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Women’s Health Symposium returns to PRCC for 15th year

Women’s Health Symposium returns to PRCC for 15th year

Aladdin staff stand together as women attending the PRCC Women's Health Symposium sit at tables

Women from around the area gathered on Saturday for the 15th annual Women’s Health Symposium at Pearl River Community College. The overall focus was education in the areas of personal health and fitness with this year’s presentation covering mental health. 

The event, which was split into two sessions, was made possible through the generosity of Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation, Gold Sponsor; Aladdin Campus Dining, Hancock Whitney, Highland Community Hospital, Mississippi Power, and Pearl River County Hospital & Nursing Home, Silver Sponsors; and BankPlus, First National Bank of Picayune, Southern Bone & Joint Specialists, P.A., and Walmart Supercenter of Picayune, Bronze Sponsors. 

Recognizing Gold Sponsor Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation; Clyde Deese and Dr. Jennifer Seal

The sessions began with a welcome by Dr. Jennifer Seal, chair of the Women’s Health Symposium Steering Committee, before the general session began.  

“We are so grateful to be able to convene for the 15th annual Pearl River Community College Women’s Health Symposium (WHS),” said Seal. “The WHS Steering committee used a creative approach to allow for both participants and distancing throughout the event.  It was satisfying to see the smiles on the faces of the participants and the vendors alike. The support and vision of our sponsors allowed for a spectacular, healthy, educational event.” 

Dr. Bev Smallwood, psychologist and founder of The Hope Center in Hattiesburg, was the general session speaker. She is passionate about helping people discover and live their life purpose. This includes retreats and other growth experiences that have gone online in the last few years. 

Dr. Bev Smallwood addresses attendees at PRCC's Women's Health Symposium

Her topic was “The World’s Gone Crazy, but You Don’t Have to,” which is also the title of her next book. She shared four secrets to staying sane: choose to choose, concentrate on the cans, mind your mindset, and live your purpose on purpose. 

“Life just doesn’t go smoothly,” said Smallwood. “The good news is that you always have a choice. Do what you can with all you have where you are right now.” 

Between the presentation and meal, attendees were able to peruse handmade items at the Art Walk, access health screenings, and visit vendors for more information on ways to live healthier. 

PRCC Dental Hygiene Students educate women on dental health

Many of the women donated towards the Dr. Becky Askey Scholarship for Medical Students with the purchase of raffle tickets for three designer handbags. The funds raised were enough to provide two scholarships for females entering a healthcare field. 

The health screenings included blood cholesterol, blood pressure, bone density, dental, glucose screening, posture analysis, skin screening, stress management, vision, and more. Additionally, participants had the opportunity to receive a short chair massage from the massage therapy students or have their nails done by the cosmetology students. 

Chair Massages were available from PRCC Massage Therapy students

Entertainment was provided during the meal by Ms. Janie Walters, CEO of Champion Communications. Her theme was “Be Joyful with Janie” and included inspirational stories with a good dose of humor throughout. Walters also assisted Seal in drawing for each session’s grand prize winners. Smaller door prizes were listed in advance for attendees to claim during their session. And all the women left with two gifts: a single pearl on a silver chain and a small clutch purse. 

Janie Walters assists with grand prize drawings as she holds a custom made cutting board

Many of the women in attendance have been coming to the symposium since it began and look forward to it each year. One table had multiple generations of women enjoying the day. Poplarville resident Keisha Bazor was joined by grandmother, Mary Crouch, as well as her sister-in-law Jessica Bazor.  

Jessica Bazor, Keisha Bazor, Valerie Amato and Mary Crouch

The women have been coming for at least the last decade of symposiums. They go beyond just recommending it to others by bringing a guest with them to experience the day. 

“We always enjoy the food, fellowship, health discussions, health screenings, freebies, and door prizes along with complimentary gifts,” said Bazor. “We missed the health discussions this year, but Mrs. Janie Walters was the highlight of the day as she always makes us laugh.” 


