Single mother graduates from Piedmont Tech — with two degrees

Posted on December 10, 2018

“Heaven Lee didn’t like talking when she first came to Greenwood.”

““I felt as though what I had to say didn’t matter,” Lee said. She even had a jacket that she could pull up to cover her mouth. Nevertheless, she spoke at her graduation from Piedmont Technical College this summer and shared some very personal information.”

Life Is Complicated: Distance Learning Helps

Posted on November 29, 2018

“Three months after a terrorist attack in Afghanistan left Jeremy Haynes a paraplegic, he met with a psychologist from the Department of Veterans Affairs. “He asked me what I wanted to do with my life,” said Mr. Haynes, a retired Army major. “I said I wanted to go back to school”. He said, ‘Let’s be realistic. You’re not going to be operating mentally like you did before.’”

Libertas apprenticeship program offers college alternative for high school graduates

Posted on November 20, 2018

“Libertas, a year-long apprentice program, plans to expand as more students shy away from a college degree. The Libertas program is targeted at young adults and works at teaching them fundamental life skills like time management, self-care, and finding a direction for their future. After students find an area of expertise they are interested in, they are paired one-on-one with an apprentice within the field to complete their training.”

Earn While You Learn

Posted on August 21, 2018

America is catching up with the 19th Century. Apprenticeships, the majority of Americans say, are more immediately valuable than college.


While we’re not talking about blacksmithing or railroad track laying, we are talking about the 19th Century approach of hands-on professional training for the economy of the 21st. From software code to robotics repair to medical technology and administration, some 69% of Americans told a recent Harris poll that learning a trade is a faster, more direct path to a job than classroom learning in a college or other higher education setting.


A noteworthy takeaway from the study, the sponsors say, is that a do not believe that completing an apprenticeship will limit one’s future employment options (71%); nor do they agree that earn-while-learning programs generally lead to a lower salary than occupations requiring a college degree (60%).


“Apprenticeships or earn and learn programs offer great value to job seekers because they get paid while learning a new vocation—available across a wide variety of occupations and industries,” said Richard Wahlquist, American Staffing Association president and chief executive officer, whose organization partnered with Harris on the poll. “U.S. businesses need to act now to launch work-based learning programs to address the widening skills gap and help attract and hire the best candidates in this tight labor market.”


Absolutely! But the get-ahead difference will still be a degree…after the training is complete and the earn while you learn path has led to the earning part. Supervisors, managers, administrators, executives, and entrepreneurs typically turn to higher education to earn higher wages. Particularly once they have begun to master a trade.


So, check out and and let those who offer professional training and educational programs know you are ready, willing and able to get in and get ahead.