Pearl River Community College

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

June 6, 2018 - 9:24am

  Pearl River Community College, the Mississippi Development Authority, Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District and three utility contractors are partnering to establish and expand a Lineman Apprenticeship Program.
  Chain Electric Co. of Hattiesburg, B & B Electrical of Brandon and MDR Construction of Columbia project significant growth and the need for more personnel in the next five years.
  “The aging utility infrastructure coupled with numerous disasters has dramatically increased the demand for experienced utility lineman,” said Bob Chain, president and CEO of Chain Electric. “Working in concert with other employers, Pearl River Community College and Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District gives us an opportunity to train Mississippians for high paying jobs. We are excited that our state has made this effort a priority.”   

  Fifty-seven students are enrolled in the program, which is taught at PRCC’s Lowery Woodall Advanced Technology Center in Hattiesburg.    
  During the 2016 legislative session, Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill establishing the MS Works Fund to provide training that meets the needs of growing companies in Mississippi. Grant funds pay the instructors, purchase books and other training materials. Employers cover the wages of apprentices while in training. The new apprentices will be hired as groundmen and progress to Linemen B at the end of the two-year program.
  The creation of this program reinforces the state’s commitment to provide job seekers with hands-on training and helps to create a pipeline of highly skilled talent for employers.

June 6, 2018 - 1:51pm

  The medical radiology technology program at Pearl River Community College’s Forrest County Center received a grant from the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation for replacement and upgrade of its laboratory equipment.
  The foundation provided $40,000 of the estimated $130,000 cost to upgrade one digital radiography machine and replace another that can’t be repaired. Without the two machines, the students will not know how to operate the equipment used in hospitals and clinics when they enter the job market.
  “Pearl River Community College is grateful to the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation for funding this opportunity for our students,” said Dr. Jana Causey, vice president for Forrest County operations. “Our students will gain the preliminary and necessary training on our new digital radiography equipment to be competent, safe, and prepared to see patients in the clinical setting.
  “We are so thankful that the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation sets their priorities on helping our communities have the best possible healthcare through initiatives such as this one.”
  In the past decade, 57 students from Pearl River County, where the foundation is based, have completed the program and at least 15 are currently working in hospitals or clinics in the county.
  “The foundation is pleased to support PRCC in its effort to modernize the medical radiologic program activities at the college,” said Clyde Dease, foundation president. “If we are to produce well trained, proficient graduates to take care of the medical testing needs of the community, it begins with ensuring that our students have the most up-to-date equipment available to them.
  “This digital equipment will ensure that our students have state-of-the-art technology on which to develop their medical X-ray skills.”

Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation president Clyde Dease presents a grant check for the purchase of medical radiology equipment to Dr. Jana Causey, Pearl River Community College vice president for Forrest County operations, and Dr. Adam Breerwood, PRCC president.
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