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Hinds CC crowns Miss Hinds Community College 2018
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17 November

Hinds CC crowns Miss Hinds Community College 2018

RAYMOND – Charity Lockridge, of Vicksburg, was named Miss Hinds Community College in the annual pageant Thursday, Nov. 16.

Charity Lockridge is crowned Miss Hinds Community College 2018 by Abigail Walters, Miss Hinds for 2017, as Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse looks on. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

As Miss Hinds Community College, Lockridge will participate next summer in the Miss Mississippi pageant in Vicksburg. The pageant is an official preliminary pageant of the Miss America Pageant program.

Lockridge, 20, is a sophomore studying art at the Raymond Campus. She is a Vicksburg High School graduate. Her talent was a vocal performance of “Via Dolorosa” and her platform A.W.A. – Alive with Autism.”

First runner-up was Cyla Logan, 19, of Edwards. She is a sophomore at the Raymond Campus studying nursing. She is a Raymond High School graduate. Her talent was a vocal performance of “Weak” and her platform the Stewpot Community Service Summer Camp.

From left, second runner-up Cassie Pierce, Miss Hinds Community College 2018 Charity Lockridge, first runner-up Cyla Logan (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Second runner-up was Cassie Pierce, 19, also of Edwards. She is a sophomore at the Raymond Campus studying dental hygiene. Her talent was a jazz dance routine to “Praying” and her platform the National Down Syndrome Society.

 

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Hinds CC names HEADWAE honorees for 2018
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13 November

Hinds CC names HEADWAE honorees for 2018

RAYMOND – Joy Rhoads and Anna Hite have been named Hinds Community College’s honorees for the Legislature’s HEADWAE program for 2018.

Joy Rhoads

Rhoads, of Brandon, is a history and geography instructor and coordinator of the Rankin Campus Honors Program. Hite, of Raymond, is a sophomore studying art on the Raymond Campus.

As the faculty honoree for the program, which stands for Higher Education Appreciation Day – Working for Academic Excellence, Rhoads is also the graduation speaker for fall ceremonies on Dec. 15 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. Nursing and allied health students will graduate in a ceremony at 8 a.m. Academic and technical graduates will graduate at ceremonies set for 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Rhoads, a 24-year employee of Hinds, holds master’s degrees in geography and history from the University of Southern Mississippi and Mississippi State University, respectively. Her bachelor’s degree in history is also from MSU. She has directed the Honors Program since 2016 and is a faculty advisor for the Alpha Omicron Omega chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the honor society for two-year colleges in the United States.

“I was exceptionally honored when I spoke to Dr. Muse,” Rhoads said. “The most striking things about it is that it demonstrated the confidence that he and the administration have in me to serve the student body.

“The most humbling experience I’ve had as a teacher was becoming a student again. Just a few years ago, I went back for a second master’s degree. At the time, I was married, had a child, my husband was deployed a lot of the time. I realized then that each time I walk into a classroom and say, ‘Good morning, ladies and gentlemen,’ I’m looking at people who have all kinds of things going on in their lives – good, challenging and the like. The technology we now use in the classroom really can foster the opportunity for students in this day and age to balance all of those demands.”

Anna Hite

Hite, a graduate of Central Hinds Academy, is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and will be an officer in the organization next semester. She is also vice president of the Gender and Sexuality Alliance and is a member of the Lendon Players theatre group.

“Being at Hinds has changed me in a couple of ways,” Hite said. “Before coming here, I never felt I was in an environment where I felt able to flourish, shine or feel accepted. Coming here, I felt I was coming home and needed that sense of security to find myself like I have this past year and a half.”

Hite is the recipient of multiple scholarships that have financed her education, including an ACT Presidential Scholarship and one from the Honors Institute at Hinds. After finishing classes in Raymond in May 2018, she plans to pursue art and English and possibly teach one of the subjects.

