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Do better when you know better, keynoter tells M2M summit at Hinds CC
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20 September

Do better when you know better, keynoter tells M2M summit at Hinds CC

PEARL – College is a time for traditional-age students when decisions can make or break their lives for years – and the time for discipline is now, said the keynote speaker at the M2M Education Meets Excellence summit Sept. 13.

 

Antonio Robinson, director of Upward Bound Math and Science program at Trident Technical College in Charleston, S.C., told about 250 students of Hinds, high schools from the region and others his talk wasn’t so much to preach, but to lay out the best life strategies for college and beyond.

 

His presentation was titled A Gentleman’s Guide to Personal Development.  

 

“When students spend a year with me, they will come out different,” he said. “If they’re the same person they were a year ago, then I’ve failed at my job.

From left, Ahmad Smith, Antonio Robinson, Dr. Aleisha Escobedo, Dwayne Jefferson, Colleen Hartfield, and Keith Williams, Jr. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“I call it the gentleman’s guide because a gentleman doesn’t force stuff on you,” he said. “It’s here for you to take with you. You know how you know what’s right and you don’t always do what’s right? My mission in life is to close the gap between knowing and doing.”

 

Robinson, who holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in counseling from Charleston Southern University and has counseled in high schools and colleges for 20 years, spoke of the importance of making good decisions in all facets of life, starting in college. Examples ranged from how diligently to study for tests to their choices of friends.

   

Your network will determine your net worth. Surround yourself with people who have a value of themselves. Hang out with people who force you to step it up. You’re always one decision away from a totally different life.” 

Students from Jackson Public School, Hinds County School District and The Piney Woods School attended this fall’s summit, held in the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.  

 

“I learned you have to be well-organized and be attentive,” said Steven Little, a junior at Murrah High School. “And have a good appearance, because people really do judge you on your appearance in life.”

Breakout sessions were conducted by Oklahoma-based Paradigm Shift, a nonprofit group specializing in motivating youth. 

Steven Little, a junior at Murrah High School, listens to a presentation during the M2M Leadership Summit held Sept. 12 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

“This summit provided an opportunity for our students to engage with their peers and serve as active leaders and forward thinkers,” M2M director Dr. Aleisha Escobedo said.

 

The grant-funded initiative on campus that has provided leadership training, career counseling and other services to help African-Americans succeed in college is building on a $1.6 million federal grant secured in 2016 under the Title III, Part A, Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI) Formula Program of the U.S. Department of Education. The two-year grant is $2.1 million.

 

The funds will enable the college to improve its instructional program and emerging technologies, plus augment student support services. The grant also provides innovative faculty and staff training efforts designed to close the achievement gap between African-American students and other student populations at the college. The five-year grant ends in 2021. 

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Phi Theta Kappa and Honors at Hinds CC a perfect place to start college life
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14 September

Phi Theta Kappa and Honors at Hinds CC a perfect place to start college life

PEARL – Being part of something greater than yourself is a common theme in school and is especially true for members of the Alpha Omicron Omega chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus.

Eric Kinan, left, and Ashlyn Rader, are members of the Alpha Omicron Omega chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“It gets me involved both with the community and other students,” said Eric Kinan, of Florence, a third semester student and PTK member studying Veterinary Technology. It has helped me develop my leadership skills. It made me see the importance of community service.”

The Alpha Omicron Omega chapter was chartered in 1989 and is part of the 1,200-chapter international honor society for community and junior college students. Students who have earned a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA on 12 hours or more are eligible for PTK.

Rankin Honors was established on the campus in 2015. Generally, incoming freshman students may enter the program with a 3.5 high school GPA, composite ACT score of 25 or instructor recommendation. Honors at Hinds affords high-achieving students a chance at challenging coursework and community service opportunities.

One of those opportunities is an International Studies trip to Costa Rica where students engage in service learning projects while earning Hinds college course credits. Students have helped re-forest along biological corridors there, cleared trails in cloud forests, and dug trenches to prevent flooding along trails on a volcanic mountain.

Gabbi Walters is a member of the Alpha Omicron Omega chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“I’m looking forward to going to Costa Rica with Honors here,” said Gabbi Walters, of Pelahatchie, studying Veterinary Technology. “It’ll give me a broader view of the world than just what’s here and learn about different cultures. Overall, it’ll make me a better, well-rounded person.”

On campus, being in PTK and Honors offers the chance at forming some of the first working relationships in someone’s academic career.

“For me, the best part has been meeting a bunch of great, new people just like me,” Ashlyn Rader, of Puckett, who is studying nursing. “We meet on Tuesdays with people taking classes similar to ours, and find out if they need help. PTK is also a great resume-builder for college. When other colleges see that in your portfolio, they know you care a lot about your grades.”

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Hinds CC Utica Campus student selected as 2018 HBCU Competitiveness Scholar under White House Initiative
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13 September

Hinds CC Utica Campus student selected as 2018 HBCU Competitiveness Scholar under White House Initiative

UTICA – Hezekiah Williams, a Hinds Community College sophomore on the Utica Campus, is no stranger to hard work and public service.

