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Hinds CC Utica Campus reopens newly renovated Student Center
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01 September

Hinds CC Utica Campus reopens newly renovated Student Center

The Utica Campus of Hinds Community College officially opened the newly renovated J. Louis Stokes Student Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Aug. 31.

The building underwent a massive multi-million dollar renovation and took four years to complete. The student center is home to Student Services and dining areas, as well as computer labs, financial aid and the campus bookstore.

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse addresses the crowd at the newly renovated J. Louis Stokes Student Center at the Utica Campus of Hinds Community College. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse addresses the crowd at the newly renovated J. Louis Stokes Student Center at the Utica Campus of Hinds Community College. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Ceremony speakers included Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, Utica Campus Vice President Dr. Tyrone Jackson, Board of Trustees President Paul Breazeale and Alexis Williamson, president of the Utica Campus Student Government Association. Among the guests were family members of J. Louis Stokes, for whom the building was named in 1998.

Renovations on the building began October 2013 and concluded this summer. The $5 million project was funded by the Title III, Part B Strengthening HBCUs funding formula.

In his remarks, Jackson noted that the facility will serve three main purposes: To recruit and retain students, promote the “third space” concept, which is learning outside the classroom, and serve as a catalyst for student success.

“The Student Center will assist students tremendously when matriculating through the system.  A popular concept in higher education is call ‘third space.’ Its focus is on learning that takes place outside of the classroom. This fine facility will assist students in supplementing classroom instruction. Research supports just as much learning takes place outside of the classroom as it does inside of the classroom. This facility serves as a catalyst,” Jackson said.

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse and a number of guests helped to celebrate the ribbon-cutting for the J. Louis Stokes Student Center at Hinds Community College's Utica Campus. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse and a number of guests helped to celebrate the ribbon-cutting for the J. Louis Stokes Student Center at Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Hundreds of students and staff, as well as guests toured the 21,066-sq.-ft. building enjoying live music and food.  Patrons were allowed to visit labs and offices, the bookstore and the many dining areas. Decked out with new furniture and creative amenities, the renovated student union received rave reviews from all in attendance.

“This building will be important for our students and will serve the campus well. You won’t find a facility of this kind more beautiful and functional then this building. We’re very proud of the outcome,” said Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse.

The student union was dedicated on March 19, 1998, to J. Louis Stokes, the sixth and final president of Utica Junior College. Stokes held the position during the college’s merger with the Hinds Junior College District in 1982. From 1987-1993, he was vice president for Continuing Education and Community Services. From 1993 until his retirement in 1997, he served as executive assistant to the president for special projects.

 

J. Louis Stokes Student Center reopens at Hinds CC Utica Campus.

 

Family members of J. Louis Stokes' family outside the building named in his honor at Hinds Community College's Utica Campus.

Family members of J. Louis Stokes’ family outside the building named in his honor at Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus.

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 Utica Campus to unveil renovated J. Louis Stokes Student Center
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30 August

Hinds CC Utica Campus to unveil renovated J. Louis Stokes Student Center

Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus will hold a ceremony at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31 to officially re-open the student center.

The J. Louis Stokes Student Center, a 21,066-square-foot facility, will be open to students, staff and the public. It houses computer labs, Student Services offices, the campus bookstore and dining areas.

The newly remodeled Student Union on the Utica Campus of HCC. This lounge area has room for 100 students to gather and socialize between classes.

The newly remodeled Student Union on the Utica Campus of HCC. This lounge area has room for 100 students to gather and socialize between classes.

Speakers for the ceremony include Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, Utica Campus Vice President Dr. Tyrone Jackson, Hinds Community College Board of Trustees President Paul Breazeale and Alexis Williamson, president of the Utica Campus Student Government Association.

Renovations on the building began October 2013 with the first of three phases, which concluded this summer. The $5 million project was funded by the Title III, Part B Strengthening HBCUs funding formula.

“The third phase was the addition,” said project architect Bill Campbell. “We gutted the entire first floor and put on additions to three sides of it to increase student dining, to create a student lounge space and create an enlarged kitchen and dining area.”

The student center on the Utica Campus was dedicated on March 19, 1998, to J. Louis Stokes, the sixth and final president of Utica Junior College. Stokes held the position during the college’s merger with the Hinds Junior College District in 1982. From 1987-1993, he was vice president for Continuing Education and Community Services. From 1993 until his retirement in 1997, he served as executive assistant to the president for special projects.

