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Joyner asks Utica Campus grads to ‘keep on pushin’ to goals, rewarding careers
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Joyner asks Utica Campus grads to ‘keep on pushin’ to goals, rewarding careers

UTICA – The man who’s known as the “Hardest Working Man in Radio” and “The Fly Jock” asked this year’s graduates of Hinds Community College Utica Campus to take a page from his own book and never rest on their laurels.

Tom Joyner, syndicated radio show host, speaks at the graduation ceremony at Hinds Community College Utica Campus on May 13, 2018. At left are Hinds Community College President Dr. Clyde Muse and Dr. Tyrone Jackson, vice president for the Utica Campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“You’ve all worked hard to get here today,” nationally syndicated radio and television show host Tom Joyner told about 130 who earned credentials inside J.D. Boyd Gymnasium on Sunday.

“So, turn to your neighbor and say, ‘the struggle is real.’ Some of you had financial issues. Some of you had academic issues. Some of you had problems at home. Some of you had school and jobs. Some had presentation issues – you name it. Some of you had all these issues at once. But, like the old song by The Impressions, you kept on pushin’.”

The Utica Campus, which is designated an HBCU (historically black college and universities), was selected by the Tom Joyner Foundation as its June 2018 School of the Month. The program is the signature such effort of his foundation in its support of HBCUs through fundraising efforts, scholarships, endowments and capacity-building enhancements.

The Utica Campus is one of two, two-year HBCUs selected for the honor, which is traditionally reserved for four-year institutions. Annually, the Tom Joyner Foundation selects 11 HBCUs with which to partner. During the partnership, funds are raised in support of student scholarships and other initiatives to help sustain the HBCU.

Joyner asked students to stay focused on the next step in their education and added a twist uncommon to most graduation ceremonies but common indeed for times when he delivers a keynote address at one – he gave $5 to each graduate with a tacit pledge from each that they’d make it grow as they continued their education.

“I’ll put it in your hand, and you’ll make it grow – with your good ideas,” he said. “I want to see you add to that $5, with some more zeroes and some commas. When I see you again, I want you to tell me you made your idea work, and how you helped someone else.”

From left, Hinds Community College President Dr. Clyde Muse, keynote speaker Tom Joyner and Dr. Tyrone Jackson, vice president for the Utica Campus

On Saturday, Joyner visited the Mississippi Job Corps Center in Crystal Springs and attended a special program on campus recognizing his foundation’s work to support HBCUs.

“I heard so many stories there of overcoming adversity,” Joyner said of the visit, adding he was impressed by his tour of the campus. Joyner shares a hometown – Tuskegee, Ala. – with that of William H. Holtzclaw, who founded the Utica Normal and Industrial Institute in 1903, which is the Utica Campus today.

“What I love most about Hinds Community College in Utica, is that it offers something for everyone,” he said. “There’s traditional students who come straight from high school who intend on changing their direction. Whatever the situation, whatever your goals, God brought you to Hinds at the right time. Take it from me, HBCUs are the right place to be.”

Joyner also urged students to participate in civic life to make sure their voices are heard.

“We can tweet about social injustice, we can even march about it, but nothing will happen until we vote out elected officials we don’t believe in. It won’t happen at all unless you go vote.”

Traditional students with honors credentials walked in the grand processional into the gym side-by-side with those who took a more circuitous route to starting college.

One, Antonio Green, beamed with happiness outside the gym with his mother, Leah.

“I wanted to play football coming out of high school in New Orleans, but I’ve gone into Electronics Technology to start a career there,” Green said.

Daphanie Bryant, left, of Jackson, and Lemontez Brown, of Edwards, line up with fellow graduates of Hinds Community College Utica Campus before the graduation ceremony May 13, 2018. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Jennifer Burnett, a custodian at Hinds Community College Utica Campus, earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Programming Technology during the graduation ceremony on campus May 13, 2018. Burnett earned a Career Certificate in the subject last summer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Bobby G. Cooper, director of the Jubiliee Singers at Hinds Community College Utica Campus, carries the mace en route to the graduation ceremony held on campus May 13, 2018. Cooper, who is retiring this year, is Hinds’ longest-tenured employee, with 45 years of service.

