Hinds CC offers ‘Tuesday with a Twist’ registration events

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Hinds CC offers ‘Tuesday with a Twist’ registration events
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20 June

Hinds CC offers ‘Tuesday with a Twist’ registration events

Hinds Community College will be hosting special registration events, called “Tuesday with a Twist,” on June 24 and July 1. The June 24 event will be held at the Rankin Campus, located on Highway 80 in Pearl, and the July 1 event will be held on the Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center located on Sunset Drive in Jackson.

The events will offer extended registration hours for summer and fall classes, free food and prizes. Students can speak with instructors and financial aid representatives, make payment arrangements, and get their student IDs. All students who register for classes at “Tuesday with a Twist” will get a free T-shirt.

Sign up for one of these Tuesday’s:

Tuesday, June 24

3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Rankin Campus

3805 Hwy 80 East – Pearl, MS


Tuesday, July 1

3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center

3925 Sunset Drive – Jackson, MS


Before attending, be sure to take care of the following:

  • Submit a complete application for admission to Hinds Community College
  • First-time freshmen:  submit to the Office of Admissions your official ACT scores – OR bring a copy with you.  (If you have not had the ACT, you may take the COMPASS).
  • College-transfers:  submit to the Office of Admissions the official transcript from the last college you attended, showing at least one Math and English class – OR bring a copy with you.

For more information about Tuesday with a Twist, please call 1-800-HINDSCC or email You can also visit


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Posted by on 05 June

WWII veteran, Hinds CC alum returns for visit in 2011

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This story was featured in the Winter 2011 of Hindsight alumni magazine. A video of him is featured on The Clarion-Ledger website as part of a D-Day tribute.


Clarence Earl Derrington Jr.’s (1947) freshman class photo in the 1947 Hinds Junior College Eagle yearbook shows a serious-looking young man dressed like all the other guys in a suit and tie. At that moment, Earl “Bulldog” Derrington could have been thinking about how fortunate he was to be alive and home again to enroll in classes at his local college.

“There is no way for me to tell you what a great school Hinds was in that day and time,” Derrington recalled during his first visit since he left the Raymond Campus. “As far as I was concerned, it was all a pleasure. I was so thrilled to be here. It was special.”

World War II had been raging in Europe since 1939 by the time an 18-year-old Derrington was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1943, causing him to leave Central High School in Jackson without a diploma. He served in the Army, reaching the rank of corporal by the end of his service.

His fellow soldiers tagged him with the nickname Bulldog, which stuck with him for years, because during training exercises he refused to let anybody else get the best of him.

During a significant portion of his enlistment, Derrington was a prisoner of war. In December 1944 at the age of 20, he took a mortar round in the back during the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium. The next day he was captured and held at Stalag 69 in Germany before finally being released at the war’s end in 1945.

Like many other G.I.’s, he returned home to heal from the physical injuries he received during and after his capture – and to use his new government benefits to enroll in college.

“I was in the first group of veterans to come to Hinds Junior College after World War II,” Derrington said. “A bunch of us guys came in here. They were trying to figure out what to do with us. We were much older, much tougher and rougher. We had experienced a lot that the kids at that time hadn’t.”

Then-Registrar Mildred Herrin insisted the guys drafted out of high school finish and get a diploma. “She put us guys in high school and in junior college at the same time. She was determined we were going to finish high school,” Derrington said.

Biology instructor T.T. Beemon was another who took a special interest in the returning veterans like Derrington. “We were his first challenge,” he said.

He recalls Hinds classmates including the late mathmetician Dr. Fred Davis, who retired as professor emeritus in computer science at Mississippi State University, and retired Jackson banker Ben Woods, the father of Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center history instructor Ben Woods.

Derrington left Hinds after a year and finished his marketing degree at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. He handled commercial real estate in Jackson and became instrumental in veterans affairs on a national level. He is married to Pauline, his wife of 61 years. Their son Clarence Earl Derrington III, known as Chip, attended Hinds in 1979.

In February 2011, U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper of Pearl presented Derrington with a long overdue Bronze Star medal, the fourth-highest combat decoration awarded by the U.S. military. He also received a Combat Infantry Badge that went missing in 1945 as he recovered from his wounds.