“I’m looking into being a teacher on a college level,” she said. “I’d love to teach about this exciting new thing I’ve learned how to do. I want to be able to share that with other people and show them how to do it in cool and exciting new ways.”

Rhoads is a member of the National Council for Geographic Education and the Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers. While at Hinds, she has been named a Hinds Hero and a Teacher of the Year for the campus PTK chapter and the Mississippi Humanities Council.

HEADWAE was established in 1988 to honor academically talented students and faculty who have made outstanding contributions in promoting academic excellence. The 31st annual program is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018.

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Hinds CC Utica campus inducts new Phi Theta Kappa members for fall 2017
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10 November

Hinds CC Utica campus inducts new Phi Theta Kappa members for fall 2017

UTICA – The Alpha Beta Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Hinds Community College Utica Campus has inducted new members for fall 2017. Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) serves to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through honors, leadership and service programming. A ceremony Nov. 9 paid homage to honorary members and made way for 13 new members.

Front row, from left, Dr. Tyrone Jackson, vice president of the Utica Campus, Dr. Marquise Loving, academic dean for the Utica Campus, Moesha Dukes, of Jackson, Jaylon Gooden, of Clarksdale, Dianne Leflore, of Carthage, Morgan Mason, of Jackson, Myron Means, of Utica, Corterriauna Nelson, of Jackson, Sandra Robinson, of Natchez, Michelle Wilder, of Canton, Alexis Williamson, of Jackson, Alexis Woodberry, of Raymond, Mahyem Yisreal, of Hermanville. Back row, from left, Apryl Trimble, Alpha Beta Xi co-advisor, chapter officers Briana Watkins, of St. Louis , Mo., Jason Wafosoh, of Ridgeland, Keilah Drake, of Vicksburg, Valerie Gladney, of Jackson, Demitri Hilliard, of Oxford, Xavier Reed, of Shaw, Kendall Camper, of Jackson, Jeffery Fairley, of Jackson, PTK advisor Beverly Trimble and Dr. Timothy Rush, dean of students. Also inducted but not pictured are Caleb Houston, of Byram, and Lapeaches Pollard, of Utica. (Hinds Community College/Evelyn Stewart)

New members include: Kendall Camper, Moesha Dukes, Jaylon Gooden, Caleb Houston, Dianne Leflore, Morgan Mason, Myron Means, Corterriauna Nelson, Lapeaches Pollard, Michelle Wilder, Alexis Williamson, Alexis Woodberry and Mahyem Yisreal.

Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society for community and junior college students, with more than 2 million members in more than 1,250 chapters worldwide. Membership in Phi Theta Kappa is extended to students who have a 3.5 cumulative grade point average or above on 12 or more transferable credit hours. There are more than 1,200 Phi Theta Kappa chapters throughout the United States and abroad. For more information about Phi Theta Kappa at Hinds, go to http://www.hindscc.edu/admissions/studentlife/clubs/ptk/index.

 

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Hinds CC caps off yearlong Centennial celebration with gala, festive entertainment
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07 November

Hinds CC caps off yearlong Centennial celebration with gala, festive entertainment

PEARL – A festive night of entertainment and fond memories Nov. 4 helped culminate the yearlong celebration of Hinds Community College’s Centennial.

Hosted by Gov. and Mrs. Phil Bryant, the event at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus showcased the best of the college’s talent and featured video clips of its evolution during its 100 Years of Community-Inspired Service.

From left, Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, Deborah Bryant, Gov. Phil Bryant (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Bryant, a 1975 Hinds graduate, shared his story of being a student at Hinds and being the first of his family to attend college, which he noted as a continuing part of the college’s mission for its students.

“We have the opportunity to help each and every one of them go to college,” he said. “What a remarkable opportunity it was for me in the 1970s. I owe Hinds so much that it’ll never be able to be returned. We cannot overemphasize how important this great community college has been to the state of Mississippi. Our graduates go all over the world. We find ourselves in remarkable places.”

Part of that story involved his meeting his wife, Deborah, on the Raymond Campus.

