Alumni Spotlight with Walter McGhee
By Chris Forton, Coordinator, Alumni and Student Relations
In 1975, Walter McGhee graduated from Airco Technical Institute in Baltimore, MD. Upon his arrival to North Carolina, in 1982, he stumbled upon what was then known as Piedmont Technical Institute (PTI).
Walter decided that his education was not going to stop after leaving Maryland. He was eager to earn a welding certificate, so that he could join the workforce immediately. Once earning his welding certificate from PTI, Walter welded at a shipyard for 12 years and worked and retired from Duke Energy-Progress (formerly CP&L and Progress Energy). It is safe to say that his educational path led him to a very successful career.
Although Walter has retired, he is still an active member of the community and Piedmont Community College (PCC). In fact, he currently serves as a part-time welding instructor at PCC. He also manages rental properties and he and his brother run a small welding business.
Oh and by the way, Walter is now taking HVAC classes at PCC! Education never stops, and it is never too late to start. Once a Pacer, always a Pacer!
Remember, as soon as you successfully complete ONE class at PCC, you are officially alumni! Visit www.piedmontcc.edu/alumni to learn all about becoming an official member of the Alumni Partnership at PCC!
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Photo: Walter speaking with students at the 2018 Roxboro Area Chamber of Commerce Career Fair for high school seniors at Person High School and Roxboro Community School.