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Hinds CC baseball, softball to host Monster Mash at Moss tonight
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Hinds CC baseball, softball to host Monster Mash at Moss tonight

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The Hinds Community College baseball and softball teams will participate in a co-ed softball game at 6 p.m. tonight (Oct. 30) as a fundraiser to benefit Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children in Jackson.

The third annual Monster Mash at Moss will take place at the Joe G. Moss baseball field on the Raymond Campus of Hinds. The baseball and softball teams will compete in the game wearing Halloween costumes of their choice.

Fans of all ages are highly encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes to this event.

Player introductions, along with a trunk-or-treat set up outside the playing field for children in costumes, will begin at 6 p.m.
 

The first pitch will be thrown at approximately 6:30 p.m. and the two teams will play a seven-inning contest.

Admission is $2 with a Hinds ID and regular admission is $5. Kids 12 and under may enter for free. Concessions will be available as well.

All gate proceeds will go to Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children, and donations are accepted.

 

For more on Hinds athletics go to www.hindsccsports.com.

 

 

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with more than 170 academic, career and technical programs. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolled nearly 12,000 credit students in fall 2014. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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Hinds CC Rankin Campus inducts new Phi Theta Kappa members
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29 October

Hinds CC Rankin Campus inducts new Phi Theta Kappa members

The Alpha Omicron Omega Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus inducted new members on Oct. 17.

For more information about Phi Theta Kappa at Hinds, click here.

Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society for community and junior college students. Membership in Phi Theta Kappa is extended to students who have a 3.5 cumulative grade point average or above on 12 or more transferrable credit hours. There are more than 1,200 Phi Theta Kappa chapters throughout the United States and abroad.

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with more than 170 academic, career and technical programs. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolled nearly 12,000 credit students in fall 2014. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

Officers include, front from left, Haylee Jones of Harrisville, vice president of membership; Destany Raines of Florence, president; Kristina Middleton of Brandon, vice president of leadership; back, Brayden Witcher of Brandon, recording secretary/officer; Kristen Miley of Forrest, vice president of fellowship; Victoria Nielsen of Pearl, vice president of service and Joshua Taylor of Flowood, vice president of scholarship. Not pictured is Dylan Vaccaro, public relations secretary.

Officers include, front from left, Haylee Jones of Harrisville, vice president of membership; Destany Raines of Florence, president; Kristina Middleton of Brandon, vice president of leadership; back, Brayden Witcher of Brandon, recording secretary/officer; Kristen Miley of Forrest, vice president of fellowship; Victoria Nielsen of Pearl, vice president of service and Joshua Taylor of Flowood, vice president of scholarship. Not pictured is Dylan Vaccaro, public relations secretary.

 

Members include, front from left, Karlee Alexander of Puckett, Chelsi Archie of Brandon, Leah Burkes of Morton, Jade Crawford of Pelahatchie, Shakila Riley of Pearl, Delina Henderson of Eupora, Kristina Middleton of Brandon, Cody Norman of Brandon, Colleen Kilgallon of Brandon, Jael Lee of Mendenhall; back, James Robert Weathersby of Shivers, Kendal Walsh of Brandon, Zack Gray of Pelahatchie, Matthew Prestage of Morton,  Aubrey Overton of  Pearl, Matthew Johnston of Florence, Trevor Jordan of Pelahatchie, Micah Myers of Brandon. Not pictured is Tyler Causey of Brandon.

Members include, front from left, Karlee Alexander of Puckett, Chelsi Archie of Brandon, Leah Burkes of Morton, Jade Crawford of Pelahatchie, Shakila Riley of Pearl, Delina Henderson of Eupora, Kristina Middleton of Brandon, Cody Norman of Brandon, Colleen Kilgallon of Brandon, Jael Lee of Mendenhall; back, James Robert Weathersby of Shivers, Kendal Walsh of Brandon, Zack Gray of Pelahatchie, Matthew Prestage of Morton, Aubrey Overton of Pearl, Matthew Johnston of Florence, Trevor Jordan of Pelahatchie, Micah Myers of Brandon. Not pictured is Tyler Causey of Brandon.

