Pearl River Community College

August 2020

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Pearl River celebrates 2020 graduates

Pearl River celebrates 2020 graduates

GRADUATION RECAP VIDEO: https://youtu.be/uc36a3kHjz4

POPLARVILLE, Miss. — Pearl River celebrated its 2020 graduates with two socially distanced ceremonies Wednesday and Thursday night in Dobie Holden Stadium.  

The first ceremony on July 29 included graduates of career or technical programs including allied health and nursing. The July 30 ceremony included graduates earning Associate in Arts degrees. 

“Those of us who work here at Pearl River do so because we find great joy in watching our students grow,” PRCC President Dr. Adam Breerwood said to the Class of 2020. “At Pearl River, we like to call these times of mind-blowing-craziness ‘opportunities for growth.’ It goes without saying that this past spring semester everyone — students and employees — had an opportunity to grow way more than any of us wanted at the time. From the way things look, we are going to get to continue growing this fall. 

“We’ve been saying it since March: ‘Wildcats Never Quit.’ We are so proud of you for persevering through to today.”

Throughout the ceremony, Breerwood honored several student groups such as Phi Theta Kappa, SkillsUSA, National Technical Honors Society and more by asking them to stand and be congratulated.

In line with Pearl River’s plans for the fall, chairs were spaced 6 feet apart on the field. PRCC employees wore masks and attendees were encouraged to wear masks and socially distance from one another. Students were allowed four tickets for their guests, to reduce capacity at the event. For those unable to attend, Pearl River live streamed both ceremonies; the videos are posted on PRCC’s Facebook and YouTube pages. 

Final remarks both nights were made by Breerwood just as rain started to sprinkle. The weather held off long enough for students to be congratulated one final time. 

“It is up to you to help grow the next generation of Wildcats,” Breerwood said. “We know the value of helping people grow ‘River Strong,’ and we know you have what it takes to help the growing continue.” 

PROSPECTIVE WILDCATS

Anyone interested in joining the Wildcat family can visit PRCC.EDU to start the process. Pearl River will also be holding an Open Registration day Aug. 12-14. Registration will be held in the Technology Building on the Poplarville campus, Building 3 at the Forrest County Center and the main lobby of the Waveland Center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Masks are required. In order to reduce the amount of congestion within buildings students can not bring guests with them to open registration. 

Registration is open to both new and returning Wildcats.

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

 

August 3, 2020 - 4:23pm
 
 
 
 
 
 
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PRCC graduates second CCMA class

PRCC graduates second CCMA class

Eleven students graduated this week, signifying completion of the Pearl River Community College Certified Clinical Medical Assistant program at the Lowery A. Woodall Advanced Technology Center in Hattiesburg. The graduation ceremony was held at the Woodall Center. The students included Caitlin Houtz of Hattiesburg, Jaleel Graham of Lumberton, Nina Covington of Hattiesburg, Angelia Howard of Quitman, Lentoria Ashford of Hattiesburg, Tekyah Turner of McComb, Shonteah Fairley of Prentiss, David Beck of Mendenhall, Suzanne Dunn of Hattiesburg, Juawanda Duncan of Hattiesburg and Jordan Minter of Hattiesburg. CCMA instructor is Marissa Brandon and workforce project manager for the CCMA program is Michael Yarbrough. This is the second CCMA class to graduate from PRCC since the program began in 2019. A third class begins Aug. 24 and applications are currently being accepted for the spring 2021 class.

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

August 13, 2020 - 9:46am
 
Pearl River wins big at CPRAM awards

Pearl River wins big at CPRAM awards

POPLARVILLE, Miss. -- Pearl River Community College’s Marketing and Communication Department won nine awards in the College Public Relations Association of Mississippi 2020 Annual Awards on Monday. 

The division Pearl River entered is comprised of Mississippi’s 15 community colleges.

“Placing in nine categories their first year together is an exceptional feat,” Associate Vice President of Marketing and Communication Candace Harper said. “The college is very lucky to have such a dedicated group of creative individuals who truly love our institution and this shows every day in their work.” 

