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PRCC student receives prestigious Coca-Cola leaders scholarship

PRCC student receives prestigious Coca-Cola leaders scholarship

Pearl River Community College sophomore Shui Lin of Fujian, China, has received the Coca Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship, a $1,000 grant to help defray the cost of college attendance.

Lin, 29, is a student at the Forrest County Center. His major is Computer Science-Engineering.

He is one of 207 Phi Theta Kappa members named a 2021 Coca-Cola Scholar. The Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program helps new Phi Theta Kappa members defray educational expenses while enrolled in associate degree programs. 

According to the criteria, scholars are encouraged to assume leadership roles by participating in Society programs and are selected based on scholastic achievement, community service, and leadership potential. More than 900 applications were received. 

“This scholarship means a lot to me,” said Lin. “As a non-traditional student who does not speak English as my first language, I was questioned about my ability to do well in school. My family, friends and I, myself, have often doubted my decision to go back to college for further education.

“However, after receiving this scholarship, I feel that I made the right decision because it recognizes that I have put in more time to study than traditional students.”

Lin is a member of the Dr. William Lewis Honors Institute, the Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society, Sigma Kappa Delta English Honor Society, and he is an officer of the Mississippi-Louisiana Phi Theta Kappa.

He plans to further his education at either Columbia University or Stony Brook University.

“Shui was selected from more than 900 applicants to win this award; his outstanding academic achievement and demonstrated leadership potential positioned him to earn this honor and serves as more evidence that PRCC produces the best students in the nation,” said Dr. Terri Ruckel, Dean, Dr. William Lewis Honors Institute.

Said Lin, “Being a PRCC student is an important part of my life. Drs. Ryan and Terri Ruckel are like my family in this school. They inspire me with their professionalism and patience whenever I can’t keep it up.

“In other words, it was PRCC’s acceptance of all students that helped me to rediscover my dreams after 10 years away from school.”

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September 3, 2021 - 10:23am
Pearl River is looking for help assisting Hurricane Ida relief efforts

Pearl River is looking for help assisting Hurricane Ida relief efforts

Wildcat head over text of Hurricane Relief let's work to lessen the burden for our remarkable neighbors

South Mississippians and Pearl River Community College know what it means to persevere through tragedy. Pearl River also understands rebuilding is not a one-person job; it takes a community.

In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, families just began showing up to help in any way they could. Specifically, South Louisianans appeared in droves, with supplies and manpower. Through those shared experiences a bond was formed. While the Pine Belt and PRCC’s region was largely spared from a direct hit from Hurricane Ida last month, our friends in Louisiana were not.

“We try to look out for each other. I remember families just showing up,” Pearl River President Dr. Adam Breerwood said. “I’ve been down there quite a bit. It’s really bad. We’re going to do whatever we can to help.”

Breerwood announced Tuesday night PRCC is launching a relief effort to aid residents of Thibodaux, Louisiana, and its surrounding communities.

“A lot of the people in the area have nothing,” Breerwood said. “The surrounding communities are in desperate need of tarps, sanitary items like toilet paper, female hygiene items, flashlights and batteries.

“Even ice is extremely hard to come by.”

Through the rest of the week, Pearl River will be collecting donations at all of its campus Wildcat Den bookstore locations (in Poplarville, at the Forrest County Campus and the Waveland Campus). Monetary donations are also welcome.

The hope is to load up all the donations this weekend and make a delivery Monday or Tuesday.

“If any members of our PRCC family can assist in a donation, it would be much appreciated,” Breerwood said. “Let’s work to lessen the burden for our remarkable neighbors.”


Pearl River will also collect donations at Friday’s rivalry soccer matches vs. Jones College. Kickoff at the PRCC Soccer Complex is set for 5 p.m. Tickets are $8 and are available at

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September 8, 2021 - 1:51pm
PRCC hosts new evening application event at Hancock Campus

PRCC hosts new evening application event at Hancock Campus

Pearl River Community College recruiters will be on hand at the Hancock Campus at the end of the month to help future Wildcats take their first step into college.  This event is open to anyone wanting to become a student at PRCC. 

Hancock County Campus’ Application Day will be held Tuesday, Sept. 21 from 4-6 p.m.. The Hancock Campus is located at 454 Hwy 90, Suite D in Waveland.

“The Office of Recruitment is excited to host Application Day on our Hancock County Campus. Our institution listened to the needs of our future Wildcats and we’re hoping to accommodate more potential students by holding this event during the evening hours; after school, work, and other obligations,” said Coordinator of Recruitment and Marketing Kari Eve Valence. 

