Pearl River Community College

December 2020

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Pearl River celebrates Practical Nursing graduates with pinning ceremony

Pearl River celebrates Practical Nursing graduates with pinning ceremony

Pearl River Community College’s Practical Nursing Program held a pinning ceremony for five cohorts of 2020 graduates Dec. 1 in the Ethel Holden Brownstone Center for the Arts.  

The cohorts included Hancock Center Night Class, Forrest County Center Night Class, Forrest County Campus Day Class, Poplarville Campus Day Class and Poplarville Campus Night Class. 

“This is a remarkable day,” PRCC President Dr. Adam Breerwood said. “You are on the front lines. You are so well equipped with your empathy, compassion and continued determination.  You are leaders. You are heroes. You will the brightest light in some of the darkest times for someone. This is a very difficult and challenging program. Your resilience and determination have led you through it. Congratulations.” 

The ceremony was even further celebrated with this being the first graduating class of Practical Nurses from the Hancock Campus in approximately 18 years. It was also the first graduating night class from the Poplarville campus and the last graduating class of dual enrollment/afternoon class students from both Hattiesburg and Poplarville. 

“We are extremely excited to be the first graduating class in 18 years,” said Hancock Campus student and Picayune resident Faith Stockstill. “We are excited to see the program grow in the future.” 

As part of COVID-19 precautions, all participants and spectators wore masks and each student was pinned by a family member as they crossed the stage. 

“You are determined despite a pandemic,” Vice President for Planning and Institutional Research and the Hancock Center and Dean of the Dr. William Lewis Honors Institute Dr. Jennifer Seal said. “You have chosen the healthcare profession. We at PRCC are so proud of you. Congratulations on your tremendous accomplishments.” 

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.
December 4, 2020 - 2:55pm
 
 
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Pearl River celebrates Fall 2020 ADN graduates

Pearl River celebrates Fall 2020 ADN graduates

Pearl River Community College celebrated a new class of Associate Degree Nursing students through a pinning ceremony Wednesday in the Ethel Holden Brownstone Center for the Arts. 

“This is a special night for everyone in this room,” PRCC President Dr. Adam Breerwood said. “This is a night where these students have combined all their empathy, compassion and resiliency to complete this difficult program. A group of students accepted a challenge that has never been seen before. In the face of what would seem to be insurmountable obstacles you overcame. You chose an occupation that is filled with service. You have a servant's heart. You will also be facing immense pressure. Embrace the pressure. Pressure is a privilege. We are so genuinely proud of all of you. 

“Pearl River Community College is your anchor. This is a place you can always come back to and always call home.”

The socially distanced ceremony was accomplished through students receiving 6 tickets each for family members to attend. Participants and visitors also all wore masks and were encouraged to maintain social distance.

As each graduate was pinned, their personally written message was read aloud in which many thanked those that supported them during their time in the program. The crowd was filled with supportive family members and friends who cheered as the students celebrated together.

The ceremony was made even more special as several of the 43 graduates that crossed the stage were pinned by a family member. 

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

Graduates are as listed: 

Elly Anderson, MOSA two year member with 100+ community service credits and Alpha Delta Nu Honor Society of Nursing Member; Katelyn Baker; Gabrielle Barrett; Leigh Bourne; Austin Burks; Kayla Busco; Angela Constant; Audrey Furr, MOSA two year member with 100+ community service credits; Jennifer Furr; Brenda Hawkins; Roman Herring; Ashleigh Hickman; Zezette Hopkins; Sarah Hulsey, MOSA two year member with 100+ community service credits; Carrie Humphries, MOSA two year member with 100+ community service credits; Emily Jones; Alysha Ladner; Jennifer Ladner; Raven Mayfield, MOSA two year member with 100+ community service credits and Alpha Delta Nu Honor Society of Nursing Member; Samantha Mercy, MOSA two year member with 100+ community service credits; Jared Miles; Maleigha Molaison; JaNiya Montgomery; Kelly Mullen, MOSA two year member with 100+ community service credits; Madison Nelson, MOSA two year member with 100+ community service credits and Alpha Delta Nu Honor Society of Nursing Member; Katie Nunez, MOSA two year member with 100+ community service credits; Theresa Nunn; LaPorshala Payne; Janizia Peters; Emily Pigott; Rachell Price; Skylar Quick, MOSA two year member with 100+ community service credits; Alex Ramsay; Kayla Ruffin; Tia Sims, MOSA two year member with 100+ community service credits and Alpha Delta Nu Honor Society of Nursing Member; Heidi Smith, MOSA two year member with 100+ community service credits; Lane Steele, MOSA two year member with 100+ community service credits; Kayla Stein, MOSA two year member with 100+ community service credits and Alpha Delta Nu Honor Society of Nursing Member; Austin Strain, MOSA two year member with 100+ community service credits; DeDe Strickland; Tiffani Whitfield, MOSA two year member with 100+ community service credits; Ashley Williams; Mardreanna Woullard. 

