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Natural Gas Safety

Natural Gas Safety

Natural gas is one of the safest, most reliable, efficient, and environmentally friendly fuels in use today delivering natural gas for heating, water heating and cooking as well as other natural gas appliances. Pearl River Community College owns and operates the jurisdictional master meter natural gas distribution system on the school’s campus.  The pipeline system has the capacity to reliably deliver natural gas to the buildings on campus.  Like any form of energy, though, it must be handled responsibly.  Always remember safety first when operating natural gas appliances of any kind. 
Natural gas is a nontoxic, colorless, and odorless fuel that is lighter than air.  This lighter-than-air quality is an important safety factor.  If a leak occurs, natural gas will mix readily with air and rise into the atmosphere.  As a safety measure the natural gas that is piped to the campus has a harmless odor similar to rotten eggs so that you can easily detect even the smallest amount of gas that might escape.
From design and construction to operations and maintenance, natural gas utilities like ours set high standards to keep natural gas pipelines incident-free.

Recognizing Natural Gas Hazards
Natural gas incidents are uncommon.  Because natural gas is lighter than air, gas leaking outside usually vents into the atmosphere and dissipates rapidly. Nevertheless, uncontrolled leaking natural gas can pose potential hazards:

  • Escaping natural gas is highly flammable; it can easily ignite and burn.
  • Natural gas can migrate into voids underground and openings, such as sewer lines.
  • Natural gas that has amassed in an area can explode if a spark or other source of ignition occurs.
  • Rupturing a natural gas pipeline also can cause an explosion.
  • Natural gas displaces oxygen in a confined space and can cause asphyxiation.

Recognizing a Gas Leak
You can detect leaking natural gas in a number of ways.
SMELL The distinctive odor that makes natural gas detectable.
LISTEN for a hissing or whistling sound near a gas appliance or a roaring sound near a pipeline.
LOOK  for a dense fog, blowing dirt, a bubbling creek or pond, dry spots in moist areas or dead vegetation near a gas line.

Smelling Natural Gas
Natural gas in its raw state has no smell or color. That’s why we add a “rotten egg” odor to make you aware if gas is leaking.
If you ever smell natural gas, leave the area immediately and tell others to leave too!
as,ell others to leave, too.

  • Leave any doors open.
  • Do not turn on or off any electric switch; this could cause a spark, igniting the gas.
  • Do not use a cell phone, telephone, garage door opener, doorbell or even a flashlight.
  • Do not smoke, use a lighter or strike a match.
  • Do not start or stop a nearby vehicle or machinery.
  • Do not try to shut off a natural gas valve.

Once you are safely out of the area, call INSERT NAME & PHONE # or call 911. We will send a trained technician immediately to investigate.

Damage Prevention
Although safe, tested, and regulated, the system’s most common hazard is from 3rd party damage from excavation.  Before any excavations are done, contact Dig Safety – Mississippi One-Call System, Inc. 1-800-227-6477 or 811 and call Pearl River Community College at INSERT #. 601-403-1155
Always call before you dig.  It’s as easy as dialing 811, and it’s the law!

Remember -Never try to find the leak yourself!!!

For additional information, contact the Pearl River Community College @ 601-403-1155 or Campus Police 601-403-1300.

March 1, 2017 - 2:22pm
Best ranks PRCC No. 2 in state

Best ranks PRCC No. 2 in state

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

The 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 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 website ranked PRCC as 15th on its list of 500 best community colleges in the U.S. The website ranked PRCC as the 28th best community college in the country.

According to the 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

March 3, 2017 - 3:08pm
Collumn, Massey honored by HEADWAE

Collumn, Massey honored by HEADWAE

  James David Collum and Brendan Ryan Massey represented Pearl River Community College Feb. 21 at the annual HEADWAE events in Jackson.
  HEADWAE - Higher Education Appreciation Day, Working for Academic Excellence - was established by the Legislature more than 20 years ago to honor academically talented students and faculty.
  Honorees were welcomed to the Capitol by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves,  then introduced to the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Collum has taught electronics engineering technology at PRCC for seven years at the Forrest County Center.
  After earning an associate’s degree at PRCC in 2008, he earned a B.S. from William Carey University in 2010 and a Masters from Carey in technical education in 2013.
  “I was deeply honored to be recognized by PRCC for the HEADWAE award,” said Collum. “I have been blessed to work with a group of instructors and administrators who have made student success their mission. “
  Massey, 19, a sophomore Phi Theta Kappa student at Pearl River Community College’s Forrest County Center, has had to face challenges that might sideline the average student. In just his short time as a PRCC student, he has been hospitalized six times - once for a heart condition - from one to four days at a time.
  Today, this theoretical mathematics major is a 4.0 student at PRCC.
  Massey is employed at the PRCC Student Success Center. He serves as vice president of Phi Theta Kappa honor society, president of Mu Alpha Theta, president of the PRCC Chess Club, and was recognized at Nerdnation, PTK’s international convention last April, where he spoke before some 4,000 fellow students. He recently became PRCC’s first student to be awarded another very special scholarship.
  He is one of only 10 students to receive PTK’s 2016 Pearson Scholarship for Higher Education, the society’s first renewable scholarship and mentorship program supporting both associate and bachelor degree completion
  “Brendan’s strong work ethic is only eclipsed by his enthusiasm for learning,” said Dr. Terri Ruckel, one of Brendan’s mentors at PRCC. “His natural curiosity and interest in research beyond what is required commands the attention of all of his instructors and our administrators as well. His study habits are self-motivated and stem from an intrinsic desire for knowledge. He will end his community college studies with much more than 21 honors credits.”

