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Hinds CC English students assist in editing their own textbook
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Hinds CC English students assist in editing their own textbook

RAYMOND – Imagine being a student and having a say in what goes into the textbook used in your English class.

Sounds like a bookworm’s daydream? A staff of three students have lived that dream for a few semesters and will contribute to a text that English Composition students in all Mississippi community colleges can use.

From left, Victoria Mulqueen, Will Stribling and Navdeep Kaur

From left, Victoria Mulqueen, Will Stribling and Navdeep Kaur

“We deliberately wrote these books so they were aimed at a student audience – not a graduate student audience, not seniors who are English majors, but freshmen and sophomores in colleges, particularly in community colleges,” said Laura Hammons, an English instructor at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus and chief editor on “For Our Students.”

Hammons, of Brandon, an English instructor at Hinds for 16 years, and Beverly Fatherree, of Raymond, a retired 35-year English teacher, are chief editors and Hinds’ contributors to the book, first published in 2009. Editors and writers from seven of Mississippi’s 15 community colleges contributed to the book’s second printing, in 2011.

The book, which has retailed for about $36, stands as an equal to any Composition I or II textbook, with sections that prepare students for clear, professional pieces even before the first word is written. Early sections cover concepts of time management, considering who the readers might be and how to discern accurate information in a tech-driven world. Citation styles seen most often in college composition classes, such as APA and MLA, are covered in separate parts. Proceeds from sales of the book go to support Two-Year College English Association of Mississippi, which promotes collegiality and best practices with instructors on the junior and community college level.

A third edition is now underway with the help of some of the same students who used the text in class.

“The book has everything written in a conversational tone,” said Victoria Mulqueen, a sophomore from Clinton taking 26 credit hours of classes on her way to working at a major publishing house someday. She is the lead student editor on the project for book’s student team.

“I did a lot of grunt-work proofreading student essays for specific categories, like compare-contrast or cause-effect, and heavy editing of the chapters,” Mulqueen said.

Laura Hammons

Laura Hammons

Hammons leaned heavily on Victoria “to help me with day-to-day management of the book, such as the forms we look up and who’s doing what and why,” she said.

Will Stribling, a sophomore journalism student from Vicksburg, has sharpened his writing and editing skills while working on the textbook.

“The thing with writing is just practice, practice, practice,” Stribling said. “It’s a skill you’re always honing and evolving.”

Stribling’s desire to do just that outside the classroom has already resulted in a few real-world writing gigs, including internships at weekly and daily newspapers.

Navdeep Kaur, a sophomore from Clinton, isn’t going into literary field when she graduates. Still, editing the textbook with her instructors and two classmates has improved her command of language arts.

“It’s not related to the field I want to go into at all – I want to be a dentist,” Kaur said. “But Ms. Hammons read one of my papers and she invited me to come by and edit with her. I did it just for the sake of helping her. I realized it’s helped me as a writer and with other skills discussed in the book, such as writing resumes.”

An electronic version is possible with the third edition, due out this year. The textbook’s cost relative to other class texts – which can add up to nearly $1,000 for the average student who purchases brand-new editions of their materials – will remain low, they said.

“That was what drove us to write the book – the price,” Fatherree said. “Composition textbooks can cost almost $200. The two goals were to create a textbook that was reasonably priced and would speak to the kinds of composition that are generally taught in community colleges in Mississippi.”

Beverly Fatherree

Beverly Fatherree

Authors of the book added sections to reflect changes in the literary section and the two major citation styles, among other items. Fatherree is credited by her Hinds colleague for writing the glossary.

“This third edition just carries that further,” she said. “For example, MLA style has changed again. And technology has changed just since the second edition.”

It’s been a dream for student and instructor alike to put the book’s upcoming edition together.

“I had Comp I with Ms. Hammons and the new edition had to come out soon,” she said. “I took that opportunity since I wanted to edit books and novels for a living. She’s a great teacher and I wanted to help her.”

“This book has an impact upon thousands of people,” Hammons said. “You can’t get more wonderful than the three young people sitting here.”

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Four Hinds CC students named for Continental Tire summer internship
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19 May

Four Hinds CC students named for Continental Tire summer internship

Four Hinds Community College students will spend the summer in Mount Vernon, Ill., as part of an internship program at Continental Tire.

Hinds Community College students Samuel Williams, front left, and Mack Pope are among four receiving a paid internship this summer to the Continental Tire plant in Mount Vernon, Ill. Back, Sherry Franklin, associate vice president for Career-Technical Education for Hinds Community College's Rankin Campus, and Zach Morrow, Senior Project Engineer/Construction Manager for Continental Tire.

Hinds Community College students Samuel Williams, front left, and Mack Pope are among four receiving a paid internship this summer to the Continental Tire plant in Mount Vernon, Ill. Back, Sherry Franklin, associate vice president for Career-Technical Education for Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus, and Zach Morrow, Senior Project Engineer/Construction Manager for Continental Tire.

