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

Health Science Students Perform Pumpkinectomies

Mrs. Thompson’s students performed pumpkinectomies Friday, October 24 in the CDC.  A pumpkinectomy gives students the opportunity to practice sterile techniques while performing surgery.  The students learned how to maintain a sterile field and how to properly put on and take off personal protective equipment.

Each class performed an appendectomy and a tonsillectomy on a pumpkin.  One pumpkin had Ebola.  The students had to properly put on personal protective equipment, gather information about the patient, begin surgery, complete surgery, properly remove personal protective equipment, and inform the pumpkin parent of how patient did during surgery.

After the pumpkinectomy was complete, students carved the pumpkins and placed them on the football field during Senior Night.

CDC Perfect Attendance Bonus

In an effort to help increase attendance in the Career Development Center, Dr. Cole has implemented a “Bonus” for perfect attendance.
Students must be present ALL day for a two week period.  Check-ins and check-outs will result in a disqualification.  After the two week interval, students with perfect attendance will be placed in a drawing per class period.  There will be three drawings from each period.  
  • 1st Prize- Delicious lunch from The Hornet Grill
  • 2nd Prize- Snack of choice from The Hornet Store
  • 3rd Prize- Door prize surprise

Round 1- October 20-31

Round 2- November 3-14

Growing Lunch

The Poplarville High School Career Development Center's five C.T.E. programs are working together on a container garden project.  
The project began with the Growing Lunch Grant through the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce.  The Agriculture Environmental Science and Technology students built the raised beds, mixed the potting soil, and filled the beds with the potting soil.  Culinary Arts students planted and are caring for the plants,will harvest and cook using the herbs and vegetables from the garden.  The Digital Media Technology students are making a video of the process. Health Science students are researching the health benefits of the herbs and vegetables, and the Marketing Class will market the excess herbs and vegetables to the school staff and community.  
This is an ongoing project and plans are being made to include winter vegetables and tomatoes in the greenhouse.

Wildlife Officer Speaks to Ag Environmental Class

Mr. John "Tank" Herring, wildlife officer, spoke to the Agriculture Environmental Science Class Thursday, September 4, 2012.  Officer Herring talked to the students about wildlife management and protecting the resources through the use of regulations such as bag limits and hunting seasons.  He also discussed preparing the habitat to enhance growth of wildlife, such as deer.

CDC Ag Goes to Workshops

The Poplarville Ag Environment and Ag Animals’ students participated in the Mississippi Soil Water Conservation District's Wildlife and Cogon Grass Workshop on Thursday, September 18, 2014.  The workshop was conducted at the Antlers & Wing Hunting Plantation.  Mr. Lance Middleton, MS. Soil and Water Conservationist and Mr. Barry Personney- NRSC/Biologist spoke to the students about Cogon Grass, an invasive species.  They talked to the students about different techniques in fighting Cogon Grass and preventing it from spreading. Mr. Justin Thayer, Wildlife Specialist/Biologist told the students about providing proper natural and supplementary food sources for deer.  

Local FFA Chapter to Compete Nationally

INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, August 6, 2014/National FFA Organization.) ʹA local FFA chapter recently was selected to compete for national recognition in an FFA Career Development Event at October͛s 87th National FFA Convention & Expo. The Poplarville Hs FFA Chapter from Poplarville will send members to Louisville, Ky., as they vie for national honors in the area of Extemporaneous Public Speaking. National support for the Extemporaneous Public in the event include Braxton Lee. The chapter advisor is Keith Broom. Extemporaneous public speaking is one of 24 national CDE areas, covering job skills in everything from communications to mechanics. Individuals are given 30 minutes to prepare a four to six minute speech covering one of 12 agriculture-related topics. Judges evaluate speaking, presentation, content and ability to answer questions pertaining to the topic covered in the speech. Finalists are selected based on speech& delivery, content and responses to the questions. National participants will advance through preliminary and semifinal rounds, with the top four speakers competing in the final round of the national event. CDEs help students develop the abilities to think critically, communicate clearly and perform effectively in a competitive job market. The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 579,678 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,570 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Keith Broom
Poplarville Hs FFA
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Students Attend National Competition in San Antonio, TX

Students from the Poplarville High School Career Center attended the National FCCLA (Family, Career, Community, Leaders of America) Leadership Conference and STAR events (Student, Taking, Action for Recognition) Competition July 6-10, 2014.  Pictured right to left, are Christopher Alexander who placed 2nd and received a silver medal for his project on Career Investigation, Jade McGill and La’Dasecia Cotton-Robinson who placed 2nd and received silver Medals for their project on Sports Nutrition, and Austin Smith who placed 3rd and received a Bronze medal for his National Programs -Power of One project on Autism.  

CDC Students Visit Dairy

The Poplarville Career Development Center’s Agriculture Concepts Class visited Country Girl’s Creamery Friday, May 9, 2014.  Mr. Kiahnell Smith, co-owner of Country Girl’s Creamery, spoke to the students about their dairy operation.  Mr. Smith told the students about how he and his son Mr. Butch Smith have managed their business by increasing their dairy income by adding value added products.  He explained about the nutrition of the animals, the quality of milk and processing the products of the milk, such as, cheese and yogurt.

Thomas Visits CDC

Ms. Lynn Thomas, Lincoln College of Technology Representative, spoke to the Poplarville Career Development Center Thursday, April 24, 2014.  The Poplarville Career Development Center is working on their annual Project SUCCESS.  During Project SUCCESS, CDC students learn how to write a resume', fill out a job application, learn how to dress and behave properly for a job interview, and participate in mock job interview.  Ms. Thomas's presentation addressed all of the Project SUCCESS objectives.  She used a game show structure in her lesson.  She also talked to them about scholarships and the programs offered at Lincoln College of Technology.

DECA Winners

Congratulations to Ondrea Ladner and Camryn Pierce for winning 1st Place in the Entrepreneurship Written Research Event at State DECA Competition.  They will advance to International DECA Competition in Atlanta Georgia in May

Carlie Lambert Appointed as District 5 Officer

Congratulations to Carlie Lambert for being appointed as District 5 State Officer for Mississippi DECA.  Carlie received this honor during the State DECA Conference in February.  She is also serving as president of our high school chapter, where she is demonstrating strong leadership skills.  PHS Marketing and DECA will be represented very well at the state level, as this is the first time that a PHS student has served as a State Officer.  Carlie will be representing our school at the International DECA Competition in Atlanta, Georgia May 3-7.