Renovated Stokes Student Center reopens at Hinds CC Utica Campus.

 

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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Sanderson Farm internship gives Hinds CC Utica Campus student something to squawk about
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Sanderson Farm internship gives Hinds CC Utica Campus student something to squawk about

Hard work and determination go a long way when you begin your career with that belief.  At the age of 19, Utica Campus sophomore Khadejiah Summers is ready to put that theory to the test.

Summers, a Port Gibson native studying plant soil science, completed a 10-week summer internship at Sanderson Farms in Hazlehurst learning the ins and outs of producing, processing and positioning poultry for consumer consumption.

Khadejia Summers completed a Ten-Week Internship at Sanderson Farms this summer.  There, she gain experience and knowledge on producing, processing and packing poultry products for consumer comsumption.

Khadejia Summers completed a 10-week internship at Sanderson Farms this summer. There, she gained experience and knowledge about producing, processing and packing poultry products for consumer consumption.

The internship required 10 weeks of work, broken down into specified sections. As an intern, Summers received training and rotated through several divisions, from live production, to processing and then onto foods. She also received a mentor to guide her through the internship.

She was paid for 40 hours a week, received regular feedback and evaluations plus an opportunity to advance into Sanderson Farms’ Beginning Trainee Program. Among the processes she learned about were preparing the poultry, including evisceration and deboning, and packing and shipping the products.

“This internship was the first job I have ever had. I loved it and learned so much.  There is so much opportunity at Sanderson Farms. Everybody there is family and they made me feel at home. Some things, I liked. Shipping and packaging was great. Some things, not as much — evisceration.  But I truly enjoyed my summer with them and hope to go back next year,” Summers said.

Summers hopes to one day teach plant soil science on a college level.

 

Sanderson Farms internship benefits Hinds CC Utica Campus student.

 

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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Welcome Back to Hinds CC Utica: First day jitters
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18 August

Welcome Back to Hinds CC Utica: First day jitters

The Utica Campus’ new students came ready to make their mark on the grounds as well as in life.

Classes began at Hinds Community College on Aug.14, welcoming new and returning students. Welcome week events included orientations, socials, teambuilding activities, food and fun. Students reconnected over ice cream, glow parties and tours of the new Student Union Building, scheduled for a grand opening on Aug. 31. Parents also joined in the activities, walking students to classes and ensuring that their student affairs were in order.

“As an incoming freshman, I get nervous about this year,” said Dewuyne Kirk of Jackson.

“I am seeing many new things, which can be intimidating. But, I look forward to classes and seeing what happens next.”

Parents like Patrick and Peri Freeman of Canton wanted to visit the campus to get a first-hand view of what their child would face. “Guidance is important at this stage, we can’t just drop them off and leave,” they said.

Beginning college can be a very scary time in a student’s life. First day jitters happens to most and require a solid support system. The Utica Campus offers student support services, resources and activities that promote academic leadership, friendships building and retention for student success, said Vice President Dr. Tyrone Jackson, who is also district dean of Students.

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

 

Hinds CC Utica Campus students began fall 2017 semester.

 

Patrick and Peri Freeman of Canton takes time for a photo while waiting to speak with  the financial aid department.

Patrick and Peri Freeman of Canton takes time for a photo while waiting to speak with the financial aid department.

Career and Technical Dean Kenisha Shelton helps a student and her parent find a class on campus during Aug. 14 first day of school activities.

Career and Technical Dean Kenisha Shelton helps a student and her parent find a class on campus during Aug. 14 first day of school activities.

Vice President Dr. Tyrone Jackson took time to greet students and parents during the first day of school activities, including freshman Allen Rouse of Jackson.

Vice President Dr. Tyrone Jackson took time to greet students and parents during the first day of school activities, including freshman Allen Rouse of Jackson.

Dr. Erin Vaughn Jones, director of Instruction and Intervention Equals Retention and Graduation, assists student Eric Terry and mother with paperwork on Aug. 14 during first day activities at Hinds CC Utica.

Dr. Erin Vaughn Jones, director of Instruction and Intervention Equals Retention and Graduation, assists student Eric Terry and mother with paperwork on Aug. 14 during first day activities at Hinds CC Utica.

Student filled lines stretched far and wide during the first day of school at Hinds CC Utica on August 14.

Student filled lines stretched far and wide during the first day of school at Hinds CC Utica on August 14.