They are Raymond Campus students Mack Pope, 25, of Terry, Electronics Technology; Ken Anderson, 49, of Jackson and Dylan Canant, 20, of Pearl, both Electrical Technology students; and  Rankin Campus student Samuel Williams, 22,  of Jackson, Industrial Maintenance Technology.

“The students will be placed within the organization‘s maintenance department for on-the-job experience in electrical, electronic, mechanical and hydraulic systems,” said TJ McKinney, Continental’s Director of Human Relations. “We hope that this opportunity provides the professional training that they need to advance their careers.”

The four have already toured the plant they will be working at as interns.

“I had the pleasure of accompanying these students to Mount Vernon for their interviews and was very impressed with how they interacted with the Continental Team,” said David Creel, district Director of Manufacturing Training. “There is no doubt in my mind that these fine young men will represent themselves, Hinds Community College, and their programs very well. I am excited for this opportunity for them and for what this successful internship program will mean to students in the future.”

Pope has been a Hinds student for about five years but he was having trouble finding his niche until he discovered the Electronics Technology program on the Raymond Campus. He had been accepted into the radiology program but discovered he didn’t want to work in a hospital.

“I’ve been taking things apart since I was five years old, since I got my first screwdriver,” he said. “And I found the electronics program, which interested me the most out of all the technical programs.

The Continental internship program “is definitely a good opportunity. I’m really looking forward to it,” Pope said.

The internship program focuses on Hinds’ Industrial Maintenance Technology, Electrical Technology and Electronics Technology programs. It is a nine-week, paid summer program that provides the four students with scholarships and specialized training at the company’s tire plant in Mount Vernon, Ill.

Beginning June 5, the interns will be placed with maintenance and engineering experts for on-the-job experience in electrical, electronic, mechanical and hydraulic systems. Over the course of the program, interns will learn to:

  • Install and maintain piping
  • Troubleshoot and repair various control devices, motors, and electronic devices
  • Establish, maintain and follow-up on the plant’s lubrication schedule
  • Perform machinist tasks
  • Assist in start-up of equipment for production

Williams, 22, has been pulling As and making the Dean’s List on the Rankin Campus over the last year since he was able to complete a one-week rigorous academic study program last summer at Hinds called “Project YOU,” which, in his words, rolled “16 weeks of work all into one week. By Wednesday I thought I was going to quit.”

However, he got through the program successfully, finishing second. “It changed me tremendously – making me better, making me a better person, a better man, making me not be another statistic,” he said.

His next step was to tackle the Industrial Maintenance program on the Rankin Campus last fall. “I have been succeeding ever since,” he said.

Williams is ready to leave any time for the Continental summer internship. “This is a new chapter of my life. I can’t wait. I’m ready to get there right now,” he said.

Sherry Franklin, associate vice president for Career-Technical Education and CTE Dean for the Rankin Campus, said the goal is to respond to industry and community needs.

“The Continental internship opportunity being given to our students is just one example of how we are preparing our students for positive placement as we support economic development in the state,” she said.

Construction on a $1.45 billion plant on more than 900 acres near Clinton began in November and is expected to be completed in 2019.

Continental will use the internship program to develop its emerging workforce in Mississippi. Maintenance technicians will be some of the first positions filled when hiring begins in the Clinton-based commercial vehicle tire plant in late 2018. As one of the key roles in Continental’s daily operations, maintenance technicians are responsible for both reactive and preventative maintenance of equipment throughout the facility.

The Maintenance Technician Internship Program will run June 5 through Aug. 4.

 

Four Hinds CC students awarded Continental Tire internships.

 

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 Rankin Campus students complete College, Ink. literary journal
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18 May

Hinds CC Rankin Campus students complete College, Ink. literary journal

Hinds Community College Rankin Campus students recently completed their most recent edition of College, Ink., the journal of creative writing.

College, Ink. has done well in the annual Mississippi Community College Creative Writing Association contest against other community colleges’ journals in the category of Best In-House Literary Journal, last year winning first place with Volume XII.

In 2007, Vol. III won first place; in 2008, Vol. IV won third place; in 2011, Vol. VII won first place; in 2012, Vol. VIII won second place; in 2013, Vol. IX won third place and in 2014, Vol. X won first place.

The publication began the spring semester of 1999 under the guidance of Dr. Linda Hill as well as with the support of Academic Dean Gary Fox and Chair of the English and MFL departments Stephanie Woods.  After a hiatus, Dr. Hill led the publication of the second volume in spring 2004, and Volume Three was published in spring 2006. Since then, College, Ink. has been published every spring, and the journal is currently in its 14th volume. Larry Martin assumed the role of sponsor in 2011.

