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Nursing assistant class starts Aug. 14
July 5, 2017 - 9:38am -- jbraswell

  POPLARVILLE - Pearl River Community College will offer a certified nursing assistant course at the Nursing Building on the Poplarville campus during the fall semester.
  The class will meet from 5 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, beginning Aug. 14 and ending Nov. 8.
  Only 12 students will be accepted. Students must be 18 before Aug. 14 and provide their own maroon uniforms.
  Cost for the course is $275 and includes a workbook and fee for the state licensing examination.
  Applications for the course can be obtained by calling Cheryl Frierson at 601 403-1113.
  Students must submit the application to frierson at cfrierson@prcc.edu.
  Within three weeks of acceptance to the class, students must turn in a clean five-panel drug screen, background check, two-step TB skin test results and payment by cash or money order. Students must go to the PRCC business office to pay the tuition and get a receipt.
  Tuition assistance is available for those who qualify through Department of Human Services SNAP Employment and Training Funds. For information about applying for assistance, contact Sonya Hunt at 601 336-0069 or shunt@prcc.edu.

July 5, 2017 - 9:38am
 
Mickie Hill this year’s Tuition Giveaway winner
July 5, 2017 - 11:37am -- admin

            POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College student Mickie Hill is breathing a little easier today after winning the 2017 PRCC Tuition Giveaway contest, a full year of free tuition.
            Hill, 20, a sophomore, will attend the Poplarville campus this fall, and live in a dormitory. She attended the Forrest County Center in Hattiesburg last year as a freshman, where she was a member of the travel club, involved in BSU activities and worked in the Student Success Center as a tutor.
            “I am really excited to get my tuition taken care of,” said Hill, a 2016 graduate of Forrest County AHS. “Switching campuses will be best for me from a personal standpoint. I can get more involved in study groups and, eventually, I want to get into Phi Theta Kappa.”
            Hill says she plans to concentrate on juvenile justice activities and eventually transfer to the University of Southern Mississippi and major in criminal justice.
            “I love kids,’ she said. “I want to help them, show them that they can do well, accomplish things, even if they have had a rocky past. When I was in high school, my last two years I was in classes called law enforcement-public safety. We learned about criminal justice and got to interact in the community. I also got FEMA certified so I can help out during disasters.”
            Hill was selected as the winner of the sixth annual Tuition Giveaway contest, a promotion PRCC held in conjunction with Hattiesburg Coca-Cola United and radio stations SL-100 and Wild 106.3.  
            Live radio promotions, featuring free soft drinks and t-shirts, were held to advertise the contest in Hattiesburg, Oak Grove, Petal, Purvis, Sumrall, Columbia and Poplarville.
Contestants had to tell their story through online submissions.
            “I have entered your tuition competition because I need more financial help to further my education at Pearl River,” Hill wrote. “My goal is to study in the criminal justice field because I have a strong passion and helping people that I encounter.  I can say that I am responsible and a hard-working student…
“I seek more financial help because I have transferred locations from the Forrest County Campus to the main campus in Poplarville to stay on campus. This decision was to give my elderly grandparents a break from transporting me to and from campus along with that to give more access to the school study groups and other sources to help me further my education.”
            Hill is the daughter of Sharon Dumas. She has a younger brother and older sister.
           The Tuition Giveaway contest has grown in popularity each year.
            “We had many student applicants who have had to overcome challenges and adversities,” said Chuck Abadie, public relations director at PRCC. “We have more and more submissions each year. Picking a winner was very difficult.”
            Russ Hendley, on premise sales manager for Hattiesburg Coca-Cola United, said he was thrilled with Hill’s selection.
            “The tradition continues. Hattiesburg Coca-Cola United congratulates Mickie Hill, this year's PRCC tuition give-a-way winner,” said Hendley. “Good luck as you continue your educational pursuits at PRCC. Thanks to all those who shared their stories with us and remember to always Share A Coke with a Wildcat and Family and Friends.”

