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Hinds CC graduates more than 800 students at five ceremonies
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19 December

Hinds CC graduates more than 800 students at five ceremonies

When Lexus Burns graduated with her associate degree in general studies from Hinds Community College Dec. 19, she got much more than a diploma.

“I have a five-month old daughter out there watching me walk across that stage,” she said. “And even though she’ll be too young to remember this day, she won’t forget that I taught her the importance of perseverance. I’ve worked, been a mother, and gone to school full time, all at the same time, to achieve my goal. I’ve set an example to her that says ‘never give up’.”

Burns, originally from Utica, attended the Raymond Campus and plans to attend Jackson State University where she will major in mathematics. Her ultimate career goal is to become a college professor.

Burns is among the more than 800 students who graduated on Dec. 18 and 19 at five fall ceremonies at Hinds Community College’s Raymond Campus. The graduates earned a total 1,260 credentials including career and technical certificates as well as associate degrees, an increase over last December when 734 students earned 808 credentials.

“This is a remarkable increase,” said Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse. “Mississippi is beginning to recognize more and more how important college degrees are to the lives of the people of our state.”

Out of those, 45 are graduating summa cum laude, which is a perfect 4.0 grade point average; 94 are graduating magna cum laude,  which is a 3.60 to 3.99 grade point average and179 are graduating cum laude, which is a 3.20 to 3.59 grade point average.

Janet Wasson, English instructor on the Raymond Campus and the college’s representative for the Legislature’s Feb. 17, 2015, HEADWAE (Higher Education Appreciation Day – Working for Academic Excellence) program, spoke to all academic graduates Friday, Dec. 19.

“All of you came to Hinds at many different stages in your life – with varying circumstances, and today after much hard work, long hours, and probably a few tears, you will walk across this stage having earned something that no one can take away from you,” she said. “One of our graduates today worked two jobs to support her family while taking a full load each semester and still managed to graduate with honors. I know one of our graduates spent nights in his car because he had nowhere else to stay but was in class every day that his class met. As a community college instructor, I am inspired by you. I’m inspired by stories of personal and academic struggles just as I am inspired by the stories of triumphs and successes. I am inspired by what you students have taught me.”

The speaker for the Thursday ceremonies was Charlie Mitchell, assistant dean of the Meek School of Journalism and New Media and an assistant professor at the University of Mississippi, who spoke to nursing and allied health graduates.

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Health care ‘a service,’ Hinds CC graduation speaker says
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19 December

Health care ‘a service,’ Hinds CC graduation speaker says

 

Justin Kuykendall of Pearl, left, and Donna Harris of Raymond, right, graduated from Hinds Community College on Dec. 18 with Associate Degrees in Nursing.

Justin Kuykendall of Pearl, left, and Donna Harris of Raymond, right, graduated from Hinds Community College on Dec. 18 with Associate Degrees in Nursing.

Graduation speaker Charlie Mitchell of Oxford and Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse.

Graduation speaker Charlie Mitchell of Oxford and Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse.

 

Donna Harris of Raymond retired from teaching and decided to fulfill her lifelong desire to become a nurse. So at age 48, she graduated Dec. 18 with an Associate Degree in Nursing from Hinds Community College.

She plans to work with adults at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. “It’s what I always wanted to do,” Harris said.

Likewise, classmate Justin Kuykendall, 45, of Pearl also earned his ADN on Dec. 18. “I’m a former exercise physiologist and I wanted to combine the two fields together,” he said.

They are among the more than 800 students graduating on Dec. 18 and 19 at five fall ceremonies at Hinds Community College’s Raymond Campus. The graduates earned a total 1,260 credentials including career and technical certificates as well as associate degrees, an increase over last December when 734 students earned 808 credentials.

“This is a remarkable increase,” said Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse. “Mississippi is beginning to recognize more and more how important college degrees are to the lives of the people of our state.”

Out of those, 45 are graduating summa cum laude, which is a perfect 4.0 grade point average; 94 are graduating magna cum laude,  which is a 3.60 to 3.99 grade point average and179 are graduating cum laude, which is a 3.20 to 3.59 grade point average.

Charlie Mitchell, assistant dean of the Meek School of Journalism and New Media and an assistant professor at the University of Mississippi, spoke to nursing and allied health graduates on Thursday.

“You are beginning careers of service. I don’t know how much you have thought about that word – service. If not much, I invite you to think about it more,” said Mitchell, whose mother was a nurse. “You already know health care is about so much more than working a shift and picking up a paycheck. You already know or you wouldn’t be here. You would have chosen another way to earn a living.”

Mitchell, who was formerly the editor of the Vicksburg Post, memorialized Robert Pickett, who was president of the Hinds Board of Trustees until his death on Nov. 10. Pickett was also from Vicksburg.