Future Wildcats will receive help with the enrollment process for Spring or Fall 2022 admission dates. This includes one-on-one help filling out the online admissions application. Housing applications can also be done at this time. 

Attendees will also be able to have their questions answered about aspects of college life. This includes academic programs, student activities, lecture series, tutoring and scholarship opportunities. Additionally, there will be giveaways throughout the night. 

For more information about safety protocols in place at PRCC, please visit 

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September 8, 2021 - 3:24pm
CNA September 2021 Graduation at Forrest County Campus

CNA September 2021 Graduation at Forrest County Campus

CNA graduates for September 2021 at Forrest County Campus of PRCC

The following students graduated Friday (Sept. 10) from the Certified Nurse Aide course offered by Pearl River Community College at the Lowery Woodall Advanced Technology Center in Hattiesburg. They are from left: First row - Jamaya Pugh of Hattiesburg and Norma Mills of Hattiesburg; second row - Tamla Holloway of Simpson County and Nakita Myers of Prentiss; third row - Natasha Cady of Hattiesburg, Miranda Carrillo of Prentiss and Hattie Walker of Hattiesburg; fourth row - Anijah Baldwin of Richton, Tiffany Varnado of Hattiesburg and Demetrius Shae Mingo of Hattiesburg; top - Kenley P. Fairley of Hattiesburg. Program instructor is Adison King.

Enrollment is currently underway for November 2021 and Spring 2022 classes. For information, call 601-554-4646 or visit the Woodall Advanced Technology Center.

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September 10, 2021 - 3:25pm
PRCC Phi Theta Kappa faculty advisors recognized for 5 years of service

PRCC Phi Theta Kappa faculty advisors recognized for 5 years of service

Robin Nix, Dr. Adam Breerwood, and Dr. Trevor Hunt

Dr. Trevor Hunt and Robin Nix have been recognized for five years of service to Phi Theta Kappa at Pearl River Community College. Phi Theta Kappa is known as the foremost honor society for two-year colleges with over 1,300 chapters worldwide. 

PRCC has hosted a Phi Theta Kappa chapter for over 60 years. The Iota Mu Chapter represents the Poplarville and Hancock County campuses, while the Beta Tau Gamma Chapter represents the Forrest County campus. 

Academically successful students are extended an invitation to join in the fall and spring semesters via email. They must have completed at least 12 credit hours of non-remedial courses with a minimum cumulative 3.4 GPA.  

Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Fellowship are the four hallmarks of PTK. Students, alongside the administration, conduct a service-based “College Project” as well as a research-based “Honors in Action" project that seeks to have a positive impact on the community. On the PRCC campus, students have also supported blood drives, marrow donor drives, Homecoming Carnival, and the Winter Wonderland.  


Hunt joined the PRCC faculty in 2007 as an adjunct guitar and music appreciation instructor. He added additional classes taught when he transitioned to Lead Online Instructor for Fine Arts and Communications. He is currently the Chair of the Fine Arts and Communications department and Director of the Ethel Holden Brownstone Center for the Arts. 

Hunt believes that his time with PTK has led to some of the most fulfilling experiences of his career.  

"There is nothing quite like the feeling of mentoring students through the different stages of an Honors in Action project and witnessing their growth in knowledge and confidence,” said Hunt. “I couldn't be prouder of these students."  

Last year, the Honors in Action team at PRCC researched the effects of illiteracy on communities in rural Mississippi. Iota Mu students hosted a book fair and delivered two books and other reading items to every student in five local third-grade classrooms. 


A Poplarville native, Nix returned to her hometown to teach. She has been an instructor at PRCC since 2002 and currently teaches Spanish and Geography. She has found her time with Phi Theta Kappa to be quite rewarding.  

“I get to develop close relationships with our PTK students and see their growth and successes,” said Nix. “Also, I love that I get to facilitate scholarships for our students.” 

Phi Theta Kappa students are eligible for automatic transfer scholarships to many colleges and universities. These scholarships are awarded by the four-year institution. In Mississippi, these range from $8,000 to full tuition. Also, PTK students are eligible to apply for additional competitive scholarships, such as the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship for up to $40,000 per year for up to three years. Last year was a banner year as PRCC PTK had three members awarded the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship.

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

September 14, 2021 - 1:09pm
Pearl River’s Hurricane Ida donation drive an ‘overwhelming’ success

Pearl River’s Hurricane Ida donation drive an ‘overwhelming’ success

PRCC Staff and Students provide Hurricane Ida relief to Thibodaux

Hurricane Ida’s arrival on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina evoked a string of unpleasant memories for residents of South Mississippi and Southeast Louisiana. While most in Pearl River Community College's region were not directly affected this time, many felt called to help our neighbors in southern Louisiana. 

