Seeking a Great Career in Health Care?

Start Developing the Skills for an In-Demand Future

Everyone has heard that careers in the medical field can be both lucrative and personally rewarding. What most people are not aware of is that the job availability in health care is largely connected to careers that require a two-year degree or less.

In fact, for each doctor there are over half a dozen jobs requiring a certificate or two-year degree in a variety of health-related careers.

These jobs aren’t only available right now, they are growing.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in health occupations is projected to increase by 19 percent over the next 10 years, which is much faster than the average of most occupations. This equates to an additional 2.3 million new jobs in health-related fields. This growth is largely due to an aging population and an increase in individual access to health insurance.

Not only are these careers in-demand, they also pay well. In fact, The Bureau of Labor Statistics cites that the average median annual wage for health care practitioners and technical occupations was $61,710 in May 2014.

Piedmont Technical College offers a variety of degrees, certificates and diplomas that lead to careers in the growing realm of health care professions.

Learn more at www.ptc.edu/academics or contact Admissions at (877) 659-5284

Take the Transfer

The smart path to a four-year degree

The cost of a four-year degree and student loan debts have continued to rise in the last decade. That’s one reason many students choose to attend a technical or community college as an affordable alternative to a four-year school.

But education at a community or technical college doesn’t have to end with a two-year degree. In fact, credit earned at a community college can often be transferred to a four-year school to count toward a bachelor’s degree.

Avoid debt

Education is an investment worth making, but student loan debts can be a huge burden. On average, a 2015 college graduate is shouldering a whopping $35,000 in debt, according to financial aid website Edvisors.com.

Starting at a community or technical college can knock tens of thousands of dollars off the eventual bill for a bachelor’s degree. At Piedmont Technical College, the cost of two years is $4,548. Compare that to $27,764 for two years at Clemson University and $22,964 for two years at the University of South Carolina. And private university costs are higher still.

Besides saving money in tuition costs, most Piedmont Tech students qualify for federal Pell Grants, which, unlike loans, do not need to be paid back. For more information on financial aid like grants and scholarships, visit www.ptc.edu/aid.

Experience counts

A transfer plan means completing general education requirements at PTC and deciding what major is right for you. Not only will you save money, you’ll have access to attentive faculty and benefit from small class sizes and hands-on classrooms.

Maybe you’ve got your eye on a degree from a university where your high school GPA or entrance exam scores kept you from admission. By starting at a community or technical college, you can improve your academic qualifications.

Universities consider admissions for transfer students based more on the work they put in to previous college courses than on high school grades. Getting involved in extracurricular activities like student government and clubs can also improve your transfer prospects.

Plan ahead

The key to a successful transfer is planning. If you know where you’d like to transfer for a bachelor’s program, start researching what the university and department requires.

PTC has articulation agreements with many four-year colleges and universities in a range of programs. That means credits earned in your first two years will count toward a degree.

What if you don’t already know what you want to do? Taking the basic classes first will ensure you don’t waste time and money while discovering your interests. The block of general education credits are designed to transfer.

An admissions counselor can help you understand the transfer process, as well as help you explore program options. We’re here to help! Schedule an appointment at (855) 446-3864, or drop by the Admissions Office today. Learn more at
www.ptc.edu/transfer.

Do you Need Money for College?


Headache-saving changes have arrived

Changes have been made to the financial aid process that will make it easier to apply for help and plan ahead for college.

As of October 1, 2016, students are able to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2017-18 year. This pushes the application date up by several months from the previous January 1 opening date. Students will also be able to use tax information from two years earlier.

Why is this important?

Filling out a FAFSA is the first step in getting federal money, including Pell Grants, student loans, and a work-study job at your college. The information on your FAFSA is also used by colleges, state governments, and others to determine if you qualify for some other types of financial aid or scholarships.

Nearly 20 million FAFSA filers get access to federal grants and loans each year – the vast majority of American college students. Yeah, it’s kind of a big deal.

The biggest mistake you can make with federal aid is assuming you don’t qualify, so even if you don’t think you’ll be eligible, you should apply.

Many students qualify for the Pell Grant, which is money that you do not have to pay back. Students can also access loans, which do have to be repaid, at lower interest rates than many private lenders offer.

“Nearly 20 million FAFSA filers get access to federal grants and loans each year”

According to education advising site Edvisors.com, two million students who would have qualified for the Pell Grant in the 2011-12 school year missed out because they didn’t fill out a FAFSA.

More time to weigh options

By applying in October instead of January, students will find out earlier if they are eligible for aid, giving them time to consider college costs and weigh their options for multiple schools.

The convenience of using so-called “prior-prior-year” tax data also makes it easier for students to get college applications in before many scholarship deadlines, which are frequently set in January and February.

This widened window of time will enable families to determine the true costs of going to school once financial aid is factored in.

Streamlined process

The changes simplify the FAFSA a great deal. Students who apply early won’t have to update their applications with new income information, cutting down the often rigorous federal verification process.

“This widened window of time will enable families to determine the true costs of going to school”

The FAFSA is far less of a headache than it used to be. Once upon a time (not so long ago), filing for financial aid involved a 10-page workbook and poring over your family’s paper documents. Today, less than one-half of one percent of applicants fill out the paper version.

Now an online form at fafsa.ed.gov, many of the application’s 108 questions are auto-populated using data already on-file with the government through the IRS.

According to the Education Department, this has cut the filing time down to about 20 minutes on average.

How to apply

  1. Complete a FAFSA online at fafsa.ed.gov.
  2. After filing, you will be sent a report on your eligibility for the Pell Grant and the amount you can expect to receive.
  3. If you are seeking a loan, fill out a Federal Direct Loan application along with your FAFSA: studentloans.gov

Questions? Consult Piedmont Tech’s financial aid experts for advice:

Office of Financial Aid

www.ptc.edu/fafsa

864-941-8365