Pearl River Community College

February 2018

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PRCC’s Vic Cerniglia ETA Educator of the Year

PRCC’s Vic Cerniglia ETA Educator of the Year

Vic Cerniglia            POPLARVILLE - Pearl River Community College Electronics Technology instructor Vic Cerniglia has been recognized as the 2017 ETA Educator of the Year.
            Cerniglia, 47, will receive his award March 8 in Orlando, Fla., at the annual Electronic Technology Association awards banquet.
            “Vic Cerniglia is an exceptional teacher and has been instrumental in the success of many PRCC Career and Technical Education students,” said Dr. Ed Pinero, Director of Career and Technical Education at PRCC.
            Cerniglia is in his 18th year as Electronics Technology instructor at PRCC. He was nominated for the award by Greg Mecomber, a former PRCC student who will receive the 2017 Electronics Technician of the Year award on the same night.
            “This is a pretty big honor for me,” said Cerniglia. “It’s flattering just to be nominated, but to win it is something special because there are many instructors out there like myself who could win this award.”
            Mecomber, a 2002 graduate of Pearl River Central, spent time in the Air Force before attending PRCC from 2012-14. He was a triple major at the time, taking instrumentation, electronics and bio-medical equipment repair. While attending PRCC, he passed the ETA-International’s Certified Electronics Technician Associate exam.
            Today, Mecomber is a control technician at Carlex Glass America in Nashville, Tenn.
            “It is great to know that one of our graduates appreciated Vic’s contributions and nominated him for this wonderful honor,” said Dr. Pinero. “We are fortunate to have Vic Cerniglia as an instructor at PRCC.”
            Electronics Technology is one of the more popular career-technical programs at PRCC.
            Said Cerniglia, “We’ve doubled our enrollment in just the last few years. Word of mouth is the best way we sell our program. We are busting at the seams right now. A lot of our students go offshore to work and they can make a lot of money. That’s good for us and it is good for the college.”

February 15, 2018 - 10:33am
Martin, Burchell honored at HEADWAE events

Martin, Burchell honored at HEADWAE events

  POPLARVILLE - State leaders honored Pearl River Community College student Jill Martin of Picayune and science instructor Lonnie Burchell of Hattiesburg Tuesday, Feb. 20, at the annual HEADWAE events.
  Higher Education Appreciation Day, Working for Academic Excellence was established by the Legislature more than 20 years ago to honor academically talented students and faculty.
  Martin is a pre-nursing major, a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society and the Leadership Honors Forum and is a paramedic with AAA Ambulance Service. She plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Southern Mississippi and a master’s degree as a nurse practitioner.
  She and her husband, Joshua Martin, are the parents of three daughters - Kaylie, 13; Corrie, 10; and Abbie, 2.
 Burchell has taught  anatomy and physiology, microbiology and zoology for 20 years on the Poplarville campus. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from William Carey University. He is married to Patricia Burchell, Forrest-Perry County district attorney, and has a daughter, Jennifer Cannon of Houston.
  HEADWAE honorees from Mississippi community colleges and four-year institutions were introduced to the Legislature before attending an awards luncheon at the Jackson Marriott Hotel. The event is made possible by corporate sponsors and coordinated by the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning.

Instructor Lonnie Burchell, from left, Pearl River Community College president Dr. Adam Breerwood and student honoree Jill Martin of Picayune attended the annual HEADWAE events Tuesday, Feb. 20, in Jackson.

February 21, 2018 - 1:24pm
Rotary Park unveiled

Rotary Park unveiled

Members of the Rotary Club of Poplarville and personnel from Pearl River Community College cut the ribbon Wednesday, Feb. 28, on Rotary Park at the PRCC Wellness Center. The club purchased 37 live oak, nuttall oak and willow oak trees along with two picnic tables and benches which PRCC staff planted and installed around the walking track. Additional improvements will be made in the future, said Dr. Becky Askew, chair of the Rotary Park Committee. The club has met weekly at Pearl River since its establishment in 1926.

February 28, 2018 - 1:44pm
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