Piedmont Technical College

620 North Emerald Road
Greenwood, SC 29646-0000
Tel: (864)941-8324
  • Piedmont Technical College, a member of the South Carolina Technical and Comprehensive Education system, is a public comprehensive two-year post-secondary institution. Piedmont contributes to the economic growth and development of the largest and most diverse region of the technical college system, Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Newberry, and Saluda counties and to the state. The college responds to the academic, training, and public service needs of the community through excellence in teaching and educational services.
School Highlights
  • Piedmont Technical College serves 5,694 students (37% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 30:1 is higher than the state community college average of 28:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 34% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 38%.
  • Piedmont Technical College is the only community colleges within Greenwood County, SC.
  • The nearest community college is Forrest College (36.10 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 190 teachers has declined by 18% over five years.
Piedmont Technical College(SC) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty190 staff55 staff
Piedmont Technical College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 5,694 has declined by 7% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 30:1 has increased from 24:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.47 is less than the state average of 0.54. The school's diversity has declined by 6% over five years.
Total Enrollment5,694 students1,260 students
Piedmont Technical College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio30:128:1
Piedmont Technical College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students2,134 students726 students
Piedmont Technical College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students3,560 students534 students
Piedmont Technical College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Piedmont Technical College Enrollment Breakdown SC All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
-
1%
Piedmont Technical College Asian (2009-2013)
% Hispanic
1%
3%
Piedmont Technical College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
31%
27%
Piedmont Technical College Black (2007-2016)
% White
66%
62%
Piedmont Technical College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
1%
2%
Piedmont Technical College More (2012-2016)
Piedmont Technical College Ethnicity Breakdown SC All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body.0.470.54
Piedmont Technical College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
16%
12%
Piedmont Technical College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$27,500$28,900
Piedmont Technical College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $4,460 is less than the state average of $6,687. The in-state tuition has grown by 13% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $5,660 is less than the state average of $10,638. The out-state tuition has grown by 10% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$4,460$6,687
Piedmont Technical College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$5,660$10,638
Piedmont Technical College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid98%94%
Piedmont Technical College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$9,482$14,979
Piedmont Technical College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$5,500$5,500
Piedmont Technical College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • In 1966, the eighth Technical Education Center, Piedmont, was established to serve Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Newberry, Saluda and surrounding counties. Classes met for the first time at Piedmont on September 6, 1966, with some 300 students enrolled in day and evening classes. On October 2, 1972, five new buildings representing the first phase of a 30-year master development plan were occupied. These facilities housed classrooms, laboratories, a learning resources center and faculty offices. A general renovation of the main campus center included a student lounge and recreation complex. On April 10, 1974, the institution's name was changed from Piedmont Technical Education Center to Piedmont Technical College to more accurately reflect our post-secondary educational mission. The 1981-82 year saw six new additions to the Piedmont campus: a health sciences facility, conference center, continuing education complex, student center, multi-purpose building and automotive technology facility. In 1986, a 10,000-square-foot addition to the Conference Center made it one of the finest facilities of its type in the state. Piedmont's main Campus, the Lex Walters Campus borders a primary industrial corridor on the outskirts of Greenwood, South Carolina. The modern campus is a large complex that integrates the latest in instructional technology while also offering an environment that is totally conducive to learning. Campus highlights includes the James C. Self Conference Center, Marion P. Carnell library, the Solutia Gallery, PTC Campus Shop, Student Center & Canteen. Other features includes labs for medical, technology and business programs, industrial shops, a well-equipped media center, faculty and administrative offices. The college offers Associate degrees in vocational, technical, and occupational areas and university transfer; vocational, technical and occupational diplomas and certificates; developmental education programs and courses preparing individuals to take the General Education Development Test, custom-designed Continuing Education training programs for business, industry, and facilities for the Special Schools program to train potential employees for new and expanding manufacturing companies; and Student Development programs which provide academic, career and individual support. Piedmont Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the associate's degree and holds membership in the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges and in the American Technical Education Association.

Nearby Schools

  • College Location Mi. Students
  • Forrest College
    Private, for profit
    111 students | 36.10 Mi601 E River Street
    Anderson SC  29624
    (864)225-7653
    36.10111
  • 453 students | 43.40 Mi78 Global Dr Ste 200
    Greenville SC  29607
    (864)679-4900
    43.40453
  • 12,592 students | 45.10 Mi738 S Pleasantburg Dr
    Greenville SC  29607
    (864)250-8000
    45.1012,592
  • 679 students | 45.10 Mi309 East Academy St
    Union SC  29379
    (864)429-8728
    45.10679
  • 708 students | 47.20 MiTwo Liberty Square, 75 Beattie Place Ste 100
    Greenville SC  29601
    (864)239-5300
    47.20708
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Did You Know?
For South Carolina public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $6,687 per year for in-state students and $10,638 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $12,551 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in South Carolina is 62%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

South Carolina community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.54, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in South Carolina is The Art Institute of Charleston. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.