PRCC now offering two new career opportunities

Published 11:02 am Monday, June 12, 2023

Prospective students will have more options for training that can lead into potentially high-paying careers this fall at Pearl River Community College. Cybersecurity Technology will be offered at the Poplarville Campus and Hydrography will be offered at the Hancock Campus. 

Cybersecurity is a rapidly growing field with the critical task of protecting electronic systems, networks, and sensitive data from unauthorized access, theft, damage, and other cyber threats. Cybersecurity professionals use a combination of technology, processes, and policies to safeguard against potential attacks and vulnerabilities.

The program at PRCC blends the basics of computer networking with additional courses so they are prepared to handle both the hardware and software sides. Coursework includes the opportunity to practice skills in a secure information technology infrastructure.

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Graduates with an Associate of Applied Technology in Cybersecurity can find employment as a Computer Technician, Network Administrator, and Network Technician. Starting pay with the degree in a role of Computer User Support Specialist is approximately $30,000 with the potential to move into other technical roles such as Information Security Analysts paying an average of $85,460 in the state of Mississippi.

Hydrography is the measurement and description of the physical features of a body of water.

This information is then used to create up-to-date nautical maps for safer navigation of waterways. It can also be used when planning marine renewable energy and aquaculture, a growing industry in the United States.

PRCC is the first community college to offer an Associate of Applied Technology in Hydrography. Individuals who are successful in a Hydrography program typically enjoy working on the water, have excellent math and science skills, and good problem-solving skills.

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