September 24, 2020 - 1:04pm
Pearl River Community College is celebrating nine consecutive semesters of growth for fall 2020.
According to the 10th day enrollment report published by the Mississippi Community College Board, Pearl River’s enrollment is 5,298 with 75,615 credit hours in fall 2020. Compared to fall of ’19, Pearl River’s credit hours have increased 3.8% percent giving the institution another semester of growth.
EDUCATION ON YOUR TIME
Recent changes at Pearl River have made starting your education journey as attainable as ever. With online, face-to-face and hybrid classes, as well as multiple start dates throughout the semester, pursuing the path to a degree has never been more convenient. Holding together the foundation of this convenience are PRCC employees who make students a priority.
Pearl River’s commitment to educate students on their time makes an education accessible to a wide range of students. Academic and Career and Technical degree plans open a variety of post-graduation career opportunities for both traditional and non-traditional Pearl River students. Whether you are looking to go back to school after a long hiatus, wanting to change career paths or are just starting your educational career, Pearl River has a schedule that fits those needs.
While 2020 has set in place many obstacles for all of higher education, PRCC has continued to keep students and their needs as the main objective. Pearl River realizes that once students join the Wildcat Family it is just as important to their educational goals that they are supported and encouraged in and out of the classroom.
ADAPTING TO COVID-19
Pearl River seamlessly adapted to the conditions set by COVID-19 by adjusting teaching methods, implementing safety measures and securing materials needed to keep the Wildcat community safe.
Signs were hung at key points around campus that include QR codes to direct students and employees to instant access of COVID-19 protocols and updates. Buildings are routinely sanitized, 26 temperature kiosks were installed, desks were moved to account for social distancing guidelines and more than 5,000 face masks were purchased to provide students protection free of charge. Wellness self-check emails are also sent to employees each morning before they arrive on campus.
With instructors utilizing the HyFlex teaching method, students are given the option to learn in a traditional face-to-face setting or online in real time. The virtual technologies employed have opened doors beyond COVID-19 for students to choose where, how and when they want to learn like never before. By working out learning opportunities with each class, instructors are able to meet the needs of each individual student.
While causing adaptation in many aspects of the college’s operations, PRCC’s Office of Recruitment especially had to make adjustments to its outreach efforts in local communities.
WE ARE W1LDCATS
Pearl River recently announced the institution’s theme for the 2020-21 year: “We Are Commun1ty. We Are Fam1ly. We Are W1ldcats.” These words represent a variety of experiences that are at the heart of what it means to be a Pearl River Wildcat. No matter the background or plans for the future, those at The River are invited, accepted and held to a standard in line with the “Wildcat Way” of living.
As an institution that prides itself on aiding students to become successful community members who embody pride, respect, class and character, Pearl River expects this year’s rally cry will strengthen the feeling of what it means to be a Wildcat.
As numbers rise at The River, so does the dedication and anticipation for even greater things to come.
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.