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‘Eagle Experience’ offers fun, information about Hinds CC
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29 January

‘Eagle Experience’ offers fun, information about Hinds CC

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High school seniors who are thinking about attending Hinds Community College in fall 2016 are invited to visit the Raymond Campus Feb. 5 for the “Eagle Experience” information event.

The expo style event is come-and-go from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. It gives seniors and their parents an opportunity to find out everything they need to know about enrolling at Hinds.

Eagle Experience offers Raymond Campus tours, interaction with current students and all the college basics a new student needs to know about including admissions, scholarships, majors, housing, student life and more.  Participants can also enjoy food and prizes.

For more information or to register, see the college website at www.hindscc.edu or call 601.857.3767. Activities will be centered at Mayo Gymnasium on the Raymond Campus.

For a look at last year’s Eagle Experience see http://news.hindscc.edu/index.php/eagle-experience-2015/

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 2015. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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Deadline to apply for fall 2016 Hinds CC Foundation scholarship is March 1
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29 January

Deadline to apply for fall 2016 Hinds CC Foundation scholarship is March 1

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New or current students who want to apply for a Hinds Community College Foundation Scholarship for the 2016-2017 academic year have until March 1, 2016, to turn in their complete application packets.

About 85 percent of students at Hinds receive financial aid of some kind.  Through the generosity of donors, the Hinds Community College Foundation awards scholarships to more than 600 students each year. The application process for Foundation Scholarships is easy. Students can access the required forms on the college web site at www.hindscc.edu/foundationscholarship.

Students must submit the following documents by March 1 to be considered for a Hinds Community College Foundation Scholarship:

  • An application for admission to Hinds Community College. This application is available on the website at www.hindscc.edu.
  • An application for Foundation Scholarships that includes a summary of why the applicant feels he/she should be considered for a scholarship, a list of achievements and a brief statement of any special financial needs. Also submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is preferred but not required.
  • High school and/or college transcripts. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for scholarship purposes. Transcripts must demonstrate a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00 in order to be considered.  If the transcript does not include a cumulative GPA, students must submit a verification form completed by the high school counselor. The form is found on the college website.
  • A copy of their ACT scores, if not posted on the high school transcript, or GED scores, if applicable.
  • Three recommendations from individuals (i.e. – school, church, community/civic organizations or work). Students may use the recommendation form available on the website. It is the student’s responsibility to provide copies of the form to the individuals who are providing their recommendations and to have those submitted by the March 1 deadline.

Recipients of Hinds Community College scholarships must enroll in 15 or more credit hours each semester and maintain the cumulative GPA required by their scholarship.

The Hinds Community College Foundation manages nearly 300 scholarship funds.  The Foundation awards more than 600 student scholarships ranging from $300 to $2,400.

Another scholarship opportunity for high school seniors is the ACT scholarship. ACT scholarships range from $1,000-$3,000 per semester. Students who attend Hinds as their first college after high school graduation will automatically receive an ACT scholarships if they have a 21 or above on the ACT. Eligible recipients must also be a Mississippi resident.

Students may email scholarships@hindscc.edu or call 601.857.3744 for information related to applying for Foundation scholarships.

Persons interested in providing scholarships may contact Betty Caraway, Donor Relations Coordinator for the Foundation, at 601.857.3800.\

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 2015. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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Hinds CC among top national community colleges in Aspen competition
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28 January

Hinds CC among top national community colleges in Aspen competition

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Hinds Community College is among the nation’s top 150 community colleges that are eligible to compete for the 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and $1 million in prize funds.

The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program highlights the critical importance of improving student success in America’s community colleges.

Ten finalists will be named in fall 2016. The Aspen Institute will then conduct site visits to each of the finalists and collect additional quantitative data, including employment and earnings data from states and transfer data from the National Student Clearinghouse. A distinguished Prize Jury will select a grand prize winner and finalists with distinction in early 2017.

“We are pleased to be named among the community colleges nationwide selected to compete for the prestigious Aspen Prize,” said Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse. “It is an honor just to be nominated and is a proud reflection of the outstanding Hinds Community College faculty and staff who are committed to helping our students be successful.”

