Hinds CC celebrates Homecoming 2013

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Posted by on 27 September

Hinds CC celebrates Homecoming 2013

Hinds Community College will celebrate Homecoming 2013 with a variety of activities leading up to the Oct. 17 football game.

The schedule is as follows:


Oct. 16: 50+ Reunion & Luncheon

10 a.m., Fountain Hall

Honoring the Hinds Junior College Class of 1963 and prior classes.


Oct. 17: 2013 Alumni Recognition Dinner

4:30 p.m., Mayo Gymnasium

Honoring Alumnus of the Year, Dean Liles; Alumni Service Award Recipient, Howell “Hal” Gage; and Sports Hall of Fame Inductees Bill Buckner, Wendell “Moose” Campbell, Billy Rhodes, Willis Steenhuis and Gary Walker.


Oct. 17: Homecoming Football Game vs. Holmes Community College

7 p.m., Joe Renfroe Stadium

Halftime presentation of Homecoming Court, Alumni Awards recipients and Sports Hall of Fame inductees; performance by the Eagle Marching Band and Hi-Steppers with a special appearance by Hi-Stepper Alumni.


For tickets or more information, call 601.857.3363.

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Posted by on 27 September

Alumnus of the Year named

6 Dean Liles

Hinds Community College will honor Hinds graduate and former athlete Dean Liles of Plano, Texas, as the 2013 Alumnus of the Year at the Oct. 17 Alumni Recognition Dinner, held at Mayo Field House on the Raymond Campus. The reception begins at 4:30 p.m. and dinner is at 5 p.m.

With a family legacy at Hinds Community College running its roots back to the early 1920s, Liles followed the path to Hinds and made his own footprint – one that has had a lasting impression.

Liles was a two-year letterman in basketball, a member of Phi Theta Kappa and graduated with honors in 1961. He has served on the Foundation Board and has established two scholarships at Hinds, which help deserving students get an education.

His claim to fame, and his fondest memories of his alma mater, can be found on the basketball court. Liles was inducted into the Hinds Community College Sports Hall of Fame in 2000 for his record for the most points scored in a Hinds basketball game, a whopping 51 points.

After he graduated from Hinds, Liles went to Mississippi College, where he graduated with honors in 1963. He graduated from Louisiana State University with his master’s degree in 1964.

Liles has a full career history, working for companies such as IBM Corporation, Zale Corporation, National Store Systems, Deloitte Haskins and Sells, Neiman Marcus, Computer Language Research and Tactica Technology Group, an independent company that  prompted him to open his own company, Dean Liles and Associates. Liles retired from the company in 2007.

In 2009, Dean Liles established the Dean and Rebecca Legg Liles Scholarship at Hinds, in memory of his wife. In 2012, he established a second scholarship, the Euell and Etoile Liles Family Scholarship, to honor his parents, Euell and Etoile Liles.  Both scholarships were endowed because of his desire to help others achieve their goals in life.

Liles said he believes Hinds provides a quality education that can be the catalyst for a senior college degree and the start toward achieving career goals, as was the case with his own family members.

Dean resides in Plano, Texas. His late wife, Rebecca, who was also a Hinds graduate, passed away in July 2009. Dean and Rebecca have two children, Brad Liles and Lori Hall, who also live in Plano. They have four grandchildren, Ashley Liles, Matthew Liles, Mark Liles and Grace Hall.

For more information on the Alumnus of the Year award, or on homecoming festivities, contact Libby Posey in Advancement and Student Success at 601.857.3350.

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Posted by on 27 September

Alumni Service Award winner named


6 Hal Gage



During Homecoming 2013, the Alumni Association is presenting the Hinds Community College Alumni Service Award to Howell “Hal” Gage – donor, Foundation board member and Hinds supporter.

The awards ceremony will take place at the Oct. 17 Alumni Recognition Dinner, held at Mayo Field House on the Raymond Campus. The reception begins at 4:30 p.m. and dinner is at 5 p.m.

Although he is not an alumnus of Hinds, Gage supports the college by raising thousands of dollars for scholarships so that deserving students can continue their education. He does this for one simple reason: He believes in Hinds.

“Hinds Community College serves the area of Mississippi where I grew up, and where I currently reside,” Gage said. “It’s important to me to help the college serve its mission as a member of this community.”

As a long-time member of the Vicksburg Medical Foundation Board of Trustees and a former Hinds Foundation Board member, Gage has played a key role in securing nearly $2 million for the college’s Foundation. In addition to providing hundreds of scholarships for students in the associate degree nursing program, this funding has provided quality training resources for nursing faculty members.

