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MGCCC Baseball Taking Next Step In MACJC Playoffs
Release Date:5/5/2016
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

PERKINSTON – Mississippi Gulf Coast is making its first appearance in the MACJC baseball playoffs since 2013.

Bulldogs coach Rodney Batts sees a first-round playoff matchup at East Central as a good start, both short term and long term.

“Our ultimate goal here to win a national championship,” he said. “Anytime you fall short of that, in my mind, it’s a disappointing year.

“But it’s a process. First step is getting in the playoffs. It means a lot to this program and these guys, and it means this program is going in the direction I want it to go. It kind of changes the attitude around here.”

The sixth-place Bulldogs (25-19) face the Warriors (19-9) in a best-of-three series starting Friday at 6 p.m. Game 2 will be Saturday at 2 p.m., with a third game, if necessary, following 30 minutes following.

Winners of the four best-of-three series will feed into the MACJC Tournament, to be played at the highest-remaining seed’s home field starting May 12.

Gulf Coast swept East Central during the regular season. The Bulldogs did so largely on the strength of their pitching staff, both starters and relievers.

Dylan Mills-Derouen threw a no-hitter, winning 2-0 in the second game. That came after Irby Dossett had pitched 5.1 innings of two-run in the opener.

Destin Aime and Brandon Kennedy shut out the Warriors the rest of the way as the offense picked up the winning run in the sixth of a 3-2 game.

The staff, under pitching coach Eric Ebers, finished with a 3.47 ERA in MACJC play, second best in the conference.

“Any team, your strength needs to be the pitching staff,” Batts said. “It’s a great testament to Coach Ebers and what he’s done with these guys bringing them along. Pitching has been the strong suit the last two-thirds of the year. They’re throwing as well as anybody in the state. They’re the main reason we are where we are.”

The long-term benefits of the season’s results will be revealed on the recruiting trail, where prospects usually first ask how a school did the previous year.

And taking more steps can only help.
“Now we can say we’re in the playoffs,” Batts said. “Hopefully, after this weekend, we’ll be able to say more than that.”

MACJC playoffs
Higher seed hosts best-of-3 series
(Game 3, if necessary, 30 minutes after Game 2)
No. 1 Jones County vs. No. 8 Delta: Friday 6 p.m., Saturday 2 p.m.
No. 2 Meridian vs. No. 7 Itawamba: Friday 6 p.m., Saturday 2 p.m.
No. 3 East Central vs. No. 6 Gulf Coast: Friday 6 p.m., Saturday 2 p.m.
No. 4 Northwest vs. No. 5 Northwest: Friday 6 p.m., Saturday 2:30 p.m.


For more information on MGCCC’s 10 intercollegiate athletic teams, follow @MGCCCAthletics on Twitter and BulldogLIVE on Facebook, and go to mgcccbulldogs.com.

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Co-Lin Host Individual Basketball Camp
Release Date: 5/5/2016
Copiah-Lincoln Community College

WESSON – Copiah-Lincoln Community College will hold their 2016 summer individual basketball camp for boys and girls grades 1-8 on May 25-26 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Fundamentals will be taught to each camper in a pleasant learning environment regardless of the camper's level of ability. The cost is $85 and includes instruction, lunch, limited insurance, a regulation basketball, and camp T-shirt.

Please call or send pre-registration information before camp begins. Registration will be held in Mullen Gymnasium on Wednesday, May 25, from 7:30-8:30 a.m., with the first session starting at 9 a.m. All participants are asked to wear T-shirts, basketball shoes, shorts, and socks.

For more information contact Co-Lin women's head coach Gwyn Young at (601) 754-0967 or men's head coach Kenny Bizot at (903) 920-3003.


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PRCC Women’s Basketball Standouts Sign With Four-year Colleges
Release Date: 5/5/2016
Pearl River Community College

POPLARVILLE – Two sophomore members of the Pearl River Community College women’s basketball team signed scholarship offers to four-year colleges Thursday in a brief signing ceremony at M.R. White Coliseum on the PRCC campus.

Sophomore guard Shaniqua Magee signed with the University of West Florida, in Pensacola, Fla., while sophomore guard Asia Thibodeaux inked with Tougaloo College in Jackson.

