Federal grant to help Hinds CC bolster training for truck drivers, barge deck hands

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Posted by on 20 September

Federal grant to help Hinds CC bolster training for truck drivers, barge deck hands

Hinds Community College is receiving nearly $2.3 million in a U.S. Department of Labor grant as part of a larger nine-college, eight-state consortium for community colleges along the Mississippi River. The grant project is aimed at expanding targeted training programs for unemployed workers, especially those impacted by foreign trade.

The Mississippi River Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Consortium member colleges will use the grant to help advance economic development in the Mississippi River region, from the headwaters to the Gulf, including placement of dislocated and other workers in high-wage, high-skill occupations in the vital transportation, distribution and logistics

“I am pleased that Hinds Community College will have additional resources with which to support the job opportunities associated with industries that depend on the Mississippi River,” said U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, who signed a letter in support of the consortium application.

The total grant for the Mississippi River Transportation Consortium, being led by Lewis and Clark Community College in Illinois, is worth $23.8 million. It’s part of the Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Community College and Career Training grant program, a multi-year nearly $2 billion initiative.

“Acquiring this TAA grant will help the college facilitate river barge training as well as OTR (over the road) truck driver training for Mississippi-based industries that provide hundreds of high paying jobs in the transportation sector,” said Dr. John J. Woods, Hinds Community College vice president for Economic Development and Workforce Training.

“This grant will help provide new employee training for several expanding transportation companies including Golding Barge Line in Vicksburg, and the KLLM Transports Services, LLC, in Richland,” Woods said.

Hinds’ Raymond Campus already has a partnership with KLLM Transports Services, LLC, to train truck drivers. A new barge deck hands training program will be based at Hinds’ Vicksburg-Warren Campus near the Mississippi River and is similar to the trucking program.

“This grant is perfectly in line with what we’re doing in our truck driving program,” said Dr. Chad Stocks, assistant dean for career-technical education on the Raymond Campus.

Stocks said the Hinds’ dollars will go toward getting the barge deck hands training curriculum and program put in place, strengthen partnerships with industries and establish the internships that will lead to permanent employment for both the barge deck hands and truck drivers.

A key component of this grant is to incorporate three stackable credentials. Stackable credentials offer students the option of leaving a program at various points with skills and a credentials or staying through the entire program for the highest level credential and training. These three credentials will allow students to be highly credentialed and highly skilled as well as more marketable to employers while filling the needs of the workforce, said Dr. Joyce Jenkins, dean of Career and Technical Education on the Raymond Campus.

The Vicksburg-Warren Campus is ideally suited for the river barge training, being about three miles from the Mississippi River, said Dean Hilton Dyar. “The truck driving training has been phenomenal, and with the help of this grant, the barge training will be just as excellent,” he said.

The consortium partners seek to establish transportation, distribution and logistics sector partnerships in communities along the river; recalibrate programs to align with employer needs; build stacked and latticed credentials and integrate evidence-based strategies to serve TAA-eligible workers (those who have suffered job loss or whose jobs are threatened due to foreign trade); and solidify the consortium for long-term collaboration.

All along the 2,300 mile stretch of the Mississippi River, businesses in transportation, distribution and logistics related industries are poised to hire, train or retrain individuals for existing and future high-wage, high-skill occupations. At the same time, many TAA-eligible workers, unemployed veterans and other unemployed, underserved or low-income groups lack the training and skills they need to fill these positions.

Over the next three years Hinds Community College will seek to train 300 students and program participants from throughout the community college district. Overall, 4,276 students will be served by this consortium’s initiatives and trained for the estimated 4,342 annual job openings over the next five to 10 years.

Mississippi’s need for commercial truck drivers is projected to grow by 13 percent (representing 1,734 jobs) by 2020. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that the job prospects and marketability of drivers will increase considerably in our area. A report from the Economic Modeling Specialists Intl., which compiles data from Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, suggests that truck driving ranks as the fourth highest occupation in demand.

In Mississippi, there are currently 42,740 jobs in the commercial truck driving field with 13,410 of these jobs being in the Hinds Community College District.

Graduates from the Hinds Community College Commercial Truck Driving program can enter the workforce as an entry level driver and can expect to have current median hourly earnings of $16.07.