“The journal is completely the product of the imagination, creativity, and talents of the students who attend the Rankin Campus,” Martin said. “They compose the publication’s poetry, short stories, and drama and are responsible for the art and photography exhibited on each journal’s cover as well as within its pages.

“Moreover, they assume the more technical and manual duties of editing, organizing, and binding.  Even the title of the journal is a result of the first publication’s student contributors, who in 1999 decided upon the use of the pun on the word “ink” and the abbreviation for ‘incorporated,’ “ he said.

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Pictured are, front from left, Dean of Students Carol McLaurin, Hailiey Lawrence of Ludlow, Kaitlyn Turnage of Flowood, Kat Bingham of Brandon, Trisha Hudson of Pearl, Laurel Thrailkill of Brandon and Dr. Norman Session, Vice President of the Rankin and Jackson ATC campuses; back row, Academic Dean Gary Fox, Lu Dearing-Rubio of Brandon, Rebecca Mason of Brandon, Olivia Clark of Brandon and Larry Martin, English instructor and sponsor.

Not pictured are Zak Abramson of Jackson, Isaac Brooks of Brandon, Bryce Moon of Brandon, Kim Rawls of Brandon, Zach Spiller of Brandon and Destiny Mulligan of Florence.

“College, Ink. is a great source of pride for the Rankin Campus, and the creative writing students who are responsible for it pour themselves into its creation,” Martin said. “They not only experience great pleasure but also value the achievement of a better understanding of the power of literary expression.”

Hinds CC Rankin Campus completes College, Ink literary magazine.

 

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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Deadline extended for ‘Travel to Learn’ trip to Nashville, Kentucky
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16 May

Deadline extended for ‘Travel to Learn’ trip to Nashville, Kentucky

The deadline for Hinds Community College’s Creative Learning-Fifty Plus office “Travel to Learn” trip to Nashville and Kentucky June 19-23 as been extended to Friday, May 26.

The $100 deposit deadline has been extended to Friday, May 26 with the balance due by June 9. You will need to be sure and include the following information: Your name and roommate(s) name, rooming preference, mailing address, phone number, email address.

“We have partnered with Trek Travel to plan a wonderful and fun trip to experience two days of some of the best of ‘Music City,’ Nashville, before moving on into Kentucky  for more exciting adventure to experience the Creation Museum and Noah’s Ark,” said program coordinator Melody Field.HindsCC_logo_2clr_horizw_background.jpg

“Trek Travel has planned a super itinerary of highlights to see and things to do for our group, all at affordable prices,” she said.

The trip includes: round-trip luxury motor coach transportation, four nights first-class hotel accommodations, step on guided sightseeing in Nashville including country music star’s homes and Tennessee history, reserved seating at the world famous Grand Ole Opry, a tour of the new Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline Museum, a tour of the all new Noah’s Ark encounter, a tour of the Creation Museum, three dinners Included at some of the best restaurants, a hot deluxe breakfast at our hotel each day, all admissions, taxes and meal gratuities.

Total cost varies, depending on accommodations, from $699 per person to $1,210 per person.

For a detailed trip itinerary and to register or for questions, contact Lance Clay, Trek Travel Programs, 601.951.2060, lanceclay7@gmail.com or Melody Field, Hinds Community College Creative Learning Fifty-Plus, Coordinator @ 601.857.3773 or mfield@hindscc.edu.

Make checks payable to Trek Travel and either mail to Trek Travel, P. O. Box 488, Madison, MS 39110 or bring to Melody Field’s Office, located at the Hinds Community College Eagle Ridge Conference Center, third floor, RCU/ Economic Training Suite.

Hinds CC Creative Learning plans June ‘Travel to Learn’ trip

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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Building graduates: The Importance of a degree at Hinds CC Utica Campus
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16 May

Building graduates: The Importance of a degree at Hinds CC Utica Campus

Hinds Community College-Utica Campus celebrated the academic success of 104 students earning associates degrees, technical certificates and career certificates. Graduates gathered early for pictures, stories of achievement and for the traditional grand processional from the administrative building to the gym.

Mississippi Valley State's President Dr. William B. Bynum Jr. gives an inspiring speech to the graduates on May 14 at Hinds Community College-Utica where he served as keynote speaker.

Mississippi Valley State’s President Dr. William B. Bynum Jr. gives an inspiring speech to the graduates on May 14 at Hinds Community College-Utica where he served as keynote speaker.

The weather was hot, but it was no bother to the students who had anticipated this day and were excited that their day had finally come.

Guest speaker for the event was Mississippi Valley State University President, Dr. William B. Bynum Jr. Bynum charged participants to be mirrors of Marian Williamson’s quote: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not out Darkness, that most frightens us.” He also expressed to students that getting a college degree is similar to accepting their call to Christ God Almighty and that their true test begins now.