Sophomore student Mickie Hill of Hattiesburg is the recipient of the 2017 Tuition Giveaway contest at Pearl River Community College

POPLARVILLE  - Sophomore student Mickie Hill of Hattiesburg is the recipient of the 2017 Tuition Giveaway contest at Pearl River Community College. The announcement was made Thursday afternoon (June 29) at the Ramey’s in Poplarville. Those on hand included from left: Austin White, Ramey’s store manager; Chuck Abadie, PRCC public relations director; 2016 Tuition Giveaway contest winner Raechel Zimmerman of Purvis, iHeart Radio’s Sherry Marengo and Devin “Big Daddy” Cole, Hill, Russ Henley, sales manager for Hattiesburg Coca-Cola, James Coward with Coca-Cola, Vickie Wilberding with iHeart Radio, and Brad Stephens and Earl Hayes with Coca-Cola. Coca-Cola and iHeart Radio were co-sponsors of the event.

July 5, 2017 - 11:37am
 
 
 
 
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Brownstone Center tickets on sale now
July 11, 2017 - 11:32am -- jbraswell

  POPLARVILLE - Season tickets are on sale for 2017-18 premier events at the Brownstone Center for the Arts at Pearl River Community College.
  Premier events are held throughout the year at the Brownstone Center in Poplarville. They include:
• Guy Penrod on Sept. 25, individual tickets $25, $20;
• Illusionist Mike Super, Oct. 24, individual tickets $25, $20;
• University of Southern Mississippi Wind Ensemble, Nov. 13, individual tickets $15, $10;
• Denver and the Mile High Orchestra Christmas, Nov. 28, individual tickets $25, $20
• South Mississippi Ballet Nutcracker, Dec. 9 and at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 10, individual tickets $20, $15;
• One Voice, Jan. 12, individual tickets $15, $10;
• Of Ebony and Embers, Feb. 8, individual tickets $15, $10;
• PRCC musical Big River, April 5 and 6, individual tickets $20, $15;
• New York Voices, April 19, individual tickets $30, $25.
  Season tickets are $150 and include admission to PRCC fine arts performances as well. All performances begin at 7 p.m. unless noted.
  The 2017-18 season opens on Aug. 29 with the Mississippi Bicentennial Concert featuring blues musicians Vasti Jackson and Wes Lee and blues historian Dr. Mark Malone. The concert is free and will begin at 7 p.m.
  Season tickets can be purchased through Aug. 8 at the Brownstone Center ticket office on the second floor of Moody Hall on the Poplarville campus or by calling 601 403-1180. Season ticket sales are not available online.

July 11, 2017 - 11:32am
 
 
Night welding class coming up soon
July 13, 2017 - 10:21am -- jbraswell

  POPLARVILLE - Pearl River Community College will offer an evening welding course in Poplarville during the fall semester.
  The class will meet from 4:30 to 9 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, beginning Aug. 14 and ending Nov. 15, at the welding shop in the Career Education Building on the Poplarville campus. Cost is $250.
  Enrollment requires a completed application, a clean five-panel drug screen at the student’s expense and receipt for full payment from the PRCC business office on the Poplarville campus.  Applications can be obtained by telephoning Sheila Smith at 601 403-1241 or Cheryl Frierson at 601 403-1113.
  All three items must be turned in together to Smith at the Career Education Building on Wildcat Drive on the Poplarville campus.
  The course offers an industry-recognized welding certificate, including applications for 10-hour OSHA certification, basic lift truck operator OSHA certification and AWS structural certification.
  Students must be 18 by the first day of class and provide welding shield, gloves and cap; steel-toed shoes, long-sleeve shirt, ear plugs and safety glasses.
  Tuition assistance may be available through a WIN Job Center or the Department of Human Services SNAP Employment and Training Funds. For information on applying for tuition assistance, contact Sonya Hunt at 601 336-0069 or shunt@prcc.edu.

