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Hinds CC launches link to help Mississippians finish degree
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11 September

Hinds CC launches link to help Mississippians finish degree

RAYMOND – A better future is a click away for thousands of Mississippians who have some college coursework under their belts but are still short of a degree. Hinds Community College is among the state’s higher education institutions partnering to help those Mississippians complete their degrees in order to compete in today’s job market.

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Complete 2 Compete, launched in August by the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning (known informally as the state College Board), provides information and resources available to help working-age adults in the state return to college and complete requirements necessary to earn their degrees. The site is accessible at www.msc2c.org.

Current or former Hinds Community College students can check into their progress toward a degree at http://www.hindscc.edu/complete-to-compete.

“Degree completion and student success are our goals at Hinds Community College,” said Stephanie Hudson, district Dean for Student Advancement and district Registrar. “C2C participants will get personalized assistance with the Admissions and Registration processes to ensure they are able to take advantage of all of the resources available to them and complete their degree in the shortest amount of time possible.”

The Complete 2 Compete website will serve as an important resource for thousands of Mississippians:

  • More than 2,400 former students age 21 or over have enough credits to earn a bachelor’s degree with no additional coursework.
  • An additional 28,000 students have enough credits to earn an associate degree with no additional coursework.
  • More than 100,000 former students can earn either an associate or bachelor’s degree with some additional coursework.

“As a statewide initiative, Complete 2 Compete has the potential to impact hundreds of thousands of Mississippians,” said Dr. Andrea Mayfield, Executive Director, Mississippi Community College Board. “Expanding career and wage opportunities are just two, of many, benefits of Complete 2 Compete. I am excited to see this collaborative effort become a reality. Without the partnership and efforts of many, this initiative would not be possible. I look forward to the positive impact on individuals, employers, and Mississippi’s economy.”

There is no cost for submitting information through the C2C website and doing so may help an individual determine how close they are to completing degree requirements. Depending on what programs are needed to satisfy an individual’s career and educational interests, the Complete 2 Compete website will match potential students to a list of schools that offer the classes needed to complete a degree.

Tuition and fees for enrollment in courses may be assessed according to the established tuition and fee schedule at each institution. Some incentives, including academic forgiveness, virtual tutoring, adult learner scholarships and tuition assistance, prior learning assessment and repayment plan options may be available at some of the institutions.

“Complete 2 Compete will grow our skilled, educated workforce, in turn growing economic development across the state,” said Gov. Phil Bryant. “This partnership will ensure Mississippi remains attractive to business and industry looking for a favorable tax climate and a workforce ready to excel on day one. I am grateful to everyone involved in making it a reality.”

Mississippi public universities, the Mississippi Community College Board and the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges are partners in the effort to identify target groups, implement adult learner services and re-engage adult students to help them complete their degrees.

The Mississippi Department of Human Services has provided funding through a grant designed to help low-income Mississippians improve their job skills. An additional grant for the program has been provided by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.

“This website provides important information that can have life-changing results for many Mississippians,” said Dr. Glenn Boyce, Commissioner of Higher Education. “Workforce studies have shown that the vast majority of future jobs will go to those with a post-secondary degree or credential of value beyond high school. I would encourage individuals to access this website as it could be an important first step in helping them achieve a goal that will ultimately lead to a better, higher-paying job and greater job and financial security.”

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Summer interns at Continental have tuition at Hinds CC paid by company
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11 September

Summer interns at Continental have tuition at Hinds CC paid by company

RAYMOND – Four Hinds Community College students who interned with Continental Tire over the summer have even more of a reason to cherish their nine weeks of paid training at the company’s tire plant in Mount Vernon, Ill.

Continental has covered tuition for the fall 2017 semester for Dylan Canant, Mack Pope, Samuel Williams and Cody Waddell. The students had been placed at Continental’s maintenance department for on-the-job experience in electrical, electronic, mechanical and hydraulic systems.

