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home : news : school May 24, 2016

1/31/2014 12:24:00 PM
PTC student finds love of Engineering Technology

Jeremy Houchins grew up taking his toys apart to see how they worked. He never thought he could parlay that into a career.

“When I graduated from high school, I was pretty lost,” said Houchins. “I knew I had to go to college, but I didn’t know what I wanted to do.”

The North Charleston native graduated from Southern Wesleyan University with a degree in criminal justice, but he knew it wasn’t a career he wanted to pursue. After graduation, he relocated to Greenwood and took a position with Eaton Electrical. Over time, he knew he needed a change.

“I reached that point where I liked my job, but I didn’t want to be in that position for the rest of my life,” he said.

Houchins spoke with several engineers at Eaton and learned about the 2+2 program in electronic engineering technology between Piedmont Technical College and South Carolina State University. He immediately enrolled in the program.

“I like that I can get a four-year degree and not have to transfer to another campus,” Houchins said.

Houchins dove into life at Piedmont Tech. He became a Presidential Ambassador and earned a Hi-Tech Scholarship. The scholarship is something he says he is proud to have.

“It’s a great program that promotes academic excellence and makes you want to be in good standing,” he said.

Hi-Tech scholars earn money for tuition as well as a “Loan to Own” laptop or automotive scan tool the students may keep upon graduation from their program. Houchins says the financial aid was great, but the laptop was a blessing.

“My laptop had gone all four years at Southern Wesleyan and it just died on me,” he said. “So it was helpful to my program to have a new laptop.”

Houchins said his experiences at Piedmont Tech have been fantastic and distinct from a four-year university.

“There are a lot of personalities you can meet at Piedmont Tech,” Houchins said. “It’s different from a four-year university and it worked better for me.”

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