Pearl River Community College

December 2019

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Pearl River breaks ground on Phil Bryant Aviation and Aerospace Workforce Academy in Hancock County

Pearl River breaks ground on Phil Bryant Aviation and Aerospace Workforce Academy in Hancock County

GROUND BREAKING VIDEO LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6cP9-AE_n4

WAVELAND, Miss. – Pearl River Community College ensured it will be at the forefront of America’s journey into the next frontier Tuesday with the official groundbreaking ceremony for the Phil Bryant Aviation and Aerospace Workforce Academy in Hancock County.

The celebration across from the Stennis Airport was the culmination of years of tireless work from countless entities.  

“Today is a testament to this community and a testament to the cooperation and support from many individuals and governmental agencies,” PRCC President Dr. Adam Breerwood said. “We are grateful for the hard work and commitment to this project and look forward to the numerous opportunities that it will bring to the region.

“PRCC -- Pride, Respect, Class and Character. We refer to this as the ‘Wildcat Way’ and everything associated with our college is centered around this ideology. The charge that is embraced by our faculty and staff is really somewhat simple by the end of the day. It’s changing the lives of those we serve. We strive to build better communities. To build our students not only academically but socially, morally and ethically. We strive to not only educate them in the classroom; we want to build better mothers, better fathers; we want to build better communities.”

Executive Director of the Mississippi Development Authority Glenn McCullough introduced Governor Phil Bryant, who said he was surprised the facility will be named after him. 

Bryant spoke about his continued goal to revitalize the space industry and how investing in Hancock County’s workforce contributes to the realization of that endeavor.

“We are a state of surprise and determination and hard work and cooperation,” he said. “This is just the beginning and Pearl River Community College has led the way. We will go on into the great outer space and it will start here in Hancock County at this Pearl River facility.

“I think what you’ll see here is young men and women that will go on to be astronauts one day. They will think, as I did, ‘maybe I can get a two-year degree and then I can get a job and hopefully a lot of them will have that opportunity. They will go on to other industries. Some of them will work in aerospace industries. Some of them will go into the military but their career will begin here at Pearl River Community College and who knows what they’ll be. Maybe they’ll be walking on the moon one day.” 

Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission CEO Bill Cork shares in Bryant’s enthusiasm for the Academy’s potential. 

“Friends and neighbors will need training. Lots of training,” Cork said. “Manned and unmanned commercial flight training, military flight training for domestic and allied nations, airframe and power plant maintenance training, avionics electronics and a host of skills we can’t even comprehend yet and they are going to do it right here in Hancock County at this new Aerospace Academy.

“PRCC is leading the way. You’re blazing new trails. In addition to (the Academy) being right next door, their staff has partnered with us to go out and sell our workforce and training at the same time. It’s this kind of teamwork that’s going to make it happen.”

Architectural renderings of the Academy buildings were unveiled before Breerwood and area partners ceremoniously broke ground on the new site. 

"Wernher von Braun, who was chosen to help run the space program, famously said 'Man will go to the Moon one day and return safely to Earth, but he's going to have to pass through Hancock County to get there,’" Bryant said. "Today, Dr. Breerwood, we continue that mission. Now back to the Moon and on to Mars.

“And man or woman will again have to pass through Hancock County to get to Mars. Our NASA Space Center here at Stennis will help lead the world in the universe into the great outer space."

FACILITY DETAILS

The Academy will be an estimated 25,000 square feet and represents a new and expanded presence for PRCC in Hancock County on Fred and Al Key Road. The facility will consist of eight classrooms, five labs, 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 itself 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 and classroom facility will be an extension of the Academy with hands-on training space as well as state of the art classroom learning environments. Direct runway access will allow for study and testing of operational vehicles with attention given to state-of-the art composites and sheet metal materials. Aviation systems and power plant design, repair and maintenance can be studied, performed and tested in real time on operational equipment. The facility will have direct access to the Stennis International Airport runways, service and fueling facilities.  The hangar will offer the following programs: Airframe & Propulsion Technology, Unmanned Arial Systems and Precision Manufacturing.

 

The Academy will provide state-of-the-art learning spaces for students in the form of computer and video enhanced classrooms along with adjacent hands-on labs and shop spaces. The learning environments will combine computer simulated training with the benefits of hands-on work with the tools and equipment used in the vehicles located in the adjacent PRCC Hanger Facility. It is the intention for this facility to promote learning and skill creation for the workforce training needed to operate and maintain the equipment and vehicles we will use during this century and beyond.

 

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 amended at any time.

 

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).

Before leaving the podium to ceremoniously break ground on the future training site, Bryant painted a picture of the universe with Hancock County’s prominently in focus. Bryant connected the Coast’s legacy as a NASA stronghold with where Mississippians and PRCC figure in the centuries to come.

“Think about the young men and women who will be working on the moon and saying, where did you this trade? Where were you trained? Oh, well Pearl River Community College in Hancock County. And another one is going to say, I was there as well just a few years before you graduated and here we are working on the moon together. It’s going to happen. It’s going to happen,” Bryant said. “And the great Fred Haise, wherever he will be, will be smiling and realizing that as they were leading in Apollo days, testing those systems here at Stennis, that it would continue; there work would live on and the dream would not die. Man and woman would not be deterred. 

“We will go on into the great outer space and it will start here in Hancock County at this Pearl River facility.”

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.

 

December 4, 2019 - 1:22pm
 
 
 
 
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The Nutcracker visits Pearl River for the holidays

The Nutcracker visits Pearl River for the holidays

POPLARVILLE, Miss. – If Poplarville felt a little more magical this weekend it was probably the sugarplum fairies and nutcrackers dancing across the stage of Pearl River Community College’s Ethel Holden Brownstone Center. Saturday and Sunday the South Mississippi Ballet Theatre put on a spirited performance of The Nutcracker to the delight of all in attendance.  

Talented dancers glided their way across the snow-covered stage and into the hearts of audience members as they told the story of The Nutcracker. Performers as young as 3-years-old scurried between legs and spinning tutus. Claps and gasps from the audience punctuated each act.  

During the intermission one family shared their excitement about the show. 

“We will be back,” Katherine Dedeaux of Poplarville said of making this performance part of their holiday traditions. “This is the first time that we have taken our daughter to the see the Nutcracker and she is loving it.”

Just then Kaitlyn Dedeaux, 6, reminded her mom of the time: “Sorry, we can’t stay because we don’t want to miss anything.” 

South Mississippi Ballet Theatre 

According to the SMBT’s mission statement, the Hattiesburg based theatre is dedicated to bringing the highest level of classical ballet training to the Hattiesburg area. It’s goal is to educate both children and adults about the training culture and history of classical ballet while giving them a chance to pursue the art in whatever capacity they choose. 

 

The older dancers in the theatre are pre-professionally trained for between 18 and 25 hours a week including five days a week after school. Even the youngest among the performers train two to three days a week and give up their weekends for rehearsals in preparation for the shows. 

“It’s a time commitment from the families to make sure they get them there,” Artistic Director for the SMBT Katya Orohovsky said. “From the kids, they really work two and a half months nonstop and they are really proud of what they do.” 

Ethel Holden Brownstone Center for the Arts 

The theatre company has been performing this show since the Brownstone Center’s beginning and they continue to enjoy the trip to Poplarville each year. 

“This theatre is absolutely a dream,” Orohovsky said. “When they started building it we were asked to come perform. We were expecting just a normal college auditorium and we came in and were just blown away.

“Performing here is the easiest performance we do. Everything is so streamlined and the guys that work backstage are just phenomenal and very willing to adjust. They are very accommodating and very sweet to the kids. We love it here.” 

Looking Ahead 

The Brownstone Center will continue its performance schedule into the spring starting with Street Corner Symphony on Jan. 17. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting prcc.edu/brownstone or calling 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).

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.

December 9, 2019 - 9:31am
 
 
 
Pearl River introduces new recruitment team

Pearl River introduces new recruitment team

POPLARVLLE, Miss. – As the fall semester comes to a close at Pearl River Community College new beginnings are in the works for the Office of Recruitment.