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CNA course offered in Jefferson Davis County
July 17, 2017 - 9:40am -- jbraswell

  POPLARVILLE - Pearl River Community College will offer a certified nursing assistant course at the Jefferson Davis County Career and Technical Center during the fall semester.
  The class will meet from 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning Aug. 15 and ending Nov. 2.
  Only 12 students will be accepted. Students must be 18 before Aug. 15 and provide their own maroon uniforms.
  Cost for the course is $275 and includes a workbook and fee for the state licensing examination.
  Applications for the course can be obtained by calling Cheryl Frierson at 601 403-1113. Before the start of class, students must turn in the application, a clean drug screen, background check, one-step TB skin test result and payment by cash or money order. The background check must be obtained from a medical or state facility and must include fingerprinting with a clearance letter.
  Students must go to the PRCC business office in Poplarville to pay the tuition and get a receipt. The application and other documents must be submitted to Frierson on the Poplarville  campus.
  Tuition assistance is available for those who qualify through Department of Human Services SNAP Employment and Training Funds. For information about applying for assistance, contact Sonya Hunt at 601 336-0069 or shunt@prcc.edu.
  For information about openings in the class, call Sheena Barnes at 601 934-2197.

July 17, 2017 - 9:40am
 
Electrical classes to be taught in Jefferson Davis County
July 17, 2017 - 9:42am -- jbraswell

  Pearl River Community College will teach electrical classes at the Jeff Davis VocTech Center during the 2017-18 academic year.
  The classes will meet from 5 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday nights, beginning Sept. 5 and ending May 15. The center is at 5082 Highway 42 in Carson.
  The class offers applications for NCCER credentials in core curriculum and Electrical Levels I and II. Cost is $250.
  Students must submit a PRCC application, a clean five-panel drug screen and a receipt for payment in full. Students can make the payment at the VocTech Center by cash or money order. All three documents must be submitted at the same time.
  For additional information, contact Cheryl Frierson at 601 403-1113.
  Tuition assistance is available through the WIN Job Center and through SNAP Employment and Training Funds at the Department of Human Services. For information about applying for assistance, contact Sonya Hunt at 601 336-0069 or at shunt@prcc.edu.

July 17, 2017 - 9:42am
 
Welding to meet at Hancock Center at night
July 17, 2017 - 9:44am -- jbraswell

  Pearl River Community College will offer a night welding class at the Hancock Center in Waveland during the fall semester.
  The class will meet from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, starting Aug. 14 and ending Dec. 6.
  Cost is $250 with $50 due with the application and the remaining $200 by the first day of class.
  The course offers an industry recognized certificate in welding, including applications for NCCER certification in core curriculum and Level I welding. Level I includes safety, oxyfuel cutting, SMAW equipment and setup, SMAW electrode, SMAW beads and fillet welds and SMAW groove welds with backing.
  Students must provide their own #10 welding shield, welding gloves and hat, steel-toed shoes, safety glasses, ear plugs and long sleeve shirt.
  For applications or information, contact Raymond Jarrell at 228 252-7011.
  Tuition assistance is available through the WIN Job Center and WIA funding. For assistance with applying, contact Sonya Hunt at 601 336-0069 or shunt@prcc.edu.
  The class will be held at PRCC’s Hancock Center at 454 Highway 90 in Waveland.

July 17, 2017 - 9:44am
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Bridge to College ends with awards
July 31, 2017 - 9:13am -- jbraswell

  POPLARVILLE - Twenty-five students celebrated completion of the Bridge to College program at Pearl River Community College on Thursday, July 27, during an awards luncheon.
  Miles Gay of Lumberton received the outstanding achievement award from Georgia Field, director of PRCC Student Support Services.
  Other award winners were John “Jack” Hayes of Picayune, basic communication; Ethan Wicktom of Petal, math; Colton Guidry of Picayune, community college survival skills; and Destiney Horton of Picayune, hashtag award for photos used to make a class slide show.
  Others who completed the program are Tyrel Angrum, Alexis Boone, Joshua Carter, Keisha Jenkins and Zyaria Richardson, all of Hattiesburg; Onnlia Cox and Kyle Guidry, both of Picayune; Daniel Fairley and Sarah Toucet, both of Bogalusa, La.; Alisha Moody and Farah Williams, both of Perkinston; Minerva “Minnie” Avalos and Douglas Amir, both of New Orleans, La.; Tess Ball and Samantha Knight, both of Poplarville; Ricardo Booth of Bassfield, Elizabeth “Betty” Clark of Diamondhead, Brianna Dalcour of Gulfport, Ozzie McGee of Brooklyn and Casey Mina of Lumberton.
  A part of PRCC’s Student Support Services programs, Bridge to College eases the transition to community college for first-generation college students and those who meet specific disability and/or income criteria.
  Instructors were Lois McDonald, Craig Carrigee and Haley Amacker.