Chief Percy Terrell helped to point a mom and daughter team in the right direction during the Aug. 14 first Day of school activities.

Chief Percy Terrell helped to point a mom and daughter team in the right direction during the Aug. 14 first Day of school activities.

Librarian Jean Greene took many photos for students for ID purposes on Aug. 14 during the first day of school activities on the Utica campus. Shown here with Dewuyne Kirk of Jackson.

Librarian Jean Greene took many photos for students for ID purposes on Aug. 14 during the first day of school activities on the Utica campus. Shown here with Dewuyne Kirk of Jackson.

Crystal Henry, director of Student Housing and Residence Lifee, was on hand to cool the students down with snow cones while the found their way across campus on Aug. 14.

Crystal Henry, director of Student Housing and Residence Lifee, was on hand to cool the students down with snow cones while the found their way across campus on Aug. 14.

Hinds CC Utica Campus staff welcomed students with T-Shirts and smiles as they made their way to classes on the first day of school. They are, from left, Sharron Melton, Brianna Watkins, Margaret Mims, Joshua Knox, Diana Brown and Jean Greene.

Hinds CC Utica Campus staff welcomed students with T-Shirts and smiles as they made their way to classes on the first day of school. They are, from left, Sharron Melton, Brianna Watkins, Margaret Mims, Joshua Knox, Diana Brown and Jean Greene.

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Hinds CC head football coach Murphy steps aside; new head coach named
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16 August

Hinds CC head football coach Murphy steps aside; new head coach named

Coach Gene Murphy, who has led the Hinds Community College Eagles in football for 33 years, is stepping down as head coach but will continue as athletic director.

“As athletic director, Coach Murphy will continue to provide leadership and support to the athletes, coaches and staff of the athletic department,” said Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse.

Effective immediately, Larry Williams will assume the position of head football coach. Williams has served as the defensive coordinator for the last four seasons. He also served in this capacity previously from 2003-2009.

“Williams’ experience in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges is impressive, and he will provide steady leadership for our football team and the coaching staff,” Muse said.

Murphy completed his eighth season in his second stint as head football coach last year. He was also head coach from 1987 to 2003. He has served as athletic director since July 1997.

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“It has been a privilege to serve as the head football coach at Hinds Community College. It has also been a privilege to work along some very special assistant coaches,” Murphy said. “It is my hope that my coaching legacy will be, in short, an impact on thousands of young men in learning how to become successful on the football field, but more importantly in the game of life.”

Up to this point, Murphy has been the winningest active coach in the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Under his tenure, a Mississippi Association of Community and Junior College and National Junior College Athletic Association Region XXIII title in 1988 was followed up a few years later by a four-peat between 1994 and 1997 for both trophies. A sixth state and regional title under Murphy and the program’s 13th overall came in 2000.

Murphy’s teams have gone 172-76-5 in his two tenures as coach, from 1987-03 and 2009-present, guiding teams to the state playoffs 14 times and eight junior college bowl games. During that stretch, numerous former Eagles have gone on to notable careers at four-year universities and more than 50 have played in the National Football League.

Marks of success both on the football field and off are evident in the 15 times the college has won the David Halbrook Award since 1987. The award is given to the community or junior college with the highest percentage of graduates or completers in its athletic programs district-wide.

Williams offered kudos to Murphy as a mentor who has helped him over the years get to this point.

“I’m extremely excited and blessed to be the new head football coach of Hinds Community College.  Being a head coach is something I’ve always dreamed of, and I’m ready to lead this talented group of young men and get this season going,” he said.

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“I want to thank Dr. Muse and Gene Murphy for giving me this opportunity. I’ve worked with Gene for a long time now and I’ve learned so much from that man. He changed the culture and set the high standards not only for Hinds Community College but Mississippi Junior college football in general,” he said.

Williams said he plans to follow in Murphy’s footsteps.

“My main goal is to continue to build upon the great tradition of this football program and to make Hinds a household name in the state of Mississippi,” he said.

Williams had immediate impact on the Hinds defense in his first season back in Raymond and the defensive unit finished 14th in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) standings in total defense.

Williams also served as the defensive coordinator at Co-Lin, helping lead the Wolfpack to the 2012 MACJC state championship, and spent the 2010 season as the defensive line coach at East Mississippi Community College.

