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Coker named WTCF Employee of the Semester

 

WTC Foundation “Employee of the Semester” Named
 

The Williamsburg Technical College Foundation (WTCF) “Employee of the Semester” Kent Coker (right) was selected by the WTCF committee following nomination by a coworker. He was presented with a $25 Bilo gift card by WTCF Chairman Henry Poston and will also be awarded a special reserved parking spot in the employee parking lot as well as several other perks. Coker is a resident of Florence and serves as the College’s Management Information Systems (MIS) director. His nomination indicates that he is consistently proactive with regard to such computer-related issues as student record tracking; addresses college needs promptly where data processing is concerned; works independently to submit accurate files to various state agencies in a timely fashion; ensures that all areas of campus receive sufficient computer and internet access; works with outside vendors to improve the many computer-related options on campus; and trains employees as necessary to ensure proper data processing activities are taking place. It was noted that Coker “has performed at an exceptional level for years and deserves to be recognized for his efforts.”

 

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WTC Hires New Instructors  

 

Williamsburg Technical College recently hired two new faculty members.   

 

Cosmetology instructor Danielle Brown formerly taught cosmetology at Florence-Darlington Technical College. She holds a diploma with high honors in cosmetology from Southeastern Community College. 

 

Mathematics instructor Dr. Janice M. Brown is a resident of Kingstree. She earned her bachelors and masters in mathematics education from South Carolina State University and her doctorate in educational administration from Capella University. She and her husband, Murray Jr., have a son, Murray III. She is a member of the Apostolic Faith Church.

 

 

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WTC Offers SC Manufacturing Certification Program
 

The first round of South Carolina Manufacturing Certification (SCMC)classes are beginning this semester at Williamsburg Technical College (WTC), according to the College’s Director of Distance Learning James Myers.

 

SCMC training is a statewide initiative designed to prepare participants for careers in advanced manufacturing by giving them a skill set that is needed to be successful in today's advanced manufacturing environment. 

 

The program consists of 200 hours of classroom training, hands-on skills training, and production simulation exercises and could be repeated quarterly at WTC based on enrollment needs. Eligibility requirements include a high school degree or a GED, a silver level Work Keys certification (an assessment available through WTC), being unemployed or underemployed, passing a drug screen and background check (to qualify for scholarship fundin), and South Carolina residency.

 

Participants in the program will have the opportunity to obtain certifications in such areas as safety, quality assurance, production and processes, maintenance awareness, certified production technician, electrical/hand tool safety, and multi-meter usage, among others.

 

The cost of the program is $2,119 and is 100% covered by funding from the South Carolina General Assembly. Students are only required to pay a $20 fee for drug screening and a background check. 

 

Students in the program have the opportunity to move toward more lucrative careers due to their ability to: earn industry-recognized national certifications; master the soft and technical skills essential for in-demand jobs in advanced manufacturing; understand what it takes to work effectively in a manufacturing environment; comprehend the importance of continuous improvement in the manufacturing process; grasp the essential skills needed to gather, interpret, and use data consistently and accurately to make decisions and take action; improve fundamental communication skills (writing, reading, speaking, listening) to meet the needs of the workplace; increase safety awareness and hone the ability to recognize and address safety hazards in the workplace; sharpen basic math abilities; learn to measure properly using a wide variety of measuring instruments; enhance use of hand and power tools; and learn to read blueprints effectively without error and within tolerances.

  

Interested persons should contact James Myers at 843.355.4182 or myersj@wiltech.edu for information on how to participate. 

 

  

 

 

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WTC Hires New ETS Counselor 

 

Williamsburg Technical College (WTC) recently hired Kindred Durant from Columbia as a counselor for the Educational Talent Search (ETS) grant program. Durant previously served as a teacher with W.A. Perry Middle School in Columbia. He earned his bachelor of arts degree from the University of South Carolina and his master’s in education degree from South Carolina State University. He is involved in the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., and the Jeremiah United Methodist Church.  Durant is a native of Hemingway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WTC Practical Nursing Class 2014

 

 

Twenty students in the Williamsburg Technical College (WTC) Practical Nursing (PN) program received their nursing pins and certificates of completion for the year-long rigorous program which enables them to sit for the practical nursing licensing board exams. 

 

During the ceremony where family and friends gathered in the WTC auditorium, students were congratulated by WTC President Dr. Patty A. Lee and Vice President for Academic Affairs Clifton Elliott. Guest speaker for the ceremony was Williamsburg Regional Hospital Chief Nursing Officer Bambi Floyd. She urged the graduates to always treat their patients as if they were their own family. Student speaker Suzette McKenzie followed up Floyd’s comments by describing how the students were more like family than fellow classmates.  

