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Hinds CC Rankin College Day draws hundreds to Muse Center
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27 February

Hinds CC Rankin College Day draws hundreds to Muse Center

PEARL – Dwayne Draper was switched on to the idea of working with electrical systems while volunteering in the community and wants to hone his skills in college.

“I was around electrical work when I helped build churches with my church, and I just liked it,” said Draper, a junior at Puckett High School. “I’d like to get into some kind of electrical engineering.”

Casey Hudson, left, and Dwayne Draper, right, both Puckett High School juniors, check out the Information Systems Technology exhibit at Rankin College Day on Feb. 24 at the Muse Center at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Casey Hudson, left, and Dwayne Draper, right, both Puckett High School juniors, check out the Information Systems Technology exhibit at Rankin College Day on Feb. 24 at the Muse Center at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Draper was among about 300 high school juniors, seniors and others who attended Rankin College Day on Feb. 24 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus, which featured exhibits for all academic and career-tech programs, activities and organizations Hinds has to offer.

For those still studying for their high school diploma, it’s a time to find out how Hinds’ programs of study can build a successful career.

“My mom and grandmother are in the medical field,” said Ashlee Johnson, a senior at McLaurin High School, in Star, as she took part in an IV push demonstration at Hinds’ Associate Degree Nursing program table. She plans to pursue studies in pediatric nursing. “Plus, I’ve always enjoyed helping people.”

 

Ashlee Johnson, a senior at McLaurin High School, takes part in an IV push demonstration at the Associate Degree Nursing station during Rankin College Day on Feb. 24 at the Muse Center at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. At left, Katherine Robinson, an ADN student, looks on as Alicia Ishee, a Nursing instructor, oversees the demonstration. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Ashlee Johnson, a senior at McLaurin High School, takes part in an IV push demonstration at the Associate Degree Nursing station during Rankin College Day on Feb. 24 at the Muse Center at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. At left, Katherine Robinson, an ADN student, looks on as Alicia Ishee, a Nursing instructor, oversees the demonstration. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Prospective students interacted with faculty and Hinds students about admissions, scholarships, majors, student life and more.

“We look forward to many of the hundreds of juniors and seniors from Rankin County and the surrounding area enrolling at the Rankin Campus and taking advantage of what we have to offer.” said Dr. Norman Session, vice president of the Rankin Campus and the Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center.

Brandon Theard, a Richland High School senior, has his sights set on helping people recover from injuries both on fields of play and off.

“I want to go into sports medicine,” Theard said. “If I can’t be part of the game, I want to help people in it.”

Lorron LaChance, and her mother, Regina, both of Madison, visited the come-and-go expo after finding out about it during a college fair for their homeschool group. The Biology program exhibit was an attraction for Lorron, who loves science and animals.

“I’ve worked with animals in a habitat, so I want to do something with animals, maybe even marine biology,” she said.

Hinds CC Rankin College Day draws hundreds
Brandon Theard, a Richland High School senior, drops a chip in a game of Plinko to win prizes at Rankin College Day on Feb. 24 at the Muse Center at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. Theard wants to study exercise science and pursue a career in sports medicine. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Brandon Theard, a Richland High School senior, drops a chip in a game of Plinko to win prizes at Rankin College Day on Feb. 24 at the Muse Center at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. Theard wants to study exercise science and pursue a career in sports medicine. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Regina LaChance, left, and Lorron LaChance, of Madison, talks to Biology program chair Daneice Williams at Rankin College Day on Feb. 24 at the Muse Center at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. The Biology program booth was outfitted with an "Under The Sea" theme, Williams said, with bubbles and balloons.

Regina LaChance, left, and Lorron LaChance, of Madison, talks to Biology program chair Daneice Williams at Rankin College Day on Feb. 24 at the Muse Center at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. The Biology program booth was outfitted with an “Under The Sea” theme, Williams said, with bubbles and balloons.

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Hinds CC MI-BEST program focus of hearing before lawmakers
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15 February

Hinds CC MI-BEST program focus of hearing before lawmakers

JACKSON – Napoleon Miller spent his childhood as a ward of the state of Mississippi, bouncing from home to home and school to school.

“I grew up in Mississippi’s foster care system,” Miller said. “I decided to stop going to high school and started Job Corps. When I got there, I started hanging out with the wrong people and I got kicked out.”

Napoleon Miller

Napoleon Miller

It’s a story with much happier present than past, however, thanks to an innovative program in Mississippi community colleges that’s creating more stories like Miller’s.

