Open house planned for Simulation Center Thursday

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Open house planned for Simulation Center Thursday
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Open house planned for Simulation Center Thursday

Hinds Community College has a ribbon-cutting and open house for the new Nursing and Allied Health Simulation Center at 1820 Hospital Drive in Jackson, which is near the college’s Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center on Chadwick Drive. The ribbon-cutting is 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9.

Because of limited parking, guests are asked to park at the Medical Arts Complex across the street from the Simulation Center.

“This new Nursing and Allied Health Simulation Center offers four simulation labs that will help our nursing and allied health students develop important clinical skills as they are being prepared to care for patients in local health care agencies. Simulation provides an opportunity to enhance professional competencies, experience specific clinical situations, and implement interdisciplinary care,” said Dr. Libby Mahaffey, Nursing and Allied Health dean.

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The building was donated to the college by brothers and physicians Dr. Christopher Ball and Dr. Kyle Ball. The building formerly housed their 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.

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.

For information on Hinds’ programs see health-related professions under

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Degree leads alum to professional fashion marketing

DeShaun Williams, a December 2012 graduate of the Raymond Campus Fashion Marketing Technology program, recently participated in working New York’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Sept. 5-12, featuring the Spring 2014 Collections of major fashion designers.

“My life will never be the same again,” he said after the experience, expressing his appreciation to department chair Dana Bailey for “pushing me to work harder.”

Williams assisted the Daily Front Row online magazine with coordination of its events for New York Fashion Week.

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Williams, a 2009 graduate of Raymond High School where he also completed the high school marketing program under Emily Montgomery, learned of the opportunity through Laboratory Institute of Merchandising College’s media board. When the magazine learned of Williams’ Hinds degree, he was immediately offered a position.

He is enrolled in the Manhattan school, working on a bachelor’s degree in Fashion Marketing with a concentration in Fashion Journalism.  About three-fourths of his degree program is made up of transfer hours from his Hinds Community College program.

“My degree from Hinds Community College has allowed me to visit heights that I only once dreamed of,” he said. “After telling individuals in the fashion industry that I have a degree, I have been allowed to navigate past others and get hands-on experience in this very competitive industry.”

He credits his Hinds instructors with his success so far. “They saw the best in me when I did not, when I felt like giving up they encouraged me to continue, and lastly, they provided me with information that was more than useful to get into this industry,” he said.

His instructors on the Raymond Campus were Bailey, district coordinator and Raymond Campus chair, Leslie Staring, Barbie Ferguson, Lynn Holliday, Jo Ponder and the late Clayton Marble.

For more information, on the Hinds Fashion Marketing program, see the website at




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Spring registration continues this week

Hinds Community College continues spring class registration with extended hours this week. Classes begin on Monday, Jan. 13. Students can late register through Jan. 17, after classes start, with an additional fee.

Extended registration hours are as follows:

Jan. 8-9 – 8:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Jan. 10 – 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Jan. 13-16 – 8:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Jan. 17 – 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Rankin Campus bookstore has lots of items for sale.

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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