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.

December 10, 2020 - 10:00am
 
PRCC graduates another CCMA class

PRCC graduates another CCMA class

Eleven students graduated today, 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 Jessica Alexander of Jayess, Jemeika Amos of Hattiesburg, Jamie Byrd of Soso, Kirby Dean and Ny’Kiah Dean, both of Sandy Hook, Taryn Humphrey of Bogue Chitto, Meghann Kendrick of Sumrall, Hanna Lee of Prentiss, Timeka Perryman of Wiggins, Demetrius Rankin of Magee, and Mercedes Vines of Hattiesburg. CCMA instructor is Marissa Brandon and workforce project manager for the CCMA program is Michael Yarbrough. This is the third CCMA class to graduate from PRCC since the program began in 2019. 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) and Facebook (@PRCCMKTG).

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Pearl River Community College offers equal education and employment opportunities.  The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, veteran status, or disability.  For inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies or to request accommodations, special assistance, or alternate format publication please contact Tonia M. Seal, Director of Admissions and Records/ ADA/Civil Rights Coordinator at P.O. Box 5559, Poplarville, MS 39470 or 601-403-1060 or Maghan James, Assistant Vice President of Student Services/Title IX Coordinator at P.O. Box 5805, Poplarville, MS 39470 or 601-403-1132.

December 10, 2020 - 1:26pm
 
 
 
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PRCC: Mother-daughter duo graduate from CCMA program

PRCC: Mother-daughter duo graduate from CCMA program

After 16 years as a Certified Nurse’s Aide, Kirby Dean was ready for a change. 

Ny’Kiah Dean suggested, “Why don’t you go to school with me?”

That’s how Kirby Dean, 36, and her 19-year-old daughter Ny’Kiah, who both wanted to go into the medical field, found themselves in the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant program, after searching the Pearl River Community College website.

“Both mom and daughter are at the top of the class with their grades,” said Marissa Brandon, PRCC CCMA instructor. “Mom actually had the highest average in the class. Kirby has been a CNA for many years, and her excellent work ethic was reflected in her course work.”

They both graduated from the CCMA program on Dec. 10. 

“Ny’Kiah is following in her mom’s footsteps, not only in her strong work ethic, but with her goal to work in the health care field,” said Brandon. “I would be proud to recommend either of them for any job because I know they will be excellent.”

The intense, four-month CCMA program, which began in 2019 at PRCC’s Woodall Advanced Technology Center, was the ticket. The program affords its graduates with a few options after they graduate. 

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.

“I decided that I was going to go back to school, and 2020 was my year to do it,” said Kirby Dean. “I thought about getting into medical billing and coding, but I was not sure. I just knew I wanted to do something different.”

Meanwhile, Ny’Kiah Dean was already in school at PRCC, working toward a nursing degree. But she decided, “I was ready to go to work.” 

A light went off in Ny’Kiah’s head. “Why don’t you go to school with me?”

After working to get her finances in order for her new role as college student, Kirby Dean finished her application before her daughter. They commuted together everyday from Foxworth.

“I am so excited to be in college with my daughter,” Kirby Dean said.  

A single mother, she raised three children, including Ny’Kiah who is the oldest, two younger sons, one 17, the other 18, in Marion County.  

Kirby Dean says the decision was a challenging one. She was afraid she wasn’t going to “get it,” after 16 years of being out of school. She feared math.  She persevered, she prayed, “depended on the Lord.” She found the determination and strength to start. “I am going to do it. It is now or never.”

After finishing, and graduating with her daughter, Kirby Dean says she “feels awesome.” She gained confidence.  “It has helped me on, in a lot of ways,” she added.  

Graduation has given them, “more opportunities than we thought,” says Kirby Dean.  It even helps pay their tuition, she added.  

After the graduation ceremony, the two Deans planned to celebrate by “going to get some seafood.”

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.

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