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

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!

HOSA Blood Drive

The PHS HOSA program is sponsoring a blood drive at Poplarville High School from 8:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, November. 19, at the Career Development Center (CDC).  All students 16 and older are invited, welcome and encouraged to donate at this event.
Sixteen year olds must have a permission form signed by a parent or guardian before they can donate.  Students must have a picture ID.
For more information, contact the HOSA program coordinator Candis Thompson at 601-795-1308 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Come on out and support the blood drive and save a life.

Students Visits Waste Water Plant

The Poplarville Agricultural Environmental Science Class visited the Poplarville Waste Water Treatment Plant Friday, November 8, 2013.  The students learned that Poplarville’s waste water (sewage) is transformed from sewage to clear water that is returned back into the water cycle. This process is done by a natural process that is aided by technology.

Fall Festival Silent Auction

A selection of the items that will be in the silent auction for HOSA’s Teaming Up With St. Jude event this Saturday. This display has been placed in the teacher's work room at PHS. All of the items for bid will be visible this Saturday.

The HOSA's Teaming Up With St. Jude event Saturday will be held in the Park . For more information or to place a bid by email, contact  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Remember, this is for St. Jude so be generous.


CDC Allied Health Field Trip

Poplarville High School Health Science 2nd year students toured Pearl River Community College Campus in Hattiesburg Thursday, September 26, 2013.  The students saw the following programs:  Medical Lab Technician, Surgical Technician, Dental Hygiene, Radiology, Physical Therapy Assistant, Occupational Therapy Assisstant,and Dental Assistant.