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Hinds CC names Hinds Heroes for Spring 2016
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Hinds CC names Hinds Heroes for Spring 2016

RAYMOND – The Spring 2016 group of honorees in the Hinds Heroes employee recognition program have been named.

Heroes are chosen because they represent the college well, provide exceptional customer service to internal and external customers and constantly promote the Hinds mission of service. Heroes selected receive a lapel pin, a token of appreciation and one free day off work.

In alphabetical order, this semester’s honorees are:

Marilyn Binion-Davis

Marilyn Binion-Davis

Marilyn Binion-Davis, of Crystal Springs, an early childhood education instructor at the Utica Campus. Her duties include developing student learning outcomes, teaching early childhood classes, NAEYC conference presenter, 2014 faculty writing team member for the state Early Childhood Education curriculum and pageant and coronation director for 36 years. She has been with Hinds for 42 years.

Kay Breland Brown

Kay Breland Brown

Kay Breland Brown of Brandon, secretary at the Rankin Campus. Her duties include assisting with inventory, budgets and records for secondary programs. She has been with Hinds for 27 years.

Jeremy Cole

Jeremy Cole

Jeremy Cole, of Clinton, an institutional technology specialist at the Raymond Campus. His duties include implementing instructional technology, video production, print and digital design, system administrator for learning management systems. He has been with Hinds for six years.

Reggie Harris

Reggie Harris

Reggie Harris, of Bolton, district coordinator of recruiting with Enrollment Services. His duties include recruiting prospective students for classes and providing warm, welcoming experiences to those students and their parents. He has been with Hinds for 26 years.

Jack Hite Jr.

Jack Hite Jr.

Jack Hite Jr., of Raymond, a counselor at the Raymond Campus. His duties include counseling and advising, being Title IX deputy coordinator, assistant coach for cheerleading and Hi-Steppers, instructor for first aid, orientation and self-defense, advisor for Phi Theta Kappa and assisting with track, tennis, golf and veterans affairs. He has been with Hinds for 34 years.

Mary Lou Israel

Mary Lou Israel

Mary Lou Israel, of Byram, administrative assistant in Community Relations at the Raymond Campus. Her duties include organizational tasks within the department under the direction of its vice president. She has been with Hinds for five years.

Joe Johnston

Joe Johnston

Joe Johnston, of Vicksburg, a welding instructor at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus. His duties include developing student learning outcomes in the Welding Technology program on campus. He has been with Hinds for 28 years.

Darryl King

Darryl King

Darryl King, of Raymond, a janitorial service employee at the Raymond Campus. His duties include overseeing, Cain-Cochran Hall, one of the busiest buildings on the Raymond Campus. He has been with Hinds for 12 years.

Louanne Langston

Louanne Langston

Louanne Langston, of Raymond, district director of Financial Aid, Student Success and Veterans Services. Her duties include supervising planning for student aid and veterans benefit programs, directs and manages the offices of financial aid, student success and veterans services, administers federal, state and institutional financial aid funds and all appropriate recording of the funds. She has been at Hinds for 22 years.

Hilda Wells

Hilda Wells

Hilda Wells, of Jackson, a biology instructor at the Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. Her duties include being chair of sciences and instructing classes in biology and anatomy and physiology. She has been with Hinds for more than 22 years.

Daniece Williams

Daniece Williams

Daniece Williams, of Raymond, a biology instructor at the Rankin Campus. Her duties include instructing classes in microbiology and general biology. Next fall, she begins serving as a program chair at the campus. She has been with Hinds for 23 years.

Denise Williams

Denise Williams

Denise Williams, of Utica, administrative assistant the Utica Campus. Her duties include greeting visitors, answering calls, entering all academic courses for the campus, and other routine duties and practices associated with the academic departments. She has been with Hinds for 10 years.

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Vicksburg MI-BEST student shows the way to success with GED
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26 April

Vicksburg MI-BEST student shows the way to success with GED

Celebrating with MI-BEST student Allen Warner, center, are, from left, Hinds Community College Vicksburg Dean Marvin Moak, Warren County Supervisor Charles Selmon, CMPDD administrator Charles McGuffee and Hinds Vicksburg Adult Education and GED navigator Lauren Powers.

Celebrating with MI-BEST student Allen Warner, center, are, from left, Hinds Community College Vicksburg Dean Marvin Moak, Warren County Supervisor Charles Selmon, CMPDD administrator Charles McGuffee and Hinds Vicksburg Adult Education and GED navigator Lauren Powers.

A 35-year-old student at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus has become the first Hinds Community College MI-BEST student to receive his GED while climbing to the halfway mark in his plight to receive a college career certificate.

“Finally, I have no plans but succeeding in school,” said Allen Warner, who quit high school in Saginaw, Mich., nearly two decades ago.

“There just wasn’t anything in high school that interested me, so I just didn’t do what I needed to do,” Warner said. “By the time I realized there was a program that might help me, a technical skills program, it was too late. I had messed up, and it was too late, so I just quit.”

