November 2017

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Alder named PRCC Humanities Teacher of Year
November 6, 2017 - 9:42am -- admin

Cheri AlderA history and geography instructor at the Forrest County Center is Pearl River Community College’s Humanities Teacher of the Year.
Cheri Alder will receive a $500 honorarium from the Mississippi Humanities Council at a Feb. 16 luncheon honoring teachers from across the state.
The honor carries with it a requirement to present a public lecture about a topic of interest to the recipient. Alder will present “What’s in Your Attic? Returning Nazi-Looted Art” at 12:15 p.m. Thursdday, Nov. 16, at the Forrest County Center.
Alder has taught full time at PRCC since 2010 and as an adjunct instructor for two years before that.       
“I love teaching classes, and I love history,” she said. “Students tell me all the time that a teacher’s enthusiasm makes a class so much more interesting, and that’s what I aspire to do. I aspire to inspire.”       
She holds a liberal arts bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in history from Southeastern Louisiana University. While at Southeastern, she receive a Presidential Award which earned her a teaching assistant position at the University of Southern Mississippi where she did additional graduate work in history.
Her primary area of study is the World War II homefront. Her lecture grew from that emphasis combined with an interest in the cultural arts.

November 6, 2017 - 9:42am
PRCC hosting holiday events
November 7, 2017 - 1:51pm -- admin

POPLARVILLE - Pearl River Community College will celebrate the Christmas season with a variety of performances and community events.
The events are early so as not to interfere with fall semester final exams the week of Dec. 5. They include:

  • The Department of Fine Arts and Communication will present A Southern Christmas Carol at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 15 and 16, at the Brownstone Center in Poplarville.

    Based on Charles Dickens’ novel and adapted by PRCC theater instructor Christopher Flynn, the play features a number of  PRCC instructors and students in the cast. Tickets are $5 at the door or by calling the ticket office at 601 403-1180; general admission only.

  • The Brownstone Center presents Big Band Christmas by Denver and the Mile High Orchestra at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28. The performance is part of the Arts Season and included in season ticket packages. Individual reserved seats are $25 and $20 at or 601 403-1180.
  • The Forrest County Center will host Making Spirits Bright at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29. The evening of holiday musical favorites by a variety of local artists is a fund raiser for the cost of moving and tuning a grand piano donated to the center. Tickets are $7. Contact or 601 554-5492 or or 601 403-1802.
  • The Poplarville campus will be decked out for the holidays for Wildcat Wonderland at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30.

    The free community event will include a winter fashion show with Santa arriving in Crosby Hall, hot chocolate, cookie decorating and other kids’ activities, pictures with Santa, music by the JazzCats outside the library, a living Nativity scene and music by the River Road pop choir at Malone Chapel.

    Families can hop aboard the Wildcat Polar Express to move between events and view the Christmas movie-themed decorations across campus. Donations of individual-serving foods for Backpack Buddies will be accepted.
    Details can be found at

  • The Spirit of the River marching band will be in the Poplarville Christmas parade at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1. 

    The South Mississippi Ballet presents The Nutcracker at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, at the Brownstone Center in Poplarville. The ballet is part of the season ticket package. Individual tickets are $20 and $15 through or 601 403-1180.

The ticket office along with the rest of PRCC will be closed during Thanksgiving week.

November 7, 2017 - 1:51pm
Innovative PRCC programs provide path to jobs
November 9, 2017 - 2:09pm -- admin

POPLARVILLE - A variety of innovative programs are giving Pearl River Community College career technical students advantages in entering the workforce.
The first community college in the state to become a registered apprenticeship sponsor, PRCC also offers internships and a pathway to work for the previously unskilled.
“Our lineman program is set as a registered apprenticeship program so that entry-level employees can use the training they received here on the apprenticeship pathway,” said Dr. Scott Alsobrooks, vice president for workforce and economic development.
PRCC is partnering primarily with Chain Electric in Hattiesburg for utility lineman students while working to develop similar programs with employers in other fields, he said. The program is funded through a Department of Labor grant to the state community college system.
“It’s part of the overall work-based learning strategy,” Alsobrooks said.
Students in several other career technical programs can apply for internships, which frequently lead to full-time employment.
Twelve former students are currently working where they interned, said Sonya Hunt, Workforce Investment and dislocated worker coordinator.
“It definitely gave me some real-life work experience,” said Hannah Rester. “You can’t always get that in the classroom.”
She interned at the Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission and is now an administrative assistant there.
Six of the former interns are working in the medical billing and coding field, three in the utility industry, one in drafting and another with the Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission.
Funding for the program comes from the Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District.
“It’s been an outstanding opportunity for students,” Alsobrooks said.
A program funded through the Governor’s Office provides training to 16- to 24-year-olds who lack employable skills.

