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PRCC a major factor in Idaho Forest decision

Pearl River Community College was a factor in lumber producer Idaho Forest Group’s decision to invest $120 million to set up a sawmill operation in Lumberton.

Lumberton’s first new sawmill since the 1920s will create some 135 jobs and that’s where PRCC’s workforce training comes into play. 

“PRCC is one of the reasons we chose Lumberton,” said Julie Shiflett, Chief Financial Officer, Idaho Forest Group. “We look forward to an active partnership to be able to hire and train a skilled workforce. We want to be a good community partner.”

Pearl River will offer full college experience Fall 2021

Pearl River Community College is looking forward to giving students the full college experience this fall.

Pearl River announces exciting opportunities for Forrest County residents

Pearl River Community College announced two exciting initiatives March 1 at the Forrest County Board of Supervisors meeting set to benefit Forrest County residents. 

The board of supervisors gave $125,000 to continue the County Tuition Assistance Program (CTAP) which is in it’s the third year. Forrest Health also gave $90,000 in seed money to start a new LPN to RN bridge program at Pearl River’s Forrest County Center. 

PRCC offering Commercial Truck Driving classes

Pearl River Community College has implemented a new Commercial Truck Driving (CDL) program designed to prepare individuals to drive trucks and other commercial vehicles.

CDL is a four-week program based at the Lowery Woodall Advanced Technology Center in Hattiesburg.

PRCC: February is national CTE month

February is Career and Technical Education Month across the United States and nowhere is it emphasized more than at Pearl River Community College.

CTE graduates have professional credentials and options for great careers, pathways to college and success in whatever they choose to do.

“CTE differs from our transfer pathways by preparing students with the skills needed to enter directly into the workforce,” said Dr. James David Collum, Dean of Career and Technical Education at PRCC’s Forrest County Center.

Pearl River grad finds rewarding job in CTE

At 32-years-old, Jonathan Parks of Hattiesburg went in search of a career boost at Pearl River Community College and found it in one of the school’s many career-technical programs.

“My grandmother always told me I needed to find a job or get a career where I could apply my mind,” said Parks, an Oak Grove High School graduate. “I found that job, and I am learning more as I go along.”

Positive vibes only at Pearl River

Pearl River Community College students lifted each other up this week during Project Positivity Week. 

“The reason I decided to have positivity week is because I love creating positive energy among the students,” Student Government Association President De’Miyah Hooker said. “I wanted to give them something positive to see and remember."

Pearl River receives donations from Poplarville Women's Club

Pearl River Community College recently received two generous gifts from the Poplarville Women’s Club to help students in need. 

The Poplarville Women’s Club donated $200 to The Market, a free campus food pantry, and $400 to be used to purchase dorm necessities for students. 

“Thank you to everyone with the Poplarville Women’s Club for their donations,” The Market Manager Tina Smith said. “We are once again so grateful for the continued support we receive from our community.”

Pearl River holds ribbon cutting for James Barnes STEM Center

Pearl River Community College held a dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting Tuesday for the newly completed James Barnes STEM Center. 

Pearl River begins Computer Coding program this fall

Starting in Fall 2021, Pearl River Community College will begin a new Computer Coding Technology program at the school’s Forrest County Center.

Coding skills are in demand across a broad range of careers, not just for programmers, so PRCC is looking to fill a need within the community by adding the new program.

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