Pearl River Community College

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

July 15, 2014 - 1:42pm

  POPLARVILLE - The Mississippi Humanities Council recently commended Pearl River Community College instructor Daniel Smith for his assistance in transporting three exhibits on loan to the state.
  Smith, PRCC commercial truck driving instructor, and his students transported three traveling exhibits from the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street program.
  The commendation notes the exhibits were moved “safely, professionally and in a timely manner.”
“  This undertaking would have literally been impossible without the assistance of you and your students and the general cooperation of (president) Dr. William Lewis and the trucking school at  Pearl River Community College,” the letter reads. “You have done us proud.”
  Moving the exhibits gave the students practical driving experience along with experience in packing a trailer, Smith said.
  He and the students first transported the New Harmonies exhibit in May 2011 from Hattiesburg to Pass Christian. They also moved the Journey Stories and The Way We Worked exhibit.

Pearl River Community College commercial truck driving instructor Daniel Smith, left, and David Morgan, special projects director for the Mississippi Humanities Council, load part of a Smithsonian Institute Museum on Main Street exhibit onto the PRCC tractor-trailer rig in May 2011. The New Harmonies exhibit had been on display in Hattiesburg, and Smith and students transported it to Pass Christian.
PRCC Public Relations photo

July 15, 2014 - 1:46pm

  POPLARVILLE  - Two Poplarville legislators got a crash course in the value of workforce training Tuesday, July 15, at Pearl River Community College.
  Rep. Herb Frierson, chair of the House Appropriations committee, and Timmy Ladner, vice chair of the House Workforce Development committee, toured the welding, pipefitting, automotive and construction equipment operators technology programs.
  “I’m going to use this to help other legislators understand workforce training,” Ladner said. “I want to learn how all this works.”
  Instructor Joel Dickens showed the representatives examples of the work pipefitting students learn to do in the 270-hour course.
  “The numbers look real good for employment coming out,” he said. “We don’t have to hold their hands. We just send them out and they get hired. The most important thing to me is they go to work and make money.”
  Heath Ladner will be teaching the course this fall from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Cost is $300.
  Information from such tours helps legislators connect the dots as they make decisions about spending tax money, Frierson said.
  “It’s good to see how the money is being used in a practical manner to train people,” he said. “We need more of it.”

Pearl River Community College instructor Joel Dickens, center, talks to Rep. Timmy Ladner, left, and Rep. Herb Frierson about a pipe system mockup students in the PRCC pipefitting program learn to make.
PRCC Public Relations photo

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