That quitter attitude cannot be found today in the father of two girls, ages 7 and 8, and he says it will not come back, even after he finally gets “the piece of paper” that shows he’s qualified to seek and hold his dream career.

“Oh, I spent time as a dishwasher, a cook’s helper, roofer, I did some water-well drilling, I did some landscaping and some carpentry,” he said. “I was the jack of all trades and the master of none.”

“I could tell you I had done all those things, but I had no proof – no certificate,” he said. “Soon I’ll have that certificate.”

Warner said the turning point in his choices came when he was turned down for a job because he did not have his GED, or General Education Development high school equivalency certificate, and he did not want his little girls to graduate before he did.

He enrolled in the Hinds GED program during the spring semester, passing the qualifications for and fitting the criteria to have his tuition and fees paid through a grant from the Central Mississippi Planning and Development District (CMPDD). The grant was extended to MI-BEST, which stands for Mississippi Integrated-Basic Education Skills Training, last year for the current fiscal year.

Lauren Powers, Vicksburg Hinds’ navigator for the MI-BEST program and Adult Basic Education, said Warner is a prime example of what the MI-BEST and the CMPDD grant can do for other students.

A career fair for the 25 students currently enrolled in MI-BEST will be May 10 on the Vicksburg campus, Powers said. They will be given the chance to speak with representatives of local industries and possibly be interviewed for current or upcoming job openings.”

“We’re hoping the students will have the opportunity to meet these people and focus on seeking specific careers, and maybe even have a chance to be offered jobs,” she said.

The MI-BEST program gives high school dropouts opportunity to complete their GED coursework while pursuing their initial career certificates, which require 30 hours of college credits.

At the end of the current semester, next month, Warner will be halfway through his college course load to receive his career certificate in welding.

“And he has done it with a 4.0,” Powers is quick to point out.

Warner’s goal is to find a welding job that allows him a career in which he can earn a sustainable wage. He said he has not decided if he will seek the additional 15 hours of college credit to receive his technical certificate or the 15 more for his associate’s degree, “because it all depends on jobs and opportunities.”

Warren County Supervisor Charles Selmon is the workforce development Chairman on the CMPDD Board and invited Warner to address a meeting of the South Central Workforce Development Group at Hinds Vicksburg at the board’s next meeting.

Selmon said the program is allowing students such as Warner to not only get a GED, but also be trained in a specific trade that makes them marketable and ready when a new industry decides to come to Mississippi.

“I’m so excited about this young man,” Selmon said. “He is the model story, a person with a great attitude who is able to communicate with people and, best of all, he’s so humble.”

“He just got tired of being sick and tired and decided to do something about it,” Selmon said. “He is an inspiration to me. He motivates me.”

Selmon explained that workforce development programs in the state are funded through a $5 million federal fund that is facilitated by the state.

“We’re trying to increase the ready workforce in the state,” the supervisor said. “Hinds is doing a great job of helping these people get their GEDs and then training them to go to work. That helps the state attract more businesses.”

For more information on MI-BEST, see the website or contact Powers at 601.629.6873 or lauren.powers@hindscc.edu.

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Hinds CC presents 34 departmental student awards
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22 April

Hinds CC presents 34 departmental student awards

RAYMOND – Departmental awards at Hinds Community College were given to 34 students in academic, technical and career programs in a ceremony April 15 at Cain-Cochran Hall on the Raymond Campus.

Recipients present at the event were photographed with Hinds Community College President Dr. Clyde Muse and department heads and others who presented plaques.

Aviation Technology Dr. Clyde Muse, Marcus Apple, instructor Dennis Lott

Marcus Apple, of Ridgeland, center, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 15. Apple received an Outstanding Student Award for Aviation Technology, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Dennis Lott, right.

 

 

D'Cha'Ray Brown, center, was among Hinds Community College Students recognized with a departmental award April 15. Apple received an Associated Student Government Award for the Raymond Campus, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and Director of Dual and Special Enrollment Vanda Brumfield, right.

D’Cha’Ray Brown, of Jackson, center, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 15. Brown received an Associated Student Government Award for the Raymond Campus, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and Director of Dual and Special Enrollment Vanda Brumfield, right.

 

Kristina Kelly Browning, center, was among Hinds Community College Students recognized with a departmental award April 15. Browning received an Outstanding Student Award for Dental Assisting Technology presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Valeria Winston, right.

Kristina Kelly Browning, of Brandon, center, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 15. Browning received an Outstanding Student Award for Dental Assisting Technology presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Valeria Winston, right.

 

Deborah Campbell, center, was among Hinds Community College Students recognized with a departmental award April 15. Campbell received an Outstanding Student Award for Health Information Technology, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Michelle McGuffee, right.

Deborah Campbell, of Byram, center, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 15. Campbell received an Outstanding Student Award for Health Information Technology, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Michelle McGuffee, right.

 

Sara Katherine Dew, center, was among Hinds Community College Students recognized with a departmental award April 15. Dew received an Outstanding Student Award for Marketing/Fashion Merchandising, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Gabrielle Woodward, right.