Vendors for the 2022 event included Beehive Homes of Picayune, Forrest General Home Care and Hospice, Hattiesburg Clinic Imaging Department, Hattiesburg Eye Clinic, P.A., Highland Community Hospital, Hypnotherapy Services, Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency, Mississippi State University Extension, Pearl River County Hospital & Nursing Home, Pine Belt Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center, Poplarville Family Chiropractic, Poplarville Woman’s Club, PRCC Associate Degree Nursing Program, PRCC Cosmetology Program, PRCC Dental Hygiene Program, PRCC Massage Therapy Program, PRCC Medical Laboratory Technology Program, Solace Hospice, Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative, Inc. (SeMRHI), Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A., The Athlete’s Table (Keene Golding LMT 2720), The Pink Ribbon Fund, and The Poplarville Clinic. 

Attendees learn about services from local hospital and home care

Art walk vendors showcased their handmade items available for purchase. They included Barbara Atwell, Blue Cricket Designs, DeDe English, Magnolia Essence, Old Things New, Ashley Purvis, Emily Sheckells, Skullptures by Jaden, The Spicy Mermaid, Kathy Stockstill, Gail Taylor, and Bailey Westling.  

Art Walk at PRCC's 15th annual Women's Health Symposium

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February 3, 2022 - 9:17am
4 PRCC students named to PTK All-Mississippi Academic team

4 PRCC students named to PTK All-Mississippi Academic team

Photos of two women and two men; from the left are Erin Clifford, Takia Young, Patrick Dunkle and Shui Lin

Four students from Pearl River Community College have been named to the Phi Theta Kappa All-Mississippi Academic Team for 2021-22.

Students selected from the Iota Mu chapter on the Poplarville campus are sophomores Erin Clifford of Ocean Springs and Takia Young of Lumberton.

Students selected from the Beta Tau Gamma chapter, located at the Forrest County Campus in Hattiesburg, are sophomores Patrick Dunkle of Petal and Shui Lin of Hattiesburg.

All of the students learned of their honor last month. 

Clifford’s major is Political Science with a Pre-Law emphasis. She hopes to serve as a Child-Advocacy attorney one day. 

She currently serves as president for the Iota Mu Chapter and as the Career Technical Education representative for the MS/LA Region of PTK. She also plays on the PRCC soccer team and has a 3.93 G.P.A. 

“I am incredibly honored to have been selected as an All-Mississippi Scholar,” said Clifford. “This could not have been possible without the never-ending support our advisors give to every member of Phi Theta Kappa. 

“I would especially like to thank Dr. (Lisa) Wall. Her support while serving as president has been exemplary, and she has pushed me to develop leadership qualities I will carry with me for the rest of my life.”

Young is majoring in nursing with a minor in Spanish. She serves as the Student Body secretary and the Vice President of Scholarship for Phi Theta Kappa. She has a 3.8 G.P.A., plans to graduate in May and attend The University of Southern Mississippi to take part in the nursing program. 

“It is such an honor to be recognized for this award,” said Young. “It means a lot to even be considered, but to know that I am being recognized is truly amazing.

“I would first like to thank God for giving me this opportunity. I would like to thank my family and friends for supporting me. Last but certainly not least, I would like to thank my wonderful advisors for believing in me and even considering me for this award. It means so much.”

Dunkle, 19, a Civil Engineering major, plans to attend Mississippi State University. 

“I feel blessed and honored to be awarded this scholarship and being on the All-Mississippi Academic Team,” said Dunkle. “I will work harder than before to meet the expectations and represent PRCC honorable.”

He serves as president of Phi Theta Kappa. He is also a member of Mu Alpha Theta and the Dr. William Lewis Honors Institute. 

Lin, 30, is a computer science-software engineering major. After graduation, he would like to attend either Columbia University or Stony Brook University.

“It is a great honor and big surprise to be nominated as one of the contenders for PTK All-Mississippi/All USA,” said Lin. “When I went back to college to continue my education in my late 20s, I did not expect to be a straight-A student. 