Awards are as listed by category: 

News Story (or series): Second place “PRCC Aviation and Aerospace Academy groundbreaking” - Alexx Kennedy 

Feature Story (or series): Third place “PRCC students haircuts for homeless” - Alexx Kennedy 

Sports Feature Story (or series): Second place “Legendary football coach Tim Hatten set to be enshrined in MACJC Hall of Fame” - Patrick Ochs 

News Letter: “River Rising Report” - Candace Harper, Kari Eve Valence, Patrick Ochs, Mark Franklin, Kristi Harris and Alexx Kennedy 

Radio Spots: Second place “PRCC Registration is ROARing” - Kari Eve Valence 

Television Programs: Third place “Legendary football coach Tim Hatten set to be enshrined in MACJC Hall of Fame” - Kristi Harris 

Radio Programs: Third place “SuperTalk featuring PRCC President, Dr. Adam Breerwood” - Charles Abadie 

Web Page - Sports Only: Third place “PRCCAthletics.com” - Patrick Ochs and Mark Franklin

Public Relations Innovation: Second place “Workforce Wednesday” - Kari Eve Valence  

“We are incredibly lucky to get a front row seat to some of the most driven and dedicated staff imaginable,” Director of Marketing and Communications Patrick Ochs said. “While none of us work in this field for the awards or outside recognition, it's incredibly rewarding to see our staff acknowledged for being some of the best at what they do. This is only the start of something special with our team.”

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

 

Photo LtR: Jacob Cochran, Alexx Kennedy, Patrick Ochs, Candace Harper, Kari Eve Valence, Kendale Lumpkins, Mark Franklin and Charles Abadie 

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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.

 

 

August 14, 2020 - 11:55am
 
Pearl River receives $1.8 million grant for Student Support Services

Pearl River receives $1.8 million grant for Student Support Services

Pearl River Community College will receive a $1.8 million Federal Student Support Services/TRiO grant for the years 2020-2025. 

The total funding for the first academic year is $372,972. Pearl River Community College has received funding for the Student Support Services Program for over 20 years and has already assisted well over 1,600 students in graduating. 

“It means everything to the students to receive this grant,” said SSS Director Georgia Field. “Especially now during this difficult time they need our support, advice and assistance more than ever. We typically see students in our program begin to build up their levels of confidence, determination and sense of belonging. They begin to have academic confidence that they have never had before. We have a support system in place that lays the foundation for their academic successes. We have a great team in place that makes it all possible.”

SSS helps college students who are low income, who are first generation (those whose parents do not have a four-year college degree) and students with disabilities. The array of services the grant will provide are comprehensive and will include academic tutoring, financial aid advice, career and college mentoring, help in choosing courses, transfer assistance, and other forms of assistance. Such services enhance academic success and make it more likely that students will graduate or transfer to a 4-year institution. 

SSS began in 1968 and is one of the eight federal “TRIO” programs authorized by the Higher Education Act to help college students succeed in higher education. It recognizes that students whose parents do not have a college degree have more difficulties navigating the complexity of decisions that college requires for success; it bolsters students from low income families who have not had the academic opportunities that their college peers have had, and helps students with disabilities remove obstacles preventing them from thriving academically. This vital program can and does make all the difference. 

“We have a unique set of challenges that will allow us to be creative in figuring out how to best serve our students and their needs,” said Field. “Most of all, we are excited to get the new school year started and see students back on campus continuing to succeed.”

For questions regarding the services that PRCC Student Support Services department offers to students or if you would like to participate in the SSS Program, please contact Georgia Field, SSS Director, at gfield@prcc.edu or by phone at (601) 403-1469.

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

August 14, 2020 - 3:11pm
 
 
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Pearl River begins Fall 2020 with safety in mind

Pearl River begins Fall 2020 with safety in mind

Pearl River Community College buzzed with excitement Monday as students returned to campus for a semester with new safety protocols in place. 

“The return of our students immediately reenergized our campuses,” PRCC President Dr. Adam Breerwood said. “As expected our faculty, staff and students adapted quickly to our new COVID-19 protocols and safety requirements. As I walked around campus today I sensed a high level of excitement and anticipation for a wonderful school year.”

Pearl River’s Fall semester began long before students stepped on campus Monday. Months of gathering information and decision making culminated in safety protocols being put into place across its locations. Signs were hung at key points around campus that include QR codes to direct students and employees to instant access of COVID-19 protocols and updates. Buildings were sanitized, 26 temperature kiosks were installed, desks were moved to account for social distancing guidelines and more than 5,000 face masks were purchased to provide students protection free of charge. Wellness self-check emails are also sent to employees each morning before they arrive.

“The first day of classes have been very exciting,” Vice President for Forrest County Center, Allied Health and Nursing Programs Dr. Jana Causey said. "Our students have done a great job of social distancing, temperature monitoring, and appropriately wearing masks.  Our faculty have diligently worked to provide a safe and engaging instructional environment despite all the challenges.  We are committed to providing our students with the support they need to rise above these circumstances.  I have complete confidence that we are going to overcome the obstacles of COVID-19 because Wildcats Never Quit!"

Mask distribution centers were set up on each campus Monday for students to pick-up at their convenience. Pearl River students were also greeted in the Great Hall by Forrest General Hospital and Hattiesburg Clinic thanks to a telehealth partnership offered for dorm students allowing them access to 24/7 health care options. 

