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

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.

STEM Visits Horticulture Center

The Poplarville High School STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) classes visited Thad Cochran Horticulture Center Friday,December 12, 2014.  This is the fourth year that the STEM classes have toured the center.  This tour is a part of a nontraditional activity to encourage girls to enter nontraditional careers, such as engineering.  The boys are included in the activity, we hope to encourage both male and female students to push themselves in their high school classes so that they will be prepared to go into a STEM Career. Mr. Scott Langlois, Industrial Engineer,  Dr. Blair Sampson and Mr. Chris Werle, Entomologists, Dr. Timothy A. Rinehare, Research Plant Molecular Geneticist (Pictured), and Dr. Anthony Witcher, Horticulturist spoke to the students on their tour.  

Steak Dinner at CDC

Mr. Keith Broom is shown serving Dillian K. a steak dinner Friday, December 5, 2014.  Mr. Broom teaches Science of Agriculture Animals as part of his AEST Program in the CDC. The students study how to properly choose, raise and care for a variety of animals from birth all the way through to meat processing. At the conclusion of this class, Mr. Broom treats the students to a steak and potato meal at lunchtime.

Project SUCCESS at CDC

The Poplarville Career Development Center's CTE students completed Project SUCCESS on Wednesday, December 2, 2014.  Project Success teaches the CTE students how to complete a job application, construct a professional resume', compose letters associated with the job search process,the proper dress for an interview, and finally participate in a job interview. The following members of our community graciously accepted our invitation to interview our students during the mock job interview portion of this project:  Mr. William Kennedy, Subway Owner, Mrs. Debbie Lee, Catfish Cottage Owner, and Mr. Jason Meader, Stonewall's Owner interviewed the Culinary Arts Students.  Mr.Bryon Wells,Wells Insurance, Ms.Michelle McBride, Bank Plus, and Ms.Katie Santiago, President of the PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) interviewed the Marketing Students. Mr. Randy Morris, Physical Therapist (Encore) and Melissa Darden, RN (Poplarville School District) interviewed the Health Science Students.  Mr. William Baggett, Graphic Design (University of Southern Mississippi and Auburn) and Ms. Janet Kennedy, retired Chorus Teacher interviewed the Digital Media Technology Students.  Mr. Kermis Myrick, Horticulturist, Mr. Scott Langlois, Industrial Engineer (Thad Cochran Southern Horticulture Lab), and Mr. Alex Shook, Extension Agent (Mississippi State) interviewed the Agriculture, Environmental, Science, and Technology Students. We would like to extend a huge Thank You to these individuals for performing such a valuable service for our students.

CDC Ag Environmental Class Tours Plant

The Poplarville Agriculture Environmental Class toured the Pearl River Utility Authority's Waste Treatment Plant in Poplarville Wednesday, November 5, 2014.  Mr. Cliff Hodges gave the students a walking tour of the physical plant.  He was assisted by Cody Morris. Mr. Hodges explained to the students that the sewage treatment plant uses natural bacteria to break down the sewage before it returns to the environment. He also talked to the students about how technology makes the plant easier to monitor.

CDC Attendance Contest Winners Announced

The Winners of the CDC Attendance Contest from the last 2 weeks of October have been announced.  Students with perfect attendance from October 21-31 were placed in a drawing.  There were three drawings from each period.

Winners of lunch from the Hornet Grill: Blake Hines, Rachel Barras, Taylor Wells and Jacob Davis.

Winners of two snacks from the Hornet Store: Ariel Dunn, Devin Bonner, Brandan Allen and Gavin Necaise.

Winners of surprise bag of goodies: Jeremy Wilson, Brianna Prince, Dillan Kleyle and India Dedeaux.

Contest will continue with the first two weeks of November.

Culinary Arts Classes Experience Sugarcane

Mr. Russell Peters, a local businessman and avid gardener, spoke to the Poplarville CDC Culinary Arts Classes Monday, October 27, 2014.  Mr. Peters talked to the students about growing and processing sugarcane. He demonstrated how to plant and spoke about when it should be planted. Mr. Peters provided each student with an information sheet about different sugars and where sugar comes from.  Peters explained that this is the perfect time of year to grow sugar cane because it grows well in the south.  He brought two varieties of sugar cane to share with the students and for them to experience tasting. Many of the students had never tasted fresh cut sugarcane.  A few of the students had experienced eating sugarcane with their grandparents.