4, 2017 - WTC Holds Pinning Ceremony for Practical Nursing Graduates
The Practical Nursing Class of 2017 completed their program of study in August and were recently pinned at a ceremony in their honor. Guest speakers were Laura Collins, RN and Amy Lee, LPN both of Lake City Community Hospital and student speaker was Mrs. Leatha Godwin. Students were also awarded according to ranking, election to offices, and other superlative accomplishments. Class of 2017 Practical Nursing Graduates were: Scarlett Chandler of Scranton; Ericson Coker of Lake City; Willie Mae Cooper of Kingstree; Sarah Dorsey of Kingstree; Kimberly Flowers of Lake City; Leatha Godwin of Lake City; Tamieka Graham of Lake City; Amber James of Coward; Ashley Jones of Florence; Kelley Mitchum of Bonneau; Brooke Parrott of Lake City; Rollet Phillips of Johnsonville; Chelsea Weatherford of Darlington; and Donna White of Kingstree. Clinical sites included Agape, Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital, Kingstree Nursing Facility, Lake City Community Hospital, Lil’ Smurf Daycare, and Williamsburg Regional Hospital.
July 6, 2017 - Absolute Success for WTC’s Inaugural Phlebotomy Program
Williamsburg Technical College’s (WTC) inaugural Phlebotomy Certificate program’s graduating class of 2017 had a pass rate of 100% from those who attempted the National Healthcare Association (NHA) Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) exam, a fully accredited national certification widely recognized by health care employers.
Students who graduated and are now Certified Phlebotomy Technicians are: Sheron Mitchum of Andrews, SC; Taylor Mothershed of Nesmith, SC; Lauren Owens of Georgetown, SC; Kristen Perry of Turbeville, SC; and Stephanie Powell of Kingstree, SC.
The Phlebotomy Certificate program at WTC provides students with the basic skills necessary for the collection of laboratory blood specimens. The program incorporates theory, skills, clinical experience, and special procedures required to meet the venipuncture needs within the hospital, clinics, urgent care, doctor’s office, nursing home and/or other health care settings.
Phlebotomy, is offered as two semester certificate program at WTC. To complete the Phlebotomy certificate, student must attend two semesters (fall and spring) along with successfully completing 150 sticks at a clinical site. The clinical site for this class was Carolinas Hospital System in Florence, SC.
For more information on WTC’s Nursing Programs, contact admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org / 843.355.4177 or WTC Nursing Department at email@example.com / 843.355.4130.
July 6, 2017 - Williamsburg Tech Dual Enrollment Students Top of Their Class
All class of 2017 Valedictorians and Salutatorians from Williamsburg County schools, Williamsburg Academy, Kingstree Senior High, Hemingway High, and C.E. Murray High, students at Williamsburg Technical College (WTC). Williamsburg Academy Valedictorian Raegan McKenzie and Salutatorian Ann Louise Williamson; Kingstree Senior High Valedictorian Beneshia Wadlington and Salutatorian Karla Matthews-Brown; Hemingway High Valedictorian Chalinda Bobbie LaSane and Salutatorian Sasha Andria Verner; and C.E. Murray High Valedictorian Latia Harvin and Salutatorian Na-Dya Gamble; have been dual enrollment students at WTC. All began taking courses and receiving tuition free college credits their junior year through the Dual Enrollment Program. Latia and Na-dya completed enough credits to earn the General College Studies certificate for transferrable credit. Karla and Chalinda completed university-transfer credit and earned the Certificate in Basic Patient Care though WTC’s partnership with the Career and Technology Education program of the Williamsburg County School District. Raegan and Ann Louise each earned 30 hours of university-transfer credit--making them college sophomores as they graduate from high school. Dual Enrollment classes are offered to students on the WTC campus, high school campuses, and other locations throughout the county. Students from C.E. Murray, Kingstree Senior High attended classes at WTC while Hemingway High students took advantage of their campus and the Hemingway Public Library. Williamsburg Academy students completed their college classes on the WA campus.
Local high school juniors and seniors interested in earning tuition free college credits should apply to Williamsburg Tech today. Applications may be submitted online at www.wiltech.edu or in person at 601 MLK Jr. Avenue, Kingstree, SC. A signed parent permission form and approval of the high school principal are also required. For more information on WTC’s Dual Enrollment Program, contact Dean of Instruction, Margaret Chandler at firstname.lastname@example.org / 843.355.4133.