Hinds students Dylan Canant, from left, Mackie Pope, Samuel Williams and Cody Waddell spent their summer as interns for Continental Tire in Mount Vernon, Ill. (Submitted to Hinds Community College)

Hinds students Dylan Canant, from left, Mack Pope, Samuel Williams and Cody Waddell spent their summer as interns for Continental Tire in Mount Vernon, Ill. (Submitted to Hinds Community College)

The students’ enthusiasm and aptitude for their budding careers with the company building a $1.45 billion plant in western Hinds County near Clinton that’s planned to open in 2019.

“During my visit to Mount Vernon, I heard nothing but positive feedback about our interns from Mississippi. They obviously did a great job and were great ambassadors,” said Michael Egner, project manager with Continental. “The student’s success is proof that we’ve found a strong partner in Hinds Community College. Together, we can build a great workforce and future for Continental in Mississippi.”

Pope, an Electronics student on the Raymond Campus, and Canant, an Electrical Technology student on the Raymond Campus, counted the exposure to new people and faces as a plus to go along with the diversified workforce training.

“Being an electronics tech I came here expecting to do electronics,” Pope said. “However I was hired as a multi-tech, meaning that I would also do electricians and mechanics work on top of that. It has been a wonderful experience meeting new people.”

“My experience has been really great and I am really proud of myself and the people who pushed me to do this,” Canant said. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime thing for anybody who gets this opportunity. It is one of the best experiences I have ever had in my life.”

Waddell, an Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology student at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus, took note during his internship of the vibrant culture that existed in the plant as he learned to troubleshoot, install and repair tire components in the mixing department.

“This company cares about their employees and it’s obvious to anyone who works here,” Waddell said. “And that alone is most interesting thing to me about this experience.”

Maintenance technicians will be some of the first positions filled when hiring begins in the commercial vehicle tire plant in late 2018. As one of the key roles in Continental’s daily operations, maintenance technicians are responsible for both reactive and preventive maintenance of equipment throughout the facility.

Williams, an Industrial Maintenance Technology student at the Rankin Campus, hopes to fill one of those roles thanks to the unique opportunity he had this past summer.

“I’ve learned new things I didn’t think were possible,” Williams said, adding he learned correct workplace safety tips through the use of Personal Protective Equipment. “This has been one of the best opportunities of my life and I am truly blessed to be a part of it.”

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Deaf student starts new career thanks to Hinds CC, KLLM Driving Academy
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08 September

Deaf student starts new career thanks to Hinds CC, KLLM Driving Academy

RICHLAND – Byron Davis decided last year it was time for a change of life and career after years spent in low-paying jobs.

Byron Davis, center, completed the KLLM Driving Academy program this past summer and is now a lead solo driver with the company. With him are Charli Vos, an interpreter with the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services, left, and Loretta Sutton, an interpreter and coordinator in Disability Support Services with Hinds Community College, right. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Byron Davis, center, completed the KLLM Driving Academy program this past summer and is now a lead solo driver with the company. With him are Charli Vos, an interpreter with the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services, left, and Loretta Sutton, an interpreter and coordinator in Disability Support Services with Hinds Community College, right. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

What made his decision different from most was a challenge he’d been overcoming for years – but with the help of a partnership between Hinds Community College and KLLM Driving Academy, he motored right past it and plans to keep on trucking.

Davis, 38, Southaven native, lost his hearing during childhood as a result of an illness. Since high school, he’d worked a series of jobs in shipping and receiving and in auto body work. “I wasn’t happy doing it,” Davis said through an interpreter. “The pay wasn’t enough for me and wasn’t enough of a challenge.”

After a friend recommended the KLLM Driving Academy at Hinds, Davis sought and qualified for a waiver from the state allowing him to apply for a commercial driver’s license. With the help of two interpreters provided by the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services, he completed the program this past summer and is now employed as a lead solo driver with the Richland-based transport company.

In the program, housed at KLLM’s facility in Richland, Davis learned the ins and outs of properly driving a big rig – upshifting, downshifting, proper lane changes and turning, space management and correct mirror usage. The curriculum also trains people to safely transport hazardous materials. Overall, it’s geared to help new drivers achieve the industry’s top priority, which is safety.

