Pearl River Community College

June 2020

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Pearl River implements new health and environmental sustainability project

Pearl River implements new health and environmental sustainability project

POPLARVILLE, Miss. – Pearl River Community College is implementing a new health and environmental sustainability project at its Poplarville and Hattiesburg locations.  

The project includes the installation of water bottle friendly hydration stations as an opportunity to provide access to free, clean water in more areas of campus, allow for PRCC to lessen the use of plastic though disposable water bottles, and promote healthy choices in small ways.

The project was born out of Pearl River alumnus and current Admissions Specialist Dalton Spiers’ participation in the year-long Mississippi Community College Leadership Academy. The MCCLA was developed in the spring of 2009 to address the projected need for upper-level leaders in the Mississippi community college system. Through the program, Spiers was tasked with identifying a way to improve his institution and create a plan of action.

“This project is just the beginning in helping reduce the amount of plastic that is used at PRCC,” Spiers said. “With these efforts, we are making Pearl River Community College eco-friendlier and encouraging a healthy lifestyle of all members of the Wildcat Family.”

THREE STAGES

The initiative is being implemented in three stages:

  • Determining key locations for hydration stations and attaining funding.
  • Purchase the first batch of stations and have them installed in the appropriate areas.
  • Continue purchasing stations until Pearl River has filled every key location. 

As the college finishes installing the first round of hydration stations administrators are already looking forward. Upon completion of two new dormitories on the Poplarville campus, there will be an outdoor hydration station installed in the courtyard. A long-term goal of the project is to one day provide all incoming students with refillable water bottles to be used at the stations. 

FUNDING

With help from Assistant Vice President of Student Services Maghan James, they decided funds available through a recent College Tobacco-Free Campus Grant awarded by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi would be used to install the hydration stations. The guidelines for the grant allows funds to be used to help promote good health. More stations will be installed across campus as grant funds become available. 

“I’m thankful to Dr. Adam Breerwood for allowing me to take on this leadership project and for the professional development opportunities Pearl River has continued to afford me,” Spiers said. “Through these opportunities relationships have been built across the community college system allowing us to come together to share ideas, problems and ultimately solutions to help better serve our communities.

“This project would not have been possible without the collaboration of many individuals working together to continue to keep Pearl River accessible, affordable and effective.”

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.

June 5, 2020 - 12:43pm
 
 
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Pearl River's dorm project nearing completion; plus more construction updates

Pearl River's dorm project nearing completion; plus more construction updates

POPLARVILLE, Miss. – Construction at Pearl River Community College’s Hattiesburg, Poplarville and Waveland locations has continued to move onward and upward during the spring semester.

Ongoing projects at each location include a new bookstore and micro-market at the Forrest County Center, renovated science buildings and two new dorms on the Poplarville campus and continued progress on the Phil Bryant Aviation and Aerospace Workforce Academy in Hancock County.

“Our campus projects have not slowed down,” PRCC President Dr. Adam Breerwood said. “As a matter of fact, I think they are now moving at a rate that is a little ahead of schedule. We’ve had an opportunity to move quickly. I think we’ve taken full advantage of the lack of campus traffic to be able to move around and attack the things that we can control and one thing has been these campus projects. 

“They are going to be great additions to all of our campuses and it’s going to be a wonderful asset to our students.”

FORREST COUNTY CENTER 

The Forrest County Center is undergoing many renovations. The biggest undertaking involves Building 5, which is set to house a multipurpose room, police station, new bookstore and micro market. The building will also house Pearl River’s William Lewis Honors Institute as well as a new health and fitness area. 

“The PRCC Wildcat Den and Micro Market is almost finished,” Associate Vice President of Communications and Marketing Candace Harper said. “We are so excited about this new addition to the Forrest County Center. Students will receive a wide variety of services in the new bookstore including the sale of new merchandise, electronics and a wide gift section. 

“The new Wildcat Den and micro-market will be adjacent to the multi-purpose room and library. The micro-market will feature hot and cold items, snacks, healthy food choices and quick selection options.”

A new courtyard, which is funded by a $375,000 grant through the Mississippi Department of Transportation, is also being created to connect newly renovated buildings 3 and 5 on the FCC.

The project also will include new sidewalks, sitting areas, exterior lighting and greenspaces to beautify campus. The project is currently awaiting advertisements for bid. 

“Exciting changes are happening at the Forrest County Center and we can’t wait to showcase these to all our students for the Fall semester,” Vice President for Forrest County Center, Allied Health and Nursing Programs Dr. Jana Causey said. “We will have a brand-new bookstore and grill, an updated assembly room, a savvy workout space and a designated honors college wing with an industrial modern appeal.  