Sara Katherine Dew, of Morton, center, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 15. Dew received an Outstanding Student Award for Marketing/Fashion Merchandising, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Gabrielle Woodward, right.

 

Styler Ginger, center, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 15. Ginger received an Outstanding Student Award for English by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Nancy Ray, right.

Styler Ginger, of Byram, center, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 15. Ginger received an Outstanding Student Award for English, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Nancy Ray, right.

 

Ronald Helms, center, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 15. Helms received an Outstanding Student Award for IST Computer Network Technology by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor David Rose, right.

Ronald Helms, of Ridgeland, center, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 15. Helms received an Outstanding Student Award for IST Computer Network Technology, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor David Rose, right.

 

Matt Holloway, center, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 15. Holloway received an Outstanding Student Award for Aviation Maintenance Technology by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Marion Eifling, right.

Matt Holloway, of Clinton, center, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 15. Holloway received an Outstanding Student Award for Aviation Maintenance Technology, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Marion Eifling, right.

 

Robert Harrison Hunter, center, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 15. Hunter received an Outstanding Student Award in Mathematics from Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Jeff Hughes, right.

Robert Harrison Hunter, of Hermanville, center, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 15. Hunter received an Outstanding Student Award in Mathematics, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Jeff Hughes, right.

 

Lesa Marie Hutchens, center, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 15. Hutchens received an Outstanding Student Award for Paralegal Technology by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Shivochie Dinkins, right.

Lesa Marie Hutchens, of Morton, center, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 15. Hutchens received an Outstanding Student Award for Paralegal Technology, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Shivochie Dinkins, right.

 

Jarvis Jones, center, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 15. Jones received a Community Service Award from Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and English instructor Apryl Trimble, right.

Jarvis Jones, of Richland, center, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 15. Jones received a Community Service Award, presented by from Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and English instructor Apryl Trimble, right.

 

Jarvis Jones, center, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 15. Jones received an Outstanding Student Award for Psychology from Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Dr. Gloria Daniels, right.

Jarvis Jones, of Richland center, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 15. Jones received an Outstanding Student Award for Psychology, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Dr. Gloria Daniels, right.

 

Kristi Johnson, center, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 15. Johnson received an Outstanding Student Award for Business and Office Technology from Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Carley Page, right.

Kristi Johnson, of Raymond, center, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 15. Johnson received an Outstanding Student Award for Business and Office Technology, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Carley Page, right.

 

Jordan Reid Browning, center, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 15. Brownign received an Outstanding Student Award for Music from Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Jane Joseph, right.

Jordan Reid Browning, of Pearl, center, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 15. Browning received an Outstanding Student Award for Music, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Jane Joseph, right.

 

Christin Lang, center, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 15. Lang received an Outstanding Student Award for Respiratory Care Technology from Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Dione Horton, right.

Christin Lang, of Vicksburg, center, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 15. Lang received an Outstanding Student Award for Respiratory Care Technology, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Dione Horton, right.

 

Christin Lang, center, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 15. Lang received an ASG Leadership-Nursing/Allied Health Award from Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Cooper McCachren, right.

Christin Lang, of Vicksburg, center, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 15. Lang received an ASG Leadership-Nursing/Allied Health Award, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Cooper McCachren, right.

 

Linda Long, center, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 15. Long received an ASG Leadership-Jackson ATC Award from Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and English instructor Dr. Marla Wiley, right.

Linda Long, of Jackson, center, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 15. Long received an ASG Leadership-Jackson ATC Award, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and English instructor Dr. Marla Wiley, right.

 

Jacob Martin, center, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 15. Martin received a Community Service Award, Hinds Association of Legal Students, from Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, Business Technology instructor Sharon Hudson, right.

Jacob Martin, center, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 15. Martin received a Community Service Award on behalf of the Hinds Association of Legal Students,  presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, Business Technology instructor Sharon Hudson, right.

 

Julio Ismael Moreno, center, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 15. Moreno received an Outstanding Student Award for Physical Education from Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Doug Williams, right.

Julio Ismael Moreno, of Mayo, Fla. center, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 15. Moreno received an Outstanding Student Award for Physical Education, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Doug Williams, right.

 

Shanika Nelson, center, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 15. Nelson received an Outstanding Student Award for Education presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Jennifer Rodgers, right.

Shanika Nelson, of Byram, center, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 15. Nelson received an Outstanding Student Award for Education, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Jennifer Rodgers, right.

 

Cyprian Ngetich, center, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 15. Ngetich received an Outstanding Student Award for Biology, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and Rankin Campus Academic Dean Gary Fox, right.

Cyprian Ngetich, of Vicksburg, center, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 15. Ngetich received an Outstanding Student Award for Biology, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and Rankin Campus Academic Dean Gary Fox, right.

 

John Kyle O'Keefe, center, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 15. O'Keefe received an Outstanding Student Award for Business Administration, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Karen Robbins, right.

