Pearl River Community College

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

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December 6, 2017 - 9:17am
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POPLARVILLE - Fourteen students have completed a seven-week course making them eligible to apply for credentials as child development associates.

The women received educational credits through Pearl River Community College’s Workforce Training Program.

“This diverse group of women worked diligently over the course of the program and were committed to both achieving their goals of working with young children and expanding their career opportunities,” said Dr. Pamela Thomas, director of Early Childhood Programs for Picayune schools who taught the course.

The program requires completion of 120 hours of formal early childhood education covering the growth and development of children from infancy to 5 years of age, preparation of a portfolio of reference work and a minimum grade of 70 on final exams. The students must also complete 480 hours of professional work experience in a child setting. Many of the students have already completed the work.

Funds for the program came from Families First for Mississippi.

“We are thrilled to work with Pearl River Community College to better serve their students and our participants by providing a comprehensive service array at a single location,” said Rebecca Brown, Families First regional coordinator. “PRCC, through its adult education and workforce education departments, is constantly striving to provide relevant and accessible education and development programs that help individuals to better meet personal and professional goals.”

All of the students who completed the course are from Pearl River County. They are Payton Reed, Chrissy Moore, Keyonte Jenkins, Carol Brehm, Sherry Yarborough, Makea White, Connice Sylvas, Shamele Honeycutt, Brooke Seals, Rickena Hawkins, Bianca Peters, Nastassia Poole, Angela Boutwell and Crystal Pitt. 

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Dr. Pamela Thomas, director of Early Childhood Programs for Picayune schools, teaches a child development associate course.
 
December 6, 2017 - 9:40am
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POPLARVILLE - The Pearl River Community College Development Foundation recently accepted a $25,000 endowment from the Smith-Carver family of Poplarville.

The gift will open the Harold P. And Bertha S. Carver Endowment and fund the Smith-Carver Family Criminal Justice Scholarship. 

The donation was presented Sunday, Dec. 4, during a brief ceremony at Poplarville First United Methodist Church. Retired Picayune Police Chief Brenda Smith, niece of Pete and Bertha Carver, spoke for the family.

“I am more than aware of the challenges of educating men and women for law enforcement,” she said. “We need to educate our law enforcement officers. They need to be aware of the law. They need to be aware of what the profession is about. They need to understand the Constitution.”

PRCC alumnus Harold P. “Pete” Carver served 34 years in law enforcement, including 12 as Poplarville’s police chief. He and his son, Joel Carver of Atlanta, made the official presentation to Ernie Lovell, director of the PRCC Development Foundation.

“We’re so appreciative of this scholarship and endowment that will not only benefit a student this year but for years to come,” Lovell said. “There’s nothing more inspiring than to see someone invest in a young life.”

Criminal justice courses are included in PRCC’s curriculum leading to an associate in arts degree.

In addition to Pete Carver and Brenda Smith, other family members who were or are in law enforcement include B.F. Fore, Aaron Smith, Jim Carver, John Carver, Brenda Varnado and Lisa Odom.

Ernie Lovell, executive director of the Pearl River Community College Development Foundation, accepts the Harold P. and Bertha S. Carver Endowment and the Smith-Carver Family Criminal Justice Scholarship from Joel Carver and his father, retired Poplarville Police Chief Pete Carver.
Ernie Lovell, executive director of the Pearl River Community College Development Foundation, accepts the Harold P. and Bertha S. Carver Endowment and the Smith-Carver Family Criminal Justice Scholarship from Joel Carver and his father, retired Poplarville Police Chief Pete Carver.
 
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