Pictured at the HEADWAE event in Jackson are, from left, Dr. Jana Causey, vice president for Forrest County Operations; electronics engineering technology instructor James David Collum, student Brendan Massey of Hattiesburg and PRCC President William Lewis.

March 6, 2017 - 2:15pm
Laken Bond to go to Skills USA nationals

Laken Bond to go to Skills USA nationals

  POPLARVILLE - A Pearl River Community College student placed first in Skills USA state competition and is eligible to advance to the national event.
  Crystal “Laken” Bond of Sumrall came in first in the job interview category. She is a cosmetology student at PRCC.
  “I think I almost started crying,” Bond said. “I was shaking.”
  Chickyjah Jordan of Columbia, also a cosmetology student, was elected state treasurer for 2016-17.
In placing first, Bond scored 96 percent of possible points. She had to score 70 percent to be eligible for the Skills USA National Competition June 19-23 in Louisville, Ky., and plans to compete. 
  Other PRCC students who placed in competition include:
  Wayne Claude Halcomb of Poplarville and helper John Dennis of Columbia, first in masonry.
  Frank Venezia of Kiln, second in welding.
  Baylee Vial of Poplarville, third in architectural drafting.
  Gavin Smith of Bay St. Louis, third in technical drafting.
  “Great job and kudos to Crystal Penton for organizing this for our students and to our faculty members who have done a great job of preparing these students for this competition,” said Dr. Scott Alsobrooks, vice president for workforce and economic development.

Laken Bond of Sumrall, a Pearl River Community College cosmetology student, qualified for national Skills USA competition by placing first in Job Interview at the state level.

March 6, 2017 - 2:18pm
Free jazz concert Thursday

Free jazz concert Thursday

  POPLARVILLE - The Pearl River Community College JazzCats and the Brothers-Nevala-Kozak Trio will present a free concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 9, at the Brownstone Center on the Poplarville campus.
  The JazzCats, under the direction of Michael Bass, will play first followed by the trio.
  Michael Brothers is director of percussion studies at Southeastern Louisiana University and co-director of the Southeastern Jazz Ensemble and director of the Spirit of the Southland drumline.
  Pianist Dr. Andy Nevala is director of jazz studies at Jacksonville State University in Alabama and directs the university’s numerous jazz and Latin ensembles.
  Christopher Kozak is director of jazz studies at the University of Alabama. He plays double and electric bass.
  All three have maintained active careers as professional performers.

March 6, 2017 - 2:19pm
Morella Failla wins talent award

Morella Failla wins talent award

  POPLARVILLE - Vocalists walked away with top honors from the annual Talent Show at Pearl River Community College
  Morella Failla of Picayune performed “Popular” from Wicked to claim first place and a $500 scholarship.
  Second place went to Jonathan Dixon of Petal who sang “Writings on the Wall.” Cammie Moree of Sumrall and Houston McMahon of Purvis teamed up to sing “The Mess We’ve Made” and placed third.
  Nine students competed with four vocal entries, a monologue, a guitar performance, a piano performance, a stand-up comedy routine and a four-piece band.
  Judges were cheer coach Meghan Moger, assistant football coach Frank Walker and Patrick Scott, Student Government Association vice president.

Morella Failla of Picayune took top honors in the PRCC Talent Show with her rendition of “Popular” from Wicked.
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Cammie Moree of Sumrall and Houston McMahon of Purvis, left, took third place in the PRCC Talent Show, singing “The Mess We've Made.” Morella Failla of Picayune, center, won the $500 scholarship by singing “Popular” and Jonathan Dixon of Petal came in second after singing “Writings on the Wall.”
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March 7, 2017 - 10:18am
Top junior high mathematicians advance

Top junior high mathematicians advance

  POPLARVILLE - Four students have advanced to the state level after the regional Mississippi Council of Teachers of Mathematics competition held March 6 at Pearl River Community College.
  Wyatt Carter and Mikhyla McGee, students at Petal Middle School, placed first and second, respectively.
  Fellow Petal student Kinlea Robinson placed first in seventh grade competition. Second place in seventh grade went to Sam Powell, a student at Presbyterian Christian School.
  The four will compete again on April 8 at Hinds Community College for state titles.
  Six other schools also competed at PRCC - Bassfield Junior High, Hancock Middle, Middle School of Poplarville, Sacred Heart, South Forrest Attendance Center and West Marion.