Collections began at the first home football game earlier this month with a call to the community to join PRCC in their efforts to provide relief to those affected.  

One of the first contributions was disposable diapers from a family who had a baby when Katrina hit. They remembered how grateful they were for those diapers and wanted to return the favor. 

“The response of our faculty, staff and students to provide assistance to those affected by Hurricane Ida was overwhelming,” said Pearl River President Dr. Adam Breerwood. “We often talk about working daily to not only provide a premier education but to build better mothers, fathers, sons and daughters for the future. Our ultimate goal is to build better local communities. Within days of requesting support for these victims, we had truckloads of supplies and monetary donations for assistance.  

“These blessings were not only from members of our college family but from members who reside throughout our service district.” 

The recent relief effort by PRCC brought collected items to residents of Thibodaux, Louisiana, and the surrounding communities on Sunday, Sept. 14. Members of the faculty, staff and student body made the trip. 

Thanks to generous donors, key items like toiletries, nonperishable food, and water were brought to the area. A total of eight pallets of supplies were loaded onto trailers for the journey.  

More than $4,000 in donations were collected by the PRCC Foundation. Some of those funds enabled the serving of meals to more than 700 individuals. All were appreciative of a hot meal that was ready to enjoy. 

“We are living in challenging times, but members of our faculty, staff and student body pushed those obstacles aside and headed to South Louisiana to provide assistance to those in need,” said Breerwood. 

PRCC student and softball player Makiya Hunter from Jackson was one of several students who made the trip to help. 

“I am grateful that Coach (Christie) Meeks gave me and my teammates the opportunity to go and help,” said Hunter. “I enjoyed helping prepare and serve the local community. I would be happy to volunteer my time again.” 

“I was most impressed with the kindness and generosity of our students who provided hugs of support and compassion,” said Breerwood. “I heard on numerous occasions our students provide one simple response to those victims who spoke works of gratitude and appreciation: ‘We are Happy to Help’.” 


PRCC’s Hurricane Ida relief efforts are continuing with a new round of collections to end at the football game on Thursday, Sept. 23 in Poplarville. Donations can be dropped off at all Wildcat Den campus locations. A delivery to Southeastern University is in the works for next weekend.

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

Top Row (Left to Right): Janna Paterson, Promise Shanks, Taelor York, Aunie Rethmeyer, Makiya Hunter, Hannah Sparks, Sonya Hunt, Brad Ladner, Scotty Fletcher, Blaise Breerwood 
Bottom Row (Left to Right): Cassidy Cartwright, Lonnie Burchell, Adam Breerwood, Shana Breerwood, Craig Tynes, Jeff Long. 

September 17, 2021 - 2:04pm
Pearl River’s Career Tech ‘works’

Pearl River’s Career Tech ‘works’

student works on welding project

Pearl River Community College is seeing growth within the Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs spread across its three campuses. Along with that growth, they have brought on board two new deans to help set a vision for the future. 

CTE programs are ones that specialize in skilled trades, applied sciences, modern technologies, and career preparation. Some of the programs at PRCC have students earning an associate degree while others are shorter certificate programs. 


Dr. Amy Townsend was appointed as Dean of Career & Technical Education for Poplarville and Hancock Campuses in July 2021. She brought with her 20 years of experience in higher education, most recently as Associate Vice President of Student Success. 

“While academics and CTE differ in many ways, both areas seek to help students reach their goals and support them with every resource available, and student success has been my focus for the last 10 years,” said Townsend.  

This fall semester saw most of the programs in Poplarville reach full capacity with a few going beyond the normal cap. Now, a primary focus is on the retention of students.  

“Broadly speaking, my initial goals are to build community with my faculty/staff and across campuses; work with CTE leadership across campuses to rebrand our department and create a fresh marketing campaign for our programs; build relationships with our local workforce area partners to understand industry needs; and implement strategies to increase enrollment and graduation rates with our existing and future programs,” she said. “Our new slogan is ‘Career Tech Works,’ and this is being demonstrated by our CTE team as we are already making headway on several of these goals.” 


In September 2020, Dr. James David Collum assumed the role of Dean for PRCC’s Forrest County Campus. His academic career began as a CTE student in electronics engineering technology. Since joining PRCC as an electronics instructor in 2009, Collum has earned both a Master's degree in Career and Technical Education and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration. From 2017-2020, Collum served as Career Education Chair. 

