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Hinds CC nursing students assist at diabetes conference
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Hinds CC nursing students assist at diabetes conference

Associate Degree Nursing students from Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center assisted recently at a diabetes conference geared to those in the community that have diabetes as well as parents of diabetes.

Pictured are, kneeling from left, Brittnie Towes of Clarksdale and Mary Caldwell of Clinton; in the row directly behind them, Bailey Russell of Canton, Haley Herrod of Vicksburg and Nickeysha Nathanie of McComb; at the table, Cain and Kimberly Jones-Brewster of Pearl; back row, Sabrina Givens of Madison, Paul Coe of Jackson, Daemion Cooper of Jackson, Mya Brown of Jackson, Myra Hayes of Byram, Kyisha Mayfield of Vicksburg, Raegan Pope of Houston,Texas, Breland Sullivan of Brandon, Stephanie Roach of Vicksburg, Johnathon Lowery of Louisville, Elizabeth Easterling of Tupelo, Sarah Chandler of Utica, Kennedy Wellington of  Greenville; back right, Jessica Perry of Vicksburg.

“Students had a very enjoyable time learning about diabetes as well as assisting adults and children with diabetes. They had educational meeting as well as vendors-so it was a wonderful community service for our students,” said instructor Yvonne Cain.

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolls about 12,000 students each fall semester. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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Hinds CC Rankin Honors students name retiring English instructor Faculty Member of the Year
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Hinds CC Rankin Honors students name retiring English instructor Faculty Member of the Year

PEARL – Kathy M. Smith, of Brandon, a retiring English instructor for nine years at Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus, has been selected as Faculty Member of the Year by students in the Honors program and the Alpha Omicron Omega chapter of Phi Theta Kappa honor society.

Kathy M. Smith, left, and Joy Rhoads (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Smith said the honor is a humbling one and credits the students themselves for her being able to pursue her passion.

“Through the years when anyone has asked me what I teach, my first response is students,” Smith said. “Sometimes I teach them grammar, sometimes literature, sometimes composition, but my joy has always been working with young people in the classroom setting.”

Joy Rhoads, coordinator of the Honors program at Rankin, said the students chose Smith for her energy and passion for the job.

“Kathy Smith is a valued colleague who has always been gracious and willing to go the extra mile for the campus, her department and our students,” Rhoads said. “No one has worked harder to foster student success than Kathy. I was delighted when our chapter selected Ms. Kathy Smith as Rankin Faculty Member of the Year.”

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Hinds CC Diesel Tech program achieves accreditation
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12 April

Hinds CC Diesel Tech program achieves accreditation

RICHLAND – The Diesel Equipment Technology program has been accredited by the Associated Equipment Distributors Foundation.

Achieving accreditation with the Illinois-based trade organization represents a step forward in building the program to meet the needs of the college’s industry partners, said Brent Johnson, director of the Diesel Technology Academy at Hinds.

From left, Dr. Chad Stocks, vice president of Workforce Development at Hinds, Dr. Andrea Mayfield, executive director of the Mississippi Community College Board, Paul Breazeale, executive director of the Hinds CC Board of Trustees, Dr. Clyde Muse, president of Hinds Community College, Robert Henderson, president emeritus of the AED Foundation.

In 2017, the state modified requirements for graduating career-tech students by adopting the use of a nationally recognized credential. The AEDF stamp of approval fit that need perfectly, Johnson said.

“After evaluating several organizations, we found the AED Foundation to be a perfect fit for our program,” Johnson said. “After working with AEDF to attain accreditation, our institution realized that there are many more benefits available to us beyond the testing and credentials that we first needed.”

In 2016, the program expanded the second half of its degree plan to a facility on Old Highway 49 in Richland, near Empire Truck Sales LLC and Stribling Equipment LLC. The program and the industries partner to train diesel equipment professionals for both medium and heavy trucks and heavy equipment. Introductory courses in the program are offered at the Gray-Partridge building on Highway 18, minutes from the Raymond Campus.

During a ceremony April 10 at the Richland facility, officials lauded the program’s role in filling a need in the diesel technician field and the state workforce as a whole.

“The problem the industry faces is that we have a lack of qualified technicians, which is exacerbated by the fact that a lot of baby boomers will be retiring soon,” said Martin McCormack, associate director of development and workforce for AEDF. “That’s really what is driving our main focus at the foundation.” McCormack said the organization’s research has shown the heavy equipment industry is losing $2.4 billion in potential revenue due to the shortage.