 

 

 

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Hinds CC PTK names new inductees, honors officers
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28 October

Hinds CC PTK names new inductees, honors officers

Hinds Community College’s Gamma Lambda chapter of Phi Theta Kappa inducted new members and recognized officers at a ceremony held Oct. 24. The guest of honor was Sharon Leggett of Raymond.

For more information about Phi Theta Kappa and the Hinds Honors Institute, call Cheryl Bozeman at 601.857.3837/3531 or visit www.hindscc.edu/departments/honors.

Pictured are, from back left, Sharon Leggett, guest of honor, and PTK officers Jonathan Bethea of Edwards, Edward Williams of Puckett, Olivia Hall of Jackson, Emilee Ware of Byram, Shane Savannah of Edwards, MaKensey Sanders of Clinton, Courtney Walker of Crystal Springs, Natalie Minton of Byram, Mary Harvey of Forest and Tiffany Gerlinger of Brandon.

Pictured are, from back left, Sharon Leggett, guest of honor, and PTK officers Jonathan Bethea of Edwards, Edward Williams of Puckett, Olivia Hall of Jackson, Emilee Ware of Byram, Shane Savannah of Edwards, MaKensey Sanders of Clinton, Courtney Walker of Crystal Springs, Natalie Minton of Byram, Mary Harvey of Forest and Tiffany Gerlinger of Brandon.

Several inductees were from Clinton. They are, from left, Ryan Gill, Slara Wells and Eric Rush.

Several inductees were from Clinton. They are, from left, Ryan Gill, Slara Wells and Eric Rush.

Several of the inductees were from Hinds County. They are, from back left, Tainekia Dixon of Utica, Shanice Gray of Raymond, Susan Moore of Jackson, and Keyiona Redd of Terry.

Several of the inductees were from Hinds County. They are, from back left, Tainekia Dixon of Utica, Shanice Gray of Raymond, Susan Moore of Jackson, and Keyiona Redd of Terry.

Makafui Tona, left, and Marquise Hillman of Madison were among the inductees.

Makafui Tona, left, and Marquise Hillman of Madison were among the inductees.

From back left, Asher Mitchell of Silver Creek, Lisa Kinnison of Brookhaven, Darrell Jones of Oxford, Lena Dixon of Chicago, Illinois and Andrew Bishop of Mize.

From back left, Asher Mitchell of Silver Creek, Lisa Kinnison of Brookhaven, Darrell Jones of Oxford, Lena Dixon of Chicago, Illinois and Andrew Bishop of Mize.

Several inductees are from Rankin County. They are, from back left, Edward Williams of Puckett, T’Ondrea Noble of Brandon, Eli Beatty of Pearl, Joel Montoya of Richland, Tori Douglas of Brandon and Tiffany Gerlinger of Brandon.

Several inductees are from Rankin County. They are, from back left, Edward Williams of Puckett, T’Ondrea Noble of Brandon, Eli Beatty of Pearl, Joel Montoya of Richland, Tori Douglas of Brandon and Tiffany Gerlinger of Brandon.

Elizabeth Hesselberg of Vicksburg was among the inductees.

Elizabeth Hesselberg of Vicksburg was among the inductees.

 

 

 

 

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Hinds CC students select homecoming queen
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24 October

Hinds CC students select homecoming queen

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Tericka Ingram of Olive Branch was crowned homecoming queen at Hinds Community College festivities on Oct. 23 on the Raymond Campus.

Ingram, the daughter of Melissa and Delvin Coleman and Terrance Harper, is a graduate of Olive Branch High School where she was a member of the Olive Branch High Dance Team, the Interact Club and the Modern Distinctive Ladies.

She is a sophomore nursing major at Hinds’ Raymond Campus. She was escorted by Casey Larry.

 As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with more than 170 academic, career and technical programs. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolled nearly 12,000 credit students in fall 2014. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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Hinds CC instructors endow new family scholarship
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24 October

Hinds CC instructors endow new family scholarship

The Hinds Community College Foundation recognized its 2014-2015 scholarship recipients, donors and honorees at a scholarship reception Oct. 3. Among those recognized was recipient David Wilson of Florence, center, who received the Dr. Ben and Beverly Fatherree Scholarship. With him are Dr. Ben Fatherree, left, and Beverly Fatherree, both of Clinton. The Hinds Community College Foundation awarded more than 600 scholarships in the 2014-2015 academic year.