“Fortunately, I met the most professional and patient instructors at PRCC, who helped me step by step to academic success.”

Lin serves as vice president of the Beta Tau Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and is a Mississippi-Louisiana regional officer. He is also a member of Mu Alpha Theta, Sigma Kappa Delta English Honor Society, the Science Club, and an officer in the Dr. William Lewis Honors Institute.

Said Lin, “What has excited me the most about being a PRCC student are the best advisors in the world. They are like my family in the school, always so kind, patient and professional to help me solve all the puzzles with their time.”

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February 4, 2022 - 8:46am
PRCC receives $25,000 WAVES grant for 3rd straight year

PRCC receives $25,000 WAVES grant for 3rd straight year

Children play at PRCC Early Childhood Center

For the third year in a row, Pearl River Community College has received a $25,000 grant from the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi. This is the fourth time that PRCC has been a recipient.  

The WAVES (Women Achieving Victories and Education Success) grant is used to support women with a clear financial need to further their education. The grant is used to cover part or all of a student’s childcare needs.  

During the last grant cycle, a total of 18 students were helped. Career and Technical Student Services Coordinator Tina Coleman serves as the program administrator. She hopes to exceed that number this semester. The program has seen six students complete their degrees so far. 

“The WAVES grant is changing lives by using a two-generation approach to education,” said Coleman. “By requiring participating daycares have an education program, the Foundation is not only supporting the education of the student, but also the child.   

“The goal is to offer opportunities for economically challenged students while closing the educational gap in early childhood education for their children.” 

Students currently enrolled at PRCC are eligible to apply.  For future semesters, students can apply by visiting

PRCC is one of 11 Mississippi-based programs that were given a 2021 annual grant. The investments fall in four of the priority areas identified by the Foundation: Better Futures: Two-Generation approach, Two-Generation Community College, Healthy Women, and Access to Opportunity: Community College. PRCC falls into the Two-Generation Community College category. 


Some funds are still available through Child Cares Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The CCAMPIS grant assists qualifying students who are also parents of young children with the cost of daycare.  

Grants funds may be used for both off-campus state-certified daycare centers and the PRCC Child Development Lab School. Students must be enrolled for 15 or more credit hours during the semester. 

To apply for funds, complete the CCAMPIS application at PRCC_CCAMPIS Application. For more information, please call (601) 403-1317. 


Women's Foundation of Mississippi

The mission of the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi is economic security for women. Originally a fund housed at the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson, the Women’s Foundation has been an independent 501(c)(3) since2008. In that time, the Foundation has awarded more than $5 million in grants benefiting nonprofits, programs, and educational institutions across Mississippi. Learn more about the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi by visiting our website at

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February 11, 2022 - 10:59am
Career Tech Works: PRCC supports community’s needs through CTE programs

Career Tech Works: PRCC supports community’s needs through CTE programs

Man welding outside, 2 women learning to use radiology equipment, woman cutting another woman's hair

February is Career Technical Education Month and Pearl River Community College embraces this path to a new career for many students. Different certificate and degree options are available across the three campuses: Forrest County Campus, Hancock Campus, and Poplarville Campus. 

CTE programs are growing with about 12.5 million United States high school and college students enrolled in one. These programs specialize in skilled trades, applied sciences, modern technologies, and career preparation. A key component of the programs is the use of equipment and tools students will use in their new careers.  

“At Pearl River, we work hard to ensure our CTE students have access to cutting-edge technology and work-based learning opportunities,” said Dean of Career and Technical Instruction at Forrest County Campus Dr. James David Collum. “Most importantly, we have faculty who make student success their number one priority.  

“Students leave PRCC with the necessary skills, certifications, and degrees to succeed in their chosen careers. In addition to these essential skills, students also gain a passion for their future careers that can only come from dedicated instructors. I believe this combination makes PRCC the perfect choice for someone looking to take their next step towards a new career in life.”  