Through the program, students earn a Career Readiness Certificate that tells employers they have basic workplace skills. PRCC currently alternates teaching Welding on Wheels at the Forrest County Center in Hattiesburg and the Jefferson Davis County Career and Technical Center.
Marcus Henry, 18, took the class although he missed the first couple of days.
“Marcus turned out to be an excellent welder and excelled in the class,” Hunt said.
At the end of the class, he had OSHA, forklift and basic welding certifications and a job welding solar panel frames for a national company. The company has offered him a full-time traveling job.
“We’re trying to help these people get credentials to go to work,” Alsobrooks said.
To learn more about career technical programs at PRCC, contact Alsobrooks at 601 403-1260 or or Hunt at 601 403-1120 or

November 9, 2017 - 2:09pm
PRCC closed for Thanksgiving week
November 17, 2017 - 10:24am -- admin

POPLARVILLE - All campuses of Pearl River Community College will be closed the week of Nov. 20-24 for Thanksgiving.
Classes resume and offices open at 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 27.

November 17, 2017 - 10:24am
Christmas show coming to PRCC in Hattiesburg
November 17, 2017 - 10:24am -- admin

The Forrest County Center of Pearl River Community College will present an evening of holiday music on Wednesday, Nov. 29.
Making Spirits Bright is a fund-raiser for costs associated with bringing a donated grand piano to the center.
Performers include area and regional musicians.
Tickets for the 7 p.m. show in the multipurpose room in Building 5 are $7. Reserve tickets by contacting Barbara Gandy at 601 554-5492 or or Rudy Gatlin at 601 403-1802 or, beginning Monday, Nov. 27
PRCC offices will closed the week of Thanksgiving.

November 17, 2017 - 10:24am
PRCC hosting big band Christmas show Nov. 28
November 17, 2017 - 10:25am -- admin

POPLARVILLE - The big band sound comes to Poplarville on Tuesday, Nov. 28, with a performance by Denver and the Mile High Orchestra.
The group will bring its Merry and Bright Christmas show to the Ethel Holden Brownstone Center for the Arts on the Pearl River Community College campus.
Tickets for the 7 p.m. show are $25 and $20 and can be purchased through at any time.
The PRCC box office (601 403-1180) will be open Nov. 28 to reserve tickets for pick up at the door.

November 17, 2017 - 10:25am
PRCC plans for future in Hancock County
November 17, 2017 - 1:21pm -- admin

POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College’s long-range plan is to build a new college in Hancock County in an effort to offer higher education opportunities that would aid local industry as well as the coastal workforce.

That goal received a $2.5 million boost this week when the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality announced that PRCC was one of the 19 new projects that will benefit from BP and Deepwater Horizon oil spill money.

"It has been a goal of Pearl River Community College for several years to establish a permanent campus location in Hancock County" said PRCC President Dr. Adam Breerwood. "This campus would focus on providing job skills training, workforce development initiatives and higher education opportunities. There is no greater catalyst for economic development than a skilled and educated workforce. Pearl River is committed to providing such opportunities. Hancock County has exceptional leadership and the support for this project has been overwhelming."

According to the announcement, the $2.5 million would be used “to enhance workforce training in Hancock County by establishing a workforce development center focused on existing and future industry needs.”

"Geographically Hancock County is positioned in an ideal location to attract business and industry from around the world,”  said Breerwood “This initial investment for construction of a workforce development center is the first step in securing the required job skills for those recruitment opportunities. The center will focus on preparing students for current industry needs and jobs created in the future. We are grateful to Gov. Bryant for the confidence he has placed in our College with this announcement.”

Hancock County is one of six counties served by Pearl River Community College. PRCC currently operates a Hancock Center on Highway 90 in Waveland, which is a major attraction for Hancock County students as they begin their higher education careers.

PRCC Vice President for Economic and Community Development Dr. Scott Alsobrooks said that the faculty and staff are maximizing the college’s job creation potential by offering educational programs in high demand occupations.

“This is a national trend and Pearl River is on the forefront of this concept, which is bolstered on the national stage by data from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce indicating that a majority of the jobs for the future will require degrees and training commonly offered at the community (college) level,” he said.

November 17, 2017 - 1:21pm