“Career and Technical Education has long been a passion of mine, and I am fortunate to have the opportunity to work with a fantastic team of instructors and administrators,” said Collum. “Building relationships and bringing all the stakeholders together to meet common goals is how we can help build more robust CTE programs that serve our local communities.  

“I look forward to working with Dr. Townsend to meet these goals and increase opportunities for our students and local businesses.” 


The Forrest County Campus has added several programs this year including Commercial and Residential Construction, Massage Therapy, Coding Technology, Court Reporting, and an LPN to RN bridge program.  

Additionally, they expanded two medical programs to meet the needs of the local economy. CARES ACT funds allowed for the addition of a new simulation lab for allied health programs. This allows the programs to integrate together in simulated experiences to prepare for the healthcare setting.  

“Prior to implementation of this amazing technology, a student’s first encounter in this setting may have been in a clinical setting with actual patients,” said PRCC Vice President for Forrest County Center, Allied Health and Nursing Dr. Jana Causey. “Now we are able to prepare and train them in a low stake learning environment. We are so thankful to have this opportunity for our students and our honored to have the privilege to educate these up-and-coming professionals.” 


In the recent past, PRCC’s Hancock Campus has added several new CTE programs and certifications including welding, practical nursing, unmanned systems (aerial and maritime), court reporting, and coding technology.  

Additionally, the Aviation and Aerospace Workforce Academy Hangar project is moving forward with advertisement of bids currently underway. When completed, the campus will see more educational pathways added. 

“This curriculum expansion offers students the opportunity to receive an excellent education bolstered by quality certifications,” said Dr. Jennifer Seal, Vice President for Hancock Campus. “These programs prepare students to secure, not simply jobs, but careers.” 

List of all Career Tech Programs at PRCC as of July 2021


Students interested in pursuing a CTE pathway have a wide range of options available. 

Applying for admission to PRCC is the first step.  

Questions about the programs can be directed to the CTE office of the campus where they will attend. For PRCC’s Forrest County Campus, call 601-554-5539, email or visit the FCC on U.S. 49 South. Hancock Campus can be reached at 228-252-7000. The Poplarville Campus can be reached at 601-403-1101. 

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

September 17, 2021 - 4:11pm
This instructor and his class go above and beyond for a fellow instructor

This instructor and his class go above and beyond for a fellow instructor

Members of the Pearl River Community College family are pictured in front of the canopy constructed for Sam McNease, Electronics Technology instructor

Jason Pitts, Pearl River Community College’s welding instructor at the Forrest County Campus, has known fellow instructor Sam McNease since their childhood days.

McNease, Electronics Technology instructor at the FCC, has not only had to face the challenges of conducting class during the pandemic, but she also had a disability that requires her to teach class from a wheelchair.

Earlier this year when the weather was especially rainy, unloading her wheelchair from her truck while it was parked in the elements near her electronics lab behind the career-technical building became almost a daily challenge.

“I have known Sam since childhood,” said Pitts. “I came up with the idea from seeing Sam everyday park out in the weather with her wheelchair and having no cover.”

His idea was to construct a canopy just outside her electronics lab entrance so she could park and unload her wheelchair.     

“It took us about three days of work to complete the project once the physical plant set the legs that were fabricated in the welding shop,” said Pitts. “This was for extra credit for the advanced welding class in the summer.”

The structure leg materials were donated to the college from Southern Waterworks Supply of Hattiesburg, which recently donated pipe and pallets of gaskets and fittings to the PRCC welding program.

Sad Pitts, who begins his sixth year at PRCC, “I want to say thank you to Southern Waterworks for donating the material and to the students that helped for a good cause.”

The PRCC students included Nick Canner, Micheal Salow, Albert DaPozzo, Louis Graham, Peyton Dunnam, Samuel Lawing, and William Peirpoint. Many of them recently graduated from the program and are now working.

McNease, who had been a PRCC instructor for three years, is appreciative of the welding program.

“I feel grateful beyond anything words can express,” she said. “Anyone independently mobile in a wheelchair knows that getting out in the rain is more than an inconvenience. Using an umbrella isn't an option, and loading/unloading a wheelchair is time consuming.

“I can't thank Jason, the students, and the maintenance crew enough for this major act of kindness.”

Added Pitts, “It feels great knowing that you can help someone out in need without them asking.”

Dr. James David Collum, Dean of Career and Technical Education at the FCC, believes Pitts and his students deserve a round of applause for their innovative, thoughtful and creative act of kindness for McNease.

“Jason saw an opportunity to teach his students a valuable skill while helping someone,” said Dr. Collum. “Jason is an outstanding Wildcat and this service to a fellow instructor reminds me why it is such a privilege to work somewhere like Pearl River.”