Gage is also chairman of RiverHills Bank and has secured gifts and sponsorships for annual golf tournaments, which ultimately benefit scholarship funds, for many years. Gage has served multiple terms on the Hinds Foundation Board and served as chairman in 2009. He was also appointed to the Mississippi State Board of Education in 2004 and currently serves as vice chairman. The Mississippi Board of Education is responsible for the appointment of the State Superintendent of Education, public education policies, overseeing the Mississippi Department of Education and the state’s public K-12 schools.

A Port Gibson native, Gage has his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and his MBA from Harvard University. Additionally in his career, Gage has served as vice president of Port Gibson Bank, president of Merchants Bank and chairman of the Vicksburg Advisory Board for BancorpSouth, in addition to his current positions at RiverHills Bank.

Gage is married to Betsy Goodwin and the couple has three children, Nick, Maury and Rosanna.

For more information on the Alumnus of the Year award, or on homecoming festivities, contact Libby Posey in Advancement and Student Success at 601.857.3350.

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Posted by on 20 September

Federal grant to help Hinds CC bolster training for truck drivers, barge deck hands

Hinds Community College is receiving nearly $2.3 million in a U.S. Department of Labor grant as part of a larger nine-college, eight-state consortium for community colleges along the Mississippi River. The grant project is aimed at expanding targeted training programs for unemployed workers, especially those impacted by foreign trade.

The Mississippi River Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Consortium member colleges will use the grant to help advance economic development in the Mississippi River region, from the headwaters to the Gulf, including placement of dislocated and other workers in high-wage, high-skill occupations in the vital transportation, distribution and logistics

“I am pleased that Hinds Community College will have additional resources with which to support the job opportunities associated with industries that depend on the Mississippi River,” said U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, who signed a letter in support of the consortium application.

The total grant for the Mississippi River Transportation Consortium, being led by Lewis and Clark Community College in Illinois, is worth $23.8 million. It’s part of the Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Community College and Career Training grant program, a multi-year nearly $2 billion initiative.

“Acquiring this TAA grant will help the college facilitate river barge training as well as OTR (over the road) truck driver training for Mississippi-based industries that provide hundreds of high paying jobs in the transportation sector,” said Dr. John J. Woods, Hinds Community College vice president for Economic Development and Workforce Training.

“This grant will help provide new employee training for several expanding transportation companies including Golding Barge Line in Vicksburg, and the KLLM Transports Services, LLC, in Richland,” Woods said.

Hinds’ Raymond Campus already has a partnership with KLLM Transports Services, LLC, to train truck drivers. A new barge deck hands training program will be based at Hinds’ Vicksburg-Warren Campus near the Mississippi River and is similar to the trucking program.

“This grant is perfectly in line with what we’re doing in our truck driving program,” said Dr. Chad Stocks, assistant dean for career-technical education on the Raymond Campus.

Stocks said the Hinds’ dollars will go toward getting the barge deck hands training curriculum and program put in place, strengthen partnerships with industries and establish the internships that will lead to permanent employment for both the barge deck hands and truck drivers.

A key component of this grant is to incorporate three stackable credentials. Stackable credentials offer students the option of leaving a program at various points with skills and a credentials or staying through the entire program for the highest level credential and training. These three credentials will allow students to be highly credentialed and highly skilled as well as more marketable to employers while filling the needs of the workforce, said Dr. Joyce Jenkins, dean of Career and Technical Education on the Raymond Campus.

The Vicksburg-Warren Campus is ideally suited for the river barge training, being about three miles from the Mississippi River, said Dean Hilton Dyar. “The truck driving training has been phenomenal, and with the help of this grant, the barge training will be just as excellent,” he said.

The consortium partners seek to establish transportation, distribution and logistics sector partnerships in communities along the river; recalibrate programs to align with employer needs; build stacked and latticed credentials and integrate evidence-based strategies to serve TAA-eligible workers (those who have suffered job loss or whose jobs are threatened due to foreign trade); and solidify the consortium for long-term collaboration.

All along the 2,300 mile stretch of the Mississippi River, businesses in transportation, distribution and logistics related industries are poised to hire, train or retrain individuals for existing and future high-wage, high-skill occupations. At the same time, many TAA-eligible workers, unemployed veterans and other unemployed, underserved or low-income groups lack the training and skills they need to fill these positions.

Over the next three years Hinds Community College will seek to train 300 students and program participants from throughout the community college district. Overall, 4,276 students will be served by this consortium’s initiatives and trained for the estimated 4,342 annual job openings over the next five to 10 years.

Mississippi’s need for commercial truck drivers is projected to grow by 13 percent (representing 1,734 jobs) by 2020. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that the job prospects and marketability of drivers will increase considerably in our area. A report from the Economic Modeling Specialists Intl., which compiles data from Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, suggests that truck driving ranks as the fourth highest occupation in demand.