A former standout at Mississippi Delta Community College and Mississippi State University, Williams returned to MDCC to begin his coaching career for a six-year stint, serving as the Trojans’ defensive coordinator and defensive line coach from 1997 until 2002. He helped guide Delta to a pair of state runner-up finishes (1997 and 2001).

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

Hinds CC’s Murphy steps aside as head football coach; new coach named.
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Classes under way at Hinds CC’s Rankin Campus
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14 August

Classes under way at Hinds CC’s Rankin Campus

Fall classes at Hinds Community College got under way on Aug. 14, including at the Rankin Campus in Pearl.

Late registration continues throughout the week until Friday, Aug. 18.

The Rankin Campus added an Honors program last fall. A new addition for fall 2017 is the college-level culinary arts program, which is also at Hinds’ Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center, Utica and Vicksburg campuses.

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

 

Hinds CC classes began on Aug. 14; late registration continues through Aug. 18.

 

Renita Lane, right, gives Tiera Hubbard her freshly printed Hinds student ID on the first day back to class at the Rankin Campus of Hinds Community College. Hubbard, of Braxton, is a freshman planning to study forensic psychology. (April Garon/Hinds Community College).

Renita Lane, right, gives Tiera Hubbard her freshly printed Hinds student ID on the first day back to class at the Rankin Campus of Hinds Community College. Hubbard, of Braxton, is a freshman planning to study forensic psychology. (April Garon/Hinds Community College).

Sophomore Shymirror Pringle, left,  of Pearl, helps Destiny Lyles, of Byram, with her class schedule. Pringle is studying Pre-Law, while Lyles is training in ultrasound technology. (April Garon/Hinds Community College).

Sophomore Shymirror Pringle, left, of Pearl, helps Destiny Lyles, of Byram, with her class schedule. Pringle is studying Pre-Law, while Lyles is training in ultrasound technology. (April Garon/Hinds Community College).

Hinds Community College Rankin Campus bookstore employee Thomas Ford helps Courtland McClung purchase textbooks.  McClung is a sophomore from Jackson studying physical therapy. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Hinds Community College Rankin Campus bookstore employee Thomas Ford helps Courtland McClung purchase textbooks. McClung is a sophomore from Jackson studying physical therapy. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Hinds Community College Rankin Campus bookstore employee Minnie McGruder, right, helps Endia Bingham purchase textbooks on the first day of the fall semester. Bingham is a freshman from Jackson studying Medical Technology.  (April Garon/Hinds Community College).

Hinds Community College Rankin Campus bookstore employee Minnie McGruder, right, helps Endia Bingham purchase textbooks on the first day of the fall semester. Bingham is a freshman from Jackson studying Medical Technology. (April Garon/Hinds Community College).

Kayla McNatt, of Florence, grabs a snack in between classes on the first day of the fall semester. McNatt is a Business and Accounting student. (April Garon/Hinds Community College).

Kayla McNatt, of Florence, grabs a snack in between classes on the first day of the fall semester. McNatt is a Business and Accounting student. (April Garon/Hinds Community College).

Friends Aijah Dixon, Allie Burke, Mikayla Hill and Megan Keyes, reunited before going to classes on the first day of the fall semester at the Rankin Campus of Hinds Community College. The freshmen and Keyes, a sophomore, are all of Brandon. Dixon and Burke are General Studies students; Hill plans to major in elementary education and Keyes is studying nursing.  (April Garon/Hinds Community College).

Friends Aijah Dixon, Allie Burke, Mikayla Hill and Megan Keyes, reunited before going to classes on the first day of the fall semester at the Rankin Campus of Hinds Community College. The freshmen and Keyes, a sophomore, are all of Brandon. Dixon and Burke are General Studies students; Hill plans to major in elementary education and Keyes is studying nursing. (April Garon/Hinds Community College).

Sophomore Hayla Cockrell, of Brandon, who plans a career in business, chats with Haley McManus, right, also of Brandon. McManus is a transfer pre-Dental Assisting Technology student. (April Garon/Hinds Community College).

Sophomore Hayla Cockrell, of Brandon, who plans a career in business, chats with Haley McManus, right, also of Brandon. McManus is a transfer pre-Dental Assisting Technology student. (April Garon/Hinds Community College).

Colby Barrett, of Flowood, and Ryan Mackrel, of Grenada, walk to class on the first day of the fall semester. Barrett is studying computer networking and Mackrel is studying radiology. (April Garon/Hinds Community College).