July 3, 2017 - Williamsburg Tech Names President’s, Dean’s and Merit List Students
Williamsburg Technical College recently announced the list of students named to the President’s List, Dean’s List, and Merit List for 2017 spring semester. The President’s List recognizes students who have attended full-time and have earned a term grade point average of 4.0. The Dean’s List names students who have attended full-time and have earned a semester grade point average of 3.5 or better. The Merit List recognizes students who have attended part-time and have earned a term grade point average of 3.5 or better. Spring 2017 Academic Listing
July 3, 2017 - WTC Student Named Teen Miss United States Agriculture
Ivy Cannon, Williamsburg Technical College (WTC) freshman, was named Teen Miss United States Agriculture. She was crowned Saturday, June 24, 2017, in Birmingham, Alabama. Ivy stated that all she has learned in Mrs. Sherry Yearty’s Public Speaking class at WTC this summer “really paid off when [she] participated in the interview segment of the pageant, which included interviewing, introduction, and on-stage question and response.” Ivy hopes to pursue pediatric nursing and plans to obtain her RN in WTC’s upcoming Associates’ Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program. In addition to Public Speaking, Ivy’s summer courses include Biology and Western Civilization. Ivy shared, “Mr. Tim Triana, Biology Instructor, has also been an excellent instructor, as has Ms. Louisa Kennedy, History Instructor.” Ivy states her summer experience at WTC has helped her make the decision to attend WTC full time to completion, even though she drives quite a distance from Georgetown County. Ivy has a love and deep understanding of what agriculture means to our society, including food, clothing, textiles, and other products, which provides jobs and commodities for our local community and beyond. She worries that many people take agriculture for granted, so she is using her platform as Teen Miss United States Agriculture to increase awareness of the significance of agriculture for our economy and life necessities.
June 5, 2017 - 2017 Coca Cola Scholar Names WTC Instructor as Educator of Distinction
Latia Harvin, recent graduate of C.E. Murray High School, dual enrollment student at Williamsburg Technical College, and a 2017 Coca Cola Scholar named Mrs. Sherry Yearty, WTC English and Public Speaking Instructor, her most influential educator. For this honor, Mrs. Yearty received the Coca Cola Scholars Foundation Joseph B. Whitehead Educator of Distinction Award for Exemplary Dedication to the Field of Education.
Ms. Latia Harvin and Mrs. Sherry Yearty met a couple of years when Latia enrolled at WTC as a Dual Enrollment student her junior year of high school in hopes of getting ahead for college. Once being placed in Mrs. Yearty’s class, Latia reached out to her new college course instructor with a simple text message that the two still remember fondly. It went something along the lines of: “Hi, I’m Latia and I’m in your class. My brother had you before, do you remember him? He said you were a really good teacher and coming from him that means something.” The two laughed while telling the story and explaining that Latia’s older brother, Theodore Harvin, IV, wasn’t the easiest student to please. READ MORE
May 25, 2017 -WTC Students Complete Workforce Development Program
Five students completed the Manufacturing Production Technician program under the Workforce Development division at Williamsburg Technical College: Shatara Rouse of Andrews, SC; Jamal Starling of Greeleyville, SC; and Terri Bolden, Maurice Johnson and Ernestine Smalls, all of Kingstree, SC.
These students participated and completed the program with over 200 hours of study in just 10 weeks under Machine Tool Technology Instructor, Mr. Mike Cumbie. Curriculum included basic employability skills, safety awareness, quality assurance, production and process, maintenance awareness, along with other specific industry skills. This program guarantees students the opportunity to interview directly with local business Palmetto Synthetics along with others. In regards to job placements, Mr. Cumbie states, “In the two and a half years that I’ve been doing this program, 100% of students have been hired by a business involved with this program.” WTC will offer the next Manufacturing Production Technician course starting June 19, 2017.
WTC’s Workforce Development/Continuing Education Department offers more than 50 different courses in Skilled Trades, Technical Training, Corporate & Business Management, Computer Software, Warehousing & Distribution, Customer Service, Health and Public Service, Personal Interest/Enrichment and more! All courses offered at WTC are designed to ensure that all who seek career advancement receive the proper training to meet the new and expanding labor force requirements of today’s industries. For more information on WTC’s Workforce Development/Continuing Education programs or to attend the next course, contact Dean, James Bostic, B.S., M.B.A., at email@example.com or 843.355.4177.