“You really have to focus with it, and you can’t play around,” he said. “I feel good about myself for having passed the course.”

Hinds’ partnership with KLLM to train truck drivers at the company’s Richland headquarters and boost their ranks began in fall 2012. KLLM handles the training. Hinds handles the coursework. The facility itself opened in March 2014.

Byron Davis completed the KLLM Driving Academy program this past summer and is now a lead solo driver with the company. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Byron Davis completed the KLLM Driving Academy program this past summer and is now a lead solo driver with the company. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“Byron was determined to provide for his family and fulfill his dream of becoming a truck driver,” said Josh Denson, manager of the KLLM Driving Academy and former disability examiner with MDRS. “He was able to accomplish all of these things through the opportunity provided by Hinds Community College and KLLM Transport Services.”

Davis credited the company and the Disability Support Services department at Hinds for taking care of the little things – such as the company paying for his bus ticket to town, helping to learn his schedule, and other things to “help get settled in”, he said.

“It’s been quite the partnership between Hinds, the Department of Rehabilitation and KLLM,” said Loretta Sutton, interpreter and coordinator in the college’s program that assists people with various physical challenges achieve their educational goals. “The three of us have been working together to make sure he’s very successful in this program.”

That success figures to have him on a fast track to a solid new career.

“My instructors have had a positive effect on me,” he said. “Some of them didn’t know anything about working with deaf students, but one of my instructors rode with me and learned some basic sign language so he can communicate with me.

The next major mile marker for Davis is obvious.

“I’d like to become an independent driver and own my own truck,” he said.

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

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

JACKSON – Thoughts of advancing an already rewarding career in healthcare has Shadonna Lewis listening and learning from the experts at the fall 2017 Nursing Allied Health Showcase held Sept. 5 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center.

Shadonna Lewis, from left, Jayla Walker and Rayanna Lewis, all of Port Gibson, look on as pulmonary technician Jayla Hough explains the ins and outs of the Respiratory Care Technology lab at the fall 2017 Nursing Showcase on Sept. 5 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Shadonna Lewis, from left, Jayla Walker and Rayanna Harden, all of Port Gibson, look on as pulmonary technician Jayla Hough explains the ins and outs of the Respiratory Care Technology lab at the fall 2017 Nursing Showcase on Sept. 5 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“I’m a certified nursing assistant at a hospital,” said Lewis, of Port Gibson, as she listened to students in the Respiratory Care Technology program demonstrate techniques and equipment. “But, I’m here trying to do something to help myself move up.”

Another in her position was Willie Thompson, of Jackson, also a CNA looking to add to her current credentials.

“I’ve always had a caring nature with my elderly patients,” Thompson said. “And it’s been in my family, too, as my mother was once a CNA and my sister is also in nursing.”

Lewis 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.

Willie Thompson, left, of Jackson, chats with Practical Nursing Instructor Patricia Collins at the fall 2017 Nursing Showcase on Sept. 5 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Willie Thompson, left, of Jackson, chats with Practical Nursing Instructor Patricia Collins at the fall 2017 Nursing Showcase on Sept. 5 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

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.

“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 program’s solid reputation also brought out recent high school graduates, such as Mary Barton Rogers and Bailey Weldon, both of Brandon.

“I’m interested in finding out about the RN program for now,” said Rogers, a graduate of Hartfield Academy.

Destiny Hudson, a second-year nursing student at Hinds Community College, chats with Mary Barton Rogers, right, of Brandon, in the Associate Degree Nursing lab at the fall 2017 Nursing Showcase on Sept. 5 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Destiny Hudson, a second-year nursing student at Hinds Community College, chats with Mary Barton Rogers, right, of Brandon, in the Associate Degree Nursing lab at the fall 2017 Nursing Showcase on Sept. 5 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Rayanna Harden and her mother, Angela, both of Port Gibson, visited the showcase to find out about opportunities in the sonography program.

“I enjoy working with babies when they’re born,” Rayanna said.