John Kyle O’Keefe, of Madison, center, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 15. O’Keefe received an Outstanding Student Award for Business Administration, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Karen Robbins, right.

 

Taylor Pace, center, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 15. Pace received an ASG Leadership-Vicksburg-Warren Campus award from Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and Vicksburg Warren Campus Dean Marvin Moak, right.

Taylor Pace, of Vicksburg, center, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 15. Pace received an ASG Leadership-Vicksburg-Warren Campus award from Hinds President
Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and Vicksburg Warren Campus Dean Marvin Moak, right.

 

Eric Rush, center, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 15. Rush received a Leadership Award, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and Computer Science instructor Dr. Johannah Williams, right.

Eric Rush, of Clinton, center, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 15. Rush received a Leadership Award, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and Computer Science instructor Dr. Johannah Williams, right.

 

Gwendolyn Antoinette Russell, center, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 15. Russell received an Outstanding Student Award for Reading, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Cassandra Varnell, right.

Gwendolyn Antoinette Russell, of  Jackson, center, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 15. Russell received an Outstanding Student Award for Reading, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Cassandra Varnell, right.

 

Prasanth Prasanna Saswathan, center, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 15. Saswathan received an Outstanding Student Award in Physical Therapist Assistant, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Pam Chapman, right.

Prasanth Prasanna Saswathan, of Pearl, center, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 15. Saswathan received an Outstanding Student Award in Physical Therapist Assistant, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Pam Chapman, right.

 

Sophia Elise Slusasz, center, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 15. Slusasz received an Outstanding Student Award in Physics, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Dr. Carl Dewitt, right.

Sophia Elise Slusasz, of Brandon, center, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 15. Slusasz received an Outstanding Student Award in Physics, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Dr. Carl Dewitt, right.

 

Sara Thames, center, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 15. Thames received an Outstanding Student Award in Dance, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Tiffany Jefferson, right.

Sara Thames, of Brandon, center, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 15. Thames received an Outstanding Student Award in Dance, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Tiffany Jefferson, right.

 

Megan Leigh Valentine, center, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 15. Valentine received an Outstanding Student Award in Radiologic Technology, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Tiffany Smith, right.

Megan Leigh Valentine, of Brandon, center, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 15. Valentine received an Outstanding Student Award in Radiologic Technology, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Tiffany Smith, right.

 

Ada Marie White, center, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 15. White received an Outstanding Student Award in Interpreter Training Technology, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and Rankin Campus Academic Dean Gary Fox, right.

Ada Marie White, of Vicksburg, center, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 15. White received an Outstanding Student Award in Interpreter Training Technology, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and Rankin Campus Academic Dean Gary Fox, right.

 

Six award recipients not pictured during the ceremony were:

  • William Anderson, of Yazoo City, who won an Outstanding Student Award for Computer Science Technology
  • Classie Bradford, of Jackson, who won an Associated Student Government Award for the Utica Campus
  • Kadaymen Johnson, of Jackson, who won an Associated Student Government Award for the Rankin Campus
  • Rachel Rhett, of Vicksburg, who won an Outstanding Student Award for General Studies
  • William White, of Bloomington, Ill., who won an Outstanding Student Award for IST-Network Security Technology
  • Gabrielle Whitesides, of Brandon, who won an Outstanding Student Award for Child Development Technology

One award was given from each department of study to 35 students from Hinds’ six campuses overall. Recipients for programs taught at more than one location are selected by the combined faculty from the locations.

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Childhood memory, other inspirations turn into first place art awards for Hinds CC students
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21 April

Childhood memory, other inspirations turn into first place art awards for Hinds CC students

Growing up in Mexico, Sol Dominguez cherished moments of play when they happened, mainly with her older brother, Alonso.

In February, one moment photographed years ago in black and white became an intriguing mix of colors on her computer screen – and won her a first place prize in the process.

“The little boy is my brother, and I’m the little girl,” Dominguez said. “My father was always taking pictures of us.”

Sol Dominguez holds a copy of her piece, "My Brother and Me," which was awarded first place in the graphic design category at the Mississippi Community & Junior College Art Instructor’s Association State Art Competition earlier this semester. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Sol Dominguez holds a copy of her piece, “My Brother and Me,” which was awarded first place in the graphic design category at the Mississippi Community & Junior College Art Instructor’s Association State Art Competition earlier this semester. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Dominguez, who lives in Canton with her mother and is hearing-impaired, took first place in the graphic design category of the Mississippi Community & Junior College Art Instructor’s Association State Art Competition earlier this semester. The winning piece was based on a photo of Alonso helping Sol, then a toddler, push a stroller across the family living room. Their father took the photo in 1973, she said.

“It is called “My Brother and Me”,” Dominguez said.

The black-and-white photo of Sol Dominguez, then an infant, and her brother, Alonso. Dominguez said her father took the photo in 1973.

The black-and-white photo of Sol Dominguez, then an infant, and her brother, Alonso. Dominguez said her father took the photo in 1973.

In all, seven students at Hinds took home awards in four categories at this year’s ceremony, held at Itawamba Community College in Fulton. The event site rotates among the state’s 15 community colleges each year.