“It seemed like home for me, the atmosphere, the athletics and the team,” said Thibodeaux, a product of West Harrison High School who averaged 12.0 points a game for the Lady Wildcats this past season.

Magee, who came to PRCC after graduating from Collins High School, averaged a team-high 13.3 points per game in the 2015-16 season. She was a second-team All-MACJC selection and participated in the annual MACJC All-Star Game, where she scored 11 points.

“It just felt like it was the best fit for me,” said Magee of UWF, which competes in the Gulf South Conference in NCAA Division II. “I think there will be more opportunity for me there.”

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PRCC Makes Another ‘best’ List For Community Colleges
Release Date: 5/4/2016
Pearl River Community College

Pearl River Community College has again been recognized as one of the country’s best.

The StateUniversity.com website ranks PRCC as 15th on its list of the 500 best community colleges in the United States for 2015.

PRCC is the only Mississippi community college listed in the top 85 on the list. PRCC is one of more than 1,100 community colleges in the U.S.

“I am truly excited about the recognition that our college has received from the StateUniversity.com organization,” said Dr. William Lewis, PRCC president. “To be recognized as one of America’s best community colleges by this organization is truly an honor for us.

“The recognition exemplifies the great efforts our employees make to ensure Pearl River students receive a quality higher education. We are proud of the achievements of our students that helped make this recognition possible.”

According to its website, StateUniversity.com uses many different measures in determining the rank of a particular school. The most important factors are a school's ACT/SAT scores, its student retention, faculty salary, and student / faculty ratio.

PRCC’s score was 77.41, out of a possible score of 100.

Recognition of this magnitude should be celebrated across the college,” said Dr. Adam Breerwood, vice president for the Poplarville campus and Hancock Center. “This award is an example of the collaborative efforts of all departments to help our students achieve success. This honor is a direct reflection of the leadership of Dr. Lewis and the environment for achievement he has created.”

This ranking is another in a long list of national recognitions the college has received in recent years.

Last year, the Brookings Institute released its “Beyond College Rankings” study that ranked universities and community colleges on a value-added system that measures the difference between actual alumni outcomes (like salaries) and the outcomes one would expect given a student’s characteristics and the type of institution.

For two-year colleges, PRCC was ranked third in the nation for having the highest value-added with respect to mid-career earnings.

Also, the Create a Career website recently ranked PRCC as 23rd on its list of the 25 Best Community Colleges in the United States.

Selection was based on evaluation of several studies and ratings of community colleges throughout the nation, according to the website. Factors included student retention rates, percentage of students who graduate or transfer to another school within three years, student-to-faculty ratios, student support, the types of programs provided and the school’s reputation.

Other honors include PRCC’s recognition as 20th in the 2012 CNN Money list of top community colleges, its ranking in 2013 by the Aspen Institute in the top 10 percent of U.S. community colleges and its membership in the National Collegiate Honors Council.

PRCC also was ranked in the top 10 percent by the Aspen Institute in 2012, was listed 28th by TheBestSchools.org in 2013 and is on the 2015 Military Friendly Schools list.

Such recognition increases PRCC’s visibility to high school students using the Internet to research college opportunities.

“It is exciting to see PRCC receive this honor,” said Delana Harris, PRCC director of recruitment and marketing.

“Recognition such as this impacts our recruiting efforts by calling attention to the excellent opportunities available to students who enroll at PRCC. PRCC has so much to offer, including quality academics, cutting-edge programs, affordable tuition and exciting student life. Our graduates continually excel in their chosen careers and in furthering their education.”

The website can be found at http://www.stateuniversity.com/rank/score_rank_by_commc.html

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PRCC Makes Another ‘best’ List For Community Colleges
Release Date: 5/4/2016
Pearl River Community College

Pearl River Community College has again been recognized as one of the country’s best.

The StateUniversity.com website ranks PRCC as 15th on its list of the 500 best community colleges in the United States for 2015.

PRCC is the only Mississippi community college listed in the top 85 on the list. PRCC is one of more than 1,100 community colleges in the U.S.

“I am truly excited about the recognition that our college has received from the StateUniversity.com organization,” said Dr. William Lewis, PRCC president. “To be recognized as one of America’s best community colleges by this organization is truly an honor for us.

