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June, 2016, Funeral Business Advisor, Pierce Mortuary Colleges – Spotlight.
Want to know more about Pierce Mortuary Colleges?  Pierce Mortuary Colleges is a group of private colleges teaching funeral service education. These Colleges include:  Dallas Institute of Funeral Service, Dallas, Texas; Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service, Decatur, Georgia (Atlanta, GA area) and; Mid-America College of Funeral Service, Jeffersonville, Indiana (Louisville, KY area). Read more from the Funeral Business Advisor or PDF.

February 13, 2016 LOUISVILLE, KY. WDRD NEWS -- Students study the business of death with funeral service degree. Students at Mid-America College of Funeral Service preparing for a career in funeral industry. WATCH Video NOW at WDRB NEWS. And click HERE to read the WDRD NEWS Article (PDF).


May 2015 - Shelby Chism, Instructor at Mid-America College of Funeral Service, Funeral Business Advisor, “Teach a Monkey to Embalm”. Cynicism is certainly no stranger to our profession, sometimes internal and other times from those outside the industry. One example is a disparaging phrase that I have occasionally heard: “I can teach a monkey to embalm!” Presumably this is based on a belief that embalming is mundane, as the deep-rooted saying is based on studies that have shown that monkeys can be taught rudimentary tasks through repetition. But is it fair to characterize embalming as rudimentary? Or to put it another way, should embalming be rudimentary? Read more on Teach a Monkey to Embalm here. 

May, 2015 - Jill Karn, Chief Operating Officer of Pierce Mortuary Colleges; American Funeral Director, Education Roundtable. When it comes to the profession of funeral director, it all starts at mortuary school. Just like the industry itself, mortuary schools have been faced with changing landscape, in both student bodies and what they must do to prepare students for funeral service. Read more what the experts say.

May 11, 2015 - 480 SCHOLARSHIPS FOR PMC STUDENTS - In addition to standard courses required for licensure as a funeral director and embalmer, our funeral service program is better preparing our students by providing students at all three Pierce Colleges two certifications: ICCFA Cremation Arranger Certification and the Crematory Operations Certification. This could not have been done without the continued support of our generous donors. More than 480 scholarships were provided this year by Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc. and Implant Recycling for our two ICCFA certifications.

Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service would like to thank Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc. and Implant Recycling for being willing to invest in students, cultivate learning, inspire discovery, and help our students have access to a future full of possibilities. #ThankaPMCdonor

April 9, 2015 - Congratulations to Terry Parrish, Registrar and Director of Admissions at Dallas Institute of Funeral Service, who recently received her Master of Science Degree in Human Behavior from Capella University.  Terry has been at Dallas Institute since 1998.  As part of her responsibilities Terry is also teaching an online class in the Funeral Director's Program. Read more on Terry Parrish

April 1, 2015 - THE DIRECTOR; Changing Face of Funeral Service: Read Lauren Budrow, President of Mid-America College of Funeral Service comments and opinions in the article; “Is This Profession Ready for Visible Tattoos and Piercings?”.  Read More...

April 1, 2015THE DIRECTOR; The Creative Advantage:  article written by Lauren Budrow, President of Mid-America College of Funeral Service. Welcoming creative and diverse learning experiences in the classroom and giving graduates and interns freedom of expression to create meaningful services in the funeral home will go far in elevating the profession in the minds of consumers. Read More...

March 9, 2015 - 2015 Winter Issue of the Updater: How Children Deal With a Loss of a Loved One. Excellent Article by Terry Parrish, CFSP, is the Registrar for Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in Dallas, TX. Updater Winter 2015

March 7, 2015 - Mid-America had one of their most successful Spring Open Houses on March 7, 2015. Despite the terrible weather the week before we had a full house. See Photo Gallery and Read More...

February 23, 2015Cavender promoted to Dean of the Dallas Institute

February 18 & 19, 2015 - Mid-America College of Funeral Service's 2015 ICCFA Cremation Arranger and Crematory Operations Certification Programs were Big Successes. Read More...

February 15, 2015 - Funeral Business Advisor, Article by Amy Fulton, Licensed Funeral Director and is the Embalmer, Clinical Embalming Preceptor at Dallas Institute of Funeral Service;  An Educator's View on Cremation & the Value of Embalming

Mid-Winter Conference

February 5, 2015 - Gary Bridgewater and Shelby Chism represented Mid-America College of Funeral Service at the FDAK Mid-Winter Conference in Lexington. Mr. Bridgewater and Ms. Chism are show in the photo with FDAK Executive Director Sidney Fogle, who will be the Commencement Speaker for our Spring 2015 Commencement Exercises that will be held at Walnut Street Baptist Church on Friday March 27, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. 

January, 2015 - Funeral Home and Cemetery News, Gupton- Jones College of Funeral Service Holds Graduation Exercise. READ More...

January, 2015 - The issue of Southern Funeral Director Magazine, Kay Campbell, instructor at Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service, speaks on Education in Funeral Service. A MUST READ.


• American Funeral Director interviews Dr. Jill Karn, Chief Operating Officer of Pierce Mortuary Colleges; ASK THE EXPERT

• More Than 100 Become ICCFA-Certified Crematory Operators and Cremation Arrangers in Dallas

• 50+ Students and Funeral Directors Complete Cremation Arranger & Crematory Operator Training at Mid-America College

• Funeral Service Education: Transferring Academics from the Classroom to Practical Application by Brian C. Mullins, MDiv. - January, 2014


• NFDA – 2013:  Pierce Colleges: The Education & the Experience, Patty Hutcheson, President of Gupton-Jones College, speaking about the value of an education from Pierce Colleges.