Hinds' Single Stop program rolls out free tax prep for students

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Posted by on 31 January

Hinds’ Single Stop program rolls out free tax prep for students

All Hinds Community College students can get free tax preparation on the Raymond Campus beginning today, Jan. 31, as the first step in the college’s new partnership with Single Stop USA. (See the schedule and contact information below.)

Single Stop USA is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping low-income individuals achieve financial self-sufficiency and economic mobility. 

“For a long time we have wanted to help our students be more successful, particularly those students who have difficulty, financially or otherwise, of completing a degree,” said Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse. “We know there’s a lot more to being successful in college than just being able to do the actual coursework. Many other things get in the way – child care, financial problems or whatever.”

At Hinds, Single Stop will help students with a variety of life issues that are getting in their way of staying in college and graduating, such as child care, food insecurity, transportation, housing and legal services. Single Stop can assess if a student is eligible for benefits and then assists the student in connecting with those resources.

Free tax preparation at Hinds through United Way is an example.

“I see Single Stop as a centralized approach to connect our students with external resources so that they can persist until they gradate or just achieve their educational goals while attending Hinds.  I think it’s one of the best initiatives in higher education that’s available today,” said Dr. Tyrone Jackson, district dean of students, who will oversee the program.

The first Hinds location will be in Room 117 in the District Adult Education Center on the corner of Hinds Boulevard across from Fountain Hall. Taheera Hoskins, formerly with the Gateway to College program on the Rankin Campus, is Hinds’ Single Stop coordinator.

Dr. Adren Wilson, Single Stop regional director for the Gulf Coast, said preliminary data show that graduation rates increase for the students who use Single Stop services.

“What this is all about is economic mobility and being self-sufficient,” he said. “We are looking at how we intervene, connect with and support your students so that they can succeed here, graduate and achieve their economic goals as well as their education goals.”

Free tax preparation for all Hinds students is available Jan. 31 to April 15.


•           Monday and Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.


•           Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Students should call Taheera Hoskins, 601.857.3233, to schedule an appointment. The tax preparation is in Room 117, District Adult Education Center, Raymond Campus.

For more information see the Hinds website at


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Hinds, Camp Shelby team with Pearl River to offer UAV program
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30 January

Hinds, Camp Shelby team with Pearl River to offer UAV program


David Young of Jackson, left, and Brett Wheat of Clinton demonstrated their skills with UAV flying during the signing ceremony.

David Young of Jackson, left, and Brett Wheat of Clinton demonstrated their skills with UAV flying during the signing ceremony.

Hinds Community College and Pearl River Community College in Poplarville are partnering with the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center outside Hattiesburg to offer an Unmanned Aircraft Systems program. Hinds will offer the Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle training while Pearl River, whose district encompasses the Camp Shelby area, will offer the academic classes for service members in the National Guard and Reserve as well as civilians to earn degrees.

Hinds signed the agreement with Camp Shelby on Monday, Jan. 27 in a ceremony at Hinds Community College’s John Bell Williams Airport where the college’s Aviation Department is based.

“What this partnership will do is allow us to expand our aviation program and it will allow military personnel fighting for our country to get college credit in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems program,” said Randy Pearcy, chairman of the Hinds Aviation Department.

“It’s very exciting from Hinds’ standpoint because we’ll be able to use their (Camp Shelby’s) restricted air space to do various training with our students operating platforms, research and development. On the flip side, we’ll be giving academic and technical credit to Guard and Reserve personnel as well as the civilian population.”

He said military personnel will be able to get credit for some work they have already and can take academic work they need through Pearl River Community College. Hinds is providing the UAS training. Pearcy said the program should be up and running no later than fall 2014.

“A degree in this field will be very much sought after in the future,” said Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse. “It is one Mississippi needs and, I’m sure, this country needs.”

Col. Brad Smith, Commander of the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center, said with the military withdrawal from locations around the world, Camp Shelby’s deployment mission is coming to a close.

“We are trying to rebrand, if you will, and exploit the capabilities that we have. What Camp Shelby has that is unique is 252 square kilometers of special use air space. That provides an opportunity for Hinds partnering with Pearl River to utilize that air space for research and development and training of pilots and all for the things that we do in the military,” Smith said. “The partnership was perfect. It makes sense. We believe the future for Camp Shelby is Unmanned Aerial Systems as well as cyber security. Those are the things we’re marketing on the civilian side of Camp Shelby.”

Dr. Scott Alsobrooks, vice president for Economic and Community Development at Pearl River, said the partnership is an example of the excellent working relationship the state’s community colleges have. “We have a solid system, a sound system, of community colleges in Mississippi that are willing to work together and get the most out of Mississippi’s tax dollar that are going into our community.”