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

Members of the Pearl River Community College family are pictured in front of the canopy constructed for Sam McNease, Electronics Technology instructor. They are from left: Welding instructor Jason Pitts, Dr. James David Collum, Dean of Career and Technical Education at PRCC; McNease, and PRCC students Michael Salow and William Peirpoint.
September 20, 2021 - 3:13pm
Considering PRCC? Join us at Wildcat Experience 2021!

Considering PRCC? Join us at Wildcat Experience 2021!

Wildcat Experience 2021 October 28 4 to 6 pm

Pearl River Community College will be welcoming all prospective students to the annual Wildcat Experience on the Poplarville campus Thursday, Oct. 28. 

High school juniors and seniors as well as any non-traditional student interested in PRCC are invited to get first-hand experience of life at The River. This free event will be held from 4 – 6 p.m. on The Green of the Centennial Courtyard on the Poplarville Campus. 

Faculty, staff and current students will be available to cover everything from the enrollment process to what your college experience could look like as a PRCC Wildcat.  

“The Wildcat Experience is a free and fun, come-and-go event to allow potential Wildcats an opportunity to speak one-on-one to each department and service center PRCC has to offer,” said Coordinator of Recruitment & Marketing Kari Eve Valence. “The Office of Recruitment is excited to host this annual event where the ‘Wildcat Way’ will be on full display.  

“The Wildcat Experience is an awesome day for prospective students to meet faculty, staff, administration and current students here at The River and learn more about what it means to be a part of the Wildcat Family.”  


Attendees can meet with staff members from key departments involved with the enrollment and registration process including Admissions, Financial Aid, Housing, and Student Services/ROAR. 

Students can learn more about academic pathways and courses offered on campus from faculty members. Academic disciplines that will be available include Fine Arts and Communications, Honors Institute, Humanities and STEM.  

Career Technical Education will be present, including representatives from our popular Allied Health and Nursing options.  

Dual enrollment will be there to help any junior or senior who wants an early start on college credit at a reduced fee. 

Finally, key components of student life are covered with representatives from Athletics and Student Activities. 

Along with the informational tables around The Green, refreshments will be served including Kona Ice. A limited number of tickets to that evening’s football game against Hinds Community college will be available for attendees.  

“Through last year’s Wildcat Experience event I was able to meet prospective Wildcats who are now in classes with me here at PRCC,” said Lead River Navigator Kaylee Fortenberry. “I think this day is a great opportunity for anyone interested in The River to learn more while participating in a fun and informative experience.  

“I am encouraging all of my friends who are interested in PRCC to come to The Wildcat Experience and join our Wildcat Family!” 

Interested students can register at  

The first 250 students who register will have a chance to win a half Tuition Scholarship for their first semester at PRCC (must be present at the event to win.) 

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

September 21, 2021 - 1:10pm
PRCC receives $200,000 grant for Apprenticeship training

PRCC receives $200,000 grant for Apprenticeship training

Student being observed while learning skills

Pearl River Community College has received a $200,000 grant through the Mississippi Apprenticeship Program (MAP) to provide training to South Mississippi workers.

PRCC was notified last month of the award, which is supported by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Grant funds will be used to promote the benefits of apprenticeship for local businesses, support program development, and provide consultative services to organizations about how to best design and implement technical apprenticeship standards. 

 “This grant is critical for our ability to continue helping businesses to implement work-based learning initiatives,” said Rebecca Brown, Dean of Workforce and Community Development at PRCC. “We have been successful in supporting companies such as Chain Electric to develop thriving apprenticeship programs and want to build on that to reach more organizations looking to grow their own subject matter experts.

 “It’s a great opportunity for people who want to combine on-the-job training with applicable classroom education, all while getting paid.”      

MAP has been in partnership to support PRCC in its efforts to promote apprenticeships since 2016 and has collaborated with several local businesses and industries that have identified their training needs.

“I cannot think of a better investment for Workforce Development in Mississippi,” said Dr. Adam Breerwood, President of Pearl River Community College. “This program will not only assist in alleviating the financial challenges many students face but provide the training necessary to build the state’s workforce. 

“Apprenticeship opportunities provide the ideal route to gain the valuable experience that every employer is seeking in its employees. We are grateful to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security for their vision and our partnership in providing this pathway for our students.”  

The MAP is administered through the state Office of Apprenticeship in coordination with the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. 

“Mississippi’s Apprenticeship Program is housed inside our agency and we could not be prouder than to present a program that provides great value to employers in our state,” said Jackie Turner, Executive Director for the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES). 

