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

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!

Roberts District V DECA Advisor of the Year

Congratulations to Hope Roberts, PHS Marketing Instructor and DECA Advisor, who recently received District V DECA Advisor of the Year and District V MAME (Mississippi Association of Marketing Educators) award.  These awards were announced on February 20 at the annual Mississippi DECA Awards banquet in Jackson.

CDC Students Learn About Gardening

Dr. Eddie Smith, MS State Extension Agent, spoke to the Poplarville Culinary Arts Students and Agriculture Concepts Students, Wednesday February 18, 2015.  Dr. Smith brought information about gardening in South Mississippi to the students.  He talked to them about planting vegetables, controlling insects and disease that affect vegetable plants.  He also informed the students about nutrients that may need to be added to the garden soil.  Dr. Smith also supervised the students in taking soil samples from the raised garden beds at the Poplarville Career Development Center to see if the soil is lacking in nutrients and minerals.  Dr. Smith is the County Coordinator for the Master Gardening Program.

Foundation Funds iPads for PHS Healthcare Students

Students in Poplarville High School’s Career Development Center will be a step closer to healthcare jobs through a grant from the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation. The $3,000 grant allows teacher Candis Thompson, R.N.,  to purchase 11  iPads and applications for students in the health sciences program.
“Emerging technology in the classroom is a must-have if we as educators intend to take this generation of students and prepare them for the technological demainds of the workforce,” Thompson said. “With the ability to purchase iPads for the classroom, the students will be able to access medical applications that simulate the high technology standards found in hospitals today.”
The students will become familiar with the Electronic Medical Records system all facilities are required by law to use. Other apps will allow them to study a variety of healthcare subjects, including how infections spread, healthy diets and virtual diagnoses.

“Over the past few years, all areas of our society have become more technology oriented,” said Sid Whitley, chief executive officer of the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation. “There is a need for graduating students to be able to use these technologies effectively in the workplace.   This grant focuses on preparing students to be productive members of the healthcare workforce. By purchasing iPads, these students will have access to and become proficient in the use of virtual programs that were previously unavailable to them.”

Photo caption:
Foundation CEO Sid Whitley, seated center, presents a grant from the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation to Candis Thompson for a health science technology project at the Poplarville Career Development Center. With them are Poplarville school superintendent Carl Merritt, seated; and standing, foundation president Clyde Dease and Dr. Marlene Cole, Career Center administrator.

Ivory Smith Speaks at CDC Culinary Arts

Poplarville High School Culinary Art’s students were privileged to have Mr. Ivory Smith, Veteran and local business owner as guest speaker on Friday January 23, 2015.  Mr. Smith is the grower/owner of Smithponics Microgreens.  He spoke to the students about how he started his business of growing microgreens, how often his crop produce, how he contracts with upscale restaurants, and delivers his product to them. He sells the microgreens to restaurants on the Mississippi gulf coast, Hattiesburg Corner Markets, and New Orleans, Louisiana.  He does sell to private individuals, desiring his healthy product line.  If interested please contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Mr. Smith is a 1999 graduate of Poplarville High School.

Poplarville Students Learning Through Garden Project

POPLARVILLE - A $2,500 grant from the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation will give students at the Poplarville Career Development Center a hands-on garden project.
Students in all five programs at the center will be involved in the project which will branch out far beyond the actual garden.
In addition to planting the raised-bed garden, tending it and harvesting the vegetables, students will design a brochure explaining the health benefits, produce a documentary video, develop an advertising campaign to publicize a healthy lifestyle as well as plan menus, adapt recipes and prepare meals using the produce.
“The concept of students learning to grow their own vegetables in a small space teaches them how to have a healthy, sustainable diet,” said Ann Bosworth, Career Center grant coordinator. “Utilizing those vegetables in various recipes provides an even broader knowledge base of health eating.”
The project will involve students in all five of the center’s programs - AEST (agriculture, environmental, science and technology), health science, digital media technology, marketing and culinary arts.
&“This foundation grant to the Poplarville School District ‘Garden Project’ will teach students to grow gardens, an art that was common in earlier times,” said Sid Whitley, chief executive officer of the foundation. “The benefits of this project are to make students familiar with the ease of growing ‘homegrown’ vegetables, to teach them the value of such food items and to encourage healthier eating habits. It is anticipated that   participating students will grow gardens on their own in the future.”
The gardens beds, compost bins and gardening tools will be maintained and used for several years as will the Chrome books and software the grant is funding, Bosworth said. Sales of the produce will help with the expenses of replanting and maintaining future gardens.

Photo caption:
Sid Whitley, seated center, presents a grant from the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation to Ann Bosworth for a career education garden project at the Poplarville Career Development Center. With them are Poplarville school superintendent Carl Merritt, seated; and standing, foundation president Clyde Dease and Dr. Marlene Cole, Career Center administrator.