Students interested in pursuing a CTE pathway have a wide range of options available. With the addition of Commercial and Residential Construction, Massage Therapy, Coding Technology, and Court Reporting, PRCC now offers more than 40 different CTE pathways across its locations. The current list of options can be found at with links to each individual program’s information page. 

Applying for admission to PRCC is the first step, by visiting Some pathways have additional admissions requirements as listed on the program’s page. 


Across the different disciplines, CTE graduates have a high rate of employment after completing their training or associates degree. Job placement rates for PRCC graduates across all the CTE programs have hovered around 80-85 percent over the past few years.  

“Our local business and industry workforce needs continue to grow as more technically skilled workers are required,” said Dr. Amy Townsend, Dean of Career & Technical Education for Poplarville and Hancock Campuses. “We continually strive to provide our students with the best learning environment, help them reach their incredible potential, and be that connection for the next step of their journey by linking them with business and industry partners. Career Tech Works!”  

Student learning about HVAC systems

Stepping straight into a career after graduation worked well for La’Mya LeFlore. She is currently working at Highland Community Hospital in Picayune and genuinely loves her job.  

Originally from Hattiesburg, LeFlore sought out the Medical Laboratory Technology program on the Forrest County Campus as her entry into a medical field. Working more behind the scenes with a heavy reliance on science was appealing to her. PRCC was her choice of school given the smaller class sizes and more personal connections to the instructors.  

“My CTE program of choice allowed me to immediately enter the workforce with no hesitation,” said LeFlore. “I was taught all the foundations of learning plus more that I needed to enter the work force. My instructors were very much hands on, reassuring, and helped us prepare for our boards.  

“The program also helped me get placed with a job. My teachers recommended me for my current job. I’m very glad that I decided to take the CTE program route.”  

Jasper Loftin feels similar to LeFlore. He completed the Biomedical Equipment Repair Technology program and went straight to work after graduation. He is currently an Imaging Specialist Engineer in radiology at Crothall HealthCare at Baptist Medical Center in Jackson.  

“PRCC is close to my hometown of Columbia, has a good reputation, and proved cost effective to attend,” said Loftin. “I have always enjoyed problem solving and fixing things. My current job allows me to make a difference behind the scenes in healthcare.   

“It is rewarding to know that I am making it easier for nurses and doctors to provide patient care.”   


Some students find themselves stacking career technical degrees or certificates to further strengthen their marketability in the workforce.   

For current dental assisting student Brienne Penton, completion of the program will lead to an application for the dental hygiene program at PRCC.   

“I knew that this dental program would allow me to obtain the basic critical knowledge and clinical experience I needed to prepare me for a career in dentistry,” said Penton. “I chose to attend PRCC because it has successful allied health programs plus you receive more thorough teaching and help from your instructors to ensure well-rounded success.”  

CTE Associates of Applied Science degrees can also lay the foundation for further studies at four-year institutions. Currently, Mississippi State University, Mississippi University for Women (The W), and University of Southern Mississippi offer pathways for CTE graduates.  

Lauren Lee of Carriere will graduate from the Business Marketing and Management program this May. The program was chosen to give her basic marketing knowledge that can be useful to open and operate her own business in the future. Before that happens, she plans to earn her bachelor's degree in marketing at Mississippi State University.  

“I chose PRCC because it was such an affordable option for me,” said Lee. “The close distance to my family was also a plus, and it made The River a great steppingstone into independence straight after high school.”  


In the last few years, more attention has been paid to the healthcare system and deficiencies in staffing across the country. Many of the allied health programs at PRCC are finding a high demand for their graduates with no end to the need in sight.  

“As a result of COVID-19, many weaknesses have been exposed in our healthcare system,” said Vice President for Forrest County Center, Allied Health and Nursing Programs Dr. Jana Causey.  “Not only are we experiencing shortages in almost every healthcare category but pay has become very unstable making long term sustainability very difficult.”   

PRCC Surgical Tech student practicing surgicalinstrument set up

At the Forrest County Campus, an LPN to RN bridge program has been added to allow students to work while completing their education. Additionally, the Radiology and Surgical Technology programs have been expanded.  

