Pearl River Community College

June 2018

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PRCC hosting utility lineman apprentice program

PRCC hosting utility lineman apprentice program

  Pearl River Community College, the Mississippi Development Authority, Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District and three utility contractors are partnering to establish and expand a Lineman Apprenticeship Program.
  Chain Electric Co. of Hattiesburg, B & B Electrical of Brandon and MDR Construction of Columbia project significant growth and the need for more personnel in the next five years.
  “The aging utility infrastructure coupled with numerous disasters has dramatically increased the demand for experienced utility lineman,” said Bob Chain, president and CEO of Chain Electric. “Working in concert with other employers, Pearl River Community College and Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District gives us an opportunity to train Mississippians for high paying jobs. We are excited that our state has made this effort a priority.”   

  Fifty-seven students are enrolled in the program, which is taught at PRCC’s Lowery Woodall Advanced Technology Center in Hattiesburg.    
  During the 2016 legislative session, Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill establishing the MS Works Fund to provide training that meets the needs of growing companies in Mississippi. Grant funds pay the instructors, purchase books and other training materials. Employers cover the wages of apprentices while in training. The new apprentices will be hired as groundmen and progress to Linemen B at the end of the two-year program.
  The creation of this program reinforces the state’s commitment to provide job seekers with hands-on training and helps to create a pipeline of highly skilled talent for employers.

June 6, 2018 - 9:24am
Grant helps replace medical radiology equipment

Grant helps replace medical radiology equipment

  The medical radiology technology program at Pearl River Community College’s Forrest County Center received a grant from the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation for replacement and upgrade of its laboratory equipment.
  The foundation provided $40,000 of the estimated $130,000 cost to upgrade one digital radiography machine and replace another that can’t be repaired. Without the two machines, the students will not know how to operate the equipment used in hospitals and clinics when they enter the job market.
  “Pearl River Community College is grateful to the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation for funding this opportunity for our students,” said Dr. Jana Causey, vice president for Forrest County operations. “Our students will gain the preliminary and necessary training on our new digital radiography equipment to be competent, safe, and prepared to see patients in the clinical setting.
  “We are so thankful that the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation sets their priorities on helping our communities have the best possible healthcare through initiatives such as this one.”
  In the past decade, 57 students from Pearl River County, where the foundation is based, have completed the program and at least 15 are currently working in hospitals or clinics in the county.
  “The foundation is pleased to support PRCC in its effort to modernize the medical radiologic program activities at the college,” said Clyde Dease, foundation president. “If we are to produce well trained, proficient graduates to take care of the medical testing needs of the community, it begins with ensuring that our students have the most up-to-date equipment available to them.
  “This digital equipment will ensure that our students have state-of-the-art technology on which to develop their medical X-ray skills.”

Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation president Clyde Dease presents a grant check for the purchase of medical radiology equipment to Dr. Jana Causey, Pearl River Community College vice president for Forrest County operations, and Dr. Adam Breerwood, PRCC president.
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June 6, 2018 - 1:51pm
PRCC receives grant support for kids’ camps

PRCC receives grant support for kids’ camps

  POPLARVILLE - Pearl River Community College’s third year of Wildcat Way to Adventure camps for kids got a boost with a grant from the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation.
  The foundation helped sponsor camps for students in kindergarten through ninth grade along with fees for five underprivileged children. Sixteen camps were held on the Poplarville campus and two were at the Forrest County Center.
  “With the support of the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation, we are pleased to expand our camp offerings again this year,” said Melanie Davis, PRCC director of professional and community development.   “We have increased science and STEM opportunities with forensics, marine biology and engineering options. Other extensions include music, first aid and cooking options.
  “We are grateful for the continued support of the foundation, and we hope to engage and challenge the minds of many young learners this summer.”
  Places in most of the camps filled within three days of the opening of registration, she said.
  “Summer camps are a great way to bridge the gap between the end of one school year and the beginning of another,” said Clyde Dease, president of the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation.   “This program will provide a mechanism by which children may review and implement many of the academic concepts they learned during the school year, all while having fun. The foundation is happy to support PRCC in this endeavor.”
  A few openings remain in the Environmental Adventures camp for students completing sixth-eighth grades. It will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, at the Forrest County Center in Hattiesburg. Cost is $20. Online registration can be found at

Clyde Dease, president of the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation, presents a grant check to Melanie Davis, director of professional and community development at Pearl River Community College, for the third year of Wildcat Way to Adventure camps for children. With them is PRCC President Dr. Adam Breerwood.
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June 11, 2018 - 7:54am
Film, video technology added to curriculum

Film, video technology added to curriculum

  POPLARVILLE - Pearl River Community College will offer a film and video technology (FVT) program beginning with the fall 2018 semester.
  The FVT program will offer students three pathways:
  • Attend for one year taking 30 credit hours and receive a career certificate;
  • Add an additional semester taking 45 credit hours and receive a technical certificate;
  • Add another 15 credit hours of required academic work to receive an Associate in Applied Science degree in Film and Video Technology.
  The program was co-authored by Hinds Community College and Pearl River in 2013, but things did not line up for the addition of the program at Pearl River until this year. It is approved by SACSCOC, the college’s accrediting body.
  It is an offshoot of the College Publications class in Film Production that has been offered since 2008. Some of the graduates of this class have gone on to major in film and broadcast journalism at University of New Orleans Film School, Full Sail University and University of Southern Mississippi.
  Classes will be offered in all aspects of pre production, production, and post production. The classes will be taught at the college’s film production soundstage where students will learn a hands-on approach to all job positions on a working film set.
  Students will work on college projects including the ongoing Healthy People Now! program that produces films about psycho social awareness for upper elementary, middle school, and high school students.  Also, as part of their training, they will work on student and class films, recruitment and publicity films for the college and public service announcements for non-profits and city or state organizations.
  The FVT graduate can expect to go to work in film, video and live production or other forms of video production.
  For more information, call instructor Ronn Hague at 601-403-1316.