Colby Barrett, of Flowood, and Ryan Mackrel, of Grenada, walk to class on the first day of the fall semester. Barrett is studying computer networking and Mackrel is studying radiology. (April Garon/Hinds Community College).

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Hinds CC Utica Campus offers SummerPrep program for pre-teens
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07 August

Hinds CC Utica Campus offers SummerPrep program for pre-teens

Nayla McClure had a productive summer attending SummerPrep at Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus.

McClure, an eighth-grader at Utica Middle School, spent the month of June in the program instead of doing what she believes most other kids do.

Utica Middle School eighth-grader Nayla McClure attended the 2017 TRIO/Talent Search Summer Enrichment Camp held June 19-30 on the Utica Campus of Hinds Community College.

Utica Middle School eighth-grader Nayla McClure attended the 2017 TRIO/Talent Search Summer Enrichment Camp held June 19-30 on the Utica Campus of Hinds Community College.

“They’re sitting around watching television,” she said. “Attending this program is important because during the summer most kids are not really doing much with their time.”

And not only that, she had an opportunity to learn a few things in a different environment.

“SummerPrep is preparing us for our next grade. During the regular school year, classes are 18 to 20 kids deep. One-on-one time is unheard of; with SummerPrep, the classes are smaller so your teacher can help you individually if you’re struggling,” she said.

“This program is very rigorous and focused on raising seventh-, eighth- and ninth-graders to a higher level,” said Pamela Williams, Director of Talent Search. “Our goal is to prepare them for what they will face in the upcoming school year. That age group sometimes face challenges. Kids often get lost in the shuffle. Our program gives them support and strengthens them for the challenges to come.”

The program is under the TRIO umbrella, which also includes Talent Search, Students Support Service and Upward Bound. Talent Search focus mainly on middle school and high school students, and the overall purpose of the program is to help students get to a post-secondary education.

The program is offered yearly on the Utica Campus and accepts around 40 students from surrounding schools.TRIO Programs (Teaching, Reaching and Inspiring Our Youths) are federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post baccalaureate programs.

Pamela Williams, program director for TRIO/Talent Search on the Utica Campus

Pamela Williams, program director for TRIO/Talent Search on the Utica Campus

Low-income, first-generation students take priority; they make up about two-thirds of their population. The focus is to get those students from middle school, to high school, to college and to complete college. The program incorporates a mixture of tutorial, workshops and motivational speakers to engage their middle school audience, Williams said.

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

 

Hinds CC Utica Campus keeps middle-schoolers learning over summer.

 

 

Bria Thomas, standing, gives a presentation to cohort participants, from left, Asia Taylor, Marzavier Willis, Travaughnia Bingham, Ar'Mond Abram, instructor Kedra Harris-Pope and Minn'Quaila Fair.

Bria Thomas, standing, gives a presentation to cohort participants, from left, Asia Taylor, Marzavier Willis, Travaughnia Bingham, Ar’Mond Abram, instructor Kedra Harris-Pope and Minn’Quaila Fair.

TRIO/ Talent Search Camp participants from the bottom: left to right-Director Pamela Williams, Andrello Taylor, Jasmine Hughes, Faye Cornelius, Ar'Mond Abram, Kendra Harris, Asia Taylor, Jamaria Willis, Kylee Kemp, Angeles Mendez, Maria Ramirez, Roge' Ne' Hilliard, Timothy Thompson, Jr., Travaughnia Bingham, TaNeysha Johnson, Jacqueria Blockmon, Nayla McClure, Bria Thomas, Italian Johnson, Marzavier Willis, Alexis Shinard, Alexandria Williams, Wiljeria Bumphis, Cedrick Fisher, Kelsa Thomas, ZyCasha King, Kaitlyn Young, Kakayla Watts

TRIO/ Talent Search Camp participants from the bottom: left to right-Director Pamela Williams, Andrello Taylor, Jasmine Hughes, Faye Cornelius, Ar’Mond Abram, Kendra Harris, Asia Taylor, Jamaria Willis, Kylee Kemp, Angeles Mendez, Maria Ramirez, Roge’ Ne’ Hilliard, Timothy Thompson, Jr., Travaughnia Bingham, TaNeysha Johnson, Jacqueria Blockmon, Nayla McClure, Bria Thomas, Italian Johnson, Marzavier Willis, Alexis Shinard, Alexandria Williams, Wiljeria Bumphis, Cedrick Fisher, Kelsa Thomas, ZyCasha King, Kaitlyn Young, Kakayla Watts

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Hinds CC honoring ‘100 People Passionate about Hinds Community College’
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31 July

Hinds CC honoring ‘100 People Passionate about Hinds Community College’

It’s not every day that a college turns 100 years old, but for Hinds Community College, 2017 is a special year commemorating 100 Years of Community Inspired Service.