Dennis Lott, the program’s instructor, said the program will “empower the youth of our country and this state that we live in to go into this brave new frontier.”

“We are in the process of building out the next golden era of aviation. This is the new era of aviation. It doesn’t mean we’re going to stop flying manned aircraft but the majority of our aircraft, in the future, will be unmanned,” Lott said.

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Posted by on 24 January

Hinds CC, Camp Shelby to sign off on joint project

Hinds Community College and the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center will have a signing ceremony for a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for a joint Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) project.

The signing will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 27 and includes a demonstration by Hinds students of the UAV program now taught at the college.

The signing is at the Aviation Department hangar at Hinds Community College’s John Bell Williams Airport. The address is 4100 Airport Rd., Bolton, MS 39041, which is off Raymond-Clinton Road.

Media representatives are invited but are asked to rsvp to Cathy Hayden, or 601.857.3322.

The Hinds Community College Aviation Department and Camp Shelby have been working on a mutually beneficial partnership that will capitalize on the growing trend of unmanned aircraft.

Camp Shelby is a National Center of Excellence for training Army Guard and Reserve unmanned aircraft operators from across the country. The Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) curriculum at Hinds CC will develop specific coursework and college credit geared towards military students and their pursuit of a Career/Technical Certificate or Associate of Applied Science in Aviation Technology. Also a partner in the effort, Pearl River Community College will provide academic coursework for military students in Hattiesburg.

This partnership will allow an on-site presence at Camp Shelby and will facilitate the training of Hinds Community College UAS students within their restricted airspace.

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Posted by on 23 January

Softball tournament to benefit Batson, Children’s Miracle Network

Hinds Community College’s Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center is sponsoring a Healthy Living Co-ed Softball Tournament to benefit Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

The registration deadline is 5 p.m. Feb. 28, with the tournament to be played March 21-22 at Pearl Center City. The entry fee is $200 per team, which includes umpires, with ASA rules to be used. The top three teams will receive trophies donated by Mississippi Trophy in Brandon.

For a registration form, go  to and click on the event item headlined “Registration Form for Healthy Living Co-ed Softball Tournament.”

Checks should be made payable to Hinds Community College Student Nurse Organization.

For more information, contact Cynthia Casey, 601.278.1254, or Jerusha Tucker, 601.624.6480,

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Posted by on 23 January

‘Eagle Experience’ offers preview of Hinds CC Raymond Campus

High school seniors thinking about attending Hinds Community College in fall 2014 are invited to visit the Raymond Campus Feb. 7 for the “Eagle Experience.”

The expo style event is come-and-go from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. It gives seniors and their parents an opportunity to find out everything they need to know about enrolling at Hinds.

Eagle Experience offers Raymond Campus tours, interaction with current students and all the college basics such as admissions, scholarships, majors, housing, student life and more.  Participants can also enjoy food and prizes.

To register, visit or call 601.857.3767.

Activities will be centered at Mayo Gymnasium on the Raymond Campus.

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Posted by on 17 January

Miss Hinds Community College 2014 named

From left to right are second runner-up, Anna Taggart of Raymond; Miss Hinds 2014 Porsha Gatson of Vicksburg; and first runner-up, Jade Dalton of Flora.

From left to right are second runner-up, Anna Taggart of Raymond; Miss Hinds 2014 Porsha Gatson of Vicksburg; and first runner-up, Jade Dalton of Flora.

Porsha Gatson of Vicksburg was named Miss Hinds Community College 2014 in the annual pageant on Jan. 16.

As Miss Hinds Community College, Gatson will participate this summer in the Miss Mississippi pageant.

Gatson is a sophomore on the Raymond Campus majoring in nursing. Some of her scholastic honors include Who’s Who, Dean’s List, and Honor Society. She is also a member of the Hi-Steppers.

Her platform is “Children Matter,” a program focusing on providing activities, tutoring and meals to children in need.

For her talent she performed an excerpt from the song “Somewhere over the Rainbow.”

First runner-up was Jade Dalton of Flora, a freshman majoring in philosophy on the Raymond Campus.

Second runner up was Anna Taggart of Raymond, a sophomore elementary education major on the Raymond Campus.

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Posted by on 14 January

Hinds CC hosts choir reunion honoring the Reeves’

Leslie and Geneva Reeves

Leslie and Geneva Reeves

Alumni of the choir based on Hinds Community College’s Raymond Campus are invited to a reunion, on Feb. 14-15, held on the Raymond Campus.

Because they inspired so much devotion, the reunion will salute Leslie and Geneva Reeves, former choral directors from 1956 to 1986. Although all former choir members are welcome to come, the focus, including featured music, will be on the Reeves and their legacy.