Winners also included:

  • Nicolette Davis, of Vicksburg, first place, photography, “Barbie-Q”
  • T’Merius Bell, of Port Gibson, third place, printmaking, “Ursus Kingdom”
  • Lindsey Pace, of Vicksburg, third place, photography, “Together”
  • Tenisha Webber, of Jackson, third place, ceramics, “Aged Elegance”
  • Mary Saphrona Grey, of Yazoo City, honorable mention, printmaking, “For Safe Keeping”
  • Darla Schallenberger, of Richland, honorable mention, ceramics, “Corn Dog”

“It is a great opportunity for our art students,” said Melanie Atkinson, an art instructor at Hinds’ Raymond Campus and director of the art gallery on campus. “For most, it is the first time that any of their work has been presented and seen in a professional setting. It is also the students’ first real insight into all the work that goes on behind the scenes of a real art show. The learning experience for them is invaluable.”

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Gov. Bryant speaks on leadership qualities at leadership conference at Hinds CC
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15 April

Gov. Bryant speaks on leadership qualities at leadership conference at Hinds CC

A packed luncheon hall of student leaders Thursday, April 14 from Mississippi’s 15 community colleges was a perfect venue from the state’s top leader – and community college grad – to address the topic of leadership.

“I think leaders are very credible,” Bryant told the 2016 Mississippi Community College Student Leadership Conference during a keynote address to the annual session, held this year at Eagle Ridge Conference Center on Hinds Community College’s Raymond Campus. “The leaders I have met always have been. It’s impossible for you to be a leader if you do not have a positive attitude about life.”

Gov. Phil Bryant speaks Thursday at the 2016 Mississippi Community College Student Leadership Conference. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Gov. Phil Bryant speaks Thursday at the 2016 Mississippi Community College Student Leadership Conference. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Bryant, a 1975 graduate of Hinds, addressed a conference themed “Guiding the way into the 21st Century.” Study sessions amongst student leaders attending this year’s conference, many of them members of each college’s student government associations, included education in the future, organizational change management, strategic philanthropy, and encouraging student involvement on campus, among other topics.

The second-term governor spoke of recent economic and workforce development projects in the state, including Yokohama Tire Corp., which opened plant in West Point in 2015, and Continental Tire, which plans to complete a $1.45 billion facility in western Hinds County in 2019.

He also mentioned the kinds of skills current student leaders need to become leaders after they graduate.

“Life is full of difficulties for leaders,” he said. “You have to have that faith you can do remarkable things. But, remarkable things come with tough decisions. I will tell you, leaders, that you will have to make difficult decisions that a lot of people will not like.

“If you’re going to be a leaders, you’ve got to understand the pioneers take the arrows. The guys out front are going to be the point of the spear. You’ve got to take criticism, because nothing gets done without other people being critics.”

Student leaders said they’re already applying their own experiences in top roles on campus to what they want to do in their chosen area of study.

Kadaymen Johnson, of Florence, district president of Hinds’ Associated Student Government and president of the organization for the Rankin Campus, applauds during the 2016 Mississippi Community College Student Leadership Conference. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Kadaymen Johnson, of Florence, district president of Hinds’ Associated Student Government and president of the organization for the Rankin Campus, applauds during the 2016 Mississippi Community College Student Leadership Conference. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

“The speech was very inspirational to me, for how I can change of the minds of my peers and the minds of people older than me,” said Kadaymen Johnson, of Florence, district president of Hinds’ Associated Student Government and president of the organization for the Rankin Campus. Johnson is an Exercise Science major and aspires to be a personal trainer and own his own business.

“It reminds me I can do different things that make this world and country we live in a whole lot better,” he said. “Opportunities presented to me, I have to take advantage of them.”

Taylor Pace, of Vicksburg, president programs for Associated Student Government and president of Alpha Omega Chi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus, listens to a speaker at the 2016 Mississippi Community College Student Leadership Conference. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Taylor Pace, of Vicksburg, president programs for Associated Student Government and president of Alpha Omega Chi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus, listens to a speaker at the 2016 Mississippi Community College Student Leadership Conference. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Taylor Pace, of Vicksburg, plans to major in criminal justice at Delta State University after his leadership days at Hinds are over.

“I really think he made a good impact on the leaders in the room here today,” said Pace, president of programs for Associated Student Government and president of Alpha Omega Chi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus.

“He spoke to how Mississippi how it’s grown from what it used to be, in that companies who are choosing between other countries to put in a business and they choose Mississippi over other countries and other states. That’s saying something. It’s very impressive.”

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Opportunities at Continental Tire await career-tech students at Hinds CC
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Opportunities at Continental Tire await career-tech students at Hinds CC

Continental Tire executive Paul Williams knows his audience well when talking with students fresh out of high school and looking for careers.

He can’t help the familiarity, really – he was once one of them.

“I finished school at 16 in the UK (United Kingdom), then I went full-time to a technical community college doing mechanical and production engineering,” Williams said. “So, I started doing what you all are doing.”

