Economic Development and Continuing Education Division

Economic Development and Continuing Education (EDACE) programs at Piedmont Technical College serve the needs of the residents of the college’s seven-county service area, as well as those of government, business and industry. We offer a wide variety of programs that supplement or complement formal academic courses and degree programs. Our schedule includes short-term courses, workshops, seminars and conferences to upgrade your skills, enhance your professional development or further your personal interests.

With a variety of scheduling options, our affordable day and night classes can easily fit into your personal schedule. Both day and evening classes are available on the Lex Walters Campus-Greenwood and at our six county campuses. Convenient scheduling and locations make it easier for you to stay one step ahead of the rapid changes occurring in today’s workplace.

We also offer online classes in many areas of interest for your convenience. These classes are available anywhere and any time to accommodate your schedule. Log on to our website at www.ptc.edu/ConEd and click on “Online Courses” to view the variety of courses and complete the online registration form.

Program Areas

Health Care

The EDACE Division provides customized health and safety training for employers in the college’s seven-county service area in addition to health care courses for the general public. Course topics include, but are not limited to: CNA, Phlebotomy, Emergency Medical Technician, Electronic Medical Records, CPR/First Aid, Medical Coding, Blood-borne Pathogens, and American Heart Association Training.

Steven McDade, Program Manager
(864) 941-8426
mcdade.s@ptc.edu

Industrial Maintenance

The EDACE Division provides customized industrial maintenance training for employers in the college’s seven-county service area. Course topics include, but are not limited to: Arc Flash Safety, Cranes & Hoists, Forklift Driving, HAZMAT, HAZWOPER, HVAC, OSHA, Wastewater and Weatherization.

Dan Blakely, Director, Center for Advanced Manufacturing
(864) 682-3702 ext. 2001
blakely.d@ptc.edu

Trish Buis, Training Coordinator
(864) 941-8420
Buis.p@ptc.edu

Michael White, Training Coordinator
(864) 941-8310
white.m@ptc.edu

Professional Development

The EDACE Division provides professional development training for employers in the college’s seven-county service area in addition to professional development courses for the general public. Course topics include, but are not limited to: SHRM Training, Customer Service, Communicating Effectively, Seminars, Administrative Professionals, Real Estate, Social Media, Floral Design and Occupational Spanish.

Kassie Burton, Program Manager
(864) 941-8575
burton.k@ptc.edu

Computer Training

The EDACE Division provides customized computer training for employers in the college’s seven-county service area in addition to computer courses for the general public. Course topics include, but are not limited to: Microsoft Office, Adobe, Microsoft Projects, QuickBooks and Basic Computer Skills.

Vickie Baldwin, Program Manager
(864) 941-8602
baldwin.v@ptc.edu

Quality Improvement and LEAN

The EDACE Division provides customized quality improvement and LEAN training for employers in the college’s seven-county service area in addition to quality improvement and LEAN courses for the general public. Course topics include, but are not limited to: LEAN Training, ASQ Training, Statistical Process Control, GD&T, Six Sigma and ISO Training.

Carroll Sams, Program Manager
(864) 941-8409
sams.c@ptc.edu

Conference Center

Full conference facilities and support for business and industry meetings, as well as for special occasions and private events are available in the James C. Self Conference Center. Our fully equipped and attractive facilities provide a comfortable setting and a full range of services to meet your specific needs, including customized workshops and seminars. Call our Conference Center staff at (864) 941-8408 for complete details.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Continuing Education Units are recorded for non-credit courses. One CEU is defined as “ten contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education, adult or extension experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction and qualified instruction.” A transcript of CEU’s earned can be obtained upon request from the Registrar. In addition, certificates of course completion are available on request from the Economic Development and Continuing Education office.