In Mississippi, there are currently 42,740 jobs in the commercial truck driving field with 13,410 of these jobs being in the Hinds Community College District.

Graduates from the Hinds Community College Commercial Truck Driving program can enter the workforce as an entry level driver and can expect to have current median hourly earnings of $16.07.

Other members of the consortium are Delgado Community College in New Orleans, Hinds Community College, John Wood Community College in Quincy, Ill., Mid-South Community College in West Memphis, Ark., Minnesota State College – Southeast Technical in Winona, Miss., St. Louis Community College in St. Louis, Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis and West Kentucky Community and Technical College in Paducah, Ky.

For more information about the Department of Labor’s TAACCCT grant program view the latest release here:


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Posted by on 17 September

Dr. J’s Golf Tournament funds scholarship

The third annual Dr. J’s Memorial Golf Tournament, which funds an athletic scholarship in the name of the late Vicksburg dentist, Dr. Troy Lee “Doc” Jenkins, will be Oct. 12-13 at Meadow Oaks Golf Course in Clinton.

Jenkins was born and raised in Utica. He attended Hinds and Millsaps College and received his D.D.S. from the University of Tennessee Dental School. He was a member of both the Hinds Sports Hall of Fame and Millsaps College Sports Hall of Fame. He died in May 2011.

The entry fee for the tournament is $125 per person with the field limited to the first 72 players. The tournament will be during both mornings with check-in to be at 8 a.m. on Saturday and 8:30 a.m. Sunday.  A sausage and biscuit breakfast will be provided both mornings by Elvis Sledge with lunch both days provided by Shelby Jean Lewis, Jenkins’ sister.

For information about the tournament, contact Cecil Jones, 601.259.4612, or Tammy Smith, 601.868.0222, For information about creating or donating to a Hinds scholarship, contact Betty Carraway, Hinds Community College Foundation coordinator, 601.857.3800,

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Posted by on 13 September

ACT prep classes help with health care program apps

Hinds Community College is accepting completed applications for the spring 2014 semester in nursing and dental assisting programs. The application deadline for nursing programs is Sept. 30; the deadline for the dental assistant technology program is Oct. 15.

All programs require a minimum ACT score.  Final selection is competitive depending on the applicant pool.

Hinds is offering three ACT preparation seminars for those who have applied to the Hinds program but do not yet meet the minimum ACT requirements. Hinds is also offering the ACT residual test that can be used for entrance to Hinds programs only.

Test preparation focuses on reading and math skills. Classes are free, and registration is not required. All seminars are in Classroom LL3/4 at Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center on Chadwick Drive near Metrocenter mall.

Those seminar dates include:

  • Wednesday, Sept.18, 1 p.m. to 4      p.m
  • Thursday, Sept. 19, 5:30 p.m.-8:30      p.m.
  • Monday, Sept. 23, 5:30 p.m.-8:30      p.m.

The ACT residual test will be given at both Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center and the Raymond Campus.

Jackson Campus-Nursing Allied Health Center:

  • Friday, Sept. 20, noon, Classroom      9/10
  • Friday, Sept.27, 12:00, Classroom      9/10

For testing at NAHC, contact Jessica Sulkers, 601.376.4805.

Raymond Campus:

  • Tuesday, Sept.24, 8:30 a.m.,      District Testing Center

For testing on the Raymond Campus, contact Marnee’ Tompkins, 601.857.3852.

For information on Hinds’ nursing and allied health programs, contact Amie Ray, recruiter, 601.376.4819, or Christie Adair, admissions manager, 601-376-4813.

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Posted by on 11 September

Registration open now for 2nd eight-week classes

For anyone interested in jump starting a college career without waiting for the spring semester, Hinds Community College offers a number of  options for second eight-week classes that begin in October.

Classes are available both online and in a traditional face-to-face format. Most courses are academic courses, but some limited career-technical options are available.

For applicants to Hinds’ nursing programs seeking to finish prerequisites, Anatomy and Physiology I with the lab are being offered on the Raymond Campus and in an online format.

Registration is now open for those classes. Traditional classes begin Oct. 15 at most Hinds’ locations. Online classes begin on Oct. 21. All second eight-week classes end in early December. A complete listing of eight-week classes by location and format can be found on the Hinds website:

In addition to the online classes listed currently on the Hinds website, Hinds can also make available more than 70 academic courses online through a condensed format.  For more information, contact the Distance Learning office at 601.857.3834.

Students are encouraged to register as soon as possible in order to get the classes and schedule they need.

Current students who don’t need to see an adviser can register online by logging into New students need to speak to an adviser before registering online.

For information on applying to Hinds, call 1.800.HindsCC.