The Hinds Community College Foundation recognized its 2014-2015 scholarship recipients, donors and honorees at a scholarship reception Oct. 3. Among those recognized was recipient David Wilson of Florence, center, who received the Dr. Ben and Beverly Fatherree Scholarship. With him are Dr. Ben Fatherree, left, and Beverly Fatherree, both of Clinton. The Hinds Community College Foundation awarded more than 600 scholarships in the 2014-2015 academic year.

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Dr. Ben H. and Beverly Derden Fatherree of Clinton have a long and rewarding relationship with Hinds Community College.

Both already had family scholarships established. Ben Fatherree’s family currently sponsors the T.B. and A.P. Fatherree Scholarship, and Beverly Fatherree’s family sponsors the Bill Derden Memorial Scholarship.

Because of their commitment to Hinds Community College, they want to continue that tradition with the Dr. Ben H. and Beverly D. Fatherree Endowed Scholarship.

“I want to give something back. And I see the possibility to help a student achieve their goals,” Ben Fatherree said. “I really love Hinds. I want it to be the best in everything it does. If I can contribute a small amount to that mission then I’m very happy and proud to do so.”

Beverly Fatherree has taught at Hinds for more than 30 years and is currently the District Curriculum Coordinator for the English and Modern Foreign Language departments and the academic liaison for Dual Enrollment classes.

“Providing a scholarship is a way for us to give back to Hinds and to show our faith in and commitment to the work that our students, our colleagues and our administrators do every single day,” she said.

Beverly Fatherree’s brother and sister also attended Hinds, as did her mother, as a nontraditional student.

In addition, her sister taught math at Hinds for 26 years, and her mother taught English at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus as a full-time/part-time instructor for 17 years.

“I have an additional connection to the school that served as the foundation for the rest of my college education,” she said.

Ben Fatherree, who holds a bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate, all in history, from Mississippi State University, has worked at Hinds since 1970 when he was 23, eight years before Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse became president.

Fatherree said it was never his intention to work at Hinds his entire career. “I’ve spent essentially my whole adult life at Hinds. So I must like it,” he said. “I can’t imagine life without my colleagues at Hinds.”

In 2001 he retired as chair of the Department of History, Political Science, Philosophy and Religion on the Raymond Campus. Since his retirement, he has continued to teach as an adjunct instructor and work as Hinds’ Institutional Historian, writing a full-length history of the college.

Unlike her husband, Beverly Fatherree determined early that she wanted to teach at Hinds — permanently.

“When (former Vice President) Dr. Mike Rabalais asked me as part of my interview where I wanted to be in five years, I answered immediately ‘right here.’ And I’ve never regretted that answer.”

Criteria for the Dr. Ben H. and Beverly D. Fatherree Endowed Scholarship include the following preferences:

• A nontraditional Hinds Community College student enrolled in classes on the Raymond Campus

• A student majoring in history or English

• A student considering teaching as a career, especially at the community college level.

In order to be considered for this scholarship, students must apply by March 1 to the Hinds Community College Foundation. For more information, see the Hinds website at http://www.hindscc.edu/future_students/scholarships/default.aspx

Hinds Community College Foundation Scholarships are awarded on the basis of a student’s desire for achievement, involvement in extracurricular activities, financial need, grades and letters of recommendation.

Endowed scholarships may be established with a minimum gift of $15,000 donated to the Hinds Community College Foundation. The gift will constitute the initial principal for the endowment. The principal will be maintained and only the income earned will be awarded in the form of scholarships.

Non-endowed scholarships may be established with a minimum gift of $500. All gifts of cash and/or stocks are fully tax deductible.

For more information about establishing a scholarship at Hinds Community College, contact Betty Carraway, 601.857.3800, ecarraway@hindscc.edu.

 

 As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with more than 170 academic, career and technical programs. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolled nearly 12,000 credit students in fall 2014. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

 

 

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Hinds CC honors Neilsen, Alumni Service Award winner
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22 October

Hinds CC honors Neilsen, Alumni Service Award winner

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Hinds Community College will honor Ray Neilsen, the 2014 Alumni Service Award winner, at the Alumni Dinner, held at 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 23 in Mayo Gymnasium on the Raymond Campus.

