Hinds CC, MUW partnership fosters culinary arts bachelor's degree

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Hinds CC, MUW partnership fosters culinary arts bachelor’s degree
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27 March

Hinds CC, MUW partnership fosters culinary arts bachelor’s degree

Stuart Johnsey

For Stuart Johnsey, opening his own bakery and café would be the achievement of a dream.

The Clinton High School graduate starting taking culinary classes in high school and he’s now a freshman in the culinary arts program at Hinds Community College’s Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center.

With a new partnership between Hinds and Mississippi University for Women, Johnsey, 19, will now have an opportunity to get a bachelor’s degree in the field he loves without leaving the place where he feels at home.

“When I walk in the door at Hinds, I feel like I’m at home, like I’m with family,” he said. The MUW partnership “has made it even better. It’ll enable me to get a four-year degree at Hinds and not have to move away and spend a whole lot of money.”

Hinds Community College and Mississippi University for Women Wednesday announced details of a new agreement that will be a boon for students like Johnsey studying culinary arts in the Jackson area.

The 2 Plus 2 agreement between Hinds CC and MUW allows culinary arts students to finish a Bachelor of Technology in Professional Studies degree with a concentration in Culinary Arts at Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center on Sunset Drive, where the Hinds program is based.

“Sharing resources and making higher education more accessible are the primary benefits of the Culinary Arts partnership between Hinds and MUW,” said Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse. “We are very pleased that Dr. Jim Borsig and the MUW Culinary Arts Institute faculty recognized the value of the Associate of Applied Science degree and are giving our culinary students an opportunity for a bachelor’s degree in a setting that is convenient to their family and work obligations.”

MUW will provide an instructor to teach the Hinds students in face-to-face classes that will allow them to finish the last two years of their degree.

“Hinds Community College is a longtime partner with The W, and we look forward to this enhanced 2 Plus 2 program that will bring expanded culinary instruction to the Hinds campus and the Jackson metropolitan area,” said Dr. Jim Borsig, president of Mississippi University for Women. “Our faculty will be on-site, creating a seamless transition between the associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs.”

Larry Richardson, chair of Hinds’ Hospitality and Tourism/Culinary Arts program, said the partnership offers advantages for students.

“The 2 Plus 2 partnership between Hinds and MUW is a wonderful opportunity for Hinds Community College culinary arts students to further their education in a familiar environment and still have immediate contact with Hinds instructors as well as MUW instructors,” he said. “This will also enable students who have finished their associate degree to retain their job and home status in this community while pursuing a four year degree. We are thrilled to be involved in this endeavor and look forward to the opportunity that it provides our graduates.”

For more information on the Hinds Community College program, contact Larry Richardson at or 601. 987.8155. For information on the Mississippi University for Women program, contact Erich Ogle, director of the Culinary Arts Institute at MUW at or 662.241.7762.

27 March, 2013 Jackson ATC, News more
Posted by on 26 March

Jackson Campus students win DECA awards

Hinds Community College’s Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center competed in the state DECA collegiate competition, winning several awards.

They are as follows:

Culinary Competition – Second place winners, Jamesha Dennis of Pickens, Matt Adams of Brandon, Stuart Johnsey of Clinton; third place winners, James Brokaw of Vicksburg and  Christian Harper of Ridgeland.

First place winner, Stuart Johnsey of Clinton, Restaurant and Food Service Management

First place winner, Christian Harper of Ridgeland, Retail Management

Second place winner, Ashley Wigglesworth of Brandon, Hotel and Lodging and Management

Third place winner, James Brokaw of Vicksburg, Human Resources Management

Fourth place winner, Velma Williams of Jackson, Retail Management

Qualifiers will be competing at the DECA International competition in Anaheim, Calif., April 16-21, 2013.

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

26 March, 2013 Jackson ATC, News more
Annual arts scholarships renamed for late English chair
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26 March

Annual arts scholarships renamed for late English chair

Jessica Crose, Makayla Byers and Hinds Community College President Dr. Clyde Muse

This year’s annual Mississippi and the Arts scholarships at Hinds Community College were renamed for the late Peggy Brent, the program’s founder who died in January.

Brent, the longtime chair and curriculum coordinator of the English and Modern Foreign Language Department on the Raymond Campus, began Mississippi and the Arts Week 31 years ago to showcase talent and give students, employees and the community the opportunity for enrichment.

This year’s scholarships, funded by the Hinds Community College Foundation, are awarded to Jessica Crose of Greenville, Peggy Brent Memorial Scholarship in English; Makayla D. Byers of Clinton, Peggy Brent Memorial Scholarship in Art; Orionna T. Brumfield of Brookhaven, Peggy Brent Memorial Scholarship in Music; Zia E. Saraiva of Caledonia, Peggy Brent Memorial Scholarship in History and Lula B. Green of Jackson, Peggy Brent Memorial Scholarship in Speech.

