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Caregiving continues for new assistant nursing dean at Hinds CC
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31 August

Caregiving continues for new assistant nursing dean at Hinds CC

A love for teaching and nursing continues in a new leadership role for Kathy Elliott, this time here at Hinds Community College.

Elliott was hired in August as assistant dean for nursing at the Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. A Flora resident, she arrives at Hinds from being the director of licensure and practice with the Mississippi State Board of Nursing.

Kathy Elliott, assistant dean for nursing.

Kathy Elliott, assistant dean for nursing.

Previously, the Collierville, Tenn., native directed career and technical education with the Mississippi Community College Board and taught two nine-year stints at Jones County Junior College, as director of the practical nursing program, and East Central Community College, as practical nursing instructor. She entered teaching after six years at a community hospital and doing home healthcare in Bay Springs, in Jasper County.

The program’s newest addition hopes to meld two related disciplines to keep Hinds’ nursing program top-notch.

“It’s the best of both worlds,” Elliott said. “You have the environment with the students where you’re teaching. And you also have that of the hospital, where you go and take care of patients along with your students. I never felt like I left the patient world.”

As assistant dean, Elliott will work closely with the associate degree nursing, practical nursing, and healthcare assisting.

“I will help faculty prepare students to go out into the current healthcare environment with sharp skills and promote student retention,” she said. “And to help students pass their licensure examination on the first try, if possible. Those pass rates reflect what the program is doing.”

“One thing that attracted us to Kathy was her leadership skills,” Dean Dr. Libby Mahaffey said. “She has excellent leadership skills that will benefit the division of nursing. She’s had positions of leadership at the state level. We’re excited she’s coming to join our allied health family.”

Recruiting efforts for Hinds’ nursing and allied health programs center kick off Sept. 8 at the Muse Center for the Nursing & Allied Health Showcase. Faculty will be on hand to answer questions from prospective students on the college’s 13 health-related and two short-term programs.

“We are looking for prospective students who want a rewarding and meaningful career in a Nursing or Health Related Profession,” said Christie Adair, admissions manager at NAHC. “Our programs will equip these students to become skilled and caring healthcare providers, who can also enjoy a secure job in an ever-growing field.”

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New Hinds CC workforce training director ready to supply industry
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27 August

New Hinds CC workforce training director ready to supply industry

RAYMONDA keen understanding of what heavy industry needs to fill the ever-increasing demand for skilled labor is what David Creel wants to convey as he leads a key training component in Workforce Development at Hinds Community College.

“I have seen the gap between applicant skill and what these companies need,” Creel said. “Hinds is working to close that gap, and I am excited to be part of it.”

Director of Workforce Manufacturing Training David Creel.

Director of Workforce Manufacturing Training David Creel.

Creel, of Byram, began work June 1 as director of Workforce Manufacturing Training. He arrived at Hinds from a nearly 30-year career with Milwaukee Electric Tool, during which the company was a client of Hinds and Creel himself took classes here and at East Central Community College.

His bachelor’s degree is in business administration from Belhaven University. As director of the new program, Creel said, he will work with new and existing industry to develop and deliver training programs to enhance the workforce.

“We work with individuals that need basic and/or advanced skills to improve their situations, whether that is getting a job, keeping their job, getting a promotion or learning a totally new skill,” Creel said.

Creel said his first project this year will be the conversion of the Offset Printing Lab on the Raymond Campus to the Manufacturing Training Center and Mechatronics Lab. Mechatronics is a multidisciplinary field of engineering that includes a combination of mechanical, electrical, telecommunications, control and computer engineering.

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Byram brass man new assistant in Hinds CC Eagle Band
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27 August

Byram brass man new assistant in Hinds CC Eagle Band

RAYMONDThe Hinds Eagle Band’s newest assistant has a love for music that grew out of another traditional youth activity.

“I had an older friend in my Boy Scout troop who played trumpet,” Bullock said. “I thought it was cool, so I decided to do it, too.”

Ben Bullock of Byram began July 1 as the band’s newest assistant director. He succeeds Robert Cheesman, who retired. He also instructs the high brass section of marching and concert bands at Hinds, which includes the trumpet and French horn players.