The organization aims to have 50 accredited college and recognized high school programs by the end of 2018 to fortify the pipeline of qualified diesel technicians, as well as lower the amount of time it takes to accredit one. Currently, it’s three years on average.

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse credited Empire Truck Sales and Stribling Equipment CEO Jerry Swanson and Dr. Andrea Mayfield, executive director of the Mississippi Community College Board, for helping make the program worthy of the organization’s stamp of approval.

“We had a struggling diesel mechanic program at the Raymond Campus,” Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse said. “It was only possible through Jerry’s company’s investment of their funds to see we had a high-quality program available to the industry.”

Swanson spoke to the greater need for industries such as his to help fill the skills gap in the workforce of the state and the nation – specifically people who have some college credit under their belt but no academic credential beyond high school, thus limiting their marketability in the workforce.

“The reality is that they’re a lost resource,” Swanson said. “Our objective is to take those resources as quick as we can qualify them, people who have good hand-eye coordination with mechanical things, and put them in our industry. We have great value for a career.”

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Hinds CC named Hinds Heroes for Spring 2018
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12 April

Hinds CC named Hinds Heroes for Spring 2018

RAYMOND – The Spring 2018 group of honorees in the Hinds Heroes employee recognition program have been named. Hinds Heroes are chosen because they represent the college well, provide exceptional customer service to all its customers and consistently promote the Hinds mission of service. Heroes selected receive a lapel pin, a token of appreciation and one free day off work.

From bottom left, Hinds Board of Trustees President Paul Breazeale, Tiffany Jefferson, Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, Felicia Williams-Winston, Beverly Trimble, Russell Shaw, Jovonna Parker, Kirby Sills, Karen Gamble, LaCheryl Taylor, Dennis Thompson, Martha McInnis, Oscar Branch, Christy Bokros (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

In alphabetical order, this semester’s honorees are:

  • Christy Bokros, of Pearl, assistant dean for Allied Health at the Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. Her duties include administrative responsibilities for the division of Allied Health, which includes budget management, accreditation facilitating, annual reporting for career and technical education for the Department of Education and Mississippi Community College Board, inventory and evaluation processes. She has been with Hinds for 19 years.
  • Oscar Branch, of Brandon, instructor for air traffic control at the Rankin Campus. His duties include instructing the course for the Aviation Technology Program and coordinating the curriculum. He has been with Hinds for nine years.
  • Karen Gamble, of Vicksburg, instructor for public speaking and developmental education courses at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus. Her duties include being the lead instructor for public speaking, serving on various committees on campus and lining up speakers for college-sponsored community events. She has been with Hinds full-time for five years and 21 overall, including as an adjunct instructor.
  • Tiffany Jefferson, of Terry, dance director at the Raymond Campus. Her duties include directing the Montage Theatre of Dance program, which involves being artistic director, choreographer and an instructor of the tap, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and modern, styles of dance. She also instructs dance history, improvisation and composition. She has been at Hinds for 12 years.
  • Martha McInnis, of Raymond, associate chief information officer in the Information Technology Department based at the Raymond Campus. Her duties include managing IT operations that power many of the college’s systems that deliver student and operations success. She has been at Hinds for 27 years.
  • Jovonna Parker, of Ridgeland, assistant director of Counseling and district coordinator of Disability Services, based at the Raymond Campus. Her duties include coordinating district-wide services for students with disabilities, advising with registration and courses, instructing orientation courses and serving as an advisory board member for the college’s Quality Enhancement Plan. She has been at Hinds for 12 years.
  • Russell Shaw, of Raymond, vice president for Business Services, based at the Raymond Campus. His duties including presiding over the Business Services functions of the college, which involves the accounting and accounts receivable and payable functions, Human Resources, Purchasing and Information Technology. He has been at Hinds for 14 years.
  • Kirby Sills, of Ridgeland, director of the Veterinary Technology program on the Raymond Campus. His duties include teaching and directing all aspects of the program, including the curriculum and evaluation processes. He has been at Hinds for nine years.
  • LaCheryl Taylor, of Richland, assistant registrar in the Advancement/Admissions department at the Raymond Campus. Her duties include assisting the registrar troubleshooting and maintaining accurate student records, assisting campus deans in maintaining accurate class rosters, implementing beginning and end-of-term processes, maintaining the system students use to track their education plan, maintaining all aspects of the process of graduation and determining and submitting athletic eligibility and awards. She has been at Hinds for five years.
  • Dennis Thompson, of Madison, lead instructor in the Logistics program at the Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. His duties include managing all aspects of the department. He has been at Hinds full-time for two years and 10 overall, including as an adjunct instructor.
  • Beverly Trimble, of Utica, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and Individual Training Account coordinator based at the Utica Campus. Her duties include coordinating services funded by the federal WIOA ITA program for Hinds students, educating students on what the program is and how it helps pay for their education, preparing cost sheets for students in the program and issuing check requests for other colleges served through the program. She has been at Hinds for 13 years.
  • Felicia Williams-Winston, of Brandon, instructor for the online Paralegal Technology program based at the Raymond Campus. Her duties include instructing courses in the program, revising the curriculum when needed, advising and mentoring online students in the program and scheduling online courses. She has been at Hinds for 10 years.
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Hinds CC Honors students name history instructor Faculty Member of the Year
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12 April