Other members of the consortium are Delgado Community College in New Orleans, Hinds Community College, John Wood Community College in Quincy, Ill., Mid-South Community College in West Memphis, Ark., Minnesota State College – Southeast Technical in Winona, Miss., St. Louis Community College in St. Louis, Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis and West Kentucky Community and Technical College in Paducah, Ky.

For more information about the Department of Labor’s TAACCCT grant program view the latest release here:


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Posted by on 17 September

Dr. J’s Golf Tournament funds scholarship

The third annual Dr. J’s Memorial Golf Tournament, which funds an athletic scholarship in the name of the late Vicksburg dentist, Dr. Troy Lee “Doc” Jenkins, will be Oct. 12-13 at Meadow Oaks Golf Course in Clinton.

Jenkins was born and raised in Utica. He attended Hinds and Millsaps College and received his D.D.S. from the University of Tennessee Dental School. He was a member of both the Hinds Sports Hall of Fame and Millsaps College Sports Hall of Fame. He died in May 2011.

The entry fee for the tournament is $125 per person with the field limited to the first 72 players. The tournament will be during both mornings with check-in to be at 8 a.m. on Saturday and 8:30 a.m. Sunday.  A sausage and biscuit breakfast will be provided both mornings by Elvis Sledge with lunch both days provided by Shelby Jean Lewis, Jenkins’ sister.

For information about the tournament, contact Cecil Jones, 601.259.4612, or Tammy Smith, 601.868.0222, For information about creating or donating to a Hinds scholarship, contact Betty Carraway, Hinds Community College Foundation coordinator, 601.857.3800,

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Posted by on 13 September

ACT prep classes help with health care program apps

Hinds Community College is accepting completed applications for the spring 2014 semester in nursing and dental assisting programs. The application deadline for nursing programs is Sept. 30; the deadline for the dental assistant technology program is Oct. 15.

All programs require a minimum ACT score.  Final selection is competitive depending on the applicant pool.

Hinds is offering three ACT preparation seminars for those who have applied to the Hinds program but do not yet meet the minimum ACT requirements. Hinds is also offering the ACT residual test that can be used for entrance to Hinds programs only.

Test preparation focuses on reading and math skills. Classes are free, and registration is not required. All seminars are in Classroom LL3/4 at Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center on Chadwick Drive near Metrocenter mall.

Those seminar dates include:

  • Wednesday, Sept.18, 1 p.m. to 4      p.m
  • Thursday, Sept. 19, 5:30 p.m.-8:30      p.m.
  • Monday, Sept. 23, 5:30 p.m.-8:30      p.m.

The ACT residual test will be given at both Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center and the Raymond Campus.

Jackson Campus-Nursing Allied Health Center:

  • Friday, Sept. 20, noon, Classroom      9/10
  • Friday, Sept.27, 12:00, Classroom      9/10

For testing at NAHC, contact Jessica Sulkers, 601.376.4805.

Raymond Campus:

  • Tuesday, Sept.24, 8:30 a.m.,      District Testing Center

For testing on the Raymond Campus, contact Marnee’ Tompkins, 601.857.3852.

For information on Hinds’ nursing and allied health programs, contact Amie Ray, recruiter, 601.376.4819, or Christie Adair, admissions manager, 601-376-4813.

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Posted by on 11 September

Registration open now for 2nd eight-week classes

For anyone interested in jump starting a college career without waiting for the spring semester, Hinds Community College offers a number of  options for second eight-week classes that begin in October.

Classes are available both online and in a traditional face-to-face format. Most courses are academic courses, but some limited career-technical options are available.

For applicants to Hinds’ nursing programs seeking to finish prerequisites, Anatomy and Physiology I with the lab are being offered on the Raymond Campus and in an online format.

Registration is now open for those classes. Traditional classes begin Oct. 15 at most Hinds’ locations. Online classes begin on Oct. 21. All second eight-week classes end in early December. A complete listing of eight-week classes by location and format can be found on the Hinds website:

In addition to the online classes listed currently on the Hinds website, Hinds can also make available more than 70 academic courses online through a condensed format.  For more information, contact the Distance Learning office at 601.857.3834.

