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D50 Announces Plans to Create a Middle College Program at Piedmont Tech

PTC At the September Board meeting, Greenwood School District 50 announced a new partnership with Piedmont Technical College to create a middle college program at the technical school’s Greenwood campus. Starting in the Fall of 2020, the program will be tuition free for District 50 students who choose to follow a specific degree pathway established by Piedmont Tech. District 50 students in the program will be enrolled in high school and college and earn an Associate degree while also working towards their high school diploma. 

“Our Middle College will provide another opportunity for our students to accelerate and thrive towards post-secondary education,” Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Brad Nickles stated. “This will also allow our students to have a clear and direct pathway to not only a high school diploma, but also an Associate degree from Piedmont Tech.” 

Emerald and Greenwood High School students will apply for District 50’s Middle College in the Spring of their sophomore year. Beginning the summer before their junior year, students will begin taking classes at Piedmont Tech. Students must meet all requirements for a SC High School Diploma at graduation in order to enroll in the Middle College. Piedmont Tech will provide a schedule based on the needs of the students in District 50. 

“This will be a game-changer for students in our district,” Dr. Steve Glenn said. “This will allow our students to have an early start to their future success on a tuition-free pathway! We are very appreciative to Piedmont Tech for providing our students with a chance to become even more college and career ready!”