“Our goal at PRCC is to provide the needed workforce to fill the gap in these shortages, as well as advocate for our students to receive the most competitive wages to keep them working locally in our community,” said Causey. “The addition of our new healthcare Simulation laboratory has been a game changer in our students’ education and we are committed to providing qualified, well-trained, and clinically prepared students to the healthcare workforce.”     


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. 

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February 16, 2022 - 9:05am
PRCC celebrates Black History Month with visit from GRAMMY Educator of the Year

PRCC celebrates Black History Month with visit from GRAMMY Educator of the Year

PRCC Singers and East Marion Gospel Choir join Dr Jeffrey Murdock on stage Feb 2022

Students, staff, and community members gathered at the Brownstone Center of the Arts last Friday for an extraordinary evening of history and music.  

Dr. Jeffrey Murdock, who was the 2021 GRAMMY Educator of the Year, presented “A Journey Through Black Music” featuring both lecture and musical examples performed with him playing piano and singing. 

His presentation was an incredible example of the power Black History Month programming can have. The first portion of the evening had Murdock speaking about different time periods of Black music in American history. The second half had dozens of young men and women join him on the stage. 

Dr Jeffrey Murdock plays piano on the stage of the Brownstone Center for the Arts atPRCC Feb 2022

“Music has always been a part of the Black experience and the American Experience,” said Murdock. “I will take it a step further in saying the American music experience is inextricably linked to the Black experience.”    

The journey through time started with the spirituals sung by slaves in the fields. Songs such as “Swing Lo, Sweet Chariot” and “Go Down, Moses” that seemed religious to the slave masters, but really contained coded messages for the Underground Railroad. 

The audience was then taken through a jump in time post slavery to the Harlem Renaissance, the growth of artistic output centered in Harlem, N.Y. between the end of World War I and the mid-1930s. Some of the work of the musicians and poets was taken and used without credit while others remained as it was unique to the plight they faced. 

Sometimes the songs tackled uncomfortable topics such as the 1950s Billie Holiday piece, “Strange Fruit.” 

The Black Church was discussed at is served as a place of refuge for the community. Each church has its own approach to the music, often putting their own spin on the same songs. They always contained the overarching theme of Christ’s love.  

“It was a place where you could find comfort in a place where you could find fullness of joy,” said Murdock. “But a time came when the music had to leave the church.” 

Songs like “Turn Me Around” and “We Who Believe in Freedom” were sung when calling attention to civil rights. Instead of covert messages, the songs were more overt in their messaging.  

Yet, joy remained in Black music with songs like “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder released in the early 1970s. And songs like “Glory” and “A Change Is Gonna Come” are songs sung in the name of continued pursuit of equality. 


East Marion Gospel Choir and PRCC Singers join Dr. Jeffrey Murdock on stage Feb 2022

After his official presentation, Murdock was joined on stage by the PRCC Singers and the East Marion Gospel Choir. The students spent several hours that day preparing for the event and gave amazing performances.  

“Having an opportunity to perform with Dr. Murdock was a life-changing experience for the singers of the East Marion Gospel,” said Gary McCullum, director of the East Marion Gospel Choir. “His notes on singing authentic African American songs has enlightened us to reach new heights in our expressive musical approach.” 

At times, Murdock encouraged the audience to “join the choir” with many enthusiastically belting out the lyrics taught in a call and response style. This included the initial piece, “Just Want to Praise You Forever.” 

Pieces by Richard Smallwood with a more classical feel for the piano accompaniment that were sung included “His Mercy Endureth Forever” and “Total Praise.” “All in His Hands” and “Goin' up Yonder” were among the other selections for the evening. 


Murdock is internationally known as a conductor, clinician, and skilled gospel musician. He currently serves as Associate Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Arkansas. He is the 2016 Connor Endowed Faculty Fellow in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Science, and 2019 Most Outstanding Faculty at the University of Arkansas. He is the 2021 GRAMMY Music Educator of the Year. 

