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Posted by on 31 May

Hinds CC Eagles baseball to receive ‘Homecoming for Champions’ Sunday night

2014 Baseball Team

Win or lose tonight against Mesa (Ariz.) Community College, the 2014 Hinds Eagles Baseball team has earned a Homecoming for Champions.

Hinds Community College will have a homecoming celebration for the baseball team at approximately 8:30 p.m. Sunday as the team arrives home via charter bus from Enid, Oka.

The celebration will be along Hinds Boulevard in Raymond and at Joe G. Moss field, home of Eagles Baseball, located on Hinds Boulevard.

The 2014 Eagles team is the only Hinds CC baseball team that has ever played in the championship game of the National Junior College Athletic Association World Series.

Follow the Hinds Facebook pages for updates on the team’s arrival in Raymond

at https://www.facebook.com/HindsCCSports  or  https://www.facebook.com/HindsCC .

Watch the national championship game tonight at 7 p.m. via web streaming at http://www.njcaatv.com/njcaatv/

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Posted by on 29 May

Hinds CC honors GED achievers with June 5 ceremony

More than 75 General Education Development certificate achievers who live in the Hinds Community College district will be recognized during a ceremony to be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 5 in Cain-Cochran Hall on the Raymond Campus.

The speaker for the ceremony will be the Honorable Winston Kidd, circuit judge for the 7th Circuit Court District in Hinds County and member of the Adult Education/Dropout Recovery Advisory Board. Judge Kidd was appointed by Gov. Ronnie Musgrove. He currently presides over Civil and Criminal Court in Hinds County.

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Kidd was born and raised in Newton County and has been a resident of Hinds County for more than 15 years. He received his bachelor’s degree, graduating cum laude, in respiratory therapy from the University of Mississippi in 1987. After working as a registered respiratory therapist for one year, he enrolled at Mississippi College School of Law where he received his law degree in 1991.

Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Kidd worked as an attorney with the Walker and Walker law firm in Jackson for approximately 10 years. His practice was primarily limited to civil litigation.

Judge Kidd is committed to mentoring youth. He has delivered many speeches and lectures in dozens of schools and churches. He serves as a mentor to a student at Lester Elementary in the Big Brothers\Big Sisters Program. Further, Judge Kidd serves as a mentor to several Jackson high school students along with other Magnolia Bar attorneys. He is married to Adriane Dorsey-Kidd and they are the parents of Winston Jamal and Jacob Jabari.

There will be something new at this year’s ceremony — the “GED Champion” Award, which will go to a faculty or staff member who has shown exceptional support to GED students throughout their journeys.

Doug Williams, Hinds CC soccer coach, will be leading the invocation and benediction. Ray Neilsen and Trish Oba will also be attending the graduation and will be recognized for the support of the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation.

The partnership between Hinds and the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation program, which began in 2009, launched the Education Pays program that awards a $500 check to all Hinds CC Warren County GED recipients over the age of 21.

The Neilsen Foundation is extending the Education Pays program to the Jackson Campus – Academic-Technical Center in 2014. Since 2009, Hinds CC has received six grants from the Neilsen Foundation, totaling more than $575,000, providing financial support for teacher salaries, tutors, computer equipment and testing assistance.

Education Pays isn’t the only award GED recipients get at Hinds; the college offers a tuition free class to all first time college students who are admitted with a GED. The college also offers a $1,000 academic scholarship that is equivalent to the ACT Scholarship for high scoring GED achievers.

For more information, visit www.hindscc.edu.

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Posted by on 28 May

Hinds CC Gateway to College high school program plans graduation

 

Hinds Community College’s Gateway to College program will graduate 31 high school students in the second year of the program.

The ceremony is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 3, in the Lecture Hall of George Wynne Hall on the Hinds Community College Rankin Campus in Pearl.

