Pearl River Community College

October 2019

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Pearl River has plenty to celebrate during 111th Homecoming

Pearl River has plenty to celebrate during 111th Homecoming

POPLARVILLE, Miss. — Pearl River Community College is set to host its 111th Homecoming on Saturday, Oct.12 2019 on the Poplarville campus. Festivities will start as early as 10 a.m. 

This year’s Homecoming theme is "Hear Our ROAR,” which embodies all the positive things happening at The River and gives members of the Wildcat Family to share what PRCC means to them. The college is inviting all Wildcats to join in remembering days of The River’s past and look forward to what lies ahead in the Wildcat story. The day will be full of activities for all ages. 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

The college is set to host a variety of events to involve students, alumni and community members alike. 

WILDCAT CHEER CLINIC (10 a.m.-Noon): PRCC Wildcat Cheer will be hosting a clinic in the Marvin R. White Coliseum. All future Wildcats 2 and up are encouraged to participate. Register by visiting GoCubWild.com. The cost is $25.

PRCC MUSEUM EXHIBITS (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.): The PRCC Museum will be open to visitors from 10-2 p.m. to view new college history exhibits for 2019. 

ALUMNI OPEN HOUSE/VOICES ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE (10:30 a.m.): The Voices Ensemble will perform in the gazebo by the Verlene Cole Alumni House which will also be hosting its open house at that time. 

COMMUNITY CARNIVAL (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.): The Community Carnival, which is open to the public, will be from 11-2 p.m. in front of the Garvin H. Johnston Library. This event includes a rock wall, petting zoo, inflatables, face painting, food vendors and games. 

HOMECOMING LUNCHEON (11 a.m.): The Homecoming luncheon is a joint celebration for alumni, five Sports Hall of Fame inductees and the 1969 Class Reunion. The luncheon will be held at 11 a.m. at the Olivia Bender Cafeteria in Crosby Hall.

ALUMNI TAILGATING (1:30 p.m.): Tailgating for the 1969 Alumni Reunion Tent will be in the south end zone 1:30 p.m. in Dobie Holden Stadium. 

PEARL RIVER VS. SOUTHWEST (2 p.m.): The Pearl River Wildcats will kick off against the Southwest Bears in Dobie Holden Stadium at 2 p.m. PRCC will honor the 2019 Homecoming Court, Sports Hall of Fame inductees and 2019 Region XXIII Champion baseball team during the game. 

For more information on Homecoming, how to register for the 1969 reunion or to purchase a luncheon ticket, contact Alumni Coordinator Traci Spence at 601-403-1193 or tspence@prcc.edu

HOMECOMING COURT

Pearl River Community College’s student body has elected its 2019-20 Homecoming Court; Patricia La’Shae Reese of Bassfield was chosen as the Homecoming Queen. 

Also elected are freshmen Maids Casey Lewis of Jayess, Ariana Moody and Brandie Hust of Bay St. Louis. Sophomore Maids include Tamija Griffin of Hattiesburg, Cameron Carter of Picayune, Jessica Gauthreaux of Bay St. Louis, Kennedy Clairette Thompson of Richton and Riley Cleveland of Hattiesburg. 

Reese is the daughter of the late Regina Anderson, and Carl and Venetia Anderson. Reese attended Jefferson Davis County High School where she was cheer captain, Miss JDCHS, historian, 2017-18 Homecoming Queen, a member of the Beta Club and the NAACP. Reese attends the Poplarville campus and is majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Sports Management. During her time at PRCC she has been involved in various activities including Phi Theta Kappa, Nu Alpha Theta, member of the Spirit of the River Marching Band, and holding the office of Student Government Association President. After PRCC she plans to open a fitness facility and offer training to athletes. 

Lewis is the daughter of Randy and Lesia Lewis. Lewis attended Lawrence County High School where she was a member of the varsity basketball team for four years as well as a cheerleader for two years. Lewis attends the Poplarville campus, is majoring in Sports Medicine, and is the women’s basketball manager. After graduating from PRCC she plans on transferring to Alcorn University to continue her studies. 