Technical and associate degree programs at NAHC are nationally accredited by specialty accrediting organizations. The career programs meet state accreditation/approval guidelines. The Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center is at 1750 Chadwick Drive. For more information on individual programs, call 601.376.4807 or visit http://www.hindscc.edu.

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Lekishi Davis, a second-year nursing student at Hinds Community College, demonstrates usage of a nasogastric tube on a cross-section model at the fall 2017 Nursing Showcase on Sept. 5 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Lekishi Davis, a second-year nursing student at Hinds Community College, demonstrates usage of a nasogastric tube on a cross-section model at the fall 2017 Nursing Showcase on Sept. 5 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Timothy Wilson, left, of Pearl, chats with Practical Nursing Instructor Patricia Collins at the fall 2017 Nursing Showcase on Sept. 5 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Timothy Wilson, left, of Pearl, chats with Practical Nursing Instructor Patricia Collins at the fall 2017 Nursing Showcase on Sept. 5 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From left, Felicia Jones, a Single Stop site coordinator; Anna Jones, her daughter, both of Rolling Fork; and Kim Neely, Health Continuing Education Coordinator, at the fall 2017 Nursing Showcase at the Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

From left, Felicia Jones, a Single Stop site coordinator; Anna Jones, her daughter, both of Rolling Fork; and Kim Neely, Health Continuing Education Coordinator, at the fall 2017 Nursing Showcase at the Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

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Hinds CC honors ‘100 People Passionate about Hinds Community College’
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17 August

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

RAYMOND – Hinds Community College’s yearlong celebration of its 100th birthday continued Aug. 10 with a special program honoring those who’ve shown exemplary passion for the college.

Honorees, family, friends and others totaled nearly 1,000 people in Cain-Cochran Hall on the Raymond Campus for the event, dubbed “100 People Passionate about Hinds Community College.” A mix of addresses and multimedia presentations showed how the college has evolved from an agricultural high school to a thriving institutions with cutting-edge facilities.

Gov. Phil Bryant

Gov. Phil Bryant

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

Hinds County Justice Court Judge Jimmy Morton, a member of the Centennial committee, emceed the program.

“At its core, this college has always been about people serving people,” Morton said. “We believe the story of Hinds is best told through the lives of the individuals deeply committed to the mission of the college.”

Among the 100 honored was Gov. Phil Bryant, introduced by Hinds PresidenCentennial-1t Dr. Clyde Muse. Bryant spoke for several minutes about what the college means to him personally and about being the first in his family, including three children, to earn a college degree.

“We cannot underestimate the effect the school has not only had on us, but the thousands and thousands of parents, wives, husbands who greet that simply joy of their loved one receiving a degree from Hinds Community College,” Bryant said.

Beverly Fatherree, a retired longtime English instructor at Hinds, and Jim Smith, a former chief justice of the state Supreme Court and past Alumnus of the Year at Hinds, both among the 100, reflected on the school’s impact on their lives, particularly when they were students.

“I loved it from the beginning, living first in Westside Dorm, which isn’t here anymore, and then in Davis, which is,” Fatherree said, citing as mentors Anne Hardy and Peggy Brent, both also English instructors on the list of 100 honorees. “They both encouraged and supported me in my plan to become an English teacher when I grew up.”

Beverly Fatherree

Beverly Fatherree

It didn’t take long, Smith said, to figure out “coming to Hinds, next to my salvation and my marriage, was probably the best decision I ever made in my life.”

“The foundation I received helped me immensely and continues to help me to this very day,” Smith said.

“The theme for our celebration has been 100 Years of Community Inspired Service,” said Jackie Granberry, executive director of the Hinds Community College Foundation, told event-goers. “To those of you being honored, you truly have been the foundation of this college. Hinds is all about service. And you have served the college and our communities well. You have set the bar high for all of us.”

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.

Jim Smith

Jim Smith

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.

