Welcome to Computer Services
    Hello, my name is John Cothran.  I am a 1984 graduate of Furman University with a degree in Computer Science/Business.  I also have a master's degree from Converse College in Elementary Education.
    After graduating from Furman I decided to join the Army.  After completing Basic Training and Officer Candidates School I went to flight school and became an Army helicopter pilot.  I flew the AH-1 Gunship and the OH-58 Kiowa Scout helicopter.  When my obligation to the Army was up I went to work with the Greenville Hospital System as a Computer Training Specialist where I trained users on hospital specific computer software.  It was during this time that I decided that I wanted to teach.  After receiving my teaching degree and completing the master's program, I taught 5th grade for a year before accepting a job at Piedmont Technical College as an instructor in the Computer Science Department.
    While at Piedmont Tech. I taught classes in computer applications and computer programming.  I designed and started the Computer Repair and Networking certificate program at Piedmont Tech. and taught classes for this certificate for approximately five years.  I left Piedmont Tech. to become the Computer Services instructor for the Career and Technology Center where I have been teaching ever since. 
    Outside of school my interest are many and varied.  I have a farm with goats and chickens.  I built my own two-story barn and I am currently teaching myself to weld.  I am married and have three children.  I spend a lot of time watching my son play baseball at Erskine College and watching my daughter play soccer at Palmetto High School.
     John Cothran
      Phone:  864-847-4121 ext. 2118 
    Fax:  864-847-3539