Hinds opened in September 1917 as an agricultural high school, becoming a junior college in the 1920s.

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Beginning in January 2017, the college has been putting a Centennial spin on annual events, special alumni reunions and numerous other activities to involve the community as well as employees in a year-long celebration.

One of the highlights of the Centennial celebration, which wraps up in November 2017, is the selection of 100 People Passionate about Hinds Community College. The 100 People will be honored at a special program and reception at 6:30 p.m., Aug. 10 at Cain-Cochran Hall on the Raymond Campus. The public is invited.

The project started when the extended college family and alumni were asked to nominate people who are “passionate” about Hinds. Over the course of six months, from July to December 2016, a total of 658 people were nominated, said Jackie Granberry, executive director of the Hinds Community College Foundation.

“There is no doubt that there are hundreds of others who could have just as well been on this list,” Granberry said. “With the rich and distinguished history of the college over the last 100 years, we realize that there are many more — much more than 100 — who have a passion for Hinds.”

From the 658 people nominated, a series of committees finally narrowed the nominations down to 100 people.

“This list was not intended to be a list of notable alumni, major donors, dedicated community leaders or even outstanding employees,” Granberry said. “This list was to include people who were passionate about Hinds Community College — individuals who through their actions and words have demonstrated that they felt very strongly about the college and the impact that it had on their life and the lives of others.”

Among the 100 are a current and former governor, both of whom attended Hinds.

Many of the 100 People are natives of the college’s district of Hinds, Rankin, Warren, Claiborne and Copiah counties, and about half of the 100 still live in the area. About three-fourths of them were Hinds employees at some point in their career, although presidents of the college were not among those considered for the list. Among employees, Lola Allen was in the first graduating class in 1923 and was then was employed at Hinds for 43 years until 1966.

In a handful of cases, couples are being honored together. Family members of those who are deceased are asked to represent their loved one but all will be honored. For more information about the Centennial, see 100.hindscc.edu

‘100 People Passionate about Hinds CC’ to be honored Aug. 10.

 

The 100 People Passionate about Hinds Community College are as follows:

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A.A. Alexander

Lola Allen

Bobbie Anderson

Lou Anne Askew

Billie Banes

Sharp Banks

George Barnes

Anna Cowden Bee

Emma and T.T. Beemon

Charles Bell

Walter Bivins

Peggy Brent

Sue and Fred Brooks

Gov. Phillip Bryant

Bill Buckner

Tom Burnham

Robert Cannada

Emma Grace and

W.H. Cochran

Bobby Cooper

Rosia and Johnny Crisler

Lamar Currie

H.H. “Shine” Davis

Katherine and A.L. Denton

Bob Dunaway

David Durham

Beverly and Ben Fatherree

Pat Flaherty

Jane Flowers

D.G. “Sonny” Fountain

Howell Gage

Walter Gibbes

Albert Gore

Durwood Graham

Jackie Mangum Granberry

F.M. Greaves

Anne Hardy

Jim El and Jobie Harris

Colleen Hartfield

Mike Hataway

Linden Haynes

Troy Henderson

Mildred Herrin

Dan Hogan

Warren Hood

Adam Jenkins

Roger Jones

Ted Kendall III

Dean Kirby

Ann and Bob Laster

Earl Leggett

Dean Liles

Bell Lindsey

Joe Loviza

Con Maloney

Ray Marshall

Lee Mayo

W.M. McKenzie

Cleon McKnight

Joe Moss

Bob Mullins

Vashti Muse

Mary Etta Naftel

Clifford Nelson

Carla Nicks

Bill Oakes

Donald Oakes

J.B. Patrick

Nell Ann Pickett

Polly and Mike Rabalais

Geneva and Leslie Reeves

Joe Renfroe

Irl Dean Rhodes

Troy Ricks

Virginia and Marvin Riggs

Henry Riser

Grady Sheffield

Tom Shepherd

O.H. Simmons

Jim Smith

Jimmy C. Smith

Mary Ann Sones

Lurline Stewart

Wayne Stonecypher

Dale Sullivan

Larry Swales

E.E. “Tad” Thrash

Jack Treloar

Michael Vinson

Alice and Charles Walker

Gary Walker

René T. Warren

Walter Washington

Lynn Weathersby

Tom Weathersby

Gov. John Bell Williams

Liles Williams

R.E. “Ed” Woolley

George Wynne

David Yewell

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 Utica Campus STEM-UP Academy paves way for college success
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26 July