“While I was there, not only did I get a remarkable education, but I found a soulmate,” Bryant said, just before Deborah Bryant appeared on stage being serenaded by the Utica Campus Jubilee Singers with a rendition of “My Girl.”

Members of the Utica Campus Jubilee Singers sing “My Girl” during the Hinds Community College Centennial Gala held Nov. 4 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Later, guests were treated to rousing performances by several student groups including the Hinds Hi-Steppers and the Hinds Jazz Band. A group of alumni performers sang the original composition “Dear Hinds,” composed especially for the Centennial by Hinds music instructor Tracy Crosby. The Montage Theatre of Dance performed a homage to popular songs and dances titled “Dancing through the Decades.”

The reception honored the achievements of the six presidents in the college’s 100 years of service, special emphasis on President George McLendon, President Dr. Robert Murrah Mayo and current President Dr. Clyde Muse, who is in his 40th year.

“The person who’s led this college for 40 years is probably the greatest that I’ve been around in my life,” said Larry Swales, president of the Hinds Community College Alumni Association and chancery clerk in Rankin County. “He gets the job done.”

During the program, Swales read a letter recognizing the college’s Centennial from U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, whose parents met at Hinds and for whom Cain-Cochran Hall on the Raymond Campus is partially named.

Representing the student body during the program was Drew Shaw, a fourth-generation Hinds student attending the Raymond Campus.

Hinds Community College student Drew Shaw speaks at the college’s Centennial Gala held Nov. 4 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“To say Hinds is a tradition in my family is an understatement,” Shaw said. “Not only have we all been students, but we have taken full advantage of all the opportunities that Hinds had to offer.”

Dr. Muse reflected on his own experiences as a community college student, at East Central Mississippi Community College, and on his 40 years leading Hinds. He thanked Jackie Granberry, executive director of the Hinds Community College Foundation – hired during Muse’s first year as president – for organizing a year’s worth of special events including the gala.

“I’ve enjoyed the last 40 years of being able to help individuals get an education and help them set some life goals and other things so important to people,” Muse said. “The Bible says if you want to be the greatest, be a servant. Hinds Community College offered me that opportunity to do this for about 40 years, and I thank you.”

A silent auction before the program included several custom-made and handcrafted items, a Chef’s Dinner for eight, a custom Christmas card design, a child’s playhouse, a fire pit, deer feeders and barbecue grills.

Invited guests included alumni, business partners, community leaders, employees and friends of the college. Proceeds from ticket sales went toward starting a Centennial Endowment for future needs of the college, including student scholarships.

Members of the Hinds Community College Montage Theatre of Dance perform at the college’s Centennial Gala held Nov. 4 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Members of the Hinds Hi-Steppers perform at the college’s Centennial Gala held Nov. 4 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Members of the Hinds Eagle Jazz Band perform at the college’s Centennial Gala held Nov. 4 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

From left, Aliesha Phillips, Deanna Kemp Simpkins and Thomas E. Steadman Jr. perform “Dear Hinds” at the college’s Centennial Gala held Nov. 4 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From left, Larry Swales, Linda Swales, Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, Deborah Bryant, Gov. Phil Bryant (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

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Hinds CC partnership with industry plays key role in state’s first apprenticeship registry
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02 November

Hinds CC partnership with industry plays key role in state’s first apprenticeship registry

RICHLAND – Empire Truck Sales and Stribling Equipment, who partner with Hinds Community College on the Diesel Equipment Technology Academy in Richland, have signed an agreement with the college to become the first businesses to participate in the Mississippi Apprenticeship Program.

From left, Glenn McCullough, executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority, Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, Dr. Andrea Mayfield, executive director of the Mississippi Community College Board, Jerry Swanson, CEO of Empire Truck Sales and Stribling Equipment and Gov. Phil Bryant (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

The program aims to develop new and diverse sponsors for registered apprenticeship and expand the state’s capacity to support them. MAP, an initiative led by Gov. Phil Bryant’s office, the Mississippi Community College Board in partnership with community colleges and their partners in business, industry and other sectors, the Mississippi Department of Employment Security and the Mississippi Development Authority, will provide resources to industries across the state to support employee on-the-job training.