“The recognition exemplifies the great efforts our employees make to ensure Pearl River students receive a quality higher education. We are proud of the achievements of our students that helped make this recognition possible.”

According to its website, StateUniversity.com uses many different measures in determining the rank of a particular school. The most important factors are a school's ACT/SAT scores, its student retention, faculty salary, and student / faculty ratio.

PRCC’s score was 77.41, out of a possible score of 100.

Recognition of this magnitude should be celebrated across the college,” said Dr. Adam Breerwood, vice president for the Poplarville campus and Hancock Center. “This award is an example of the collaborative efforts of all departments to help our students achieve success. This honor is a direct reflection of the leadership of Dr. Lewis and the environment for achievement he has created.”

This ranking is another in a long list of national recognitions the college has received in recent years.

Last year, the Brookings Institute released its “Beyond College Rankings” study that ranked universities and community colleges on a value-added system that measures the difference between actual alumni outcomes (like salaries) and the outcomes one would expect given a student’s characteristics and the type of institution.

For two-year colleges, PRCC was ranked third in the nation for having the highest value-added with respect to mid-career earnings.

Also, the Create a Career website recently ranked PRCC as 23rd on its list of the 25 Best Community Colleges in the United States.

Selection was based on evaluation of several studies and ratings of community colleges throughout the nation, according to the website. Factors included student retention rates, percentage of students who graduate or transfer to another school within three years, student-to-faculty ratios, student support, the types of programs provided and the school’s reputation.

Other honors include PRCC’s recognition as 20th in the 2012 CNN Money list of top community colleges, its ranking in 2013 by the Aspen Institute in the top 10 percent of U.S. community colleges and its membership in the National Collegiate Honors Council.

PRCC also was ranked in the top 10 percent by the Aspen Institute in 2012, was listed 28th by TheBestSchools.org in 2013 and is on the 2015 Military Friendly Schools list.

Such recognition increases PRCC’s visibility to high school students using the Internet to research college opportunities.

“It is exciting to see PRCC receive this honor,” said Delana Harris, PRCC director of recruitment and marketing.

“Recognition such as this impacts our recruiting efforts by calling attention to the excellent opportunities available to students who enroll at PRCC. PRCC has so much to offer, including quality academics, cutting-edge programs, affordable tuition and exciting student life. Our graduates continually excel in their chosen careers and in furthering their education.”

The website can be found at http://www.stateuniversity.com/rank/score_rank_by_commc.html

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EMCC To Be Represented For Sixth Consecutive Year At College National Finals Rodeo In Wyoming
East Mississippi Finishes Fourth In Men’s Team Rodeo Competition At Northwest Mississippi
Marcus Theriot’s Fourth All-around Regional Title Leads EMCC To Third-place Team Finish At UT Martin
Katelyn Nicholson Leads East Mississippi Women To Rodeo Team Title At Arkansas-Monticello
East Mississippi Men Finish Third While Hosting NIRA Ozark Region Rodeo In West Point
East Mississippi To Host Collegiate Rodeo This Week At The Ranch In West Point
East Mississippi Men’s Rodeo Team Stands 18th Nationally After First-place Finish At Southern Arkansas Event
All-Around Cowboy Marcus Theriot Leads EMCC To Runner-up Finish At West Alabama Rodeo Showdown
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EMCC To Be Represented For Sixth Consecutive Year At College National Finals Rodeo In Wyoming
Release Date: 5/4/2016
East Mississippi Community College

SCOOBA – Culminating with a program-best, third-place men’s team regional finish this season, the East Mississippi Community College rodeo team will send three participants to next month’s College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming. Men’s and women’s All-Around regional champions Marcus Theriot and Katelyn Nicholson will be joined by saddle bronc rider Kody Rinehart, June 12-18 at the Casper Events Center, as more than 400 collegiate cowboys and cowgirls compete for national individual and team rodeo championships.