Graduates included one summa cum laude, five magna cum laude and 26 cum laude honorees. The class combined traditional with non-traditional students, athletics and brainiacs, all striving for the same thing, success! Students pursuing degrees received a necessary framework that many students need to be successful in life.

Amier Gardner of Demopolis, Ala., graduated on May 14 with an Associate in Arts degree. Gardner plans to attend Alcorn State University majoring in engineering.

Amier Gardner of Demopolis, Ala., graduated on May 14 with an Associate in Arts degree. Gardner plans to attend Alcorn State University majoring in engineering.

The theme of the graduation was that of inspiration. A college degree to some receives the stigma of being overrated and too much work. The lure of quick money and fast living takes precedence. This ceremony was designed to show other students that success is obtainable and that the hard work does pay off. A college degree in today’s time will help almost anyone achieve his or her goals. Students are learning that it is never too late to get the degree needed.

“A small minority of people have been able to be successful without a college degree. The majority of us out here are going to need that education and that degree to try to do some of the things that we would like to do in life. Therefore, it is important to have that degree. I have always been congratulatory of people who make it without it, but that is not the norm, by no means.” said Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson, vice president for the Utica Campus.

Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson introduces the keynote speaker at the May 14 graduation ceremony at Hinds Community College-Utica.

Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson introduces the keynote speaker at the May 14 graduation ceremony at Hinds Community College-Utica.

One such student who can appreciate Dr. Jackson’s views is Joseph Christmas of Crystal Springs. Christmas is a non-traditional student who wanted to restart his life with an Early Childhood Education degree. He hopes to attend Jackson State University and plans to one day teach small children. Christmas decided on Hinds because of the family atmosphere and great teachers.

Non-traditional student graduate Joseph Christmas received a degree in Early Childhood Education on May 14 and plans to continue his education at Jackson State University. He hopes to one day become a teacher.

Non-traditional student graduate Joseph Christmas received a degree in Early Childhood Education on May 14 and plans to continue his education at Jackson State University. He hopes to one day become a teacher.

Honor student and graduate Caitlin Richmond graduated May 14 with an Associate in Arts from Hinds Community College. She plans to continue her education at Tougaloo College. She hope to become a medical researcher.

Honor student and graduate Caitlin Richmond graduated May 14 with an Associate in Arts from Hinds Community College. She plans to continue her education at Tougaloo College. She hope to become a medical researcher.

Hinds Community College President Dr. Clyde Muse spoke to graduates May 14 about the important roles they play at Hinds Community College.

Hinds Community College President Dr. Clyde Muse spoke to graduates May 14 about the important roles they play at Hinds Community College.

Another honored graduate was Caitlin Richmond of Greenville. Richmond celebrated a number of accomplishments, graduating magna cum laude, receiving an honor cord for Phi Theta Kappa and receiving an associate in arts degree. Richmond plans to continue her education at Tougaloo College. Her plans are to become a medical researcher.

Most of the graduates already had their next steps in mind. Some would return to Hinds for additional degrees, others would join the workforce, and many would go on to universities.

”Education is the most important thing we have in our society today. You are here today because you believe that education could make a difference in your life. We are so pleased that you are here,” said Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse.

 

Hinds CC Utica graduates inspired by MVSU president.

 

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.

 

Sunnye McDonald of Crystal Spring, center, graduated from Hinds Community College-Utica on May 14 with an Early Childhood Education degree. With her are from left, Steven McDonald, Rita McDonald and T.J. Keys, right, all of Crystal Springs.

Sunnye McDonald of Crystal Spring, center, graduated from Hinds Community College-Utica on May 14 with an Early Childhood Education degree. With her are from left, Steven McDonald, Rita McDonald and T.J. Keys, right, all of Crystal Springs.

Graduate Xavier Smith of Edwards strike a pose with Janelle Moody of Edwards after receiving his Associate in Arts degree May 14 at Hinds Community College-Utica.

Graduate Xavier Smith of Edwards strike a pose with Janelle Moody of Edwards after receiving his Associate in Arts degree May 14 at Hinds Community College-Utica.

Graduate Justin Hall of Indianola, center, receives his degree in residential services on May 14. Shown here with his family from left, Chandra Hall, Jason Hall and, Danielle Hall, right, also from Indianola.

Graduate Justin Hall of Indianola, center, receives his degree in residential services on May 14. Shown here with his family from left, Chandra Hall, Jason Hall and, Danielle Hall, right, also from Indianola.

Graduate Nicholas McKinney of Greenville, center, received an Associate in Arts degree May 14 from Hinds Community College-Utica. With him are from left, Lucille Shavers, Markevia Shavers, both of Greenville, and Alexis Hayes of Yazoo City, right.

