CDC Career Development Center

The Career Development Center (CDC) is located at 9 Career Center Circle, Poplarville, MS 39470. It is conveniently situated directly on the Poplarville High School Campus and serves PHS students interested in pursuing a Career Pathway in one of the following Career Clusters:

·         Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
·         Arts, A/V Technology & Communication
·         Health Science
·         Hospitality & Tourism
·         Marketing, Sales & Distribution
For more information, you can contact the CDC at (voice) (601) 795-8343 and (fax) (601) 795-1353.

Principal: Dr. Marlene Cole

CTE Counselor Position Announcement

The Poplarville Special Municipal Separate School District, 302 South Julia Street, Poplarville, MS 39470, is now taking applications for the position of Career & Technical Education Counselor. Online applications are due no later than June 23, 2017.

Applications may be completed at Click on the Frontline icon. For more information contact Dr. Marlene Colel, at 601-795-8343 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Poplarville School District does not discriminate on the basis of Sex, Race, Religion, Color, National Origin, Age or Handicap.




CTE Student Awarded National Scholarship

Heidi Ashley was recently awarded a $1000 scholarship from the National Technical Honor Society. Heidi is an active member of the National Technical Honor Society where she has been involved in numerous community service projects. Heidi is a conscientious student, and she is well liked by her teachers and peers. Her plans for the future include earning her degree from Mississippi State in special education.  Heidi was one of 225 outstanding NTHS members to receive a $1000 Jon H. Poteat Scholarship.
NTHS is the leader in recognizing student achievement in career and technical education.  More than 4200 schools and colleges are affiliated with the Society.  Since its founding in 1984, it has awarded over $1.4 million in scholarships to remarkable CTE students nationwide.  You can visit for more information.
NTHS works in partnership with national student leadership organizations to promote educational excellence and award scholarships to career and technical education students.  These include Business Professionals of America (BPA), Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA/DEX), Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA/PBL), Health Occupational Students of America (HOSA), and SkillsUSA.

Scholarship Program Blood Drive

Interested parties should contact Candis Thompson at 601-795-8343 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule an appointment.

Keep Poplarville Beautiful Campaign

STEM students from the Career Development Center at Poplarville High School designed flyers for the 3rd annual Keep Poplarville Beautiful cleanup campaign, which will be held Saturday, April 22 at Poplarville City Park from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM.   The students demonstrated so much talent that the city’s committee members could not choose just one winner…they chose four winning flyers to post around town at schools and businesses.  Campaign chairman, Mrs. Laurie Lombardino Jaufre, presented certificates, printed flyers, and gifts to students Ravyn Garrett, Kenna Matthews, Jonas Smith, and Jaxon Dunaway, congratulating them on a job well done!

CTE Day T-shirt Design Winner

Pearl River Community College recently hosted a contest where local students were asked to design a t-shirt that related to the Career and Technical Education day hosted by PRCC on Friday, March 24th. Thirteen schools participated in CTE day and over thirty designs were submitted. We are proud to announce that our student Eadie Keenan won the competition. Eadie is a second year student in Mrs. Donna Baxter’s Digital Media Technology program, and she is also a senior at Poplarville high school. Mrs. Delana Harris, director of recruitment, at PRCC said, “that the design was used as inspiration by PRCC to come up with the theme, “Gear up for CTE” used on CTE Day.” Eadie’s design was used on the promotional t-shirts that were handed out to everybody involved with CTE day at PRCC. Eadie received a satchel, jacket, and beach towel from PRCC as a reward for winning the contest. Once again, we want to say congratulations to Eadie and thank you to PRCC. 

Culinary Arts Position Announcement

Applications are now being accepted in the Office of the Superintendent, Poplarville School District, 302 South Julia Street, Poplarville, MS 39470 for the position of Culinary Arts Instructor at the Career Development Center.

Applicant must have earned a two-year college degree (associate degree) or higher from an accredited institution of higher education and the ability to meet the licensure requirements as indicated below in order to hold a 972 Mississippi teacher endorsement:

  1. Applicants with an associate degree must have at least two years of verifiable occupational experience in the past ten years. Experience must be appropriate to the subject to be taught.

  2. Applicants with a bachelor or higher degree must have at least one year of verifiable occupational experience in the past ten years. Experience must be appropriate to the subject to be taught.

  3. Applicants must successfully complete the ServSafe® Certification exam and keep it current (update every 5 years)

  4. Applicants must successfully complete all components of national Prostart® Certification program

  5. Applicant must enroll immediately in the Vocational Instructor Preparation (VIP) Program with MDE.

  6. Applicant must complete the individualized Professional Development Plan (PDP) requirements of the VIP prior to the expiration date of the 3-year vocational license.

  7. Applicant must successfully complete an approved computer literacy certification exam.

  8. Applicant must successfully complete a certification for an online learning workshop, module, or course that is approved by the Mississippi Department of Education.

  9. Applicant must successfully complete a Culinary Arts certification workshop, module, or course that is approved by the Mississippi Department of Education.

Applicants with questions should contact Dr. Marlene Cole, CTE Director, at 601-795-8343 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. A complete application can be downloaded from

Applications taken through March 31, 2017





FFA Fundraiser

The Ag class at the Career Development Center made a set of one-of-a-kind Hornet Cornhole Boards to be raffled off as a fundraiser for FFA. The cost of one chance is $2. Anyone interested in purchasing a chance can contact any FFA member or the FFA Advisor, Jonathan Scott Necaise at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 601-795-8343. Money is due by March 30, and the drawing will be held March 31. 

National CTE Month Celebration

In honor of National Career and Technical Education Month during the month of February, all CTE students were invited to a cookout during lunch on February 14. Games and door prizes were available for the students to enjoy.
A special thanks to our guest griller, Mr. Carl Merritt, Superintendent. He grilled over 200 hamburgers and 120 hotdogs. We also want to thank those who donated and purchased door prizes, including a set of Mini Corn Hole Boards made by the AEST students. Congratulations to Taylor Davis for winning the boards.

Culinary Arts Students Sample Sugarcane From a Local Gardener

Mr. Russell Peters, local businessman and gardener, spoke to Poplarville Career Development Center’s Culinary Arts Students Monday, November 14, 2016.  Mr. Peters explained the process of planting sugarcane and the health benefits of eating sugarcane.  He cleaned the stalks so that the students could experience the taste of fresh sugarcane right out of the field.  Many of the students have never tasted sugarcane.

PHS Cat Pack at SPCA Shot Clinic

The Poplarville High School Cat Pack Members volunteered to work at the Pearl River County SPCA Vaccination/Microchip Clinic, Saturday, November 12, 2016. The students helped the pet owners fill out the paperwork for their pets.  They helped elderly/handicapped pet owners with their pets.  Pictured with pet owner  (left to right)Sadie Kesler, Juliana Jordan, Cat Pack President, and Scott Desmond worked very hard during the clinic.  The dog’s and cat’s  owners can choose from low cost Rabbies Vaccine, wellness shots, puppy and kitten series, heartworm testing, and microchips for their pets.  The event is announced on Facebook under Pearl River County SPCA.