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Forrest County Center News

PRCC: CNA Graduation

The following students graduated Friday (June 25) from the Certified Nurse Aide course offered by Pearl River Community College at the Lowery Woodall Advanced Technology Center in Hattiesburg. They are from left: First row - Kaelin Travis of Hattiesburg; Laura Guerrero of Dallas, Texas, and Harley Robertson of Ellisville.  Second row - Yasmine King of Kokomo, Nneka Robinson of Hattiesburg, and Heather Reynolds of Laurel. Third row - Keshia Partida of Hattiesburg, Shelly Reyer of Purvis, and Kenyana Petty of Hattiesburg.

PRCC's Ruby Lumpkin Smith receives Adult Education state award

Ruby Lumpkin Smith, Director of Adult Education at Pearl River Community College, has been named South Mississippi Adult Education Administrator of the Year for 2021.

The award is sponsored by the Mississippi Association of Adult and Community Education.

“I am overwhelmed with gratitude,” said Smith, who just wrapped up her second year as the director at PRCC. “It means so much. I feel so blessed to have this job and to receive this award is such an amazing feeling.”

PRCC offering Court Reporting Technology program this fall

Starting in fall 2021, Pearl River Community College will begin a new Court Reporting program at the school’s Forrest County Campus and Hancock Center in Waveland.

Besides being the only college in Mississippi to offer Court Reporting, the program will offer a 45-hour certificate with an option to attain the Associate in Applied Science degree.

The program is designed to respond to an urgent need for well-trained, professional stenographers to record, transcribe and create an official record of court proceedings.

PRCC offers annual Summer Bridge-to-College program

Pearl River Community College’s Student Support Services (SSS) department is offering first-time students who plan to attend PRCC in Fall 2021 the opportunity to earn up to nine college credits and pay no tuition this summer. 

PRCC offering Computer Coding Technology program this fall

Pearl River Community College will begin a new Computer Coding Technology program this fall semester at the school’s Forrest County Campus and Hancock 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.

PRCC offering Commercial and Residential Construction Technology program

In less than a year’s time you could join the local workforce with an abundance of job skills that could lead to a rewarding career.

Starting this fall semester, Pearl River Community College’s Forrest County Campus will begin offering a Commercial and Residential Construction Technology program.

The course is a 30-hour certificate program that can be completed in nine months. 

PRCC offering Massage Therapy program

In a year’s time you can be prepared to take on a Massage Therapy career, starting this fall semester at Pearl River Community College’s Forrest County Campus.

Massage Therapy is a 45-hour, 12-month program designed to prepare students for careers as professional massage therapists. The curriculum prepares students to develop knowledge and skills for practicing massage therapy.

Pearl River, officials celebrate state-of-the-art simulation lab

Pearl River Community College students in the Allied Health programs at the Forrest County Center are now able to gain almost life-like experiences by using a simulation lab in the classroom.

On Wednesday, Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann, surrounded by local and state public officials, cut the ribbon on PRCC’s new simulation lab, located in the Allied Health Center. 

“This came out of the CARES Act last year,” said Lt. Gov. Hosemann. He recognized local legislators who had a hand in obtaining funding for the sim lab. 

PRCC students benefit from NTHS membership in many ways

Pearl River Community College Forrest County Center’s students who serve in the National Technical Honors Society have found in their participation, a path to success.

NTHS honors the achievements of top career technical students, provides scholarships to encourage the pursuit of higher education, and cultivates excellence in today’s highly competitive, skilled workforce. For over 30 years, NTHS has been the acknowledged leader in the recognition of outstanding student achievement in career and technical education.

PRCC and the City of Hattiesburg Offer CDL Training for City Employees

POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College and the City of Hattiesburg partner to provide city employees the opportunity to earn their commercial driver’s license at no cost to the employee.

Thursday, July 19th, Toby Barker, Mayor of Hattiesburg, and Pearl River Community College’s President, Dr. Adam Breerwood, hosted a joint press conference to announce a new agreement that would offer CDL classes to city employees. They both spoke about the importance of partnerships that will aid in the enhancement and development of the local economy and those in the community.