Moody is the daughter of Krishna, Willie and Britni Moody. Moody attended Bay High School, where she was a manager for the girls basketball team and the spirit club.  She serves as a men’s basketball team manager at PRCC. Moody attends the Poplarville campus and majors in special education. She plans on transferring to USM to obtain her master’s degree in the field.  

Hust is the daughter of Amber and Danny Hust. Hust attended Bay High School where she a member of the volleyball and track teams, spirit club, and served as the football manager. She is a member of the community outreach committee at PRCC where she is majoring in pre-medical studies. Hust plans to transfer to the University of South Alabama to continue her studies in order to reach her goal of becoming a trauma surgeon.  

Griffin is the daughter of Aspen Sarges and Kedrick Griffin. Griffin attended Oak Grove High School where she was a member of the OGHS marching band. She is currently majoring in Business Management and Marketing at PRCC while also being a part of the Spirit of the River marching band and the Pop Choir. Griffin plans to transfer to Jackson State University to play in the Sonic Boom Marching Band and continue her interest in Business Management. 

Carter is the daughter of Leslie Ellis and Alvin Carter. Carter attended Picayune Memorial High School where she was a member of Pride of the Tide and Lady Tide softball. She serves as the captain of the String of Pearls at PRCC. Carter majors in social work at PRCC and plans to transfer to Louisiana State University or Southeastern Louisiana University to continue her education.

Gauthreaux is the daughter of Gloria Ramirez and the late Tony Ramirez. Gauthreaux attended Penn Foster High School. She is majoring in Marine Biology at PRCC and is a member of the STEM club, outreach club, and Phi Theta Kappa. Gauthreaux plans to transfer to the University of Southern Mississippi to continue her marine biology studies at their Gulf Coast campus. 

Thompson is the daughter of Susan and Joel Thompson. Thompson attended Richton High School where she was a cheerleader, member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Beta Club. While at PRCC she has been a member of the Baptist Student Union, Phi Theta Kappa and the Music Club. After graduating from Pearl River Thompson plans to attend the University of Southern Mississippi with hopes of pursing a field in Speech Pathology. 

Cleveland is the daughter of Eddie and Karen Cleveland. Cleveland attended Oak Grove High School where she was the editor of the yearbook staff, a leader at First Priority, and a Junior Civitan. She is studying Elementary Education at Pearl River where she is a part of the Honors Society, Phi Theta Kappa, and part of the Honors Council. After graduating from PRCC Cleveland plans to pursue a bachelor's degree at the University of Southern Mississippi with the eventual goal of becoming a first-grade teacher. 

The Court will be presented during half time of the Pearl River football game. 

For the latest news on Pearl River Community College, visit PRCC.edu and follow us on Twitter (@PRCC_Wildcats) and Facebook (@PRCCMKTG).

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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.

October 2, 2019 - 2:28pm
 
 
Pearl River receives $2 million grant for Aviation and Aerospace Workforce Academy

Pearl River receives $2 million grant for Aviation and Aerospace Workforce Academy

 

POPLARVILLE, Miss. —The Department of Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced Friday that Pearl River Community College will be awarded a $2 million grant for use in the construction of a new Aviation and Aerospace Workforce Academy at the Stennis International Airport. The grant will be matched with more than $3.9 million in state and local investments and is expected to help create 469 jobs, retain 550 jobs, and generate $5 million in private investments. 

“We are honored by the confidence the EDA has placed in Pearl River Community College with this grant award announcement,” PRCC President Dr. Adam Breerwood said. “The Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District team were exceptional leaders through the entire application process. Without the relentless work and guidance of the SMPDD team this award would have not been possible. We are blessed to have these talented individuals working to create economic development opportunities in our surrounding communities.