 

From left, Adam Jenkins, Johnny Crisler, Bobby Cooper, Linden Haynes, Dr. George Barnes, state Rep. Greg Holloway representing the late Walter Washington, Charles Bell and Cleon McKnight (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

From left, Donald Oakes, Jane Lauderdale Flowers, Joe Loviza (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

From left, Donald Oakes, Jane Lauderdale Flowers, Joe Loviza (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

From left, state Sen. Dean Kirby, Mike Vinson, Larry Swales, Lynn Weathersby, Dr. Clyde Muse, Tom Burnham, Gov. Phil Bryant, Jimmy C. Smith, Jim Smith, Wayne Stonecypher, Tom Weathersby, Irl Dean Rhodes, Noelle Wynne, representing George Wynne. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

From left, Dr. Libby Mahaffey, Bobbie Anderson, Mary Ann Sones (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

From left, Dr. Libby Mahaffey, Bobbie Anderson, Mary Ann Sones (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

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

Jerry Agent

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

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Classes begin at Hinds CC among heady plans for fresh faces, older students
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14 August

Classes begin at Hinds CC among heady plans for fresh faces, older students

RAYMOND – A professional life of working in heavy industry ended not long ago for Alonzo Hargrove, thanks to the wear and tear on his body.

Alonzo Hargrove, of Jackson, talks with Kathryn Cole, district district of Enrollment Services, during a break between classes Monday, Aug. 14, 2017 at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus. Hargrove is pursuing a degree in Drafting and Design Technology. Classes for the fall 2017 semester are now in session. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

Alonzo Hargrove, of Jackson, talks with Kathryn Cole, district district of Enrollment Services, during a break between classes Monday, Aug. 14, 2017 at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus. Hargrove is pursuing a degree in Drafting and Design Technology. Classes for the fall 2017 semester are now in session. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

Thanks to Hinds Community College, however, he’s drafting a new career.

“I worked in maintenance and did welding for 30 years, so I still enjoying doing things with my hands,” Hargrove said as he began his studies in the Drafting and Design Technology program. “I did the same while I was in the Army as well.”

The Lena, Miss. native and Jackson resident was among students who on Monday attended the first day of classes for the fall 2017 semester at the college’s six locations. Late registration ends Friday Aug. 18. Registration for online classes ends Sunday Aug. 20.

Maricka Edwards, also of Jackson, plans to continue her family’s tradition of caregiving. In her case, it’ll be in healthcare.

Maricka Edwards, of Jackson, talks with recruiters Reggie Harris, left, and Shane Brown during a break between classes Monday, Aug. 14, 2017 at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus. Edwards is pursuing a nursing degree. Classes for the fall semester are now in session. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

Maricka Edwards, of Jackson, talks with recruiters Reggie Harris, left, and Shane Brown during a break between classes Monday, Aug. 14, 2017 at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus. Edwards is pursuing a nursing degree. Classes for the fall semester are now in session. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

“I’ve always loved helping people,” Edwards said. “My family owns a daycare in Jackson, so I’m coming to school to be the first nurse in the family.”

Following in a caregiver’s footsteps is also on Carlos Collins’ mind.

“My mom has worked in nursing for 11 years now,” said Collins, of Yazoo City, who is taking core academic courses and prerequisite classes, on his way to a nursing degree. “She works at a nursing home, and I’d help her out after school.”

Fall 2017 semester begins at Hinds CC Raymond Campus

 

Megan Tiebe, of Clinton, checks out items at the bookstore at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. Tiebe is pursuing a degree in Computer Programming Technology. Classes for the fall semester are now in session. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

Megan Tiebe, of Clinton, checks out items at the bookstore at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. Tiebe is pursuing a degree in Computer Programming Technology. Classes for the fall semester are now in session. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

 

Carlos Collins, of Yazoo City, shops items in the bookstore at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. Collins is pursuing a nursing degree. Classes for the fall semester are now in session. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

Carlos Collins, of Yazoo City, shops items in the bookstore at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. Collins is pursuing a nursing degree. Classes for the fall semester are now in session. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

 

 

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Hinds CC program credits work experience to earn credentials
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Hinds CC program credits work experience to earn credentials

RAYMOND – For decades, Bryan Spurlock and Harry Thomas plied their trade in service of country and family. With the help of a timely job-training program, each is now able to use past work experience toward a college degree.