HYFLEX LEARNING

With instructors utilizing HyFlex teaching, students were given the option to learn in a traditional face-to-face setting or online in real time. By working out learning opportunities with each individual class, instructors were able to meet the needs of each individual student.

“Monday afternoon, I sent a message to department chairs asking how things were going in their respective worlds,” Senior Vice President of Instruction and Provost Dr. Martha Lou Smith said. “The replies were all positive. While Pearl River is consciously providing options for students, both instructors and students are glad to be back on campus when possible and logical. There is a degree of comfort in things that are slightly ‘normal.’”

The classrooms look different than they did when they were filled more than five months ago, but instructors welcomed students back to a "new normal" in an effort to keep everyone safe. 

“I was so excited to see my students again,” Spanish Instructor Robin Nix said. “I’ve taught three classes so far today and 100 percent of the students had their masks on. It’s also been great to have cleaning wipes and GermX in our classrooms to keep things sanitized for everyone.”

While this year will be more socially distanced than previous ones, PRCC students recognize the work faculty and staff have put into building the best environment for them to succeed.

“This semester is definitely going to look different,” PRCC sophomore Ethan Spiers said. “However, I can tell the professors have worked hard to set a plan that enables us to thrive despite a pandemic.”

As registration for full-term, short-term and online classes continue at Pearl River, administrators are seamlessly adapting to incoming information.

“When our students left in March we immediately began to plan for their return,” Breerwood said. “It was evident today that all members of our campus community are embracing their responsibility to alleviate any challenges COVID-19 may present. Wildcats never quit.”

Those interested in joining the Wildcat Family still have time to register and can visit PRCC.EDU to learn more.

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

August 18, 2020 - 5:14pm
 
 
 
Free Career Readiness Certificate Offered at Woodall Center

Free Career Readiness Certificate Offered at Woodall Center

Pearl River Community College continues to offer testing at the Lowery A. Woodall Advanced Technology Center to earn a National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC).

The ACT WorkKeys test assesses test-takers in three categories: Applied Math (workplace math), Graphic Literacy (reading graphs, tables, and charts), and Workplace Documents (reading for information).

Testing is held on Mondays and Wednesdays. There is no cost for the three-hour test, and the assessment yields a nationally-recognized credential.

“Many local employers use the NCRC as a pre-employment screening test,” said Rebecca Brown, PRCC Dean for Community and Economic Development.

“This test shows employers that you are job ready.  It also shows businesses looking to locate here that we have a strong, highly-qualified workforce.”

The NCRC is not specific to one type of industry. It is a general certification that can be used in different fields, like medical manufacturing, office administration, and education, among many others.

“This certificate is also a pre-requisite for applying to workforce programs such as manufacturing skills, emergency medical technicians, certified clinical medical assistants, welding, and others,” said Brown.

Jobseekers, as well as unemployed or under-employed individuals, can take the test.  Future workforce students undecided on a career can begin the process by taking the test. 

Local high school students in the Pine Belt are participating in the program through their schools.

The certificate is nationally portable.

For more information, or to register, call Stephanie Clark, Woodall Center coordinator, at 601-554-4646. The Woodall Center is located at 906 Sullivan Drive in Hattiesburg.

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

August 21, 2020 - 10:45am
 
 
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Pearl River offers Hancock County application day

Pearl River offers Hancock County application day

Pearl River Community College is offering prospective students in Hancock County help with the transition to college through an Application Day and Recruiter Meet and Greet.

The event will be held at the PRCC Hancock Center in Waveland on Thursday, Sept. 3 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

“We are looking forward to spending the day at the Hancock County Center to assist the students in our district as they navigate through the admission process,” Director of Recruitment Richard Gleber said. “We will be offering our future Wildcats a one-stop-shop for our students in Hancock County.  We will be available to answer all of their questions and assist them in completing a PRCC application. 

“Our main goal is to offer personal support to the students, so their transition after graduation will be less stressful and seamless.”

Future Wildcats will have the opportunity to receive help filling out their Spring or Fall 2021 PRCC application, meet their Pearl River recruiters and have their questions concerning the admissions process, scholarships and academic programs answered during the event. 

“Being from the Gulf Coast, I am thankful to be able to connect with students within the community,” PRCC Recruiter RonShea Moore said. “We are excited to host this event for our prospective Wildcats! As a Recruiter, the best part of my job is the opportunity to meet and greet future students and help them succeed in their future endeavors.”

Pearl River will be practicing COVID-19 safety measures and masks are required by all event participants. 

Questions can be directed to the PRCC Office of Recruitment at 601-403-1197 or recruitment@prcc.edu. The PRCC Hancock Center is located at 454 Hwy 90, Suite D – Waveland. 

 

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

August 28, 2020 - 1:43pm
 
 
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