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 email@example.com before Friday, April 20. The public is invited to attend.
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.
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.
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.
December 30, 2016 - Will Meriwether Scholarship Presented at WTC
The Will Northington Meriwether Endowed Scholarship was recently presented to Amber Fulton by John Martin, retired local banker and member of the Williamsburg Technical College Foundation Board.
The Meriwether scholarship was endowed by Dr. John Wynn, the fourth of nine full-time presidents of Williamsburg Technical College. Wynn served as president from 1978 to 1994. His aunt, Ednamaye Reese Meriwether, of his hometown of Egypt, Texas, established a $25,000 endowed scholarship at Williamsburg Technical College in 1985 in memory of her late husband, Will Northington Meriwhether. At the time it was established it was the only one of its kind in the technical college system.
Will Northington Meriwether was a rancher from Egypt who believed in and supported education—an effort which now survives through this scholarship. Williamsburg Technical College also has a building on campus named in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Meriwether.
Scholarship recipient Fulton is studying Cosmetology at the College. The Kingstree resident has a 3.17 grade point average.
December 29, 2016 - SEC Scholarship Presented at WTC
The Santee Electric Cooperative Scholarship was recently awarded to Williamsburg Technical College student Brittany Haselden by Adrel Langley, Manager of Community Relations at Santee Electric Cooperative.
Throughout their 86 years of service, Santee Electric has shown its care for the communities it serves by producing more than electricity. They have been a great partner to education and economic development in the area and have been generous in their support of Williamsburg Technical College both through provision of scholarship monies and partnering to plan and execute fun and innovative events.
With a 4.0 grade point average, Haselden is seeking an Associate in Science degree. She is from Johnsonville.
December 22, 2016 - WTC Recognizes Employee Service
Williamsburg Technical College employees James Bostic, Margaret Chandler, Dr. Earlene Walker-Kelly, Pam Gowdy, and Mike Cumbie were recently recognized for their years of service as state employees. Bostic, Walker-Kelly, Gowdy, and Cumbie have worked for the State of South Carolina for 10 years, while Chandler was recognized for 20 years of service. Bostic is Dean of Workforce Development and Continuing Education. Chandler is Dean of Instruction. Walker-Kelly is Early Care and Education Instructor and Associate in Arts Department Head. Gowdy is Accounts Receivable Director. Cumbie is Machine Tool Technology Instructor. All five received service award pins and certificate from the State of South Carolina.
December 8, 2016 - Coursepower Scholarship Presented at WTC
The Coursepower Scholarship was recently presented to Williamsburg Technical College student Whitley Ward by Monica Elliott, WTC bookstore and purchasing manager and member of the WTCF Scholarship Committee, during the College Foundation’s scholarship awards ceremony.
Coursepower is the catalyst behind a new college academic track in South Carolina that offers students a technology underpinning to their studies, equipping them to succeed in the digital marketplace.
Ward is working on an Associate in Applied Science with a concentration in Microcomputer Business Applications. She has a 3.143 grade point average.
November 24, 2016 - WTC Foundation Scholarship Awarded to Walker
Brittany Walker of Kingstree was recently recognized as one of three Williamsburg Technical College Foundation General Scholarship recipients by WTC Foundation board member and Palmetto Synthetics human resources director Stan Williamson.
After several years of lucrative investments, the Foundation was able to establish scholarships funded on interest in order to more effectively assist students in affording the education that can change their lives. The Foundation board and staff as well as the Scholarship Selection Committee are always mindful of students’ needs while being fiduciarily responsible with donors’ money.
Walker is enrolled in the Practical Nursing program and has a 3.512 GPA.
November 21, 2016 - WTC Offers Nail Technology in January
Admission for the new Williamsburg Technical College Nail Technology program is underway now with classes scheduled to being January 9, 2017. Completion of the certificate program will only take eight months.