It’s also significant that the Mississippi’s community college system has eight institutions named among the top 150, Muse said.

Other Mississippi nominees included Copiah-Lincoln, Mississippi Gulf Coast, Itawamba, Meridian, Northeast and Holmes. Earlier this year, the state’s community college system had been ranked No. 1 in the nation by WalletHub.Com for cost and financing, education and career outcomes, classroom experience, and education and career outcomes.

The Prize, awarded every two years, is the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges and recognizes institutions for exceptional student outcomes in four areas: student learning; certificate and degree completion; employment and earnings; and access and success for minority and low-income students.

“There are exceptional community colleges across our country providing students with a high-quality, affordable education that leads to good careers and strong economic opportunity,” said Josh Wyner, executive director of the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program. “Through this competition, we’re working to inspire community colleges and help them understand how to ensure that more students succeed.”

Nearly half of America’s college students attend community college, with more than seven million students—youth and adult learners—working toward certificates and degrees in these institutions across the country. In Mississippi, more than 60 percent of new college freshmen start a community college.

The top 150 community colleges represent the diversity and richness of the community college sector. They are located in 35 states in urban, rural and suburban areas, serving as few as 300 students and as many as 60,000 students.

Hinds Community College is the state’s largest two-year institution, serving nearly 30,000 Mississippians in credit and non-credit programs.

For the first time, the 150 prize-eligible institutions are also invited to nominate exceptional students enrolled in their best middle-skill STEM programs for scholarships. Up to 50 Siemens Technical Scholars will be selected from programs that provide outstanding preparation for high-demand jobs in manufacturing, energy, health care, and information technology. A partnership between the Siemens Foundation and the Aspen Institute, the Siemens Technical Scholars Program intends to help our nation’s community colleges and their business partners bridge the gap between projected shortages of skilled workers and the millions of high-demand jobs in these STEM industries. Scholarship winners and the programs that deliver rigorous training enabling their success will be announced in fall 2016.

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, visit www.aspeninstitute.org.

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 2015. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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Classes begin at Hinds CC for continuing, older students
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12 January

Classes begin at Hinds CC for continuing, older students

It’s been a long road to college for some students attending Hinds Community College this semester.

“I was raised in Portland, Ore., but my mom’s family is from here,” said Lakosher Robinson as she shopped for small necessities like pens and flash drives at the bookstore on the Raymond Campus during a break Monday, the first day of class for the spring 2016 semester.

Lakosher Robinson, a continuing student from Jackson at Hinds Community College studying business accounting, shops for pens Monday, Jan. 11, 2016 at the bookstore at the Raymond Campus. Monday was the first day of classes for the spring semester. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

Lakosher Robinson, a continuing student from Jackson at Hinds Community College studying business accounting, shops for pens Monday, Jan. 11, 2016 at the bookstore at the Raymond Campus. Monday was the first day of classes for the spring semester. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

Robinson, of Jackson, is studying business accounting and wants to market those talents wherever she can, whether it’s in Mississippi or someplace else.

“I’m just trying to further my education, maybe go somewhere fresh after,” she said.

For Eddie Rogers, of Byram, her road began with helping raise a large family. Now, it’s time to pursue a passion for nursing.

“It’s something I’ve wanted to do for years,” Rogers said. “I’m really doing it this time.”

Donna Alexander, left, a student at Hinds Community College from Terry studying social work, and Eddie Rogers, a student from Byram studying nursing, shop in the campus bookstore at the Raymond Campus on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. Monday was the first day of classes for the spring 2016 semester. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

Donna Alexander, left, a student at Hinds Community College from Terry studying social work, and Eddie Rogers, a student from Byram studying nursing, shop in the campus bookstore at the Raymond Campus on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. Monday was the first day of classes for the spring 2016 semester. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

Late registration with an additional fee for classes for the spring semester’s initial eight-week session at all six of Hinds’ locations continues through Friday, Jan. 15.