Neilsen believes in second chances. His second chance came at the College of Idaho where history professor Howard Berger saw potential, while others saw a brash kid from a middle-upper class family who was passed from grade to grade, more trouble than untapped potential.

The relationship got off to a rocky start when Berger challenged Neilsen’s ability to read. He recalls the “horrible” experience of being asked to read aloud and struggling to string the words together. After taking a written entrance exam, Berger told Neilsen, “Ray, your writing skills stink.”

“I didn’t know how bad I was until I met someone who cared about me and my success,” Neilsen says. “He opened my eyes to the value of education and learning.”

It was just the second chance he needed. With Berger’s help — and a lot of hard work and dedication — Neilsen committed himself to his education, earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Over a 20-year period, Neilsen earned his way up the ladder, from busser to chairman of Ameristar Casinos with eight locations in six states and more than 7,000 employees.

Neilsen began his relationship with Hinds in 2006 when his passion for learning surfaced in an onsite GED preparation program at Ameristar Casino in Vicksburg. As general manager he recognized that many Ameristar team members missed opportunities to grow with the company because they lacked a high school diploma. Their second chance came with a boss who gave them a pathway to personal fulfillment and $1,000 when they passed the GED test.

His father, Craig H. Neilsen, was the founder of Ameristar Casino. “He was proud of the GED program we established at Ameristar Vicksburg,” Ray Neilsen says. Wanting to make a bigger impact in his adopted community of Vicksburg, Neilsen called upon the resources of the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, which was established by his father in 2002 to support spinal cord injury (SCI) research and rehabilitation. Ten percent of the foundation’s resources go to other entities helping to improve lives.

Craig Neilsen, who became quadriplegic after a 1985 car accident, rarely spoke about his injury, but once said, “…I think that most people – when push comes to shove – take their hard knocks and then pick up the pieces and go on.”

Perhaps prophetically, the Neilsen Foundation is doing just that – helping Adult Education students pick up the sometimes messy pieces of their lives and go on to better things. With Ray Neilsen’s urging, the Neilsen Foundation made a $50,000 gift in 2009 to establish the Education Pays program, which awarded $500 checks to Warren County GED achievers enrolled in the college’s Adult Education program.

From that initial investment, the foundation has awarded more than $600,000 to support the ABE/GED program at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus and the Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. From a computer lab staffed by tutors to instructional dollars to provide more class time for adult learners, the Neilsen Foundation has been the college’s partner in improving outcomes in Adult Education. This year Neilsen Foundation funds support a Single Stop office at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus and a basic computer applications course designed specifically for adult learners who must now take a computer-based GED test.

Most recently, the Neilsen Foundation is funding scholarships and supplemental support for two Hinds students with spinal cord injuries. After his father’s death in 2006, Ray Neilsen was named cotrustee and chairman of the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation.

“After several years of therapy, my dad only had limited use of a few of his fingers, nothing else,” Neilsen explains. “The accident only slowed him down for a little while, and over time, his focus and attention became more laser-like and intense.”

Those same words might be used to describe Ray Neilsen, says Colleen Hartfield, vice president for Community Relations and Governmental Affairs at Hinds. “When Ray makes a decision to be personally involved in a project or a cause, he’s all-in. He expects that same commitment from others.”

She credits the Neilsen Foundation for being a catalyst for positive changes in the Adult Education program. “Ray doesn’t just write a check; he brings resources and connections gained over a successful career to the college. Most of all, he brings a genuine concern, coupled with an incredible drive to make a difference,” Hartfield says, adding with a laugh. “It can be exhausting trying to keep up with his mind.”

Neilsen says, “There’s this crazed energy, under the surface. It’s doesn’t make my life easy, but I can’t imagine doing it any other way.”

Today, Neilsen and his wife Nancy, a Vicksburg native, live in Edwards on a meticulously landscaped ranch, where visitors will find a rock garden. Etched into the rocks are words that describe his personal brand, and nestled among words such as “integrity,” “courage” and “family,” are rocks inscribed with “Hinds Community College” and “GED.”