Hezekiah Williams of Edwards has been selected as part of the 2018-19 HBCU Competitiveness Scholars class as part of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Williams, a sophomore at Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus, was named one of 63 students from 54 HBCUs.

The 19-year-old Edwards native has put his best foot forward and made tremendous strides in his first two semesters at Hinds. Serving in a number of roles on campus including Mr. Utica, district president for the Hinds Student Government Association and formerly freshman class president, as well as having membership in Phi Theta Kappa, Williams continues to add achievements to his list of accomplishments.

Williams’ latest endeavor has positioned him among some of the most elite students in the United States – selection as part of the 2018-19 HBCU Competitiveness Scholars class as part of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Williams was named one of 63 students from 54 HBCUs.

The honor is the White House Initiative’s highest student recognition and serves to recognize undergraduate, graduate and professional students for successfully preparing to compete for top opportunities that improve long-term outcomes.

The Competitiveness Scholars will receive national recognition during the Initiative’s Excellence in Innovation and Competitiveness Awards ceremony scheduled for Sept. 17. Students will spend Sept.16-18 attending activities and events during the 2018 National HBCU Week in Washington D.C.

“I was ecstatic when I received the news that I was selected. This is such an honor. I’m proud to be representing the Utica Campus and hope to make my family and friends proud,” said Williams, who plans to major in biomedical engineering.

During the one-year appointment, the Competitiveness Scholars will learn and share proven and promising practices that support individual and HBCU competitiveness, with the goal of strengthening prospects for career and life success. Selectees are required to participate in workshops designed to improve leadership, encourage ongoing personal- professional development and discover areas of innovation and entrepreneurship.

“My goals in this program are to continue bridging gaps between cultures, unifying students and motivating the next person to go beyond the norm. I am no stranger to hard work and I look forward to this year of service. I want to inspire as many students as I can to go for their dreams. Sometimes that can truly be a task, but my faith keeps me grounded and gives me the strength to do all things I set out to do,” Williams 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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Hinds CC a perfect place to take next step in healthcare careers
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10 September

Hinds CC a perfect place to take next step in healthcare careers

JACKSON – Ter’Bria Hopkins works in the healthcare field as a phlebotomist and wants to build on her credentials.

Carla Gray-Taylor, Associate Degree Nursing instructor at Hinds Community College, gives a tour of the ADN lab during the Fall 2018 Nursing Allied Health Showcase Sept. 6 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. From center are Ter’Bria Hopkins, Andrea Ellis and Kira Harvey, all of Jackson. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

That desire is so great that she took her own photos during the fall 2018 Nursing Allied Health Showcase held Sept. 6 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center.

“I love taking care of my patients and people in general,” said Hopkins, 24, of Jackson, looking to add to the associate degree already under her belt.

Hopkins was among about 150 people who attended this fall’s event, which is held each semester at the Chadwick Drive complex. Prospective students and others toured the campus’ learning labs, spoke with faculty, explored the college’s 12 health-related and two short-term programs and got the latest on requirements and deadlines.

“Guests spoke with our faculty one-on-one to learn about our programs of study and the promising careers in healthcare that Hinds graduates obtain,” said Kathryn Cole, district director of Enrollment Services.

Programs showcased included Associate Degree Nursing (RN), Dental Assisting Technology, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Emergency Medical Science, Health Care Assistant, Health Information Technology, Medical Laboratory Technology, Physical Therapist Assistant, Practical Nursing, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Care Technology, Surgical Technology, and two short-term programs, Nursing Assistant and Phlebotomy.

Brandy Ruth, right, of Pearl, looks on as Hinds Community College student Allison Frock explains how X-rays are taken in the Radiologic Technology lab during the 2018 Nursing Allied Health Showcase Sept. 6 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“We are excited to offer nursing and allied health programs that provide excellent employment opportunities for our students,” said Nursing and Allied Health Dean Dr. Libby Mahaffey. “Graduates of our programs are employed at rates of 90 to 100 percent within a year of graduation and consistently meet national benchmarks for licensure/registry pass rates.”

The event draws potential students across a wide spectrum of professional experience, including working adults who seek a challenging career change.

“It’s good to get a feel for what the medical field involves,” said Brandy Ruth, 30, of Pearl. “I’m a secretary right now, so I’d be starting from scratch.”

Shaniqua Bush, 20, of Kosciusko, is hearing-impaired and sees her foray into healthcare as just another success. She checked out the Respiratory Care Technology lab, where a pig’s lung was used to show how the equipment worked.

“My goal is to show that deaf people can do the same things hearing people can do,” Bush said via her interpreter, Loretta Sutton, of the college’s Disability Support Services department. “I’m interested in looking at the ventilators because I’m curious to know.”

Shaniqua Bush, left, who is hearing-impaired, looks on as Loretta Sutton, an interpreter with Hinds Community College’s Disability Support Services department, explains with sign language how equipment in the Respiratory Care Technology program’s lab works during the Fall 2018 Nursing Allied Health Showcase Sept. 6 at the Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Mikeyia Lewis, left, and Allison Humphries, both of Forest, look on as they tour the Radiologic Technology lab during the Fall 2018 Nursing Allied Health Showcase Sept. 6 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amber Garcia, of Pelahatchie, left, asks a question in the Practical Nursing lab at the Fall 2018 Nursing Allied Health Showcase at Sept. 6 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

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‘High-flyer’ Sherry Franklin named Hinds CC 3E Award winner
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10 September

‘High-flyer’ Sherry Franklin named Hinds CC 3E Award winner

Sherry Franklin, associate vice president for Career and Technical Education and Rankin Campus Career and Technical dean, received Hinds Community College’s highest award in an Aug. 24 ceremony.

Franklin, a Brandon resident, has worked at Hinds since 2004. She received the 3E Award, Emphasis on Excellence and Enrichment, at the annual Employee Appreciation event. The award is always kept as a closely guarded secret until it is announced at the event.

Franklin had been asked to sing and was last on the program after the 3E announcement. As she sat in the audience at Cain-Cochran Hall on the Raymond Campus, she was searching on her phone for the music to “I Believe I Can Fly.”

She originally planned to sing it cappella but decided, as she waited for her turn, to sing it with music.

But then she heard Jackie Granberry, executive director of the Hinds Community College Foundation, mention Pearl and Rankin County as part of the biography of the person named the 3E Award recipient. Franklin’s attention jerked up from the phone to the stage as she realized Granberry was talking about her.

“Winning 3E brought with it an overwhelming experience of emotions,” Franklin said. “I felt surprised, elated, honored and truly blessed. Today, I feel empowered to spread my wings even more to help others achieve their goals. I truly believe WE can fly!”

Granberry said Franklin embodies what the award stands for.

As the 3E Award recipient at Hinds Community College, Sherry Franklin received a custom-made rocking chair created by the Career-Technical Education Department. With her are, from left, Hinds Community College Foundation Executive Director Jackie Granberry, Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, Rankin Campus Vice President Dr. Norman Session and Dr. Chad Stocks, vice president for Workforce and Economic Development and district coordinator of Career and Technical Education.

“She has excelled in every position she’s held at Hinds — five to be exact – during her almost 18-year tenure at Hinds. Each new position has given her increased responsibilities and, through those positions, she has enriched the lives of everyone in her path,” Granberry said.

“She is a hard worker, a problem-solver, a person you can depend on to get things done. She has never backed down from a challenge. She accomplishes what seems as insurmountable goals with her always positive outlook, her knowledge of all things career-tech and workforce, and her desire to make Hinds the best institution possible,” she said.

Franklin has been with Hinds since 2004. She was formerly the tech prep coordinator and joined the Rankin Campus staff as director of the Pearl-Rankin Career Center. Her stint at Hinds includes dean of students from 2011 to 2013. In 2015, Franklin was named associate vice president for Career and Technical Education and district director of Career and Technical Education. She is also Rankin Campus Career and Technical dean.

“I enjoy working at Hinds and put my heart into everything that I do. At Hinds, I focus on what is best for our students and the communities that we serve,” she said.

Franklin holds her undergraduate and graduate degrees in business education from Jackson State University. Before coming to Hinds she taught business and computer technology at the Jackson Career Development Center and then worked with the State Department of Education as program coordinator for business and computer technology.

Franklin said she chose the song “I Believe I Can Fly,” which she never got to sing at the award ceremony, “to congratulate the award recipients and give words of encouragement to others that we can achieve whatever we put our minds to. However, I believe that there must be a fundamental shift within ourselves to believe that we can do it.”

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, ERDC partner on Coding Academy, seek applicants
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04 September

Hinds CC, ERDC partner on Coding Academy, seek applicants

VICKSBURG – Hinds Community College has partnered with the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center on a computer coding academy and is looking for applicants.

Classes begin Sept. 13 at ERDC’s facility on Halls Ferry Road and represents opportunities aplenty for the Vicksburg-Warren Campus and those looking to build a career in Information Technology. The classes will meet 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“This is the first for-credit course we’ve done at Vicksburg, and it’s a great chance for the community to move toward the kinds of skills needed to compete in the workforce of the future,” said Marvin Moak, vice president of the Vicksburg-Warren Campus.

Students in the program will learn the most current computer coding skills in a mix of classroom and practical training. Students will focus on the practical application of technology in a hands-on work environment and learn the soft skills necessary for employment. Upon completion of the course, students will receive a certificate from HCC.

“The Vicksburg Coding Academy is a unique educational opportunity that will provide a hands-on immersive workplace environment that will provide a wide variety of coding instruction that will result in skills we need at ERDC and other employers in the region,” said Jerry Ballard, ERDC’s Information Technology Laboratory Computational Science and Engineering Division chief.

The program represents another opportunity to grow the local economy through cutting-edge workforce training.

“The future of technology developments in our community is tied to a highly capable coding workforce,” said Dr. Jeff Holland, chairman of the Warren County Economic Development Foundation and board member of the Vicksburg Warren Economic Development Partnership. “The Vicksburg Coding Academy is a critical step toward achieving that workforce. It sets our community up for success.”

For information on the program, contact Moak’s office at 601.629.6804.

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