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Hinds CC golf tournament postponed to May 5
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13 April

Hinds CC golf tournament postponed to May 5

Hinds Community College’s 29th annual Golf Fun Fest has been postponed to May 5 because of expected rainy conditions through Thursday.

The golf tournament is at Eagle Ridge Golf Course in Raymond.

This event, the Hinds Community College Foundation’s most popular and successful fundraiser, has produced more than $1.2 million for scholarships and faculty, staff and student development since its beginning.

[tweetable alt=””]Hinds CC’s golf tournament has been rescheduled for May 5.[/tweetable]

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The [tweetable alt=””]Golf Fun Fest pays for Hinds CC scholarships.[/tweetable] For more on Foundation scholarships, click here.

The day will start with breakfast at 7:30 a.m., followed by the morning tee-off at 8 a.m. At noon, the morning participants will join incoming afternoon golfers at the picnic lunch, followed by the afternoon tee-off at 1 p.m.

The food will be catered by Valley Services, the tournament’s Title Sponsor, and will be come-and-go, buffet-style type for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dinner will be served at the Golf Course beginning about 5 p.m.

For more information on the Golf Fun Fest, contact Libby Posey at olivia.posey@hindscc.edu or 601.857.3350.

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Hinds, other community colleges see boost in workforce training dollars
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12 April

Hinds, other community colleges see boost in workforce training dollars

Mississippi community colleges, including Hinds, will benefit from a new state workforce bill that Hinds alumnus Gov. Phil Bryant signed into law on March 21.

The new legislation, Senate Bill 2808, establishes the Mississippi Works Fund that is supported by the unemployment taxes currently paid by businesses operating in Mississippi. Those funds have built up a surplus and can be tapped.

Photo courtesy of Hinds alumnus Greg Campbell Gov. Phil Bryant — surrounded by workforce development leaders, legislators including Rep. Deborah Butler Dixon of Raymond and Rep. Alex Monsour of Vicksburg as well as community college and university officials — signed the Workforce Development Bill on March 21.

Photo courtesy of Hinds alumnus Greg Campbell
Gov. Phil Bryant — surrounded by workforce development leaders, legislators including Rep. Deborah Butler Dixon of Raymond and Rep. Alex Monsour of Vicksburg as well as community college and university officials — signed the Workforce Development Bill on March 21.

 

The funds will be used to train Mississippi’s workforce, primarily through the state’s 15 community colleges, and to support the state’s industries and businesses. [tweetable alt=””]Hinds CC will tap into the funds to support workforce training projects.[/tweetable]

“These new funds are needed to recruit large economic development projects like Continental Tire to Mississippi. Flexibility and rapid response are essential when industry is on the hunt for a new location,” said Dr. Chad Stocks, vice president for Workforce Development.

Bryant said $10 million will go into the fund this year “for workforce training in our community colleges, IHL (universities) and other departments.

“This is a successful day for Mississippi and for workforce training,” he said. “The leadership decided it was time for us to make a commitment.”

Additionally, under the State Workforce Bill:

  • 75 percent of the funds are allocated toward new job creation.
  • 25 percent of the funds are allocated for existing workforce and workforce certification.
  • The Mississippi Development Authority has the ability to direct funds as part of recruitment and expansion efforts.

“We all know if we’re going to see long-term economic growth we must continue to improve workforce training efforts and, obviously, we’re going to see significant money going into that for a long period of time,” said Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves.

 

A number of workforce and education groups including the Mississippi Economic Council, which functions as the state’s Chamber of Commerce, supported the bill. Blake Wilson, executive director of the MEC, said other states already have “streamlined processes” for getting workforce development funds allocated quickly when a training need surfaces.

Wilson said the legislation will help a company that needs on-the-spot training and will also help community colleges step in and pick up the training effort.

“The Mississippi Works Fund will allow our state to be proactive, rather than reactive, when recruiting new business and industry,” Mississippi Development Authority Executive Director Glenn McCullough said in a news release from the Governor’s Office.

“A major challenge to economic development is fulfilling specialized workforce needs. This fund allows Mississippi to have the resources readily available to train a quality workforce and aggressively compete to win in the global economy.”

Currently, employers must pay unemployment insurance taxes on a portion of employee wages. Statutorily, the tax rate is between 0.2 percent to 5.4 percent depending on economic activity, such as layoffs or job growth. Under Senate Bill 2808, the minimum tax rate drops to 0.0 percent. The Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund is actuarially sound, which allows the employers’ tax rate to be lowered.

