POPLARVILLE, MS. (WDAM) - Pearl River Community College is expecting a busy 2011 as they prepare to welcome some newly renovated buildings and develop their partnership with a recent player in the Hattiesburg area economy.
On PRCC's Poplarville campus, construction was underway on some of the college's Hurricane Katrina damaged buildings. One of those facilities, Moody Hall, had to have it's auditorium demolished after the storm. However, a three story addition to the building should be completed by the start of the fall 2011 semester.
Additionally, a men's dormitory impacted by the storm is expected to have it's post storm reconstruction completed by August of this year.
Also in 2011, PRCC is partnering with a solar panel manufacturing company named Stion to help that business hire and train employees.
As for winter 2011 enrollment figures, President William Lewis said the college is currently educating about 48-hundred students. That number represents steady growth over spring 2010.
"We are delighted to see that, obviously over the last couple of years we've had a lot of people who have come back to school because of the economy and being out of a job, looking for new skills, looking for ways to improve their status once they get back into the workplace and have opportunities," said Lewis.
PRCC is also the recipient of a five year federal grant designed to create a new model for helping students complete their fields of study and graduate from the college. Lewis said this type of grant was one of only a few distributed throughout the country.