Students are encouraged to register as soon as possible in order to get the classes and schedule they need.

Current students who don’t need to see an adviser can register online by logging into New students need to speak to an adviser before registering online.

For information on applying to Hinds, call 1.800.HindsCC.

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Posted by on 10 September

Golf tournament benefits Warren-Claiborne students

VICKSBURG – Since the early 1990s, the  annual Clyde Donnell Golf Tournament  at Clear Creek Golf Club in Bovina has benefited a scholarship fund for Hinds Community College students provided through the Warren-Claiborne County Alumni Chapter, raising approximately $150,000 in that span of time.

This year’s tournament is Sept. 18 at Clear Creek Golf Club with registration at 12:30 p.m. and play to begin at 1 p.m. For information, contact Libby Posey, Hinds Community College alumni coordinator, at 601.857.3350.

The tournament started small and was simply called the Warren County Chapter golf tournament for several years. The scholarship from the proceeds of the golf tournament was begun in 1999 and endowed in 2003.

In October 2005, one of the biggest supporters of the tournament, Clyde Donnell of Vicksburg, passed away. The golf committee decided to rename the tournament after him.

Donnell had been a member of the Hinds Community College Board of Trustees and a member of the Hinds Community College Foundation Board as well as serving on the Warren County Board of Supervisors and the board of Merchants Bank.

Donnell was born in D’Lo but lived in Vicksburg for 40 years. He was a retired U.S. Navy veteran who had served during World War II aboard the USS Ranger and the USS Lexington.

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Raymond Honors/PTK officers attend two-day staff retreat
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09 September

Raymond Honors/PTK officers attend two-day staff retreat

Honors PTK Group 4_web

RAYMOND – Officers from the Hinds Community College Raymond Campus Honors/PTK program recently attended a two-day work session at Wilsonwood Retreat south of Vicksburg where they organized service projects and scholarship activities for the fall semester.

The officers shared research that they had collected this summer on World War II salvage (recycling) efforts. This semester they will examine how salvage efforts on the home front during the war contributed to victory. As part of their research, they are planning an oral history project in order to learn first-hand how people in this area were part of those recycling efforts. The group has also planned many activities that will emphasize the continuing importance of the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle).

These student officers also completed fun team-building activities in order to get to know one another better and to see the natural leaders in the group in action.  Part of that team building included turning over preparation of all meals for a group of 11 to the students. The group’s faculty advisers simply observed.

“Having everybody work together as a team was a great experience.  It was a lot of fun,” said officer Mesha Blackshear. At the conclusion of the retreat, the group worked in open forum to select team leaders for this school year.

Students with a 3.5 cumulative GPA on at least 12 hours earned at Hinds are encouraged to join the Phi Theta Kappa chapter on their campus and get involved.  Not only will members build strong resumes through the leadership and service opportunities that Phi Theta Kappa provides, but they will also be eligible for transfer scholarships at Mississippi’s four-year college and universities. To learn more about the PTK chapter on each campus or the Honors Institute at Raymond, phone 601.857.3837.

Hinds Community College Raymond Campus Honors/Phi Theta Kappa officers for 2013-2014 include, seated from left, Jessica Glenn of Ridgeland, co-president; Christiane Stephens of Jackson, co-vice president of Chapter Relations/Social Media; standing from left, Mesha Blackshear of Jackson, Associate Student Government representative and photographer; Georgia Swinford of Brandon, co-president; Mahlon Tompkins of Edwards, co-vice president of Membership; Akua Twumasewaah of Clinton, vice president of Service/Grants Researcher; Allan Harris of Jackson, vice president of Operations; Nick Lalo of Brandon, co-vice president of Chapter Relations/Videographer; Deisha Escanear of Wiggins, vice president of Publications/Kappa Chronicle editor. Not pictured are Genevieve Walker of Vicksburg, vice president of Archives and  MS/LA Regional Historian and Deonne Ervin of Pearl, vice president of Membership.

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Posted by on 09 September

Classic cars, planes featured in Oct. 6 showcase

RAYMOND – Classic cars and airplanes will be showcased in a new event called “Pistons and Props” on Sunday, Oct. 6 at Hinds Community College’s John Bell Williams Airport outside Raymond.

