PICAYUNE — Some students possess the maturity level and academic wherewithal to begin studying toward a fruitful career path while still in high school. It is no secret that many earn most of the necessary credits towards a high school diploma by the completion of the junior year of school; thus, requiring the student to attend high school for part of the school day during their senior year. Many students have jobs or extracurricular school activities, such as band or athletics, to help round out the day. However, those not in falling into these categories often ended up with a lot of free time; fortunately policy makers in Mississippi are finding ways to assist these students. With a focus for getting students on a successful career path, Pearl River Community College (PRCC) is expanding the Dual Enrollment Practical Nursing Program. This program was piloted and established at PRCC’s Forrest County Center in Hattiesburg. Now, with funding made available through the Mississippi Community College Board’s Workforce Education Division, students located geographically closer to PRCC’s Poplarville Campus can now participate. The focus of this program is to get students started in a successful career pathway. The Department of Labor (DoL) indicates that the median annual wage for a practical nurse in Mississippi is $35,230. This field is also projected by the DoL to grow at a very good rate of 20% to 28%, indicating there should be many jobs becoming available in the next several years. While attending college while in high school may sound daunting to some students, the benefits are worthwhile. Students will the attend classes on PRCC’s campus, utilize the same classrooms and laboratories, and have access to the same services as their college counterparts from the beginning of the program. Students will attend these classes in the afternoon during their high school senior year. At the end of their freshman year of college, students who complete all course work and assignments will qualify for taking a licensure exam. This license will qualify the nurse to work in places such as hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, assisted living homes and other places. For some, it is never too early to get started on a successful career path.
HCH: Reliable cardiac C.A.R.E.
A recent Community Health Needs Assessment was performed with the
information provided by a steering committee comprised of local
community leaders, patients and employees of Highland Community
Hospital (HCH) and assistance from HORNE LLP, in addition to
information retrieved from state and national databases.
The graduation maze
The Mississippi Department of Education has laid out a new plan that provides more options when it comes to graduating from high school. As the title of this column implies, it is quite a maze and somewhat complicated. But that is OK. Life is not simple, and the many decisions that young people have to make are sometimes daunting.
Storms make historical impact
This column is designated for economic development issues in and around the county. But at this time I feel it a huge burden to discuss the the parallels between Katrina, which impacted the entire region economically and every other area that could be impacted.
For us longtime residents of south Mississippi and Louisiana it is near impossible not to make comparisons between the destructive storm that hit the Phillipines and the experiences of August of 2005. Both storms certainly changed the lives of many residents of both areas. For the residents of that lived through Katrina, Haiyan will certainly be a benchmark in their lives.
Nissan of Picayune welcomes Dan Crumpler
Dan Crumpler is the newest addition to the team at Nissan of Picayune. The general manager said he chose the Picayune dealership from five potential dealerships because of the small town community, friendly people and the potential for growth he felt that the dealership had.
AEF opens new facility
Avon Engineered Fabrication (AEF) held its grand opening on Wednesday at its new facility at 113 Street A in the Picayune Industrial Park.
Education is economic driver
The latest labor market information indicates that Pearl River County has an unemployment rate of 8.0 %. Pearl River County ranked 23rd on the August 2013 report issued by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security; Rankin County topped the list with an unemployment rate of 4.7%. Comparisons with some of our neighboring counties find Lamar County at 5.9%, Harrison and Forrest Counties at
7.7%, Hancock County at 7.8%, and Marion County at 9.6%. The average
rate for all of Mississippi falls in at 8.4%.
Frizz opens for business
Frizz Salon, LLC, celebrated their opening with a Chamber Ribbon Cutting on October 1, at 9 a.m.
Furloughed can apply for unemployment; must meet criteria
“Go ahead and apply for employment benefits. If you have worked at least 5 consecutive quarters and meet the other standard criteria, we have been advised from the U.S. Department of Labor to accept and process these claims just as any other claim.”
—Miss. Department of Labor Communications Department Catherine Stokes
Brownstone Center for the Arts – the ‘big picture’ for impact
Pearl River Community College (PRCC) marked the grand opening of the Brownstone Center for the Arts with a spectacular performance by the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. The Brownstone Center was made possible by Pearl River County native Ethel Holden Brownstone. The 1931 graduate of Pearl River Agricultural High School and Junior College bestowed a substantial gift to PRCC, of which $4 million was invested into the Center.
View community events at www.picayunechamber.org
The Greater Picayune Area Chamber of Commerce's website allows any Chamber member or community organization to submit an event for consideration by Chamber staff to be included on the chamber's website,picayunechamber.org.
Once the event has been approved and posted on the Chamber's website it will also post to Facebook two days prior to the event and will be advertised on The Chamber Insight which is emailed to over 600 contacts each week.
See complete article in 9.21.2013 E-edition of the Picayune Item.
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