Petal Middle School eighth graders Wyatt Carter, left, and Mikhyla McGee placed first and second respectively in the Mississippi Council of Math Teachers competition March 6 at Pearl River Community College. Kinlea Robinson, third from left, placed first in seventh grade competion. Alexis Essary also competed.
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Sam Powell, third from left, placed second in the seventh grade division at the Mississippi Council of Teachers of Mathematics competition March 6 at Pearl River Community College. Other Presbyterian Christian School students who competed are, from left, eighth graders Benjamin Barbieri and Reese Tisdale and seventh grader Sterling Robbins.
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March 7, 2017 - 10:30am
Manufacturing Skills course coming up

Manufacturing Skills course coming up

  Pearl River Community College will offer Manufacturing Skills Training to prepare students for entry-level jobs.
  The course starts on Tuesday, April 25, and meets from 5 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays through May 30 at the Lowery A.   Woodall Advanced Technology Center in Hattiesburg. Cost is $125.
  The training includes employee skills, first aid/CPR, OSHA 10-hour, basic blueprint, precision tools, SPC, Basic Lean Manufacturing, 5S and industry field trip. Students who have a Silver CRC, pass all class modules and meet company’s hiring policy may be eligible for interships.
  Students must be 18 years old or older and completely separated from high school through graduation or withdrawal.
  For information, call 601 554-4643 or 601 554-4646.

March 20, 2017 - 10:22am
PTK Iota Mu chapter inducts new members

PTK Iota Mu chapter inducts new members

The Iota Mu chapter of Phi Theta Kappa honor society inducted new members in a ceremony on March 20 in the Brownstone Center in Poplarville. New members are, front row from left, Elizabeth Flynt of Columbia, Joshua Ferguson of Perkinson, Marella Failla of Picayune, Myles Ellis of Moss Point, Cameron Douglas of Columbus, William Doherty of Hattiesburg, Brooke Dean of Lumberton, Chase Crosby of Saucier, Latedric Carter of Magnolia, Haley Brown of Lumberton, Brian Broom of Bassfield, Vanessa Bond, Elizabeth Benton and Taylor Autin, all of Carriere; Latoya Arrington of Jayess, Colton Alvis and Alejandra Alcantara, both of Carriere; second row, Hanna Lofton of Sumrall, Gina Rancatore of Carriere, Lauren Langford of Columbia, Tressa Polk of Pass Christian, Emily Lane of Picayune, Rebecca Kelly of Lumberton, Mark Johnson of Bay St. Louis, Lindsey Hooge of Clinton, Kyle Hillyard of Ocean Springs, Devin Hedgepeth and Dalton Hedgepeth, both of Picayune, Petrina Hayes of Carriere, Ellen Hall of Purvis, Heath Greenlee of Columbia, Taronta Gines Jr. of Pascagoula, Zachary Garris of Purvis, Katelynn Franklin of Columbia, Cameron Ford of Richton; third row, David Salser of Carriere, Sigmund Lewis of Hattiesburg, Lesley Polk of Columbia, Stanton Ladner of Perkinston, Mallory Nuccio of Poplarville, Joshua Neumann of Carriere, Jacob Namias of Picayune, Cammie Moree of Sumrall, Abagail Montgomery of Picayune, Torian Miller of Sumrall, Savannah Miller of Poplarville, Garyn Miller of Columbia, Jasmine McGill of Lumberton, Frederick McCollum of Prentiss, William Marshall of Carriere, Lindsey Martin of Lumberton, Ivory Lowe of Hattiesburg, Logan Lovdahl of Purvis; fourth row, Jordan Mims of Gautier, Jallen Wilks of Columbia, Hannah Weir of Carriere, J’quille Washington of Hattiesburg, Jakwaize Walker of Pascagoula, Kayla Stein of Picayune, Brooklyn Smith of Petal, Ashley Smith of Hattiesburg, Arianna Selg of Diamondhead, Olivia Segari of Picayune, Presley Seal of Bogalusa, La. Advisors are Jonathan Morris, Robin Nix, Trevor Hunt and Lisa Palchak.
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March 22, 2017 - 9:37am
PRCC anchors All-State Jazz Band

