Hinds CC's Utica Campus hosts Career Fair

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Posted by on 17 February

Hinds CC’s Utica Campus hosts Career Fair

The Entrepreneurship Program at Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus will sponsor a Career Fair on Wednesday, Feb. 26 for those seeking employment and for those seeking employee. Jessica Smith, director of the Utica Campus Business Development Program, says she expects a large pool of job seekers as well as employers to be on hand for the event. 

The Career Fair is especially targeting career and technical students who will soon be graduating and joining the workforce. Opportunities will include internship, co-op, seasonal, part-time and full-time employment.

The Career Fair will be 10 a.m. to noon and held in the J.D. Boyd Gymnasium.  It is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Jessica Smith at 601.885.7118 or email at

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Posted by on 13 February

Hinds CC Utica Campus hosts high school Senior Day


Dr. Bobby Cooper directs the Utica Campus' renowned Jubilee Singers at a recent event.

Dr. Bobby Cooper directs the Utica Campus’ renowned Jubilee Singers at a recent event.

Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus will host Senior Day for high school students from Hinds, Claiborne, Copiah, Warren and Rankin counties on Friday, Feb. 28.  The events will be held in the J.D. Boyd Gymnasium from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

The various programs and departments will have displays set up for viewing and students may tour the campus and the department of their choice. Activities planned for the day will include a fashion and talent show, an art and essay contest, and a speaking contest. Several of the programs will have live demonstrations, such as, barbering, cosmetology, clothing textile and music.

Personnel will be available to assist students in completing applications of admission, financial aid, scholarships and housing.

Lunch will be provided.

For additional information, contact Charles Bell at 601.885.7048 or at

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Hinds CC Wind Ensemble to perform 2 concerts
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10 February

Hinds CC Wind Ensemble to perform 2 concerts

The Hinds Community College Wind Ensemble will perform two programs in preparation for the group’s trip to France in May. The concert will include patriotic selections and works by Mississippi composers.

The Hinds Wind Ensemble will perform in France May 14-21 through the American Celebration of Music in coordination with the U.S. Department of Defense. This concert series will be part of the 70th Anniversary “Commemorations of D-Day: The Battle of Normandy and the Liberation of France.” Invited music ensembles will be recognized in France for their participation in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Fifty-two Hinds students and eleven faculty will make the trip to France for three performances by the Hinds Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and Brass Quintet.

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The first concert is 7 p.m. Feb. 27 at Cain-Cochran Hall on the Raymond Campus. Selections include John Williams’ “The Star Spangled Banner,” which was composed for the 2004 Rose Bowl; “Solas Ane” by Samuel Hazo; “Beyond Whistler” by Ralph Ford; “Chant Funeraire” by Gabrielle Faure, commissioned by the French government for the centenary of Napoleon Bonaparte’s death; “On a Hymnsong of Phillip Bliss” by David Holsinger and “The Stars and Stripes Forever” by John Philip Sousa.

The second concert is 7 p.m. April 24, also at Cain-Cochran Hall on the Raymond Campus. The selections are “Crown Imperial” by William Walton, arranged by W.J. Duthoit; “Hymn to the Fallen”, from “Saving Private Ryan”, by John Williams; “Fanfare for the Common Man” by Aaron Copland; Columbia-Eagle March by Mississippi composer James Sclater; “Savor the Last Dance” by Mississippi composer Tyler Griffin and “One Life Beautiful” by Julie Giroux.

Admission is $5 each for the concerts

For more information on the Hinds Community College band, see

For more information on the American Celebration of Music, see

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07 February

Eagle Experience recruiting event attracts area seniors

More than 750 area high school seniors attended Hinds Community College’s Feb. 7 Eagle Experience on the Raymond Campus.

The Eagle Experience program allowed high school seniors to tour the Raymond Campus; interact with teachers and students; get information on admissions, scholarships, majors, housing, student life and more; and enjoy food, prizes,and fellowship.