“Congressman Palazzo, Senator Cindy-Hyde Smith, Senator Roger Wicker and their respective staffs provided unwavering support and belief in our project. Pearl River Community College remains dedicated to formulating relationships with existing industry partners and exploring new educational programs, curriculums and workforce development opportunities to serve as a catalyst for economic development in our local communities.”

“Through efforts like the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board and the National Council for the American Worker, the Trump Administration is committed to creating opportunities for technical training and manufacturing as a way to provide good jobs for Americans,” Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said. “Pearl River and other community colleges are essential partners for United States government and businesses.”

“Thank you to Secretary Ross and the Trump Administration for investing in Mississippi to build the Aviation and Aerospace Workforce Academy,” Governor Phil Bryant said. “This grant will continue to promote the importance of community colleges and technical training programs in our state.”

“Workforce training and development have become a critical part of sustaining Mississippi’s leadership in the aviation and aerospace industries,” Wicker said. “I appreciate President Trump and the Department of Commerce for making technical training a priority across our country. The students trained at this new facility at Stennis will graduate with the skills they need to be successful and contribute to our state’s economic growth.”

“This Aviation and Aerospace Workforce Academy will be an exciting and concrete example of what can be accomplished through a solid vision and strong public-private partnerships,” Hyde-Smith said. “The EDA award complements local, state, and private investments that support the jobs in the growing aerospace industry in Mississippi.”

“Pearl River Community College is committed to strengthening and training Mississippi’s workforce and this grant will only further that support to our state,” Palazzo said. “Many advancements in aerospace have come from or through Mississippi and I look forward to this grant continuing that progress.”

 

FACILITY DETAILS

The academy will by an estimated 25,000 square feet and will consist of eight classrooms, five labs, lobby with reception area, faculty and staff offices, break room/kitchenette for staff, indoor sitting/vending area for students and an outdoor courtyard sitting area.

“The PRCC Hancock Aviation Aerospace Workforce Academy will not only be a state-of-the-art, accessible and affordable campus for the students in Hancock County, but it will also provide a steady pipeline of skilled workers to our local businesses and industries today and in the future,” PRCC Director of Government and Community Relations Angie Kothmann said.

The hangar will be an estimated 18,000 square feet and will consist of: two classrooms with labs, open hangar area with hands-on lab stations, outdoor covered area for equipment training, lobby with reception area, faculty and staff offices, break room/kitchenette for staff, small vending area for students. The hangar will offer the following programs: Airframe & Propulsion Technology, Unmanned Arial Systems and Precision Manufacturing.

Every classroom and lab will be designed to be multifunctional and versatile to constantly fit the changing needs of the businesses and industries in this area. Programs listed are the core offerings to start, but they can be changed and added to at any time.

“Governor Bryant provided clear expectations focused on building a skilled workforce to assist industry partners for not only today’s needs but for the future workforce needs of the great State of Mississippi,” Breerwood said. “We are in the final stages of preparing to break ground on these state-of-the-art facilities. We will soon begin offering career pathways to students who are seeking the required knowledge and skill to address the workforce needs of the region for the foreseeable future. Investments of this magnitude are a direct result of open lines of communication between several public and private entities. This announcement has motivated the Pearl River Community College administration, faculty and staff to far exceed the expectations of the task at hand. 

“I want to say thank you to Mr. Gil Patterson, Economic Development Administration MS Region and Ms. Myrtis Franke Southern District Director for Senator Cindy-Hyde Smith’s Office who played prominent roles in securing these funds for our Aviation and Aerospace workforce academy. 

“I am blessed to work with a group of highly motivated individuals dedicated to serving the needs of our surrounding communities. We are grateful to our local Mississippi legislators who have been overwhelmingly supportive and should be commended for their assistance during this process. It is time to put these investment dollars to work and we are ready to embrace the challenge of creating life-changing opportunities for those we serve.”

 

NEW PROGRAM OFFERINGS

The academy will offer diverse educational opportunities including academic, career and technical and workforce programs. 

