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Dr. William LewisPOPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College has again been recognized as one of the state’s best.

The BestColleges.com website ranks PRCC as second on its list of Best Community Colleges in Mississippi.

The top five include: 1. Southwest Community College, 2. PRCC, 3. East Mississippi Community College, 4. Copiah-Lincoln Community College, and 5. Holmes Community College.

“We are most pleased with the continuing recognition Pearl River has received for its focus on students and their success,” said Dr. William Lewis, PRCC president. “We appreciate the recognition provided by The BestColleges.com website and continue our efforts to develop and promote our students.”

In recent years, PRCC has been recognized as one of the top community colleges in the country. In 2015, the StateUniversity.com website ranked PRCC as 15th on its list of 500 best community colleges in the U.S. The BestSchools.org website ranked PRCC as the 28th best community college in the country.

According to the BestColleges.com website, Mississippi’s two-year schools provide courses for a university track, technical skills, industry-specific education, general education and GED preparation. The state’s fifteen community and junior colleges make up the Mississippi Community College Board.

A recent ranking of community colleges nationwide gave Mississippi top standings, with five of its schools slotted in the top 100 and two in the top 15. The state’s two-year schools are also ranked as some of the more affordable. Students pay less than the national average for two-year tuition and fees.

“Recognition of this magnitude should be celebrated by the entire college community,” said Dr. Adam Breerwood, vice president for the Poplarville campus and Hancock Center. “This honor is a result of the dedicated faculty and staff who remain focused on serving our students to the highest of standards.”

The website had this to say about PRCC: “The first public two-year college in the state, PRCC is committed to educational programming that is high-quality and accessible. The institution offers career and technical and continuing education noncredit programs in addition to AA and AAS degrees.”

The website can be found at BestColleges.com.