Hinds CC Honors students name history instructor Faculty Member of the Year

Eric Bobo of Brandon, a history instructor for almost 18 years at Hinds Community College’s Raymond Campus, was named Faculty Member of the Year by students in the Honors program and Phi Theta Kappa honor society.

Debbie McCollum, left, Eric Bobo and Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse

Bobo said getting an award for something that is done out of pleasure is gratifying.

“I think this is a job that we all have a calling to do,” he said. “When you get recognized for something you do out of pleasure – when you get up in the morning, you come to work and you enjoy what you do – that is wonderful.”

Debbie McCollum, dean of the Honors Institute, quoted some of the student comments about Bobo. Those included: “He is passionate about history and he makes that passion contagious,” and, “His classes are enjoyable because he uses humor as part of his teaching method.”

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse noted that students must have great teachers like Bobo helping them succeed. “The same is true whether you’re teaching history, or English, or chemistry or whatever,” he said.

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolls about 12,000 students each fall semester. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

 

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Lawrence County student receives prestigious Hinds nursing scholarship
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11 April

Lawrence County student receives prestigious Hinds nursing scholarship

Jennifer Watson of Monticello is the recipient of the annual Carla McCulloch Scholarship at Hinds Community College. The scholarship is awarded each year to a Hinds second semester nursing student to help pay for the second year of school.

Jennifer Watson of Monticello, left, was awarded the Hinds Community College Carla McCulloch Scholarship by Larry McCulloch, a former Simpson County resident. The scholarship is named for his late daughter. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Watson, 24, has a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Mississippi State University but, like the namesake of the scholarship she is receiving, she felt a calling to become a nurse.

“It’s an honor to receive this scholarship. I’ve got some pretty big shoes to fill,” said Watson, who attends classes at Hinds’ Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. “But I believe I’m in the right profession. It’s always been in my blood to be compassionate, so I decided to choose nursing as a career.”

Watson plans to work as a labor and delivery nurse when she graduates in 2019. “I love babies. I’m a big ‘baby’ person,” she said. “I want to be with the mother and the kids during that time.”

This year is the 26th year the Carla McCulloch Scholarship has been awarded. It was created by Larry and Carol McCulloch, formerly of Magee but now residents of Roanoke, Va., in memory of their daughter Carla, a Simpson Academy graduate who was a Hinds nursing student at the time of her death in an April 1991 accident.

The award is made annually to a second semester nursing student who demonstrates the caring and enthusiasm for nursing that Carla embodied. She was a dedicated nursing student who took care of loved ones but also had a fun-loving streak.

The McCulloch family requests that the scholarship be awarded to a student who demonstrates the care and compassion that their daughter did.

“You are going to learn nursing, the medical techniques. I don’t know of any textbook that you can learn caring and compassion from. That’s what makes great nurses,” Larry McCulloch told Hinds nursing students. “We feel like, and we’re told, that Carla was like that when she was working part-time at the hospital. Whether it be emptying bedpans, getting ice, whatever it took for the patient – that’s what she would do.

“That’s what nursing is all about – taking care of people and having compassion,” he said. “It’s a calling.”

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolls about 12,000 students each fall semester. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

 

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Hinds CC Utica Campus’ Early Childhood and Teacher Education Conference Covers the Past, Present and Future of Education
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10 April

Hinds CC Utica Campus’ Early Childhood and Teacher Education Conference Covers the Past, Present and Future of Education

Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus held its 2018 Early Childhood and Teacher Education Conference Friday, April 6. The conference welcomed students and industry leaders from around the country with an overall goal of establishing a platform for educators and perspectives students to exchange fresh ideas, usable classroom techniques and strategies for teaching and learning success.