Attendees will gather for a complementary kick-off reception from 7-9 p.m., Friday, Feb. 14, in the lobby of Cain-Cochran Hall. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served.

On Saturday, choir alumni will be invited to gather and sing in Cain-Cochran Hall from 2-4 p.m., and perform an informal concert at 4:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. A banquet honoring Geneva Reeves will be held at 6 p.m. in Mayo Gymnasium.

The dinner will benefit the Leslie and Geneva Reeves scholarship. Tickets may be purchased for $40.

For more information on the reunion, or to RSVP, contact Libby Posey at 601.857.3350 or email For more information on Hinds Community College, visit

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Posted by on 10 January

Hinds CC students compete for title of Miss Hinds

From left to right, competing for Miss Hinds 2014 at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, are students Moriah Boone of Pearl, Rankin Campus; Anna Taggart of Raymond, Raymond Campus; Jade Dalton of Flora, Raymond Campus; Jessica Rinehart of Utica, Raymond Campus; Kaylee Scroggins of Brandon, Raymond Campus; Tiaunna Smith of Jackson, Raymond Campus; and Porsha Gatson of Vicksburg, Raymond Campus.

From back. left to right, are Moriah Boone of Pearl; Jade Dalton of Flora; and Kaylee Scroggins of Brandon. From front, left, are Anna Taggart of Raymond; Jessica Rinehart of Utica; Tiaunna Smith of Jackson; and Porsha Gatson of Raymond. 

Seven Hinds Community College students will compete for the title of Miss Hinds Community College 2014 at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16 at Hogg Auditorium in Cain-Cochran Hall.

The winner of the pageant is eligible to compete in the Miss Mississippi pageant over the summer.

The pageant is open to the public. Admission is $5.

The contestants are Moriah Boone of Pearl, Rankin Campus; Anna Taggart of Raymond, Raymond Campus; Jade Dalton of Flora, Raymond Campus; Jessica Rinehart of Utica, Raymond Campus; Kaylee Scroggins of Brandon, Raymond Campus; Tiaunna Smith of Jackson, Raymond Campus; Porsha Gatson of Vicksburg, Raymond Campus.


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Posted by on 10 January

Hinds CC grants emeritus status to retirees

From left to right, Dr. Clyde Muse, Hinds Community College president, Dr. David Durham, Kay Jones, Joanne Cooper, and Jackie Granberry, vice president for advancement and student success, gather before Durham, Jones and Cooper are recognized with emeritus status at the Jan. 7 spring 2013 opening convocation.

From left to right, Dr. Clyde Muse, Hinds Community College president, Dr. David Durham, Kay Jones, Joanne Cooper, and Jackie Granberry, vice president for advancement and student success, gather before Durham, Jones and Cooper are recognized with emeritus status at the Jan. 7 spring 2014 opening convocation.

Hinds Community College recognized retirees Dr. David Durham of Clinton, Kay Jones of Jackson and Joanne Cooper of Pelahatchie, who were granted emeritus status by the college Board of Trustees, at the Jan. 7 spring 2014 opening convocation.

To date, Hinds has recognized 27 retirees with emeritus status. Emeritus status is an honor granted to retired faculty members and non-teaching professionals who have served Hinds Community College with distinction. They must have a minimum of 30 years of service to education with a minimum of 15 years of distinguished service at Hinds Community College. Nominees are approved by the Hinds Community College Board of Trustees.

Dr. David Durham, dean emeritus, came to work at Hinds in 1970 as a physics instructor and division chair.  In 1972, he became chairman of the science division and in 1973 he was named chairman of the mathematics and science division. He continued to teach physics until 1982 when he was named academic dean. He served in that position until 1996 when he was named dean of information technology.

After retiring in 2004, Durham returned to Hinds as an administrative assistant to the vice president of administrative services. However, Durham’s service to the college extended beyond his job descriptions. He has served on the scholarship committee, developed a format for evaluation of employees, guided the implementation of Colleague, the college’s administrative software, and written hundreds of customs reports, among many other achievements. Durham has been named a Hinds Hero, 3E Award Recipient, and Distinguished Non-Teaching Professional.  He also serves as an adjunct at Mississippi College teaching physics.

Kay Jones, professor emeritus of nursing, began her career at Hinds in 1974 serving as an instructor of associate degree nursing. Her areas of expertise were pediatric nursing and community nursing. She was nominated as Outstanding Educator of the Year for the Mississippi Organization of Associate Degree Nursing and was selected as Outstanding Instructor of the Year for Hinds.