Graduate Nicholas McKinney of Greenville, center, received an Associate in Arts degree May 14 from Hinds Community College-Utica. With him are from left, Lucille Shavers, Markevia Shavers, both of Greenville, and Alexis Hayes of Yazoo City, right.

Utica Campus Vice President Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson, center, poses with Spring 2017 graduation speakers left, Mississippi Valley State University President Dr. William B. Bynum Jr. and Hinds Community College President Dr. Clyde Muse at Hinds Community College-Utica on May 14.

Utica Campus Vice President Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson, center, poses with Spring 2017 graduation speakers left, Mississippi Valley State University President Dr. William B. Bynum Jr. and Hinds Community College President Dr. Clyde Muse at Hinds Community College-Utica on May 14.

Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson with her executive council and keynote speaker at the 2017 Spring Graduation at Hinds Community College-Utica. From left are Dr. Mitchell Shears, Kenisha Shelton, Dr. Timothy Rush Sr., Dr. William B. Bynum Jr., Dr. Marquise Loving and Larry Edwards.

Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson with her executive council and keynote speaker at the 2017 Spring Graduation at Hinds Community College-Utica. From left are Dr. Mitchell Shears, Kenisha Shelton, Dr. Timothy Rush Sr., Dr. William B. Bynum Jr., Dr. Marquise Loving and Larry Edwards.

Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson spends Graduation Day/Mother's Day with mother Mary Mays on May 14 at Hinds Community College-Utica.

Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson spends Graduation Day/Mother’s Day with mother Mary Mays on May 14 at Hinds Community College-Utica.

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Hinds CC Rankin Campus high school career-tech students inducted into honor society
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Hinds CC Rankin Campus high school career-tech students inducted into honor society

The Pearl/Rankin Career and Technical Center at Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus recently inducted students into the National Technical Honor Society.

NTHS was established in 1984 in South Carolina for outstanding career and technical students of workforce vocational educational institutions in the United States. It serves more than 3,800 high schools and colleges in all 50 states.

The organization’s goals are to honor achievements of leading career and technical education students, to provide scholarships and cultivate excellence in today’s skilled workforce. NTHS works with other career-technical student organizations of which Hinds is a member.

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The students and high schools they represent are, front row from left, Kaileigh Waltman, Pearl High School; Kelly Ponder, Puckett; Courtney Morgigno, Pearl; Daiesha Herbert, Brandon; Shariel Franklin, Pearl; Kayla Anastasio, Pearl; Latonya Bacon, Pearl; Ashley Cater, Florence; Josie Halter, Pearl; Chloe Hollis, Northwest Rankin; Sarah Jones, Brandon; Maranda Magee, Brandon;

second row, Glenisha Woolfolk, Pearl; Jordan Broome, Brandon; Portia Britton, Pearl; Alyssa Bradshaw, McLaurin; Breanna Barnett, McLaurin; Mary Decell, Pearl; Landon Hardwick, Northwest Rankin; Madison Martin, Brandon; Alicia Perry, Brandon;

third row, Karra Lowry, Pearl; Veronica Jackson, Northwest Rankin; Jessica Smith, Pelahatchie; Kerra Hastings, Northwest Rankin; Nicolas Kuhn, Brandon; Devin Longo, Richland and Victoria Walters, Puckett;

back row, Roby Vasquez, Pearl; Gabrielle Brown, Brandon; Molly Goode, Richland; Rachael Clements, Northwest Rankin; Christian Ivy, Brandon; Gabrielle Hulin, Brandon; Ryan Tutor, Brandon; Hamilton Allen, Pearl; Denise Campbell, Richland and William Rodgers, Puckett.

 

Rankin Campus inducts National Technical Honor Society members.

 

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 Rankin Campus Health Science II students raise money for Pearl Fire Department
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15 May

Hinds CC Rankin Campus Health Science II students raise money for Pearl Fire Department

Pearl High School Health Science II students from the Pearl-Rankin Career and Technical Center at Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus presented a check to the Pearl Fire Department recently to assist in the purchase of a new monitor for firefighters.

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To raise money for the check, students sold nachos as a fundraiser during the 2016-2017 school year.

“This is a four-gas monitor with the latest diffusion technology to help detect the four common gases that the fire department is most concerned with,” said Brad Thornton of the Pearl Fire Department. “These gases include carbon monoxide, natural gas and oxygen levels. The monitor is about the size of a cell phone, requires very little maintenance and is very cost efficient.”

The students hope that the monitor will increase firefighter and occupant safety.

Making the presentation are, front from left, Health Science II instructor Lisa Fitchie, students Glenisha Woolfolk, Kaileigh Waltman, Hallie Cannon, Trinityte’ Moffit, Holly Prest and Tim Wilson.

Representing the Pearl Fire Department are, back from left, Ron Hopson, Brad Thornton, Donnie Boykin, Patrick Finnegan, Marty Grant, Addison Jones, James McGraw, BJ Wells and James Byrd.

