Pearl River Community College

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

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June 16, 2020 - 11:38am
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POPLARVILLE, Miss. — Pearl River Community College is offering opportunities for anyone dealing with the financial effects of COVID-19 through their Register Now, Pay Later program. 

The program allows students to register now for courses at a ROAR Orientation session without the stress of upfront payments or added fees and gives them the opportunity to break payments up throughout the semester. 

“Our communities are facing a wide variety of challenges as a result of COVID-19,” Pearl River President Dr. Adam Breerwood said. “Job loss and employee lay-offs are creating uncertainty for many of our students and their families. Hopefully this program will provide financial relief and opportunity to those in need.”

REGISTER NOW, PAY LATER 

The three main components of the program are:

  1. No registration fees are due at the time a student registers.
  2. No orientation fees are required for online ROAR New Student Orientation.
  3. Payment plans can be set up starting in July which allows students to break up tuition and fees into manageable monthly payments.

“We want students and parents to know that PRCC understands that financial circumstances due to COVID-19 may effect Wildcat families,” Associate Vice President for Marketing and Communication Candace Harper said. “We want to try and remove all obstacles that impede education at The River. The register now, pay later program simply means students can register now, sign up for classes that they want without the worry of any upfront orientation and tuition fees.

“Once the student starts classes, they may set up their Nelnet monthly payments.”

Payments are only needed for balances remaining after scholarships and financial aid have been applied. Students have the entire semester to make payments toward their tuition and fees. Students also have the option of securing student loans to cover their remaining balance. 

In order for students to take advantage of this opportunity they should simply register for a one-on-one online ROAR orientation session through their RiverGuide account. Once payment plans are available in July, students can then sign up for a plan in RiverGuide that fits their needs. 

DIGITAL BOOKS

In addition to the new program, the Wildcat Den Bookstore uses digital course materials for approximately 70 percent of courses. This enable students to receive day one access to any course using an e-book without having to open their wallet that first day for course materials. A digital fee is automatically applied to the student's account allowing them to pay for their materials throughout the semester. 

“Our ebook program was established to help students who could not afford $1,000 in textbooks their first day of class,” Harper said. “This program allows students to access their materials without falling behind due to financial circumstances. Currently 70 percent of our academic courses use this program. Each year we continue to add more to this wonderful platform.”

Future Wildcats can take of the opportunity to not miss out on good class times and courses needed for their career pathways by registering for a ROAR Orientation session today. Prospective Wildcats can begin the application process by visiting prcc.edu/admissions.

ROAR ORIENTATION

In order for new students to sign-up for fall classes they must register for an online ROAR Orientation Session. Pearl River has kept the safety and convenience of the Wildcat Family in mind when creating this new format. Students can look forward to a one-on-one advising session with a trained advisor from the comfort of their own couch. During the session, Wildcats will create their fall schedule and learn about resources and tools necessary to be successful in their first semester at PRCC. 

“We are really excited to be able to offer ROAR virtually this year,” ROAR Orientation Coordinator Emily Sheckells said. “The most important part of ROAR is getting the chance to show each student that they will have the best support system here with many people who will take the time to listen to them and help them. We are still able to do just that with our virtual ROAR session and maybe even more so with one-on-one advising.”

Those needing to sign up for a ROAR session can visit prcc.edu/ROAR for detailed instructions. Students can also visit https://youtu.be/fJGNuvDDXC0 to see an overview of the registration and orientation process. 

For the latest news on Pearl River Community College, visit PRCC.edu and follow us on Twitter (@PRCC_Wildcats) and Facebook (@PRCCMKTG).

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Pearl River Community College offers equal education and employment opportunities. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, veteran status, or disability. For inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies or to request accommodations, special assistance, or alternate format publication please contact Tonia M. Seal, Director of Admissions and Records/ ADA/Civil Rights Coordinator at P.O. Box 5559, Poplarville, MS 39470 or 601-403-1060 or Maghan James, Assistant Vice President of Student Services/Title IX Coordinator at P.O. Box 5805, Poplarville, MS 39470 or 601-403-1132.

 
June 16, 2020 - 3:23pm
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HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Pearl River Community College will begin offering its Precision Manufacturing and Machining Technology program at the Forrest County Center in August.

The program prepares students to enter into advanced manufacturing careers as machine operators, machinist and CNC programmers. 

“This program was previously offered in Poplarville (PRCC’s main campus),” said Dr. James Collum, Career Education Department chairman at the Forrest County Center. “We hope that moving the program closer to the (Forrest County) industrial park and aligning the curriculum with the needs of local manufacturers, we will be able to help local employers connect with skilled workers.”

Since manufacturing makes up a significant portion of the Hattiesburg economy, Collum believes this precision program will benefit local industry.

“PRCC has tried to focus on bringing programs to the Forrest County Center that provide the training identified by these local industries,” Collum said. “We believe we can provide a skilled workforce for our local industries that offer good jobs with excellent pay for our students.” 

According to Collum, wages average $21 an hour and up to $45,000 a year. 

The class instructor will be Robby Shaw. The class will offer will offer 30-hour, 45-hour and 60-hour options.

“In 2017, we designed our industrial electronics program with help from our local manufacturing partners to train students to work as industrial maintenance technicians, electro-mechanical technicians, and automation and control specialists,” Collum said.

“Now with the Precision Manufacturing and Machining program in Hattiesburg, we will be working with the same industrial partners to ensure that we are matching our equipment, curriculum, and national certifications with their needs. We also hope to build the same internship partnerships into the precision manufacturing program that has made our industrial program successful.” 

Dr. Jana Causey, Vice President for the Forrest County Center, also feels the precision program will be a plus for students looking for a manufacturing career. 

“We are excited to offer the Precision Manufacturing and Machining program,” Causey said. “Our industry partners have indicated a great need in the Pine Belt for this skill set. We are pleased to answer the call to industry needs with this great program and provide our students with an opportunity for a great career in this field.”

Precision Manufacturing & Machining Technology is a program of study designed to lead to a Career Certificate, Technical Certificate or Associate of Applied Science degree.

For more information, call 601-554-5539.

For the latest news on Pearl River Community College, visit us at prcc.edu or follow us at PRCC.edu  (@PRCC_Wildcats)  (@PRCCMKTG).

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Pearl River Community College offers equal education and employment opportunities. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, veteran status, or disability. For inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies or to request accommodations, special assistance, or alternate format publication please contact Tonia M. Seal, Director of Admissions and Records/ ADA/Civil Rights Coordinator at P.O. Box 5559, Poplarville, MS 39470 or 601-403-1060 or Maghan James, Assistant Vice President of Student Services/Title IX Coordinator at P.O. Box 5805, Poplarville, MS 39470 or 601-403-1132.

 
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