Pearl River Community College

May 2020

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Pearl River celebrates Wildcat Awards

Pearl River celebrates Wildcat Awards

POPLARVILLE, Miss. -- Pearl River Community College is celebrating its students through annual awards. 

“Pearl River Community College is happy to be able to recognize these well-deserving students,” Senior Vice President for Instruction/Provost Dr. Martha Lou Smith said. “While we might not be able to do things in the traditional manner, we are still honored to have these students become a part of the tradition known as PRCC.”

The inability to gather together didn't stop the celebration as instructors created personalized videos that were sent to the students congratulating them on their achievements. 

POPLARVILLE CAMPUS AWARDS

Accounting: Janki Patel

Anatomy & Physiology: Courtney Crosby 

Art: Skylar Boyd 

Automotive Mechanics Technology: Rhoderick Williams 

Barbering Technology: Landon Spiers 

Biology: Lauren Sumrall

Business: Janki Patel 

Business Management Technology: Elijah Hickman 

Business Marketing Management Technology: Rayne Royals

Chemistry: Kennedy Hudson

Computer Networking Technology: Erin Weaver 

Computer Science: Tyler Eccles

Cosmetology Technology: Spencer Albert

Criminal Justice Award: Kirsten Paige Speights

Drafting and Design Technology: Tanner Dean 

Early Childhood Development Technology: Hannah King 

Electrical Technology: Kaleb Chauppetta 

Electronics Technology: Aloysius F. Neff 

Engineering: Jarib Castillo Salcedo

Film and Video Technology: Connor A. Martz 

Heating, AC and Refrigeration Technology: Coy Walley 

History Award: Mallory Spiers

Instrumentation Technology: Joey Ragas

Mathematics: Jarib Castillo Salcedo

Medical Billing and Coding Technology: Jaide Adamo 

Music: Halley Wright 

Physics: Trenton Gordon

Precision Machine Tool Operation Technology: Jackson Mapp

Psychology Award: Madeline Hays 

Sociology Award: Ameria Washington 

Spanish Award: Destiny Golden

Speaking: Laiken Dixon

STEM Service Award: Tyler Eccles

STEM Scholarship Recipient: Terry Barnes, Tyler Ecceles, Alyssa Necaise, Shyanne Speer and Gabriella Voss.

Theatre: Johnathan Landon Morrow 

Unmanned Aerial Systems Technology: Alexander Moon 

Utility Lineman Technology: Benjamin Balli 

Welding and Cutting Technology: Amahd Bolton

 

FORREST COUNTY CENTER AWARDS

Accounting: Hunter Pierce

Biological Sciences: Catherine Abadie 

Business Management Technology: Miranda Trotter

Chemistry: Victoria Keith

Communications: Aubrey Gaudet

Computer Science: Logan Ponder

Criminal Justice: Anne Parish

Dental Assisting Technology: Rebecca Russell 

Dental Hygiene Technology: Brittany Call

Electronics Technology: Dramond Ellis 

English: Trevor Farmer

Fine Arts: LaKeria Calcota

Geography: Savannah Barnes

Heating, A/C & Refrigeration: Jon Broadhead Jr. 

History: Michelle Legg

Industrial Technology: Scott Guinot 

Mathematics: Harper Beeson

Medical Billing & Coding: Brittany Lott

Medical Laboratory Technology: Shelby Bracey 

Medical Radiologic Technology: Jared Smith 

Occupational Therapy Assistant: Maci McCormick

Philosophy: Braxton Clark

Physical Therapist Assistant: Brooke Smith 

Psychology: Karli Gray

Practical Nursing: Jamard Keys 

Sociology: Centirea Petersen

Spanish: Alisha Graham 

Welding: Evan Byrd  

 

HANCOCK COUNTY CENTER AWARDS

College Algebra Award: Korbin Jackson 

History and Citizenship Award: Travis Necaise 

Leadership, English and Sociology Award: Laura Jackson

Psychology Award: Katelyn Taylor

Welding and Cutting Technology: Harley Doster 

Wildcat Way Award (institution wide): Canton Comardelle

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.