Pearl-Rankin high school students donate for Pearl Fire Dept. 

 

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 graduates map out plans for the future
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15 May

Hinds CC graduates map out plans for the future

Kenneth Varnell of Brandon owns his own masonry business but at age 41 he doesn’t think he’ll be up to physical labor forever.

Tre’Darrius Warren of Vicksburg, foreground, and Kenneth Varnell of Brandon, back, graduated from Hinds Community College on May 12.

Tre’Darrius Warren of Vicksburg, foreground, and Kenneth Varnell of Brandon, back, graduated from Hinds Community College on May 12.

That’s why he decided to enroll at Hinds Community College. At the academic and career-technical credential graduation on May 12 he received an Associate of Arts degree, which paves the way for further academic study.

“I decided to get an education because I thought I’d need it later. My brain is still sharp. I don’t feel like I can lay bricks forever,” he said. “I might want to teach later.”

He was among nearly 1,200 Hinds graduates over the course of two days who enroll in Hinds for one reason: to make the lives of themselves and their families better.

Those students received 1,534 degrees and certificates, meaning some graduates received more than one credential. Of that number almost 800 chose to participate in one of the three ceremonies on Friday at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus in Pearl or a Sunday ceremony at the Utica Campus.

Among the graduates, 97 achieved summa cum laude, a 4.0 grade point average; 165 achieved magna cum laude, 3.6 to 3.99 GPA and 255 achieved cum laude, 3.2 to 3.59.

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The speaker for the third ceremony of the day was Hinds alumnus Dr. Tom Burnham, who served two stints as State Superintendent of Education and is currently interim director of the Mississippi Principal Corps based in Oxford.

“We are fortunate in Mississippi to have one of the finest community college systems in the country,” Burnham noted. “The strength and appeal of the community college system is the diversity of our enrollments. As you consider our graduates, some would meet the definition of traditional while others would be non-traditional. Some would be just entering the workforce, while others are adding to their skill base.”

“This is a time we as educators enjoy celebrating,” said Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse. He noted that student diplomas this year will include a gold seal commemorating the college’s 100th anniversary. Hinds opened in 1917 and is celebrating the Centennial with a host of activities throughout the calendar year.

 

 

Hinds CC graduates tout preparation for next step.

 

 

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.

 

Twins Shelby Mack, left, and Allison Mack of Crystal Springs will continue their education at the University of Southern Mississippi after their May 12 graduation from Hinds Community College.

Twins Shelby Mack, left, and Allison Mack of Crystal Springs will continue their education at the University of Southern Mississippi after their May 12 graduation from Hinds Community College.

Carley Stocks of Raymond, daughter of Hinds employees Chad and Sandra Stocks, is transferring to Mississippi State University for a degree in agriculture education after graduating from Hinds Community College on May 12.

Carley Stocks of Raymond, daughter of Hinds employees Chad and Sandra Stocks, is transferring to Mississippi State University for a degree in agriculture education after graduating from Hinds Community College on May 12.

Siblings Kaitlyn O’Keefe and Wyatt O’Keefe of Terrry graduated from Hinds Community College on May 12. Both of them plan to transfer to Delta State University. She plans to major in accounting; he plans to major in history.

Siblings Kaitlyn O’Keefe and Wyatt O’Keefe of Terrry graduated from Hinds Community College on May 12. Both of them plan to transfer to Delta State University. She plans to major in accounting; he plans to major in history.

Darya Thompson of Jackson, left, Taylor Tullos of Clinton and Abigail West of Hamilton graduated from Hinds Community College on May 12.

Darya Thompson of Jackson, left, Taylor Tullos of Clinton and Abigail West of Hamilton graduated from Hinds Community College on May 12.

Ashley Price of Terry works on a form she needs before graduating from Hinds Community College on May 12.

Ashley Price of Terry works on a form she needs before graduating from Hinds Community College on May 12.

Graduating from Hinds Community College on May 12 were, front from left, Whitney Shedd of Brandon, Hannah Terry of Morton, Jeffrey Taylor of Vicksburg; back, Benjamin Smith of Clinton, Timothy Smith of Hazlehurst, Quinesha Smith of Byram, Zavien Sutton of Magee, Damante’ Shelton of Macon and Zachary Taylor of Vicksburg.

Graduating from Hinds Community College on May 12 were, front from left, Whitney Shedd of Brandon, Hannah Terry of Morton, Jeffrey Taylor of Vicksburg; back, Benjamin Smith of Clinton, Timothy Smith of Hazlehurst, Quinesha Smith of Byram, Zavien Sutton of Magee, Damante’ Shelton of Macon and Zachary Taylor of Vicksburg.

 

 

 

 

Graduation speaker Dr. Tom Burnham, right, gave Hinds Community College graduates a series of “life hacks” to make their lives easier as they leave Hinds and move on. He is with Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse.