Pictured from left are Jessica Crose, Makayla Byers and Hinds Community College President Dr. Clyde Muse.

Presentation of the arts scholarships kicked off the March 25-28 Mississippi and the Arts Week.

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Posted by on 25 March

Nursing, allied health students key to April 5 health fair

“Spring into Health” with Hinds Community College students at a health fair co-sponsored by the City of Jackson, WJTV, LaNoticia and Metrocenter mall.

Hinds Community College students will provide a number of health screenings and services at the health fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, April 5 at the Metrocenter mall.

Services provided by Hinds students cover the following:

  • Medical Lab technology – cholesterol/glucose screening
  • Physical Therapy – Zumba classes and Mall Walk
  • Emergency Technology Program – No distraction while driving campaign: anti-texting, drinking etc.
  • Surgical Technology – Infection control, hand washing
  • Dental Assisting – Dental care
  • Sonography-women’s & men’s health – Self breast exams
  • Respiratory Care/Radiology-sleep apnea; healthy lungs
  • Library and Health Information Technology – Understanding Your Medical Records
  • Practical Nursing/Associate Degree Nursing – Blood pressure screening, stroke education, diabetes education, BMI, Pediatric vaccinations, diet, sexually transmitted diseases, teen pregnancy.

Other vendors at the “Spring into Health” fair include the American Heart Association, Mississippi Diabetes Association, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Mississippi Organ Recovery Association, Jackson Heart Study, Jackson Cardiology, ACT, Wal-Mart Vision Center, Foundation for Wellness Studies, MADD, Mississippi Blood Services, American Lung Association, Crime Prevention Unit, Parks and Recreation and the American Cancer Association, Metro East Learning Center and MIRA.

For more information, contact event coordinator Cynthia Casey, Hinds Community College, 601.376.4867.

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Rankin Campus elects Phi Theta Kappa officers
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25 March

Rankin Campus elects Phi Theta Kappa officers

Rankin Campus PTK Officers

The current officers of the Alpha Omicron Omega chapter of Phi Theta Kappa on the Rankin Campus of Hinds Community College include, left to right, Chad Daniel of Richland, president; Lamar McPhail of Pearl, vice president of administration; Jennifer Powell of Brandon, public relations; Eugene Parker of Mendenhall, vice president of scholarship; Marco Sanchez of Florence, vice president of leadership and Cesar Palacios of Pearl, vice president of membership.

Not pictured are Heidi Stacy of Florence, vice president of service; Desmond Lovern of Brandon, co-vice president of membership and Elizabeth Cardenal of Brandon, recording secretary.

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Rankin Campus inducts new members for Phi Theta Kappa
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25 March

Rankin Campus inducts new members for Phi Theta Kappa

Rankin Campus PTK Inductees

The Alpha Omicron Omega chapter of Phi Theta Kappa on the Hinds Community College Rankin Campus in Pearl inducted new members for the spring 2013 term on Feb. 15.

Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society for community and junior college students. Membership in Phi Theta Kappa is extended to students who have a 3.5 cumulative grade point average or above on 12 or more transferrable credit hours. There are more than 1,200 Phi Theta Kappa chapters throughout the United States and abroad.

New members include, front from left, Jessica Bateman, Richland;  Delaney Daves, Brandon; Tammy Haynes, Bentonia; Natalie Mecklin, Flowood; Sarah Webb, Pelahatchie; Kierstin Reichel, Biloxi; Kerri Felder, Brandon; Ashley Bynum, Brandon; Rachel Shirley, Brandon; Heather Winters, Greenville;

Second row from left, Destany Raines, Florence; Michael Moore, Richland; Allison Phillips, Brandon; Conner Ansley, Florence; James Curlee, Flowood; Faith Wheeler, Florence; Victoria Biggers, Florence;  Kristen Cole, Brandon;

Third row, Alex Huff, Puckett; Frances Smith, Puckett; Vanessa Cordova, Brandon; Samantha Creel, Brandon; Jordan Cothern, Jackson; Kristen Miley, Homewood; Morgan Sandifer, Florence; Victoria Burnham, Florence; Ashley McWilliams, Pearl;

Fourth row, Marco Sanchez, Florence; John Hayles, Pearl; Andrew Smith, Flintshire, Wales, UK; Jonathan Humphrey, Brandon; Jodi Waddell, Durant; Haylee Jones, Harrisville;  Blaire Hill, Pelahatchie; Kenton Bounds, Puckett.