Murdock has conducted regional and state honor choirs, and headlined conferences in 26 states and 5 countries. His research interests include Culturally Responsive Pedagogy in the Choral Classroom, Music in Urban Schools, and Social Justice in Music Education. 

Murdock holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting, both from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Music Education from the University of Memphis. 

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February 18, 2022 - 12:56pm
Hundreds of high school students tour CTE programs at PRCC

Hundreds of high school students tour CTE programs at PRCC

Students learn about CTE programs at Forrest County Campus

Pearl River Community College’s campuses were busier than normal this week with more than 800 students from 12 area high schools visiting PRCC’s Forrest County and Poplarville locations. The focus was on Career Technical Education and Allied Health programs and how the students could potentially find their dream profession in one of those programs. 

Students were greeted with a warm welcome onto campus with music and dancing compliments of the Pearl River Pep Band, W.C. Rivers, and the 2022 UCA National Champions PRCC Cheerleaders.  

High School students sit in stands for welcome by PRCC Cheerleaders and the Pep Band

Students selected two programs that most interested them from the 19 CTE and 11 Allied Health programs available during the visit. Lead instructors for the highlighted programs shared information around what they would learn as well as potential career opportunities after graduation. 

“It was great to have high school students back on campus for our CTE and Allied Health days after taking a break due to COVID-19,” said Dr. James David Collum, Dean of Career and Technical Education at FCC. “Our recruitment team and instructors did a fantastic job giving these students a glimpse into Pearl River's programs and student life.  

“There is no substitute for students seeing first-hand what it is like to be a Wildcat in person. 

High School students watch demonstration of surgical tech skills by PRCC students

Several of the programs went well beyond, talking and demonstrating equipment students get to use while earning their certificate or degree. Allied Health students witnessed the “real-life” simulation of an emergency event and how a patient is successfully treated within the new Simulation lab on the Forrest County Campus. Sparks were flying as students watched welding in progress. 

“CTE Day was a great experience for our potential incoming freshman as well as our faculty,” said Dr. Amy Townsend, Dean of Career & Technical Education for Poplarville and Hancock Campuses. “Some sessions included opportunities for the students to interact with PRCC students as they explained projects they were currently working on. Also, some instructors invited recent graduates to share their success stories. 

“I personally enjoyed the opportunity to interact with our high school CTE folks who are critical in helping us make connections throughout the year.” 

They had the opportunity to take walking tours of each campus and speak with Recruiters about scheduling private tours in the future. On the Poplarville campus, they were also able to see the dorm options up close. 

 “We’re extremely happy to host these hundreds of prospective Wildcats on our PRCC campuses and know that these events will continue to cultivate an easy transition from our local high schools to PRCC,” said Kari Eve Valence, Coordinator of Recruitment and Marketing. “Through events like this we hope to give these prospective PRCC students a chance to see themselves in these CTE and Allied Health programs.  

“Many of these students are already taking these types of classes within their high school programs. Through events like this they see first-hand how they can continue their education and find success here at Pearl River as well as within their planned career path.” 

Students stand outside welding building to learn about the program at Poplarville CTE Day 2022

For some of the visiting students, attending PRCC will be the next step in their educational career.  

Kiln resident Paige Easterling currently attends Hancock High School where she is involved in the polymer science career tech pathway. She plans to attend PRCC in the fall and was visiting both the Electronics Technology and Business Marketing & Management Technology programs. 

“Visiting the programs today helped to finalize my decision,” said Easterling. “I want to get the skills for eventually making electrical prosthetics. And the marketing classes will be helpful for running my own business someday.”  

Another Hancock High School student, Levy Aidan, came to see what it will be like when he begins the Drafting and Design program this fall. The Bay St. Louis resident has already been taking classes in the field and plans to eventually pursue a degree in architecture. 

“Attending PRCC will help me transfer into a 4-year program and save money in the process,” said Aidan. 