Hinds Community College President Dr. Clyde Muse speaks during graduation ceremonies at the Utica Campus May 13, 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Vanessa Wilson, reading instructor at Hinds Community College Utica Campus, sings the national anthem before graduation ceremonies on campus May 13, 2018.

Antonio Green, center, originally from Algiers, La., earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Electronics Technology during a graduation ceremony at Hinds Community College Utica Campus May 13, 2018. With him is friend and classmate Hosea Jackson Jr., left, and Antonio’s mother, Leah Green. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Jubiliee Singers perform during graduation ceremonies at Hinds Community College Utica Campus May 13, 2018.

Louis Perry Jr., center, earned a Career Certificate in Welding and Cutting Technology during graduation ceremonies held at Hinds Community College Utica Campus May 13, 2018. With him, from left, are his mother, Eddie Perry, sister Catina Perry, girlfriend Taylor Liggins, Utica Campus Chief of Police and family pastor Perry Terrell, niece Shay Miles, and cousin Maleek Bruce. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amber Sanders, second from right, of Jackson, earned an Associate of Arts degree from Hinds Community College Utica Campus during the ceremony held on campus May 13, 2018. With her are sisters Charlotte Sanders and Samantha Johnson, and brother Romeo Johnson. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

Students hold $5 bills distributed by keynote speaker Tom Joyner after the graduation ceremony at Hinds Community College Utica Campus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students hold $5 bills distributed by keynote speaker Tom Joyner after the graduation ceremony at Hinds Community College Utica Campus.

 

 

From left, Alexis Williamson, Jeffery Fairley, both of Jackson, and Brianna Watkins, of Summit, each of whom graduated from Hinds Community College with honors at ceremonies held at the Utica Campus May 13, 2018.

 

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Hinds CC awards record number of credentials in spring ceremonies
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Hinds CC awards record number of credentials in spring ceremonies

PEARL – The road to a college education and a rewarding career doesn’t always resemble a straight line, Hinds Community College graduates were told just before receiving their hard-earned credentials.

Not giving up in the face of adversity is key, speakers said in ceremonies Friday.

State Sen. Josh Harkins, of Flowood, speaks to academic and technical graduates at Hinds Community College during a ceremony at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus May 11, 2018. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“Some of you took the road less traveled to get here today,” said state Sen. Josh Harkins, of Flowood. “You may not be a ‘traditional’ college graduate, but you made the commitment to improve your life and the life of your family. That takes a level of commitment and determination not possessed by many.”

Dr. Andrea Mayfield, executive director of the Mississippi Community College Board, asked graduates to persist in their studies and pursue careers for which they are most passionate.

“Without the financial means for a traditional educational pathway, I forged my own road in the best way I could – attending college full-time and working as a janitor late in the afternoons and evenings,” Mayfield said. “And have a passion for what it is that you do.”

Dr. Andrea Mayfield, executive director of the Mississippi Community College Board, speaks to academic and technical graduates at Hinds Community College during a ceremony at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus May 11, 2018. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Over five ceremonies May 10, 11, and 13, Hinds awarded 1,839 degrees and certificates to 1,319 people, with some people receiving multiple credentials in academic, career or technical programs. This is the largest number of credentials Hinds has ever awarded for one graduation season.

Over the academic year including summer 2017 and fall 2017 ceremonies, the college will have awarded more than 3,900 credentials, a 12 percent increase over last year and an 85 percent increase over five years ago.

Of the 1,319 spring graduates, 265 achieved cum laude, 3.2 to 3.59 grade point average; 204 achieved magna cum laude, 3.6 to 3.99 GPA and 137 achieved summa cum laude, 4.0 grade point average. Nearly 900 are expected to participate in one of the five ceremonies.

Tom Joyner, a nationally syndicated radio and television show host, spoke to graduates at the Utica Campus during a ceremony Sunday.

