Pearl River Community College

December 2017

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PRCC offers winter term short courses

PRCC offers winter term short courses

POPLARVILLE - Registration is on-going for eight winter term classes offered by Pearl River Community College.
The classes will meet from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11, through Saturday, Dec. 16, with 30-minute lunch breaks.
Classes offered on the Poplarville campus are world literature I, preschool and primary development, and social studies, math and science for the young child.
Forrest County Center classes are hybrid English composition I, world literature I, Spanish I, music appreciation and introduction to sociology.
To view the schedule, go to www.prcc.edu, click on the academics tab, the class schedule link on the left side of the page and select the Winter 2017 term.
Students who have never attended PRCC must register through the New Student tab on the PRCC website.
Spring semester classes begin Monday, Jan. 8.

December 1, 2017 - 2:55pm
 
 
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Mu Alpha Theta induction ceremony

Mu Alpha Theta induction ceremony

Mu Alpha Theta, a mathematics honor society at Pearl River Community College that provides students with opportunities to further their mathematics career, held its induction ceremony Nov. 15 at the Forrest County Center in Hattiesburg. Inductees included from left: Front row – Jacob Chambliss and Lorenzo Catlett, both of Hattiesburg; Michael Evans of Purvis, Sarah-Ashlyn Barber of Picayune and Amber Downs of Hattiesburg. Back row - Sharon Clark, sponsor; Dustin Loftin of Hattiesburg, Matthew McClain and Said Otwane, both of Petal; Melissa Novak and  Cody Hudson, both of Oak Grove; and Beth Strahan, sponsor. If you are interested in joining, contact sponsor: sclark@prcc.edu, or bstrahan@prcc.edu

Mu Alpha theta Induction

December 5, 2017 - 12:24pm
 
Child development students earn credits through PRCC

Child development students earn credits through PRCC

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. 

Child development students
Dr. Pamela Thomas, director of Early Childhood Programs for Picayune schools, teaches a child development associate course.
December 6, 2017 - 9:17am
 
Smith-Carver family endows PRCC scholarship

Smith-Carver family endows PRCC scholarship

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.
December 6, 2017 - 9:40am
 
Weather Alert for Friday, December 8

Weather Alert for Friday, December 8

All PRCC Campuses will open at noon on 12/8/17. Final Exams scheduled for 8am will begin at 12pm. Final Exams scheduled for 10am will begin at 2pm. Any student unable to test at the new times will need to communicate with his or her instructor to establish a specific time for testing. Follow PRCC social media and the PRCC website for updates.

December 7, 2017 - 4:08pm
 
 
 
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Associate degree nursing students receive pins

Associate degree nursing students receive pins

  POPLARVILLE - Thirty eight associate degree nursing students at Pearl River Community College received pins and diplomas Monday, Dec. 11, in a ceremony at the Brownstone Center for the Arts.
  They are now eligible to take the licensure exam to be registered nurses.
  “You have earned the right to be here,” said Dr. Karen Baxter, ADN department chair. “No one gave you this.”
  Eight of the graduates were inducted earlier in the day into the Beta Mu chapter of Alpha Delta Nu honor society. They are Katherine Ferguson of Poplarville, Jeffrey Marshall of Purvis, Lara McDonald of Hattiesburg, Danielle McGill of Lumberton, Victoria Powell of Picayune, Kimberly Travis of Petal, who earned a practical nursing degree from PRCC in 2012; Terri Kinler and Robert Schwab, both of Carriere.
  “To be sitting here as the best of the best has to be exciting,” PRCC President Dr. Adam Breerwood told them. “You have distinguished yourself, separated yourself.”
  Dr. Arlene Jones, PRCC director of nursing education, presented awards and recognized graduates who are members of the Mississippi Organization for Students of ADN (MOSA).
  Autumn Votano of Picayune received the academic excellence award; Abbie Stringer of Foxworth, patient care award; Charmin Edwards of Hattiesburg, the PRCC Wildcat Nursing Award given to a student who persevered despite obstacles.
  Receiving cords signifying their MOSA membership were Ferguson, Kinler, McDonald, McGill, Powell, Schwab, Travis, Marissa Baker of Poplarville, Seth LeBert of Hattiesburg, Megan LeDuff of Carriere and Jamie Lytwn of Slidell, La.
  Also graduating were Amy Archer, Morgan Glidewell, Laura Roche and Georgie Sessions, all of Carriere; Krystal Graham, Breanna Herndon, Jaren Johnson, Victoria Marisco and Megan Northrop, all of Poplarville; Ternisha Binion, Christie Lanier and Melanie Linton, all of Hattiesburg; Kasie Burr, Lisette Fayard, Jessica Gabrielle and Jessica Van Buren, all of Picayune; Diazha Dillon and Meagan Hutchinson, both of Foxworth; Leigha Keaton and Holly Thomas, both of Bogalusa, La., Melissa Bobbit of Kiln, Courtney Gerald of Columbia and Kaitlyn Wilson of Slidell, La.