Earl Derrington, left, Matthew Pickering, band director at Jones County Junior College; Pauline Derrington, and Faye and Jack Porch visited at the Hinds/JCJC football game in October. Earl "Bulldog" Derrington attended Hinds Junior College in 1947 as a young World War II veteran. The Porches are the aunt and uncle of Hinds employees Jim and Lesia Porch.

Earl Derrington, left, Matthew Pickering, band director at Jones County Junior College; Pauline Derrington, and Faye and Jack Porch visited at the Hinds/JCJC football game in October.  The Porches are the aunt and uncle of Hinds employees Jim and Lesia Porch.

Earl and Pauline Derrington were on the Raymond Campus in October 2011, attending the football game against Jones County Junior College where Pauline Derrington’s nephew is the band director. “The amazing part to me is the change in the campus,” he said. “This campus is massive compared to that day and age. It was a great school then, and it’s still a great school.”


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Hinds CC Gateway to College offers second chance at high school

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Annielyn Null got not only a second chance to graduate from high school, she racked up 21 hours of college credit in the process.

Null was one of 31 Rankin County students who received high school diplomas from their home school through Hinds Community College’s Gateway to College program on June 3.

Last spring, for the first graduation ceremony, only five students graduated. Gateway to College, which began at Hinds in fall 2012, is a Mississippi Works Partnership between Hinds Community College and Rankin County and Pearl schools. The program enrolls high school students in danger of not graduating and allows them to finish high school at the college’s Rankin Campus while also earning college credits.

“Gateway to College changed my life,” said Null, whose diploma is from McLaurin High School.

She worked two jobs throughout high school, placing more importance there instead of on studying. She heard about Gateway to College and decided to apply.

“I saw myself falling off the deep end and Gateway to College wanted to change that,” she said. “The first week was the hardest but I soon realized I wasn’t alone in this. Everyone in the program was there for a reason, just like me. No one was judging anyone, and it was the nicest thing I’d ever seen.

“Every student accepted in Gateway has been given a second chance — a chance to prove everyone who has doubted them, wrong.  We have been given this chance to keep going and make something of ourselves,” she said.

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Gateway graduates include, front from left, Bianca Aguillar, Florence High, 13 hours of college credit; Taylor Shriver, Brandon High, 36 hours; Regan Clark, Brandon High, 36 hours; Caitlin Dempsey, Brandon High, seven hours; Harlie Jones, Brandon High, 19 hours; Emily Stevens, Richland High, six hours; Freda Washington, Brandon High, 30 hours; Gabrielle Whitesides, Northwest Rankin, 27 hours; Kaylie Teel, Northwest Rankin, 17 hours; middle row, Daniel Barber, Brandon High, 45 hours; Al Rawls, Brandon High, 25 hours; Kaitlyn Weeks, Brandon High, 21 hours; Ryan Greer, Northwest Rankin, 18 hours; Christen Harvey, McLaurin High, 42 hours; Bri’Chale Giles, Northwest Rankin, six hours; Nattilee Berch, Northwest Rankin High, 30 hours; Lori Copeland, Brandon High, 25 hours; Jacolybya Pittman, Northwest Rankin, 26 hours; Lan Le, Brandon High, 35 hours; back row, Taylor Jones, Northwest Rankin, 21 hours; Neely Gore, Northwest Rankin High, 17 hours; Parker Smith, Brandon High, 23 hours; Breanne Babbitt, Northwest Rankin High, 18 hours; Annielyn Null, McLaurin High, 21 hours; Austin Jenkins, Puckett Attendance Center, three hours and Larry Hackman, Brandon High, 45 hours.

For more information on Gateway to College see


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Baseball ‘Homecoming for Champions’ changed to 7:30 p.m. tonight

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Mississippi’s Region XXIII champions and second place finisher in the National Junior College Athletic Association World Series on Saturday will be home tonight.

 The Hinds Community College family is honoring the 2014 Hinds Eagles Baseball team with a Homecoming for Champions celebration tonight at 7:30 at Joe G. Moss Field on Hinds Boulevard in Raymond as the team arrives home via charter bus from Enid, Oka. If it’s raining, the celebration will be at Fountain Hall at the corner of Hinds Boulevard and Main Street, across from the electronic sign.

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

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