“In January, we welcome back our returning students and meet many brand-new students, whether they be an adult returning to school, transferring to Hinds from another college, or starting college for the first time,” District Director of Enrollment Kathryn Cole said. “If a student missed out on getting into spring classes, we are still registering for online classes, which begin Jan. 19, and our second eight-week term, which begins March 14.”

Shelby Hilton, of Florence, who’s been published for her artwork, hopes to make some fine strokes in the classroom during the initial eight-week session to complete her visual arts studies.

“I just want to keep my grades up and have it not be a struggle,” said Hilton.

Shelby Hilton, a continuing student from Florence studying visual arts, places her order with Valley Services employee Doris Epps at the Eagle's Nest student lounge on the Raymond Campus Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. Monday was the first day of classes for the spring 2016 semester. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

Shelby Hilton, a continuing student from Florence studying visual arts, places her order with Valley Services employee Doris Epps at the Eagle’s Nest student lounge on the Raymond Campus Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. Monday was the first day of classes for the spring 2016 semester. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

New students on campus rushed into warm spaces on campus to escape the chilly temperatures outside and make sure they were ready for the semester.

“I’m ready to study business,” said Keyetha McGee, of Terry, picking up headphones from the bookstore with her mother, Kimberly.

Keyetha McGee, right, of Terry, a first-year student at Hinds Community College, purchases a headphone set from campus bookstore employee Mollie Lee on the Raymond Campus Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. Monday was the first day of classes for the spring 2016 semester. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

Keyetha McGee, right, of Terry, a first-year student at Hinds Community College, purchases a headphone set from campus bookstore employee Mollie Lee on the Raymond Campus Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. Monday was the first day of classes for the spring 2016 semester. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

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Two instructors receive emeritus status from Hinds CC
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08 January

Two instructors receive emeritus status from Hinds CC

Two retired instructors of Hinds Community College received emeritus status at the Jan. 5 spring 2016 convocation.

Cheryl Carr, of Madison, professor emeritus of Business Education/Business Technology, and Eleanor Long, of Florence, professor emeritus of History, joined 29 others who have achieved emeritus status at Hinds Community College.

Emeritus status was conferred to two retired instructors at Hinds Community College's Spring 2016 District Faculty and Staff Convocation, From left, HCC Board of Trustees President Paul Breazeale, Eleanor Long, Cheryl Carr, Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, and Hinds Vice President for Advancement Jackie Granberry. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Emeritus status was conferred to two retired instructors at Hinds Community College’s Spring 2016 District Faculty and Staff Convocation, From left, HCC Board of Trustees President Paul Breazeale, Eleanor Long, Cheryl Carr, Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, and Hinds Vice President for Advancement Jackie Granberry. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Carr retired in 2011 after 16 years at Hinds and 41 years in education overall. She started at Hinds as an instructor in the Business and Office Technology Department on the Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. Her role as a sponsor in Phi Beta Lambda helped her students win state and national awards and other honors were numerous, including being named Outstanding Instructor, HEADWAE honoree and National Business Education Association Outstanding Teacher. After retirement, Carr was executive director of the Association of Career and Technical Education.

Long has worked at Hinds for 28 years. She started as a history instructor at the Rankin Campus and was chair of the Division of Social Science there and was district curriculum coordinator. She was twice named outstanding academic instructor by Phi Theta Kappa and college-wide, represented faculty for reaccreditation, chaired the Rankin Faculty Council and judged competitions for DECA and the state Geography Bee.

Emeritus states is conferred on retirees who have dedicated their lives to Hinds Community College and are selected by a committee. A plaque and photo recognizing their status is showcased into the Emeritus Room at Fountain Hall on the Raymond Campus.

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Two new deans at Hinds CC Vicksburg-Warren Campus bring wealth of experience
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07 January

Two new deans at Hinds CC Vicksburg-Warren Campus bring wealth of experience

The college-level and high school programs at Hinds Community College’s Vicksburg-Warren Campus start the spring 2016 semester with new leadership.

Teressa Fulgham McCarty begins the semester as assistant dean for secondary education. She arrives at Hinds from Vicksburg Junior High School, where she was assistant principal.