Theriot, the 2014 National High School Finals All-Around Cowboy, enters this year’s CNFR as the nation’s second-ranked collegiate cowboy with 2,060 total points. The Poplarville native trails only Jared Parke of top-ranked Blue Mountain Community College, who has compiled 3,414 points during the 2015-16 college rodeo season. This past weekend at the UA Cossatot-hosted sixth annual Colts College Rodeo in Texarkana, Arkansas, Theriot claimed his fifth All-Around regional event title of the season by scoring 300 of the team’s 440 points.

Along with claiming the All-Around men’s title among the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s Ozark Region, Theriot also collected regional titles in calf roping (755 points) and team roping-header (670 points) to rank fourth and eighth nationally, respectively. The reigning Mississippi High School Rodeo Association Boys’ All-Around Champion also finished as the Ozark Region’s reserve champion in steer wrestling (635 points).

On the women’s side, Nicholson likewise captured All-Around honors to complete the EMCC sweep within the Ozark Region’s respective All-Around individual standings. With a pair of All-Around regional event titles on the year, Nicholson clinched the season championship by finishing as reserve champion at last week’s regular season-ending rodeo at UA Cossatot. A native of Lawrence, Nicholson’s first-place effort in barrel racing at UA Cossatot allowed her to edge UT Martin’s Nealey Dalton by just 20 points (820-800) for this year’s Ozark Region barrel racing title. Nicholson will also compete in goat tying at next month’s CNFR after finishing 10th in the event within the region during the regular season.

Rinehart will make a return trip to the College National Finals Rodeo after competing independently for Blue Mountain College last year. The Kossuth High School product placed third in saddle bronc riding competition with 680 total points during this year’s Ozark Region schedule.

Concluding this year’s 10-event Ozark Region regular-season slate last week with a pair of third-place team finishes at Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas, East Mississippi’s rodeo teams respectively placed third and seventh in the final regular-season regional team standings. The EMCC men totaled 3,620 points during the year to finish only behind nationally third-ranked UT Martin and No. 8 Missouri Valley College within the region. EMCC’s women collected 1,240 total points on the year.

This season marks the second straight year that East Mississippi will have three competitors participating in the College National Finals Rodeo. A season ago in Casper, EMCC bull rider Winston Cheek earned 125 points by advancing to the championship round to give the men’s team a program-best, 25th-place national finish. Coach Morgan Goodrich’s 2014-15 team was also represented by fellow bull rider Justin Reeves and All-Around regional reserve champion cowgirl Kelsey Kennemer, who competed in team roping and barrel racing at last year’s CNFR.

Two years ago at nationals, EMCC’s team roping tandem of Colt Fisher and Justin Pruitt advanced to the finals in leading the Lions to their previous-best, 28th-place team finish in national competition. Under Goodrich’s guidance, East Mississippi previously earned consecutive 35th-place men’s team showings during CNFR events held in 2012 and 2013.

Come next month, East Mississippi Community College will have been represented in the College National Finals Rodeo for the sixth consecutive year with at least one cowboy or cowgirl participating annually at nationals since the program’s inception in 2010.

The College National Finals Rodeo is where the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) annually crowns individual event champions in saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, bull riding, team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping, and goat tying. The top three student-athletes in each event and the top two men’s and women’s teams from each of the NIRA’s 11 regions annually qualify for the CNFR. With more than 400 cowboys and cowgirls from over 100 universities and colleges expected to compete individually next month in Casper, national team championships will also be awarded in the men’s and women’s divisions.


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PRCC Makes Another ‘best’ List For Community Colleges
Release Date: 5/4/2016
Pearl River Community College

Pearl River Community College has again been recognized as one of the country’s best.

The StateUniversity.com website ranks PRCC as 15th on its list of the 500 best community colleges in the United States for 2015.

PRCC is the only Mississippi community college listed in the top 85 on the list. PRCC is one of more than 1,100 community colleges in the U.S.

“I am truly excited about the recognition that our college has received from the StateUniversity.com organization,” said Dr. William Lewis, PRCC president. “To be recognized as one of America’s best community colleges by this organization is truly an honor for us.

“The recognition exemplifies the great efforts our employees make to ensure Pearl River students receive a quality higher education. We are proud of the achievements of our students that helped make this recognition possible.”

According to its website, StateUniversity.com uses many different measures in determining the rank of a particular school. The most important factors are a school's ACT/SAT scores, its student retention, faculty salary, and student / faculty ratio.