PRCC anchors All-State Jazz Band

  POPLARVILLE - Fourteen musicians from Pearl River Community College were selected for the Mississippi Community College All-State Jazz Clinic band.
  The clinic was held March 23-25 at Hinds Community College in Raymond with a concert the afternoon of March 25.
  Participating from PRCC were Curtis Peters of Columbia and Josiah Hicks of Taylorsville, alto sax; Jonathyn Masters of Purvis, tenor sax; Tristan Baggett of Picayune, Vincent Canoy of Pass Christian, Garrett Pittman of Gulfport and Alberto Moroyoqui of Bay St. Louis, trombone; Chase Mitchell of Wade, Peyton Stephens of Carriere, Kyle Whitfield of Picayune and Briton Meadows of Pass Christian, trumpet; Tony Especto of Ocean Springs, bass; and Joseph Heitzman of Waveland, drums.
  The All-State Jazz Band was directed by Bart Marantz, former director of jazz studies at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, who works with the jazz education program at The Thelonius Monk Institute in Washington, D.C.

March 24, 2017 - 8:11am
High school students tour CTE programs

High school students tour CTE programs

Forrest County Agricultural High School student Tanner Lott talks with instructor Leland Kennedy about his plan to enroll in the Pearl River Community College welding program. He and about 600 other high school students toured PRCC programs Friday, March 24, during Career Technical Education Day.
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Instructor Dan Barrett explains the automotive technology program at Pearl River Community College to Picayune, Poplarville and North Forrest high school students during PRCC Career Technical Education Day.
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William Smith, a student at Picayune Memorial High School, scrapes mortar from a brick while touring the Pearl River Community College masonry program during Career Technical Education Day on Friday, March 24.
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West Marion High School student Adrian Miller tries his hand at brick laying Friday, March 24, during Career Technical Education Day at Pearl River Community College.
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Hattiesburg High School student DeZhanet Spates, right, gets a manicure in the Pearl River Community College cosmetology salon during Career Technical Education Day on Friday, March 24. PRCC cosmetology student Breanna Mata of Poplarville is putting polish on her nails.
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Pearl River Community College cosmetology student Leanna Higdon of Carriere, left, gives Jha’Meyah Theodore of Hattiesburg a paraffin wax treatment during PRCC’s Career Technical Education Day. Theodore attends Hatteisburg High School.
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March 24, 2017 - 1:23pm
Home Builders donate $29,000

Home Builders donate $29,000

The Pearl River County Home Builders Association presented $29,000 to Pearl River Community College Thursday, March 30, to be used to purchase drafting tables, computers and monitors for the drafting and design program. About 50 students are enrolled in one or more drafting and design classes. Pictured are, from left, Dr. Ed Pinero, PRCC director of career-technical education; PRCC drafting instructor Jesse Walker; Mark Wallace, Home Builders Association state board member; Scott White, Home Builders secretary; Dennis Collier, Home Builders president; PRCC drafting instructor Rodney Clark and Dr. Scott Alsobrooks, PRCC vice president. PRCC Public Relations photo

March 30, 2017 - 11:00am
Pearls dance to another championship

Pearls dance to another championship

The 2017 String of Pearls at Pearl River Community College won the national championship in pom category March 25 at the American Dance and Drill Team competition in Dallas. They also brought home awards for second runner-up in jazz dance and third runner-up in hip hop. They are, from left, front row Ellen Hall of Purvis, Katelyn Brown of Richton, Madden Stockstill of Picayune, captain Kristi Smith of Carriere, Anna Breeland of Picayune; second row, Hayle Shoemake of Picayune, Carolyn Willis of Carriere, Megan Wright of Wiggins, Cassady Compretta of Bay St. Louis, Keanna Mitchell of Picayune; third row, Nala Carter of Picayune, Lindsey Hooge of Clinton, La., Katy Fuller, Abby Russell, Kirsten Brunson and Abby Montgomery, all of Picayune. Kara Fleming is director of the String of Pearls, which have won 18 ADDT national championships.

March 30, 2017 - 11:02am
The Mousetrap opens April 6

The Mousetrap opens April 6

  POPLARVILLE - The Pearl River Community College Department of Fine Arts and Communication will present Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap in three performances.
  The play will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, April 6 and 7, and at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at the Brownstone Center for the Arts on the Poplarville campus.
  The Mousetrap by renowned mystery writer Agatha Christie has been running since its premier in London’s West End in 1952, making it the longest-running stage show.
  Cast members for PRCC’s production are Arianna Chaisson and Lucas Williams, both of Picayune; Tristan King of Sumrall, Caitlen Lee of Poplarville, Ivory Lowe of Hattiesburg, Dom A. Major of Gautier, Kyle Rankin of Richland and Hannah Steele-Laureys of Diamondhead. Ross Spiers of Carriere is stage manager.
  PRCC theater instructor Christopher Flynn is director.
  Tickets are $15 for floor seats and $10 for balcony. They can be purchased by calling 601 403-1180 or at

March 31, 2017 - 1:20pm
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