“It’s a place of honor,” Hartfield says. “I am so pleased that the college is responding, in kind, and recognizing Ray with the very well-deserved Alumni Service Award.”

Neilsen says he is honored and pleased to accept on behalf of the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation and the Adult Education students at Hinds Community College.

“I believe the American dream is still alive,” he says. “However, I tell students in the program that to succeed, an education is paramount. I tell them that education gives you hope that your life can be better. I teach them what my Dad taught me—success must be earned, and you must do what you do better than anybody else. That’s the difference the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation and Hinds CC are making in the lives of Adult Education students and in our community. It is my intention that our partnership will continue for many years to come.”

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Hinds CC history instructor to present humanities lecture
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22 October

Hinds CC history instructor to present humanities lecture

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Hinds Community College history instructor Eric Bobo is the college’s 2014 Humanities Award recipient. Bobo, who teaches on the Raymond Campus, will deliver a lecture entitled “The Great War: Revisiting a Century of Frontiers in Warfare” at 3:30 p.m on Nov. 11 and at 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 12.

The lecture will be on the Raymond Campus in Room 165 of Reeves Hall, with a reception to follow the Nov. 12 presentation.

He will be recognized at the Mississippi Humanities Council awards reception along with other honorees on Feb. 13 at the Old Capitol Inn in Jackson.

A Brandon resident, Bobo received a Bachelor of Arts in 1993 and a Master of Arts in 1995, both in history from Jacksonville State University and completed additional graduate work from 1995-1999 at the University of Southern Mississippi. He is currently enrolled in the Educational Leadership doctoral program at Delta State University. He has been a history instructor at Hinds Community College since 2000.

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with more than 170 academic, career and technical programs. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolled nearly 12,000 credit students in fall 2014. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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Hinds CC hosts annual meeting with local legislators
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20 October

Hinds CC hosts annual meeting with local legislators

 

Marvin Moak, dean of the Vicksburg-Warren Campus, Rep. Deborah Butler Dixon of Raymond, Rep. Oscar Denton of Vicksburg and Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse.

Marvin Moak, dean of the Vicksburg-Warren Campus, Rep. Deborah Butler Dixon of Raymond, Rep. Oscar Denton of Vicksburg and Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse.

 

Rep. Alyce Clarke of Jackson, left, and, Rep. Mary Coleman of Jackson, right, with Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse

Rep. Alyce Clarke of Jackson, left, and, Rep. Mary Coleman of Jackson, right, with Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse

 

State Sen. David Blount of Jackson, left, Rep. John Moore of Brandon, right, with Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse

State Sen. David Blount of Jackson, left, Rep. John Moore of Brandon, right, with Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse

 

Emilee Ware of Raymond, left, a member of Hinds Community College’s Student VOICES group, state Sen. David Blount of Jackson

Emilee Ware of Raymond, left, a member of Hinds Community College’s Student VOICES group, state Sen. David Blount of Jackson

 

Legislators who represent Hinds County and students from Hinds County  who attended the legislative luncheon at Hinds Community College include, from left, Sen. Sollie Norwood of Jackson, Sen. David Blount of Jackson, Hinds student Cristen Jiles of Clinton, Sen. Hillman Frazier of Jackson, Rep. Cecil Brown of Jackson, Rep. Alyce Clarke of Jackson, Rep. Deborah Butler Dixon of Raymond; Hinds student Emilee Ware of Raymond, Rep. Mary Coleman of Jackson, Rep. Adrienne Wooten of Ridgeland, Hinds student Reagan McIlwain of Clinton, Hinds alumnus Kenneth Bellof Raymond and Sen. Albert Butler of Port Gibson.

Legislators who represent Hinds County and students from Hinds County who attended the legislative luncheon at Hinds Community College include, from left, Sen. Sollie Norwood of Jackson, Sen. David Blount of Jackson, Hinds student Cristen Jiles of Clinton, Sen. Hillman Frazier of Jackson, Rep. Cecil Brown of Jackson, Rep. Alyce Clarke of Jackson, Rep. Deborah Butler Dixon of Raymond; Hinds student Emilee Ware of Raymond, Rep. Mary Coleman of Jackson, Rep. Adrienne Wooten of Ridgeland, Hinds student Reagan McIlwain of Clinton, Hinds alumnus Kenneth Bellof Raymond and Sen. Albert Butler of Port Gibson.