Miller, 35, of Jackson, worked odd jobs cutting yards and in foodservice before pursuing his GED at Hinds Community College. “When I was almost finished with my GED, my navigator told me about the MI-BEST program. This was an opportunity for me to continue working on my GED and start training for a career.”

Miller shared his story of success in the program with state lawmakers Tuesday, Feb. 14 during a hearing on the program before the House Workforce Development Committee.

“I found out that I would make more money and have more opportunity for work if I majored in Industrial Maintenance,” he told the committee, referring to the expansive program at Hinds which combines an array of disciplines to prepare students for modern-day manufacturing equipment. He graduated in December 2016 with a career certificate and is working toward an Associate of Applied Science degree from Hinds.

MI-BEST is Mississippi’s version of the nationally recognized Integrating Basic Education and Skills Training program, or I-BEST, and originated in Washington state. The program kicked off a few years ago with federal funds and allows adult students to train for a job skill while earning their GED high school equivalency certificate at the same time. In Mississippi, MI-BEST was implemented at each state community college back in the fall thanks to a $6 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

David Creel, district Director of Manufacturing Training at Hinds Community College, at left, speaks to the House Workforce Development Committee during a hearing on the MI-BEST program on Feb. 14, 2017. Seated in the foreground is state Rep. Ashley Henley, R-Southaven. From center-right, Dr. Robin Parker, assistant dean of Career/Technical Education at the Raymond Campus; Napoleon Miller, MI-BEST student; and Beverly Trimble, MI-BEST coordinator at the Utica Campus. (Hinds Community College/Cathy Hayden)

David Creel, district director of Manufacturing Training at Hinds Community College, at left, speaks to the House Workforce Development Committee during a hearing on the MI-BEST program on Feb. 14, 2017. Seated in the foreground is state Rep. Ashley Henley, R-Southaven. From center-right, Dr. Robin Parker, assistant dean of Career/Technical Education at the Raymond Campus; Napoleon Miller, a Hinds student who completed the MI-BEST program; and Beverly Trimble, MI-BEST coordinator at the Utica Campus. (Hinds Community College/Cathy Hayden)

Students are prepared to be job-ready in six months to a year, train in high-demand areas and earn national certifications.

At Hinds, program coordinators have worked closely with those in the burgeoning Industrial Maintenance area of study, said David Creel, district director of Manufacturing Training.

“I work with industry to understand what their needs are, with career-tech deans to understand what the program provided them, and with our MI-BEST and Adult Basic Education teams to get those students to get those basic skills, earn credentials, then go to work,” Creel said.

The program’s impact on the state’s workforce is borne out in data on the skill level of working-age adults. Middle-skill jobs, which require training beyond high school but not a four-year degree, account for 58 percent of Mississippi’s jobs. The MI-BEST program being implemented at all 15 community colleges in the state aims to close this skills gap.

“It’s not uncommon in other states to hear employers say they have job offers available but they don’t have workers to fill them,” said Brooke DeRenzis, state network director of Washington, D.C.-based National Skills Coalition. “Our organization is really focused on closing that skill gap.” DeRenzis told the committee Mississippi was one of 18 states with a version of I-BEST or a similar program in place to combat such gaps.

Industries looking into the program’s success rate to fill their job openings are diverse and span markets inside and outside the state, community college officials told committee members.

Napoleon Miller, left, a Hinds Community College student who completed the MI-BEST program, and Hinds Community College President Dr. Clyde Muse. (Hinds Community College/Cathy Hayden)

Napoleon Miller, left, a Hinds Community College student who completed the MI-BEST program, and Hinds Community College President Dr. Clyde Muse. (Hinds Community College/Cathy Hayden)

“We’re fortunate to be able to offer this to our Adult Education students early on,” said Dr. Scott Alsobrooks, vice president for Economic and Community Development at Pearl River Community College. “Our geographical location really helps us, situated in the Pine Belt but we also cater to the New Orleans and Gulf Coast markets. So, we have recruiters that are petro-based, we have them coming from the shipbuilding market, and we also have the metal trades. The selling point to our students is having a lot of career opportunities.”

“We’ve had enormous success with this program,” said Dr. Jesse Smith, president of Jones County Junior College, during the hearing. “The focus of which is to go to the underprepared student who doesn’t have a high school degree, and at the same time they’re getting their high school equivalency, help them earn a workforce credential.”