“Our agency continues to encourage partnerships between community colleges, business, and industry partners with goals we have set to expand opportunities in Registered Apprenticeship for women, youth, people of color, rural communities, justice-involved individuals, and people with disabilities,” Turner said.

PRCC already works with area industries to provide specialized training to meet specific needs. This apprenticeship program is one more tool the college can use to ensure area employers have access to a skilled workforce.

Companies wishing to learn more about how to use apprenticeships to build their own skilled talent pipeline should contact PRCC Manufacturing and Apprenticeship Specialist, Phillip Duke, at

Listen to the Wildcat Workforce episode where host Chuck Abadie is joined by Rebecca Brown, dean of workfore can community development, to talk about this grant and what it means for local business and industry.

For the latest news on Pearl River Community College, visit and follow us on Twitter (@PRCC_Wildcats), Instagram (PRCCWILDCATS), and Facebook (@PRCCMKTG). 
September 22, 2021 - 3:21pm
PRCC named Project Steno partner program

PRCC named Project Steno partner program

Pearl River Community College handshake with ProjectSteno

Pearl River Community College is the 23rd court reporting and captioning program to join Project Steno in its efforts to raise awareness of the profession.  

The new court reporting program is overseen by James Collum Ph.D., Dean of Career and Technical Education, and Jana Causey, Vice President of Forrest County Campus. The program’s instructors are court reporters Rosie Sanchez and Twila Jordan-Hoover, CCR, RPR, both of Mississippi.  

Project Steno promotes the stenographic court reporting/captioning profession through social media and community outreach, with the goal of building a robust pipeline of students into school and graduating them in two years.  

“Pearl River Community College chose to be a partner program of Project Steno because we wanted to give our students the access to important resources and information that Project Steno provides in this field,” said Causey.  

Collum concurred: “It is important for us to partner with Project Steno as we believe the partnership and the incentives offered will help ensure the success of our students.”  

Jim DeCrescenzo, Project Steno’s president, explained: “Our goal is straightforward. We want to repopulate the dwindling ranks of stenographic reporters and captioners in our field. To do that, we need to get motivated students into school and graduate them in two years.” 

Becoming a partner program required performance metrics be in place with students graduating within 24 months of enrollment. This includes a curriculum plan, speed-building and online practice regimen that makes use of an online learning platform such as Realtime Coach and confirming student progress to Project Steno on a regular basis with performance milestones being achieved. 

Project Steno offers its Merit Awards Program to students who attend a Partner Program, register with Project Steno, respond timely to requests for data, and reach certain speed benchmarks. The 140-in-1 merit award of $1,000 is given to stenographic students who attain 140 words per minute in one year. The 225-in-2 merit award gives $1,000 to stenographic students who attain 225 wpm in two years. 


The program is available on the Forrest County and Hancock Campuses with either a 45-hour certificate or Associate in Applied Science degree. 

For information about the Court Reporting program at the Forrest County Campus, call 601-554-5505, email or visit the campus on U.S. 49 South. 

In Hancock County, contact Dr. Raymunda Barnes, Assistant Vice President, at 228-252-7001 or email


Founded in 2017, Project Steno is an independent, non-affiliated organization that relies entirely on financial support from the court reporting community. Its goals are to: 

• Promote the stenographic reporting profession and recruit promising students;  

• Partner with stenographic reporting schools and programs to graduate students in two years;  

• Create incentives for students to reach speed milestones through the Merit Awards Program;  

• Track performance of students who graduate in two years through data collection and analysis. 

Project Steno holds 501(c)3 status as a charitable organization. It operates entirely on a not-for-profit basis. In January 2018 Project Steno launched its program of tuition assistance and placed its first students in court reporting school. With the manifest enthusiasm of court reporters everywhere, Project Steno will continue to raise funds to promote widespread awareness of our unique profession and create a robust pipeline of students into court reporting schools and graduates into the field. Learn more at 

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

September 23, 2021 - 1:53pm
Announcing the 2021 PRCC Homecoming Court

Announcing the 2021 PRCC Homecoming Court

9 girls in dresses standing on sidewalk under trees; PRCC Homecoming Court members for 2021

The Pearl River Community College student body has elected the Homecoming Court for 2021. Their official presentation will be just prior to the Pearl River versus Holmes football game on Oct. 7. Gates at Dobie Holden Stadium open at 6 p.m., with the court presentation scheduled for around 6:25 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. 

Tickets are available online at


The 2021 Homecoming Queen is Picayune resident, Aliciana Carter. 