While an instructor, she was involved in many committees and served as a Phi Theta Kappa advisor. She has been active in a number of professional and community organizations including Delta Kappa Gamma, Mississippi Organization for Associate Degree Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau, Wells Memorial United Methodist Church, Stewpot Community Services, Meals on Wheels, Grace Place, Girls Scouts, and has served as the coordinator for Bailey Avenue Health Education Foundation.  In addition, she has made a number of presentations including “New Faculty in AD Nursing” funded by the SREB Kellogg Foundation Grant.

JoAnn Cooper, professor emeritus of information systems technology, came to work at Hinds in 1982 as an information systems instructor.  In addition to teaching in a traditional setting, she also worked as a recruiter and taught business and industry through Eagle Ridge Conference Center. In 1995, she moved to the private sector where she worked with clients across the Southeast. She returned to Hinds in 1998 and has taught, supervised, and scheduled information system technology classes for online, traditional and hybrid courses. She also served as district coordinator for information system technology.

At Hinds, Cooper was a recipient of the 3E Award and the Life Star Award, selected as a commencement speaker, named Outstanding and Distinguished Career and Technical Instructor, selected as the HEADWAE instructor and named a Hinds Hero. She also boasts a number of professional affiliations and honors. Cooper is currently serving as an adjunct instructor for the Rankin Campus.


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New Simulation Center named for retired physician
Posted by
09 January

New Simulation Center named for retired physician

Hinds Community College Thursday unveiled the new Dr. George Ball Simulation Center named in honor of a local long-time physician who formerly served on the college’s Foundation board.

The building was donated to the college by brothers and physicians Dr. Christopher Ball and Dr. Kyle Ball and named for their father, Dr. George Ball. The building formerly housed the brothers’ obstetrics and gynecology practice. The renovation and equipping of the Nursing Simulation Center was made possible by a $2.5 million U.S. Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant.

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse said Dr. Ball is “a fine, dedicated Christian person that’s interested in his community and gives a lot of his time and resources to it.”

Because the announcement was kept secret until Thursday, the sign on the building was covered so it couldn’t be seen. “I kept driving by to see if you were going to get it completed,” Dr. Ball said. “You made it. It’s beautiful. “

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Dr. George Ball, left, and Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse

The Dr. George Ball Simulation Center at 1820 Hospital Drive in Jackson is near the college’s Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center on Chadwick Drive. The center has four simulation labs, three that look like hospital rooms and a fourth that can be an operating room or emergency room. They are equipped with life-like mannequins that simulate real situations and control rooms that allow for videotaping students performing clinical skills.

Dr. Kyle Ball, speaking on behalf of the family, said the center will be a great training boost to Hinds students.

“You walk into something unknown and you’re scared to death. But if you’ve been pretrained on what this place is supposed to look like, this is how it works – you walk into it with a whole lot of confidence,” he said.

“That’s what these young nurses are going to do. They’re going to walk into the emergency room and know what to do. Their confidence level is just going to soar, as well as their competence level. That’s what Hinds is noted for. The nurses that come out of this school are highly sought after,” Dr. Kyle Ball said.

The Nursing/Allied Health Center enrolls about 900 students each semester. While most of the simulation activities will focus on patient care experiences, all nursing and allied health programs are expected to use the Nursing and Allied Health Simulation Center for some simulated activities.

These programs include associate degree nursing, dental assisting technology, diagnostic medical sonography, emergency medical sciences, health care assistant, health information technology, medical laboratory technology, physical therapy assistant, practical nursing, radiologic technology, respiratory care technology and surgical technology.

“We feel like this is going to serve our students well. It will help us to get the students the experience we want every student to have before they leave here. We know it’ll help build their competence and their confidence,” said Dr. Libby Mahaffey, Nursing and Allied Health dean.

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Dr. George Ball, a retired ob/gyn, participated in a labor and delivery simulation exercise.

Dr. George Ball served on the Hinds Community College Foundation Board of Directors and was a long-time, respected physician who specialized in obstetrics and gynecology in Jackson before his 1998 retirement. During his 35 years of practice, he received much recognition, including awards from the American Medical Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

A Tylertown native, he attended East Central Community College and Tulane University, graduating in 1957.  He completed an internship at Touro Infirmary in New Orleans in 1958, a fellowship at Tulane University in 1959 and a residency at Charity Hospital in New Orleans in 1961.  He also served as chairman of the Board of Trustees at Central Mississippi Medical Center. A lifelong Methodist, he was instrumental in the development of Riggs Manor Retirement Community in Raymond. 

Three out of the four sons are ob/gyns and the fourth is a pastor. Dr. Kyle Ball said his father “came home tired every day but with a smile on his face. I always said to myself, whatever he’s doing, he’s enjoying it. He’s having fun.”

For more information see the Hinds website at


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