June 11, 2018 - 7:57am
Summer Bridge Students Honored

Summer Bridge Students Honored

POPLARVILLE – Thursday, June 26 Pearl River Community College’s Student Support Services Summer Bridge Program held their Student Recognition Banquet.

Eighteen students were recognized for finishing the Summer Bridge Program curriculum. This is a four week intensive program that allows for students to transition from high school to college and get an early start to their education. These students will begin their fall semester with 9 credit hours already completed.

Georgia Field, Director of Student Support Services, congratulated the students on their achievement and hard work over the summer and impressed upon them the importance of staying connected to Student Support Services and continuing to reach out to the office for continued support. “We aren’t done with you and I hope you aren’t done with us,” Field said.

Maghan James, Assistant Vice President of Student Services, spoke to the students about the importance of the program they just completed and congratulated them on getting a jump start to college.

Georgia Field, Cindy Morris, Administrative Assistant/Peer Tutor Coordinator; and Lauren Baker, Academic Success Coach/Peer Tutor/Coach Supervisor, presented each student with a certificate of completion and recognized them for their perseverance. Instructors Lois McDonald and Sylvia Martinez were also recognized for their commitment to the program and their students.

Special awards were given for outstanding performance throughout the semester. Best Hashtag Photographer was awarded to Sciana Lavergne. The Basic Communication Skills award was presented to Savannah Kennedy. Zoey Warren received the Basic Computation Skills award. The Community College Survival Skills award was given to Amanda Powe and Jason Foster received the Overall Student award.

In addition to those receiving awards, class members are Derrian Bradley, Waveland; Bryonn Bramlett, Monticello; Taylar Copeland, Carriere; Kelly Dutruch, Bogalusa; Millenium “Mia” Earl, Hattiesburg; Kee’Von Fells, Lumberton; Jason “Gage” Foster, Hattiesburg; A’Niya John, Poplarville; Sciana Lavergne, Long Beach; LaBritney Magee, Osyka; Brooklyne McNeely, Perkinston; Aloysius Neff III, Picayune; Amanda Powe, Carriere; Darius Roscoe, Gulfport; Jerricka Smith, Saucier; Zoey Warren, Carriere; and Alicia Watts, Hattiesburg.

In closing, former student, Austin Warner, spoke about his obstacles and successes while at PRCC and gave encouragement to the group. Austin will be attending Mississippi State University in the fall.

The main criteria for Student Support Services is the need for academic support based on ACT scores, grade point average in high school, graduation from an Adult Basic Education Program, being a non-traditional student who has been out of school for more than five years or having a disability. Participants must also meet at least one of the following: low-income, neither parent has graduated from a four-year college with a degree or disabled.

Applicants must complete two steps - be accepted by PRCC admissions and then mail or fax a completed Summer Bridge Program (START) application to Lauren Baker, Summer Bridge Program Coordinator, Student Support Services, Pearl River Community College, P.O. Box 5118, Poplarville, MS 39470 or fax the application to 601-403-1042. For more information about this program, contact Cindy Tanguis at 601-403-1285.

Student receives award at Summer Bridge Banquet

Sciana Lavergne accepts the Best Hashtag Photographer award presented by Georgia Field, Director of Student Support Services and Lauren Baker, Academic Success Coach/Peer Tutor/Coach Supervisor.

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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

Barbering, cosmetology students graduate

Barbering, cosmetology students graduate

The Pearl River Community College 2018 barbering class received diplomas in a ceremony on Wednesday, June 27, at Malone Chapel. They are, front row from left, Savannah Landry Gollette of Picayune, James Hunter Keith of Lumberton, Kelvin Jewel Thomas of Franklinton, La., Joseph Howze of Pachuta; second row, Richard David Luke Williams of Ellisville, Darrious Washam of Waynesboro, Austin McCluskey of Water Valley and Natasha Wilson of Picayune. Not pictured are Cameron Smith of Natchez, Tara Williamson of Hattiesburg and Aaron Dollar of Gulfport.
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The 2018 cosmetology class at Pearl River Community College received their diplomas in a ceremony Wednesday, June 27, at Malone Chapel. They are, front row from left, Shaniece Powe of Picayune, Morgan Smith of Kiln, Sara Ladner of Poplarville, Cherri Parker of Purvis, Maryah Davis of Poplarville, Tamia Booker of Biloxi; second row, Kenya Tillman of Poplarville, Abbey Petitfils of Picayune, Rigell Toole of Panama City, Fla., Alyson Saraceno of Bogalusa, La., Brody Walton and Keanna Messa, both of Picayune. Not pictured is Tina Holder-Speights of Lumberton who completed cosmetology instructor training.
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June 27, 2018 - 10:45am
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