PRCC offers practical nursing course to high school seniors

April 15, 2013 - 12:01pm -- braswell

  POPLARVILLE - High school seniors can start college practical nursing classes early through a program beginning in August 2013 at Pearl River Community College.
  The dual enrollment program allows students to attend high school in the morning and PRCC in the afternoon during the fall and spring semesters. After high school graduation in May 2014, they will attend PRCC full-time during the summer and fall semesters and graduate in December 2014.
  “We want to have a least 10,” said Barbara Whiddon, director of the practical nursing program on the Poplarville campus. “We’re wanting to reach out to Marion County and Lumberton as well as Pearl River County, Poplarville and Picayune.”
  An informational meeting for interested students and parents will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, April 22, in the Nursing Building on the PRCC campus. Information has been sent to area high schools about the program.
  Students from any high school can participate as long as they can travel from their high school to PRCC in time for afternoon classes, Whiddon said.
  “We’re excited to be offering more career-ready programs,” said Dr. Scott Alsobrooks, PRCC vice president for economic and community development.
  The dual enrollment program at PRCC began at the Forrest County Center in Hattiesburg as a pilot program in 2008.

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