PRCC’s score was 77.41, out of a possible score of 100.

Recognition of this magnitude should be celebrated across the college,” said Dr. Adam Breerwood, vice president for the Poplarville campus and Hancock Center. “This award is an example of the collaborative efforts of all departments to help our students achieve success. This honor is a direct reflection of the leadership of Dr. Lewis and the environment for achievement he has created.”

This ranking is another in a long list of national recognitions the college has received in recent years.

Last year, the Brookings Institute released its “Beyond College Rankings” study that ranked universities and community colleges on a value-added system that measures the difference between actual alumni outcomes (like salaries) and the outcomes one would expect given a student’s characteristics and the type of institution.

For two-year colleges, PRCC was ranked third in the nation for having the highest value-added with respect to mid-career earnings.

Also, the Create a Career website recently ranked PRCC as 23rd on its list of the 25 Best Community Colleges in the United States.

Selection was based on evaluation of several studies and ratings of community colleges throughout the nation, according to the website. Factors included student retention rates, percentage of students who graduate or transfer to another school within three years, student-to-faculty ratios, student support, the types of programs provided and the school’s reputation.

Other honors include PRCC’s recognition as 20th in the 2012 CNN Money list of top community colleges, its ranking in 2013 by the Aspen Institute in the top 10 percent of U.S. community colleges and its membership in the National Collegiate Honors Council.

PRCC also was ranked in the top 10 percent by the Aspen Institute in 2012, was listed 28th by TheBestSchools.org in 2013 and is on the 2015 Military Friendly Schools list.

Such recognition increases PRCC’s visibility to high school students using the Internet to research college opportunities.

“It is exciting to see PRCC receive this honor,” said Delana Harris, PRCC director of recruitment and marketing.

“Recognition such as this impacts our recruiting efforts by calling attention to the excellent opportunities available to students who enroll at PRCC. PRCC has so much to offer, including quality academics, cutting-edge programs, affordable tuition and exciting student life. Our graduates continually excel in their chosen careers and in furthering their education.”

The website can be found at http://www.stateuniversity.com/rank/score_rank_by_commc.html

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PRCC Makes Another ‘best’ List For Community Colleges
Release Date: 5/4/2016
Pearl River Community College

Pearl River Community College has again been recognized as one of the country’s best.

The StateUniversity.com website ranks PRCC as 15th on its list of the 500 best community colleges in the United States for 2015.

PRCC is the only Mississippi community college listed in the top 85 on the list. PRCC is one of more than 1,100 community colleges in the U.S.

“I am truly excited about the recognition that our college has received from the StateUniversity.com organization,” said Dr. William Lewis, PRCC president. “To be recognized as one of America’s best community colleges by this organization is truly an honor for us.

“The recognition exemplifies the great efforts our employees make to ensure Pearl River students receive a quality higher education. We are proud of the achievements of our students that helped make this recognition possible.”

According to its website, StateUniversity.com uses many different measures in determining the rank of a particular school. The most important factors are a school's ACT/SAT scores, its student retention, faculty salary, and student / faculty ratio.

PRCC’s score was 77.41, out of a possible score of 100.

Recognition of this magnitude should be celebrated across the college,” said Dr. Adam Breerwood, vice president for the Poplarville campus and Hancock Center. “This award is an example of the collaborative efforts of all departments to help our students achieve success. This honor is a direct reflection of the leadership of Dr. Lewis and the environment for achievement he has created.”

This ranking is another in a long list of national recognitions the college has received in recent years.

Last year, the Brookings Institute released its “Beyond College Rankings” study that ranked universities and community colleges on a value-added system that measures the difference between actual alumni outcomes (like salaries) and the outcomes one would expect given a student’s characteristics and the type of institution.

For two-year colleges, PRCC was ranked third in the nation for having the highest value-added with respect to mid-career earnings.

Also, the Create a Career website recently ranked PRCC as 23rd on its list of the 25 Best Community Colleges in the United States.

Selection was based on evaluation of several studies and ratings of community colleges throughout the nation, according to the website. Factors included student retention rates, percentage of students who graduate or transfer to another school within three years, student-to-faculty ratios, student support, the types of programs provided and the school’s reputation.