Many people today spend money to have quality finger and toe nail services performed. Nail spas and salons are on nearly every corner and most are scheduled straight through the work day. Statistics show that nail technology is a rapidly growing personal service industry in today’s society.
The primary goal of the WTC Nail Technology program is to offer the highest level of quality education in the nail industry to our students. This is accomplished through licensed instructors who provide training techniques involving the latest nail products, skills and procedures available while incorporating hands-on clinical training in the College's salon classroom.
In addition to this training, WTC students are educated in the concept of total customer satisfaction, acquiring the necessary skills in preparation for a career in Nail Technology while equipping them with the knowledge to pass the South Carolina State Board exams.
Courses offered during the eight-month program at Williamsburg Technical College include Fundamentals of Nail Technology, Acrylic Nails, Diseases and Disorders, Nail Art, Salon Business, and Clinical Practice I. According to the national statistics, a nail technologist’s average salary is $30,000 per year depending on location, abilities, and clientele.
With financial aid options at Williamsburg Technical College, students may qualify for some or all tuition, book and supply costs to be covered. To being the process, persons should go to www.fafsa.gov and complete the online form, making sure to put the WTC code into the form, and then contact the WTC Office of Financial Assistance at 843.355.4166 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the Nail Technology program at WTC, call 843.355.4142 or email email@example.com.
November 17, 2016 - Duke Energy Progress Scholarship Presented at WTC
The Duke Energy Progress Scholarship at Williamsburg Technical College was presented to Jordan Cantley by Andy Muller, WTC Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement, during the scholarship awards ceremony at the College.
This award is for students in Electrical Technology-related fields. For more than 100 years, Duke Energy has proudly served its communities through charitable giving. They believe the decisions made today determine our long-term prospects as a company. One of those decisions is to ensure their communities have the resources and support they require to thrive – now and well into the future. They continue to build upon this legacy and make a lasting impact.
Cantley, a resident of Andrews, is seeking his Associate in Applied Science degree in General Technology in Machine Tool Technology and Drafting. He has a 3.55 grade point average.
November 14, 2016 - WTC Donates Welding Sculpture to VFW Post
Williamsburg Technical College (WTC) recently donated a sculpture from their Welding Rodeo to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) post in Lexington, SC. Kingstree resident Dentist B. Harvin (third from right) serves as the past state commander of the VFW Department of South Carolina. He came to the College to accept the donation on behalf of all veterans of foreign wars. The two sculptures presented were created at the WTC Welding Rodeo in September. The one on the left was made by the Florence Darlington Technical College welding team and the other sculpture was fabricated by the WTC Machine Tool welding team. Pictured with Harvin are (from left) Sam Gardner, WTC welding instructor; Tod Phillips and Phillip Grimley; WTC welding and machine tool students; Dr. Clifton “Rusty” Elliott, WTC Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs; and Dr. Patty Lee, WTC President.
November 14, 2016 - WTC’s Upward Bound Visits with Congressman Clyburn
Williamsburg Technical College’s (WTC) Project Upward Bound participants recently visited with Congressman James E. Clyburn, Assistant Democratic Leader, U.S. House of Representative, while attending the Annual Democratic Party Breakfast at the Williamsburg County Recreation Complex.
Students were excited to learn that Clyburn once worked as an Education Talent Search (ETS) Director, a Trio program which, like Upward Bound, is funded by the U. S. Department of Education.
WTC Upward Bound participants pictured are (from left): Olivia Porchea (Upward Bound Alumna), a junior at Francis Marion University; Darius Rush, a junior at C.E. Murray High School; Carlton Robinson, Jr., a sophomore at C.E. Murray High School; Karlie Joe, a senior at Kingstree Senior High School; Chalinda LaSane, a senior at Hemingway High School; Kayla McBride, a senior at C.E.Murray High School; Travis Brown, a junior at C.E. Murray High School; Tionna Chandler, a sophomore at Kingstree Senior High School; Germarco Traylor, a senior at Kingstree Senior High School; Brianna Miller, a senior at C.E. Murray High School; Alexis Flegler, a senior at Hemingway High School; MaKayla Williams, a sophomore at Kingstree Senior High School; Kristi Picciotti, English instructor; and Shania Cunningham, a senior at Kingstree Senior High School.