MI-BEST program a success in Mississippi
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Hinds CC Utica Campus Gala honors 10 supporters, raising funds for student scholarships
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14 February

Hinds CC Utica Campus Gala honors 10 supporters, raising funds for student scholarships

Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus will present the Vice President’s Scholarship Hall of Honors Gala on March 31 to honor eight individuals and a husband and wife team who have contributed to the campus.

The honorees include Alonzo Bradley of Flower Mound, Texas, athletics; Willie Bradley of Edwards, alumni supporter; Dr. Afrachanna Butler of Clinton, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics; Rep. Greg Holloway of Hazlehurst, government/politics; Tracy James of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, arts and humanities; Dr. Jesse J. Killingsworth Sr. of Utica, education; Rev. Kenneth M. Thrasher of Hazlehurst, religion; George and Julia Walker of Utica, community supporters and Mary Shears Williams of Byram, business.

The gala begins with a reception at 6 p.m. on March 31 with a banquet to begin at 7 p.m. at Old Capitol Inn in Jackson.

Tickets to the gala are $100 each. Tickets purchased after March 3 are $125 each. The proceeds go to support student scholarships at the Utica Campus, which is a HBCU. For more information contact, Tracie Jefferson at 601.885.7002.

Hinds CC Utica Campus gala honors supporters, funds student scholarships.

Alonzo Bradley, a native of Flower Mount, Texas, was a Utica Junior College standout from 1973-1975. He was inducted into the 2016 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Men’s Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.web_Alonzo Bradley

As a Utica Junior College student, Bradley caught the attention of many four-year programs. As a result of his success athletically and academically, Bradley garnered numerous awards including being twice named to the NJCAA All-America team and earning the Governor’s Merit Award of Excellence in 1975.
In spite of more prestigious programs seeking to sign the Utica star, Bradley decided to attend Texas Southern University, where he averaged 25.1 points and 8.1 rebounds a game over his two seasons and led the Tigers to back-to-back National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) national tournament appearances.

As a senior, Bradley was a key component in leading TSU to the 1977 NAIA national championship and a 31-5 mark, winning MVP honors at the national tournament and earning the NAIA Player of the Year Award. He was then chosen by the Indiana Pacers as the 29th overall selection in the 1977 NBA draft, but was traded to the Houston Rockets, where he would spend three seasons before concluding his career at the end of the 1979-1980 season. Bradley appeared in 43 games as a rookie, averaging nearly 19 minutes and seven points per game. That season Bradley averaged seven points per game and dished out 54 total assists.

In his post-playing career, Bradley spent time as the head coach of the Galveston Storm of the Southwest Basketball League and later, Unisys Space Systems, where he has served as chairman of the board, as well as being president and vice president of the National Association of Security Dealers (NASD).

Bradley, who holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and computer science from Texas Southern, is also an inductee in the Utica Campus Sports Hall of Fame, Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Hall of Fame and Texas Southern University Tiger Athletics Hall of Fame.

Bradley works as a Sales Consultant for AT&T Corporation. He is a member of the National Management Association. He is married to Emma J. Bradley.

Bradley supports the Utica Campus because Hinds gives students in Utica and surrounding area a chance to be successful.

Willie Bradley is a native of Edwards. He attended Hinds AHS from 1968 to 1971 and Utica Junior College from 1977 to 1978.

web_Willie BradleyHe became a Friend of the College in 1976. While at Hinds, Bradley participated in a number of sports and was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame.

Bradley worked as a cement finisher for the BASF Corporation for 25 years before retiring. He is an active member of the Edwards Revival Center, serving as church trustee and participating on the church food service committee, preparing food for the community. He volunteers his time to support and promote events on the Utica Campus.

Bradley has been married to Earlean Bradley for 42 years. He has three children, Rhonda, Gabriel and JarKarta. He also has 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Bradley supports the Utica Campus because he wants to give back to the college that gave him support.

Dr. Afrachanna D. Butler is a 1996 graduate of Hinds AHS and has been a Friend of the College since that year. Butler graduated from Jackson State University (JSU), receiving both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. In 2000, she received her B.S. in biology, in 2002, a master’s in biology, and in 2009 a Ph.D. in environmental science.

web_Africhanna ButlerButler currently works as a research physical scientist for the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC). She also worked a detail as an acting branch chief at ERDC and served as an adjunct professor for local colleges and universities. She is a member of the International Humic Substances Society and First Mississippi Chapter of Blacks in Government.

