Around South Mississippi

July 9, 2014 

Biloxi's Excel By 5 re-certified

BILOXI -- Biloxi Excel By 5's available programs and resources are all current after its recent re-certification.

Biloxi Excel By 5 offers many free events and classes for children from birth to 5 years old.

Parenting classes are offered several times a year, as are other support group opportunities.

In addition to events and classes, Biloxi Excel By 5 has a free resource center at 140 St. John Ave., Biloxi. It has a toy-lending library, age-appropriate activity rooms and more.

Details: 297-6808.

-- Sun Herald

MGCCC opens enrollment for Transitions Academy

HARRISON COUNTY -- Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College's newly established Transitions Academy will begin in the fall.

Adults without a high school diploma will be able to simultaneously earn a GED credential and 15 hours of college credit in a career field at the academy.

Course offerings will include adult basic education and GED prep, as well as a choice of welding or early-childhood development.

Students must be at least 18 years old and Mississippi residents.

The academy is free for those who qualify. Classes will begin Aug. 21 at the West Harrison County Center.

Details: 563-2221.

-- Sun Herald

Health center's cook-off benefit raises $5,000

OCEAN SPRINGS -- The Ocean Springs Health and Rehabilitation Center's first barbecue cook-off raised $5,000 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater New Orleans. The benefit was the vision of Jason Gasaway, an associate at the center whose family was helped at a Ronald McDonald House when their son was diagnosed with a heart defect.

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Recovery program working with medical facilities

POPLARVILLE -- Jacob's Well Ministries, an addiction-recovery center for women, announced it is working with Prime Care Family Clinic and Pearl River County Hospital to provide health and behavioral care to participants in the recovery program.

The mission of both the hospital and Prime Care is to provide health and mental-health care for the under-served in the community.

Details: (601) 976-4944.

-- Sun Herald

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