Other honors include PRCC’s recognition as 20th in the 2012 CNN Money list of top community colleges, its ranking in 2013 by the Aspen Institute in the top 10 percent of U.S. community colleges and its membership in the National Collegiate Honors Council.

PRCC also was ranked in the top 10 percent by the Aspen Institute in 2012, was listed 28th by TheBestSchools.org in 2013 and is on the 2015 Military Friendly Schools list.

Such recognition increases PRCC’s visibility to high school students using the Internet to research college opportunities.

“It is exciting to see PRCC receive this honor,” said Delana Harris, PRCC director of recruitment and marketing.

“Recognition such as this impacts our recruiting efforts by calling attention to the excellent opportunities available to students who enroll at PRCC. PRCC has so much to offer, including quality academics, cutting-edge programs, affordable tuition and exciting student life. Our graduates continually excel in their chosen careers and in furthering their education.”

The website can be found at http://www.stateuniversity.com/rank/score_rank_by_commc.html

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No. 3 MGCCC Faces Showdown With No. 1 LSU-Eunice
Release Date: 5/5/2016
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

No. 3 Mississippi Gulf Coast gets very little time to process Wednesday’s disappointment loss in the MACJC Tournament finals ahead of the NJCAA Region 23 version.

The Lady Bulldogs (45-5) play host LSU-Eunice (51-5) at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

“It’s a huge, quick turnaround after the state tournament, that’s for sure,” Gulf Coast coach Kenneth Long said. “We just have to put everything behind us and focus on that first game, which is the No. 1 team in the nation.”

The first round of the tournament begins at 1 p.m., when No. 5 Jones (42-6), which won the state title, plays No. 10 East Central (43-9).

LSU-E is batting .400 as a team, led by Darby Bishop who is hitting .484 with 10 home runs and 74 RBI. Rebecca Skains is hitting .478 with 20 home runs and 70 RBI.

The Lady Bengals have a 2.75 ERA, compared to Gulf Coast’s 0.98. Kaitlin Lee’s ERA stands at 0.67, and she stands to see the bulk of the work in Louisiana.

The Lady Bulldogs are batting .368, with Hannah Melendrez and Lexie Mathis both hitting .448. Melendrez is riding a 12-game hitting streak.

The top two teams from the Region 23 tournament advance to the national championship in Clinton, Miss., which will be played May 18-21.

“I like the way this team competes,” Long said. “We didn’t’ make ourselves any breaks during the tournament, but we played really hard.

“Sometimes you’ve got to take a step back and look at what we’ve accomplished so far. I’m proud of this team, but I don’t think we’re done. I think we’re going to come out and play really well.”

Region 23 Tournament
Eunice, La.
Friday
Game 1: No. 5 Jones vs. No. 10 East Central, 1 p.m.
Game 2: No. 3 Gulf Coast vs. No. 1 LSU-Eunice, 3:30 p.m.
Saturday
Game 3: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 10:30 a.m.
Game 4: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 1 p.m.
Game 5: Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 winner, 3:30 p.m.
Sunday
Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, noon
Game 7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, if necessary, 2:30 p.m.

For more information on MGCCC’s 10 intercollegiate athletic teams, follow @MGCCCAthletics on Twitter and BulldogLIVE on Facebook, and go to mgcccbulldogs.com.

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PRCC Makes Another ‘best’ List For Community Colleges
Release Date: 5/4/2016
Pearl River Community College

Pearl River Community College has again been recognized as one of the country’s best.

The StateUniversity.com website ranks PRCC as 15th on its list of the 500 best community colleges in the United States for 2015.

PRCC is the only Mississippi community college listed in the top 85 on the list. PRCC is one of more than 1,100 community colleges in the U.S.

“I am truly excited about the recognition that our college has received from the StateUniversity.com organization,” said Dr. William Lewis, PRCC president. “To be recognized as one of America’s best community colleges by this organization is truly an honor for us.

“The recognition exemplifies the great efforts our employees make to ensure Pearl River students receive a quality higher education. We are proud of the achievements of our students that helped make this recognition possible.”