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Posted by on 22 March

Adult student college night set at Jackson Campus on Sunset Drive

Brenda Tyler of Jackson worked at Delphi Packard in Clinton for 21 years when the plant closed and she lost her job.

At the age of 45, she realized a high school diploma wasn’t enough to land a new living- wage job. So she enrolled in the Business Office Technology program at Hinds Community College’s Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center and will graduate in May.

“Because of my training, I’ve been offered an opportunity with one of the top companies here in Mississippi,” said Tyler, now 47. “I intend to be in the workforce for another 20 years, and Hinds has equipped me with skills needed for a new career.”

Tyler’s story isn’t unusual at Hinds Community College where adult students can tap into flexible schedules, including online classes, and affordable tuition to get a degree and a whole new career.

If you’re an adult thinking about returning to college, find out what you need to know at Hinds Community College’s “College Night for Adults” at Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 16.

“Going back to school can be easier than you think,” said Kathryn Cole, director of Enrollment Services. “We offer affordable tuition, financial aid and one- to two-year programs of study. We also know adults have busy schedules. That’s why we offer online, evening and hybrid classes in addition to traditional day classes.”

At College Night at Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center, adult students will have the opportunity to learn about admissions, programs of study and paying for college. They will also be able to speak with counselors and instructors, register for classes and enjoy food and prizes.

Childcare is available at the campus located at 3925 Sunset Dr. in Jackson.

Registration for MS Virtual Community College classes (online) for both new and current students begins April 2. Summer and fall registration begins for new students on April 15.

For more information call 601.601.987.8164 or 1.800.HINDSCC or see the Hinds website at

22 March, 2013 Jackson ATC, News more
Posted by on 21 March

Registration for summer, fall terms begins in April

Registration for summer and fall classes is just around the corner at Hinds Community College.

Key dates:

  • Registration for MS Virtual Community College classes (online) for both new and current students begins April 2.
  • Summer and fall registration begins for current students on April 8.
  • Summer and fall registration begins for new students on April 15.

Summer mini-term (two-week courses) begins on May 15. Eight-week summer term, including online, and first four-week summer term classes begin on June 3. The second four-week term begins on July 1.

The fall term for face-to-face classes begins on Aug. 19 with MS Virtual Community College (online) classes beginning Aug. 26.

Students should register early to get the courses they need and the schedule they want.

New students must complete the application process and see an adviser before they can register for classes, either in person at one of six Hinds locations or online.

For information and schedules, see the Hinds website at

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Posted by on 20 March

Utica Campus student lands job with Fortune 500 company

Not many college students are chosen for employment by a Fortune 500 company that requires security clearance, finger prints and background checks before completing college, but Hinds Community College Utica Campus student Daffany Collins was.

She credits her business office technology instructor, Shirley Riggs, for assisting her to this stage.

Recruiters at Lockheed Martin Company, specializing in global security and aerospace, found what they were looking for in the 22-year-old Hinds student during their recent visit to the Raymond Campus.

“We do a lot of customer service, and college students are perfect for these positions,” said Debbie White, operations manager for Lockheed Martin. “Students that have studied business administration or similar subjects can oftentimes use those skill sets in this job. The way we see it is, Hinds has prepared the students with the basics they need to get a job, and we can teach them the rest.”

White says that the entry level positions are great stepping stones to more advanced, permanent careers.

“I was elated to receive a call from Lockheed Martin,” Collins said. “All I wanted was an opportunity to get in the door; I am determined to work my way up from here.

“Because I am still in school, Lockheed allowed me to set my own schedule. I realize what a blessing I have been given and do not take it lightly,” she said. “I have my eyes fixed on moving to the top of the ladder because I don’t mind working, and I take every opportunity to learn all that I can.”

Collins began employment with Lockheed Martin the last of January as a customer representative. Her job entails gathering personal information from individuals whose jobs require access to secure areas of port facilities regulated with the Transportation Act of 2002. All information must be kept strictly confidential, including the location of her employment site, due to the sensitive information that she handles.

Of the 16 BOT students who applied for employment with Lockheed Martin, only two were chosen for employment, said Iyanna L. Colly, Hinds Community College Career Services Center coordinator.

“Corporate America is still looking for people who are trained in management skills and know how to handle an office as well as work with others,” Riggs said. “Our students come to school simulating employment. They are conscious of their behavior, work ethics, and professionalism daily. Therefore, when the opportunity arises, my students are prepared to meet the challenge.”

Collins is a sophomore honor student and is president of Phi Beta Lambda, the organization for business and office technology majors.