Gateway to College, which began in fall 2012, is a Mississippi Works Partnership between Hinds Community College and Rankin County schools. The program enrolls high school students in danger of not graduating and allows them to finish high school at the college’s campus while also earning college credits.

Five students graduated in June 2013 at the first graduation ceremony.

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The speaker for this year’s ceremony is Eleanor Long of Florence, who is chair of the social sciences department at Hinds’ Rankin Campus.

For more about Gateway to College at Hinds Community College, see

http://www.hindscc.edu/gateway/GTC_FAQ.aspx

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May16 ceremonies close out record number of Hinds CC graduates
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16 May

May16 ceremonies close out record number of Hinds CC graduates

 

The Bates siblings gather before the graduation ceremony where Carlie and Kayla Bates received their associate degrees. From left are Jackie Granberry, vice president for Advancement and Student Success, Patrick Bates, current Hinds CC student on the Raymond Campus, Carlie Bates, Dr. Clyde Muse, Hinds Community College president, Kayla Bates, Kristin Bates, current Hinds CC student on the Rankin Campus, and Dr. Sue Powell, vice president for both the Rankin and Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. The Bates family is from Pisgah.

The Bates siblings gather before the graduation ceremony where Carlie and Kayla Bates received their associate degrees. From left are Jackie Granberry, vice president for Advancement and Student Success, Patrick Bates, current Hinds CC student on the Raymond Campus, Carlie Bates, Dr. Clyde Muse, Hinds Community College president, Kayla Bates, Kristin Bates, current Hinds CC student on the Rankin Campus, and Dr. Sue Powell, vice president for both the Rankin and Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. The Bates family is from Pisgah.

For Carlie and Kayla Bates, twin sisters, getting an education wasn’t a simple task. The siblings, along with their additional brother and sister, Patrick and Kristin, who are current Hinds CC students, had to work to pay their way through college. On Friday, May 16, the sisters celebrated their accomplishments by walking across the stage of Hogg Auditorium in Cain-Cochran Hall and receiving their diplomas.

 

“It took a while to find the right school for us,” said Carlie Bates. “But Hinds was definitely it. Our family is so appreciative of everything we’ve experienced here.”

 

Both Carlie and Kayla were students on the Rankin Campus. Their brother, Patrick, is a Hinds Connection student on the Raymond Campus, and their sister, Kristen, is a freshman on the Rankin Campus.

 

The Bates are among a record number of Hinds graduates this spring. Preliminary figures show that nearly 1,500 degrees and certificates were awarded in a record-setting seven ceremonies spread over three days. Of those, 250 achieved summa cum laude, a 4.0 grade point average; 146, magna cum laude, 3.6 to 3.99 GPA;  and 50, cum laude, 3.2 to 3.59 GPA.

 

But those numbers don’t even tell the whole story. For the academic year that includes graduations in August and December 2013, preliminary data show Hinds is awarding 2,747 total degrees or other credentials to 2,257 students, some of whom have earned more than one credential, such as a career or technical certificate.

 

That’s a 22 percent increase in number of credentials over the 2013 academic year and a 9.6 percent increase in the number of students receiving credentials.

 

“Four years ago, we set out with a goal in mind, and that was to graduate a higher percentage of our students,” said Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse. “Many students were completing their coursework, but they planned on transferring to a university so they didn’t see an associate degree to graduate as important. But there is a lot of direct evidence that shows the opposite of that, that it is very important.”

 

Muse said education has become even more important “for upward mobility, good jobs and to be able to make a good living to take care of their families in the future.”

 

Robert Graham, Hinds County District 1 Supervisor and speaker for the 8:30 a.m. ceremony, spoke to graduates from a unique perspective.

 

“I speak to you as a fellow graduate of this special place,” he said. “My education has been 30 years in the making, and it’s taught me two very important things: It’s never too late to go back to school, and it’s now how or when you start, but how you finish, that counts.”

 

Graham went on to ask the graduating class of 2014 a very important question.

