Greenwood Edge Frequently Asked Questions

by Paul Cuenin on August 31, 2018

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Greenwood Edge Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the Greenwood Edge?
    • The Greenwood Edge is a partnership between Piedmont Technical College; Greenwood County School Districts 50, 51, and 52; Greenwood County private schools; the Greenwood Partnership Alliance; the Greenwood Promise and local employers to provide training to high school students in high-demand occupations.
  2. Who is eligible to participate in the Greenwood Edge?
    • Eligible students must:
      • i. Be a high school junior or senior in the coming fall semester
      • ii. Live in a primary residence zoned for Greenwood County school districts 
      • iii. Have a minimum of a 3.0 Grade Point Average
      • iv. Score Silver certificate on the Work Keys test or the WIN test. 
      • v. Have a recommendation from their high school guidance counselor
      • vi. Apply for acceptance for Dual Enrollment at Piedmont Technical College (www.ptc.edu)
  3. How do I apply to participate in Greenwood Edge?
    • a. Eligible students interested in participating in the Greenwood Edge can obtain an application from their high school guidance counselor or at www.partnershipalliance.com/edge .

    • b. Students must complete the application and submit it to their high school guidance counselor by March 23rd of each academic year. 

    • c. The guidance counselor will complete the Counselor Recommendation before submitting the completed application to the Office of Dual Enrollment at Piedmont Technical College.

  4. How do I apply for dual enrollment at Piedmont Technical College?
    • To apply for dual enrollment at Piedmont Technical College, students must visit www.ptc.edu, select Admissions and then select Dual Enrollment.  Follows the instructions to complete and submit the application.
  5. What is Work Keys and WIN and why do I need to take this test?
    • Work Keys and WIN are two separate assessment tests that measure the knowledge and skill level needed to perform various job functions in the workplace.  The different certificates that can be earned (bronze, silver, gold, platinum) correspond to the variety of different types of jobs one should be able to perform.  Additionally, these assessment tests help Piedmont Tech have an understanding of your ability to be successful.  
  6. What if I have not taken WIN or Work Keys?
    • You will need to inform your high school guidance counselor if you have not taken Work Keys.  Your guidance counselor can arrange for you to take the test at no cost with Piedmont Technical College.
  7. What if I have completed WIN or Work Keys in the past, but need to raise my score to earn a Silver certificate?
    • Students wishing to retake the Work Keys test must first inform their high school guidance counselor.  Your guidance counselor can give you access to practice software that should help improve your scores.  Students will only be allowed to retest after having taken measures to practice for an improved score.
  8. When is the deadline to apply for Greenwood Edge?
    • a. Applications are due to your high school guidance counselor by March 23rd of each academic year.
    • b. The following items must be completed before submitting your Greenwood Edge application:
      • i. Work Keys or WIN test with a Silver certificate
      • ii. Greenwood Edge application
      • iii. Piedmont Technical College dual enrollment application
  9. How much does it cost for me to participate in Greenwood Edge?
    • Participation in Greenwood Edge is offered at NO COST to students due to funding made available by the Greenwood Promise.  Your school district is covering the cost for books, transportation, and test fees. 
  10. What types of certifications will I receive?
    • Eligible students who successfully complete this program should receive the following certifications.
      • i.South Carolina Manufacturing Certification
      • ii.Occupational Safety and Health Administration Certification (OSHA)
      • iii.Six Sigma Yellow Belt
      • iv. MSSC Manufacturing Production Technician Certificate
  11. How is the Greenwood Edge curriculum chosen?
    • After dialogue with area companies, it was determined that the Greenwood Edge would offer opportunities for eligible students to participate in programs that will:
      • i. Equip students to go directly into the workforce if desired immediately following high school graduation
      • ii. Start students on a pathway to earn an associate’s degree in a related field
      • iii. Start students on a pathway to earn a bachelor’s degree in a related field
  12. What is/are the approved Greenwood Edge curriculum(s)?
    • The approved curriculum is the Manufacturing Production Technician Certificate.
  13. If I have plans to further my education after high school, how will the Manufacturing Production Technician Certificate help me?
    • Students completing the Manufacturing Production Technician Certificate will be able to apply 10 of the 12 credit hours earned toward the Mechatronics Associate Degree.  This means you will have a jump start on obtaining the Mechatronics degree prior to graduating high school.
  14. If accepted into the Greenwood Edge, what classes will I take?
    • Students participating in the Greenwood Edge and enrolled in the Manufacturing Production Technician Certificate program will need to take the following courses.
      • i. IMT 170                Statistical Process Control                            3 credit hours
      • ii. IMT 210                Basic Industrial Skills I                                     3 credit hours
      • iii. IMT 101                Introduction to Industrial Maintenance 2 credit hours
      • iv. MET 143               Precision Measurements                             2 credit hours
      • v. MET 235               Manufacturing Engineering Principles     2 credit hours
  15. What will I learn as a student in the Manufacturing Production Technician Certificate program?
    • As a student in the Manufacturing Production Technician Certificate program, you will learn about a variety of manufacturing skills, levels, and positions.  You will, also, develop skills employers desire right now.
  16. What type of job will I qualify for upon receiving a Manufacturing Production Technician Certificate?
    • Students who successfully the Manufacturing Production Technician Certificate program should possess the skills needed to obtain an entry level manufacturing position including machine operation, quality, and assembly.
  17. How much do entry level manufacturing positions such as machine operation, quality and assembly pay?
    • In researching various area companies, starting wages for these positions tend to range from $12.00 - $15.30 per hour, with an average starting wage at about $14.50 per hour.
  18. Are there other training opportunities under the Greenwood Edge?
    • No, currently there are no other training opportunities provided by the Greenwood Edge.  However, we hope to incorporate other high demand occupation training opportunities into the Greenwood Edge in the future.
  19. How many students will be accepted into the Greenwood Edge for the fall 2018 cohort?
    • The fall 2019 cohort will consist of 24 high students (juniors/seniors).
  20. How do I apply if I am enrolled in a homeschool program?
    • a. Eligible students who are enrolled in a homeschool program must complete the same process as students enrolled in public or private schools. 

    • b. Applications can be accessed online at www.partnershipalliance.com/edge. 

    • c. A non-family member must complete who is familiar with the student’s academic ability and character is permitted to complete the high guidance counselor recommendation prior to the student submitting the completed application to the Dual Enrollment Coordinator at Piedmont Technical College. 

    • d. Homeschool students will need to contact Piedmont Technical College directly to schedule a time to complete the Work Keys test (864-941-8400).

  21. When will I be notified of my Greenwood Edge admissions status?
    • All applicants will be notified of their admissions status by May 1st of each academic year. 

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