POPLARVILLE, MS (WDAM) - For the first time in 66 years, Pearl River Community College will have an ROTC program. PRCC and the Mississippi National Guard are partnering in the Magnolia Gold Program to re-establish military science studies at the college.
PRCC previously had an ROTC program from 1935 to 1948.
Various courses on leadership and teamwork will begin in the spring in the office portion of Shivers gym.
"We're very excited about the program," said Dr. Adam Breerwood, vice-president for the Poplarville campus and the Hancock Center of PRCC. "We believe this is going to provide an outstanding opportunity for our students to develop some leadership skills and also get a large part of their tuition paid," he said. He added, "It's part of our heritage, it's part of our tradition, it's part of our roots."
Five other Mississippi community colleges are also participating in the Magnolia Gold Program.