Anna Hill, center, of Terry, earned an Associate of Arts in Elementary Education from Hinds Community College during graduation ceremonies held May 11 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. With her are her father, Dennis Hill, and her mother, Deborah Hill. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Ariel Merlin, center, of Clinton, earned an Associate of Arts degree from Hinds Community College during graduation ceremonies at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. With him are his mother, Rosie, and his father, Sadek. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cyla Logan, center, of Edwards, earned an Associate of Arts degree from Hinds Community College during graduation ceremonies held May 11, 2018 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. With her are her mother, Patricia Logan, left, and her father, Clay Logan Sr. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Forrest James, center, of Vicksburg, earned a Career Certificate from Hinds Community College after also completing his High School Equivalency at the college through the MIBEST program. With him are his mother, LaVonne James, left, and Dr. Robin Parker, district director of Integrated Pathways at Hinds. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jordan Jackson, center, of Ridgeland, earned an Associate of Arts degree from Hinds Community College during graduation ceremonies held May 11 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. With him are Patricia H. Jones, his grandmother, and Lisa Compton, his mother. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Brooke Patterson, left, and Olivia Oakes, both of Vicksburg, prepare for graduation ceremonies at the Muse Center on Hinds Community College Rankin Campus May 11, 2018. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rapheal Spears, of Vicksburg, and Bianca Williams, of Clinton, graduated from Hinds Community College during ceremonies held for academic and technical graduates at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus May 11, 2018. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Kimberly Surratt, center, of Vicksburg, earned an Associate of Arts degree from Hinds Community College during graduation ceremonies at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. With her are her mother, Marcia, and her father, John. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Claudia Nelson, of Brandon, a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor soceity at Hinds Community College, was among those earning degrees in ceremonies held May 11, 2018. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Matthew Meadows, of Brandon, was among those earning degrees in graduation ceremonies held at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus May 11, 2018. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From left, Hinds graduates Joshua Wahl, Chardonna Adams, State Sen. Josh Harkins, Hinds graduates Bryan Spurlock and Trenton Maulding (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Navdeep Kaur, of Clinton, a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor soceity at Hinds Community College, was among those earning degrees in ceremonies held May 11, 2018. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sydney Huey, of Moorhead, earned an Associate of Arts degree in biology during graduation ceremonies held at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus May 11, 2018. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

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Hinds CC provides path to American Dream for Honors international students
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Hinds CC provides path to American Dream for Honors international students

PEARL – For four Hinds Community College graduates this semester, their Hinds Experience is part and parcel of their developing American Dream.

Muammar Saeed, Zaid Qasem, Azzam Goraee, Abdulaziz Yafai (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Muammar Saeed, Azzam Goraee, Zaid Qasem and Abdulaziz Yafai each earned an Associate of Applied Science degree Friday, a first step in each’s goal of majoring in engineering at a four-year university.

“Being an engineer in the future, you also have to know about many things in life,” said Qasem, 22, who, like his three fellow native Yemeni students, attended Hinds as part of the federal F-1 student visa program. “I found something special about my journey in life being in the Honors program.”

The Honors Institute at Hinds affords high-achieving students a chance at challenging coursework and community service opportunities. Generally, incoming freshman students and current Hinds students may enter the program with a 3.5 GPA, composite ACT score or instructor recommendation.

“When I first came to Hinds, I felt a little isolated and didn’t really interact with others,” Saeed said. “But in the Honors program, they do lots of activities to get you involved. I can say being in the program helped me a lot to help me communicate with others.”

In five ceremonies May 10, 11 and 13, Hinds awarded 1,839 degrees and certificates to 1,319 people, with some people receiving multiple credentials in academic, career or technical programs. This is the largest number of credentials Hinds has ever awarded for one graduation season.

Including summer 2017 and fall 2017 ceremonies, the college will have awarded more than 3,900 credentials, a 12 percent increase over last year and an 85 percent increase over five years ago.

Of the 1,319 spring graduates, 265 achieved cum laude, which is a 3.2 to 3.59 grade point average; 204 achieved magna cum laude, a 3.6 to 3.99 GPA and 137 achieved summa cum laude, a 4.0 grade point average. Nearly 900 are expected to participate in one of the five ceremonies.

Zaid Qasem, Abdullah Mansour, Azzam Goraee, Abdulaziz Yafai, Muammar Saeed (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

The four students, related only by their Hinds experience, participated in community service projects such as the Hinds County Relay for Life, held on the Raymond Campus, recycling efforts to build awareness about a healthy environment and a trip to England to work with Bridgwater University, with which Hinds has a student exchange program.