Carter is the daughter of Leslie Ellis Smith, Jonathan Smith, and Alvin Carter. Carter was a graduate of Picayune Memorial high School, where she was part of the Show Choir, the Pride of the Tide, as well as Lady Tide Softball and Volleyball teams. She is currently in the Medical Laboratory Technology program and a member of the String of Pearls dance team. After PRCC, Carter plans to obtain a bachelor's degree in biological sciences. 

“Being a Queen is more than just wearing a crown,” said Carter. “To me being a Queen means strength, to humble yourself, to respect others, having the courage to stand up for her and her student body, a start of making more friendships and unforgettable memories.  

“Representing my school as Homecoming Queen is a huge honor. In every woman, there is a Queen.” 


This year’s Freshman Maids are Alexis Johnston from Richton, Jazzalyn Arianna Gelinas from Bay St. Louis, McKenzie Hanson from Hurley and Kellie Hunt from Picayune. 

Johnston is the daughter of Kristen and Charles Cochran. She graduated from First Assembly Christian Academy during which time she played volleyball and softball in an out of school league. She is planning to complete her associate degree in nursing with the desire to work at a hospital with NICU babies. 

“For me being able to represent the homecoming court is an honor and I’m thankful and blessed for the opportunity to make new friends and represent PRCC,” said Johnston. 

Gelinas is the daughter of Shannon and Gerard Gelinas. She is a graduate of Bay High School where she enjoyed spending time with friends. She is currently in the Business Management and Entrepreneurship program with a vision of opening a bakery and becoming a licensed herbalist. 

“For me getting on the homecoming court means new friends, new opportunities, and supporting my school’s football team,” said Gelinas. “Each student plays a role in this school but to be noticed without striving to be noticed is what true elegance is about.” 

Hunt is the daughter of DeAnna and Jason Hunt. She graduated from Picayune Memorial High School where she was on the Lady Tide Softball team all four years and the Lady Tide Volleyball team for two years. Her concentration at PRCC is Business Management and she is a member of the PRCC softball team. After graduating, she plans to go into real estate. 

“I am so excited to represent the freshmen class as a 2021 Homecoming maid,” said Hunt. “My family has been deeply rooted in this institution for decades and it gives me great pride to be a part of such a prestigious group. I am humbled that my peers elected me for this great honor.” 

Hanson is the daughter of Mashay and George Hanson. A graduate of East Central High School, she was a member of the cheerleading squad for all four years. Currently, she is pursuing general studies for an associate's degree while being a Wildcat Cheerleader and holding a work study position in the Admissions Office. 

“The many blessings that God has given me, I know we are called to use them as glory to him,” said Hanson. “He set my path, and now I am walking it. I am beyond blessed with the support from our study body for voting me as a Freshman Maid." 


Sophomore Maids for 2021 are Leah Brienne Penton from Carriere, Destiney Cangelosi from Slidell, Louisiana, Lexi Barnett from Poplarville and Priscilla Bolian from Diamondhead. 

Penton is the daughter of Amy Dossett, Kyle Dossett, Terry James Penton and Brittney Penton. She graduated from Pearl River Central High School where she was on the varsity softball and cheer teams, the dance team, Beta Club, and the National Honor Society. She is in the Dental Assisting program with plans to apply for Dental Hygiene instead. She is a member of the String of Pearls dance team and Phi Theta Kappa honor society. After graduation, she wants to be employed as a Registered Dental Hygienist. 

“I am overjoyed to represent Pearl River this year as a sophomore maid,” said Penton. “While all the activities that come with being a homecoming maid are so exciting and the connections you make with people along the way are treasured, it fills my heart with gratefulness just to be given this wonderful opportunity.  

“I am so honored to have been elected by my friends and peers, and I will cherish this moment for a lifetime.” 

Cangelosi is the daughter of Chantelle Congelosi and Kris Stravinsky. She is a graduate of Slidell High School where she was on the volleyball team. She is in the nursing program and plans to attend LSU to enter the field of anesthesiology. 

“It is such an honor to represent PRCC as homecoming maid,” said Cangelosi. “Many people look forward to this time of year specifically for this occasion! It is such an overwhelming, joyful honor to celebrate with the rest of the lovely ladies on the court.  

“I am thankful to everyone who blessed me with this occasion.” 

Barnett is the daughter of Stefanie and Duane Smith. A graduate of Pearl River Central High School, she was a member of the Beta Club and National Honor Society. At PRCC, she is studying psychology while also being a member of the Baptist Student Union, Honors Institute, an officer of Phi Theta Kappa and a Student Government Association sophomore representative. 

“I am so honored to represent the sophomore student body as a Homecoming Maid,” said Barnett. “Thank you PRCC for giving me this opportunity and for giving me lifelong friends.” 