The “drive and fly-in” is being co-sponsored by the airport, Hinds’ Aviation Department, the annual Renaissance Euro Fest Classic European Auto and Motorcycle Show and the Experiential Aircraft Association.

The event will be a combined automobile, motorcycle and aircraft show. The European autos of the Renaissance show will be joined by autos from the Mississippi Corvette Club making for a major showing of more than 100 cars, motorcycles and aircraft.

The event is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 6. Food and drink concessions including ribeye steak sandwiches, hamburgers and hot dogs will be sold by Hinds Community College Aviation Technology students for the benefit of their activities.

For more information, contact Michelle Jackson, John Bell Williams Airport manager, 601.857.3884; Marion Eifling, Hinds Community College aviation maintenance technology instructor, 601.857.3822; Mike Dalton, aircraft, 601.605.5580,; or Mike Marsh, cars, 601.946.1950 or

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Posted by on 09 September

Seminar on African American males planned

Steve Perry

RAYMOND – Educators are invited to a free seminar at Hinds Community College by Dr. Steve Perry, who has written a book called “Push Has Come to Shove: Getting Our Kids the Education They Deserve – Even If It Means Picking A Fight.”

Perry, who specializes in issues of African American Males, is speaking at 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Sept. 19 at Cain-Cochran Hall on the Raymond Campus. His visit is sponsored by the Minority Male Leadership Initiative (M2M), which is based at Hinds’ Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center on Sunset Drive.

The goal of the seminar is to “acquaint educators with excellent strategies and tips on how to help African American males and other under-resourced students in the classroom,” said Dr. Joyce Scott, director of M2M. “The seminar will further provide guidance and capacity building training.”

Perry is nationally known for his presentations, including a TVONE docudrama “Save My Son.” He began a charter school with a 100 percent success rate in terms of graduation and retention and then he succeeded with a 100 percent college entrance rate, Scott said.

“He works with the poorest of the poor in the Connecticut area and deals with students who are under-resourced, just like the students we deal with, particularly in the M2M projects,” Scott said.

Perry is a strong advocate of personal and civic responsibility in all aspects of life. He emphasizes the social issues that aim at building up both the individual and the community so that the next generation can be better contributing members of society.

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Hinds CC completes first week of classes
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23 August

Hinds CC completes first week of classes


UTICA – Classes got under way this week at Hinds Community College, including on the Utica Campus where residence halls were full and classes busy with new and returning students from as far away as Virginia and as near as Utica.

More than 12,000 students have enrolled in classes at Hinds this fall, comparable to enrollment this time last year.

“I am in my last semester and have mixed emotions,” said Olivia Jackson of Crystal Springs, a business office technology major on the Utica Campus, shown at right. “Every experience that I have had on this campus has been one of a teaching experience. I have received a ‘real’ education since enrolling at the Utica Campus, and I feel confident in going out into the ‘real’ world.”

Many students filled the halls for assistance from the special programs, such as Student Support Services, which is only offered at the Utica Campus The program provides day and evening tutorial assistance, counseling, advisement and financial literacy and assistance through grant aid to the 65 students it serves. Additionally, the program provides cultural enrichment activities and trips for the students.

“This year I am competing against a new group of students that are at the top of their game in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs,” said Ranisa Kyles of Edwards, a biology major who plans to become a pediatrician.

“I was one of the 25 students to be accepted into the program last year, and this year a whole new group has emerged. I met some of them this summer during the Learning to Learn Camp, and they are sharp,” she said. “We, the sophomores, are ready for the challenge because we all are just real competitive by nature and welcome any challenge.”

Photo: Cristiana James of Jackson, left, a science technology engineering and mathematics (STEM) major, and Olivia Jackson of Crystal Springs, a business office technology major, share in a light moment about the plans for the new school year.

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Posted by on 19 August

Watercolor art exhibit is Aug. 26-Sept. 20

The Marie Hull Gallery on the Raymond Campus of Hinds Community College presents a Mississippi Watercolor Society exhibit, “Selected Works from Current Members,” from Aug. 26 through Sept. 20.

Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 8 a.m. to noon, Friday. The gallery is closed for all college holidays including Labor Day on Sept. 2. There is no admission fee.

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