The Prior Learning Assessment, or PLA, evaluates skills gained from outside the traditional classroom and allows college credit when appropriate. Those skills can be demonstrated in a number of ways, including industry certifications, standardized subject area exams such as CLEP, military coursework, course challenges or federal licenses. PLA eliminates duplicate coursework and shortens the time required to earn a degree, thus saving the student money.

Bryan Spurlock

Bryan Spurlock

“Knowing that at some point I would leave the military and need a degree to back up my training and experience, I jumped at every opportunity to further my education,” said Spurlock, of Raymond, a retired 1st Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps and Mississippi Army National Guard.

His recent certifications from the Federal Aviation Administration in aircraft maintenance, coupled with his years of service to his country, have him on track to graduate from Hinds this year with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Aviation Maintenance.

Thomas, of Jackson, was a 40-year veteran of the diesel and heavy equipment industry prior to his coming to Hinds as an instructor in the Diesel Equipment Technology program. But, one piece remained missing from his body of work – a college credential.

His experience in the field and his prior credits earned years ago at Hinds resulted in a Career Certificate in Diesel Technology this past July.

“I came to Hinds in the mid-1970s as a kid,” Thomas said. “I didn’t finish, but I was able to find work at that time and work for company with $3 million in sales. I’m just happy to be able to get that last piece to go with the other things I’ve achieved.”

Harry Thomas

Harry Thomas

Study program directors see the PLA as a plus for the college and the state’s workforce.

“Allowing students to convert prior learning into credit is a positive move for our industry, state and institution and I am proud to be a part of it,” said Brent Johnson, director of the Hinds Diesel Technology Academy.

“It’s a well-deserved reward for an outstanding individual,” said Stanley Whitfield, district director of Aviation programs at Hinds, of Spurlock.

PLA policy was made possible this year at Hinds with the help of the nonprofit Council for Adult and Experiential Learning through grant funding. The national organization works with entities in the public and private sector to make it easier for people to get the education and training they need.

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Hinds CC names new vice presidents at Vicksburg-Warren, Utica campuses
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03 August

Hinds CC names new vice presidents at Vicksburg-Warren, Utica campuses

RAYMOND – Hinds Community College has named two new vice presidents.

Marvin Moak has been named Vice President of the Vicksburg-Warren Campus, while Dr. Tyrone Jackson has been named Vice President of Utica Campus and Administrative Services. Both actions were approved Wednesday by the college’s Board of Trustees.

Marvin Moak

Marvin Moak

Moak, of Raymond, has been dean of the Highway 27 campus since 2014. He began work at Hinds in 2000 as an electrical technology instructor and eventually moved to department chair/industrial service coordinator. In that role, he developed curriculum and courses for college-level students and administered courses for business and industry. He also worked with advisement, retention and job placement for students.

“I am humbled by being selected for Vicksburg Vice President, I look forward to serving the college in this new role,” Moak said. “I will always be grateful for this opportunity to assist the college grow and develop. We will continue to grow the Vicksburg Campus and work through the district wherever needed.”

Jackson, of Clinton, has served as Vice President for Student Services and Dean of Students for the Raymond Campus since July 1 after having been associate vice president of those areas since August 2013. He is also the Title IX coordinator for the Hinds district. Prior to his work at Hinds, the Rosedale, Miss. native spent two years at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, as dean of students for the Jefferson Davis Campus.

Dr. Tyrone Jackson

Dr. Tyrone Jackson

“I am eternally grateful that Dr. Muse has afforded me the opportunity to serve the Utica Campus in the capacity as Vice President,” Jackson said. “The Utica Campus has a rich history and has maintained a strong presence as an HBCU.”

Moak is a Hinds CC alum (1993-2009) where he received his associate degrees in general studies and electronics technology, as well as his degree in electrical technology. He has his Bachelor’s degree in technical and occupational education from the University of Southern Mississippi and his Master’s degree in technology education from Jackson State University.