Continental Tire executive Paul Williams addresses students April 12 at Hinds Community College's Raymond Campus. Williams presented details at the company's planned $1.45 billion plant in western Hinds County and toured Hinds' career-tech facilties. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Continental Tire executive Paul Williams addresses students April 12 at Hinds Community College’s Raymond Campus. Williams presented details at the company’s planned $1.45 billion plant in western Hinds County and toured Hinds’ career-tech facilties. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Williams, an executive vice president for the global tire maker and automotive supplier’s commercial vehicle tire operation in the Americas, built his career in the industry from a classroom not unlike the lecture hall at Reeves Hall on Hinds Community College’s Raymond Campus, where he spoke to students and others during a visit April 12 to Hinds’ career-tech facilities.

“My first employer came into the college and asked, ‘Who’s the best practical guy? Who’s your best welder and who’s your best machinist?’ Well, that was me,” Williams said.

 

Continental Tire executive Paul Williams addresses students April 12 at Hinds Community College's Raymond Campus. Williams presented details at the company's planned $1.45 billion plant in western Hinds County and toured Hinds' career-tech facilties. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Continental Tire executive Paul Williams addresses students April 12 at Hinds Community College’s Raymond Campus. Williams presented details at the company’s planned $1.45 billion plant in western Hinds County and toured Hinds’ career-tech facilties. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

A four-year apprenticeship followed as he earned his associate’s, then a bachelor of science in engineering and then later an MBA. Williams began his career in the manufacturing industry as operations manager at Aerolux, moving on to the role of production and purchasing controller for Nissan Motors in the United Kingdom.

In 2001, he joined Continental AG as purchasing manager for the power and transmission group of ContiTech, a world-leading manufacturer of rubber and plastics technologies. In his current role at Continental, Williams is responsible for original equipment and replacement sales of truck tires in the Americas, encompassing the major markets of the United States, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and Ecuador.

His visit to Hinds included stops at career-tech classrooms on the Raymond Campus, Eagle Ridge Conference Center, the Rankin Campus’ Career-Tech building on Greenfield Road and meetings with college and state officials.

Continental Tire executive Paul Williams addresses a meeting of Hinds Community College officials April 12 at the Raymond Campus. Williams presented details at the company's planned $1.45 billion plant in western Hinds County and toured Hinds' career-tech facilties. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Continental Tire executive Paul Williams addresses a meeting of Hinds Community College officials April 12 at the Raymond Campus. Williams presented details at the company’s planned $1.45 billion plant in western Hinds County and toured Hinds’ career-tech facilties. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

“It was very productive to hear directly from the Continental executive who could articulate training expectations and a timeline,” said Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse. “We appreciated even more Mr. Williams’ desire to meet with our students and to encourage them to consider a career with Continental.”

Williams said the company will start clearing land this year, then begin major construction on a plant that is to be production-ready by 2019. Once completed, Williams said, the $1.45 billion plant will move quickly to a capacity of 1.1 million tires produced annually, and later to accommodate the company’s passenger car division.

“As that plant grows, you’ll have more and more career opportunities – supervisors, managers, team leaders, all that will encompass that plant,” he said.

Many of the 2,500 jobs the company has said will result from the plant’s construction are highly skilled, technical positions where training in modern-day factory equipment is a must, Williams said.

Students agreed having a big-time job creator in central Mississippi is a positive.

“I think it’s a good thing for the community and will bring a lot of money to the area,” said Wayne Lewis, a sophomore Heating & Air Conditioning student from Amite, La., now living in Mississippi.

“It seems like it would be a good opportunity to grow with a company with good benefits,” said Viory Frazier, of Terry, a carpentry student who already holds a bachelor’s degree in business management.

Advanced training for those hired would take place here in Mississippi and be supported by the company’s facility in Mount Vernon, Ill., Williams said.

“If you go into our curing room there, which is where you ‘cook’ tires in the press, it’s fully automated and all robotic,” he said.

Continental Tire executive Paul Williams, center foreground, listens as Vicksburg-Warren Campus Dean Marvin Moak explains the ins and outs of Hinds Community College's Electrical Technology classroom on the Raymond Campus during Williams' visit to Hinds on April 12. At left is Vice President for Workforce Development Chad Stocks. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Continental Tire executive Paul Williams, center foreground, listens as Vicksburg-Warren Campus Dean Marvin Moak explains the ins and outs of Hinds Community College’s Electrical Technology classroom on the Raymond Campus during Williams’ visit to Hinds on April 12. At left is Vice President for Workforce Development Dr. Chad Stocks. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Workforce development programs such as Industrial Maintenance and Electrical Technology are geared to move the best potential employees for industries in the state to jobs. Assessments of companies by the college’s workforce team are often “industry-specific” and flexible enough to pinpoint precisely what a company’s staffing solutions might be, said Vice President for Workforce Development Chad Stocks.

