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

Scholarship Program Blood Drive

Interested parties should contact Candis Thompson at 601-795-8343 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule an appointment.

Keep Poplarville Beautiful Campaign

STEM students from the Career Development Center at Poplarville High School designed flyers for the 3rd annual Keep Poplarville Beautiful cleanup campaign, which will be held Saturday, April 22 at Poplarville City Park from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM.   The students demonstrated so much talent that the city’s committee members could not choose just one winner…they chose four winning flyers to post around town at schools and businesses.  Campaign chairman, Mrs. Laurie Lombardino Jaufre, presented certificates, printed flyers, and gifts to students Ravyn Garrett, Kenna Matthews, Jonas Smith, and Jaxon Dunaway, congratulating them on a job well done!

CTE Day T-shirt Design Winner

Pearl River Community College recently hosted a contest where local students were asked to design a t-shirt that related to the Career and Technical Education day hosted by PRCC on Friday, March 24th. Thirteen schools participated in CTE day and over thirty designs were submitted. We are proud to announce that our student Eadie Keenan won the competition. Eadie is a second year student in Mrs. Donna Baxter’s Digital Media Technology program, and she is also a senior at Poplarville high school. Mrs. Delana Harris, director of recruitment, at PRCC said, “that the design was used as inspiration by PRCC to come up with the theme, “Gear up for CTE” used on CTE Day.” Eadie’s design was used on the promotional t-shirts that were handed out to everybody involved with CTE day at PRCC. Eadie received a satchel, jacket, and beach towel from PRCC as a reward for winning the contest. Once again, we want to say congratulations to Eadie and thank you to PRCC. 

Culinary Arts Position Announcement

Applications are now being accepted in the Office of the Superintendent, Poplarville School District, 302 South Julia Street, Poplarville, MS 39470 for the position of Culinary Arts Instructor at the Career Development Center.

Applicant must have earned a two-year college degree (associate degree) or higher from an accredited institution of higher education and the ability to meet the licensure requirements as indicated below in order to hold a 972 Mississippi teacher endorsement:

  1. Applicants with an associate degree must have at least two years of verifiable occupational experience in the past ten years. Experience must be appropriate to the subject to be taught.

  2. Applicants with a bachelor or higher degree must have at least one year of verifiable occupational experience in the past ten years. Experience must be appropriate to the subject to be taught.

  3. Applicants must successfully complete the ServSafe® Certification exam and keep it current (update every 5 years)

  4. Applicants must successfully complete all components of national Prostart® Certification program

  5. Applicant must enroll immediately in the Vocational Instructor Preparation (VIP) Program with MDE.

  6. Applicant must complete the individualized Professional Development Plan (PDP) requirements of the VIP prior to the expiration date of the 3-year vocational license.

  7. Applicant must successfully complete an approved computer literacy certification exam.

  8. Applicant must successfully complete a certification for an online learning workshop, module, or course that is approved by the Mississippi Department of Education.

  9. Applicant must successfully complete a Culinary Arts certification workshop, module, or course that is approved by the Mississippi Department of Education.

Applicants with questions should contact Dr. Marlene Cole, CTE Director, at 601-795-8343 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. A complete application can be downloaded from

Applications taken through March 31, 2017





FFA Fundraiser

The Ag class at the Career Development Center made a set of one-of-a-kind Hornet Cornhole Boards to be raffled off as a fundraiser for FFA. The cost of one chance is $2. Anyone interested in purchasing a chance can contact any FFA member or the FFA Advisor, Jonathan Scott Necaise at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 601-795-8343. Money is due by March 30, and the drawing will be held March 31. 

National CTE Month Celebration

In honor of National Career and Technical Education Month during the month of February, all CTE students were invited to a cookout during lunch on February 14. Games and door prizes were available for the students to enjoy.
A special thanks to our guest griller, Mr. Carl Merritt, Superintendent. He grilled over 200 hamburgers and 120 hotdogs. We also want to thank those who donated and purchased door prizes, including a set of Mini Corn Hole Boards made by the AEST students. Congratulations to Taylor Davis for winning the boards.

Culinary Arts Students Sample Sugarcane From a Local Gardener

Mr. Russell Peters, local businessman and gardener, spoke to Poplarville Career Development Center’s Culinary Arts Students Monday, November 14, 2016.  Mr. Peters explained the process of planting sugarcane and the health benefits of eating sugarcane.  He cleaned the stalks so that the students could experience the taste of fresh sugarcane right out of the field.  Many of the students have never tasted sugarcane.

PHS Cat Pack at SPCA Shot Clinic

The Poplarville High School Cat Pack Members volunteered to work at the Pearl River County SPCA Vaccination/Microchip Clinic, Saturday, November 12, 2016. The students helped the pet owners fill out the paperwork for their pets.  They helped elderly/handicapped pet owners with their pets.  Pictured with pet owner  (left to right)Sadie Kesler, Juliana Jordan, Cat Pack President, and Scott Desmond worked very hard during the clinic.  The dog’s and cat’s  owners can choose from low cost Rabbies Vaccine, wellness shots, puppy and kitten series, heartworm testing, and microchips for their pets.  The event is announced on Facebook under Pearl River County SPCA.

Digital Media Students Team With SPCA

The Pearl River County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) aims to reduce the number of local homeless pets through adoption and spaying/neutering services. Recently, they decided to help three beautiful kittens find homes by transferring them to Maine to be adopted. Poplarville High School’s Digital Media Technology students Hope Necaise, Megan Williams, and Eadie Keenan offered to help these cats find good homes by taking seasonally themed photos of them to display their unique personalities. The kittens will depart for Maine on December 1st, 2016, and the photos the students took will be used to find loving homes for them.

CDC National Travel Fundraiser

The students in the Career Development Center will be selling Rada products in an effort to raise funds for students who earn the honor of competing on the National level in one of the four CTE Student Organizations: DECA, FFA, FCCLA, TSA, and/or HOSA. The cost of travel to these events are quite expensive and your help is greatly appreciated. 
Orders can be placed with any CTE student or can be placed online and shipped directly to your address. If you would like to order online please follow the directions below in order for our clubs to benefit. 

For Online Ordering:

Ordering Number: 506539
Password: cdchornets (all lowercase letters no spaces)
Thanks in advance for your help!