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

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.

CDC Health Science Students Harvest Potatoes

The Poplarville Career Development Center Health Science students are harvesting potatoes from the Career Development  Center ‘s raised vegetable garden.  The health science students are part of the center’s team that is participating in the Growing Lunch Program.  The health science students have competed at the state HOSA competition and won first in the state using the Growing Lunch Program to teach other students proper nutrition.  P.J. Kelly  and Austin Darden will be traveling to Anaheim, California to compete at the national level.

CDC Receives Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation Grant

Students in Poplarville’s Career Development Center classes next year will improve their basic skills through online, interactive courses.
The Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation approved a Small Classroom Grant of $4,950 for purchase of the ACT KeyTrain Curriculum. The curriculum will assess students’ need for assistance in reading and/or math, said Ann Bosworth, student services coordinator at the center.
“To succeed in the work place, students have to be able to read, write, locate information, listen and complete basic math problems,” she said. “Students should leave high school armed with the academic skills that will enable them to adapt and face the many challenges in life.”
Students will complete the KeyTrain courses that they need to improve their skills. Modules include reading for information, applied mathematics, locating information, applied technology, writing, listening for understanding, workplace observation, teamwork and business writing skills. In the grant application, Bosworth wrote that 50 percent of the district’s career and technical students test two grade levels below their current grade in math, 37 percent are two grades behind in reading and 43 percent are two grades behind in language.
“This grant will provide the Poplarville School District with a capability to implement a system to test students to determine subject areas in which they need individual extra assistance,” said Sid Whitley, chief executive officer of the Foundation. “Software modules are available for testing in almost every subject area. This system is expected to assist students to achieve higher scores on state tests. The Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation is happy to assist in this implementation.”

The KeyTrain system will be used in the five Career Development Center programs - culinary arts, marketing, health science, digital media and agriculture environmental science and technology.

Photo caption: 
Ann Bosworth, student services coordinator for the Poplarville School District’s Career Development Center, talks with Sid Whitley, CEO of the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation, about the Foundation grant for an online learning program for the center. With them are Poplarville superintendent Carl Merritt, left, and Clyde Dease, Foundation president.

Local Businesses Partner with Career & Technical Student Organizations

The students and faculty at Poplarville High School Career Development Center would like to thank the following businesses for their monetary donations to assist with funding student travel for National Competitions: Radio Shack, Boones Pharmacy, Deb’s Pizza and Pasta, Hancock Bank, and Wal-Mart of Wiggins.  Please join us in thanking them for their dedication and interest in our young people and their futures.  We look forward to receiving even more donations.  If you did not receive a form and would like one, please contact Dr. Marlene Cole, Director of Career & Technical Education at 601-795-8343.  All donations are tax deductible.

STEM TSA Visits Science Center

STEM TSA (Technology Student Association) members, Roger Brown, Dominic Shubert, Zack Couvillion, Alan Holiday, and Dustin Lee, recently visited the Infinity Science Center in Pearlington, MS.  The students were able to tour the science center and learn more about space exploration and robotics.  NASA engineers, including Mr. John Crouch and Mr. Ray Sheehy, talked personally to the students about the history of the space program and the importance of learning math and science while in high school.  Also, the engineers assisted the members with the programming of their VEX robot, which the students will take to competition next year.  At the conclusion of the self-guided tour of the science center, the students were able to take a bus tour of the rocket engine testing sites.

Davis Speaks to CDC Students

SFC Carley Davis of the Mississippi National Guard spoke to the Poplarville Career Development Center Students Friday, February 27, 2015.  Sargent Davis talked to the students about the Goal Program, a new program in the Mississippi National Guard.  This program provides money, a stipend, to the student for the six years he or she is in high school and college.  The student would start the program in the 11th grade and continue in it until he or she finishes their degree after four years of college.  The student would have to attend basic training, serve the National Guard one day out of the month for six years.  The student would be supervised through their two years of high school, two years of community college, and two years of senior college.  The students could not be deployed as long as they stayed in high school and college.  The Mississippi National Guard would pay for the student’s tuition and their books.  After graduation from college, students may stay in the National Guard or opt out of continued enlistment.

Orlando Bound

Camryn Pierce and Ondrea Ladner will represent our school at the International DECA Competition in Orlando, Florida during the week of April 25-29. They recently placed 1st at state competition in Jackson, MS which allowed them this opportunity.  Good Luck Ondrea and Camryn!