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

6 Family and Consumer Science Students win at State

6 Family and Consumer Science Students win at State FCCLA STAR Eventcompetition while at the State leadership meeting in Jackson MS.  The following Students won;
·        Austin Smith 1st place Gold medal in “National Programs in Action” with his project on Autism.
·        Jade McGill and La’Dasecia Cotton-Robinson 1st place Gold Medal for project on “Sports Nutrition”
·        Christopher Alexander 2nd place Silver Medal for project on “Career Investigation” (Not Pictured)
·        Jessica Putnam and Emily Boone 2nd place Silver Medal for “Chapter Service Project-Display” on “March of Dimes”
These students will advance to Nationals in San Antonio, Texas in July, while attending the FCCLA National Leadership Conference. Thanks For your Support!

Poplarville High School Culinary Arts students recently placed 3rd

Poplarville High School Culinary Arts students recently placed 3rd in the state competitionat the 5th Annual MS ProStart Invitational held in Jackson MS, at “Table 100” on Lakeland Drive.  The students who won 3rd place were team # 2 members; Anansa Bolton, Asia Bolton, Triston Ladner, Japonika McGee, and Nicole Wagner.  They were told by the judges, their food was some of the best in the competition, and better than some restaurants. These students won a total of $16,000 dollars in scholarship opportunities from some of the best culinary colleges around. 
Poplarville High School Supported two culinary teams both preformed an awesome job according to the judges’ comments.  Team # 1 members were; Brandon Buck, Racinda Odom, Jessica Putnam, Mitchell Stafford, Breanna Stockstill. 
Teams were challenged to butcher their own protein on site as seen in the fileting of fish for team # 1’s entrée.  Both teams made a form of homemade pasta; with team # 2 making homemade Italian Dumplings called Gnocchi and Team # 1 making homemade Linguini noodles.  The teams had to prepare a five course meal in 60 minutes with limited space and equipment after they completed several other aspects of the competition.

Blood Drive at CDC

PHS HOSA is hosting a blood drive on February 13, 2014 on the High School campus at the Career Technical Education building.. The blood drive will be from8:00am-2:30 pm.  This blood drive is special because ALL blood donated will stay in Mississippi to help people in our state.  Please come out and support not only PHS HOSA and Mississippi.

Roberts Speaks to Classes

Mrs. Hope Robert’s marketing classes at Poplarville High School welcomed 2009 honor graduate Colby Roberts as a guest speaker on December 15, 2013.  Colby recently graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in classics and economics, and he is currently studying law at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.  He spoke to the marketing classes about the importance of economics in today’s society.  To reinforce the objectives for marketing, he also demonstrated supply and demand curves and gave real world examples of the economy.  Colby concluded his presentation by answering questions and by leading the students in a class discussion about the economy in the United States.

Students Aid in Testing

Poplarville High School students, Andi Pullen, Erica Hughes, and Kaitlyn Clark have been involved in a community service project to assist their peers.  These students entered study terms and definitions into the website. Mrs. Ann Bosworth, Student Services Coordinator, designed this project to assist students in preparing for their U. S History, Biology and CPAS State Tests.

STEM Visits Thad Cochran Lab

The Poplarville High School STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Classes visited the Thad Cochran Southern Horticulture Laboratory Friday, November 22,2013.  Dr. Donna Marshall, Horticulturist and 1987 Poplarville High School Graduate, discussed traditional plant breeding as well as in vitro breeding techniques and the role that genetics plays in developing new varieties of ornamental and small fruit plants with improved qualities such as productivity, disease resistance and vigor.
Entomologists Dr. Blair Sampson and Chris Werle talked to students about the role that insects play in plant pollination as well as how they are developing techniques to control invasive pests which, left unchecked, could cause harm to local trees and fruit crops.
Scott Langlois, Industrial Engineer and 1981 Poplarville High School Graduate, discussed how engineering principles are used in the design and development of equipment utilized to support the agricultural industry and how engineers integrate mechanization and special tooling to improve productivity and increase worker safety.
Dr. Anthony Witcher, Horticulturist, explained the role that automated greenhouses play in support of research and showed the students how environmental conditions such as light, temperature, humidity and irrigation are monitored and controlled in the research station’s greenhouses.

STEM Classes Studying Careers

The Poparville High School STEM Classes are studying different types of engineers and careers (example: machinist) that work with engineers.  The STEM Classes visited the following Pearl River Community Center Classes Thursday, December 5, 2013:
 *   Robbie Shaw, Precision Machining Tool Operation
 *   Eric McCoy, Heating, AC, & Refrigeration
 *   James Elbers and Tony Oldmixon, Electrical
 *   Brad Barrett, Automotive Mechanics
 *   Leland Kennedy, Welding & Cutting
Mr. Robbie Shaw is a 1996 graduate from Poplarville High School.  Mr. Tony Oldmixon is a 1979 graduate from Poplarville High School.

PHS HOSA Helps St. Jude

The Poplarville High School Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) committed themselves to a semester of service to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Over the past four months, the students hosted a fall fest, sent letters to friends and family, and sponsored a toy drive to collect donations for St. Jude. The students were able to raise a total of $2,660.00, in addition to hundreds of toy items for the patients.  Not only were the students able to bring joy to multiple patients but the students adopted one precious two year old and her mother and were able to shower them with gifts as well.  Upon completion of this service, students from HOSA took a trip to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital where they personally presented the check and toys and also toured the facility.  The students have stated this was a life changing event for them.  Some stated this made them appreciate their lives and also inspired them to want to work for St. Jude in the future.  Mrs. Thompson the PHS HOSA Advisor states that she is very proud of the hard work and dedication these students have shown.

Wildlife Rehabilitator Visits CDC

Missy Dubuisson, wildlife rehabilitator, spoke to the Agricultural Environmental Science Class and the Intro to Biology Classes Tuesday, November 19, 2013. Ms. Dubuisson spoke to the classes about helping wild animals that have been injured and returning them to nature.  The animals (gopher tortoise, box turtles and opossums) that she brought with her for her demonstration speech cannot be returned to nature because they were so badly injured that they would not survive in the wild. Desiree ‘Touchet, 2012 Poplarville High School Graduate, assisted Ms. Dubuisson with her presentation.  Desiree’s senior project last year was Wildlife Rehabilitator and Ms. Dubuisson was her mentor. Ms. Dubuisson’s nonprofit organization is Wild at Heart Rescue.  You can follow her work at:

Teaming Up with Ronald McDonald House

DECA members are teaming up with Ronald McDonald House Charities.  Carlie Lambert and Brianna Smith are working hard to save tabs from aluminum cans to donate to the charity.  The tabs collected will be delivered to the New Orleans location during the last week of January.  These tabs will benefit families staying in the house by assisting with medical expenses for their child that is receiving treatment.  Thanks to Poplarville Upper Elementary students and staff for assisting DECA in this meaningful project.  If anyone is interested in helping DECA with this project, contact Hope Roberts at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Thank you in advance for helping DECA donate for such a worthy cause!