“I listened to people with inspirational stories about surviving cancer,” Goraee said.

Yafai, 21, has achieved U.S. citizenship and learned as much about culture and language to round out his education. He visited England with fellow Honors students as part of international studies classes and enjoyed it immensely.

“I’ve lived in New York for a little while before coming to Mississippi,” he said. “If you learn a language without knowing the culture, it’s just empty words.”

His instructors shared his enthusiasm.

“These young men earned top grades and gave back to the local community through service projects while they were with us,” said Debbie McCollum, dean of the Honors Institute at the Raymond Campus. “Our program and our students’ lives were enriched by having them in the Honors Program.”

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Hinds CC Complete to Compete program helps Raymond mom achieve goal
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Hinds CC Complete to Compete program helps Raymond mom achieve goal

RAYMOND – Jennifer May couldn’t wait to get a taste of life on a big college campus, so she left Hinds Community College just one semester short of a two-year degree.

Jennifer May

That was more than 25 years ago. Much has changed in her life, but one big thing didn’t ever happen – the degree.

“I dropped out of college after the death of my mother in 1993,” said May, of Raymond, now a mother of two. “I had just transferred instead of staying one more semester to get the degree. My mother grew up in rural south Mississippi and never had the opportunity to go to college. Before she died, she told me to finish my education and never quit.”

The 20-year human resources employee saw an article on a job-search website for the Complete 2 Compete program, launched in Mississippi last year by the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning (known informally as the state College Board). It makes earning a degree a reality for more than 100,000 former students in need of just a little more coursework to complete an associate or bachelor’s degree, mainly by making vital information and resources available.

“I’ve wanted to make a change in employers so I can work closer to my children’s school,” May said. “But, I didn’t have anything more than a high school diploma. I made a call to Hinds and spoke to two very helpful people in the program who helped discover I was only six hours from my associate degree – so there was really no reason not to try.”

On May 11, that one phone call will make its most important ripple yet, as she joins more than 1,000 other students who will earn their credentials from Hinds Community College in three ceremonies at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.

May is the first person at the college to complete the necessary credits earn a credential as part of the program since it began last year, said District Dean of Student Advancement Stephanie Hudson. “It’s wonderful to see individuals making that investment in themselves and I’m so excited I can be a part of it.”

She has big plans for herself after having her long-awaited credential in hand. She also wants to motivate others who left college unfinished to, as the program states, complete to compete in the business world.

“Finding other employment opportunities is extremely important to me,” she said. “My next education goal is computer related and will be in the programming or security field.”

Her eldest, son Tanner, plans to attend Hinds next semester. Her newly-earned credential figures to remind him of the importance of finishing school.

“When I was younger, I never thought a degree really mattered but I’ve seen firsthand how some interviewers won’t even look at you without one,” she said.

Partners in the effort include the state’s public universities, the Mississippi Community College Board and the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges. The site is accessible at www.msc2c.org and on the Hinds Community College website at https://www.hindscc.edu/complete-to-compete#gsc.tab=0.

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Hinds CC presents 35 departmental student awards
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Hinds CC presents 35 departmental student awards

RAYMOND – Departmental awards at Hinds Community College were given to 35 students in academic, technical and career programs present for a ceremony April 27 at Cain-Cochran Hall on the Raymond Campus.

Recipients present at the event were photographed with Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse and department heads and others who presented plaques.

Henry Smith, of Monticello, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 27. Smith received an Outstanding Student Award for Agriculture Technology, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Wayne Boshart, right. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

Shelby Muirhead, of Vicksburg, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 27. Muirhead received an Outstanding Student Award for Agriculture – Poultry Science, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Chad Davis, right. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cassidy Still, of Brandon, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 27. Still received an Outstanding Student Award for Associate Degree Nursing, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Dr Tangela Hales, right. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

Khanya Ntoni, of Jackson, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 27. Ntoni received an Outstanding Student Award for Business Administration, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Cheri Bergeron, right. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reagan Rouse, of Clinton, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 27. Rouse received an Outstanding Student Award for Commercial Aviation, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Andy McCain, right. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