Principals in the effort signed the agreement Oct. 31 at the Hinds Diesel Equipment Technology Academy in Richland. They included Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, Jerry Swanson, president of Empire Truck Sales and Stribling Equipment, Woodrow Middleton, state director for the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship and Dr. Andrea Mayfield, executive director of the Mississippi Community College Board.

“It’s been a great partnership with Hinds and you see a number of the students here today as evidence of the support they’re receiving from those two companies,” Muse said during a brief program before the signing. He also noted the experienced assistance, scholarships and up-to-date equipment available to students in the program.

Bryant credited the Legislature for allocating about $50 million for workforce training programs and the U.S. Department of Labor for being a valuable partner for the MAP, specifying a “unified and cooperative federalism” between the state and the federal Cabinet department.

Students and instructors in the Diesel Equipment Technology program at Hinds Community College gather with state officials including Gov. Phil Bryant during a ceremony Oct. 31 to become part of the Mississippi Apprenticeship Program. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“The Mississippi Apprenticeship Program and the partnership between Empire Truck Sales, Stribling Equipment and Hinds Community College will allow individuals at these two businesses to learn real-world job skills necessary for them to be successful employees,” Bryant said.

The trucking industry, specifically the field of modern-day diesel mechanic work, was an appropriate backdrop for the signing ceremony. Gov. Phil Bryant’s father was a diesel mechanic and worked at Empire during his professional career. The host facility for the ceremony is a state-of-the-art complex where students train on the latest technology in the ever-evolving field of diesel mechanics. The accelerated career pathway allows students to earn technical and career certificates with a chance to earn a full Associate of Applied Science degree. Once in the field, diesel technicians can work their way up to certifications that pay up to $73,000 annually.

“As a workforce strategy, with on-the-job training experience, the apprentice has the opportunity to earn and learn,” Mayfield said. “And they also make connections in the workplace.”

“Everybody here is a stakeholder in this adventure,” Swanson said, crediting Dr. Chad Stocks, vice president of Workforce Development at Hinds, for his role in helping turn the college’s already vibrant partnership into Tuesday’s event. “With his leadership, this has happened and we’re very proud of it.”

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Hinds CC welcomes alumni back to campus for day of fun, memories
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31 October

Hinds CC welcomes alumni back to campus for day of fun, memories

RAYMOND – It was so familiar, yet so different for five old friends who visited the Raymond Campus last Saturday for the first time in more than 40 years.

“It was the best memories ever for us,” said Connie Wicks Rice, of Foley, Ala., among a group of fellow former cheerleaders and Hi-Steppers who visited campus during the Calling All Eagles tailgate party that welcomed alumni across several fields of study and play back to their old stomping grounds. “Seeing the changes on campus since then has been amazing.”

From left, Margaret Patterson Luckett, Vickie Gilmore Neely, Keith Neely, Lee Ann May, Merrill Mitchell and Connie Wicks Rice take a selfie at the Calling All Eagles tailgate event at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus on Oct. 28, 2017. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

From left, Margaret Patterson Luckett, Vickie Gilmore Neely, Keith Neely, Lee Ann May, Merrill Mitchell and Connie Wicks Rice take a selfie at the Calling All Eagles tailgate event at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus on Oct. 28, 2017. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

Rice; Merrill Mitchell, of Dauphin Island, Ala.; Lee Ann May, of Brandon, Margaret Patterson Luckett, of Oxford; and Keith and Vickie Gilmore Neely, of Florence, braved chilly air outside to tour campus, check out buildings that weren’t around 40 years ago and catch up with others they hadn’t seen in a while. They hadn’t been on campus since 1971, but reconnected on social media after finding out about the tailgate party.

