Pearl River Community College

March 2020

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Pearl River names "Carol Williams Station" after founder of campus food pantry

Pearl River names "Carol Williams Station" after founder of campus food pantry

LINK TO VIDEO COVERAGE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pQREpHJBx8

POPLARVILLE, Miss -- Pearl River Community College’s administrators honored Carol Williams, retired long-time employee and founder of the college’s food pantry, by dedicating the building which houses "The Market" in her name. 

The building formerly known as “The Station” will now be the "Carol Williams Station." The “Carol Williams Station” houses both “The Market” a food pantry for students, faculty and staff experiencing food insecurity and the “Wildcat Career Closet,” a free student clothing closet.

“She’s been such a big part of our community, a big part of our campus and I think we’re all honored to have her name on this facility," PRCC President Dr. Adam Breerwood said. “We are grateful for her continued service to the college.” 

Williams started the process of implementing "The Market" on August 16th 2018 with an email to Dr. Breerwood asking permission to pursue the possibility of a food pantry on the Poplarville campus. 

Four months, one email, and a lot of hard work later PRCC is the only community college in the state of Mississippi to be a registered member of the College and University Food Bank Alliance. This allows them to gain resources for funding and much more.

When “The Market” first opened in August of 2018, it served about 50 individuals each month. By December of 2019, it was serving about 300 students, faculty and staff per month. 

“I don’t even know how to thank all the people that were instrumental in this taking place, it’s just quite an honor,” Williams said. “We have had administrators, faculty, staff, students and community members embrace this project to make it what it is today.”

Preceding the dedication, the Poplarville & Hancock Faculty and Staff Association and the Forrest County Faculty Association joined forces to hold a food drive at Ramey’s of Poplarville. The drive, which raised $110 on top of food donations, will benefit both the Poplarville campus’ Market and the Forrest County Center’s “Food Pantry 2.0.” 

PRCC employees worked the food drive and offered buggies of one-dollar items for customers to purchase and donate to the cause. 

“The Faculty and Staff Associations from Poplarville and Hattiesburg wants to thank the community for once again rallying around our college to support The Market, Wildcat Wishes food pantry and those with food insecurities on our campuses,” Poplarville & Hancock Faulty and Staff Association President Lonnie Burchell said. 

All donations should be non-perishable food items. Those interested in making a donation to “The Market” should contact Eileen Hall at 601-403-1332. Those interested in donating to the Forrest County Center “Food Pantry 2.0” call 601-554-5505.

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.

March 2, 2020 - 3:55pm
 
 
Pearl River and Mississippi State join forces for career and technical student success

Pearl River and Mississippi State join forces for career and technical student success

STARKVILLE, Miss.— Pearl River Community College signed a memorandum of understanding Wednesday with Mississippi State University to formalize partnership programs for students enrolled in technical education programs.

The agreement outlines a pathway for PRCC students to complete MSU’s new Bachelor of Applied Science program, leveraging the strengths of both institutions to provide more opportunities in technical education and meet current and future workforce demands.

“At Pearl River we are proud for CTE to be at the heart of our institution and we are thankful for this opportunity to partner with MSU,” PRCC President Dr. Adam Breerwood said. “Our instructors take pride in preparing our students for life beyond the classroom. We will continue to seek opportunities to build strong industry and transfer partnerships that provide clear pathways for student success.”

“We need more two-year and four-year graduates to move Mississippi forward,” MSU President Dr. Mark E. Keenum said. “By working together, I believe we’ll be able to better assist our fellow Mississippians in gaining the education they need to compete for the jobs of the 21st century. We are committed to helping all of our BAS students excel, succeed and earn a bachelor’s degree—building on the excellent foundation they have been given at PRCC.”

Pearl River’s Career and Technical students benefit from various partnerships the college has established both with transfer institutions and in workforce communities. Partnerships with employers such as the United Parcel Service, coupled with and the helping hands of dedicated PRCC instructors, allow students pursuing CTE degrees the opportunity to leave PRCC with a job offer in hand. 

MSU launched its BAS program in August, significantly expanding the university’s acceptance of technical credit from community colleges and military training. It is intended to serve the needs of adults who have completed a technical associate’s degree program through a community college or the military and need additional education to advance their careers.