"We are really excited to present our new PRCC Recruitment Team who will be under the leadership of Mr. Richard Gleber, our new Director of Recruitment," Associate Vice President for Student Success Dr. Amy Townsend said. "Mr. Richard Gleber is from Diamondhead and brings valuable experience and unique perspectives to this position. 

“Our mission is to recruit prospective students and assist them as they transition to college. We have created an exciting recruitment plan for 2020 and look forward to growing our Wildcat family.” 

New to the Wildcat Family, Gleber is looking forward to leading the team and reaching out into the communities Pearl River serves. 

“I’m thankful for the trust Dr. Amy Townsend, Dr. Adam Breerwood, and the Board of Trustees have placed in me to lead the Office of Recruitment at the great academic institution of Pearl River Community College,” Gleber said. “I am looking forward to continuing the great work already being done within our district schools and expanding our recruiting efforts in PRCC’s Dual Enrollment, Workforce Education and Adult Education programs.”

Other members of the Office of Recruitment team include recruiters Sherry Brown, Chelsie Lyles, Meghan Merritt, Ron'Shea Moore and Caitlin Warner. 

RICHARD GLEBER 

Gleber will serve as the Director of Recruitment. He attended Saint Stanislaus and holds a Bachelors of Science in Speech Communication from the University of Southern Mississippi. Gleber has an extensive background in public relations, recruitment and admissions. He was the Executive Director at Brothers of the Sacred Heart Foundation before returning to Saint Stanislaus during which time he served as Director of Public Relations and Associate Director of Admissions. Gleber also serves as a board member for Hope Haven Children’s Advocacy Center and is active in Hancock County among several community organizations.

Gleber can be reached at rgleber@prcc.edu. 

SHERRY BROWN

Brown is a resident of Poplarville. She has been employed at Pearl River for 20 years and currently serves as Secretary for Recruitment. 

 

CHELSIE LYLES

Chelsie Lyles is a Hattiesburg native who attended Presbyterian Christian High School before studying at Pearl River in 2009. After earning her Associate in Arts Degree, she transferred to the University of Southern Mississippi where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Pathology and her Master’s Degree in Higher Education. She also obtained 18 post graduate hours in Speech Communication and is currently an adjunct online Instructor of Public Speaking at PRCC. Lyles has been an employee at Pearl River since 2014. 

Lyles can be reached at clyles@prcc.edu. 

MEGHAN MERRITT

Meghan Merritt is from Poplarville. She graduated from Poplarville High School in 2012 and completed the Marketing Dual Enrollment program at PRCC during her senior year. After high school, she attended the University of Southern Mississippi where she received her Bachelor’s of Business Administration. She is currently in the process of obtaining her Master’s of Business Administration at Delta State University. When she’s not recruiting she enjoys traveling as well as spending time with friends, family and her French bulldog, PJ. Merritt is new to the Wildcat Family but is a long-time supporter of PRCC. 

Merritt can be reached at memerritt@prcc.edu. 

 

RON’SHEA MOORE

Ron'Shea Moore is a Gulfport native. She attended Gulfport High school before moving on to attaining her Associate Degree at Pearl River, during which time she was a work study for the Office of Student Success. She plans to further her education at the University of Southern Mississippi to receive her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.  Moore feels extremely blessed and honored to be a part of such a compassionate institution.

Moore can be reached at rmmoore@prcc.edu. 

 

CAITLIN WARNER

Caitlin Warner is from Poplarville. She attended Poplarville High School and joined the Wildcat Family as a student and work study in 2011. She received her Associate in Applied Science in Marketing & Management and immediately began working in sales. After four years of sales work, she returned home to Pearl River, where she serves as a recruiter and is a full-time student studying Marketing & International Marketing at William Carey University. Caitlin has been an employee of PRCC since July 2018. 

Warner can be reached at cwarner@prcc.edu. 

 

LOOKING TO THE SPRING

Registration for Spring 2020 at Pearl River is still open until Jan. 7 for Poplarville, Hattiesburg and Waveland locations and Jan. 10 for full-term online classes. 