Instructor Lois McDonald presented the basic communication class award to John “Jack” Hays of Picayune at the Bridge to College celebration lunch on Thursday, July 27. The program is a part of Pearl River Community College’s Student Support Services.
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Ethan Wicktom of Petal received the math award from instructor Craig Carrigee during the Bridge to College celebration lunch on July 27 at Pearl River Community College. The summer program is a part of PRCC’s Student Support Services.
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Colton Guidry of Picayune received the award for the community college survival skills class in the Bridge to College program at Pearl River Community College from instructor Haley Amacker. PRCC’s Student Support Services offers the program to incoming freshman who meet specific qualifications.
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Destiney Horton of Picayune received the hashtag award in a Bridge to College contest for class photos used at the July 27 celebration lunch at Pearl River Community College. Lauren Baker, academic success coach for PRCC’s Student Support Services, presented the award.
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Miles Gay of Lumberton received the Bridge to College outstanding achievement award July 27 during a celebration lunch at Pearl River Community College. The program is a part of PRCC’s Student Support Services and the award was presented by Georgia Field, SSS director.
PRCC Public Relations photo

July 31, 2017 - 9:13am
 
Medical lab technology students graduate
July 31, 2017 - 1:14pm -- jbraswell

The 2017 Medical Laboratory Technology class at the Forrest County Center of Pearl River Community College received pins and certificates on July 27 at the Lowery Woodall Advanced Technology Center. Pictured are front row from left Brandy Jones of Magee and Tracy Smith of Sumrall; second row, Kaitlyn Molinere of Poplarville and Sam Foxworth of Beaumont; third row, Rosemary Anderson of Carriere, Meagan Tynes of McHenry and Nathan Dedeaux of Perkinston; fourth row, Meagan Sundstrom of Moorcraft, WY, Raven Johnson of Columbia and Shaina Sumrall of Franklinton, La; fifth row, LeKala Coleman of Collins, Kailey Anderson of Foxworth and Rikki Stewart of Poplarville. Evelyn Wallace is department chair and Tamara Henderson, program instructor.
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July 31, 2017 - 1:14pm
 
Dental assisting students receive pins
July 31, 2017 - 2:12pm -- jbraswell

The 2017 Dental Assisting Technology class at the Forrest County Center of Pearl River Community College received pins and certificates on July 27 at the Lowery Woodall Advanced Technology Center. Graduates are, first row from left, Brittany Miskell of Hattiesburg, Alexis Dixon of Petal and Shakyra Peters of Columbia; second row, Traci Truong of Bay St. Louis, Moriah Johns of Summit and Destiny Barrett of Petal; third row, Laken Jorns of Hattiesburg, Jessica Roe of Columbia and Katelyn Patrick of Lucedale; fourth row, Tiffani Wallace of Picayune, Amanda Coker of Columbia and Ashtyn Rowell of Ellisville; fifth row, Ashlyn Pigott of Purvis and Jessica Smith of Brookhaven; sixth row, Summer Hartfield of Lumberton and Megan Rippy of Brookhaven. Rhonda Bosarge is program director and Karen Carlisle is dental assisting instructor.
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July 31, 2017 - 2:12pm
 
Coast EPA donates for scholarships
July 31, 2017 - 3:09pm -- jbraswell

Coast Electric Power Association recently presented $2,000 to Pearl River Community College for career technical education scholarships. CoBank matched Coast EPA’s original gift for a total donation of $4,000. On hand for the presentation were Mark Wallace, Coast EPA director of residential energy management; April Lollar, director of communications; Dr. Scott Alsobrooks, PRCC vice president for workforce and economic development; Melissa Russo, vice president of marketing and members services for Coast EPA; Merilee Sands, communications and community relations specialist; and Dr. Ed Pinero, PRCC career technical education director.
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July 31, 2017 - 3:09pm