Education

  Miss. lawmakers increase funding for Early Learning Collaboratives

  James Meredith speaks at Jones College

William Carey graduates 47 new pharmacists from accelerated program

USM Children’s Center cheers on Hattiesburg Half Marathon runners

  USM to hold in-person commencement ceremonies for 2020, 2021 graduates

High Court won’t interfere with Miss. school disparity lawsuit

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Jones College launches Online Workforce College

7 education impacts you will soon see from the 2021 legislative session

  Virtual tours offer students insight into state’s history at the Two Mississippi Museums

  Few children turn out for annual Lion’s Easter Egg hunt

Seminary kindergarten kids march in first ‘Easter Hat Parade’

  USM earns national recognition for education certification program

  Perry County School Dist. holds recruitment fair for vacant positions

The district is looking to fill positions including teacher’s assistants, counselors and teachers.

  WCU School of Education receives two Governor’s Awards

William Carey's Alternate Route to Teaching Program was recognized by the Mississippi Association of Partners in Education.

  WCU med school gets 3 top 10 rankings from U.S. News and World Report

The report also ranks WCU as the fifth-best for locating graduates in medically underserved areas.

Southern Miss celebrates Founders’ Day

Students, faculty and alumni at the University of Southern Mississippi are celebrating 111 years of the black and gold in the Hub City.

  3 Southern Miss students receive Goldwater Scholarship

  Laurel dedicates week to early childhood development

  ‘Crossroads’ exhibit opens for six-week run in Columbia

Mississippi Children’s Museum - Meridian celebrates opening

  Hattiesburg schools recognized at Governor’s Awards

  USM holds ribbon-cutting for Southern Station

  Ribbon-cutting ceremony held for William Carey’s King Student Center

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held for the new King Student Center, which is named in honor of William Carey President Dr. Tommy King and his wife, Sandra.

  Jackson State Alumni Association of Hattiesburg to host scholarship fundraiser

The deadline to apply for the scholarship is April 23.

LIST: Pine Belt school closings, early dismissals due to storms

Some school districts are announcing schedule changes for Thursday.

  Moselle Elementary teacher wins Golden Apple Award

This month’s WDAM and TEC’s Golden Apple Award winner is Moselle Elementary School teacher Terri Shoemake.

  R3SM gets Big Event help from USM students

R3SM got some much-needed work done at its volunteer house.

  Match Day celebrated at WCU College of Osteopathic Medicine

The medical school’s faculty and staff hosted a small come-and-go reception at Tatum Court on Monday morning to congratulate students.

  Volunteers in Wayne, Covington counties clear trash from roadsides

Some residents in the Pine Belt spent Saturday giving back to the community by cleaning up trash along county roads.

  USM students introduce opera to children around Hattiesburg

USM students continue to introduce opera to elementary schools.

Teacher pay raise much-needed in Mississippi, say educators

Teachers in Mississippi will soon be seeing an increase in salary and in their starting wage thanks to a bill that was passed by state lawmakers on Thursday.

Mississippi teacher pay raise plan headed to governor

Mississippi legislators have agreed on a teacher pay raise plan, and it will head to Gov. Tate Reeves.

USM students to participate in annual Big Event March 22-26

Instead of the traditional one-day effort, the 2021′s event will be spread out over five days.

  Forrest Tower photo exhibit documents government, medical response to pandemic

A new photo exhibit in downtown Hattiesburg is giving residents a unique look at the COVID-19 pandemic.

  USM students assist park service with site plan for historic slave market

Some USM students are helping the National Park Service develop a historic location in Natchez that was once the site of one of the largest slave markets in the South.

A representative in Texas wants teachers to make $70,000 a year

A representative in Texas has filed a bill which would increase the base salary of every teacher in the state to $70,000 a year.

Covington Co. school employees get COVID vaccines from CCH

Covington County Hospital provided Moderna vaccines for about 65 employees

  Bill ensures school funding after attendance decreases during pandemic

The bill ensures schools won’t face severe budget cuts due to inconsistencies in student attendance during the pandemic last year.

JSU receives award to boost STEM-related courses

Jackson State University is one of five Minority Serving Institutions to receive the Scientific Leadership Award.

Two Pine Belt students win scholarships in College Savings Shootout

Each winner received a $500 scholarship in the form of a Mississippi Affordable College Savings Account.

  PREPS hosts virtual conference for teachers throughout state

Friday kicked off with over 25 sessions that teachers can access online, which will be available for the next three weeks.

  Bill that would give Miss. educators pay raise one step closer to becoming law

If signed into law, the pay increase will be in effect for the 2021-2022 school year.

  Emergency meeting held in response to ‘Slave letter writing activity’

The meeting was called Thursday after pictures of an assignment titled “Slave Letter Writing Activity” spread on social media.

  USM nationally recognized for its online bachelor’s degree program for veterans

The University of Southern Mississippi earned a top 50 spot in the U.S. News & World report.

  Education advocates critical of House income tax bill

Education advocates are among the tax bill’s biggest critics.