The agreement between Pearl River and Mississippi State outlines which courses must be completed at each institution to fulfill degree requirements. An MSU advisor will assist in guiding PRCC students through BAS program pathways. Additionally, PRCC and MSU-Meridian will work together to provide classroom space for the delivery of synchronous online courses.

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Applied Science program will have access to advisors from MSU-Meridian and MSU Online. Credits in the degree program can be earned through online or in-person courses, providing the flexibility that has become a hallmark of MSU’s nationally ranked online offerings.

For more on the Bachelor of Applied Science program, visit https://www.msstate.edu/students/bachelor-of-applied-science. 

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.

March 4, 2020 - 2:31pm
 
Pearl River participates in Capitol Day to highlight necessity of community college funding

Pearl River participates in Capitol Day to highlight necessity of community college funding

JACKSON, Miss. — Pearl River Community College was well represented at the Mississippi Faculty Association of Community and Junior Colleges 2020 Capitol Day on Wednesday. Community colleges from across the state gathered together to highlight the importance of community college education and advocate for continued support from legislators.

Pearl River Department Chair/Instructor of Electronics Engineering Technology and Mississippi Faculty Association Vice President James David Collum and Pearl River alumnus Michael Evans addressed the crowd of educators and legislators. They each detailed how the community college system has impacted their lives and impressed upon audience members how imperative actively investing in this system is for the future of Mississippi.

“I’m 21 years old with a two-year technical degree using skills that I enjoy at a job that I enjoy and I’m making more money than I ever thought I’d see at this age and I have zero college debt,” Evans said. “I am grateful to my instructors who have made it their life goal to empower students with the tools that they need to succeed.”

Evans spent three years at the PRCC Forrest County Center during which time he took one year of honors academics and two years of Electronics coursework. Evans now works as an electrical mechanic at Kohler.

“I believe that community college is the number one way for young men and women to climb out of poverty in the state of Mississippi,” Evans said. “Whether a student wants to get a two-year technical degree or get a two-year academic degree and transfer to a university, every dollar we invest in that student’s education is a dollar well spent.”

Collum reflected on recent conversations with educators and administrators about how budgets should be prioritized, whether funding should go to university transfer options or the career and technical field.

“I finally spoke up and said ‘yes, we should prioritize education, all education,’” Collum said. “This is not a debate we should be satisfied to have. We should be funded to a level that this is not something that we discuss anymore. Community colleges are asked to do jobs that are as varied as the students we serve and to all the things we are asked we say yes.

“With only seven percent of the educational budget being set aside for community colleges, I believe it is not only fiscally responsible to invest in community colleges, I believe it is fiscally irresponsible not to.”

MFACJC President Marilyn Ford spoke about the high expectations for community college educators and how community colleges positively impact generations of students.

Holmes Community College President Dr. Jim Haffey explored the rich history of community colleges in Mississippi and the growth the system has seen in recent years.

“We are proud to have grown into the strongest community college system in the nation since our beginnings nearly 100 years ago,” Haffey said.

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.

March 5, 2020 - 8:19am
 
 
 
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Message from the President regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Message from the President regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

POPLARVILLE, Miss. — Pearl River Community College administrators continuously evaluate the Coronavirus situation as the state provides updates. 

“We are closely monitoring the updates and concerns regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19),” Pearl River President Dr. Adam Breerwood said. “At this time the college will be closed next week for spring break. We will resume our normal class schedule on Monday, March 23rd. 

“PRCC is in regular contact with Mississippi Department of Health and local health officials to ensure the well-being of our students, faculty and staff. Please stay up to date by visiting prcc.edu/coronavirus and following our institution’s social media sites.”

ATHLETICS

Based on developments with the Coronavirus, the Mississippi Association of Community Colleges has announced the suspension of all practices and competition for all sports through March 30.

The NJCAA has already announced the postponement of all championship events until April 20, including the NJCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, which was scheduled to start Monday in Hutchinson, Kansas. 

"Due to the concerns surrounding the safety and security of our student-athletes and those involved with Division I and Division II NJCAA championships, we are postponing the tournaments and maintaining a fluid mentality to see these tournaments take place with a tentative start date," NJCAA President & CEO Dr. Christopher Parker said. We have two main objectives in this situation - first and foremost is to protect the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches, college personnel, and fans. Second is to make sure our student-athletes receive the national championship experience that they have worked so hard for.”

According to the NJCAA, start dates for all tournaments and championships will continue to follow state and local mandates, restrictions and regulations.