Associate degree nursing students inducted into the Beta Mu chapter of Alpha Delta Nu honor society at Pearl River Community College are, front from left, Danielle McGill of Lumberton, Lara McDonald of Hattiesburg, Victoria Powell of Picayune, Kimberly Travis of Petal; back, Terri Kinler of Carriere, Katherine Ferguson of Poplarville, Jeffrey Marshall of Purvis and Robert Schwab of Carriere.
PRCC Public Relations photo


Pearl River Community College awarded pins and diplomas Monday, Dec. 11, to 38 students who completed the two-year associate degree in nursing program. They are, first row from left, Amy Archer of Carriere, Marissa Baker of Poplarville, Melissa Bobbitt of Kiln, Kasie Burr of Picayune, Daizha Dillon of Foxworth, Charmin Edwards of Hattiesburg, Lisette Fayard of Picayune, Katherine Ferguson of Poplarville, Jessica Gabrielle of Picayune, Courtney Gerald of Columbia, Morgan Glidewell of Carriere; second row, Krystal Graham and Breanna Herndon, both of Poplarville, Meagan Hutchinson of Foxworth, Jaren Johnson of Poplarville, Leigha Keaton of Bogalusa, La., Terri Kinler of Carriere, Christie Lanier and Seth Lebert of Hattiesburg, Megan LeDuff of Carriere, Melanie Linton of Hattiesburg, Jamie Lytwn of Slidell, La., Victoria Marisco of Poplarville; third row, Jeffrey Marshall of Purvis, Lara McDonald of Hattiesburg, Danielle McGill of Lumberton, Victoria Powell of Picayune, Laura Roche, Robert Schwab and Georgie Sessions, all of Carriere; Abbie Stringer of Foxworth, Holly Thomas of Bogalusa, La., Kimberly Travis of Petal, Jessica Van Buren and Autumn Votana, both of Picayune, and Kaitlyn Wilson of Slidell, La. Not pictured are Ternisha Binion of Hattiesburg and Megan Northrup of Poplarville.
PRCC Public Relations photo

December 13, 2017 - 8:26am
 
Alumni House named for Verlene Cole

Alumni House named for Verlene Cole

  POPLARVILLE - The offices of the Pearl River Community College Development Foundation and Alumni Association have been named in honor of Verlene Cole of Oak Grove.
College officials announced the decision Dec. 7 at a dinner sponsored by the Development Foundation.
  “She means the world to us,” said foundation director Ernie Lovell.
  Cole, 85, was a Pearl River student in 1949-51.
  “You will live on our campus forever,” PRCC President Dr. Adam Breerwood told Cole. “Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
  The announcement took Cole by surprise.
  “I feel very honored,” she said. “I never thought an old lady like me deserved anything like that. I told Adam and Ernie that what I did for the college was for my own satisfaction and not to gain recognition. I’m just overwhelmed with it. It’s the most special thing that’s ever happened to me.”
  Verlene Norton enrolled at Pearl River in the fall of 1949, planning to become an elementary school teacher. She played basketball, worked in the registrar’s office and joined the Wesley Foundation and the Math Club. She received the college’s Citizenship Award her sophomore year.
  After graduation, she took a temporary job at First National Bank of Hattiesburg to earn tuition money. But the pay of $142 a month was so good, she never left the bank and was the first female promoted to officer in 1970. By the time Cole retired in 1989, the bank had become Bancorp South and she was first vice president.
  Cole helped form the Forrest-Lamar chapter of the PRCC Alumni Association and continues to be an active member. She served on the Development Foundation board from 2005 until earlier this year, serving as chairman in 2009-10. The Alumni Association awarded Cole the Distinguished Service Award in 2005 and the Alumnus of the Year Award in 2009.
  She funds scholarships through the Development Foundation and the scholarship given annually by the Forrest-Lamar Alumni Chapter is named for her.
  Cole and her late husband, Harry, are the parents of a daughter, Linda.
  “Verlene Cole has been a dedicated supporter of Pearl River for many years,” Lovell said. “As past chairman of the college Foundation board, she repeatedly stated that ‘We do what is best for the college and our students.’. In every function or event of the college that involved the foundation’s participation you can see Verlene’s handprint.”

The Pearl River Community College Development Foundation and Alumni Association surprised Verlene Cole of Oak Grove with the decision to name the Alumni House in her honor. Pictured with her at a Dec. 7 dinner on campus are, from left, Foundation director Ernie Lovell, Foundation chairman Francis Herrin and Dr. Adam Breerwood, PRCC president.
PRCC Public Relations photo

December 13, 2017 - 8:32am
 
 
 
 
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