May 1, 2020 - 12:10pm
 
 
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Pearl River PTK Beta Tau Gamma chapter holds virtual induction

Pearl River PTK Beta Tau Gamma chapter holds virtual induction

INDUCTION VIDEO LINK: https://youtu.be/KzV4yuNB06s

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Pearl River Community College’s Beta Tau Gamma chapter of Phi Theta Kappa recently inducted 94 new members into its organization through a virtual ceremony.

“Let me be the first to congratulate our Phi Theta Kappa inductees,” Pearl River President Dr. Adam Breerwood said. “We are in the midst of something different right now at Pearl River Community College but you're on track for success. You've done it. Your future begins here and remember Wildcats never quit.”

“The benefits these Wildcats receive from becoming members of Phi Theta Kappa are tremendous,” PTK Advisor Dr. Terri Ruckel said. “You become a member of the official honor society for two-year colleges as distinguished by the American Association of Community Colleges and have access to recognition, scholarships, career training, and leadership curriculum.

“Additionally, you get to practice and hone your skills through leadership roles in your chapter, on your campus, and in the community. Just think ‘Ready, set, win!’”

Inductees were greeted by messages from PTK advisor Dr. Ryan Ruckel, Vice-President for Forrest County Center Dr. Jana Causey, Breerwood, transfer counselors from The University of Mississippi, and several PTK headquarters representatives. Current PTK officers also welcomed the inductees and offered encouragement. 

“As a fellow Phi Theta Kappa member, I can attest to the many opportunities that will be afforded to you by choosing to embark on this journey,” Dr. Jana Causey said. “Congratulations and remember Wildcats never quit.”

Inductees are listed below:

Bassfield: Qundalin Harper

Beaumont: Kailee Deakle

Bogalusa, LA: Beaylee Mixon

Brooklyn: Matthew Shattles

Carson: Alesha Raynes

Hattiesburg: Brittain Allgood, Auiana Baker, Christian Blythe, Alexander Burge, Candice Calloway, Riley Cleveland, Graham Crawford, Ron Dickson, Jacqueline Enriquez, Destiney Fountain, Tanner Graham, Marcel Harris, Sarah Hudson, Jaylon Jackson, Robert Johnson, Payton Kerley, Quoc-Bao Le, Michelle Legg, Michael Littlejohn, Trinity Lowe, Latoya McLaurin, Rayven Moody, Juliana Moore, Austin Nickey, Kari Nickey, Kameron O'Neal, Centirea Petersen, Jada Pittman, Wesley Rainey, Darius Reed, Joshua Regan, Jessica Roberts, Aryss Rose, Ryan Ruckel, Terri Ruckel, Katherine Runyon, David Slade, Hayden Slater, Preston Stringer, Claire  Sullivan, Alesha Temple, Taiya Theodore, Sydney Tillman, Trena Tran, Mary Widemire.

Heidelerg: Jessica Carmichael

Kokomo: Irina Yoder

McComb: Rebecca Russell

Mendenhall: Willie Wright

Mobile: Natalie Druhan

Moselle: Breanna Karoly

Ocean Springs: Kathleen Brown, Carson Chapman

Petal: Elijah Barela, Tatum Carpenter, Olyvia Davis, Gabriel Day, Makenzie Erickson, Aubrey Marie Gaudet, Mary Hand, Jana Joyce, Kate Langnes, Shannah Martin, Ka'Leeha Parker, Courtney Poole, Sarah Rector, Madison Rushing, Hayden Scanlon, Hannah Taylor, Kymberlin Williams, Shelby Windham

Philadelphia: MaKenzie Barnett

Picayune: Emily Whitworth

Purvis: Ping ping Cheung, Kandice Covan, Kassidy Cowart, Jared Daley, Ethan Daley, Taylor Daley, Devin Katerski, Joshua Lee, Anne Parish, Shelby Reyer, Mason Smith

Silver Creek: Shelbie Allen

Sumrall: Skylar Aultman, Amerika Espinoza, Kaitlyn Pannell

Waynesboro: Lia Britton

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.

