Pearl River Community College

April 2019

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Poplarville Chamber Hosts Economic Development Presentation

Poplarville Chamber Hosts Economic Development Presentation

Poplarville – Poplarville Chamber of Commerce's Lunch and Learn hosted by Pearl River Community College presented Dr. Shannon Campbell, Director, from the Trent Lott National Center for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship. Dr. Campbell shared what trends across the state of Mississippi are shaping the type of economic development work communities and businesses are implementing.

Dr. Campbell spoke about how urban areas are on the rise while more rural areas are flat-lining when it comes to economic growth. She explained that this wasn’t to discourage but to impress the importance of the work being done in these communities. In fact, when looking closely at county growth Pearl River is projected to continue growing through 2020. This being partially due to the intersection the county finds itself in between larger metro areas such as New Orleans and Jackson. 

Emphasis, during the presentation, was placed on the need to continuously be searching out funding opportunities for growth and development. She congratulated Pearl River for several of their projects being on the list of those being funded through the Restore Act. 

Dr. Campbell shared information about challenges Mississippi, as a whole, faces when battling unemployment rates, such as obesity and diabetes. She pointed out that the continued promotion of healthy living, and therefore the creation of a healthy living atmosphere in communities, is becoming more important than ever.

Furthermore, as technology changes so do the roles of those in the Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Campbell expounded upon this change by describing how search engines display much of the information those moving to a new area would previously reach out to a chamber to receive. This means the chamber needs to understand the data that is being displayed about their community and be proactive about shaping what that looks like. Dr. Campbell suggested creating an Implementation Strategy Board and then finding those in the community that will be instrumental in making those plans move forward in a timely manner. She stressed that timeline accountability is so important for making big plans and ideas a reality. 

Upcoming chamber events include the 6th Annual Chamber Easter Egg Hunt, Movies on Main, and the Trash to Treasure Downtown Flea Market- Garage Sale. 

The egg hunt will be on the Town Green Saturday, April 20, 2019. The event will be from 10 am to 1:30pm with the egg hunt at 1 pm. Also happening during this time will be face painting, games, and Safari Trials presentation. Food and drinks will be available for sale. 

Movies on Main will be held on the town green April 9, 2019 at 7 pm and will be showing Peter Rabbit. 

Trash to Treasure will be held Saturday, May 4, 2019 on Main Street. 

For more information about these events contact the Poplarville Chamber of Commerce at 601-795-0578 or visit www.poplarville.org 

Photo by: Aleea Burge, PRCC Marketing Specialist/ Article by: Alexx Kennedy, PRCC Communications Specialist 

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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.

April 3, 2019 - 1:53pm
 
PRCC’s Beta Tau Gamma Chapter Hits Record High Membership Acceptance

PRCC’s Beta Tau Gamma Chapter Hits Record High Membership Acceptance

Hattiesburg - New members of Pearl River Community College’s Beta Tau Gamma chapter of Phi Theta Kappa honor society were inducted April 1, 2019, in the newly renovated multi-purpose room at the Forrest County Center. 

The record-setting ceremony welcomed more than 60 of the 101 total new members to the society so far this semester. This number making it the largest induction Beta Tau Gamma has had to date. Family, friends, and PRCC employees cheered on the students as they each crossed the floor and were officially inducted. 

Current PTK officers Raven Sterling; Chapter President; Sarah-Ashlynn Barber, Officer; Brandon Woods, Officer; and Joshua Worbington, Officer spoke of the numerous opportunities that are made available to those who take an active role in the organization. 

“Being a Phi Theta Kappan has changed my life forever. I am overwhelmingly thankful to be a part of this,” said Sarah-Ashlyn Barber, Beta Tau Gamma Officer. 

Dr. Janna Causey, Vice President for Forrest County Operations, congratulated both the students being recognized and their parents in the audience for the hard work put into supporting their students to this point.  

Mississippi State University sponsored the ceremony and spoke with students one on one about transfer options. 

PRCC PTK students will travel this week to Catalyst, the national PTK conference, and look forward to seizing many leadership opportunities while there. 