Hinds Utica Campus STEM-UP Academy paves way for college success

Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus hosted their annual STEM-UP Academy June 11-23. The academy, also known as College Success Camp, gave incoming 2017-18 freshmen a firsthand look at college life, including living on campus, social engagement and academic success development.

“We feel that it’s important that we give students a glimpse of college life before they actually enroll in the fall semester,” said Jonathan Townes, STEM program coordinator. “It is important for students to engage with other students with similar interest as their own. This camp allows them to build positive relationship with fellow students who are going down the same path as they are, but also giving them the mindset that they need to succeed going into the fall semester.”

STEM-UP Academy top student Hezekiah Williams of Edwards, left, with College Success camp program coordinator, Jonathan Townes, after completing the two-week program on June 23.

STEM-UP Academy top student Hezekiah Williams of Edwards, left, with College Success camp program coordinator, Jonathan Townes, after completing the two-week program on June 23.

Participating students enjoyed activities that focused on Building Math Skills, Building Learning Communities and Teamwork.  Daily sessions began at 8:30 a.m. and would last until 8 p.m., giving students long, full days to work on Pre-tests, Modules and completing work in the open labs.

STEM-UP/ College Success Camp is a condensed mixture of five 16-week mathematical courses into 10 days. The accelerated camp housed 19 participants, all required to live and learn on the Utica Campus.The program demanded full focus and consistency of the students who were engulfed in none stop lessons and testing in Mathematics.

The main focal point is algebra, which is a subject that most students struggle with in college.

This program sharpened me,” said incoming freshman Hezekiah Williams of Edwards.I took advanced math classes in high school. My curriculum was Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry and then trigonometry. All of the algebra became buried under the extras. This program sharpened me to the point where all of the algebra is back in the front of my mind.”

STEM, which stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, is important because it pervades every part of life. Science and technology endeavors grow daily while engineering and math skills persist in our constant way of life. Being able to calculate daily tasks using algebra and calculus matters when you are building highways and balancing checkbooks.

“The STEM-UP College Success Camp helps students to be strong mathematicians,” said Dr. Mitchell Shears, Director of Title III and Sponsored Grants.This support system is coupled with math coaches and mentors to students to ensure that they are confident in their mathematical responses and can validate their answers.

“We encourage our STEM majors to take math courses beyond college algebra. We offer Statistics, Pre-Calculus and Calculus to our students in the STEM program and the College Success Camp helps them to overcome any barriers and challenges,” Shears said. “Additionally, this camp helps students to build relationships with other incoming freshmen by becoming members of a cohort who all have the same goal, which is to continue their STEM studies at a four-year institution after graduating with their associate’s degree.”

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

 

Hinds CC Utica Campus STEM-UP brings in incoming freshmen.

 

STEM-UP Academy participants, all incoming freshman to Hinds’ Utica Campus, completed 16 weeks of intense math courses in 10 days during the STEM-UP Academy June 11-23. They are, front from left, Kennauri Anderson, Ny'Daisha Dortch, Jasmine Meeks, Kamryn Dismuke, Qualyne Fuller, Kambral Love, Jimmy Jones, Hezekiah Williams,Victoria Johnson, Antionette Womack, Kristi Marshall; back from left,Tevin Sylvester, Renisha Sweet, Eli Hodge, Dwayne Braxton, Tomecia Jacobs, Frederick Jackson, Trinity Torrey and Stori Jones.

STEM-UP Academy participants, all incoming freshman to Hinds’ Utica Campus, completed 16 weeks of intense math courses in 10 days during the STEM-UP Academy June 11-23. They are, front from left, Kennauri Anderson, Ny’Daisha Dortch, Jasmine Meeks, Kamryn Dismuke, Qualyne Fuller, Kambral Love, Jimmy Jones, Hezekiah Williams,Victoria Johnson, Antionette Womack, Kristi Marshall; back from left,Tevin Sylvester, Renisha Sweet, Eli Hodge, Dwayne Braxton, Tomecia Jacobs, Frederick Jackson, Trinity Torrey and Stori Jones.