“I can remember when the girls couldn’t wear miniskirts and had to return to the dorm by 4:30 every day,” Mitchell said. “But, we’ll recreate some of our old photos we used to take around here.”

Alumni groups from past cheerleading squads, Hi-Steppers, football, Eagle band, Montage Theatre of Dance and homecoming courts and joined those from Phi Theta Kappa, Baptist Student Union and others for a day of fun, food and fellowship before the Hinds Eagles took to the gridiron against East Mississippi Community College.

“I absolutely loved coming here,” said Ann Forbes, of Windermere, Fla., a former Miss Hinds during her days attending the college in 1986-87. “I used to stay in old Davis Hall here, but of course now there’s more buildings now and they’re newer.”

Ann Forbes, in dark coat, enjoys her plate lunch with her sister, Carolyn Forbes, left, at the at the Calling All Eagles tailgate event at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus on Oct. 28, 2017. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

Ann Forbes, in dark coat, enjoys her plate lunch with her sister, Carolyn Forbes, left, at the at the Calling All Eagles tailgate event at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus on Oct. 28, 2017. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

On display for tailgaters were items from a time capsule buried in 1992 for the college’s 75th anniversary and unearthed Oct. 25 to celebrate the college’s Centennial. Letters from faculty, national magazines, a soda can and bumper stickers from that year’s presidential election were among those preserved.

“I can remember my uncle, aunt and other family all split their votes that year,” said Tim Krason, English instructor and Honors Institute advisor.

About 35 alumni band members returned to play during halftime with current members and were among those recognized. A few old band mates from the 1970s and ‘80s marveled at the spacious band hall of today as their minds drifted back in time.

“The band hall used to be on another part of campus, so I can only imagine what it would have been like in here,” said Linda Bullock, who played clarinet in her student days.

As is often heard in multiple circles of friends who attended Hinds, the feeling of family back then and now is still strong.

“I’m part of a group who comes back each time for different things,” said Beth Barlow, a sax player and frequent participant in alumni events. “It’s always like family coming back.”

Items from a time capsule buried at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus in 1992 were displayed alongside current photos at the at the Calling All Eagles tailgate event at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus on Oct. 28, 2017. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

Items from a time capsule buried at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus in 1992 were displayed alongside current photos at the Calling All Eagles tailgate event at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus on Oct. 28, 2017. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

Alumni of the Eagle Band joined current members in activities at the Calling All Eagles tailgate event at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus on Oct. 28, 2017. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

Alumni of the Eagle Band joined current members in activities at the Calling All Eagles tailgate event at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus on Oct. 28, 2017. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Phi Theta Kappa at Hinds CC Vicksburg-Warren Campus inducts new members for Fall 2017
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25 October

Phi Theta Kappa at Hinds CC Vicksburg-Warren Campus inducts new members for Fall 2017

VICKSBURG – The Alpha Omega Chi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa have inducted nine members for the spring semester.

Pictured from left are Margaret Bell, faculty advisor, Austin Muirhead, Emily Sullivan, Taylor Ballard, Andrea Royal, Marian Williams, Ke’Aubrey Clark, Sybil Carraway, Jada Sims, Elizabeth Loflin, Samantha Hawn, Megan Irby and Laken Haring. The lead faculty advisor for the Alpha Omega Chi chapter is Dr. Sarah Nichols. (Hinds Community College/Sarah Nichols)

Pictured from left are Margaret Bell, faculty advisor, Austin Muirhead, Emily Sullivan, Taylor Ballard, Andrea Royal, Marian Williams, Ke’Aubrey Clark, Sybil Carraway, Jada Sims, Elizabeth Loflin, Samantha Hawn, Megan Irby and Laken Haring. The lead faculty advisor for the Alpha Omega Chi chapter is Dr. Sarah Nichols. (Hinds Community College/Sarah Nichols)

Inductees included Austin Muirhead, Emily Sullivan, Andrea Royal, Marian Williams, Ke’Aubrey Clark, Elizabeth Loflin, Samantha Hawn, Megan Irby and Laken Haring.

Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society for community and junior college students. Membership in Phi Theta Kappa is extended to students who have a 3.5 cumulative grade point average or above on 12 or more transferable credit hours. There are more than 1,200 Phi Theta Kappa chapters throughout the United States and abroad. For more information about Phi Theta Kappa at Hinds, visit http://www.hindscc.edu/Campus-Life/clubs/ptk/index#gsc.tab=0.

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Phi Theta Kappa at Hinds CC inducts new members for Fall 2017
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25 October

Phi Theta Kappa at Hinds CC inducts new members for Fall 2017

RAYMOND – The Gamma Lambda Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Hinds Community College’s Raymond Campus inducted new members and officers Oct. 13.

Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society for community and junior college students. Membership in Phi Theta Kappa is extended to students who have a 3.5 cumulative grade point average or above on 12 or more transferable credit hours. There are more than 1,200 Phi Theta Kappa chapters throughout the United States and abroad. For more information about Phi Theta Kappa at Hinds, go to http://www.hindscc.edu/admissions/studentlife/clubs/ptk/index.

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From left, Jared McLaurin, of Byram; Markelle Roberts, of Byram; Devlin Collum, of Terry; Zuri Dixon Omure, of Terry; Toy McLaurin, of Byram (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

From left, Jared McLaurin, of Byram; Markelle Roberts, of Byram; Devlin Collum, of Terry; Zuri Dixon Omere, of Terry; Toy McLaurin, of Byram (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

From left, Phuoc Phan, of Clinton; Sarah Smith, of Clinton; Keri Lopez. of Petal (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

From left, Phuoc Phan, of Clinton; Sarah Smith, of Clinton; Keri Lopez. of Petal (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From left, Kameisha Smith, Oscar Castro, Jeffrey Rodriguez-Cano (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

From left, Kameisha Smith, Oscar Castro, Jeffrey Rodriguez-Cano (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Front row, from left, Jayua Kelly, of Jackson; Brianna Wolfe, of Jackson; Patricia Parker, of Jackson; Caitlyn Adkins, of Utica; back row, from left, Derek Taylor, of Jackson; Aaron Galloway, of Jackson; Bobby Cavett Jr, of Jackson; Dylan Veager, of Edwards; Carl Hudson, of Raymond; Marcus Wesley, of Clinton (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Front row, from left, Jayua Kelly, of Jackson; Brianna Wolfe, of Jackson; Patricia Parker, of Jackson; Caitlyn Adkins, of Utica; back row, from left, Derek Taylor, of Jackson; Aaron Galloway, of Jackson; Bobby Cavett Jr, of Jackson; Dylan Yeager, of Edwards; Carl Hudson, of Raymond; Marcus Wesley, of Clinton (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zaid Qasem, Stefy Varón Diaz and Muammar Saeed; all reside in Clinton (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Zaid Qasem, Stefy Varón Diaz and Muammar Saeed; all reside in Clinton (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

From left, Catherine Lloyd, of Hernando; Joy Lawson, of French Camp; Jaterrica Amos, of Batesville (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

From left, Catherine Lloyd, of Hernando; Joy Lawson, of French Camp; Jaterrica Amos, of Batesville (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From left, Brandi Hughes, of Pearl; Cierra Page, of Pearl; Brittany Ellis, of Pearl; Lydia McMurrin, of Pearl; Markisha Todd, of Pearl; Gabbi Walters, of Pelahatchie (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

From left, Brandi Hughes, of Pearl; Cierra Page, of Pearl; Brittany Ellis, of Pearl; Lydia McMurrin, of Pearl; Markisha Todd, of Pearl; Gabbi Walters, of Pelahatchie (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

From left, Ashley Catherine Stevenson, of Bude; Montavious D. Thornburg, of Natchez (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

From left, Ashley Catherine Stevenson, of Bude; