PEARL – Benjamin Smith, a student in the Animation and Simulation Technology program at the Rankin Campus, has been named DISTINCT CTE Student of the Month by the Mississippi Community College Board’s Office of Career and Technical Education.
The honor, which stands for Determined, Inspiring, Smart, Talented, Innovative, and Notable, recognizes exceptional Career and Technical Education students in Mississippi’s 15 community and junior colleges. Each month during the school year, the board’s career-tech office presents it to an outstanding student from one school. Instructors from each of the colleges nominate students for the award.
“It’s such a privilege to have received this recognition,” said Smith, a Brookhaven native. “The Animation and Simulation design program, which no other school in the state offers, has been so empowering.
“I’ve been passionate about 3D animation and games since a very young age, and I never thought I’d be able to go to school to follow that passion here in Mississippi. Hinds is doing something very forward thinking with this program, and I’m so excited to be a part of it.”
Smith’s graphics work was featured during the Girls Scouts Conference in October.
“Benjamin demonstrates considerable planning, intelligence, and organization in his student classwork projects and submittals,” said Animation and Simulation Technology Instructor Kathy Boyte. “He has a 4.0 GPA in the major of Animation and Simulation Design, and will be among four to graduate from this newly created full-time program at Hinds.”Hinds CC Rankin Campus student named career-tech student of the month in MS cc’s