Keynote speaker for the conference was Dr. Thea Williams-Black, dean of the College of Education at Tougaloo College. Williams-Black focused her presentation on respecting past trends and techniques of education, leading the present generation into the most beneficial and needed areas of education and securing the future in education.

Breakout sessions served as a backup to information obtained in the general session of the conference. Workshops were offered on why a prospective student should choose education as an employment field as well as how to obtain an educator’s licensure in the state of Mississippi. Other sessions include incorporating technology in early childhood settings, movement in the classroom and ways to introduce creative arts into a classroom setting.

“The purpose of this conference is to reach out to current and future teachers who would like to enhance their skills. Showing respect for the past, leading the present and securing the future of education is vital to our growing industry,” said Yolanda Houston, director of Early Childhood and Teacher Education on the Utica campus.

“Taking resources we learned as students and young teaching professionals and updating them to accompany innovative trends keeps us as educators relevant and relatable to our student population,” she said.

The conference also welcomed vendors from Mississippi Early Childhood Education, Mississippi Building Blocks, The University of Southern Mississippi Disability Studies, Jobs for Mississippi Grads, Jackson State University, Alcorn State University, Division of Medicaid, Kaplan Early Learning, and others.

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolls about 12,000 students each fall semester. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

Jobs for Mississippi Grads representative Elizabeth Blackshire of Greenwood has attended the Early Childhood and Teacher Education Conference four years running. Blackshire’s goal for attending the April 6 conference was to introduce her program to new graduates looking to gain employment in the teaching field.

Third year attendee and vendor Dr. Alice McGowan of Clinton represented Mississippi Early Childhood Inclusion Center at the Early Childhood and Teacher Education Conference held April 6. McGowan, shown with Utica campus librarian Jean Greene, provided information to guests on early intervention services her company offered children with exceptional needs.

Early Childhood Education students Audrey Ward of Claiborne County, Aneekia McKenny of Simpson County and Samantha Boyd of Jefferson County attended the April 6 conference hoping to gather information about the industry. Ward and Boyd both have plans of becoming teachers, while McKenny hopes to one day become a social worker.

Dr. Tyrone Jackson, vice president for the Hinds CC Utica campus, spent time greeting guests and attending workshops at the Early Childhood and Teacher Education conference held April 6. He is shown with Dr. Will Smith, principal of Utica Elementary/Middle School.

 

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Hinds CC Jackson Campus holds College Carnival
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Hinds CC Jackson Campus holds College Carnival

JACKSON – College Carnival at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center on April 6 brought out lots of raw talent, desire and ability from metro Jackson high schoolers.

Hilda Wells, biology instructor at the Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center, shows off various models of the human body with Iasia Morgan, a senior at Wingfield High School. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“I like working with people daily and I like biology,” said Iasia Morgan, a senior at Wingfield High School and one of many high school students and others at the come-and-go campus recruiting event.

Tacora Thomas, a senior at Jim Hill High School, sees nursing as a career and technology as a means to succeed anywhere.

“I’m interested in seeing how these new devices work,” Thomas said as second-semester Hinds student and computer support major Kevin Wansley explained the ins and outs of the latest tech tools.

“This is what I have always dreamed about doing,” Wansley said of his love and aptitude for the latest technology.

Held annually, these events held at all six Hinds locations give prospective students of all ages a chance to find out about everything they need to enroll at the college. At College Carnival, prospective students met with Jackson Campus faculty and staff, learn about admissions, majors, financial aid and registration – all while enjoying free food and prizes.

Tacora Thomas, a senior at Jim Hill High School, checks out the Computer Support Technology Specialist table with Hinds student Kevin Wansley, of Byram. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“We look forward to many of the hundreds of students from metro Jackson and the surrounding area enrolling at the Jackson 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.

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Hinds CC, announces speakers for spring graduation ceremonies
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Hinds CC, announces speakers for spring graduation ceremonies

RAYMOND – The Muse Center at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus will have four graduation ceremonies for spring 2018, starting Thursday, May 10 and continuing Friday, May 11 with three events in succession.

Phyllis Polk Johnson

Phyllis Polk Johnson, executive director of the Mississippi Board of Nursing, is the speaker at the first ceremony 2 p.m. May 10, for nursing and allied health graduates. Mike Morgan, president of the Hinds County Board of Supervisors, will speak to the first of three groups of academic and career-technical graduates, at 8 a.m. May 11. State Sen. Josh Harkins, of Flowood, speaks to the second group, at 11 a.m. Dr. Andrea Mayfield, executive director of the Mississippi Community College Board, will speak to the third, at 3 p.m.