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Posted by on 05 February

Hinds CC offering Medical Examiner certification test

Hinds Community College’s Assessment Center is now offering the certification test for Certified Medical Examiners.

Beginning May 21, 2014, all medical certificates issued to interstate truck and bus drivers must come from examiners listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. This is a requirement of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The National Registry requires medical examiners to participate in required training, pass a certification test and register on the National Registry system to become a certified medical examiner.

Hinds’ Assessment Center at the District Adult Education Building is open 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every third Saturday.

For more information, contact Tanya Dantzler Cole, Assessment coordinator, 601.857.3650 or

Or see the Hinds website at:



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Posted by on 05 February

Deadline approaching for fall 2014 Hinds CC scholarship

New or current students who want to apply for a Hinds Community College Foundation Scholarship for the 2014-2015 academic year have until March 1, 2014, to turn in their complete application packets. 

About 85 percent of students at Hinds receive financial aid of some kind.  Through the generosity of donors, the Hinds Community College Foundation awards scholarships to nearly 500 students each year.  The application process for Foundation Scholarships is easy.  Students can access the required forms on the college web site at

Students must submit the following documents by March 1 to be considered for a Hinds Community College Foundation Scholarship:

  • An application for admission to Hinds Community College. This application is available on the website at


  • An application for Foundation Scholarships that includes a summary of why the applicant feels he/she should be considered for a scholarship, a list of achievements and a brief statement of any special financial needs. Also submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is preferred but not required.


  • High school and/or college transcripts. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for scholarship purposes. Transcripts must demonstrate a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00 in order to be considered.


  • A copy of their ACT scores, if not posted on the high school transcript, or GED scores, if applicable.


  • Three recommendations from individuals (i.e. – school, church, community/civic organizations or work). Students must use the recommendation form available on the website at It is the student’s responsibility to provide copies of the form to the individuals who are providing their recommendations and to have those submitted by the March 1 deadline.


The Hinds Community College Foundation manages nearly 300 scholarship funds.  The Foundation awards more than 500 student scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,160.

Another scholarship opportunity for high school seniors is the ACT scholarship. ACT scholarships range from $1,000-$3,000 per semester. Students who attend Hinds as their first college after high school graduation will automatically receive an ACT scholarships if they have a 21 or above on the ACT. Eligible recipients must also be a Mississippi resident. For more information about the ACT scholarship, please visit

Students may contact Marie Smith, Hinds Community College Recruiter/Scholarship Coordinator, at 601.857.3744 or for information related to applying for Foundation scholarships.

Persons interested in providing scholarships may contact Betty Caraway, Donor Relations Coordinator for the Foundation, at 601.857.3800.


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Posted by on 31 January

Hinds’ Single Stop program rolls out free tax prep for students

All Hinds Community College students can get free tax preparation on the Raymond Campus beginning today, Jan. 31, as the first step in the college’s new partnership with Single Stop USA. (See the schedule and contact information below.)

Single Stop USA is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping low-income individuals achieve financial self-sufficiency and economic mobility. 

“For a long time we have wanted to help our students be more successful, particularly those students who have difficulty, financially or otherwise, of completing a degree,” said Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse. “We know there’s a lot more to being successful in college than just being able to do the actual coursework. Many other things get in the way – child care, financial problems or whatever.”

At Hinds, Single Stop will help students with a variety of life issues that are getting in their way of staying in college and graduating, such as child care, food insecurity, transportation, housing and legal services. Single Stop can assess if a student is eligible for benefits and then assists the student in connecting with those resources.

Free tax preparation at Hinds through United Way is an example.

“I see Single Stop as a centralized approach to connect our students with external resources so that they can persist until they gradate or just achieve their educational goals while attending Hinds.  I think it’s one of the best initiatives in higher education that’s available today,” said Dr. Tyrone Jackson, district dean of students, who will oversee the program.