“He was a super educator, an effective leader and a person who worked countless hours to help teachers and students achieve their goals. He always had a smile for us, and we were blessed to know him,” Mitchell said.

The speaker for the Friday ceremonies  is Janet Wasson, an English instructor on the Raymond Campus and the college’s representative for the Legislature’s Feb. 17, 2015, HEADWAE (Higher Education Appreciation Day – Working for Academic Excellence) program. The ceremonies are at 9 a.m. for academic and career-tech graduates whose last names begin with A to G; at 12 p.m. for those whose last names begin with H-M and 3 p.m. for those whose last names begin with N to Z.

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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New technical programs at Hinds CC Vicksburg-Warren Campus boon to community
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05 December

New technical programs at Hinds CC Vicksburg-Warren Campus boon to community

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Six new technical programs aimed at getting college students ready to go to work in a year’s time will be offered at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus of Hinds Community College beginning in January, and at least two local managers of business development offices are seeing positives for the community workforce.

The programs all designed for each student to complete the requirements for a career certificate in two semesters are automotive technology, residential carpentry, animation simulation and design, welding, culinary arts and early childhood development. Plans are to also offer the appropriate classes for students to receive the advanced technical certificates.

“This is a way for us to help fast-track students into the job markets and assist employers in getting trained workers quickly,” said Marvin Moak, who is winding up his first semester as dean of the Vicksburg-Warren Campus.

The classes are “hybrid,” Moak said, which means students will be required to complete part of their work online. The students will meet in classes on the Vicksburg campus, from 5 p.m. until midnight on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the two semesters.

Each of the programs has a similar offering during the daytime for high school students, he explained. He said opening the classes at night will increase opportunities for those high school students seeking college credit while still being enrolled in high school and “open the courses to both employers and the general public at night.”

Moak said he expects several Vicksburg employers to profit most from the programs. As examples, he mentioned Ergon; Cameron, which formerly was LeTourneau Technologies; casino restaurants; daycares; auto dealerships; homebuilders and residential and commercial maintenance contractors. Additionally, he said he hopes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, whose three Vicksburg facilities play a significant role in research and maintenance of the Mississippi River and its tributaries, will find employees among the graduates of the animation simulation and design program.

Kent Pepper, general manager of Ergon’s maintenance services, said the new welding program is particularly attractive to his company, which refines and distributes petroleum products and includes operations in Vicksburg.

“We are very encouraged to see pipe welding become a part of the Hinds curriculum,” Pepper said. “One of the biggest challenges we face is access to well-trained, qualified local pipe welders.

 “As the program grows and produces graduates, we are confident that this program will certainly aid us meeting this challenge,” Pepper said.

 Jane Flowers, executive director of the Vicksburg-Warren County Chamber of Commerce and a former longtime instructor and administrator at the Hinds Vicksburg campus, said the college’s announcement is welcomed by the Chamber.

“Now high school graduates and people who want to change careers have the opportunity to earn credentials in high-demand areas locally,” she said. “This opportunity certainly meets the needs of our Chamber members with regard to finding qualified employees.”

Wayne Mansfield, executive director of the Vicksburg-Warren County Port Commission, said he sees the programs as “outstanding opportunities for expanding our workforce development and training.”

“It is also exciting to see a blend of offerings from the traditional technical areas to the service occupations,” said Mansfield, whose position includes overseeing development of the E.W. Haining Industrial Center at the Vicksburg harbor and Ceres Research and Industrial Interplex off Interstate 20 at Flowers.

The Vicksburg-Warren Campus of Hinds Community College has been in operation since 1975. The current enrollment in Vicksburg, including college, high school and GED classes, is about 1,000 students. Enrollment across the five-county district is about 12,000.

Registration for the 2015 spring semester is under way at www.hindscc.edu. Potential students also may visit the campus at 755 Mississippi 27 South. Face-to-face classes begin Jan. 12 and online classes begin on Jan. 20.

For more information about the Vicksburg-Warren Campus, see http://www.hindscc.edu/Map_Locations/vk/default.aspx

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Hinds CC continues spring 2015 registration
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05 December

Hinds CC continues spring 2015 registration

The Rankin Campus bookstore has lots of items for sale.

Registration for all current and new students at Hinds Community College is continuing for spring 2015 classes

Spring 16-week and first eight-week face-to-face classes begin on Jan. 12. Online classes (MS Virtual Community College) begin on Jan. 20. Second eight-week face-to-face classes begin on March 16.

To register for classes for any term, students must first be admitted to the college. After meeting with a counselor, new students can then register for classes.