The academy will offer the following programs: Instrumentation, Industrial Electronics Technology, Practical Nursing, Welding & Cutting Technology, Computer Aided Design & Drafting, Business Management Technology, Academic Courses, Workforce Programs, Adult Education/GED.

The programs that will be new to the Hancock location upon its opening are Instrumentation, Airframe & Propulsion Technology, Industrial Electronics Technology, Precision Manufacturing, Computer Aided Design & Drafting and Business Management Technology.

The Aviation Maintenance Technology program is an instructional program that prepares individuals to inspect, repair, service, and overhaul aircraft engine components and systems. This program is designed to prepare the student for the Federal Aviation Administration exams for certification as an Aircraft Maintenance Technician. Industry standards referenced are from the Federal Aviation Regulations, Part 147, Aviation Maintenance Technician Schools (Airframes and Power Plants).

“Pearl River Community College is Mississippi’s fastest-growing community college with enrollment increases for the past seven consecutive semesters,” Breerwood said. “While we are pleased with these record setting enrollment numbers there is still much to accomplish. This award provides us an opportunity for continued growth and expansion while we focus on building a highly skilled workforce to assist and retain existing industry partners and support Hancock County Port & Harbor Commission CEO Bill Cork in attracting new industry partners to our surrounding communities. 

“I am humbled and honored for our college and look forward to the positive financial impact a project of this magnitude will bring to our region.”

The hangar is estimated to be completed by Dec. 31, 2020 and the academy by the same date in 2021.

For the latest news on Pearl River Community College, visit PRCC.edu and follow us on Twitter (@PRCC_Wildcats) and Facebook (@PRCCMKTG).

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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.

October 4, 2019 - 10:11am
 
 
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Grammy nominated artist Natalie Grant to grace Pearl River's Brownstone Center stage

Grammy nominated artist Natalie Grant to grace Pearl River's Brownstone Center stage

POPLARVILE, Miss – Seven time nominated contemporary Christian music artist Natalie Grant is set to grace the stage at Pearl River Community College’s state-of-the-art Ethel Holden Brownstone Center Oct. 22 at 7 p.m.

NATALIE GRANT

Grant is known for her powerful, soaring vocals, heart-gripping lyrics, passionate performances, and has remained one of the top-selling Christian & Gospel artists since her 2005 breakout RIAA Gold certified album “Awaken.” She has since gone on to have nearly 4 million in career sales. The Gospel Music Association has named her Female Vocalist of the Year 5 times and she has had multiple number 1's on the Billboard singles and albums charts, including her most recent record titled, "Be One.”

Grant’s story is, in many ways, every woman’s story. She juggles the responsibilities as a mother of three with the demands of a full-time career while managing to find time for the pursuits that are important to her.

Her daily life informs her music, which radiates encouragement, centered on a simple message: sometimes, all it takes to change the world is a shift in personal perspective.

To purchase tickets for Natalie Grant’s performance at the Brownstone Center or for more information about upcoming Brownstone events visit prcc.edu/brownstone or call 601-403-1438. 

For the latest news on Pearl River Community College, visit PRCC.edu and follow us on Twitter (@PRCC_Wildcats) and Facebook (@PRCCMKTG).

To get sneak peek of Natalie Grant’s performance click this link.

For the latest news on Pearl River Community College, visit PRCC.edu and follow us on Twitter (@PRCC_Wildcats) and Facebook (@PRCCMKTG).

 

 

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.

October 14, 2019 - 1:20pm
 
 
Pearl River students attract repeat recruiting from top oil and gas company

Pearl River students attract repeat recruiting from top oil and gas company

VIDEO LINK: To see more about Schlumberger's recruitment visit at PRCC click the link provided.  

POPLARVILLE, Miss — More than 100 Pearl River Community College Career and Technical students from dozens of programs on the Poplarville campus and Forrest County Center packed rooms on Tuesday to hear about available oil field job opportunities. 