“Additionally, we are opening the Precision Manufacturing and Machining program at the FCC. We took existing space and transformed it into a functional classroom and lab for students to gain necessary skills and experience to be successful in this growing field.”

POPLARVILLE CAMPUS

The Poplarville campus is nearing the end of a $6 million project that includes renovating the current science and math building as well as a new 11,000 square foot annex. The new annex will house state of the art labs for Pearl River’s Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, A&P and Microbiology classes. Renovations to the existing science building include the addition of new LED lighting, new ceilings, doors and elevator to access the second floor of the building. The project is scheduled to be completed in next month in preparation to welcome students in August.

“Our new science building annex is beautiful. I’m looking forward to us fully moving into that facility,” Breerwood said. “Our new dorms are changing everyday as they work on the exterior and we look forward to welcoming students once they are completed.”

With a housing wait list growing daily, a $13.5 million project in the form of two new 35,000 square foot dorms is well underway. The modern rooms will house six beds per suite with two restrooms that will become home to 260 students. The buildings will feature a third-floor balcony viewing area overlooking the newly renovated baseball facility, Dub Herring Park. The dorms are scheduled to be completed in December. 

A new $46,000 rodeo facility is on its way up located behind the lineman training area on campus. The 6,528 square foot project will be utilized by the PRCC rodeo team to house horses along with a practice area. The construction is projected to be complete in July. 

 

HANCOCK COUNTY CENTER 

The institution also broke ground on the Phil Bryant Aviation and Aerospace Workforce Academy in Hancock County in December 2019. The Academy will be an estimated 25,000 square feet and represents an 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 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. 

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.

June 9, 2020 - 9:26am
 
 
Pearl River holds socially distanced nursing pinning

Pearl River holds socially distanced nursing pinning

POPLARVILLE, Miss. -- Pearl River Community College Associate Degree Nursing Graduates held a socially distanced pinning ceremony Wednesday to celebrate hard work, dedication and a semester to remember. 

“Encourage, be empathetic, be compassionate,” Pearl River President Dr. Adam Breerwood said. “Continue to take your heart, empathy, understanding and ability to heal out into the world. It’s needed not only in the hospitals but beyond.”

Like many college students, these soon to be nurses waited to see when they would return to normal classes as the weeks after Pearl River’s spring break flew past. They soon realized there would be no return to “normal” for them this semester and quickly went to work adapting and learning in what became the new normal. The students waited in anticipation Wednesday for a pinning ceremony that was as unique as their final semester at The River. 

Graduates, along with up to two family members, were spaced across Pearl River’s band practice field that faces the nursing building. As each name was called the students made their way across the field where they were pinned by a family member. 

Arianna Buckley shared a thank you from her fellow classmates to all those that had supported them along the way including their nursing instructors.

“Thank you for having an open door, sharing advice and offering an open learning environment,” Buckley said. 

“You are entering a different world than you thought you would upon graduation,” said Associate Degree Nursing Department Chair Dr. Arlene Jones. “It’s a world that needs you now more than ever.”

The graduates next step before joining the workforce will be to take the National Council Licensure Examination exam, a standardized test that each state regulatory board uses to determine if a candidate is ready to become licensed as an entry-level nurse. 

Those interested in learning more about PRCC’s ADN program can visit http://www.prcc.edu/academics/plans/health-nursing/adn.

2020 ADN graduates are as listed: 

Angie, LA: Allison Stuart, Heather Wilson

Brandon: Stephen Beane

Carriere: Jean Ann Achee, Leah Hahn, Alyssa Mancuso, Brandon Murray, Makenna Pope, Hannah Purvis, Shekera Smith 

Columbia: Desiniqua Collins

Hattiesburg: Marissa Lee, Shyla Lewis, Michael McCool, Loan Thi Pham, Anna Katherine Pickett, Alyssa Rasberry, Angel Walker

Laurel: Eriana Buckley 

Leaksville: Rachel Smith 

Lucedale: Bailey Broadus, Ramey Cochran, Kallie Ezell

Lumberton: Victoria Cerniglia, Matthan Jenkins, Catherine Junkin, Allison Russell

Mobile, AL: Logan Deese

Ocean Springs: Noah Lafferty

Pearl River, LA: Skylar Landor, Samantha Moseley

Perkinston: Jordan Ladner, Sierra Necaise

Petal: Kayla Fokakis, Catherine Shoemaker

Picayune: Shamecha Bender, Ashley Bozeman, Taia Cuevas, Debra Howell, Megan Tucker, Madyson Turnage 

Ponchatoula, LA: Lauren Perez

Poplarville: Jenna Belsome, Canton Comardelle, Mollie Ann Lee, Harlee Stuart

Purvis: Amelia Bennett

Sandy Hook: Avery Williams

Slidell, LA: Raycheal Cook 

Sumrall: Jaiden Jackson

Wiggins: Kayla Grinstead

 

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.