According to its website, StateUniversity.com uses many different measures in determining the rank of a particular school. The most important factors are a school's ACT/SAT scores, its student retention, faculty salary, and student / faculty ratio.

PRCC’s score was 77.41, out of a possible score of 100.

Recognition of this magnitude should be celebrated across the college,” said Dr. Adam Breerwood, vice president for the Poplarville campus and Hancock Center. “This award is an example of the collaborative efforts of all departments to help our students achieve success. This honor is a direct reflection of the leadership of Dr. Lewis and the environment for achievement he has created.”

This ranking is another in a long list of national recognitions the college has received in recent years.

Last year, the Brookings Institute released its “Beyond College Rankings” study that ranked universities and community colleges on a value-added system that measures the difference between actual alumni outcomes (like salaries) and the outcomes one would expect given a student’s characteristics and the type of institution.

For two-year colleges, PRCC was ranked third in the nation for having the highest value-added with respect to mid-career earnings.

Also, the Create a Career website recently ranked PRCC as 23rd on its list of the 25 Best Community Colleges in the United States.

Selection was based on evaluation of several studies and ratings of community colleges throughout the nation, according to the website. Factors included student retention rates, percentage of students who graduate or transfer to another school within three years, student-to-faculty ratios, student support, the types of programs provided and the school’s reputation.

Other honors include PRCC’s recognition as 20th in the 2012 CNN Money list of top community colleges, its ranking in 2013 by the Aspen Institute in the top 10 percent of U.S. community colleges and its membership in the National Collegiate Honors Council.

PRCC also was ranked in the top 10 percent by the Aspen Institute in 2012, was listed 28th by TheBestSchools.org in 2013 and is on the 2015 Military Friendly Schools list.

Such recognition increases PRCC’s visibility to high school students using the Internet to research college opportunities.

“It is exciting to see PRCC receive this honor,” said Delana Harris, PRCC director of recruitment and marketing.

“Recognition such as this impacts our recruiting efforts by calling attention to the excellent opportunities available to students who enroll at PRCC. PRCC has so much to offer, including quality academics, cutting-edge programs, affordable tuition and exciting student life. Our graduates continually excel in their chosen careers and in furthering their education.”

The website can be found at http://www.stateuniversity.com/rank/score_rank_by_commc.html

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PRCC Makes Another ‘best’ List For Community Colleges
Release Date: 5/4/2016
Pearl River Community College

Pearl River Community College has again been recognized as one of the country’s best.

The StateUniversity.com website ranks PRCC as 15th on its list of the 500 best community colleges in the United States for 2015.

PRCC is the only Mississippi community college listed in the top 85 on the list. PRCC is one of more than 1,100 community colleges in the U.S.

“I am truly excited about the recognition that our college has received from the StateUniversity.com organization,” said Dr. William Lewis, PRCC president. “To be recognized as one of America’s best community colleges by this organization is truly an honor for us.

“The recognition exemplifies the great efforts our employees make to ensure Pearl River students receive a quality higher education. We are proud of the achievements of our students that helped make this recognition possible.”

According to its website, StateUniversity.com uses many different measures in determining the rank of a particular school. The most important factors are a school's ACT/SAT scores, its student retention, faculty salary, and student / faculty ratio.

PRCC’s score was 77.41, out of a possible score of 100.

Recognition of this magnitude should be celebrated across the college,” said Dr. Adam Breerwood, vice president for the Poplarville campus and Hancock Center. “This award is an example of the collaborative efforts of all departments to help our students achieve success. This honor is a direct reflection of the leadership of Dr. Lewis and the environment for achievement he has created.”

This ranking is another in a long list of national recognitions the college has received in recent years.

Last year, the Brookings Institute released its “Beyond College Rankings” study that ranked universities and community colleges on a value-added system that measures the difference between actual alumni outcomes (like salaries) and the outcomes one would expect given a student’s characteristics and the type of institution.

For two-year colleges, PRCC was ranked third in the nation for having the highest value-added with respect to mid-career earnings.

Also, the Create a Career website recently ranked PRCC as 23rd on its list of the 25 Best Community Colleges in the United States.

