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

HOSA Donates to St. Jude

PHS HOSA has been collecting dental hygiene items with the end goal of donating all collected items to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.  After collecting 2,655 items a group of 7 students representing HOSA packed the items and headed to Memphis, Tennessee to hand deliver these donations.  While the majority of PSD students were planning on catching some beads at Mardi Gras, these students had plans to visit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Beale Street, the Peabody Hotel, the pyramid Bass Pro Shop, and the Memphis Zoo.  The students learned a lot about the history of the hospital and the diseases that St. Jude treats and they were also able to experience some of the Memphis culture while on this trip. The tour of St. Jude was very humbling and made the students realize just how lucky and blessed they were. The students enjoyed lots of laughs while singing karaoke and riding in a carriage pulled by a horse through Memphis.  The students made memories that will last a lifetime while on the trip.  

Kolby Havard PHS HOSA Reporter







Guest Speaker for AEST

Sabrina Cummings, Conservation Biologist/Outreach Educator Mississippi Natural Science Museum, spoke to the Agriculture,Environment ,Science, and Technology Classes Thursday, October 22, 2015.  Ms. Cummings talked to the students about the physical characteristics and behaviors of Mississippi mammals and reptiles.  She explained that all animals play a part in the environment, even snakes and how our endangered animals are protected by law.  She brought animal (Skunk and Red Fox) pelts, (Black Bear and Bob Cat) skulls, and snake skeletons for the students to examine.  Ms. Cummings also brought live animals, box turtle,slider turtle, alligator, and rat snake for the students to see and touch.

CDC's Raised Garden Continues to "Grow"

The Agriculture Concepts students are shown planting Kale in the Career Development Center’s raised garden beds at the end of September 2015.. This is the second year that students have benefited from the Raised Garden Bed Grant funded by the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation in 2014.   The picture below shows how the Kale has grown.

AEST Learns About Mushroom Cultivation, Tree and Wildflower Identification, and Bee Keeping

The Poplarville Agricultural Concepts Class visited Shroomdom, Inc.  Thrusday, October 15, 2015.  Dr.Eddie Smith, MS State Extension Service Agent, spoke to the students about tree and wildflower identification .  Dr. Ales Gregorc, MS State University Coastal Research MS Extension Center Poplarville, spoke to the students about bee keeping.  Tony and Leilani Rosenbaum, owners of Shroomdom, Inc.,  explained sustainable gardening/perma culture, vermicompost and mushroom cultivation to the students.  The students of Agricultural Concepts Class would like to thank the Pearl River County Natural Resources Conservation Service for paying the entry fee for the students.  They would also like to thank Mrs. Beverly Hughes for making their lunches and arranging for their visit.

FFA Cheese Sale

Cheddar: Mild or Sharp (2-lb block)  $10.00               
Pepper Jack or Colby Jack (12oz.)   $6.00
To place an order contact any current FFA member, call 601-795-8343, or contact Keith Broom at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Deadline to order is Thursday, October 21
Delivery date projected: Nov 18th

Make checks payable to Poplarville FFA

Cheese may be picked up at PHS Career Development Center (across from Ace Hardware)

ICan Girls in Engineering

Twenty-five ninth grade female students attended the iCan! Girls in Engineering Program sponsored by Mississippi Power  Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at Pearl River Community College.  The students were chosen to participate in the program because of their achievement in their previous math and science classes.  Ms. Sarah Odom, Mississippi Power Customer Service Supervisor, spoke to the students about business etiquette.  Eight Mississippi Power female engineers volunteered their time to work with the Poplarville students.  The engineers explained how they became engineers and the process of education and experience in Coop programs.  The students participated in four hands-on activities.  The first was electrical engineering, the students made circuits using materials, such as, screws, batteries, and play dough.  The second was mechanical engineering, the female students made a car.  The third activity, civil engineering, the students designed a high heel shoe.  The final activity, chemical engineering, they made bath salts and lip gloss.  Representatives from Pearl River Community College, the recruiter, instructors from the Instrumentation and Electronics Programs spoke to the girls about their programs that are related to engineering.  A recruiter from the University of Southern Alabama spoke to the students about their engineering programs.  The students who attended iCan! Girls in Engineering Program would like to thank Ms. Ann Holland for arranging the event.

PHS HOSA Elects 2015-2016 Officers

On Thursday August 20, 2015 PHS HOSA elected 2015-2016 officers.  Elected were Karson Busby -President, Kaitlen Steele -Vice President, Lauren LeCompte -Secretary, Zachary Rice - Treasurer, Cameron Miller-Reporter 1, Logan Whipple-Reporter 2, and Kolby Havard Reporter 3. We are excited about the new school year and can't wait to see what is in store for HOSA!

Health Students Take an Oath

Health Science students recently researched the Hippocratic Oath and the Nightingale Pledge. After students completed the research they came up with their own class oath. Students participated in a "celebration of class oath”.  All students enjoyed the celebration!

CDC Hosts First Freshman/Parent Orientation

The Career Development Center faculty and staff hosted the very first Freshman/Parent Orientation Monday, July 27. Brochures outlining the Career & Technical programs offered at the Career Development Center along with an invitation to attend the event were mailed to the parents of all 2015-2016 PHS Freshman.

Students were given a copy of their schedules and a packet containing pertinent information specific to the high school, such as pick up and drop off instructions, tutoring break details, attendance and exemption policies, graduation and scholarship information, dual enrollment opportunities, a lunch menu, and a list of free educational websites to assist in the learning process.

During the first half of the Orientation, Dr. Marlene Cole, Director of Career & Technical Education, spoke to the 69 students and their parents in the general assembly. The second half consisted of an in-depth tour of the campus for the 9th grade students while the parents were toured through each of the five Career and Technical programs. In the past, students were always given a tour of the programs, but this year we wanted to educate the parents on the opportunities available to their child through the Career Development Center.

A special thanks to the Recruitment Department at PRCC for the donation of door prizes, the entire CDC faculty and staff, members of the PSD PTO, the PHS principal and guidance counselor, and all those in attendance. Due to the positive feedback, the Orientation will become an annual event.


Attention 2015-2016 Freshman and Parents of Freshman

The Career & Technical Education Faculty and Staff will be hosting a "First Annual Freshman & Parent Orientation Seminar" on Monday, July 27th at 6:00 p.m. located on the high school campus in the Career Development Center (entrance across from Ace Hardware). Topics for this seminar will include: Orientation to PHS, Tour of the campus and daily procedures, College and career readiness, Planning for your future, as well as a Q&A session.  We encourage you to take this time to familiarize yourself with the many opportunities awaiting at Poplarville High School.