November 11, 2016 - “Ghosts of Christmas Past” Set for Dec. 1
An evening of food, beverage, music, visiting, and tales of Christmases long, long ago is set for December 1 in downtown Kingstree.
“Ghosts of Christmases Past” is co-sponsored by the Williamsburg Technical College Foundation, the Williamsburg HomeTown Chamber, and Williamsburg Tourism. The evening event will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Welch Park on Academy Street beside the Chamber office.
Participants will be able to enjoy delicious appetizers, a choice of beverages, and music by a local musician and singer before hearing a special holiday tale. Event-goers will follow the lantern of a Revolutionary War-era matron down the street toward the Williamsburgh Museum, passing a few “Christmas ghosts” along the way.
At the museum, local historian and museum curator Wendell Voiselle will share spooky historical holiday tales set in Williamsburg County. Desserts and hot beverages will be available during this portion of the evening.
The matron will then lead the participants through the streets past more “spirits of the season” to the steps of the Williamsburg County Courthouse where they will be regaled with several other classic holiday tales. They will also enjoy the sounds of Christmas music by local performers and have the opportunity to join in the caroling as the evening comes to close, leaving all present with a renewed spirit of the season.
Tickets for the event are $15 per person and are available at the HomeTown Chamber or the Development/PR office at Williamsburg Technical College. Transportation will be made available during the event for persons unable to walk the distances between locations. Rain plan will be to hold all events at the Williamsburgh Museum. For more information, call 843.355.6413 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 1, 2016 - WTC to Participate in SC Apprenticeship Initiative Grant
Williamsburg Technical College (WTC) is participating in the SC Apprenticeship Initiative Grant (SCAI) which will be available throughout the SC Technical College system to make certain all employers in SC have access to free information and consultative service to sponsor demand-driven apprenticeship opportunities.
The grant, which is fully funded by the US Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration, is a statewide $5 million award over a five-year period. It is available for manufacturing, information technology, and professional services companies with registered apprenticeship programs throughout the state.
As part of the program, SC Technical College consultants and WTC representatives will work with selected companies to help them register and develop a customized apprenticeship program for their specific workforce needs. Eligible companies may receive a $1,000 state tax credit per year for up to four years. They could also be awarded as much as $12,500 to train apprentices. Each apprentice may be allowed up to $2,500 for training by WTC and will gain supervised on-the-job learning and concentrated job-related education.
This program plans to add 1,000 registered apprentices across the state in high-tech, high-growth industries and will increase access to post-secondary credentials for apprentices from all walks of life in targeted industries.
For information on apprenticeship opportunities in the Williamsburg County area, contact James Bostic at 843.355.4177 or email@example.com.
November 1, 2016 - WTC to Hold Career Fair Nov. 10
Williamsburg Technical College (WTC) will hold a Fall Career Fair from 10 am-1 pm on Thursday, Nov. 10, in the library of Building C at Williamsburg Technical College.
This event, sponsored by the WTC Department of Workforce Development and Continuing Education, will be preceded by a business breakfast symposium for local businesses in the board room from 8:45-9:45 am. In addition, a College orientation for high school students will be conducted on the same day by WTC’s Student Affairs division from 9-11 am in the College's auditorium.
For information, call 843.355.4177 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 25, 2016 - WTC, Palmetto Synthetics Collaborate on E-Zone Program
The Williamsburg Technical College (WTC) Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development recently assisted Palmetto Synthetics, LLC, in receiving the Job Retraining Tax Credit (E-Zone Program). Pictured, James Bostic (left), Dean of Continuing Education and Workforce Development, congratulates Palmetto Synthetics Vice President for Manufacturing Cleo Jackson.