De’Shane Frye, of Clinton, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 27. Frye received an Outstanding Student Award for Communication, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Stacey Duke, right. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Torries Owens, of Moss Point, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 27. Owens received an Outstanding Student Award for Dance, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Tiffany Jefferson, right. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

Tyronza Phillips, of Madison, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 27. Phillips received an Outstanding Student Award for Dental Assisting, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Valeria Winston, right. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bryce Still, of Brandon, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 27. Still received an Outstanding Student Award for Early Childhood Education, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Patricia Grantham, right. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

Christina Elam, of Brandon, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 27. Elam received an Outstanding Student Award for Education, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Cassandra Varnell, right. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jordan Warren, of Florence, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 27. Warren received an Outstanding Student Award for Engineering Mechanics, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Rakasree Biswas, right. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

Jeffery Fairley, of Jackson, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 27. Fairley received an Outstanding Student Award for General Studies, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and English instructor Apryl Trimble, right. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bre’Anna Russell, of Crystal Springs, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 27. Russell received an Outstanding Student Award for Health Care Assistant, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Felica Banks, right. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

Navdeep Kaur, of Clinton, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 27. Kaur received an Outstanding Student Award for Honors Leadership, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and math instructor Jeff Hughes, right. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charlotte Washington, of Byram, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 27. Washington received an Outstanding Student Award for Marketing Management Technology, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Ebony Robinson, right. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

Claudia Nelson, of Brandon, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 27. Nelson received an Outstanding Student Award for Mathematics, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Renee Austin, right. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Santiago Diaz Ponce, of Clinton, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 27. Diaz Ponce received an Outstanding Student Award for Music, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Paul Heindl, right. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

Hannah Miller, of Vicksburg, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 27. Miller received an Outstanding Student Award for Music-Recording Arts, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Knight Bruce, right. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kirby King, of Pelahatchie, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 27. King received an Outstanding Student Award for Physical Education, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and Dr. Ben Cloyd, academic dean for the Raymond Campus, right. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

Stephanie Ricks, of Brandon, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 27. Ricks received an Outstanding Student Award for Physical Therapist Assistant, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Pam Chapman, right. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holt Hunter, of Hermanville, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 27. Hunter received an Outstanding Student Award for Physics, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Rakasree Biswas, right. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

Erika Patrick, of Raymond, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 27. Patrick received an Outstanding Student Award for Practical Nursing, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Sandra McCurley, right. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amanda Perez, of Florence, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 27. Perez received an Outstanding Student Award for Radiologic Technology, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Tiffany Smith, right. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

Danielle Gipson, of Brandon, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 27. Gipson received an Outstanding Student Award for Respiratory Care Technology, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Therese Winschel, right. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jordan Curtis, of Pearl, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 27. Curtis received an Outstanding Student Award for Surgical Technology, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Britney Reulet, right. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

John Topik, of Brandon, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 27. Topik received an Outstanding Student Award for History, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Sheila Hailey, right. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cassidy Holland, of Brandon, was among Hinds Community College students recognized with a departmental award April 27. Holland received an Outstanding Student Award for Interpreter Training Technology, presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and instructor Sandra Hester, right. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

The Student Government Association at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus received an award for Community Service during the departmental award ceremony April 27. It was presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, Myia Harris, of Clinton, student president, Sharon Alexander, faculty adviser for SGA and DeAndre House, dean of students and district director of Student Housing-Residence Life. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeffery Fairley, of Jackson, received an award for Community Service during the departmental award ceremony April 27. It was presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and English instructor Apryl Trimble (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

Jeremy Middleton, of Canton, received an award from the Student Government Association for the Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center during the departmental award ceremony April 27. It was presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and English instructor Dr. Marla Wiley (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Danielle Gipson, of Brandon, received an award from the Student Government Association for the Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center during the departmental award ceremony April 27. It was presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and counselor Cooper McCachren. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

Sarah Boone, of Pearl, received an award from the Student Government Association for the Rankin Campus during the departmental award ceremony April 27. It was presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and Dr. Norman Session, vice president for the Rankin Campus and Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Myia Harris, of Clinton, received an award from the Student Government Association for the Raymond Campus during the departmental award ceremony April 27. It was presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and Sharon Alexander, district director of Student Conduct. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

