Pearl River celebrates 8th consecutive semester of enrollment growth


POPLARVILLE, Miss. — Pearl River Community College is celebrating as enrollment reports reveal the school’s eighth consecutive semester of enrollment growth.

Based on the 10th day enrollment report provided by the Mississippi Community College Board, Pearl River is up 9.5 percent in head count and up 7.5 percent in credit hours.

“Our continued growth is a testament to the exceptional work of our Board of Trustees, faculty and staff,” Pearl River President Dr. Adam Breerwood said. “All of these individuals are committed to providing affordable and accessible higher education opportunities to those we serve. This record breaking growth serves as justification that we are answering the needs of our surrounding communities. With several new building projects on the horizon and plans for additional programs and services, I think our best days are still ahead of us.” 

Administrators attribute PRCC’s sustained enrollment growth largely to the cumulative efforts of individuals across all Pearl River’s three locations and their commitment to supporting and encouraging students. 

“As a person who monitors enrollment numbers for the institution daily, I have realized that growth is a result of everyone working together for the good of the student,” Vice President for Poplarville Campus and Instruction Dr. Martha Lou Smith said. “While I watch the concrete numbers change, I also see the intangibles that transform as the numbers change. When everyone is working together with an end goal of student success, then good things happen.”

Expansion of student orientation and support along the way has led to student retention through the removal of previous roadblocks in their education.

“Enrollment being up eight consecutive semesters is exciting and rewarding for the college,” Associate Vice President for Student Success/QEP Dr. Amy Townsend said. “I believe this is largely reflective of the collaborative relationship between so many departments as we onboard students through targeted touch points and then come alongside students as they reach their academic goals. We are all ambassadors of the college

“From the initial efforts of our dynamic recruitment team, to genuine and caring staff in our student services office, we strive to make the process as seamless as possible. We welcome students through our ROAR New Student Orientation and connect them with the services of our First-Year Experience program and Student Success Centers. In conjunction with our faculty and professional staff, we strive to provide students with the best possible learning environment and advisement. In short, we wholly embrace the ‘Wildcat Way’ philosophy – Pride, Respect, Class, and Character. I could not be more proud to be connected with such an amazing team.”

Building projects across all locations and increased technology are just a few advancements that have fueled the institution’s achievements. Pearl River continues to grow and adapt to the increasing demand for quality education while still keeping PRCC accessible, affordable and efficient. 

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Pearl River Community College offers equal education and employment opportunities.  The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, veteran status, or disability.  For inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies or to request accommodations, special assistance, or alternate format publication please contact Tonia M. Seal, Director of Admissions and Records/ ADA/Civil Rights Coordinator at P.O. Box 5559, Poplarville, MS 39470 or 601-403-1060 or Maghan James, Assistant Vice President of Student Services/Title IX Coordinator at P.O. Box 5805, Poplarville, MS 39470 or 601-403-1132.

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