Prospective Wildcats interested in visiting any of PRCC’s campuses for a tour can call The Office of Recruitment at (601)403-1197 or email

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February 18, 2022 - 3:53pm
Bush, Greer receive $500 machine shop scholarships

Bush, Greer receive $500 machine shop scholarships

Pearl River Community College students Mitchell Greer (left) and Thomas Bush (right), pictured with instructor Robby Shaw

Pearl River Community College students Thomas Bush and Mitchell Greer have been awarded $500 Harry Cole Machine Shop Scholarships this semester.

Bush, 18, and Greer, 20, are freshmen majoring in Precision Machining Manufacturing at the Forrest County Campus. They are from Purvis and attended Purvis High School.

“Both students have the desire and drive to take a lot from this program and help them in their future careers,” said Robby Shaw, Precision Manufacturing and Machine Technology instructor.

Bush said his future plans call for working for Yates Industrial Services.

Thomas Bush uses precision manufacturing equipment

“I really enjoy Mr. Shaw’s class,” said Bush. “PRCC is close to home. Plenty of people I know are at PRCC. With this scholarship, I can pursue a job and career more successfully. It helps allow me to pursue a career in metal fabrication.”

Said Shaw about Bush, “Thomas is a knowledgeable student in the fabrication side of manufacturing and wants to make himself more versatile and valuable to the company he is working for now.”

Greer also plans to work in the machining field.

Precision Manufacturing Scholarship Recipient Mitchell Greer using machine

“I plan to operate the machines in my career path,” he said. “I am very appreciative of this scholarship. It helps out a lot.”

Said Shaw about Greer, “Mitchell has been in a shop that builds performance motors and that helps him understand some of the tasks we do in class and in labs.”

For more information about the Precision Manufacturing and Machine Technology program, contact Shaw at 601-403-1262 or email

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Article by Chuck Abadie.


February 23, 2022 - 8:48am
PRCC launches Alumni Awards online nomination

PRCC launches Alumni Awards online nomination

PRCC Alumni Awards Nominiations Open

The Pearl River Community College Alumni Association and Development Foundation annually recognizes individuals, groups, and organizations that have earned both personal and professional achievement while also displaying the values of PRCC, culminating in the Alumni Awards banquet. 

Categories include Lifetime Achievement Award, Alumnus of the Year, Distinguished Service Award, Young Alumnus of the Year and Outstanding Partnership. 

To assist with the process this year, PRCC has created an online nomination form that can be found at

“We are excited to offer our alumni and supporters a way to nominate individuals and groups that significantly contribute to the success of our college and communities,” said Delana Harris, Executive Director of Alumni Association and Development Foundation. “Staying connected to alumni is a critical component to growing the Foundation and our alumni support.  

“We genuinely love to celebrate the success of our alumni and friends of PRCC! We have so many former Wildcats that are outstanding representatives of PRCC and the college’s mission to provide educational opportunities.” 

The nomination process is simple and can be completed quickly.  

The deadline to nominate is March 11. 

Criteria for each honor is listed below. 


Must have attended PRCC for at least one semester   

Nominee is distinguished in his/her chosen profession 

Has achieved great merit both professionally and personally 

Displays high levels of integrity 

Must not be a current PRCC employee 


Must have attended PRCC for at least one semester   

Has achieved great merit both professionally and personally 

Displays high levels of integrity 

Displayed a strong connection to PRCC (attending events, financial support, vocal support, children/family that attend PRCC) 


The nominee can be a non-alumnus 

Makes a significant contribution to their community through service, support and/or volunteering 

Displays high levels of integrity 

Displayed a strong connection to PRCC (attending events, financial support, vocal support, children/family that attend PRCC) 


Must have attended PRCC for at least one semester   

Must be under 40 years old at the time of the nomination 

Displays high levels of integrity 

Has made a mark of distinction in his/her profession and community 

Is a rising star in their industry and/or profession 


A company or organization that provides support to PRCC through funding, training, employment of graduates, vocal support, etc. 

Displays high levels of integrity 

The banquet will be held at 6 p.m. May 12 at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg. 

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February 25, 2022 - 3:29pm
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