May 8, 2020 - 9:25am
 
 
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Pearl River announces Wildcats Never Quit Scholarship recipients

Pearl River announces Wildcats Never Quit Scholarship recipients

POPLARVILLE, Miss. — Two lucky members of the Pearl River Community College family recently won the Wildcats Never Quit scholarship contest.

Both Amber Cobb of Hattiesburg and Eric Newsom of Madison were randomly drawn from a pool of Wildcat students to earn half-tuition scholarships. The contest runs in conjunction with PRCC’s “Wildcats Never Quit” campaign, which was launched to help motivate members of the Wildcat Family to continue to work and persevere despite the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. Both Cobb and Newsom were entered into the drawing by registering for fall classes.

“The Wildcat Never Quit Scholarship Campaign is just one of the many opportunities PRCC has available to encourage students to keep pursuing their college education and to Neve Quit,” Associate Vice President of Marketing and Communications Candace Harper said. " We believe in our students and it's through challenging times like this that we grow to become our best selves. The campaign proved that our students are resilient and ready to persevere."

AMBER COBB

Cobb is a Forrest County Center student who is double majoring in Accounting Technology and Business Management Technology. She is a member of the National Technical Honors Society and the FCC Phi Theta Kappa Beta Tau Gamma chapter.

Cobb said the motto of Wildcats Never Quit resonates with her because of her recent circumstances. After being diagnosed with cancer last fall semester and undergoing a hysterectomy, Cobb’s spring semester was altered by the chemo treatments she is still currently undergoing. She noted that while this series of events definitely affected her, the only thing that changed on her educational path was that she had already transitioned to online classes at the beginning of the spring.

“The name of this scholarship is so true to my story,” Cobb said. “I won’t stop until I’m done. Giving up is not an option for me. I’ve worked too hard to stop now.”

Her final chemo treatment was May 10 with her first summer class beginning June 1. She doesn't plan on slowing down.

The support Cobb received from her instructors and advisors at PRCC helped her to push forward when times got tough.

“Ms. Debbie Ferrill and Ms. Amy Smith have been my rocks,” Cobb said. “They’ve pushed me and supported me and I wouldn’t have made it this far without them.” 

After a summer taking four online classes, Cobb will finish up coursework in the fall to receive her degrees. 

ERIC NEWSOM

Newsom is a Poplarville campus student majoring in Business Sports Management and is a member of the PRCC baseball team. 

While COVID-19 cut his baseball season short this year, he still values the connections he has made thus far. 

“It means a lot to receive this scholarship,” Newsom said. “The time I have had at PRCC has been awesome. I’ve made great friends in my teammates and found mentors in my coaches. I appreciate everything they’ve done for me and look forward to coming back to them.” 

While much of his time is spent on the field, he advised all incoming student athletes to keep their eye on the overall prize. 

“It’s important for student athletes to not give up, keep working hard to stay in shape and to excel in our school work,” Newsom said. 

HOW TO REGISTER

Returning students wishing to start the registration process for an upcoming semester should click the “Find My Advisor” button in RiverGuide. New Wildcats can begin by applying at prcc.edu. 

To learn more about both academic and career technical programs available at The River visit prcc.edu/academics/plans.

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.

May 12, 2020 - 2:41pm
 
 
Pearl River NTHS holds virtual induction ceremony

Pearl River NTHS holds virtual induction ceremony

VIDEO LINK: https://youtu.be/Nwa-iVnz3P4

HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Pearl River Community College Forrest County Center’s National Technical Honors Society recently honored student success from afar through a virtual induction ceremony. 

“The advisors decided that we had to have a way to recognize our students' success,” NTHS Advisor and Electronics Engineering Technology Department Chair Dr. David Column said. “The new inductees could not be penalized for a situation that was out of their control. We decided it would be best to put together something we could email to the students that they could then share with their friends and family.”