New assistant band director Ben Bullock.

New assistant band director Ben Bullock.

A Tupelo native, he came to Hinds Community College from Lewisburg High School in Olive Branch. Previously, he directed and assisted bands at Milam Intermediate School in Tupelo and Kosciusko Middle School.

He holds an undergraduate degree in music education from the University of Southern Mississippi. His master’s is also from USM, in trumpet performance.

Bullock will work to develop the high brass studio, or section, in the concert, marching and jazz bands, Band Director Shane Sprayberry said, adding this year’s band features about 150 members.

Recruiting high school musicians who want to carry their tunes to college is job one for both men.

“I want to make Hinds a sort of place where people who will major in this will want to come here,” Bullock said. “I’d like to make it grow.”

This year’s Eagle Marching Band show is “Seasons of Love” featuring: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club, When A Man Loves A Woman (1992 Blue Devils arrangement), Love Drunk and Seasons of Love/Finale from RENT.

The band performs, along with the Hinds Hi-Steppers precision dance team, at each home football game, Aug. 27, Sept. 3, Sept. 17, Oct. 8 and homecoming on Oct. 15 as well as numerous other parades and performances.

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Hinds CC nursing program to be showcased Sept. 8
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21 August

Hinds CC nursing program to be showcased Sept. 8

RAYMONDThe Hinds Community College Nursing & Allied Health Showcase is set for 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8 at the Nursing/Allied Health Center in Jackson.

Prospective students and others will get a chance to tour the campus’ learning labs, speak with faculty, explore the college’s 13 health-related and two short-term programs and find out about requirements and deadlines.

The showcase is open to anyone interested in pursuing a career in healthcare. Free food and prizes will be offered.

“We would love to introduce you to one of our nursing and allied health programs which all focus on preparing competent, caring healthcare professionals,” said Dr. Libby Mahaffey, dean of Nursing and Allied Health. “Graduates of our programs are employed at rates of 90 to 100 percent within a year of graduation and consistently meet national benchmarks for licensure/registry pass rates.”

Technical and associate degree programs at NAHC are nationally accredited by specialty accrediting organizations. The career programs meet state accreditation/approval guidelines.

Programs of interest include Medical Assisting Technology, Medical Laboratory Technology, Physical Therapist Assistant, Associate Degree Nursing (RN), Dental Assisting Technology, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Emerging Medical Science, Health Information Technology, Healthcare Assistant, Practical Nursing, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Care Technology, Surgical Technology, and two short-term programs, Phlebotomy and Nursing Assistant.

“This event is a great opportunity for prospective students to meet our faculty and get first-hand information about our programs and how to get admitted,” District Director of Enrollment Services Kathryn Cole said.

The Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center is at 1750 Chadwick Drive. For more information on the event, call 601-376-4807 or visit http://www.hindscc.edu.

 

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Classes begin at Hinds amid excitement for fresh faces, older students
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17 August

Classes begin at Hinds amid excitement for fresh faces, older students

In a previous routine, Patricia Martin used to take a load off by pulling a latch on the heavy doors of an 18-wheeler. Those were fairly heavy and involved cross-country driving.

Now, she simply stops in the Eagle’s Nest student lounge on the Raymond Campus to take a load off in between classes.

Patricia Martin, a nursing student at the Raymond campus of Hinds Community College, takes a break in between classes on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. Monday was the first day of classes for the fall semester.

Patricia Martin, a nursing student at the Raymond campus of Hinds Community College, takes a break in between classes on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. Monday was the first day of classes for the fall semester.

“I used to be a truck driver,” Martin said Monday as classes began for Fall 2015 at each of Hinds Community College’s six campuses. “We used to call road construction barrels ‘schneider eggs’.”

Martin, 44, a Jackson resident and Georgia native, plans to knock out required coursework this semester as she prepares to enter the nursing program, a destination she mapped upon the loss of a child.

“I lost my daughter when she was 23 from complications after her appendix ruptured,” Martin said. “If I can help care for someone as a nurse, whether it be in the ER or directly with patients, I want to do that.”

A tour of Hinds with his high school back in Chicago gave Monte Burks a taste of Hinds’ family-like, relaxed atmosphere clinched his decision to move south for college.