June 11, 2020 - 3:48pm
 
 
 
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Pearl River offers Register Now, Pay Later program

Pearl River offers Register Now, Pay Later program

POPLARVILLE, Miss. — Pearl River Community College is offering opportunities for anyone dealing with the financial effects of COVID-19 through their Register Now, Pay Later program. 

The program allows students to register now for courses at a ROAR Orientation session without the stress of upfront payments or added fees and gives them the opportunity to break payments up throughout the semester. 

“Our communities are facing a wide variety of challenges as a result of COVID-19,” Pearl River President Dr. Adam Breerwood said. “Job loss and employee lay-offs are creating uncertainty for many of our students and their families. Hopefully this program will provide financial relief and opportunity to those in need.”

REGISTER NOW, PAY LATER 

The three main components of the program are:

  1. No registration fees are due at the time a student registers.
  2. No orientation fees are required for online ROAR New Student Orientation.
  3. Payment plans can be set up starting in July which allows students to break up tuition and fees into manageable monthly payments.

“We want students and parents to know that PRCC understands that financial circumstances due to COVID-19 may effect Wildcat families,” Associate Vice President for Marketing and Communication Candace Harper said. “We want to try and remove all obstacles that impede education at The River. The register now, pay later program simply means students can register now, sign up for classes that they want without the worry of any upfront orientation and tuition fees.

“Once the student starts classes, they may set up their Nelnet monthly payments.”

Payments are only needed for balances remaining after scholarships and financial aid have been applied. Students have the entire semester to make payments toward their tuition and fees. Students also have the option of securing student loans to cover their remaining balance. 

In order for students to take advantage of this opportunity they should simply register for a one-on-one online ROAR orientation session through their RiverGuide account. Once payment plans are available in July, students can then sign up for a plan in RiverGuide that fits their needs. 

DIGITAL BOOKS

In addition to the new program, the Wildcat Den Bookstore uses digital course materials for approximately 70 percent of courses. This enable students to receive day one access to any course using an e-book without having to open their wallet that first day for course materials. A digital fee is automatically applied to the student's account allowing them to pay for their materials throughout the semester. 

“Our ebook program was established to help students who could not afford $1,000 in textbooks their first day of class,” Harper said. “This program allows students to access their materials without falling behind due to financial circumstances. Currently 70 percent of our academic courses use this program. Each year we continue to add more to this wonderful platform.”

Future Wildcats can take of the opportunity to not miss out on good class times and courses needed for their career pathways by registering for a ROAR Orientation session today. Prospective Wildcats can begin the application process by visiting prcc.edu/admissions.

ROAR ORIENTATION

In order for new students to sign-up for fall classes they must register for an online ROAR Orientation Session. Pearl River has kept the safety and convenience of the Wildcat Family in mind when creating this new format. Students can look forward to a one-on-one advising session with a trained advisor from the comfort of their own couch. During the session, Wildcats will create their fall schedule and learn about resources and tools necessary to be successful in their first semester at PRCC. 

“We are really excited to be able to offer ROAR virtually this year,” ROAR Orientation Coordinator Emily Sheckells said. “The most important part of ROAR is getting the chance to show each student that they will have the best support system here with many people who will take the 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.”

Those needing to sign up for a ROAR session can visit prcc.edu/ROAR for detailed instructions. Students can also visit https://youtu.be/fJGNuvDDXC0 to see an overview of the registration and orientation process. 

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.

June 16, 2020 - 11:38am
 
PRCC: Precision Tech program begins in August

PRCC: Precision Tech program begins in August

HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Pearl River Community College will begin offering its Precision Manufacturing and Machining Technology program at the Forrest County Center in August.

The program prepares students to enter into advanced manufacturing careers as machine operators, machinist and CNC programmers. 

“This program was previously offered in Poplarville (PRCC’s main campus),” said Dr. James Collum, Career Education Department chairman at the Forrest County Center. “We hope that moving the program closer to the (Forrest County) industrial park and aligning the curriculum with the needs of local manufacturers, we will be able to help local employers connect with skilled workers.”

Since manufacturing makes up a significant portion of the Hattiesburg economy, Collum believes this precision program will benefit local industry.

“PRCC has tried to focus on bringing programs to the Forrest County Center that provide the training identified by these local industries,” Collum said. “We believe we can provide a skilled workforce for our local industries that offer good jobs with excellent pay for our students.” 

According to Collum, wages average $21 an hour and up to $45,000 a year. 

The class instructor will be Robby Shaw. The class will offer will offer 30-hour, 45-hour and 60-hour options.