‘Slave letter writing activity’ sparks outrage in Miss. school district

A controversial school assignment has sparked outrage in the Lamar County community.

  USM students to resume in-person classes in fall

After months of Zoom classes and online teaching materials, many students are ready for a little normalcy.

  Forrest General invests in PRCC nursing bridge program

The bridge program will help LPNs earn their full RN degree.

  Hattiesburg Zoo hosting 4th annual Renaissance Festival

The Hattiesburg Zoo is welcoming Spring by hosting an annual celebration of European art and culture from the 14th-17th centuries.

  William Carey nursing students on front line of pandemic

William Carey students are at vaccination sites in the community to help fight COVID-19.

  Sacred Heart Catholic School pre-K teacher wins Golden Apple Award

This month’s TEC and WDAM Golden Apple Award Winner is Lynette Villarreal, a pre-K teacher at Sacred Heart Catholic School.

Catholic Diocese of Biloxi names next principal of Sacred Heart High School

Hattiesburg native Keith Brackett will take over as principal of his alma mater in March.

  William Carey spring enrollment increases 15%

William Carey University announced Friday that spring enrollment has increased 15% since last year.

Miss. getting $5.62M grant to improve health, education responses in pandemic

The grant is funded through the CARES Act.

  State educators, health experts recognized for work during pandemic

The recognition comes just days after it was announced that Mississippi teachers will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine beginning March 1.

  Teachers: Their pay, value and how to keep them

Teachers and legislators are looking into ways of solving the teacher shortage in Mississippi.

  Student-led Youth Tobacco Prevention Program held at Petal High School

The program empowers at-risk youth, encouraging them to reject tobacco and vaping products.

Petal student chosen to represent state at 59th U.S. Senate Youth Program

A Petal student is one of two Mississippi youth chosen to represent the state in the 59th annual United States Senate Youth Program.

  Historical Society presents Sacred Heart educator with Teacher of Year Award

The Mississippi Historical Society named Theresa Moore its Teacher of the Year.

  PREPS to continue conference virtually this year due to COVID-19

The Program of Research and Evaluation for Public Schools is preparing for its annual conference.

Dr. Shannon Campbell selected to lead USM’s coastal operations

Dr. Shannon Campbell will begin her new role as Senior Associate Vice President for Coastal Operations on March 1.

Carey students assisting in COVID-19 immunization process

April Kittrell, a nursing student at William Carey University/Hattiesburg campus, administers a COVID-19 vaccine at Hattiesburg Clinic.

USM selects new head for Coastal Operations

Dr. Shannon Campbell will serve as the lead strategist and relationship builder for coastal initiatives.

  Keith’s donates $34K to William Carey for student testing, vaccinations

The funds will be used for testing students and staff for COVID-19 and vaccinations when they become available.

  William Carey University partners with Millsaps College

William Carey University is expanding its footprint through a partnership with Millsaps College in Jackson for two graduate programs.

Laurel student named a Top Youth Volunteer of 2021

Fletcher Horne was recognized as one of Mississippi’s Top Youth Volunteers of 2021.

  Sacred Heart students create mini Mardi Gras float display

Students decorated shoeboxes to look like parade floats that are on display downtown.

‘Enough is enough’: South Mississippi man creates desk to keep children safe during school shootings

Ever since the Parkland shooting in 2018, Todd Drummond has worked to build and perfect his desk design, all in the hopes of helping keep children safe.

LIST: Closures in the Pine Belt due to winter storm

School closings in WDAM-TV viewing area because of impending winter storm.

Jones College makes operation changes due to winter weather

All face-to-face classes have been canceled on Monday, Feb. 15, 2021.

  SPAS, PetSmart Charities partner for puppy wellness event

The staff at Southern Pines Healthy Pet Clinic is showing some young pets a little extra live this Valentine’s Day weekend, with the help of PetSmart Charities.

  Perry County teacher named Miss. Rural Teacher of Year

A South Perry Elementary teacher is being recognized for her hard work and dedication to her students.

  Legislators tackle teacher shortage with loan repayment bill

If passed, the bill could help alleviate the teacher shortage in Mississippi.

  Major construction projects at PRCC making progress

A $13 million residence hall project on the Poplarville campus of Pearl River Community College is nearly complete.

  New PRCC STEM center named for retired instructor, public servant

A ribbon was cut during a ceremony Tuesday to officially open the James W. Barnes STEM Center.

USM students help local church choir during COVID-19 pandemic

The choristers have earned the approval of the church’s congregation, staff and Dr. Susan Hrostowski, a professor of social work at USM.

  William Carey forensics team finishes strong in regional competition

William Carey’s speech and debate team competed against more than 200 students in last week’s competition.

South Perry Elementary quarantines several after student tests positive for COVID-19

A total of 31 students and seven faculty members are in quarantine at this time.

USM Graduate School to waive 2022 spring semester program test requirements

USM Graduate School will waive Graduate Record Exam and Graduate Management Admissions Test requirements.

  USM online degree program gets high ranking from U.S. News & World Report

An online degree program at Southern Miss has been ranked as the best in Mississippi and among the top 40 in the country.