May 24, 2017 - WTC Hires New Staff
Williamsburg Technical College (WTC) welcomed five new faculty members. Minette Gentry joined the Developmental Studies Department as an English and Reading Instructor. Gentry earned her Bachelors of Arts from Francis Marion University and her Masters of English Literature from Winthrop University.
Ginger Lewis was hired as the newest Instructor of Practical Nursing. She comes to WTC from Tidelands Health where she worked as a Registered Nurse. Lewis holds her R.N. from Horry Georgetown Technical College, her B.A. from College of Charleston, and her M.S.N. from University of Phoenix. Sydney Berkeley was named as Public Information Director of WTC. Berkeley is new to the lowcountry area from Pendleton, S.C. She received a Bachelors degree in Business Management and Marketing from Clemson University. Cassandra Graham was with WTC as the Assistant Director of Talent Search but is the newest addition to the Student Services Department as Enrollment Specialist. Graham holds degrees in Guidance, Counseling, Business and Computer Software from American Public University and Limestone College. Dr. Brandolyn Love was hired as the Head Librarian and Library Director. Dr. Love was the Reference and Institution Librarian at Allen University before joining WTC. She received her B.A. degree in Mass Communication from Winston Salem State University, Masters in Library and Information Sciences at Drexel University, and her PhD in Organizational Leadership from Regent University.
May 23, 2017 - WTC Nursing Assistant Pinning Ceremony
Five Nursing Assistant Program graduates were honored during the recent 2017 Allied Health Sciences Pinning ceremony at Williamsburg Technical College. These students are the most recent graduates of the college’s 16-semester-hour Certificate in Nursing Assistant Program. Graduates of this program are eligible to take the Competency Exam for state certification as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).
Guest speaker at the ceremony was Ms. Ashley Hudson, RN, BSN, CCRN Clinical Educator - Carolinas Hospital System. Following the ceremony, Dr. Patricia Lee - WTC’s President, Dr. Clifton Elliott - WTC’s Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs, and Ms. Kathie Ard, Nursing Assistant Instructor, joined the five Nursing Assistant Program graduates, family and friends of the program graduates, and college faculty, administrators, and staff at a reception held on the college campus
May 18, 2017 - WTC Phlebotomy Pinning Ceremony
Six Phlebotomy Program graduates were honored during the recent 2017 Allied Health Sciences Pinning ceremony at Williamsburg Technical College. These students were the first to graduate from the college’s 26-semester-hour Certificate in Phlebotomy Program initiated in August, 2016. As noted by Dr. Patricia Lee, WTC President, the Phlebotomy Program graduates “clearly demonstrate the college’s commitment to expand health sciences educational offerings to meet the employment needs of WTC’s service area.”
Guest speaker at the ceremony was Ms. Ashley Hudson, RN, BSN, CCRN Clinical Educator - Carolinas Hospital System. Following the ceremony, Dr. Patricia Lee - WTC’s President, Dr. Clifton Elliott - WTC’s Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs, and Ms. Shounda Gerald, Phlebotomy Instructor, joined the six Phlebotomy Program graduates, family and friends of the program graduates, and college faculty, administrators, and staff at a reception held on the college campus.
May 18, 2017 - WTC Graduates 200
Degrees, diplomas and certificates were awarded to over 200 WTC students during Williamsburg Technical College’s annual graduation ceremony. Brunson Cooper III, Managing Director of Corenic Construction Group and a native of Hemingway, South Carolina, served as guest speaker for the event.
In addressing the graduates, Mr. Cooper stressed the need to build on home town values and experiences, but to not limit oneself to only familiar territory. He encouraged the graduating students to expand their horizons and consider college major and degree alternatives, different employment opportunities, and even relocation options. Mr. Cooper noted that his own educational and career pursuits had taken him to a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree, then on to become a successful businessman in the Washington D.C. area. Still, his roots remain strong where he grew up. Mr. Cooper’s local community involvement includes annual scholarships at Hemingway High and his home church in Stuckey, both in Williamsburg County.
WTC President Dr. Patricia A. Lee congratulated graduates and joined Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Clifton Elliott in presenting them with their awards. Members of the College’s Area Commission and College executive staff members as well as faculty and staff members were on hand to ensure that the ceremony was a success.
March 9, 2017 - WTC Offers Greeleyville Courses
WTC is offering “Art History and Appreciation” four afternoons a week this spring at C.E. Murray High School for high school students who wish to get ahead in their college careers. WTC faculty teach the university-transfer classes which recently focused on mask making. They reviewed mask types such as gas masks, ceremonial masks, and Mardi Gras or party masks throughout history and in a variety of cultures. Students also creates their own masks.