 

Jeff Hughes of Richland, left, math and Student VOICES instructor; Rep. John Moore of Brandon; Hinds student Regan Clark of Brandon, who graduated from high school through the Hinds Gateway to College program; Rep. Tom Weathersby of Florence, Sherry Franklin, dean of students on the Rankin Campus and Valerie Barton, director of the Rankin Career Center who was formerly director of the Gateway to College program

Jeff Hughes of Richland, left, math and Student VOICES instructor; Rep. John Moore of Brandon; Hinds student Regan Clark of Brandon, who graduated from high school through the Hinds Gateway to College program; Rep. Tom Weathersby of Florence, Sherry Franklin, dean of students on the Rankin Campus and Valerie Barton, director of the Rankin Career Center who was formerly director of the Gateway to College program

 

Sen. Albert Butler of Port Gibson, left, Hinds Community College student Russell Girault of Crystal Springs and Rep. Tom Weathersby of Florence.

Sen. Albert Butler of Port Gibson, left, Hinds Community College student Russell Girault of Crystal Springs and Rep. Tom Weathersby of Florence.

 

Sen. Albert Butler of Port Gibson, Beverly Trimble, Utica Campus Workforce Investment Act coordinator; Hinds  President Dr. Clyde Muse; Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson, Utica and Vicksburg-Warren Campus vice president; Rep. Deborah Butler Dixon of Raymond and Nathan Wells of Brandon, staff assistant to Speaker of the House Philip Gunn.

Sen. Albert Butler of Port Gibson, Beverly Trimble, Utica Campus Workforce Investment Act coordinator; Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse; Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson, Utica and Vicksburg-Warren Campus vice president; Rep. Deborah Butler Dixon of Raymond and Nathan Wells of Brandon, staff assistant to Speaker of the House Philip Gunn.

 

Sen. Sollie Norwood of Jackson, Hinds student Adrienne Banks of Jackson, who attends Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center, Hinds Community College Single Stop district coordinator Taheera Hoskins and Sen. Hillman Frazier of Jackson.

Sen. Sollie Norwood of Jackson, Hinds student Adrienne Banks of Jackson, who attends Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center, Hinds Community College Single Stop district coordinator Taheera Hoskins and Sen. Hillman Frazier of Jackson.

 

Marvin Moak, left, dean of the Vicksburg-Warren Campus, and Rep. Oscar Denton of Vicksburg

Marvin Moak, left, dean of the Vicksburg-Warren Campus, and Rep. Oscar Denton of Vicksburg

Hinds Community College hosted the annual fall legislative luncheon on Oct. 16, giving local lawmakers a chance to talk to students and employees and hear about the priorities of the 15 community colleges in Mississippi.

The colleges are asking for a $79 million state funding increase for FY 2016, half the amount it would take to get to mid-level funding mandated by the Legislature in 2007.

“The major thing we’ve been talking about for a number of years is our no. 1 priority, mid-level funding,” said Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse. “Hopefully, now with the money situation looking better than it has in a number of years, we can make some progress toward achieving that goal.”

The colleges are also asking the Legislature to provide $9 million to fund dropout recovery, which includes job training and basic employability skills as a part of the Adult Education program, as well as $77 million for capital improvements, including $50 million for educational technology.

Hinds students who met with legislators included Student VOICES, a statewide organization designed to empower community college students to become civically engaged at the local, state, national and global levels. One of their missions is to support mid-level funding, which is a per-student funding level for community colleges midway between funding for K-12 and regional public universities students.

Among the Hinds students who spoke was Russell Girault of Crystal Springs, who started in developmental classes for underprepared students and is now an Honors student majoring in computer science.

“Today, through much struggle and perseverance, I am in the more advanced courses such as Calculus II, computer programming, physics with calculus,” he said. “I had to start literally at the bottom and fight tooth and nail up the ladder for my education. Without those remedial courses I would not be standing here now able to speak of my successes, but rather I would be outside waiting on the concrete truck to deliver. Likewise, because of the various grants I have been able to receive along with the lower costs of attending a community college, I have been able to pay my tuition.”