Selection was based on evaluation of several studies and ratings of community colleges throughout the nation, according to the website. Factors included student retention rates, percentage of students who graduate or transfer to another school within three years, student-to-faculty ratios, student support, the types of programs provided and the school’s reputation.

Other honors include PRCC’s recognition as 20th in the 2012 CNN Money list of top community colleges, its ranking in 2013 by the Aspen Institute in the top 10 percent of U.S. community colleges and its membership in the National Collegiate Honors Council.

PRCC also was ranked in the top 10 percent by the Aspen Institute in 2012, was listed 28th by TheBestSchools.org in 2013 and is on the 2015 Military Friendly Schools list.

Such recognition increases PRCC’s visibility to high school students using the Internet to research college opportunities.

“It is exciting to see PRCC receive this honor,” said Delana Harris, PRCC director of recruitment and marketing.

“Recognition such as this impacts our recruiting efforts by calling attention to the excellent opportunities available to students who enroll at PRCC. PRCC has so much to offer, including quality academics, cutting-edge programs, affordable tuition and exciting student life. Our graduates continually excel in their chosen careers and in furthering their education.”

The website can be found at http://www.stateuniversity.com/rank/score_rank_by_commc.html


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PRCC Makes Another ‘best’ List For Community Colleges
Release Date: 5/4/2016
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Pearl River Community College has again been recognized as one of the country’s best.

The StateUniversity.com website ranks PRCC as 15th on its list of the 500 best community colleges in the United States for 2015.

PRCC is the only Mississippi community college listed in the top 85 on the list. PRCC is one of more than 1,100 community colleges in the U.S.

“I am truly excited about the recognition that our college has received from the StateUniversity.com organization,” said Dr. William Lewis, PRCC president. “To be recognized as one of America’s best community colleges by this organization is truly an honor for us.

“The recognition exemplifies the great efforts our employees make to ensure Pearl River students receive a quality higher education. We are proud of the achievements of our students that helped make this recognition possible.”

According to its website, StateUniversity.com uses many different measures in determining the rank of a particular school. The most important factors are a school's ACT/SAT scores, its student retention, faculty salary, and student / faculty ratio.

PRCC’s score was 77.41, out of a possible score of 100.

Recognition of this magnitude should be celebrated across the college,” said Dr. Adam Breerwood, vice president for the Poplarville campus and Hancock Center. “This award is an example of the collaborative efforts of all departments to help our students achieve success. This honor is a direct reflection of the leadership of Dr. Lewis and the environment for achievement he has created.”

This ranking is another in a long list of national recognitions the college has received in recent years.

Last year, the Brookings Institute released its “Beyond College Rankings” study that ranked universities and community colleges on a value-added system that measures the difference between actual alumni outcomes (like salaries) and the outcomes one would expect given a student’s characteristics and the type of institution.

For two-year colleges, PRCC was ranked third in the nation for having the highest value-added with respect to mid-career earnings.

Also, the Create a Career website recently ranked PRCC as 23rd on its list of the 25 Best Community Colleges in the United States.

Selection was based on evaluation of several studies and ratings of community colleges throughout the nation, according to the website. Factors included student retention rates, percentage of students who graduate or transfer to another school within three years, student-to-faculty ratios, student support, the types of programs provided and the school’s reputation.

Other honors include PRCC’s recognition as 20th in the 2012 CNN Money list of top community colleges, its ranking in 2013 by the Aspen Institute in the top 10 percent of U.S. community colleges and its membership in the National Collegiate Honors Council.

PRCC also was ranked in the top 10 percent by the Aspen Institute in 2012, was listed 28th by TheBestSchools.org in 2013 and is on the 2015 Military Friendly Schools list.

Such recognition increases PRCC’s visibility to high school students using the Internet to research college opportunities.

“It is exciting to see PRCC receive this honor,” said Delana Harris, PRCC director of recruitment and marketing.

“Recognition such as this impacts our recruiting efforts by calling attention to the excellent opportunities available to students who enroll at PRCC. PRCC has so much to offer, including quality academics, cutting-edge programs, affordable tuition and exciting student life. Our graduates continually excel in their chosen careers and in furthering their education.”

The website can be found at http://www.stateuniversity.com/rank/score_rank_by_commc.html

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