The college is open until 4:30 p.m. Dec. 22 and reopens after the break on Jan. 5 with long registration hours through late registration ending on Jan. 16.  Registration on Jan. 5 is 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Jan. 6, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Jan. 7-8, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Jan. 9, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Jan. 12-15, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Jan. 16, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For information on registering at Hinds Community College, see the Checklist for Success at http://hub.hindscc.edu/spring-registration-2015/

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Hinds CC sets graduation speakers for December ceremonies
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01 December

Hinds CC sets graduation speakers for December ceremonies

Charlie Mitchell

Charlie Mitchell

Robert Pickett

Robert Pickett

Janet Wasson

Janet Wasson

 

More than 800 students for a total of 1,175 credentials are expected to graduate at fall ceremonies at Hinds Community College. The five ceremonies are Dec. 18 and 19 at Cain-Cochran Hall on the Raymond Campus.

Students in career-technical programs can earn as many as three credentials, including career certificates, technical certificates and associate degrees. Last December, 734 students earned 808 credentials.

Charlie Mitchell, assistant dean of the Meek School of Journalism and New Media and an assistant professor at the University of Mississippi, is the speaker on Dec. 18 for the 10 a.m. allied health and practical nursing graduation ceremony and at 2 p.m. for the associate degree nursing ceremony.

He is a 1975 graduate of Mississippi State University with a bachelor’s degree in communication and a 1986 graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Law with a juris doctorate.

He worked for The Vicksburg Post from 1975 until 1983 as a reporter and photographer and then as managing editor and executive editor from 1986 until August 2010. He was on the journalism faculty at the University of Mississippi from 1983 until 1986.

Mitchell is a past president of the Mississippi Press Association and is a past president of the Mississippi-Louisiana Associated Press Managing Editors Association. His weekly column, Conversation, has won state and regional awards and also appears in more than 20 newspapers statewide. The son of a physician and a nurse, one of his recent columns was in praise of nurses. He also won awards for his reporting from Iraq and in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

He is a member of the Warren County and Mississippi bar associations and is admitted to practice in state and federal courts.

Janet Wasson, an English instructor on the Raymond Campus and the college’s representative for the Legislature’s Feb. 17, 2015, HEADWAE (Higher Education Appreciation Day – Working for Academic Excellence) program, is the speaker for the Dec. 19 graduation ceremonies.

She speaks at 9 a.m. to academic and career-tech graduates whose last names begin with A to G; at 12 p.m. for those whose last names begin with H-M and 3 p.m. for those whose last names begin with N to Z.

Wasson began her education at Mississippi State University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education. Later, she completed her Master of Science in Education at Mississippi College. She also obtained her instructional certificate for online instructor training at Mississippi Virtual Community College.

Her career began at Starkville Academy, where she taught English and Spanish. She continued on to teach elementary Spanish at Jackson Academy. In 1990, she accepted her first position at Hinds Community College as assistant to the president of the National Association for Developmental Education (NADE) on the Raymond Campus.

During her 24 years of service to the college, Wasson has served as a resource learning assistant, tutor for support services, a writing center assistant, and part-time and full-time English instructor.

Wasson’s professional affiliations include the Mississippi Association for Developmental Education, the Hinds Community College Education Association, the Modern Language Association and the Mississippi Two-Year College English Association.

Also as part of the graduation ceremonies, Hinds Community College will remember Robert Pickett, who was president of the Board of Trustees when he died on Nov. 10, as the honorary grand marshal and mace bearer. His seat will remain empty on stage in his remembrance.

Pickett began his service on the board in 1994, while he was superintendent of the Vicksburg Warren school district. After his retirement in 2000, he continued to serve as an appointed Warren County trustee and was elected president of the board in May 2008. Mr. Pickett previously served as vice president.

“He served this college with distinction, dedication and with an unwavering commitment to always do what was best for students,” said Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse. “His leadership extended far beyond the monthly board meeting. He was a deliberate and steadfast leader, with wisdom gained over nearly 50 years in the field of education. We have lost a great friend.”

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 names Most Beautiful in annual Beauty Revue
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01 December

Hinds CC names Most Beautiful in annual Beauty Revue

Courtney Helom of Jackson was named Most Beautiful in the 2014 Eagle Beauty Revue pageant held Nov. 20 at Hinds Community College’s Cain Cochran Hall on the Raymond Campus.

Helom, 19, is a biology major on the Raymond Campus. Twenty-one women participated in the Eagle Beauty Revue, which is sponsored by The Eagle yearbook on the Raymond Campus.

The other top contestants, named as “Beauties”, were Courtney Walker of Crystal Springs; Taylor Jackson of Clinton; Shelby Simmons of Waynesboro; and Meagan Barnhart of Florence.

From left, Courtney Walker of Crystal Springs; Taylor Jackson of Clinton; Courtney Helom of Jackson, Most Beautiful; Shelby Simmons of Waynesboro; and Meagan Barnhart of Florence.

From left, Courtney Walker of Crystal Springs; Taylor Jackson of Clinton; Courtney Helom of Jackson, Most Beautiful; Shelby Simmons of Waynesboro; and Meagan Barnhart of Florence.

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