“We know what companies are looking for in an employee,” District Director of Manufacturing Training David Creel said. “They’re looking for a team player, someone who communicates, has above average dedication, has enthusiasm and has the right attitude for change.”

Williams met later in the day with Hinds vice presidents and workforce training staff.

“The meeting with Mr. Williams was very productive,” Muse said. “It was our opportunity to hear directly from the industry executive who is defining expectations for training and employees. I have great confidence in the Hinds team tasked with meeting those expectations.”

It’s a commitment to being the best possible employee that Williams imparted to the packed roomful of students.

“The most important job I have every day is to hire, train, develop, promote and retain the very best people I can. Having the very best people makes all the difference between being successful and not being successful,” Williams said.

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Job opportunities aplenty at Jobs for Eagles event at Hinds CC
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Job opportunities aplenty at Jobs for Eagles event at Hinds CC

Logan Wilson did more than pick up a few brochures from employers at Hinds Community College’s 2016 District Job Fair on April 13.

The Diesel Technology student from Jackson asked the kinds of questions he’ll likely want to file away for job interviews in the future – the hope many of the 300 or so Hinds students at the event, held in Mayo Gym on the Raymond Campus.

Hinds Community College student Logan Wilson, of Jackson, a Diesel Technology major, speaks with recruiters at the Nissan booth at Jobs for Eagles, a job fair on the Raymond Campus for Hinds students, on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Hinds Community College student Logan Wilson, of Jackson, a Diesel Technology major, speaks with recruiters at the Nissan booth at Jobs for Eagles, a job fair on the Raymond Campus for Hinds students, on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

“I asked them questions about their retention rate and the number of employees they have,” Wilson said after chatting up representatives at the Nissan North America table at the expo-style event that featured about 40 public and private-sector employers.

Career and technical fields such as automotive, hospitality and sales were among booths, along with mainstays in the healthcare, foodservice, gaming and temporary employment service areas.

“I just want to get my foot in the door in my field,” said Garrett Adcock, a Diesel Tech student from Byram, gathered around the Goodyear table with fellow students in the program, including Bronson Devine, of Jackson.

“I’m going to all the ones in the field I can, like MDOT, UPS, Goodyear,” Devine said.

Students speak with Russell Branch, of Goodyear Commercial Tire, at Jobs for Eagles, a job fair on the Raymond Campus for Hinds students, on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. The Diesel Technology students are, from left, Garrett Adcock, of Byram; Hunter Tisdale, of Brandon; Trent Craft, of Magee; Noah Christy, of Byram; and Bronson Devine, of Jackson. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Students speak with Russell Branch, of Goodyear Commercial Tire, at Jobs for Eagles, a job fair on the Raymond Campus for Hinds students, on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. The Diesel Technology students are, from left, Garrett Adcock, of Byram; Hunter Tisdale, of Brandon; Trent Craft, of Magee; Noah Christy, of Byram; and Bronson Devine, of Jackson. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Rising through the ranks with enthusiasm is real for Ashlyn Ervin, of Brandon, marketing coordinator for MVP Sonic, which operates the fast-food chain’s location in Raymond. She told students at her table of her own rise from an hourly manager at the popular chain to marketer in less than two years.

From left, MVP Sonic Group marketing coordinator Ashlyn Ervin, and the franchise's Debbie Parker. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

From left, MVP Sonic Group marketing coordinator Ashlyn Ervin, and the franchise’s Debbie Parker. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

“They were impressed with my enthusiasm for Sonic,” Ervin said. “My job is a combination of everything I love, Sonic, creativity, making people happy, and having fun.

Kalaishi Johnson, a Psychology major on the Raymond Campus, was drawn in by promos for United Brands, which manufactures foodservice equipment and needs welders and similarly-skilled labor.

Students speak with Dusty Gray, production manager for Unified Brands, at Jobs for Eagles, a job fair on the Raymond Campus for Hinds students, on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. From left: Princess Jones, an English Education major; Kalaishi Johnson, a Psychology major; and Cierrow Russell, a Communications major. All are from Jackson. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Students speak with Dusty Gray, production manager for Unified Brands, at Jobs for Eagles, a job fair on the Raymond Campus for Hinds students, on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. From left: Princess Jones, an English Education major; Kalaishi Johnson, a Psychology major; and Cierrow Russell, a Communications major. All are from Jackson. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

“It caught my eye, with all the pictures of foodservice they have,” she said.

Dusty Gray, the company’s production manager, and Carolyn Bratton, its human resources manager, both Hinds alums, said the company participated in this semester’s fair because of the college’s workforce development programs.

“We’re seeing that we are having to rebuild those skills in the workforce that have gone away,” Gray said.

For more information on jobs for Hinds students, alumni and employers, visit www.collegecentral.com/hindscc or call Hinds’ Career Services at 601.857.3499.

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Community college students rally against sexual assault
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Community college students rally against sexual assault

Mississippi community college students throughout the state will participate in the “Denim Day Campaign against Sexual Assault” on the outside steps of the Capitol at 10 a.m. Friday, April 15 to spotlight the campaign against sexual assault.