The program award, provided through the South Carolina Technical College System (SCTCS), allows Palmetto Synthetics the opportunity to utilize the E-Zone program to be reimbursed for certain training and education provided to employees.
Companies approved for the program may claim a credit of $1,000 per employee against withholding taxes for five years. Employees must be employed by the business for such types of training as newly installed equipment; newly implemented technology such as computer platforms, software implementation and upgrades; new processes, work instructions, and job redesign; quality standards; and apprenticeships.
October 10, 2016 - WTCF Taste of Williamsburg, Welding Rodeo Successful
The Williamsburg Technical College (WTC) Foundation recently hosted two major events on one day on campus to help raise money for program and student enhancement.
The first event – a Welding Rodeo – started at 8 a.m. with a scrap dive where participating welding teams selected metals to create sculptures in keeping with the event’s theme of patriotism. The four team which participated included WTC Welding, WTC Machine Tool, Florence Darlington Technical College’s welders, and Palmetto Synthetics welders.
Food and beverages as well as several handcrafted items were sold during the Rodeo by the WTC Practical Nursing students and the WTC Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society members.
The four sculptures created during eight hours of gruelingly hot work were judged during the Taste of Williamsburg which started at 4 p.m. on the campus courtyard. First place went to Florence Darlington Technical College’s welder. Second place was awarded to Williamsburg Technical College welders. Third place went to Palmetto Synthetics welders.
Two of the sculptures incorporated the American flag as a backdrop to the twin towers of the World Trade Center. One was a combination of M-16s and dog tags supporting a swiveling American flag. The other creation was a replica of “a soldier’s memorial” with boots, weapon, helmet, and dog tags paying tribute to a fallen soldier. Live bids were taken and all sculptures purchased will be donated to veteran or military agencies for display.
As the welding event wound down, the Foundation welcomed over 125 guests, more than 25 dishes, and nearly 100 silent auction gifts on the College’s courtyard and library for the second annual Taste of Williamsburg event.
The Taste raised over $3,000 for College program enhancements and student success opportunities while providing an autumnal venue for area citizens to gather and enjoy the evening on the campus.
Foods were divided in categories such as “Restaurant Row” from local eateries; “Granny’s Home Cooking” from local kitchens great and small; “Water and Woods” foods from the wild side; “Tailgating” appetizers and snacks; and “The Sweet Shoppe” for the discerning sweet tooth.
In addition to great food and fun shopping, attendees were entertained by the Kingstree Senior High Jazz Band and, later, danced to recorded beach and rock music.
Silent auction items included themed baskets, auto care products, gift items, decorative items from local boutiques, an airplane ride, a week at a beach condo, handcrafted wooden and metal items, silver trays, sculptures, artwork, a stay at the Inn at the Corner in Lake City; jewelry from area stores and individuals, and much, much more.
Sponsors for the event were First Citizens Bank; FTC; Bank of Greeleyville; Santee Electric Cooperative; John and Ida Martin; Jenkinson, Jarrett, and Kellahan; The Citizens Bank; Christine Green; Friends of Jim Clyburn; Everyday Ice; Williamsburg County Development Board; DSM; and Palmetto Synthetics.
For information on the WTCF Welding Rodeo or Taste of Williamsburg, call 843.355.4185 or email email@example.com.
September 15, 2016 -WTC Foundation Second Annual “Taste of Williamsburg” Sept. 24
The Williamsburg Technical College (WTC) Foundation is hosting their second annual “Taste of Williamsburg” event on Saturday, September 24, from 4-8 p.m. on the College’s campus. Tickets for the event can be purchased from any Foundation board member, from the Williamsburg HomeTown Chamber, and from the WTC from $20 per person or $35 per couple. They may also be purchased at the door.
The purpose of the event is to raise money for the College’s program enhancements and student success opportunities. Last year’s event raised over $6,000 with nearly 175 people in attendance to taste more than 25 varieties of dishes and bid on over 130 silent auction items and five live auction items throughout the evening.
