Pearl River Utility Lineman receives MS Power donation

Pearl River Community College received a donation of a mini excavator from Mississippi Power for its Utility Lineman Program on Tuesday.

“We are extremely appreciative of the donation from Mississippi Power,” PRCC Dean of Career and Technical Education Programs Dr. Ed Pinero said. “They’ve been a great partner and they are doing great things to support our students.”

The mini excavator will allow students to receive more hands-on experience, preparing them for their careers in the field. 

Mississippi Power Area Manager – West Coast Division Jason M. Farve started working in the power business directly out of high school. After a while, he decided to go back to school and found himself at PRCC in the Utility Lineman Program. It’s partly because of this experience that he finds these opportunities to give back so rewarding and important.

“This particular program is very near and dear to my heart,” Farve said. “It’s something I’m passionate about: Helping students directly from high school or college who want to come work for the power company. They can become a lineman or an engineer or whatever their passion is. This is a way that we can help those young students find where they want to be in their career in the future and where better than the power company. The power company is a great place to work. It’s a huge family and I’d love to see all these young men and women come and work with us.” 

The Utility Lineman Technology Program is a modular program designed to prepare the student for employment in the field of utility power transmission and distribution construction, troubleshooting, and repair.

The curriculum includes Pole and Bucket Rescue, Elevated Work Sites, Pole Climbing, Overhead Construction, Underground Construction, System Design and Operation, National Electric Safety Code, AC and DC Circuits, and Electric Power. Students may earn the following certifications: National Center for Construction Education Research (NCCER) in Core and Utility Lineworker, First Aid CPR, OSHA 10, Forklift, and Flagging. 

Upon successful completion of the program, students may earn a Technical Certificate or a two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree.

Those interested in learning more about the Utility Lineman Program can visit or email Randy Henry at 

For the latest news on Pearl River Community College, visit and follow us on Twitter (@PRCC_Wildcats)  Instagram](PRCCWILDCATS) and Facebook(@PRCCMKTG).

Photo LtR: FRONT PRCC Dean of Career and Technical Education Programs Dr. Ed Pinero, Mississippi Power Scholarship Recipient Anna Necaise of Saucier, PRCC President Dr. Adam Breerwood, Mississippi Power Area Manager – West Coast Division Jason M. Farve, Mississippi Power Local Manager Byron Hill 

BACK: PRCC Utility Lineman Technology Department Chair/Instructor Randy Henry 

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.

Each community college president is asked to bring two (2) wrapped door prizes, minimum value of $50 each. We will have a station set up at the conference for you to drop off the door prizes.

Each community college is asked to provide name tags for their Board members, administration, and staff attending the conference.