Butler has received a number of awards, including the National Women of Color Career Achievement Award in 2008 for Research Leadership, the U.S. Army ERDC Achievement Medal for Civilian Service-Recognition for Exceptional Service in 2012, the U.S. Army ERDC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Technology Transfer, also in 2012.

She also received the Achievement Medal for Civilian Service-Recognition for leadership and service in community outreach efforts and STEM education and research in 2013 and Community Service Achievement Award-Presented at the Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) Gala for outstanding service shown throughout the Government in 2016.

Butler is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.  She is also a member of the JSU National Alumni Association and one of its Affinity Groups, The Alumni J-Sette Organization, where she currently serves as an Executive Board Member.

Butler supports the Utica Campus because she appreciates the role the campus plays in helping deserving students get an education.

Rep. Gregory Holloway is a graduate of Hazlehurst High School. He earned a B.A. degree in political science from Alcorn State University, and a M.A. degree in Public Policy and Administration from Jackson State University. He is a Henry Toll Fellow for the class of 2004 at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. He was elected into the Mississippi House of Representatives in 2000.web_Greg Holloway

Prior to being elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives, he worked at Jackson State University. While there, he served as chairman of the Housing Disciplinary Committee, staff senator, program coordinator and head homecoming parade marshal.

Holloway is a member of various civic, professional organizations and committees. He was selected among Outstanding Young Men of America and has received numerous commendations, including Outstanding Support to Community Faith-Based programs presented to him by former State Attorney General Mike Moore. In 2004, the Council of State Governments selected him as one of the 40 top lawmakers in the country.

In 2005, he received the Jimmy Thornton Legislator of the Year Award. In 2010, he received an award for exemplary commitment and support at the American Society of Public Administrator Conference. In 2015 he received the Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major Award for outstanding contributions to Hinds County-Terry communities.

Holloway serves as vice chairman of the Universities and Colleges Committee in the Mississippi House of Representatives and is a member of the Agriculture, Municipalities, Public Property, Entergy and Rules committees. In 2016, he was appointed by the Speaker of the House to the board of directors as a legislative adviser for the Mississippi College Savings Board. Since his 2000 election, Holloway has been instrumental in authoring and co-authoring major legislation in the Mississippi Legislature. He has sponsored legislation naming Robert Johnson Blues Memorial Highway, Tommy Johnson Blues Memorial Highway, Dr. Walter Washington Memorial Parkway, Steven Garner Memorial Highway and many others.

He is also a member of the St. Peter Church of Christ Holiness U.S.A.

Holloway is married to the former April Singleton. They have two children, Gregory L. Holloway II and Joshalyn Holloway. He has three grandchildren, Christopher, Kyrann and Isys.

Holloway supports the Utica Campus because he appreciates its great legacy and countless number of successful graduates.

Tracy A. James, an Ohio native, is best known for her angelic voice and her ability to reach the masses with her gift of song.

web_Tracy JamesJames has worked as a voice music teacher and a Peer Assistant and Review consulting teacher on special assignments. She has also worked as a choir director for the Women’s and Pastoral Choirs of First Church of God. She is currently a vocal music teacher with Columbus City Schools in Columbus, Ohio.
James has taught voice on many levels for 33 ½ years. While attending Utica College, she was a member of the Music Educators National Conference, which is now the National Association for Music and Education. James is also choir director for the Columbus Girls’ Choir in Columbus, Ohio, The Kids Are Music Choir in Columbus, Ohio, Upward Bound at The Ohio State University and The Young Scholars at the Ohio State University.

James has received many accolades including Excellence in Teaching and Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges. She was also a Deans’ List Scholar, Presidential Scholar and graduated Summa Cum Laude. She holds an A.A. degree in music (voice) from Utica College, a B.A. degree in music (voice) from Tougaloo College and a M.A. degree in music education from the Ohio State University.

Tracy James has been married to Robert M. James for 19 years.

James supports the Utica Campus because Hinds gave her an amazing start into her professional career.

Dr. Jesse J. Killingsworth Sr. of Utica retired from Hinds Community College in 2013 as dean of Career-Technical Education after 35 years. He worked for Utica Junior College from 1972 to 1981 and Hinds from 1987 to 2013.

web_Jesse KillingsworthHe served as mayor of Utica from 2008 to 2009. He is Hinds’ 2010 Executive of the Year, IAAP, Utica Magnolia Chapter. Killingsworth served as adviser for the Student Government Association and the Veteran Club. He also served as president of the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges Dean and Directors of Vocational-Technical Education-State.