Bolian is the daughter of Alissa and Carl Bolian. She was homeschooled during which time she was a competitive dancer for a decade, a model, and an assistant dance teacher. Bolian is in the Dental Hygiene program as well as a member of the Baptist Student Union, Phi Theta Kappa, and String of Pearls dance team. She plans to be a registered dental hygienist after graduation.  

“Thank you to the PRCC student body for a dream come true,” said Bolian. “To be on homecoming court means new friends and memories that will last for a lifetime. It is such a phenomenal honor to be able to represent this school.” 


Beginning Monday, Pearl River will be hosting a number of events for faculty, students and the community in the leadup to Thursday’s game. Check back at for a full list of events. 

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

September 28, 2021 - 11:57am
‘All Roads Lead Home’ for PRCC Homecoming 2021

‘All Roads Lead Home’ for PRCC Homecoming 2021

All Roads Lead Home PRCC Homecoming 2021

Pearl River Community College is excited to announce a robust slate of events that will highlight Homecoming next week. 

The week-long celebration will culminate with the Thursday, Oct.7 football game against Holmes Community College and presentation of the Homecoming Court.  

This year’s theme is “All Roads Lead Home.” 

“PRCC is proud that we have Wildcats in almost all 50 states,” said Executive Director of Development Foundation and Alumni Services Delana Harris. “Many work and serve locally in our communities while others have taken paths that have led them afar. Each represents the PRCC family and we are excited to be part of their journey. 

“Despite distance or time, all roads lead home to Pearl River Community College. We want our Wildcat family to know that home is here to welcome them and their roots are firmly planted in an institution with history and hope for the future.”   

PRCC is delighted to have a variety of both alumni and student activities leading up to the game. Along with those activities, each day has a theme for outfit ideas for wearing on campus. 

Most of the activities will be run by the Student Government Association and Student Activities Office. 

“I am excited for Homecoming Week this year,” said Student Government Association President Jermarlin Ducksworth. “It will be good to see everyone enjoying themselves. And I am looking forward to seeing the different themed outfits each day.” 

2021 PRCC Homecoming Week Schedule


Mood Monday encourages dressing for how you feel today.  

Wildcat Olympics runs from noon to 3 p.m. where freshmen and sophomores compete in a series of events around campus. Sign up is in the Student Activities office in Crosby Hall before the event. 

Dance Battle provides opportunities for individuals or groups. This will be held on the Crosby Patio facing the library from 6-9 p.m. 


Tourist Tuesday can spark interesting takes on a “touristy” outfit. Big, outlandish hats and long socks with sandals are a great starting point. 

A Fall Fest Pep Rally will be held in front of Crosby in the grassy area behind the Administration Building. This begins at 11:30 a.m. and will feature the Homecoming Court, The Spirit of the River band, String of Pearls dance team, Color Guard, Wildcat Cheerleaders, Coach Smith, and the Wildcat Football Team. 

Color Run on campus goes from 2-4 p.m. Wear a white top and meet behind the Wellness Center at the walking track. Sunglasses or other eye protection is recommended as you well get wet and be dusted with color powder. 

Kickball will be first-year students against sophomores at Student Activities Park beginning at 5:30 p.m. 


White Lie Wednesday suggests putting a fun little lie about yourself on your shirt for all to see. Examples include “I am great at math” or “I love getting up at 5 a.m. every morning to run.” Creativity is encouraged. 

Tie Dye fun will happen under the oaks at the outdoor courts from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring your own white shirt or buy one when you come. 

Powder Puff Football will have freshmen versus sophomore ladies battle in a game of flag football. This will be at Student Activities Park beginning at 5:30 p.m. 


Thursday is Wildcat Spirit Day with everyone dressed in their best maroon and gold. 

The Homecoming Parade begins at 5:30 p.m. and will go from the Nursing building to the stadium. Homecoming Court members will be driven on golf carts. The Spirit of the River marching band, String of Pearls and Color Guard will also be participating. 

Student Tailgate will be near the student section from 4 to 9 p.m. They will have face painting, sign making, music, food, and games. 

Alumni Tailgating will be outside the stadium gates under the oaks prior to kickoff beginning at 5:30 p.m. Alumni are invited to arrive in time to witness the Homecoming Parade.  


The PRCC Museum will be open from 5-6:30 p.m. for any alumni or guests who wish to visit. 

Gates at Dobie Holden Stadium open at 6 p.m., with the court presentation scheduled for around 6:25 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.  

Tickets are available online at

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September 30, 2021 - 8:36am
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