Jackson is a graduate of Delta State University, where he received his bachelor’s degree, Master’s of Education degree and Doctor of Education degree.

Both will report directly to Dr. Muse, as do all vice presidents at the college.

Since 2013, the vice presidency of the Vicksburg-Warren and Utica campuses was held by Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson, who has accepted a position as Vice President and Chief of Staff at Jackson State University.

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Hinds CC holds summer graduation ceremonies
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Hinds CC holds summer graduation ceremonies

PEARL – Returning to school is a time of self-discovery, new careers and making new friends.

All those are now true for Sherrie Smith and Natasha Jackson, classmates this past year in the Health Information Technology program at Hinds Community College. Each graduated from the college Friday, May 28 with Associate of Applied Science degrees in the field.

Sherrie Smith, left, and Natasha Jackson

Sherrie Smith, left, and Natasha Jackson

“It was just the three of us in the class, so we’re friends now,” said Jackson, 27, of Jackson.

Smith, 49, originally from Greenwood and a mother of two adult children, chose Hinds for the convenience of staying in-state and the program’s solid reputation.

“It was really the only doable option I had to earn my degree,” Smith said. “I had a really good experience here.”

The college conferred 532 credentials to 464 students in two ceremonies at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. Nursing and allied health graduates received their degrees at 10 a.m. Academic and career-tech graduates received theirs at 2 p.m.

Among them were Charlotte and Charlene Johnson, twin sisters in life and in school. The sisters, of Clinton, graduated from the Practical Nursing program after already having earned degrees at Jackson State University.

“We’ve done everything together,” Charlotte said. “We’ve always been close.”

Charlotte, left, and Charlene Johnson

Charlotte, left, and Charlene Johnson

Both chose healthcare as a career to be able to continue teaching as well as learning.

“We love helping people,” Charlene said. “We’ve coordinated different programs, we both teach dancing. And we loved Hinds. It was challenging, awesome and we had the best teachers ever.”

Angela Griffin, retired assistant dean for Career and Technical Education at the college, spoke to graduates at both ceremonies.

Griffin told graduates to discover their passion, then follow it no matter what challenges life presents.

“You can Google for a mate or for a career,” Griffin said. “But you can’t Google to find what’s in your heart, the passion that makes you happy.

Angela Griffin, retired assistant career-tech dean, speaks at summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Angela Griffin, retired assistant career-tech dean, speaks at summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“You won’t find your passion in money or things. You will find your passion in things that fill you from the inside. It will be grounded in people and in your relationship with people.”

Griffin retired from Hinds in 2017 after 34 years, a tenure that began as a Business Technology instructor at the Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. Griffin went on to chair the Business Technology Department before becoming assistant dean for career-tech.

Hinds CC holds summer graduation ceremonies

 