Killingsworth attended Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena from 1965-1969, receiving his B.S. in industrial arts education. He later attended the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, receiving both an M.S. degree in vocational education and ED. D in educational administration and supervision in higher education. Killingsworth served 34 years in the U.S. Armed Forces in the highest enlisted rank of sergeant major. He was also selected as Kappan of the year for Phi Delta Kappa International Utica Chapter #1101, in 2001 and 2008.

Killingsworth served on numerous boards, including Utica Area Habitat for Humanity, Friends of Utica, Phi Delta Kappa International-Utica Chapter, Habitat for Humanity Mississippi Capital Area and the Hinds County Mental Health Commission.

Killingsworth is married to the former Mary Ann Braxton. The couple has three children, Kenyetta, Jesse Jr. and Jessica. They have nine grandchildren.

Killingsworth supports the Utica Campus because it has a rich legacy as a Historically Black College (HBCU).

Kenneth M. Thrasher of Hazlehurst graduated from Hinds Community College Utica in 1997 with an A.A. degree in music education. In 2013 he completed a B.S. degree in Interdisciplinary Studies/ Religion and Humanities from Liberty University, graduating Cum Laude. He is the founder and currently Chief Operations Officer of Safe Place Daycare and Learning Center of Hazlehurst and senior pastor of Apostolic Worship Center Church of Jackson.

web_Kenneth ThrasherThrasher was recognized as one of Who’s Who Among Students in America’s Junior College and received awards including First Place Oratorical Contest Winner, Choral Choir Music Assistant Plaque and Annual Choir Appreciation Awards. In recent years, he was the first vice president of the Hazlehurst Branch of the NAACP. He has been awarded an Army Commendation Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Armed Services Reserve Medal with M device and Certificate of Appreciation by Brigade Commander for outstanding logistical support of holiday morale events.

Other awards include a Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding ministry in support of the brigade, chaplain’s religious support program and installation and a Chaplain’s Coin for providing outstanding logistical and musical support of post wide religious events. He also earned the Battalion Commander’s Coin in appreciation of outstanding religious support during mobilization, deployment and redeployment.

He was awarded the Post Sergeant’s Major Coin for providing outstanding leadership during mobilization convoy commander’s lane training.

Thrasher currently serves as minister of music of the Copiah County Ministerial Alliance and as a mentor in the Copiah County Ministerial Alliance Youth Up Mentorship Program. He also serves as a mentor in the National Guard Youth Challenge Program.

Kenneth M. Thrasher is married to Dr. Nonya Cage Thrasher and has one daughter, Kyla Marie Thrasher.

Thrasher supports the Utica Campus because Hinds supported him when he was a student needing help.

George and Julia Walker of Utica have been Friends of the College since 1978. The Walkers share a passion for education and community service.web_George and Julia Walker

Judy (Julia) Hegwood Walker taught school aged children for many years. She worked as an elementary school teacher, a church school teacher, a bus driver and a minister of music for several Baptist churches. Julia served on Boards for Charleston Opera Company, Friends of Utica, Town of Utica Christmas Parade and the National Night Out Committee. She has a true passion for music and loves to teach others how to play piano and sing. Julia attended Charleston Southern University receiving a B.A. degree in 1976.

George Walker is best known as alderman for the Town of Utica. He taught and coached at Terry High School from 1970 to 1974. He also taught at Hanahan High School in Charleston, S.C., from 1974 to 1978. Walker worked as head football coach and vice principal and senior principal at Utica High School from 1989 to 1994. He also worked as vice principal at Raymond High School until his retirement.

George Walker served as volunteer assistant coach at Hinds AHS from 2010 to 2014. He is also a broad member for the Town of Utica, deacon at Utica Baptist Church and member of the Terry Lions Club.

The Walkers have been married 43 years. They are the parents of two children, Mandy and Jason and have one grandson, Roy.

The Walkers support the Utica campus because of the vital role it plays in the community.