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Hinds CC Rankin Campus announces winners of annual high school Literary Festival
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11 April

Hinds CC Rankin Campus announces winners of annual high school Literary Festival

PEARL – Jordan Olivia Watts, a Northwest Rankin High School student, and Alexandria Carr, a Park Place Christian Academy student, were the winners of [tweetable alt=””]full tuition scholarships to Hinds Community College for taking first place in the annual Rankin Campus Literary Festival on April 8.[/tweetable]

Winners in the essay category at the 2016 Rankin Campus Literary Festival are, front row from left, Alexandria Carr, of Park Place Christian Academy, first place, Kathryn Long, Hartfield Academy, honorable mention; back row, from left, Zachary Tyler Harper, Pelahatchie Attendance Center, honorable mention, James Mitchell Flickner, East Rankin Academy, third place, and Haley Beth Williams, Park Place Christian Academy, second place. Not pictured is Tia Patrick, of Northwest Rankin High School, honorable mention. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Winners in the essay category at the 2016 Rankin Campus Literary Festival are, front row from left, Alexandria Carr, of Park Place Christian Academy, first place, Kathryn Long, Hartfield Academy, honorable mention; back row, from left, Zachary Tyler Harper, Pelahatchie Attendance Center, honorable mention, James Mitchell Flickner, East Rankin Academy, third place, and Haley Beth Williams, Park Place Christian Academy, second place. Not pictured is Tia Patrick, of Northwest Rankin High School, honorable mention. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Watts won in the poetry category for “The Death Penalty.” Carr took the top honor in the essay category for “Our Greatest Resource.” In addition to the scholarship, both won $100, a medallion and certificate.

Winners in the poetry category at the 2016 Rankin Campus Literary Festival on April 8 were, from left, Molly Clair Saunders, of Park Place Christian Academy, second place; Dakota Conway, Richland High School, honorable mention; Jordan Olivia Watts, Northwest Rankin High School, first place; and Alexandra Ownby, Northwest Rankin High School, honorable mention. Not pictured is Mari Kathryn Cook, of Pearl High School, third place. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Winners in the poetry category at the 2016 Rankin Campus Literary Festival on April 8 were, from left, Molly Clair Saunders, of Park Place Christian Academy, second place; Dakota Conway, Richland High School, honorable mention; Jordan Olivia Watts, Northwest Rankin High School, first place; and Alexandra Ownby, Northwest Rankin High School, honorable mention. Not pictured is Mari Kathryn Cook, of Pearl High School, third place. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Winners of the annual festival also included:

  • Molly Clair Saunders, Park Place Christian Academy, second place, poetry
  • Mari Kathryn Cook, Pearl High School, third place, poetry
  • Dakota Conway, Richland High School, honorable mention, poetry
  • Alexandra Ownby, Northwest Rankin High School, honorable mention, poetry
  • Haley Beth Williams, Park Place Christian Academy, second place, essay
  • James Mitchell Flickner, East Rankin Academy, third place, essay
  • Tia Patrick, Northwest Rankin High School, honorable mention, essay
  • Zachary Tyler Harper, Pelahatchie Attendance Center, honorable mention, essay
  • Kathryn Long, Hartfield Academy, honorable mention, essay

Second place winners won $50 and a certificate; third place winners won $25 and a certificate.

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Hinds CC named top recycler among Mississippi educational institutions
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07 April

Hinds CC named top recycler among Mississippi educational institutions

[tweetable alt=””]Hinds Community College has been given the 2015 Environmental Hero Award[/tweetable] as the Recycler of the Year for Educational Institutions in Mississippi.

The college was recognized by the Mississippi Recycling Coalition for the honor, announced at the state Capitol Tuesday, April 5 during the MRC’s annual recycling awareness event. MRC bestows the award on institutions that promote recycling in their respective communities.

Hinds Community College was given the 2015 Environmental Hero Award as Recycler of the Year for Educational Institutions in Mississippi on April 5 by the Mississippi Recycling Coalition. Front row, from left, Office of Sustainability Director Jason Pope, Sustainability Projects Coordinator Mindy Stevens, Sarah Kountouris of Keep Mississippi Beautiful, Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse; back row, from left, Vice President Thomas Wasson, student volunteer Talgat Brown and Sustainability's Leon Jackson.

Hinds Community College was given the 2015 Environmental Hero Award as Recycler of the Year for Educational Institutions in Mississippi on April 5 by the Mississippi Recycling Coalition. Front row, from left, Office of Sustainability Director Jason Pope, Sustainability Projects Coordinator Mindy Stevens, Sarah Kountouris of Keep Mississippi Beautiful, Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse; back row, from left, Vice President Thomas Wasson, student volunteer Talgat Brown and Sustainability’s Leon Jackson.

“This award represents the magnitude of the Hinds Community College Recycling Program,” said Jason Pope, director of Hinds’ Office of Sustainability. “We play a prominent role in higher education recycling.”

In December 2015, Hinds surpassed the $10 million mark for energy savings since a concerted effort to cut energy spending across the college’s six locations began in 2008. In 2013, the Office of Sustainability was established and tasked with managing the college’s recycling program.

Since then, initiatives in recycling paper and plastic have expanded to providing receptacles district-wide specifically for plastic bottles, aluminum cans and other recyclables. Proceeds from recycling efforts go to fund scholarships at Hinds. Also, student organizations at Hinds have completed service-hour projects through the office.

MRC is a consortium of business and industry executives, members of trade organizations, nonprofits, state environmental officials and other entities with the mission of informing other economic sectors, public officials and the general public on the importance of recycling. The group promotes recycling through activities such as the Hero award, funding grants to schools to encourage recycling, composting or waste reduction programs and funding scholarships for college students in Mississippi majoring in subjects related to the environment.

