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.