The first Hinds location will be in Room 117 in the District Adult Education Center on the corner of Hinds Boulevard across from Fountain Hall. Taheera Hoskins, formerly with the Gateway to College program on the Rankin Campus, is Hinds’ Single Stop coordinator.

Dr. Adren Wilson, Single Stop regional director for the Gulf Coast, said preliminary data show that graduation rates increase for the students who use Single Stop services.

“What this is all about is economic mobility and being self-sufficient,” he said. “We are looking at how we intervene, connect with and support your students so that they can succeed here, graduate and achieve their economic goals as well as their education goals.”

Free tax preparation for all Hinds students is available Jan. 31 to April 15.


•           Monday and Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.


•           Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Students should call Taheera Hoskins, 601.857.3233, to schedule an appointment. The tax preparation is in Room 117, District Adult Education Center, Raymond Campus.

For more information see the Hinds website at


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Hinds, Camp Shelby team with Pearl River to offer UAV program
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30 January

Hinds, Camp Shelby team with Pearl River to offer UAV program


David Young of Jackson, left, and Brett Wheat of Clinton demonstrated their skills with UAV flying during the signing ceremony.

David Young of Jackson, left, and Brett Wheat of Clinton demonstrated their skills with UAV flying during the signing ceremony.

Hinds Community College and Pearl River Community College in Poplarville are partnering with the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center outside Hattiesburg to offer an Unmanned Aircraft Systems program. Hinds will offer the Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle training while Pearl River, whose district encompasses the Camp Shelby area, will offer the academic classes for service members in the National Guard and Reserve as well as civilians to earn degrees.

Hinds signed the agreement with Camp Shelby on Monday, Jan. 27 in a ceremony at Hinds Community College’s John Bell Williams Airport where the college’s Aviation Department is based.

“What this partnership will do is allow us to expand our aviation program and it will allow military personnel fighting for our country to get college credit in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems program,” said Randy Pearcy, chairman of the Hinds Aviation Department.

“It’s very exciting from Hinds’ standpoint because we’ll be able to use their (Camp Shelby’s) restricted air space to do various training with our students operating platforms, research and development. On the flip side, we’ll be giving academic and technical credit to Guard and Reserve personnel as well as the civilian population.”

He said military personnel will be able to get credit for some work they have already and can take academic work they need through Pearl River Community College. Hinds is providing the UAS training. Pearcy said the program should be up and running no later than fall 2014.

“A degree in this field will be very much sought after in the future,” said Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse. “It is one Mississippi needs and, I’m sure, this country needs.”

Col. Brad Smith, Commander of the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center, said with the military withdrawal from locations around the world, Camp Shelby’s deployment mission is coming to a close.

“We are trying to rebrand, if you will, and exploit the capabilities that we have. What Camp Shelby has that is unique is 252 square kilometers of special use air space. That provides an opportunity for Hinds partnering with Pearl River to utilize that air space for research and development and training of pilots and all for the things that we do in the military,” Smith said. “The partnership was perfect. It makes sense. We believe the future for Camp Shelby is Unmanned Aerial Systems as well as cyber security. Those are the things we’re marketing on the civilian side of Camp Shelby.”

Dr. Scott Alsobrooks, vice president for Economic and Community Development at Pearl River, said the partnership is an example of the excellent working relationship the state’s community colleges have. “We have a solid system, a sound system, of community colleges in Mississippi that are willing to work together and get the most out of Mississippi’s tax dollar that are going into our community.”

Dennis Lott, the program’s instructor, said the program will “empower the youth of our country and this state that we live in to go into this brave new frontier.”

“We are in the process of building out the next golden era of aviation. This is the new era of aviation. It doesn’t mean we’re going to stop flying manned aircraft but the majority of our aircraft, in the future, will be unmanned,” Lott said.

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Posted by on 23 January

Softball tournament to benefit Batson, Children’s Miracle Network

Hinds Community College’s Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center is sponsoring a Healthy Living Co-ed Softball Tournament to benefit Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

The registration deadline is 5 p.m. Feb. 28, with the tournament to be played March 21-22 at Pearl Center City. The entry fee is $200 per team, which includes umpires, with ASA rules to be used. The top three teams will receive trophies donated by Mississippi Trophy in Brandon.