Glen Houston, who is a recruiter for the oil field company Schlumberger, spoke with students about the various possibilities for employment within the company and what prospective opportunities Pearl River students could move into upon graduation.

Several past PRCC graduates have already been recruited for employment with Schlumberger. 

“We already have six Pearl River students working for us,” Houston said. “They have been hard workers for us and we wanted to come back and invite more of you to consider joining our company once you graduate. 

“You are in the perfect position to start careers with a company that can take you to where you want to go.”

SCHLUMBERGER

Schlumberger employs more than 117,000 people and considers its employees its greatest asset. Founded in 1926, Schlumberger has grown to become the number one provider of technology to the oil and gas industry. 

Houston told Pearl River students he was looking for good listeners, creative thinkers, adaptable workers, team players and employees that stand up and represent themselves. 

“They are specifically looking for our students,” Dean of Career and Technical Education Ed Pinero said. “They like their background, they like their work ethic and they like what they’ve been taught at the college.”

“Schlumberger recently came to visit our CTE programs to talk about what it would take to be successful and the benefits of working with them,” said Department Chair and Instructor of Electronics Engineering Technology James David Collum. “Last year, Schlumberger identified our new industrial electronics program at the FCC as a good match for the skills they need for their wire technicians. In the Spring of 2019, they interviewed seven graduates of the industrial electronics program and with all of them receiving job offers.” 

This is just one of several opportunities Pearl River’s career and technical students have for lining jobs up before they even get their diploma in hand. Pearl River CTE students have an 85 percent job placement rate upon graduation. 

“The school looks out for us and always makes sure we have a good job waiting on us when we graduate,” PRCC student Caleb Dorn said. 

Students interested in learning more about opportunities In the oil field and at Schlumberger can visit their website careers.slb.com and to find out more about PRCC’s 42 Career and Technical programs visit prcc.edu.

For the latest news on Pearl River Community College, visit PRCC.edu and follow us on Twitter (@PRCC_Wildcats) and Facebook (@PRCCMKTG)

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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.

October 16, 2019 - 10:09am
 
 
 
 
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Emotional Natalie Grant performance moves Pearl River's Brownstone Center

Emotional Natalie Grant performance moves Pearl River's Brownstone Center

POPLARVILLE, Miss—The crowd in Pearl River Community College’s Ethel Holden Brownstone Center rose to their feet for a joyful noise Tuesday night as seven-time Grammy nominated Christian artist Natalie Grant performed on stage. 

Grant performed songs throughout the night that brought tears to the audience’s eyes including a ballad during which she invited one of her daughters on stage with her. She also spoke of her personal ups and downs and how those struggles have shaped her life journey. 

“As I went in to record ‘More Than Anything’ I sang the words ‘Help me want The Healer more than the healing’ and to be honest I still wanted the healing,” Grant said. “It was a miracle what He did to my heart and how He changed me.”

“We were honored to have Natalie Grant perform at the Brownstone Center,” Director of Ethel Holden Brownstone Center for the Arts, Dr.  Trevor Hunt said. “The fine arts department loves having the opportunity to offer experiences like this to our Wildcat Family and the community at large.”

The Brownstone Center’s fall performance season continues Oct. 29 with OZ, a Halloween concert performed by PRCC students featuring music from The Wiz, The Wizard of Oz and Wicked. Costumes are encouraged. PRCC will kick off the holiday season Nov. 21 with the Holiday Traditions concert with performances by the PRCC JazzCats, The Voices, The String of Pearls and the PRCC Singers. The semester will close with performances of The Nutcracker by the South Mississippi Ballet on Dec. 7-8.

To purchase tickets for upcoming events and to learn more about the Brownstone Center’s performance season visit prcc.edu/brownstone or call 601-403-1438. 

For the latest news on Pearl River Community College, visit PRCC.edu and follow us on Twitter (@PRCC_Wildcats) and Facebook (@PRCCMKTG).

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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.

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