Educational Programs offered through the Woodall Center:

The mission of Workforce Education is to offer and support workforce education and training in Pearl River Community College's six county district. Workforce Education focuses on the local workforce and the training necessary to enable members of the workforce to perform effectively and efficiently in their jobs. The Woodall Center houses many workforce programs including programs available to meet specific industry needs, as well as courses for individuals seeking increased job skills. Below are courses offered through the Woodall Center, please click for additional information:

Computer Classes:

Computer classes at offered at the Picayune WIN job center, PRCC Marion County Computer lab, Hancock WIN job center and the Lowery Woodall Advanced Technology Center. The cost is $25 per course. For availability of classes in Marion County and the Woodall Center, call 601-554-4646. For information on classes offered at the Picayune WIN job center, call (601) 798-3472. For information on classes offered at the (228) 467-9572.

Keyboarding: Students will learn to become proficient at using the computer keyboard in a self-paced environment.

Welcome to Windows: For beginning and intermediate students. The course starts with the definition of the computer and its major hardware items and progresses to introductory and intermediate Windows topics.

Welcome to the Internet: The class introduces students to the Web and email. The course begins with a brief introduction to the Internet. Students are introduced to Internet Explorer 6.0, browsing the Web, searching for Web pages, and emailing with Outlook Express and web mail.

Word Level 1: This course teaches the basic features and functions of Microsoft Word. Students will learn how to use Word's powerful formatting capabilities while learning to create letters, memos, reports, and flyers.

Excel Level 1: This course teaches basic skills with Microsoft's popular spreadsheet program. This spreadsheet program allows the user to create charts, graphs and spreadsheets, formatted in a way to be interesting and ready for presentation.

PowerPoint Level 1: This is a presentation graphics program that allows you to easily develop dynamic presentations. This course starts with creating a slide show, applying slide transitions, adding graphic objects, set up and customizing a slide show, and printing handouts, slides, and notes.

Advanced Technology Classes

Beginner AutoCAD: This course will use CAD software to design and draw various objects in the architectural, mechanical, and civil drafting areas. Emphasis will be placed on the operations of the CAD system to solve these problems.

Classes available on weekends, please call 601-554-4646 for a schedule of classes.

CCNA I: Fundamentals of Data Communications is the first of four classes of the Cisco Networking Academy that prepare a student to become a Cisco Certified Network Associate. Cisco is the world's largest supplier of networking equipment. Cisco Certified Network Associate or CCNA is one of the most popular IT industry certifications. Course cost is $175 per participant and is offered on Wednesday nights from 5-9pm beginning on March 25, 2009.

PRCC Workforce "People Skill" Classes

PRCC strives to provide relevant, quality training for our customers. The courses below represent the type of soft skill courses provided, but the Workforce staff may also develop customized training for your specific organizational needs. The duration may be lengthened or shorted based on what specific topics will be covered. See course descriptions below.

DiSC Workplace Profile In this course, participants will be introduced to the four types of workplace profiles. They will address their own style's strengths and weaknesses and how to flex to work with other styles. Additionally, participants will learn to "people read" and match their behavior to the needs of others.
Duration: 4 hour session
*Requires the purchase of DiSC profile surveys

Keys of Communication In this course, participants will see that communication is a two-way process and learn to develop clear and concise messages. Non-verbal behavior management, listening skills and developing a climate of open communication will also be addressed. Business writing/ email communication may also be included.
Duration: 2 hour session

Conflict Resolution In this course, participants will learn to accept conflict as a part of work situations, recognize the potential for improvement through the conflict, and establish a cooperative atmosphere to resolve conflict when it arises. The main point is not to avoid conflict, but to work through the conflict and seek personal and organizational improvement during the process.
Duration: 2 hour session

Change Management In this session, participants will learn to detail coming change and explain the need for the change. Participants will explore techniques for open communication surrounding the change and learn to gain commitment for the change. Additionally, planning for change and designing a time frame for execution will be addressed.
Duration: 4 hour session

Improving Work Habits In this course, participants will learn to recognize the difference between job performance and work habits. Additionally, they will practice stating problems clearly and specifically, asking team members for their view and potential solutions, how to design and agree on a plan and schedule time for review.
Duration: 2 hour session

Additional topics include Communicating UP, Delegating, Effective Public Speaking, and Customer Service. Contact Dr. Lindsey Lewis at for more details.


First Responder: This course is offered by request only. This is an abbreviated version of the EMT course used for volunteer/ fire departments and industry. The course can be taught for students who wish to become a Nationally Registered First Responder as well as students that do not plan to become registered.
Contact Lee Bell for more information and costs.

Emergency Medical Technicians - EMT-B

  1. Description:

    As an EMT, you can provide basic out-of -hospital emergency care or Basic Life Support (BLS). Training consists of about 140 hours of education. You will learn how to assess a patient for injury or illness, administer CPR, control bleeding, maintain the airway passage, and prevent shock. You will be able to respond to respiratory, cardiac, and trauma emergencies. Your education will cover anatomy, physiology, muscular skeletal injury care, childbirth, Pediatric emergency care, applying splints and bandages, and moving and transporting patients.

