PRCC’s Adult Ed graduates record number

HATTIESBURG - It was a record-setting year for the Adult Education program at Pearl River Community College.

Pearl River Community College had more than 1,200 students enrolled at eight different locations in the Adult Education program in the 2017-18 school year. PRCC offers Adult Education courses at five locations throughout its six-county district. Some 280 students graduated this year, making it the program's biggest class ever.

Many of the graduates not only got their diplomas, but also received work force certificates. Approximately 165 students received their high school equivalency diplomas during a commencement ceremony May 24 at the Lake Terrace Convention Center.

“I had my first kid when I was 17, had to get a job, school just wasn't in the picture," said Shane Bounds, a graduate from Lumberton. “And this is to show my kids that it's never too late and they back me more than anybody.”

“When I was (at PRCC), I was able to get my certified nursing assistant certificate and license and also, my high school diploma, so it was good,” said Nicole Miller of Hattiesburg, another graduate.

Director of the PRCC AE program is Terri Clark. AE coordinator is Ruby Smith. HSE test administrator is Patricia Magee.

Graduates from Pearl River County included from left: Seated - Krystal Bass, Kimberly Smith, Kendall Smith Jr, Cindy Smith, Brandon Bigott, Megan Bilica, Landon Jackson, Mia Missismer, Jaci Wilson, Timothy McGill, Selena Quintana and Jennifer Lee. Second row - Alycia Brown, Kodie Boerner, Rebecka Hook, Andrea Carbonell, Aimee Tebo, Alexis Gonzalez, Michael Chambers, Joshua Walters, Porsha Hackett, Jalisa Jones and Erika Contreras-Blandina. Back row - Seth Spiers, RaRico Raine, Robert Dustin Reid, Allison Stockstill, Shane Bounds, Robert Sylvia, Alex Windham, McKennon Taylor and Stephen Wicker.

Graduates from Hancock County included from left: Seated – Front row - Shelby Batts, Heidi Ogle, Alexxis Guidry, Dameron O'Neal, Grace Amos, Devon Duffy, Michelle Hawkins, Tiffany Paul, Stephanie Stanaway, Savannah Labruzzo, Kyle Dahn and Tabitha Peach. Second row - Kyle Edkins, Jennifer Schick, Cheyanne Schultz, Destiny Dobbs, Christina Cunningham, Christina Ramsey, Sarah Davis, Shelby Wingfield, Pamala Sayavong-Phoumsavanh, Kayla Houp and Rachel Russell. Back row - Tara Bond, Wilbert Perryman, Joseph Rutledge, Brock Hermanson and Bethani Whipple.

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