Regan Clark of Brandon graduated from Brandon High School through the Gateway to College program at Hinds’ Rankin Campus that allows students to earn a high school diploma and 36 college credit at the same time.

She was on the verge of dropping out after having a baby, but said “Gateway to College gave me the opportunity to stay in school and provide a life for not only me, but my son too.”

Now enrolled as a college student on the Rankin Campus, she plans to major in civil engineering.

Kenneth Bell of Raymond didn’t see himself as either a college student or making electrical technology a career but between working at Adco Electric and enrolling in Hinds Community College’s electrical technology program his mind was changed on both. “I am now a card-carrying electrician and a foreman for Advco Electric,” said Bell, who’s married with two children.

Adrienne Banks of Jackson lost her job and enrolled at Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. The Single Stop program, which helps students connect with outside resources to meet transportation, housing and other needs, worked with Banks to make sure she had the support services to go to school.

“I needed help with finding affordable housing, transportation, jobs, health insurance, and later with my SNAP case. Now I don’t have to worry about how I am going to get to school, how I could afford hospital visits and how or what I am going to eat any day,” said Banks, an early childhood education major. “It was unimaginable for someone to care so much for me. Single Stop has been a huge blessing.”

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with more than 170 academic, career and technical programs. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolled nearly 12,000 credit students in fall 2014. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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Hinds CC Student VOICES participate in legislative event
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20 October

Hinds CC Student VOICES participate in legislative event

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Members of Hinds Community College Student VOICES group were among students who met with legislators at the Oct. 16 annual fall legislative luncheon.

Student VOICES is a statewide organization designed to empower community college students to become civically engaged at the local, state, national and global levels. One of their missions is to support mid-level funding, which is a per-student funding level for community colleges midway between funding for K-12 and regional public universities students.

Jeff Hughes of Richland, far left, is the adviser for the Student VOICES group that meets on the Raymond Campus. Students include Reagan McIlwain of Clinton, Asher Mitchell of Silver Creek and Cristen Jiles of Clinton.

 

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with more than 170 academic, career and technical programs. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolled nearly 12,000 credit students in fall 2014. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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Hinds CC wins Halbrook Award for 14th time
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Hinds CC wins Halbrook Award for 14th time

 

Tina Halbrook Donahoo, daughter of former Mississippi Rep. David Halbrook, left, Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse

Tina Halbrook Donahoo, daughter of former Mississippi Rep. David Halbrook, left, Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse

Hinds Community College has won the Halbrook Award in the community college division for the 14th time since 1987. The award is given each year at the Mississippi Association of Colleges annual conference to the college having the highest number of student-athletes who graduated or completed class work for all second season participants in the 2013-2014 academic year.

The award was presented at the 81st annual Mississippi Association of Colleges and Universities Conference on the campus of Mississippi University for Women at Columbus.

Hinds posted a 96 percent graduation/completion rate among its student-athletes in 2013-2014.

The Halbrook Award for Academic Achievement Among Athletes was established in 1984 as a result of House Concurrent Resolution No. 88. The awards program is made possible through endowments from former Rep. David M. Halbrook and his brothers. Holbrook served in the Mississippi House of Representatives for 26 years until his retirement in 1996.

Dot Murphy, assistant athletic director and assistant football coach, said the college’s success depends on a joint effort.

“Our athletic department has always taken pride in excelling in athletics and academics. That’s part of our recruiting tool. We stress to student athletes that we emphasize the classroom,” she said. “They can’t get to the next level if they don’t perform in the classroom.”

Murphy said counselors make sure the “student athletes get in the correct classes that lead to graduation. The coaches stay on top of their kids making sure they are attending classes and completing their work. Between the coaches and the counselors, we make sure they’re on track to graduate. The teachers do an excellent job communicating with our coaches and keeping our coaches abreast of their performance and conduct in the classroom. It’s the effort of our college as a whole that makes it successful.”

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with more than 170 academic, career and technical programs. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolled nearly 12,000 credit students in fall 2014. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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