This year, tastes will feature a wide variety of flavors such as “Restaurant Row” from local eateries; “Granny’s Home Cooking” from local kitchens great and small; “Water and Woods” provisions that are more on the wild side; “Tailgating” appetizers and snacks; and “The Sweet Shoppe” which is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. There are also plans to have a purlieu taste-off.
Silent auction items include themed baskets, auto care products, gift items, decorative items from local boutiques, an airplane ride, a week at a beach condo, handcrafted wooden and metal items, silver trays, sculptures, artwork, jewelry, and much, much more.
Sponsors for the event thus far include First Citizens Bank; FTC; Bank of Greeleyville; Santee Electric Cooperative; John and Ida Martin; Jenkinson, Jarrett, and Kellahan; The Citizens Bank; and Palmetto Synthetics.
To purchase tickets or for information on how to give to the WTC Foundation for programs, scholarships or other opportunities, call 843.355.4121 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 2, 2016 - WTC Foundation Fall “Employee of the Semester” Named
Williamsburg Technical College Foundation’s (WTCF) “Employee of the Semester” Sam Gardner (left) was selected by the WTCF committee following nominations by coworkers. He was presented with a $50 check by WTCF board chairman Henry Poston and will also be awarded a special reserved parking spot in the employee parking lot as well as several other perks.
Gardner is the welding instructor at the College. He is described in his nomination form as having taken on significant additional duties including redesigning the welding lab to more effectively and efficiently instruct students; fabricating, with his students, a number of auction items for last year’s Taste of Williamsburg event – including the two items (trailer and picnic table) that raised the largest donations for the WTC Foundation; fabricating holiday lawn decorations that enhanced the appearance of the College’s campus during the Christmas season; fabricating bracelets that Dr. Patty Lee, President of the College, distributed to employees as Christmas gifts; and initiating a Welding Rodeo to be held September 24 of this year, an event that will significantly expand WTC’s visibility and potentially raise donations for the WTC Foundation.
He was also described as one who “represents the best of Williamsburg Technical College to his students, his fellow workers, WTC organizations, and to the Williamsburg community. “
Other nominees recognized by the Foundation for being nominated included assistant vice president of facilities Tyrone Thomas, testing coordinator Nancy Lynch, financial aid specialist Theresa Jordan, comptroller Sue Pushia, accounts receivable clerk Pam Gowdy, and English and public speaking instructor Sherry Yearty.
August 22, 2016 -WTC Helps Area School Children
Williamsburg Technical College (WTC) student groups and employees recently participated in a “Back 2 Skool” activity held at Battery Park to help provide school supplies for area school children. WTC employee Wellington Faulkner spurred the effort on campus due to his affiliation with the Battery Park group. Student groups participating in the activity included the Practical Nursing class, the Student Government Association, and the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Pictured with some of the donations are (from left) Ethel Cooper of Kingstree, Alexus Wright of Kingstree, Donna White of Kingstree, Scarlett Chandler of Scranton, Amber Sims of Coward, and Faulkner of Nesmith.
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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 , 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.
WTC shall not discriminate in employment or personnel decisions or in student admissions or in student decisions, or in all other segments of the College community on the basis of race, color, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, religion, disability, ancestry, political affiliation, pregnancy, marital status or unfavorable discharge from military service, in the educational programs and activities which it operates, and the College is prohibited from discrimination in such manner by applicable laws. Practices and requirements for non-discrimination extend to the enrollment of students in programs and activities of the College and employment by the 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 , 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. Student and prospective student inquiries concerning the federal laws and their application to the College or any student decision may be directed to Vice President for Student Affairs, WTC, 601 MLK Jr. Avenue, Kingstree, SC 29556 843.355.4170, who will serve as the College’s Section 504, Title II, and Title IV Coordinator. Copyright 2015 Williamsburg Technical College