For a registration form, go  to and click on the event item headlined “Registration Form for Healthy Living Co-ed Softball Tournament.”

Checks should be made payable to Hinds Community College Student Nurse Organization.

For more information, contact Cynthia Casey, 601.278.1254, or Jerusha Tucker, 601.624.6480,

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New Simulation Center named for retired physician
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09 January

New Simulation Center named for retired physician

Hinds Community College Thursday unveiled the new Dr. George Ball Simulation Center named in honor of a local long-time physician who formerly served on the college’s Foundation board.

The building was donated to the college by brothers and physicians Dr. Christopher Ball and Dr. Kyle Ball and named for their father, Dr. George Ball. The building formerly housed the brothers’ obstetrics and gynecology practice. The renovation and equipping of the Nursing Simulation Center was made possible by a $2.5 million U.S. Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant.

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse said Dr. Ball is “a fine, dedicated Christian person that’s interested in his community and gives a lot of his time and resources to it.”

Because the announcement was kept secret until Thursday, the sign on the building was covered so it couldn’t be seen. “I kept driving by to see if you were going to get it completed,” Dr. Ball said. “You made it. It’s beautiful. “

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Dr. George Ball, left, and Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse

The Dr. George Ball Simulation Center at 1820 Hospital Drive in Jackson is near the college’s Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center on Chadwick Drive. The center has four simulation labs, three that look like hospital rooms and a fourth that can be an operating room or emergency room. They are equipped with life-like mannequins that simulate real situations and control rooms that allow for videotaping students performing clinical skills.

Dr. Kyle Ball, speaking on behalf of the family, said the center will be a great training boost to Hinds students.

“You walk into something unknown and you’re scared to death. But if you’ve been pretrained on what this place is supposed to look like, this is how it works – you walk into it with a whole lot of confidence,” he said.

“That’s what these young nurses are going to do. They’re going to walk into the emergency room and know what to do. Their confidence level is just going to soar, as well as their competence level. That’s what Hinds is noted for. The nurses that come out of this school are highly sought after,” Dr. Kyle Ball said.

The Nursing/Allied Health Center enrolls about 900 students each semester. While most of the simulation activities will focus on patient care experiences, all nursing and allied health programs are expected to use the Nursing and Allied Health Simulation Center for some simulated activities.

These programs include associate degree nursing, dental assisting technology, diagnostic medical sonography, emergency medical sciences, health care assistant, health information technology, medical laboratory technology, physical therapy assistant, practical nursing, radiologic technology, respiratory care technology and surgical technology.

“We feel like this is going to serve our students well. It will help us to get the students the experience we want every student to have before they leave here. We know it’ll help build their competence and their confidence,” said Dr. Libby Mahaffey, Nursing and Allied Health dean.

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Dr. George Ball, a retired ob/gyn, participated in a labor and delivery simulation exercise.

Dr. George Ball served on the Hinds Community College Foundation Board of Directors and was a long-time, respected physician who specialized in obstetrics and gynecology in Jackson before his 1998 retirement. During his 35 years of practice, he received much recognition, including awards from the American Medical Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

A Tylertown native, he attended East Central Community College and Tulane University, graduating in 1957.  He completed an internship at Touro Infirmary in New Orleans in 1958, a fellowship at Tulane University in 1959 and a residency at Charity Hospital in New Orleans in 1961.  He also served as chairman of the Board of Trustees at Central Mississippi Medical Center. A lifelong Methodist, he was instrumental in the development of Riggs Manor Retirement Community in Raymond. 

Three out of the four sons are ob/gyns and the fourth is a pastor. Dr. Kyle Ball said his father “came home tired every day but with a smile on his face. I always said to myself, whatever he’s doing, he’s enjoying it. He’s having fun.”

For more information see the Hinds website at


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