Instructor Andrea McCray provided resources and encouraged the students to consider complimentary and contrasting shapes and colors in their design. She reminded students that their masks tell a story and encouraged them to use “found objects” to expand their mask making to three-dimensional creations.
“Having after school barrier-free college courses at C. E. Murray has been a dream of mine,” says Angela McClary-Rush for Williamsburg County School District. “Through this partnership with Williamsburg Tech, it is now a reality.”
The partnership involves the College using lottery tuition assistance to help cover the cost of the tuition for WTC courses for high school students. The College also provides credentialed faculty while C. E. Murray provides classroom space and transportation for the students. Textbooks are on loan to the students.
April 2017 - WTC To Hold Career Fair
Williamsburg Technical College (WTC) will host a career fair on Thursday, April 27, from 10 am-1 pm in the College’s Library. Employers who wish to set up a booth and participate should contact James Bostic at 843.355.4177 or firstname.lastname@example.org before Friday, April 20. The public is invited to attend.
March 2017 - WTC Receives SC Chamber Commendation of Excellence
Williamsburg Technical College’s (WTC) Facilities staff recently received the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce annual Commendation of Excellence award for being a safe workplace. The Safety Awards are presented annually based on companies achieving a commendable lost workday case rate during the previous calendar year. The SC Chamber honors the award winners with a luncheon in March. Safety Award winners represent companies across South Carolina that have made workplace safety a priority.
January 30, 2017 - Carvers Bay High School Wins 2017 WTC Math Contest
Five area high schools competed in the 19th annual Williamsburg Technical College (WTC) math contest on January 27. Among those participating were Andrews High School, Carver’s Bay High School, Hemingway High School, Johnsonville High School, and Williamsburg Academy.
The Carvers Bay’s team took the top spot for the first time in nine years. Attending Carvers Bay High School (CBHS) senior Kevin Price, WTC math instructor and math contest planner Willie Bryant, CBHS senior Tyson Mention, CBHS junior Caleb Vereen, CBHS advisor Judith Robinson, and CBHS junior Taylor Chapman.
Placing second in the competition was Williamsburg Academy and the third place team was Johnsonville High. Members of all the top three teams received medallions. The second and third place teams also won plaques. For the first time this year, second place won $200 and third place won $100 for their school’s math budget from of the WTC Foundation. Members of the first place team also won calculators and were awarded $300 for their math budget from the WTC Foundation.
Carvers Bay, as the winning team, will have their school name engraved on the coveted “Ein-stein” trophy which features team names of all past WTC math contest winners.
January 26, 2017 - SC VFW Thanks WTC for Military Statue Donation
Williamsburg Technical College (WTC) was recently recognized by the South Carolina Veterans of Foreign Wars (SC VFW) for their donation of two sculptures from their Welding Rodeo to the SC VFW. The statues are proudly displayed on the grounds of the SC VFW post in Lexington, SC. Presenting the commemorative plaque were Dentist B. Harvin, State Chief of Staff 2016-2017 for the SC VFW; Sam Gardner, WTC welding instructor and veteran; Frankie C. Pompey, Commander, Post 6500, 2015-2016 SC VFW; William E. Nelson, Life Member, Post 6500, SC VFW; and Dr. Clifton “Rusty” Elliott, WTC Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs and veteran.
January 5, 2017 - Askins Scholarship Awarded to Avins at WTC
The J.P. Askins, Jr. Memorial Scholarships was recently awarded to Heather Avins during the Williamsburg Technical College Foundation’s Scholarship Awards Ceremony. Congratulating Avins is WTC financial aid specialist Theresa Jordan who is also a member of the College’s scholarship committee. This award is named for the late J.P. Askins Jr., an attorney from Hemingway who was a champion of higher education. Askins was a leading force in the existence of Williamsburg Technical College and the technical college system as a whole. A charter member of the WTC Area Commission governing board, Askins worked tirelessly with then-Governor Fritz Hollings and other state and local legislators to locate the campus on its current site here in Kingstree. It is appropriate; therefore, that nearly five decades later his daughter, Dr. Patty Askins Lee, serves as president of the College he helped to found. Avins is a student in the Practical Nursing program from Turbeville who has an impressive 4.0 GPA.
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