Collins resides in Hazlehurst with her four-year-old daughter, Carmen.

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Posted by on 08 March

Arts Week features writers, artists March 25-28

Hinds Community College will host the 31st annual Mississippi and the Arts Week from March 25-28.

This year’s Arts Week includes appearances by Louisiana writer Tim Gautreaux, Mississippi College professor David Miller and cartoonist and writer Marshall Ramsey and many more. See full schedule below.

Peggy Brent, Raymond Campus English instructor for more than 50 years and long-time chair of the English and Modern Language department, passed away in January. She had spent several weeks lining up participants for the event before she became ill and then passed away on Jan. 12.

“Even though it will be tough without the help of Mrs. Brent, we are going to make sure this year’s Arts Week is a success,” said Laurie George, English department secretary and Arts Week committee member. “We know Mrs. Brent would be proud of what we are doing: celebrating local artists by continuing on with her favorite Hinds event.”

The full schedule is as follows:

MONDAY, March 25


8:30 a.m.                                 Dedication

Cain-Cochran Hall                  Mississippi and the Arts Week Scholarships

Hogg Auditorium                     Dr. Clyde Muse

                                                      Jackie Granberry


10 a.m.                                    Margaret McMullan, Writer 

Hogg Auditorium                     “Your Dream of Being a Writer

Cain-Cochran Hall                  and Making it Become a Reality”

                                                       Lecture and Visuals/Book signing


11 a.m.                                    Tim Gautreaux, Writer

Hogg Auditorium                     “A Reading from THE MISSING”

Cain-Cochran Hall                  Lecture/Book signing


1 p.m.                                      Brandi Perry, Writer

Cain-Cochran Hall                  “The Joy and Power of Reading and Writing”

Room 238                                    Innovative Collaborative Workshop

TUESDAY, March 26


8 a.m.                                     Sara Teasley, Clay Artist

Reeves Hall                            “Connecting Through Pottery”

Room 165                                Lecture/Demonstration


9:30 a.m.                                 Hinds Community College Concert Band

Hogg Auditorium                     Randy Mapes, Director

Cain-Cochran Hall                  Hinds Community College Wind Ensemble

                                                       Shane Sprayberry, Director



11 a.m.                                   Marshall Ramsey, Cartoonist and Writer

Hogg Auditorium                     “Fried Chicken and Wine”

Cain-Cochran Hall                   Lecture/Book signing

12 p.m.                                    Becky Tustain, APRN, BC

Nursing Allied Health Center  “Mind Body Medicine”

Annex Building, Room LL15   Lunch and Learn


2 p.m.                                      Dr. Samuel Jones, Educator/Mentor/Author

Hogg Auditorium                    “The Power to Make A Difference”

Cain-Cochran Hall                  Hinds Community College Honors Forum


2:00 p.m.                                 Guy Hovis, Singer

Riggs Manor                           Performance


7:00 p.m.                                 Marta Szlubowska, Violinist

Reeves Hall                            Performance

Room 121




8 a.m.                                      Lisanne Miller, Fiber Artist

Reeves Hall                            “The Art and History of Rug Hooking”

Room 165                               Lecture and Demonstration


9 a.m.                                      Hinds Community College Stage Band 

Hogg Auditorium                     Bob Cheesman, Director

Cain-Cochran Hall                  Performance


10 a.m.                                    David Miller, Literary Scholar

Hogg Auditorium                     “I Let Him Go On in His Own Way: Sources Cain-Cochran Hall                                                  and Styles of Mark Twain’s Humor”



11 a.m.                                   Michelle Baker, Festival Coordinator

Hogg Auditorium                     “Films of Mississippi and the South with Cain-Cochran Hall                                                       Crossroads Film Festival”

                                                Lecture/ Visuals


12:30 p.m.                               Dr. Samuel Jones, Educator/Mentor/Author

Hogg Auditorium                     “The Power to Make A Difference”

Cain-Cochran Hall                  Hinds Community College Honors Forum



THURSDAY, March 28


8:15 a.m.                                 Lendon Players

Brooks Theatre                       Alison Stafford, Director

                                                “Arsenic and Old Lace”



8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.                Dayton Scoggins, Chainsaw Artist

McLendon-Gibbes Mall          “Artistry in Wood”   

Wood Carving Demonstration


9:30 a.m.                                 Bridget Archer Performing Arts Company

Hogg Auditorium                     in Collaboration with The Montage Dancers

Cain-Cochran Hall                  Performance                          


11 a.m.                                    Hinds Community College Utica Campus Jubilee Singers

Hogg Auditorium                     Dr. Bobby G. Cooper, Director

Cain-Cochran Hall                  Performance

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