Hezekiah Williams, of Clinton, received an award from the Student Government Association for the Utica Campus during the departmental award ceremony April 27. It was presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and Josh Knox, director of the Student Center and Campus Activities for the Utica Campus. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meena Dhawan, of Vicksburg, received an award from the Student Government Association for the Vicksburg-Warren Campus during the departmental award ceremony April 27. It was presented by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and faculty advisor Gwendolyn Appleby (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hinds CC, MVSU sign agreement on STEM programs
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Hinds CC, MVSU sign agreement on STEM programs

RAYMOND — Hinds Community College and Mississippi Valley State University have signed an agreement to ensure success for students considering careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Seated, from left, Dr. Constance G. Bland, MVSU vice president of Academic Affairs, MVSU President Dr. Jerryl Briggs Sr., Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, Dr. Theresa Hamilton, vice president for the Raymond Campus and the Jackson Campus Nursing/Allied Health Center and director of College Parallel Programs (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

A 2 Plus 2 Agreement between the two institutions will enable students in environmental health, biology and chemistry programs to transfer to the four-year program at MVSU once they’ve graduated from Hinds. The pact allows for two Transfer Scholarships to be awarded by MVSU to graduates with associate degrees with a grade point average of at least 3.5, to cover tuition and required fees for their junior and senior year.

Junior, senior and graduate-level courses through MVSU will be offered to Hinds students in fact-to-face, hybrid or online settings. For its part, Hinds will provide a classroom and a lab for instructional purposes on the campus and space for MVSU to recruit Hinds graduates and provide support services to interested students.

“Thanks to our agreements between IHL institutions and the community colleges, we’ve made the process of transfer much simpler, and it’s an advantage to the students,” said Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse during a signing ceremony at the Raymond Campus April 27.

MVSU President Dr. Jerryl Briggs said the agreement moves the Itta Bena university’s goals in the right direction.

“Partnerships such as these will help students of both institutions grow and move their lives forward,” Briggs said.

Among the stated goals of the new partnership are to promote successful undergraduate educational experiences for students who wish to attend both institutions, broaden the options for science and math students at Hinds to enter the Environmental Health, Biology and Chemistry programs at MVSU and improve the coordination of degree programs between the two institutions.

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Hinds CC Honors Institute awards 15 scholars
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30 April

Hinds CC Honors Institute awards 15 scholars

RAYMOND — Hinds Community College’s Honors Institute presented 15 students with awards of excellence for the 2017-18 academic term. Each named a faculty mentor, who received a certificate as an Honored Faculty Member during a ceremony April 25.

Honors Scholars carry 12 or more honors hours and must maintain an overall GPA of 3.25 or better and have at least 20 hours of community service.

Distinguished Honors Scholars carry 18 or more honors hours and have two semesters in the Leadership Program. They must maintain an overall GPA of 3.5 or better and have at least 30 hours of community service.

Also awarded as an Honors Scholar but unable to attend the ceremony was Tyler Trussell, who honored Assistant Baseball Coach and Sports Information Director Nick Ammirati.

Audra Canoy, left, and computer science instructor Dr. Johanna Williams

Physics instructor Sarah Francis, left, and Bobby Cavett Jr.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anna Hite, left, and art instructor Melanie Atkinson

Holt Hunter, left, and mathematics instructor Jeff Hughes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

English instructor Laura Hammons, left, and Navdeep Kaur

Alisha McDougal, left, and English instructor Wilson Knight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ariel Merlin, left, and chemistry instructor Jason Webb

Physics instructor Rakasree Biswas, left, and Zaid Qasem

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nicole Rigsby, left, and business administration instructor Nita Burchfield

English instructor Sharon Gerald, left, and Muammar Saeed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joanna Stevens, left, and biology instructor Beth Guider

Business administration instructor Mike Clark, left, and Katherine Uthoff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

La’Daysha Washington, left, and District Coordinator of Student Conduct Sharon Alexander

International studies advisor Michelle Davison, left, and Abdulaziz Yafai

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hinds CC Rankin Honors students name retiring English instructor Faculty Member of the Year
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17 April

Hinds CC Rankin Honors students name retiring English instructor Faculty Member of the Year

PEARL – Kathy M. Smith, of Brandon, a retiring English instructor for nine years at Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus, has been selected as Faculty Member of the Year by students in the Honors program and the Alpha Omicron Omega chapter of Phi Theta Kappa honor society.