The new inductees of the Beta Tau Gamma chapter of Phi Theta Kappa are as follows: 

Ashton Anderson, Savannah Barnes, Jeffrey Belshee, Andrea Blalock, Shelby Bracey, Cambri Brewer, Casey Buisson, Morgan Burney, Jonmarie Cintron Figueroa, Braxton Clark, Amber Cobb, Maegan Collier, Lakirah Council, Stephanie Crowe, Caren Dallas, Kayla Devall, Danielle Ford, Yavaniy Garraway, Michael Ginn, Anna Glass, Nilliana Godinez, Jourdan Graves, Marq Graves, Anna Green, Blake Gwin, Kiara Hall, Ethan Hartley, Sélah Henderson, Ashley Herndon, Josie Hilson, Mary Holder, Sean Holland, Rachael Holley, Teagan Holmes, Shelbi Humphrey, Adrianna Hunter, Adrian Hutson, Hannah Hutson, Stuart Jameson, Mary Jay, Gregory Johnson, Kaleigh Jordan, Victoria Keith, Bayleigh Kennedy, Tera King, Brittany Lott, Shawn Lowe, Kriscia MartinezMary Matheny, Precious McCorkle-Harper, Cindy McDonald, Evan McDonnell, Amberlon McLendon, Karrie Mcphail, Nicholas McRaney, Nicole McRaney, Chandler Merrill, Isabella Miles, Dayna Miller, Feizal Mjidho, Chemar Moore, Lorina Moore, Maggie Munn, Tanya Murphy, Sydney Murry, Kelly Napier, Megan Norton, Clarissa Ornelas, Hunter Pierce, Clarissa Pilgram, Rachael Pitts, Tomeka Posey, Barbara Rainey, Marcus Ramey, Tatiyana Randolph, Marquita Rhymes, Kaitlyn Russell, Jeri Sanders, Zachary Shamp, Shelby Simmons, Alexis Smith, Terri Smith, Seth Sparks, Jena Terry, Brandon Thomas, Kennedy Thompson, Tressa Tran, Brianna Travis, Danin Traylor, Destiny Vanderslice, Destinee Williams, Lagraciea Williams, Zaccheus Wilson, Autumn Yates

Photo by: Aleea Burge, PRCC Marketing Specialist/ Article by: Alexx Kennedy, PRCC Communications Specialist 

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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.

April 3, 2019 - 1:56pm
 
 
 
 
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Classroom to Career: Internships Offer PRCC Students Learning Opportunities

Classroom to Career: Internships Offer PRCC Students Learning Opportunities

All Locations - Students at Pearl River Community College have numerous resources that aid and support them on their academic journey.  Included in these resources is an internship program offered through PRCC’s Workforce Development Programs.  The internships are designed to enhance a student’s skill set while learning on the job training.  This training method conforms with and contributes to Mississippi’s state goal to develop a world-class workforce. Cheryl Frierson, Workforce Training Project Manager at PRCC said, “the program is designed to promote an “Earn While You Learn” initiative, the goal of the internship program is to help eligible adults, dislocated workers, and Career and Technical students to gain practical work experience and sharpen their leadership skills while earning a wage.”  

Participants within Workforce programs and students enrolled in Career and Technical Education at PRCC are eligible to participate in the program 

Stephanie Howze, PRCC Workforce Project Coordinator said, “Work-based learning opportunities, such as internships, affords students an opportunity to use knowledge and skills acquired in the classrooms, in a real-world application in the workforce.” This work experience can then be used on a student’s resume and lead to employment within the industry.  

In addition to providing a great opportunity for students, the program also holds benefits for local business owners.  “As for employers, particularly those looking to fill openings, the program aids in developing a pool of applicants for their industry, as they are encouraged to not only sponsor the intern but to provide input and field training, to the student as well,” said Howze.

The program is made possible through the state's WET Funds (Workforce Enhancement Training) System.  The funding comes to workforce development departments at the colleges through MCCB.   Pay within the internship program starts at $8.00 per hour and participants can earn up to $1920.00 or 240 hours.

(Mr. David Bullen with PRCC Workforce Interns)

Local businesses that have participated in the program include: Bullen’s Trailer Sales-Poplarville, Eclectic Café-Poplarville, and Quality Welding and Fabrication-Columbia. Jimmy Peavy and Gabriel Key participated in the welding internship located in Columbia and were hired as full-time employees after the internship ended.

If you are a current PRCC student or a local business owner that is interested in learning more about the internship program, please call or email Stephanie Howze, PRCC workforce Project Coordinator at (601) 554-4643 or showze@prcc.edu or Cheryl Frierson, PRCC Workforce Training Project Manager at (601) 403-1113 or cfrierson@prcc.edu.  

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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.

April 23, 2019 - 1:01pm
 
 
 
 
 
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