 

“Are you ready?” he asked. “Are you ready to handle adversity; to persevere; to stay motivated and enthusiastic; to choose to live life to the fullest; to make changes; to be useful; to excel; to be humble; and to run towards success instead of walk towards it? I know the answer to this question. We are ready. We are absolutely ready!”

 

Malcolm White, director of tourism for the Mississippi Development Authority, spoke to graduates during the noon and 3:30 ceremonies.

 

“James Meredith once said ‘Mississippi is the most powerful word in the English language,” said Malcolm. “Mississippi is indeed a powerful word and a powerful place. You – the class of 2014 – has every opportunity to live, work, learn and play here, and thrive while doing it. The time is right for your generation to create the new Mississippi, to rethink Mississippi, and I think one of the best ways to do that is through the creative economy. You are our future. You are the new Mississippi. You are our best hope.”

 

The Utica Campus graduation ceremony, which also includes Hinds Agricultural High School, will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 18, in the J.D. Boyd Gymnasium. Congressman Bennie Thompson is the speaker. It’s the last joint graduation for the Utica Campus and Hinds Agricultural High School.

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16 May

Nursing, allied health graduation photo gallery

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Hinds CC Vicksburg instructor wins national PTK award

 

Phi Theta Kappa board member Dan Bailey, a former Mosal Scholar, presents Dr. Sarah K. Nichols with a 2014 Mosal Award.

Phi Theta Kappa board member Dan Bailey, a former Mosal Scholar, presents Dr. Sarah K. Nichols with a 2014 Mosal Award.

Hinds Community College employee Dr. Sarah K. Nichols of Vicksburg received one of two 2014 Mosal Awards during NerdNation 2014, Phi Theta Kappa’s Annual Convention in Orlando April 24-26.

Nichols is Quality Enhancement Plan director, chair of the Psychology Department and coordinator of student organizations at Hinds Community College’s Vicksburg-Warren Campus.  She received a $5,000 stipend for her personal professional development.

She also received a commemorative medallion in addition to the funds to complete her proposed project.

Mosal Awards, named for the PTK’s late executive director emeritus, Dr. Margaret Mosal, are presented to faculty advisers with at least five years of service who have submitted project proposals. Only outstanding, well-reasoned and intellectually substantive proposals are selected by a panel of scholars for funding.

Nichols received the Mosal Scholarship for her proposal, “An Autobiographical Case Study of Nature vs. Nurture Through the Eyes of an Adoptee,” which will allow her to research her biological parents and, through that journey, garner information about the roles nature and nurture play in human development. She will share what she learns with her Human Growth and Development students.

For more about Phi Theta Kappa at Hinds Community College, see

http://www.hindscc.edu/studentlife/activities/clubs/ptk/default.aspx

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Posted by on 15 May

Nursing, allied health ceremonies kick off record number of Hinds CC graduations

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Lauren Eklund made it to most of her children’s soccer games in the fall and spring but so did her nursing school textbooks. She spent many a game looking up from a book and cheering on Austin, 6, and Avery, 5.

It was all worth it on Thursday, May 15, however, when the children along with husband Jay saw Eklund, 27, of Florence walk across the stage at Hinds Community College to receive her Associate Degree in Nursing.

It took “a lot of late nights, a lot of praying, a lot of coffee, a lot of good friends, a lot of support from family. I’m humbled,” she said. “It was a team effort, and I’m glad my kids got to see it.”

Eklund is among a record number of Hinds graduates this spring. Preliminary figures show that nearly 1,500 degrees and certificates were awarded in a record-setting seven ceremonies spread over three days. Of those, 250 achieved summa cum laude, a 4.0 grade point average; 146, magna cum laude, 3.6 to 3.99 GPA;  and 50, cum laude, 3.2 to 3.59 GPA.