Monte Burks, left, a freshman from Chicago, is shown the way to the Brick Masonry class on Monday by David Hawkins, director of facilities use at the Raymond Campus of Hinds Community College. Monday was the first day of classes for the Fall 2015 semester.

Monte Burks, left, a freshman from Chicago, is shown the way to the Brick Masonry class on Monday by David Hawkins, director of facilities use at the Raymond Campus of Hinds Community College. Monday was the first day of classes for the Fall 2015 semester.

“We went here, we went to Jackson, we went to Alabama, and to Memphis,” Burks said on his way to his first brick masonry class. “I guess it’s just a little slower here, and the number of students to a class was already something I was used to.”

Finding the appropriate classroom turned into a group effort for first-year students Leslie Brunson, of Florence, Mary Graham, of Vicksburg, and Kaylan Johnson, of Jackson – all fresh out of high school.

Mary Graham, left, of Vicksburg, and Leslie Brunson, right, of Florence, consult class schedules at the Raymond Campus of Hinds Community College on Monday, the first day of classes for the Fall 2015 semester. Monday was the first day of classes for the fall semester.

Mary Graham, left, of Vicksburg, and Leslie Brunson, right, of Florence, consult class schedules at the Raymond Campus of Hinds Community College on Monday, the first day of classes for the Fall 2015 semester. Monday was the first day of classes for the fall semester.

“I’ve walked about two to three miles this morning, altogether,” Brunson said.

Hinds staffers directed waves of students to class on the Raymond Campus as the Baptist Student Union provided breakfast plates. Sophomores Michael McKnight, of Brandon, an architectural engineering student in BSU, and Jonathan Stewart, a business student from Jackson, chowed on the goodies provided as part of the organization’s Peace, Love & Pancakes drive.

“I’m seeing a lot of students back this year,” McKnight said. “It’s good, because I worked hard to help do the pancakes.”

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Hinds CC band students, Hi-Steppers move in for start of Aug. 17 classes
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04 August

Hinds CC band students, Hi-Steppers move in for start of Aug. 17 classes

Kasey Kimery of Pearl, a sophomore studying dental hygiene at Hinds Community College, hangs wall decorations in her room in Allen-Dukes-Whitaker Residence Hall on the Raymond Campus on Monday, Aug. 3.  Kimery, a captain in the Hi-Steppers, was among students moving in early to participate in band camp.

Kasey Kimery of Pearl, a sophomore studying dental hygiene at Hinds Community College, hangs wall decorations in her room in Allen-Dukes-Whitaker Residence Hall on the Raymond Campus on Monday, Aug. 3.
Kimery, a captain in the Hi-Steppers, was among students moving in early to participate in band camp.

Hi-Stepper Lindsey Jeselink of Clinton moves into Allen-Dukes-Whitaker Residence Hall at Hinds Community College’s Raymond Campus with the help of her grandmother Lanette Jeselink.  Jeselink is a sophomore student studying radiologic technology.

Hi-Stepper Lindsey Jeselink of Clinton moves into Allen-Dukes-Whitaker Residence Hall at Hinds Community College’s Raymond Campus with the help of her grandmother Lanette Jeselink.
Jeselink is a sophomore student studying radiologic technology.

Tessie Hall of Flowood decorates the walls of her room in Allen-Dukes-Whitaker Residence Hall on Monday Aug. 3. Hall, a freshman nursing student, moved in early with fellow members of the Hi-Steppers to participate in band camp.

Tessie Hall of Flowood decorates the walls of her room in Allen-Dukes-Whitaker Residence Hall on Monday Aug. 3. Hall, a freshman nursing student, moved in early with fellow members of the Hi-Steppers to participate in band camp. 

Hinds Community College band members and Hi-Steppers moved into residence halls early to participate in band camp. The Hi-Steppers, which perform with the Eagles band for halftime shows and other special events, are one of the oldest precision dance teams in the country.

Residence halls open for new Hinds Community College students on Aug. 13 and for returning students on Aug. 14. Classes begin at Hinds Community College on Aug. 17. For information on registration, see the Hinds website at www.hindscc.edu.

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