 

Students graduating from the program included: (front row, from left) Ashley Kinder of Coward, Suzette McKenzie of Andrews, Denise Jordan of Florence, Natalie Poston of Johnsonville, Decreasa Durant of Florence, (second row, from left) Melissa Forster of Coward, Olivia Reynolds of Kingstree, Shenay Sefer of Kingstree, Casey Watford of Coward, Alyssa McCoy of Pamplico, Shannon Burgess of Lane, (top row, from left) Jessica O’Quinn of Moncks Corner, Rachel Burgess of Lake City, Loren Thompson of Kingstree, Stuart Miles II of Scranton, Mary Bethea of Summerville, Britney Richardson of Florence, Gregory Scott of Kingstree, Sydney Cook of Hannah-Pamplico, and Nica Floyd of New Zion.  

 

Members of the 2015 Practical Nursing class have already participated in orientation for their upcoming first semester of study. For more information on the WTC PN program, call 843.355.4130.

 

 

 

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Williamsburg Technical College (WTC) Practical Nursing (PN) graduate Loren Thompson of Kingstree grand-slammed all three top honors in the PN Class of 2014.  She was recognized at the class’s recent pinning ceremony for achieving the highest grade point average (GPA), the highest cumulative Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) score, and the highest Pre-National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) score. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WTC Retention Rate Superior Among Technical Colleges  

Recent South Carolina Technical College System (SCTCS) reports show that Williamsburg Technical College (WTC) had the lowest withdrawal rate among the system’s colleges during last fall semester.  

According to a report presented by Dr. Russ Bumba, SCTCS Association Vice President for Student Services, the average of all technical college withdrawals was 7.3 percent, while WTC had only .6 percent withdrawing.  

WTC President Dr. Patty Lee says the figures are indicative of the good work WTC’s faculty and staff do to help retain the students who attend WTC.  “As the smallest technical college of the 16 comprising the system, WTC provides many of the same program offerings and services of the larger colleges with fewer faculty and staff and lots less money,” Lee says. “It is a testament to our exceptional employees that we are retaining more students per capita than our sister institutions.” 

For information regarding application and registration, call 843.355.4165 or email admissions@wiltech.edu. 

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Bostic Completes Leadership FlorenceWTC’s Bostic Completes Leadership Florence 

 

Williamsburg Technical College’s (WTC) James Bostic recently completed the nine-month Leadership Florence program.  Bostic is the workforce manager for the Accessible Support Services and Instruction for Sustainable Transition (ASSIST) Grant program at the College. 

 

The 2014 Leadership Florence class consisted of 35 professionals from healthcare, hospitality, banking, industry, economic development education, government, and the legal system. The group attended sessions on media and marketing, healthcare, social issues, education, state and local government, and business and industry. In addition to their learning experiences, participants were able to make vital business connections.  They also worked on a class project to raise money for three entities in the area: The Manna House, which provides a hot lunch five days a week and an emergency food pantry for the needy and homeless; The CARE House, which responds to suspected or reported cases of child abuse; and the Florence Area Literacy Council, which provides one-on-one adult literacy instruction. 

 

Leadership Florence is a comprehensive nine-month program designed to identify, cultivate and motivate new leadership for the Greater Florence Area. Participants will increase their knowledge of the Greater Florence area and enhance their involvement in community activities while further developing their leadership skills.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NURSING ASSISTANTS COMPLETE TRAINING AT WTC  

 

Williamsburg Technical College (WTC) recently held a pinning ceremony for three students who have successfully completed the Nursing Assistant (NA) certificate program. Those receiving pins during the ceremony included Jashaya Gamble of Greeleyville, Wanda Cooper of Hemingway, and Deondray Greene of St. Stephen. WTC President Dr. Patty Lee and Vice President of Academic Affairs Clifton Elliott were part of the program with Dr. Lee offering an inspirational congratulatory speech to the students and their families who attended. 

 

The Nursing Assistant certificate program curriculum requires less than half as many courses as the Practical Nursing diploma program and covers such areas of study as 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, provide personal care and emotional support to elderly and/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. The Nursing Assistant program requires 16 hours of credit for successful completion of the program. 

  

Graduates of the Nursing Assistant certificate program are eligible to take the Competency Exam for state certification as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). A grade of ‘C’ or higher is required in all core courses. All direct caregivers must obtain a criminal record check as designated by clinical agencies and may not be eligible for work if their record shows a criminal history.  

 

For information on the Nursing Assistant program, call 843.355.4130. 

 

 

 
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