Graduation speaker Dr. Tom Burnham, right, gave Hinds Community College graduates a series of “life hacks” to make their lives easier as they leave Hinds and move on. He is with Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse.

 

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Kenneth Varnell of Brandon graduated from Hinds Community College on May 12.

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Hinds CC academic, technical grads thrived upon return to school
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Hinds CC academic, technical grads thrived upon return to school

PEARL – Barbara Evans and Lattie Erving didn’t know each other before Friday, but already had a lifetime of work experience under their respective belts when they decided to pursue college degrees.

Barbara Evans, left, and Lattie Erving, share a moment before graduation ceremonies May 12 at the Muse Center at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. Evans, of Vicksburg, and Erving, of Jackson, both returned to school to earn college degrees after having been retired for years. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Barbara Evans, left, and Lattie Erving, share a moment before graduation ceremonies May 12 at the Muse Center at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. Evans, of Vicksburg, and Erving, of Jackson, both returned to school to earn college degrees after having been retired for years. Evans graduated summa cum laude. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“I’d always wanted to go to culinary school, so I said why not?” said Evans, 64, of Vicksburg, dressed in her cap and gown accented with marks of honors. The self-described retired cook now has a credential to go with her years spent in the kitchen.

Erving, 62, Jackson, had retired years ago from factory work but always yearned for a chance to earn a college degree – something that seemed out of reach when she was growing up.

“I didn’t have an opportunity to go to college years ago,” Erving said. “I want to study social work with my degree.”

Both were among those who graduated from Hinds Community College over two days of ceremonies Friday and Sunday.

Students received 1,534 degrees and certificates, meaning some graduates received more than one credential. Of that number, almost 800 chose to participate in one of the three ceremonies on Friday at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus in Pearl or a Sunday ceremony at the Utica Campus.

April Galjour, of Jackson, prepares to line up to enter the stage before graduation ceremonies May 12 at the Muse Center at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. Galjour earned a Technical Certificate and graduated cum laude. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

April Galjour, of Jackson, prepares to line up to enter the stage before graduation ceremonies May 12 at the Muse Center at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. Galjour earned a Technical Certificate and graduated cum laude. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Also earning a long-awaited degree was April Galjour, 55, of Jackson, who returned to school to pursue new skills in a changing economy.

“I was laid off the nonprofit I was working for, and I didn’t know anything about computers,” Galjour said. “Even small jobs nowadays, you have to keep up with that. I’m just delighted I was able to come back at my age.”

Speaking at the 11 a.m. ceremony was state Sen. Briggs Hopson III, of Vicksburg.

“You’re receiving a piece of paper that is your license to a successful career,” Hopson told graduates. “It will make you competitive in the marketplace. You’re ready to go out right now and begin your careers.

“I have many friends who’ve gotten their associate’s degree and gone on to do incredibly well in their professions. They make good livings, are able to care for their families, built careers and established a nest egg.”

Of all graduates, 97 achieved summa cum laude, a 4.0 grade point average; 165 achieved magna cum laude, 3.6 to 3.99 GPA and 255 achieved cum laude, 3.2 to 3.59.

“This is a time we as educators enjoy celebrating,” said Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse. He noted that student diplomas this year will include a gold seal commemorating the college’s 100th anniversary. Hinds opened in 1917 and is celebrating the Centennial with a host of activities throughout the calendar year.

Students return to school, thrive, graduate from Hinds CC

 

Photo 11 – Elizabeth Coleman smiles as Laura Stevens adjusts her cap before graduation ceremonies May 12 at the Muse Center at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. Coleman, of Madison, earned an Associate of Applied Science in Medical Data Technology. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Elizabeth Coleman smiles as Laura Stevens of Hinds Community College adjusts her cap before graduation ceremonies May 12 at the Muse Center at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. Coleman, of Madison, earned an Associate of Applied Science in Medical Data Technology. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Photo 12 – Felix Davis, left, of Jackson, shares a moment with Dr. Robin Parker graduation ceremonies May 12 at the Muse Center at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. Davis earned technical and career certificates this past semester after earning his High School Equivalency through the MI BEST program at Hinds. Parker is assistant dean for Career and Technical Education on the Raymond Campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Felix Davis, left, of Jackson, shares a moment with Dr. Robin Parker before graduation ceremonies May 12 at the Muse Center at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. Davis earned technical and career certificates this past semester after earning his High School Equivalency through the MI BEST program at Hinds. Parker is assistant dean for Career and Technical Education on the Raymond Campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bailey Ainsworth, of Brandon, poses with the Associate of Arts degree in Radiologic Technology presented to her during graduation ceremonies May 12 at the Muse Center at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Bailey Ainsworth, of Brandon, poses with the Associate of Arts degree in Radiologic Technology presented to her during graduation ceremonies May 12 at the Muse Center at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Semaj Brown, of Clinton, holds the Associate of Arts degree in Physical Therapist Assistant Technology presented to her during graduation ceremonies May 12 at the Muse Center at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. With her is Erica Brown, her mother, left, and James Brown, her father. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Semaj Brown, of Clinton, holds the Associate of Arts degree in Physical Therapist Assistant Technology presented to her during graduation ceremonies May 12 at the Muse Center at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. With her is Erica Brown, her mother, left, and James Brown, her father. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kennedy Garner, of Brandon, holds the Associate of Arts degree presented to her during graduation ceremonies May 12 at the Muse Center at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. With her is Kyle Garner, left, a brother, Scott Garner, her father, Rhonda Garner, her mother, and Kreg Garner, a brother. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Kennedy Garner, of Brandon, holds the Associate of Arts degree presented to her during graduation ceremonies May 12 at the Muse Center at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. With her is Kyle Garner, left, a brother, Scott Garner, her father, Rhonda Garner, her mother, and Kreg Garner, a brother. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Wayne Dang, of Pearl, holds the Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Network Technology presented to him during graduation ceremonies May 12 at the Muse Center at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. With him is Brianne Blair, left, his fiancé, and Jacqueline Blair, Brianne’s mother.