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Posted by on 10 September

Golf tournament benefits Warren-Claiborne students

VICKSBURG – Since the early 1990s, the  annual Clyde Donnell Golf Tournament  at Clear Creek Golf Club in Bovina has benefited a scholarship fund for Hinds Community College students provided through the Warren-Claiborne County Alumni Chapter, raising approximately $150,000 in that span of time.

This year’s tournament is Sept. 18 at Clear Creek Golf Club with registration at 12:30 p.m. and play to begin at 1 p.m. For information, contact Libby Posey, Hinds Community College alumni coordinator, at 601.857.3350.

The tournament started small and was simply called the Warren County Chapter golf tournament for several years. The scholarship from the proceeds of the golf tournament was begun in 1999 and endowed in 2003.

In October 2005, one of the biggest supporters of the tournament, Clyde Donnell of Vicksburg, passed away. The golf committee decided to rename the tournament after him.

Donnell had been a member of the Hinds Community College Board of Trustees and a member of the Hinds Community College Foundation Board as well as serving on the Warren County Board of Supervisors and the board of Merchants Bank.

Donnell was born in D’Lo but lived in Vicksburg for 40 years. He was a retired U.S. Navy veteran who had served during World War II aboard the USS Ranger and the USS Lexington.

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Raymond Honors/PTK officers attend two-day staff retreat
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09 September

Raymond Honors/PTK officers attend two-day staff retreat

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RAYMOND – Officers from the Hinds Community College Raymond Campus Honors/PTK program recently attended a two-day work session at Wilsonwood Retreat south of Vicksburg where they organized service projects and scholarship activities for the fall semester.

The officers shared research that they had collected this summer on World War II salvage (recycling) efforts. This semester they will examine how salvage efforts on the home front during the war contributed to victory. As part of their research, they are planning an oral history project in order to learn first-hand how people in this area were part of those recycling efforts. The group has also planned many activities that will emphasize the continuing importance of the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle).

These student officers also completed fun team-building activities in order to get to know one another better and to see the natural leaders in the group in action.  Part of that team building included turning over preparation of all meals for a group of 11 to the students. The group’s faculty advisers simply observed.

“Having everybody work together as a team was a great experience.  It was a lot of fun,” said officer Mesha Blackshear. At the conclusion of the retreat, the group worked in open forum to select team leaders for this school year.

Students with a 3.5 cumulative GPA on at least 12 hours earned at Hinds are encouraged to join the Phi Theta Kappa chapter on their campus and get involved.  Not only will members build strong resumes through the leadership and service opportunities that Phi Theta Kappa provides, but they will also be eligible for transfer scholarships at Mississippi’s four-year college and universities. To learn more about the PTK chapter on each campus or the Honors Institute at Raymond, phone 601.857.3837.

Hinds Community College Raymond Campus Honors/Phi Theta Kappa officers for 2013-2014 include, seated from left, Jessica Glenn of Ridgeland, co-president; Christiane Stephens of Jackson, co-vice president of Chapter Relations/Social Media; standing from left, Mesha Blackshear of Jackson, Associate Student Government representative and photographer; Georgia Swinford of Brandon, co-president; Mahlon Tompkins of Edwards, co-vice president of Membership; Akua Twumasewaah of Clinton, vice president of Service/Grants Researcher; Allan Harris of Jackson, vice president of Operations; Nick Lalo of Brandon, co-vice president of Chapter Relations/Videographer; Deisha Escanear of Wiggins, vice president of Publications/Kappa Chronicle editor. Not pictured are Genevieve Walker of Vicksburg, vice president of Archives and  MS/LA Regional Historian and Deonne Ervin of Pearl, vice president of Membership.

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Classic cars, planes featured in Oct. 6 showcase

RAYMOND – Classic cars and airplanes will be showcased in a new event called “Pistons and Props” on Sunday, Oct. 6 at Hinds Community College’s John Bell Williams Airport outside Raymond.

The “drive and fly-in” is being co-sponsored by the airport, Hinds’ Aviation Department, the annual Renaissance Euro Fest Classic European Auto and Motorcycle Show and the Experiential Aircraft Association.

The event will be a combined automobile, motorcycle and aircraft show. The European autos of the Renaissance show will be joined by autos from the Mississippi Corvette Club making for a major showing of more than 100 cars, motorcycles and aircraft.

The event is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 6. Food and drink concessions including ribeye steak sandwiches, hamburgers and hot dogs will be sold by Hinds Community College Aviation Technology students for the benefit of their activities.

For more information, contact Michelle Jackson, John Bell Williams Airport manager, 601.857.3884; Marion Eifling, Hinds Community College aviation maintenance technology instructor, 601.857.3822; Mike Dalton, aircraft, 601.605.5580,; or Mike Marsh, cars, 601.946.1950 or

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