    To work in this field you must enroll and pass the EMT-Basic educational course. You will next become nationally certified once you pass the computer based exam to demonstrate your entry level competency. After you become nationally certified, you will need to apply for state certification, allowing you to practice in this field.

  2. Requirements:

    Must be 18 years old
    Will need proof of the following:
    Must have completed high school or obtained a GED
    Must have a 16 or better on the ACT exam taken after October 1989 or a 12 if taken before October 1989
    Must score a 10 or better on the TABE test (Will want a link here to get to the GED portion of the Website so they can see locations, time and phone number for the GED department)
    Must have a current CPR for Healthcare Providers card
    Must complete the application (Will want them to be able to access the application)
    Hepatitis B vaccination started prior to clinical or ambulance run portion of the class.
    Physically fit per physical examination by physician

Application for EMT Basic Training (PDF)


Pearson VUE registration:

To apply or re-apply for State Certification:

CPR/First Aid: Courses are offered in the following using the current American Heart Association guidelines by request only:


BLS for Healthcare Providers

The BLS for Healthcare Providers Course covers core material such as adult and pediatric CPR, foreign-body airway obstruction, and automated external Defibrillation( AED)

For healthcare providers such as EMS personnel, physician assistants. Doctors, dentists, nurses, and respiratory therapists who must have a credential documenting successful completion of a CPR course.

Heartsaver CPR
Heart saver AED
Heartsaver First Aid

The Heartsaver CPR Course teaches CPR and relief of chocking in adults and children, and infant CPR and use of barrier devices for all ages

For those who have a duty to respond to a cardiac emergency because of job responsibility or regulatory requirements.

Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid

The Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid Course teaches how to manage illness and injuries in a child in the first few minutes until professional help arrives.

For those involved in child care who have a duty to respond to a first aid emergency because of job responsibilities or regulatory requirements, such as child care workers. Teachers, foster care workers. Camp counselors, youth organizations and coaches for children's sports organizations

Leadership Coaching

Leadership Coaching is a customized, highly flexible, participant oriented training program, which builds general supervisory skills and coaches the basics of leadership behavior to frontline, supervisory and management level personnel. This program focuses on what a leader should BE-KNOW and DO, reinforced with post training interaction, feedback, and coaching.

The goal of this course is to develop and enhance the leadership abilities of first level supervisors and managers.

The course content will be tailored to the needs of individual organizations. More than a classroom experience, this course emphasizes that participants practice the skills learned in the classroom. Throughout the course, feedback is used to adapt the course to changing situation in the workplace.

David Cottrell's' Monday Morning Leadership mentoring sessions and Coach Lou Holtz's principles of winning on the gridiron and in everyday life provide a practical and informative step-by-step series of coaching sessions packed with relationship building techniques essential to success in life and in the work place.

Leadership Principles
This coaching session examines the basic elements of leadership and focuses on the importance of trust in developing leadership creditability. It also covers the various leadership styles and assesses participants' existing leadership style.

Personal Values and Your Attitude
This coaching session explores how values and attitudes impact leadership skills and assesses participants' values and attitudes. Provides guidance on dealing with employees who have difficult attitudes.

Interpersonal Skills
This coaching session discusses the value of giving and receiving constructive feedback and examines the types of feedback. It also looks at the possible consequences of inadequate feedback. The participants will be guided in the steps of giving and receiving feedback.

Dealing with Different/Difficult People
This coaching session explores how individuals react to circumstances at work based on their perceptions of the situation. Participants discover that handling difficult people begins with understanding how different personalities interact with each other. Included is a self-analysis which gives participants an understanding of their personality type.

Handling Emotional Behavior
This coaching session looks at why emotions are present in the workplace. Participants will learn how to control their emotions at work and how to manage the emotions of their employees. The session will also focus on techniques for dealing with violent behavior by emotionally distraught employees.

Correcting Performance Problems (Coaching/Counseling)
This session emphasizes the value of coaching employees to develop their skills and abilities. Participants will learn how to coach and what pitfalls to avoid when coaching.

Other areas covered:

  • Avoiding Workplace Violence
  • Evaluating Employees-Doing It Right
  • Substance Abuse in the Workplace: Guidelines for Leaders
  • Positive Employee Relations
  • Leadership- Avoiding Wrongful Terminations.

Instructor: Lee Reid
Lee Reid is the developer and trainer for the Business and Industry Leader Development (BUILD) training program conducted by the PRCC Workforce Development Center. Lee fully understands leadership and the vital role that it plays in the workplace. He has served in leadership positions throughout his military and private industry careers. Since retirement from the military, Lee has focused his efforts in training and Human Resources. To Contact Lee Reid call (601) 554-4644 or email him at