To learn more about PRCC’s degree offerings and registration visit prcc.edu or contact one of the recruiters listed above. 

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.

December 12, 2019 - 12:17pm
 
Pearl River ushers in new group of nurses

Pearl River ushers in new group of nurses

POPLARVILLE, Miss. — The Ethel Holden Brownstone Center was full of emotion Wednesday night as Pearl River Community College celebrated the 41 students participating in the Associate Degree Nursing Pinning Ceremony. 

Mary Beth Rawls of Petal is a two-year member of the Mississippi Organization for Students of Associate Degree Nursing with 100-plus community service credits and a member of the Alpha Delta Nu Honor Society of Nursing. She spoke before the ceremony about her experience in PRCC’s ADN program. 

“I could not have asked for better instructors,” Rawls said. “They have not only been an inspiration but have stood with me through some of the darkest times I’ve had in my life. Each semester I have just been impressed with the high quality of instructors we have here.”

Rawls also delivered a thank you during the ceremony from herself and the rest of the graduating nursing students.

“To our instructors, our staff and our advisors your investment in us has not gone unnoticed,” Rawls said. “We have seen you help us individually with a subject we may be struggling with. We have watched as you have graded hundreds of pages of care plans and studied over your lectures. We have observed the hours that you have taken us under your wings in clinicals teaching us how to save a life. From a new born baby’s first cry to an old man’s dying breath, you have poured your heart and your soul into each of us standing here today and we would not be the competent nurses starting out on our new journey with you guiding and molding us. 

“We thank you for being the light that has show us the path and cheered us on each and every day that we have walked the halls of PRCC. And finally, to each of the students standing here today thank you for not just becoming friends but becoming family.”

As each student crossed the stage an instructor read aloud a thank you note from the student. Many thanked those who supported them through the long nights of studying and missed social events. While most of the students were pinned by their instructors a few were met on stage by family members who are also nurses. Many previously graduated from Pearl River’s nursing program. 

Jack Dilmore of Lumberton was pinned by his grandmother, Beverly Dilmore. 

“It was extremely special,” he said. “It’s family. That’s my own blood giving me this reward for all of this hard work. To have the family aspect of it makes it just that much more important.”

The graduates are: Erin Amacker, Kiln; Hannah Askew, Diamondhead; Mason Audibert, Pearl River, LA; Brenda Brooks, Purvis; Ashley Brossette, Carriere; Laura Burkley, Green Cove Springs, FL; Ashley Christmas, Picayune; Rachel Henderson, Hattiesburg; Deshannon Dew, Hattiesburg; Jack Dilmore, Lumberton; Sophie Dilmore, Purvis; Kayla Gentry, Poplarville; Tyler Hodge, Poplarville; Miranda Hutson, Sumrall; Brittney LaFontine, Waveland; Faith Lee, Purivs; Meghan Lee, Covington, LA; Terri McCanless, Gulfport; Anna-Maria Medrano, Bogalusa, LA; Selena Morgan, Foxworth; Jocelyn Morris, Columbia; Haley Newman, Franklinton, LA; Andrea O’Dom-reed, Sumrall; Caroline Olvera, Picayune; Jessica Parker, Franklinton, LA; Laken Patrick, Foxworth; Corrie Penton, Carriere; Breanne Ramshur, Columbia; Logan Ratkowiak, Sumrall; Mary Rawls, Petal; Jennifer Rockhold, Mandeville, LA; India Shealey, Slidell, LA; Ethan Smith, Picayune; Chantel Standfuss, Bay Saint Louis; Clinton Stouner, Franklinton, LA; Samantha Sullivan, Lumberton; John Tolar, Hattiesburg; Skye Von Robke, Carriere; Jordan William, Picayune; Donovan Young, Hattiesburg.

PRCC Nursing graduates will now take the NCLEX exam before entering the workforce. Graduates from Pearl River’s program have an employment rate of 94 percent. 

To learn more about Pearl River’s Associate Degree Nursing program including how to apply, entrance exams, application deadlines and qualifications visit http://www.prcc.edu/academics/plans/health-nursing/adn 

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.

December 13, 2019 - 8:46am
 
 
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