Kathy M. Smith, left, and Joy Rhoads (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Smith said the honor is a humbling one and credits the students themselves for her being able to pursue her passion.

“Through the years when anyone has asked me what I teach, my first response is students,” Smith said. “Sometimes I teach them grammar, sometimes literature, sometimes composition, but my joy has always been working with young people in the classroom setting.”

Joy Rhoads, coordinator of the Honors program at Rankin, said the students chose Smith for her energy and passion for the job.

“Kathy Smith is a valued colleague who has always been gracious and willing to go the extra mile for the campus, her department and our students,” Rhoads said. “No one has worked harder to foster student success than Kathy. I was delighted when our chapter selected Ms. Kathy Smith as Rankin Faculty Member of the Year.”

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Hinds CC Diesel Tech program achieves accreditation
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12 April

Hinds CC Diesel Tech program achieves accreditation

RICHLAND – The Diesel Equipment Technology program has been accredited by the Associated Equipment Distributors Foundation.

Achieving accreditation with the Illinois-based trade organization represents a step forward in building the program to meet the needs of the college’s industry partners, said Brent Johnson, director of the Diesel Technology Academy at Hinds.

From left, Dr. Chad Stocks, vice president of Workforce Development at Hinds, Dr. Andrea Mayfield, executive director of the Mississippi Community College Board, Paul Breazeale, executive director of the Hinds CC Board of Trustees, Dr. Clyde Muse, president of Hinds Community College, Robert Henderson, president emeritus of the AED Foundation.

In 2017, the state modified requirements for graduating career-tech students by adopting the use of a nationally recognized credential. The AEDF stamp of approval fit that need perfectly, Johnson said.

“After evaluating several organizations, we found the AED Foundation to be a perfect fit for our program,” Johnson said. “After working with AEDF to attain accreditation, our institution realized that there are many more benefits available to us beyond the testing and credentials that we first needed.”

In 2016, the program expanded the second half of its degree plan to a facility on Old Highway 49 in Richland, near Empire Truck Sales LLC and Stribling Equipment LLC. The program and the industries partner to train diesel equipment professionals for both medium and heavy trucks and heavy equipment. Introductory courses in the program are offered at the Gray-Partridge building on Highway 18, minutes from the Raymond Campus.

During a ceremony April 10 at the Richland facility, officials lauded the program’s role in filling a need in the diesel technician field and the state workforce as a whole.

“The problem the industry faces is that we have a lack of qualified technicians, which is exacerbated by the fact that a lot of baby boomers will be retiring soon,” said Martin McCormack, associate director of development and workforce for AEDF. “That’s really what is driving our main focus at the foundation.” McCormack said the organization’s research has shown the heavy equipment industry is losing $2.4 billion in potential revenue due to the shortage.

The organization aims to have 50 accredited college and recognized high school programs by the end of 2018 to fortify the pipeline of qualified diesel technicians, as well as lower the amount of time it takes to accredit one. Currently, it’s three years on average.

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse credited Empire Truck Sales and Stribling Equipment CEO Jerry Swanson and Dr. Andrea Mayfield, executive director of the Mississippi Community College Board, for helping make the program worthy of the organization’s stamp of approval.

“We had a struggling diesel mechanic program at the Raymond Campus,” Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse said. “It was only possible through Jerry’s company’s investment of their funds to see we had a high-quality program available to the industry.”

Swanson spoke to the greater need for industries such as his to help fill the skills gap in the workforce of the state and the nation – specifically people who have some college credit under their belt but no academic credential beyond high school, thus limiting their marketability in the workforce.

“The reality is that they’re a lost resource,” Swanson said. “Our objective is to take those resources as quick as we can qualify them, people who have good hand-eye coordination with mechanical things, and put them in our industry. We have great value for a career.”