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Mississippi community college students will rally at the Capitol. Denim Day wraps up the 2016 Student Leadership Conference hosted at Eagle Ridge Conference Center at Hinds Community College’s Raymond Campus and is hosted by the state’s 15 community colleges, the Mississippi Coalition against Sexual Assault and the Attorney General’s Office.

Community College students will gather on the steps of the state Capitol for a short news conference before they participate in a tour of the Capitol.

The agenda includes Dr. Tyrone Jackson, Hinds Community College associate vice president for student services and dean of students; Amy Walker, Attorney General’s office; Selkia Corley, Hinds County Sheriff Department; Wavette Davis, Mississippi Coalition against Sexual Assault; Aria Thigpen, Mississippi Coalition against Domestic Violence and Sharon Alexander, Hinds Community College district coordinator for student conduct. District coordinator for student conduct and development

Participating with booths of information will be the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office, Mississippi Coalition against Sexual Assault, Mississippi Coalition against Domestic Violence and Hinds County Sheriff Department.

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Hinds CC offering Early Childhood CEU credit in May program
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Hinds CC offering Early Childhood CEU credit in May program

Hind Community College’s Early Childhood Department at Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center is offering CEU (Continuing Education Unit) credit for three days of classes.

Hinds’ Early Childhood course is for pre-kindergarten or child care teachers. The course provides knowledge of the development and administration of early childhood education programs. Emphasis is placed on school management as well as the development of quality through state and national measures. It includes 14 hours of instruction for 1.4 CEUs.

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The classes are 8 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. May 11-13. The course may also be taken for three hours college credit, May 11 through May 24, 8 a.m. till 12:40 p.m. To qualify for the college credit, students must meet all admission requirements to Hinds Community College.

The cost for the 1.4 CEU program is $25. The registration deadline is May 10.

The program is at the Child Development Technology Building at Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center at 3925 Sunset Dr. in Jackson.

For more information, contact Dr. Mary Ann Greene, chair of the program, at 601.987.8127.

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 libraries taking part in National Library Week
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Hinds CC libraries taking part in National Library Week

Hinds CC libraries are participating in National Library Week April 11-15. Among the activities Hinds libraries have going on:

RAYMOND CAMPUS:

Monday | April 11 noon to 1 p.m. Open Mic, Courtyard,

Tuesday | April 12 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Tommie Mabry, “A Dark Journey.”

Tommie Mabry is a graduate of Tougaloo College, a teacher and the author of “A Dark Journey to a Light Future,” an inspirational autobiography that became the best-selling title for the first three weeks at Westbow Press Publishing Company. “A Dark Journey to a Light Future” is Mabry’s story of how a young man can rise above his circumstances to be the man God intended him to be.

6 p.m. Movie Night

Wednesday | April 13 2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Disability Services, Mark Palmer.

Thursday | April 14 2 p.m. Tonja Murphy, Author, “Icing on the Cupcake.”

Tonja Murphy is a graduate of Jackson State University and the author of “Icing on the Cupcake,” a collection of short stories about real-life situations and real people. She is founder of Jackson’s Ladybug Club, a community-based mentoring program for girls ages 6-14 designed to empower young ladies on how to become civic minded about family and community.

6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Game Night

JACKSON CAMPUS-ACADEMIC/TECHNICAL CENTER:

Tuesday | April 12 9:30 a.m. Tommie Mabry, “A Dark Journey”

JACKSON CAMPUS-NURSING/ALLIED HEALTH CENTER:

Monday-Friday | April 11-15

– Hashtag Drawings– Share our social media pages and include the hashtags #NAHLRC and #NLW2016. Prizes will be randomly awarded to those who share our pages.

– Guess how many books are in the NAHC library. Prize will be awarded Friday at noon.

– Bring small toys and items for Bates Elementary to use as prizes and incentives for their students. (Yo-yos, Play Doh, fun erasers and pencils)

Thursday-Friday | April 14-15

– Stop by the library to watch an episode of “Nurse Jackie.”

VICKSBURG-WARREN CAMPUS:

Monday-Friday | April 11-15

– Volunteer scavenger hunt for students and other patrons: Those who participate will receive candy and bookmark. All who participate will qualify for gift certificate drawing to be held at the end of the week.

The Vicksburg-Warren Campus is also participating in the National Library Week’s Libraries Transform public awareness initiative. As part of that initiative, patrons and librarians are asked to create their own “Because” statements by just filling in the blank and saying why libraries matter to them or their community.

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The national campaign will select one winner to receive a $100 gift card and a copy of “Secret Coders,” by Mike Holmes and Gene Luen Yang, the honorary chairs of National Library Week. For a chance to win in the national campaign, entrants should post to Twitter, Instagram or on the I Love Libraries Facebook page during National Library Week from noon April 10 to noon April16. Entries can be a picture or text. Creativity is encouraged. Just be sure to include the word “Because” and the hashtag #LibrariesTransform. Entries can also be submitted directly to the Libraries Transform website.

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