Tom Joyner, a nationally syndicated radio and television show host, will speak to graduates at the Utica Campus during a ceremony 2 p.m. Sunday, May 15.

Johnson oversees about 68,000 registered nurses, practical nurses and advanced practice registered nurses in her role leading the board. She has also directed the licensure, compliance and discipline for more than 5,000 advanced practice registered nurses, which includes nurse practitioners, nurse midwives and certified registered nurse anesthetists. Prior to her work with the board, served in various administrative and clinical roles with the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Mike Morgan

Morgan, of Clinton, has represented District 4 on the county board since 2015. Previously, he was an alderman in Clinton for eight years. During that time, the city completed several major infrastructure projects including Quisenberry Library, completion of Brighton Park, a new Parks and Recreation Department facility at Traceway Park, a visitor center at the Natchez Trace, improvements to Arrow Drive and Pinehaven Road and to the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

Prior to being elected a county supervisor, he was CFO and, later, president of Ridgeland-based software company Bomgar Corporation, which won numerous awards for being among the fastest-growing tech firms in the U.S. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Mississippi and an MBA from Mississippi College. He has taught finance and economics classes at the University of Southern Mississippi, Holmes Community College and Mississippi College.

Josh Harkins

Harkins has represented District 20 in the Mississippi State Senate since 2012. He graduated from Mississippi State University in 1997 and is a member of the Flowood Chamber of Commerce, ACI Real Estate and Home Builders Association. He is chair of the Universities and Colleges Committee in the state Senate, as well as vice-chair of the Energy Committee.

Among other committees he sits on include Business and Financial Institutions, Finance, Highways and Transportation, Public Health and Welfare, Public Health and Welfare, Public Property, Rules and Tourism.

Dr. Andrea Mayfield

Mayfield has been executive director of MCCB since 2015. Previously, she was vice president at East Mississippi Community College, for the Scooba Campus. She had risen through the ranks there as an instructor of biological sciences, e-Learning coordinator and later e-Learning dean, dean of instruction, vice president for instruction, vice president for institutional research and effectiveness, then vice president for the Scooba Campus.

Her service as an education leader has included membership to the Board of Trustees for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. She also serves on Gov. Bryant’s cabinet, the board of directors for Mississippi Public Broadcasting, State Health Insurance Board, Mississippi College Savings Board, State Workforce Investment Board, State Longitudinal Data System, Innovate Mississippi and the Education Achievement Council. She is also a member of Mississippi State’s Education Leadership Advisory Committee.

She holds a doctorate from Mississippi State University, in educational leadership with a special emphasis in the administration of higher education. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of West Alabama, where she also earned a master’s degree.

Tom Joyner

Joyner’s show is the nation’s top syndicated morning show, airing in 105 markets and reaching nearly 8 million listeners. The Utica Campus has been selected by the Tom Joyner Foundation as its June 2018 School of the Month, as part of his organization’s signature program that supports historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) through fundraising efforts, scholarships, endowments and capacity-building enhancements.

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Winners named in annual Hinds CC Rankin Campus Literary Festival
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Winners named in annual Hinds CC Rankin Campus Literary Festival

Winning first place and the scholarships to Hinds were, from left, Amber Rayne Jenkins of Pisgah High School; Katie Rester of Brandon, Hartfield Academy, short story and Kim Hill of Northwest Rankin High School, poetry. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Three Rankin County students won full tuition scholarships for a year to Hinds Community College after placing first place in the annual Rankin Campus Literary Festival on April 6.

The top winners also won cash prizes of $100 for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place.

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolls about 12,000 students each fall semester. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

 

 

 

 

 

All poetry winners include, from left, Kim Hill, Northwest Rankin High School, first; Hayley Bounds, Pearl High School, second; Amber Roberts, Pearl High School, third and Alecia G. Woodford, Pisgah High School, honorable mention. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

All short story winners include, from left, Katie Rester of Brandon, Hartfield Academy, first; Jordan T. Hariel of Brandon, Hariel Homeschool, second; Amber Rayne Jenkins, Pisgah High School, third; Laura Wingo of Brandon, Hartfield Academy, honorable mention and, not pictured, Mackenzie Beth Crowell, Puckett High School, honorable mention. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

All essay winners include, from left, Amber Rayne Jenkins of Pisgah High School, first place; Madison Lauryl Newman of Brandon, East Rankin Academy, second; Lauren Nicole Parker of Lena, East Rankin Academy, third; Krissy Watkins of Lena, East Rankin Academy, honorable mention. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

 

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