Mary Shears Williams of Byram attended Hinds AHS from 1979 to 1982 and Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus from 1982 to 1984.web_Mary Shears Williams

She received academic awards and titles including Ms. Library, Ms. Tri- Hi-Y and Who’s Who Among College Music. She graduated with an A.A. degree in Applied Science in 1984 and obtained a B. A. in Business Administration from Belhaven University in 2003.
Williams currently works in contract management and administration. She is assistant vice president of Sales Management for Trustmark National Bank. From 1995 to 2000 she worked as a manual property rater for Allstate Insurance Company. In 1992 to 1995 she worked as an NAS Adjudicator under a federal employee program.

Williams accredits her professional diversity to her educational background. Her skills and titles include database administrator, customer service, sales and performance management, and human resources.

Williams is a mother of two daughters, Tanesha Clark Brown and Kyesha Clark Morgan.

Williams supports the Utica Campus because of its ability to empower students and prepare them for their futures.

Hinds Community College is celebrating its 100th year of Community Inspired Service in 2017. Hinds opened in September 1917 first as an agricultural high school and admitted college students for the first time in 1922, with the first class graduating in 1927. In 1982 Hinds Junior College and Utica Junior College merged, creating the Hinds Community College District. Today, as Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution with six locations. Hinds offers quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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Hinds CC Landscape Management program reunion set for Feb. 24-25
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08 February

Hinds CC Landscape Management program reunion set for Feb. 24-25

RAYMOND – For Eric Skipper of Brandon, Hinds Community College’s Landscape Management Technology program was the gateway to owning his own business, Blue Sky Landscaping.

“Through my internship with the program I was able to gain knowledge that can’t be taught in the classroom while also establishing a relationship with my biggest client today,” said Skipper, who started his own business in 2005 after earning a credential. “I’ve been able to recommend classmates of the program to jobs and have also received recommendations from those same classmates.”

The program is celebrating 30 years with a two-day reunion for all past graduates on Feb. 24-25. Hinds celebrates 100 Years of Community Inspired Service with a nearly a year’s worth of activities, of which the reunion is a part.

Martha Hill, director of the Landscape Management Technology program

Martha Hill, director of the Landscape Management Technology program

Events begin at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24 with an afternoon of fishing and games. A reception and dinner program for adults only are planned Saturday, Feb. 25, starting at 4:30 p.m. Both events are at Eagle Ridge Conference Center on the Raymond Campus. Cost is $25 per adult for Friday and Saturday. For Saturday only, the cost is $20 for adults.

“I am looking forward to the 30th anniversary reunion of the Landscape Management program and catching up with former students, their families, and their careers,” said Martha Hill, of Clinton, director of the program. “Many of our former students are successful business owners, managers of landscape companies, employees of city public works departments, and more.”

Relationships made through the Landscape Management program have resulted in jobs and, for those who’ve become entrepreneurs with the degree earned, long-lasting business contacts. And, graduates of the program have gone on to successful careers after coming through a close-knit program that felt like family.

“Going to Hinds and being in Martha Hill’s program was one of the best decisions I had ever made,” said Mara Wood, a 2014 graduate who now works as a utility arborist for Alabama Power. “In the close-knit Landscape Management group we not only studied together, but did projects outside and learned a trade together.”

For more information, contact the alumni office at 601.857.3363 or 601.857.3290. Potential attendees are asked to register there by phone or online at hub.hindscc.edu/LMTreunion.

Lodging is available at Eagle Ridge and may be reserved by contacting the center, at 601.857.7100, and mentioning the Hinds Community College Landscape Management Reunion.

For up-to-date information about Hinds Community College’s Centennial celebration, see the  news and calendar section at www.hindscc.edu or 100years.hindscc.edu.

Hinds CC Centennial Celebration calendar for March-April

  • March 25, 3 pm. – Hinds Connection reunion, Fountain Hall; registration and visiting from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. with dinner at 5; dinner tickets are $15. For more information, please contact Mark Stanton at stanton@hindscc.edu or 601.857.3388.
  • March 31, 2 p.m. – Naming of Mary Ann Greene Building at Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center
  • April 4, 7 p.m. – Hinds Concert Band and Steel Drum Band Spring Concert; Cain-Cochran Hall, Hogg Auditorium; admission is free
  • April 6, 7 p.m. – Hinds Wind Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble, Delta State University Wind Ensemble and Hinds/DSU combined brass Spring Concert; Cain-Cochran Hall, Hogg Auditorium; admission is free.
  • April 8 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Softball and Baseball Reunion; attendees can play golf at Eagle Ridge Golf Course in the morning; tee time is 8 a.m. Food and visiting are 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. before games get started; Joe G. Moss Baseball Field and Rene’ Warren Softball Field
Hinds CC Landscape Management program reunion set for Feb. 24-25

 

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Hinds CC Raymond Campus Preview Day draws crowd
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06 February

Hinds CC Raymond Campus Preview Day draws crowd

RAYMOND – Aqueasha Rimmer has more than one career option in mind, and Hinds faculty from multiple programs helped her line up several choices.