“In 2017, we designed our industrial electronics program with help from our local manufacturing partners to train students to work as industrial maintenance technicians, electro-mechanical technicians, and automation and control specialists,” Collum said.

“Now with the Precision Manufacturing and Machining program in Hattiesburg, we will be working with the same industrial partners to ensure that we are matching our equipment, curriculum, and national certifications with their needs. We also hope to build the same internship partnerships into the precision manufacturing program that has made our industrial program successful.” 

Dr. Jana Causey, Vice President for the Forrest County Center, also feels the precision program will be a plus for students looking for a manufacturing career. 

“We are excited to offer the Precision Manufacturing and Machining program,” Causey said. “Our industry partners have indicated a great need in the Pine Belt for this skill set. We are pleased to answer the call to industry needs with this great program and provide our students with an opportunity for a great career in this field.”

Precision Manufacturing & Machining Technology is a program of study designed to lead to a Career Certificate, Technical Certificate or Associate of Applied Science degree.

For more information, call 601-554-5539.

For the latest news on Pearl River Community College, visit us at prcc.edu or follow us at PRCC.edu  (@PRCC_Wildcats)  (@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.

June 16, 2020 - 3:23pm
 
 
 
 
 
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PRCC: Sign up underway for CCMA program

PRCC: Sign up underway for CCMA program

HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Pearl River Community College is currently accepting applications for its next Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) program.

CCMA is a 500-hour program made up of both classroom and clinical hours. Classes meet Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The course begins Monday, Aug. 24 and ends Dec. 18. The course fee is $1,000.

CCMA is a training course sponsored by PRCC’s Workforce Education program and is not eligible for college credit. Completion of the course will prepare the student to sit for the National Health Career Association certification exam.

All classes are taught at the Lowery Woodall Advanced Technology Center located in the Forrest County Industrial Park.

After several months off due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Terri Clark, Dean of Workforce and Community Development at PRCC, said the school is resuming essential training, focusing on healthcare needs.

“We will be using CDC guidelines in our classrooms,” she said. “Our goal in CCMA, as well as all our Workforce programs, is to prepare students for the workforce by training job and employability skills.”

The CCMA program graduated its first class in March.

A medical assistant is a multi-skilled health care professional who specializes in procedures commonly performed in the ambulatory health-care setting. Medical assistants perform both clinical and administrative duties and assist a variety of providers including physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

To be considered for a program interview, a complete application packet is required. There is a program prerequisites list to follow. Interviews will be scheduled for applicants with completed packets only.

Application packets are accepted on Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Woodall Center. For more information, call 601-554-4646.

For the latest news on Pearl River Community College, visit us at prcc.edu or follow us at PRCC.edu  (@PRCC_Wildcats)  (@PRCCMKTG).

June 22, 2020 - 1:22pm
 
 
 
Wildcats earning 'cool' and competitive HVAC degrees

Wildcats earning 'cool' and competitive HVAC degrees

POPLARIVLLE, Miss. — Pearl River Community College is offering a career opportunity for Wildcats that will also help keep residents in South Mississippi cool this summer.

Rated No. 1 in Mississippi, Pearl River's Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology (HVAC) Program is a two-year program available at PRCC's Poplarville and Forrest County locations. Upon graduation, students enter a field that offers them a median annual income of $51,420.

“There has never been a better time to get a degree and specialize in air-conditioning and heating,” Director of Career and Technical Education Dr. Ed Pinero said. “Pearl River Community College offers the best Associate Degree HVAC program available. Our instructors are successful business owners who are current in the industry. During a hot and humid Mississippi summer, it is more than obvious the career opportunities that are available. Our students are successful in the commercial and residential heating and air conditioning industry.”

The Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology program prepares individuals to work installing, maintaining, and operating small or medium air conditioning, heating and refrigeration systems. Students have the opportunity to complete a 45-hour Career Certificate and a 60-hour Associate in Applied Science Degree. Instruction prepares individuals to work in a commercial setting performing special tasks relating to designing ductwork, assembly, installation, servicing, operation, and maintenance of heating and cooling systems according to the standards for the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), and Air Conditioning Refrigeration Institute (ARI). Instruction includes air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration devices; equipment, techniques, and systems; and maintenance and operation of these systems.

“Now is the time to get a career and technical education,” Pinero said. “Companies are starving for educated skilled workers who have an associates degree. Pearl River Community College offers everything you need to get the education and degree needed to maximize your future earnings potential.”

Pearl River has 42 career and technical program degree offerings across its three locations as well as a wide range of academic offerings. To learn more about HVAC or other career and technical programs at Pearl 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. 

June 25, 2020 - 11:11am
 
 
 
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