But those numbers don’t even tell the whole story. For the academic year that includes graduations in August and December 2013, preliminary data show Hinds is awarding 2,747 total degrees or other credentials to 2,257 students, some of whom have earned more than one credential, such as a career or technical certificate.

That’s a 22 percent increase in number of credentials over the 2013 academic year and a 9.6 percent increase in the number of students receiving credential.

“Four years ago, we set out with a goal in mind, and that was to graduate a higher percentage of our students,” said Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse. “Many students were completing their coursework, but they planned on transferring to a university so they didn’t see an associate degree to graduate as important. But there is a lot of direct evidence that shows the opposite of that, that it is very important.”

Muse said education has become even more important “for upward mobility, good jobs and to be able to make a good living to take care of their families in the future.”

Speaker Tim Moore, president and CEO of the Mississippi Hospital Association, reminded graduates that it’s all about “servant leadership.”

“If that’s not why we’re here, we certainly need to navigate to another position,” he said.

During his first job as a radiology technologist in a Meridian hospital, the first guy he worked with brought the point home.

“He comes in about 5 o’clock, invites me into an X-ray room and says ‘Get on the table.’ I lay down on the table. He says, ‘It’s hard, isn’t it.’ I said, ‘Yes, sir, it is.’ He said, ‘Don’t ever forget that.’ He said, ‘Treat everybody that lies down on this table like it’s your mother. If you do, you will do well.’ Truer words could never have been spoken,” Moore said.

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Meleka Kozam of Brandon exemplifies what Moore was talking about. She graduated with an Associate Degree in Nursing after working for nine years in an ambulance at American Medical Response. Sharing her day was Carol Fron of Raymond, who credits Kozam with helping to save her life a couple years ago.

“I was living for this day,” Fron said of Kozam’s graduation. “She is going to do well. There is nothing she can’t do.”

Kozam was on a team who responded to Fron’s 911 call when she fell 10 feet out of her attic, missing the steps. Fron hit her head and had massive blood loss but managed to call 911.

“There was blood everywhere,” Kozam recalls. “When somebody has to call 911, theoretically that’s the worst day of their life. They’ve lost control of everything. They need us to come in and make order out of chaos. That’s what we did.”

In appreciation, Fron invites the 911 responders to an annual crawfish boil. “There is not a safer crawfish boil on the planet when you have 911 there,” Fron said laughing.

Kozam plans to continue working on the ambulance at least part-time while seeking a nursing position, perhaps in an intensive care unit.

Hinds continues graduation exercises on Friday, May 16, at 8:30 a.m., noon, and 3:30 p.m. with doors to open at 7:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. All Raymond Campus ceremonies will take place in Hogg Auditorium of Cain-Cochran Hall. Hinds County Supervisor Robert Graham is graduating at the 8:30 a.m. ceremony and is also the graduation speaker. Malcolm White, director of tourism for the Mississippi Development Authority, will speak to graduates during the noon and 3:30 ceremonies.

The Utica Campus graduation ceremony, which also includes Hinds Agricultural High School, will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 18, in the J.D. Boyd Gymnasium. Congressman Bennie Thompson is the speaker. It’s the last joint graduation for the Utica Campus and Hinds Agricultural High School because the high school is closing after this academic year.

For more information about Hinds Community College, see www.hindscc.edu.

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Hinds CC Vicksburg-Warren Campus to host College Night
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13 May

Hinds CC Vicksburg-Warren Campus to host College Night

Hinds Community College’s Vicksburg-Warren Campus will host a College Night from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13. The event, originally scheduled in April, was rescheduled due to weather concerns.

The event will allow both high school students and adults to explore at that Hinds has to offer.  Guests can learn about admissions, scholarships, financial aid, majors and more; speak with faculty and staff members; apply and register for summer and fall classes; and enjoy free food and prizes.

The event is come-and-go style. Those interested in attending should register online at www.hindscc.edu/go/vb  or call 1.800.HINDSCC for more information.

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