Colla Chapman, left, a Business Technology instructor at Hinds Community College, shares details of the program with Aqueasha Chapman, a senior at Callaway High School, during Preview Day at the Raymond Campus on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Colla Chapman, left, a Business Technology instructor at Hinds Community College, shares details of the program with Aqueasha Chapman, a senior at Callaway High School, during Preview Day at the Raymond Campus on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“I just need to get my tests score up and I can start here in the fall,” Rimmer said. “I’m looking at things like dental assisting and digital imaging, just seeing what kinds of jobs I can get.”

Rimmer, a senior at Callaway High School in Jackson, was among nearly 700 high school seniors and their parents who attended Preview Day on Feb. 3 at Mayo Gym on the Raymond Campus, which featured exhibits for all academic and career-tech programs, activities and organizations Hinds has to offer. Prospective students from high schools in from all over the state toured the campus and interacted with students and faculty about admissions, scholarships, majors, housing, student life and more.

For high schoolers, it’s a time to find out how Hinds’ programs of study can build a successful career.

Parker Goff, a senior at Ridgeland High School, listens with his mother, Sandra, as Jacob Wright, an Electronics/Biomedical Engineering instructor on the Raymond Campus, explains the program during Preview Day on campus Friday, Feb. 3, 2017. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Parker Goff, a senior at Ridgeland High School, listens with his mother, Sandra, as Jacob Wright, an Electronics/Biomedical Engineering instructor at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus, explains the program during Preview Day on campus Friday, Feb. 3, 2017. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“It’s easy for me to work with numbers, as opposed to with words,” said Parker Goff, a Ridgeland High School senior, who met with Electrical Technology program instructors with his mother, Sandra, herself a Hinds alum. “I’m strongest in math and science.”

Singing is not just a talent but a unique form of self-expression for Alicia Foster, a senior at Warren Central High School.

“It’s an escape and an outlet for me,” said Foster, who along with her parents, Dr. Johnnie and Andrea Foster, of Vicksburg, found out about the college’s varied music and voice programs from Hinds’ Music and Choir instructors.

Alicia Foster, foreground right, a senior at Warren Central High School, listens to Simonee Miller and Bryan McCachren, both counselors at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus, during Preview Day on campus Friday, Feb. 3, 2017. With Foster are her parents, Dr. Johnnie Foster and Andrea Foster, of Vicksburg. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Alicia Foster, foreground right, a senior at Warren Central High School, listens to Simonee Miller and Bryan McCachren, both counselors at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus, during Preview Day on campus Friday, Feb. 3, 2017. With Foster are her parents, Dr. Johnnie Foster and Andrea Foster, of Vicksburg. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“I like the vibe here,” Andrea Foster said. “It’s not too big, and it’s close knit. It will be a good fit to get her feet wet in college.”

Upcoming similar events at Hinds include Rankin College Day, at the Rankin Campus; The Visit, at the Utica Campus, both on Feb. 24; and Vicksburg College Night, at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus, on April 17.

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Hinds CC landscape student awarded nursery association scholarship
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Hinds CC landscape student awarded nursery association scholarship

De’quincy Hughes of Liberty is the recipient of a scholarship from the Mississippi Nursery and Landscape Association. Hughes, a sophomore, graduates in May from Hinds Community College’s Landscape Management Technology program.

He is currently working for the Hinds Community College Grounds Department completing his internship requirement and also works for UPS.

web_De'Quincy HughesPictured are Haley Barrett, executive secretary/treasurer of the Mississippi Nursery and Landscape Association, left, De’quincy Hughes and Martha Hill, chairman of Hinds Community College’s Landscape Management Technology program.

Hinds Community College is celebrating its 100th year of Community Inspired Service in 2017. Hinds opened in September 1917 first as an agricultural high school and admitted college students for the first time in 1922, with the first class graduating in 1927. In 1982 Hinds Junior College and Utica Junior College merged, creating the Hinds Community College District. Today, as Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution with six locations. Hinds offers quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

 

Hinds CC landscape student wins nursery scholarship.
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