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Hinds CC JBW Airport hosts annual radio-controlled model jet fly-in
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07 April

Hinds CC JBW Airport hosts annual radio-controlled model jet fly-in

Hinds Community College’s [tweetable alt=””]John Bell Williams Airport will host the Mississippi Afterburner Jet Rally[/tweetable], which is expected to draw more than 85 pilots of radio-controlled model jets, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day April 21-23.

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The three-day event at the airport in Raymond, open to the public at $5 per vehicle, will feature pilots from across the nation and at least one as far away as Alaska, said event director Vernon Montgomery of Clinton. “It’s a really nice spectator event,” he said.

Spectators can purchase a variety of food on site, including hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries, chicken plates and soft drinks.

The rally is the college’s major scholarship fund-raiser for the aviation department housed at John Bell Williams Airport. The programs include aviation maintenance technology, aviation technology, commercial flight school and the unmanned aerial systems school. Students can receive a two-year associate degree in any of the programs, allowing them to work in the aviation industry. The four programs enroll approximately 75 students.

The scholarship fund fueled by the 13th annual rally, hosted at John Bell Williams Airport, generates approximately $5,000 to $7,000 in student scholarships. The funds generated by this event over the last 12 years have allowed for the creation and endowment of a scholarship by the Mississippi Afterburners.

Pilots at the rally will perform maneuvers with their turbine-jet propelled radio-controlled models many of which are museum scale models flying at speeds of up to 200 miles an hour, Montgomery said.

As part of the fly-in, awards will be given for Top Gun, Pilot’s Choice, People’s Choice, Best Military Aircraft pre-1960, Best Military Aircraft post-1960, Best Sport Jet and Best Sport Performance, he said.

The physical address for the airport is at 4100 Airport Road, Bolton, MS 39041. It’s just off Clinton/Raymond Road almost halfway between Clinton and Raymond.

For more information contact Hiram Haney at John Bell Williams Airport at 601.857.3884 or Vernon Montgomery at 601.955.3826 or visit http://mississippijets.org/afterburner/

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 opens summer, fall registration
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06 April

Hinds CC opens summer, fall registration

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Registration for current students at [tweetable alt=””]Hinds Community College is now open with registration for new students[/tweetable] to open on April 11. Students can register for both summer and fall classes.

Eight-week and first four-week summer term classes begin on May 31 and second four-week summer term classes begin on June 28. Fall classes begin on Aug. 15.

To register for classes for any term, students must first be admitted to the college. After meeting with a counselor, new students can then register for classes. Offices are open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and until 6 p.m. on Tuesdays. The Admissions office can be reached at 601.857.3212.  Or click here.

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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Two incoming freshmen named drum majors for 2016 Hinds CC Marching Band
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05 April

Two incoming freshmen named drum majors for 2016 Hinds CC Marching Band

[tweetable alt=””]Carley Michelle Spears and Justin Parker have each been tapped to be among three leaders of the 2016 Hinds Eagle Marching Band.[/tweetable]

Spears, of Starkville, will be an incoming freshman at Hinds Community College for the fall 2016 semester. The Starkville High School senior is a winner of the school’s Examples in Excellence award this past fall and has been part of the wind ensemble at SHS since ninth grade. She received superior ratings at the state marching festival in Grenada and was head field commander for the school’s band during the 2015 marching season. At the Kosciusko Band Competition this past fall, she received similarly superior ratings and the Mayor’s Trophy.

Carley Spears

Carley Spears

Her start in music came in the fourth grade with private guitar lessons, then moved on to playing percussion in the school band two years later. More recently, she has been part of the SHS Jazz Band and played drum kit and assisted the tech crew for the school’s theater organization.

Parker, of Vicksburg, will be an incoming freshman at Hinds Community College for the fall 2016 semester. The Warren Central High School senior joins the Hinds band after spending his senior and junior years leading the Big Blue Band. He played trumpet for the school’s wind ensemble and was a bass drummer for the indoor percussion unit. His awards in high school band include most improved, most outstanding player, most outstanding brass player and the musicianship award. He participated in the award-winning Mississippi All-State Lions Band and marched with Big Blue in the Pearl Harbor Parade in Honolulu.

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Justin Parker

He is also active in his church music group at King Solomon Baptist Church, where he plays drum set and keyboard.

Hinds carries three drum majors altogether.

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Hinds CC Landscape Management sets plant sale dates
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05 April

Hinds CC Landscape Management sets plant sale dates

Hinds Community College’s Landscape Management Technology Department will have the annual plant sale over three weekends in April, at 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

[tweetable alt=””]Hinds CC’s annual April plant sale is a student fundraiser.[/tweetable]

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The dates are April 15-16, April 22-23 and April 29-30.The sale is at the Produce Market Building, 12600 Highway 18, next to Hinds Community College’s Gray-Partridge Center in Raymond.

The sale will feature a variety of trees, shrubs, perennials, herbs, vegetables, ground covers and vines. The proceeds go to help students attend conferences and participate in other activities.

For more information or special requests, contact Martha Hill, chair of the Landscape Management Department, at mghill@hindscc.edu or call at 601.857.3290.

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