Teressa McCarty

Teressa McCarty

“As assistant dean, she is responsible for daily operations of secondary programs. She will collaborate with the Vicksburg Warren School District to ensure that each student receives a high quality educational experience. Mrs. McCarty will also complete special projects for the Vicksburg-Warren Campus as assigned,” said Vicksburg-Warren Campus Dean Marvin Moak.

Dr. Elmira Ratliff is the new assistant dean for post-secondary education. She arrives at Hinds from the Mississippi Community College Board as a curriculum specialist.

Dr. Elmira Ratliff

Dr. Elmira Ratliff

In her role, Ratliff oversees college-level programs and courses taught at the campus. Her responsibilities include faculty recruitment, supervision and evaluation, maintenance of academic standards and program review and evaluation, among other procedural duties.

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Elmira Ratliff as part of the Hinds Community College team,” Moak said. “I’m sure it will not be long before the students and faculty are able to tap into her knowledge and experience.”

In the secondary programs, High school students can get ahead through dual enrollment or dual credit courses by enrolling in Hinds Community College courses while still in high school. A dozen career programs are available, including Ag and Natural Resources, Automotive Technology, Career Pathways Experience, Carpentry, Early Childhood Education, Culinary Arts, Health Sciences, Machine Tool, Masonry, Marketing Management, Simulation and Animation Design and Welding.

“It is our goal at Hinds to support students in being college and career ready. We have students that are excited to begin their chosen career fields,” McCarty said. “The career and technical education center is a great place to learn from our experts in those fields. As such, our phenomenal staff of teachers are passionate and dedicated to educating our students about these areas of study.”

Ratliff’s experience extends to the classroom, having taught English and related courses on the high school and college levels.

“I hope to increase the enrollment at the Vicksburg Campus by recruiting students and retaining them until they complete an academic or technical program,” Ratliff said. “Also, I hope to further advance the programs and initiatives that are being implemented at Hinds Community College and above all, ensure that all students have a wonderful experience after they join the ‘community’ at Hinds Community College.”

McCarty holds a master’s degree in Teaching Arts and a specialist’s degree in Educational Leadership from Mississippi College and a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from Tougaloo College. She is pursuing her doctorate at MC, in Educational Leadership-Curriculum and Instruction.

She is active in Tougaloo’s national and Jackson-area alumni associations, as well as the Rho Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, doing community service in each.

Ratliff holds a master’s degree in English from Mississippi College and a Ph.D in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Mississippi. Her bachelor’s is in English, from Alcorn State University.

Her experience in teaching high school English and related courses includes stops in Claiborne and Carroll county school systems. She’s also taught courses in Composition and Education at Holmes Community College, ITT Technical Institute, Alcorn State and Ole Miss. Also, Ratliff was professional development trainer for eight years for the Mississippi Association of Educators. Her sorority and alumni memberships include the Vicksburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and the Montgomery-Carroll-Grenada County Alumni Chapter of Alcorn State University.

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New Rankin superintendent joins Hinds CC Board of Trustees
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06 January

New Rankin superintendent joins Hinds CC Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees President Paul Breazeale, Trustee Dr. Sue Townsend, Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse

Board of Trustees President Paul Breazeale, Trustee Dr. Sue Townsend, Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse

Dr. Sue Townsend of Brandon is the newest of the 13-member Hinds Community College Board of Trustees. In her new role as Rankin County school superintendent, Townsend is serving on the board beginning with the Jan. 6 meeting.

She replaces Dr. Lynn Weathersby, who did not run for re-election as Rankin County school superintendent.

Townsend has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Southern Mississippi, a master’s degree from Mississippi College and a Ph.D. in educational leadership from Mississippi State University.

She began her career in 1984 as a secretary at French Elementary and was a teacher at Brandon Elementary from 1988 to 1996. She served as principal of three Rankin County schools: Northwest Rankin, 1996-2001; Brandon Elementary, 2001-2009 and Stonebridge Elementary, 2009 to 2014. From 2014 until starting her new position as superintendent she was a self-employed educational consultant.

Also as of Jan. 6, Paul Breazeale of Jackson became board president and Dale Sullivan of Weston became vice president.

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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