Wayne Dang, of Pearl, holds the Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Network Technology presented to him during graduation ceremonies May 12 at the Muse Center at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. With him is Brianne Blair, left, his fiancé, and Jacqueline Blair, Brianne’s mother. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

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Grandmother of four among academic, technical grads at Hinds CC

PEARL – Vicki Colbert had already lived a full life taking care of people when she decided to pursue a second career.

“I’m still the same lady from that little old town of Raymond,” Colbert said. “But, this is surely like a second life for me.”

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Vicki Colbert

The 57-year-old grandmother of four was among more than 1,200 graduates from ceremonies held by Hinds Community College over two days. She graduated Friday, May 12 with others who completed academic and technical programs at the college.

Students received 1,534 degrees and certificates, meaning some graduates received more than one credential. Of that number, almost 800 chose to participate in one of the three ceremonies on Friday at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus in Pearl or a Sunday ceremony at the Utica Campus.

Among them was Colbert, who retired not long ago after 33 years in the medical field, mainly at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. A love of old-fashioned country cooking and staying busy, she enrolled in the Culinary Arts program and excelled.

“I’m happy about finishing school after nearly 40 years,” Colbert said. “It was about letting myself know that it’s never too late to complete something.”

Vicki Colbert, left, shares a laugh with Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse after an awards ceremony April 28, 2017 honoring outstanding students and faculty from programs offered at the Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Vicki Colbert, left, shares a laugh with Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse after an awards ceremony April 28, 2017 honoring outstanding students and faculty from programs offered at the Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

In April, she led a team of culinary students from several schools whose fried fish and hush puppies won second place in competition at the Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, Calif. She and team members picked up third place honors at the state competition.

“She spearheads so many projects here,” said Austin Lee, district director of the Culinary Arts program at the Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. “She headed up the DECA fundraising to make it to California, where her team raised over $1,000 to help with their expenses by selling chicken on a stick and Kool-Aid for $6.”

Next on her heady list of plans is to open an eatery in Raymond that’ll feature all the staples of down-home country fare.

“I love country cooking, with roast beef and gravy with veggies,” she said. “And I’ll do farm-to-table with it. It’ll be good for people coming from church on Sundays.”

Speaking at the 11 a.m. ceremony was state Sen. Briggs Hopson III, of Vicksburg.

“You’re receiving a piece of paper that is your license to a successful career,” Hopson told graduates. “It will make you competitive in the marketplace. You’re ready to go out right now and begin your careers.

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse with state Sen. Briggs Hopson III (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse with state Sen. Briggs Hopson III (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“I have many friends who’ve gotten their associate’s degree and gone on to do incredibly well in their professions. They make good livings, are able to care for their families, built careers and established a nest egg.”

Of all graduates, 97 achieved summa cum laude, a 4.0 grade point average; 165 achieved magna cum laude, 3.6 to 3.99 GPA and 255 achieved cum laude, 3.2 to 3.59.

“This is a time we as educators enjoy celebrating,” said Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse. He noted that student diplomas this year will include a gold seal commemorating the college’s 100th anniversary. Hinds opened in 1917 and is celebrating the Centennial with a host of activities throughout the calendar year.

Grandmother of four among academic, technical grads at Hinds CC

 

Vicki Colbert, left, and Chef Sally Porter of the Culinary Arts program at Hinds show awards Colbert won this past semester. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Vicki Colbert, left, and Chef Sally Porter of the Culinary Arts program at Hinds show awards Colbert won this past semester during a program April 28, 2017 at the Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

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