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Hinds CC named Hinds Heroes for Spring 2018
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12 April

Hinds CC named Hinds Heroes for Spring 2018

RAYMOND – The Spring 2018 group of honorees in the Hinds Heroes employee recognition program have been named. Hinds Heroes are chosen because they represent the college well, provide exceptional customer service to all its customers and consistently promote the Hinds mission of service. Heroes selected receive a lapel pin, a token of appreciation and one free day off work.

From bottom left, Hinds Board of Trustees President Paul Breazeale, Tiffany Jefferson, Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, Felicia Williams-Winston, Beverly Trimble, Russell Shaw, Jovonna Parker, Kirby Sills, Karen Gamble, LaCheryl Taylor, Dennis Thompson, Martha McInnis, Oscar Branch, Christy Bokros (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

In alphabetical order, this semester’s honorees are:

  • Christy Bokros, of Pearl, assistant dean for Allied Health at the Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. Her duties include administrative responsibilities for the division of Allied Health, which includes budget management, accreditation facilitating, annual reporting for career and technical education for the Department of Education and Mississippi Community College Board, inventory and evaluation processes. She has been with Hinds for 19 years.
  • Oscar Branch, of Brandon, instructor for air traffic control at the Rankin Campus. His duties include instructing the course for the Aviation Technology Program and coordinating the curriculum. He has been with Hinds for nine years.
  • Karen Gamble, of Vicksburg, instructor for public speaking and developmental education courses at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus. Her duties include being the lead instructor for public speaking, serving on various committees on campus and lining up speakers for college-sponsored community events. She has been with Hinds full-time for five years and 21 overall, including as an adjunct instructor.
  • Tiffany Jefferson, of Terry, dance director at the Raymond Campus. Her duties include directing the Montage Theatre of Dance program, which involves being artistic director, choreographer and an instructor of the tap, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and modern, styles of dance. She also instructs dance history, improvisation and composition. She has been at Hinds for 12 years.
  • Martha McInnis, of Raymond, associate chief information officer in the Information Technology Department based at the Raymond Campus. Her duties include managing IT operations that power many of the college’s systems that deliver student and operations success. She has been at Hinds for 27 years.
  • Jovonna Parker, of Ridgeland, assistant director of Counseling and district coordinator of Disability Services, based at the Raymond Campus. Her duties include coordinating district-wide services for students with disabilities, advising with registration and courses, instructing orientation courses and serving as an advisory board member for the college’s Quality Enhancement Plan. She has been at Hinds for 12 years.
  • Russell Shaw, of Raymond, vice president for Business Services, based at the Raymond Campus. His duties including presiding over the Business Services functions of the college, which involves the accounting and accounts receivable and payable functions, Human Resources, Purchasing and Information Technology. He has been at Hinds for 14 years.
  • Kirby Sills, of Ridgeland, director of the Veterinary Technology program on the Raymond Campus. His duties include teaching and directing all aspects of the program, including the curriculum and evaluation processes. He has been at Hinds for nine years.
  • LaCheryl Taylor, of Richland, assistant registrar in the Advancement/Admissions department at the Raymond Campus. Her duties include assisting the registrar troubleshooting and maintaining accurate student records, assisting campus deans in maintaining accurate class rosters, implementing beginning and end-of-term processes, maintaining the system students use to track their education plan, maintaining all aspects of the process of graduation and determining and submitting athletic eligibility and awards. She has been at Hinds for five years.
  • Dennis Thompson, of Madison, lead instructor in the Logistics program at the Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. His duties include managing all aspects of the department. He has been at Hinds full-time for two years and 10 overall, including as an adjunct instructor.
  • Beverly Trimble, of Utica, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and Individual Training Account coordinator based at the Utica Campus. Her duties include coordinating services funded by the federal WIOA ITA program for Hinds students, educating students on what the program is and how it helps pay for their education, preparing cost sheets for students in the program and issuing check requests for other colleges served through the program. She has been at Hinds for 13 years.
  • Felicia Williams-Winston, of Brandon, instructor for the online Paralegal Technology program based at the Raymond Campus. Her duties include instructing courses in the program, revising the curriculum when needed, advising and mentoring online students in the program and scheduling online courses. She has been at Hinds for 10 years.
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