MOVING FORWARD 

At this time classes are scheduled to resume as normal on Monday, March 23 following spring break. 

Pearl River continues to encourage social distancing, frequent hand washing, staying home if you are sick and cleaning often used surfaces.  

To stay up to date on all Pearl River related COVID-19 information visit prcc.edu/coronavirus and follow PRCC’s social media sites.

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.

March 12, 2020 - 6:29pm
 
 
 
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COVID-19 Update (March 26, 2020)

COVID-19 Update (March 26, 2020)

POPLARVILLE, Miss. — Pearl River Community College is moving safely forward while keeping students, faculty and staff at the center of all decisions in the midst of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

“We are here every day, all day trying to address every need we can see on the horizon,” Pearl River President Dr. Adam Breerwood said. “We are upbeat and optimistic about doing everything we can to help be a part of the solution in this pandemic while continuing to move forward with our educational opportunities.”

In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, Pearl River has extended spring break for students through Friday, March 27, with classes resuming in an online format Monday, March 30. 

At this time, no offices will be open to the public. Essential personnel will be taking care of day-to-day business in various offices with others working remotely. Pearl River is developing strategies to allow as many people as possible to work from home with the use of technology. 

TRANSITIONING ONLINE


PRCC has continuously invested in eLearning technology and training resources over the past several years and Breerwood feels the institution is more than prepared for the upcoming transition.

“We have over 2,000 students already enrolled in online classes,” Breerwood said. “Many of our instructors already had their courses in an online format and those people who have been traditionally teaching face-to-face have been very open to learning and willing to do what’s necessary to make this transition.

“We know there will be difficulties students will have to overcome. We know we will need to provide resources and assist students in this transition and we are willing to do so to the best of our ability.”

In recent years Pearl River has offered numerous training opportunities through its eLearning department for online instruction. The allocation of eLearning resources, including the hiring of two fully online instructors in the last year, has contributed to a 36 percent increase in online course registration in the last 30 months for Pearl River.

As the semester is finished up in this online format instructors acknowledge that this transition is going to be an adjustment for many students. 

“Instructors understand that many students are apprehensive about moving to the online environment and we want students to know that we will be on this journey with them,” Pearl River speech instructor Dr. Lindsey Lewis said. “New challenges bring new opportunities for growth and the Wildcat community will emerge from these trying times stronger than ever.”

Academic advising is continuing to take place through the use of phone calls, email and Zoom conference correspondence as students prepare to register for upcoming semesters. 

HANDS ON LEARNING


With several Career and Technical programs and lab-based courses being offered as part of Pearl River’s varied curriculum, alternative learning opportunities are being explored that consider both student health and their future career objectives. 

“For certain programs students will have to come together,” Breerwood said. “However, we will not be bringing the entire class in at one time. We plan to implement more of a hybrid approach where necessary while making sure students are in a safe, sanitized environment.”

Pearl River’s campus is currently undergoing a thorough sanitization and buildings not necessary for operation are being closed. 

Career and Technical and lab-based instructors are keeping in contact with their students as to organize the best instruction options for their specific needs. 

HOUSING  


With more than 800 dorm students ordinarily residing in campus housing at Pearl River’s Poplarville location, Breerwood understands the importance of continuing to ensure student safety during this time.

“It would be easy for us to just say ‘dorms are completely closed,’” Breerwood said. “But we are trying to assist anyone that is in a difficult situation. If there is a need for a student to live in college housing they will be considered on a case-by-case basis.” 

Students have been provided a request form if they are in need of continued campus housing and those wishing to stay will considered individually. PRCC administrators have communicated times to dorm students when they will be allowed to retrieve items from the residence halls. In accordance with social distancing, limited numbers of students will be allowed in the dorm at one time. 

Pearl River administrators are staying in regular contact with dorm students through email as to what options are available to them moving forward in the semester. 

“This is game changer for higher education in a lot of ways," Breerwood said. "We take pride in being a historically traditional institution. However, I hope this will bring the comfortability people feel with online learning to a point where we can reach more potential students and offer them a high quality education."

Pearl River’s Cabinet and members of its Administrative Counsel are meeting daily and will continue to provide updates as new information is obtained. 

To stay up to date with COVID-19 information visit PRCC.edu/coronavirus. 

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.

March 26, 2020 - 8:20am
 
 
 
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