Tes Seymour, center, of Vicksburg, was among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. She earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Emergency Medical Sciences. With her, from left, are husband John Seymour, Caleb Anthony, Madisyn Anthony, her mother Terry Saldana and father Joe Saldana. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Tes Seymour, center, of Vicksburg, was among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. She earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Emergency Medical Sciences. With her, from left, are husband John Seymour, son Caleb Anthony, daughter Madisyn Anthony, son Lane Seymour, and her mother Terry Saldana and father Joe Saldana. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Andrew Love, right, was among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. Love, of Brandon, graduated with a career certificate in Brick & Block Masonry. With him is interpreter Pam Jones, left. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Andrew Love, right, was among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. Love, of Brandon, graduated with a career certificate in Brick & Block Masonry. With him is interpreter Pam Jones, left. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ty Harris, left, and brothers Quienta and Donovan Carter, all of Hattiesburg, were among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. Quienta and Donovan plan to attend McNeese State University; Harris will attend the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Ty Harris, left, and brothers Quienta and Donovan Carter, all of Hattiesburg, were among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. Quienta and Donovan plan to attend McNeese State University; Harris will attend the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Shelby Cunningham, center, of Raymond, was among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College at summer graduation ceremonies at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. From left- Kylee Cunningham, Skylar Cunningham, Van McDaniel, Christy Cunningham, Aaron Blakely, Nikki Ryan, Roxie Williams,Triston Cunningham,Theresa Ryan, Roger Jones and Lois Jones. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Shelby Cunningham, center, of Raymond, was among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College at summer graduation ceremonies at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. From left- Kylee Cunningham, Skylar Cunningham, Van McDaniel, Christy Cunningham, Aaron Blakely, Nikki Ryan, Roxie Williams,Triston Cunningham,Theresa Ryan, Roger Jones and Lois Jones. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kendrick Kyles, of Jackson, takes a selfie just before summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. Kyles earned a technical certificate in Welding Technology. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Kendrick Kyles, of Jackson, takes a selfie just before summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. Kyles earned a technical certificate in Welding Technology. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Christin Coyle, of McComb, was among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. She earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology. With her is her daughter, Camryn. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Christin Coyle, of McComb, was among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. She earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology. With her is her daughter, Camryn. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Casey Brown, center, of Lucedale, was among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. She earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology. With her are her mother, Julie, left, and grandfather Kenneth Sullivan. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Casey Brown, center, of Lucedale, was among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. She earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology. With her are her mother, Julie, left, and grandfather Kenneth Sullivan. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Jataria Claiborne, center, of Port Gibson, was among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. She earned an Associate of Applied Science degree after completing the Business Management and Finance program. Family members had t-shirts printed for the occasion. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Jataria Claiborne, center, of Port Gibson, was among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. She earned an Associate of Applied Science degree after completing the Business Management and Finance program. Family members had t-shirts printed for the occasion. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ashley Ramirez, left, of Cleveland; Brittnee Pierce, center, of Harrisville, and Hope Sloan, of Philadelphia, were among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. All earned a Associate of Applied Science degrees in Veterinary Technology. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Ashley Ramirez, left, of Cleveland; Brittnee Pierce, center, of Harrisville, and Hope Sloan, of Philadelphia, were among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. All earned a Associate of Applied Science degrees in Veterinary Technology. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Annabeth Bowman, center-right, of Pelahatchie, was among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. She earned an Associate of Arts degree in General Studies and plans to pursue a nursing degree. With her, from left, are her father Dewayne, her mother Ann, and aunt, Margie Warren. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Annabeth Bowman, center-right, of Pelahatchie, was among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. She earned an Associate of Arts degree in General Studies and plans to pursue a nursing degree. With her, from left, are her father Dewayne, her mother Ann, and aunt, Margie Warren. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

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Hinds CC announces speaker for summer graduation ceremony
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Hinds CC announces speaker for summer graduation ceremony

RAYMOND – Summer graduation ceremonies are set for July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus as students earn associate’s degrees from Hinds Community College.

The college will confer 532 credentials to 464 students in two ceremonies. All nursing and allied health graduates will receive their degrees at 10 a.m., with commencement for academic and career-tech graduates to follow at 2 p.m. Angela Griffin, retired assistant dean for Career and Technical Education, is the speaker for both ceremonies.

Angela Griffin

Angela Griffin

Griffin retired from Hinds in 2017 after 34 years, a tenure that began as a Business Technology instructor at the Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. Griffin went on to chair the Business Technology Department before becoming assistant dean for career-tech.

While at Hinds, she received several recognition for her work with students and colleagues. Those include being named a Hinds Hero, HEADWAE faculty member for 2006, Outstanding Vocational-Technical Instructor, Distinguished Vocational-Technical Instructor and being named Outstanding Junior/Community College Teacher by the Mississippi Business Education Association. Angela was also appointed to serve on the Board of Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services.

Griffin is a member of Anderson United Methodist Church where she serves as a member of Pastor/Staff Parish Relations Committee. She also serves on the church’s Pastor/Staff Parish Relations Committee.

College to confer credentials to summer graduates July 28

 

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