Top honor students from the 2017 STEM-UP Academy along with 14 others worked 12 full hours a day for two weeks during the camp, which was designed to reinforce math skills and work behavior. They are, from left, Hezekiah Williams, Renisha Sweet, Ny'Daisha Dortch, Trinity Torrey and Kristi Marshall.

Top honor students from the 2017 STEM-UP Academy along with 14 others worked 12 full hours a day for two weeks during the camp, which was designed to reinforce math skills and work behavior. They are, from left, Hezekiah Williams, Renisha Sweet, Ny’Daisha Dortch, Trinity Torrey and Kristi Marshall.

STEM-UP Academy participants, from left, Kamryn Dismuke, Stori Jones, Reneisha Sweet and Kambrial Love take a break from studies.

STEM-UP Academy participants, from left, Kamryn Dismuke, Stori Jones, Reneisha Sweet and Kambrial Love take a break from studies.

STEM-UP students participant in group activities during the June 11-23 camp. They are, sitting from left, Trinity Torrey and Ny’Daisha Dortch; standing, Xavier Reed, Dwayne Braxton and Jimmy Jones.

STEM-UP students participant in group activities during the June 11-23 camp. They are, sitting from left, Trinity Torrey and Ny’Daisha Dortch; standing, Xavier Reed, Dwayne Braxton and Jimmy Jones.

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Early Childhood Academy opening at Hinds CC
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Early Childhood Academy opening at Hinds CC

Hinds Community College is becoming the home to one of 10 Early Childhood Academies being housed at community colleges throughout the state.

An open house to spotlight the new program, which officially opens on July 1, is planned for 2 p.m. June 15 at the academy’s headquarters in the Adult Education Building on the Raymond Campus.

“We’re pleased to have this new program at Hinds. With the large number of child care centers in our college district, it is a much needed resource,” said Vice President Dr. Chad Stocks.

The Early Childhood Academy program has several components: professional development, technical assistance and resource and referrals for the approximately 250 child care centers in those counties. The program also offer referrals for families who need guidance.

Currently, the project has two employees, but Stocks is expecting that number to grow quickly. LaTina Gray and Amelda Ellis will oversee the Early Childhood Academy for the Hinds district.

LaTina Gray, left, and Amelda Ellis with some of the materials available to child care providers at the new Early Childhood Academy on the Raymond Campus of Hinds Community College.

LaTina Gray, left, and Amelda Ellis with some of the materials available to child care providers at the new Early Childhood Academy on the Raymond Campus of Hinds Community College.

“We’re going to be providing training and professional development to child care providers across the Hinds County district area in the counties of Warren, Hinds, Claiborne and Rankin,” said Gray, coaching and professional development specialist.

For the child care providers, the academy will have scheduled professional development training to be announced later.

“We will train them on a number of topics, such as health and safety, child growth and development, nutrition, planning learning activities, guidance and discipline, linkage with community services, communications and relations with families and detection of child abuse,” she said.

The centers will also have access to materials and resources at the center from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays.

“The providers and teachers can come out and use any materials and tools, including printing machines, the copier, and lamination— anything that they need to get classrooms where they want them to be, any resources that we have,” Gray said. “They can pull from resources that we will have available in our resource center.”

Parents will be able to find out about local child care centers through the referral and data collection service. They also will be able to pull from in content area they might need for parenting, she said.

Gray of Pearl holds a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s in Childcare and Family Education, both from Jackson State University.

“I want to help and guide childcare providers, teachers and families that are a part of the Early Childhood Academy program to a successful path and ensure that high quality services for the children and families of Mississippi are provided,” she said.

Ellis of Jackson works as a resource and referral associate for the program. Ellis has a Master of Arts in Elementary Education and a bachelor’s degree in the same subject, both from Alcorn State University.

“I want to be transparent, hands on and resourceful with the providers and community,” she said. “I also want to build cohesive relationships with local agencies. Finally, I want to be welcoming and inviting to all the people whom I will come in contact with on a daily basis in the Resource and Referral Center.”

Both arrived at Hinds from the Mississippi State University Early Years Network.

Hinds CC’s Early Childhood Academy has open house 2 p.m. June 15.

 

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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