The National Technical Honor Society currently serves over 100,000 active members and nearly 2 million alumni since its inception in 1984. Awarding over $2 million in scholarships since 2005, NTHS honors the achievements of top CTE students, provides scholarships to encourage the pursuit of higher education, and cultivates excellence in today’s highly competitive, skilled workforce. For over 30 years, NTHS has been the acknowledged leader in the recognition of outstanding student achievement in career and technical education.

During the induction video, elements of the organization were explained including the seven candles that represent the seven attributes of membership: skill, honesty, service, responsibility, scholarship, citizenship and leadership. 

Inductees are listed below:

Carriere: Colton Alvis, Radiology

Hattiesburg: K Broome, Surgical Technology; Jessica Burris, Medical Lab Technician; Latoya Hinton, Surgical Technology; La’Mya LeFlore, Medical Lab Technician; Austin Nickey, Electronic Engineering Technician; Arrielle Parker, Licenced Practical Nursing

McComb: Rebecca Russell, Dental Assisting

Petal: Harrison Wilson, Industrial Electronics

Purvis: PingPing Cheung, Medical Billing and Coding; jDevin Katerski, Surgical Technology; Bailey Simmons, Licensed Practical Nursing

Any questions about NTHS can be directed to David Collum at jcollum@prcc.edu or Amy Smith at apsmith@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.

May 14, 2020 - 11:06am
 
 
 
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Pearl River plans to welcome students back this fall with plenty of options

Pearl River plans to welcome students back this fall with plenty of options

LINK TO VIDEO ANNOUNCEMNT:  https://youtu.be/DLocEBr0pjI 

POPLARVILLE, Miss. -- Pearl River Community College is planning to resume on-campus classes at its Poplarville, Hattiesburg and Waveland locations this fall with the semester set to begin Aug. 17. 

“Everyday we realize we are a step closer to welcoming our students back and that’s exciting,” Pearl River President Dr. Adam Breerwood said. “Our offices have remained open and people have been working from home to continue to be accessible to our students.” 

PRCC is continuously monitoring the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and considering all guidance from public health officials as it moves forward with policies for the fall. The health and security of all members of the Wildcat Family remains Pearl River's top priority.

“Meetings are taking place daily to assist in our reopening and we are taking all measures necessary to ensure a safe return,” Breerwood said. “Our students are the reason that we come to work everyday and when we don’t get a chance to see their faces and hear that buzz of an active campus daily, we realize we don’t ever need to take things for granted.”

PRCC’s administration is working on outlining protocols that will be released closer to the start of the fall semester. As data changes daily, Pearl River is analyzing all new information to be as prepared as possible. 

ONLINE OPPORTUNITIES

If PRCC students find themselves unsure about returning to campus for coursework this fall, they will be reassured by a wide range of online class offerings at their disposal. Opportunities for seamless online semesters are a part of Pearl River’s commitment to meeting students where they are. 

Students can earn their degrees by enrolling in online coursework and connecting through their tablet, mobile device or computer. Academic, career and technical online classes provide a clear path towards graduation. 

Students have access to a quality education that is convenient through 15-week, 8-week and 4-week online courses.

“We always talk about remaining accessible to our students and I think that this pandemic has proven to all of us how important that is now more than ever,” Breerwood said. “Education must go on despite any challenges we may face. We are stronger because of it.” 

With a new fully online student orientation process underway for the summer, new Wildcats can expect a one-on-one advisement session from the comfort of their own couch.

“We are excited to be able to offer ROAR virtually this year,” Pearl River Orientation Coordinator Emily Sheckells said. “The most important part of ROAR is getting a chance to show each student that they will have the best support system here with many people who will take time to listen to them and help them. We are still able to do just that with our virtual ROAR session and maybe even more so with one-on-one advising.”

Additional details for the fall semester will be posted to prcc.edu/coronavirus as they become available.

HOW TO REGISTER

Returning students wishing to start the registration process for the upcoming semester should click the “Find My Advisor” button in RiverGuide. New Wildcats can begin their journey to graduation by applying at prcc.edu/admissions 

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.

May 26, 2020 - 2:15pm
 
 
 
 
 
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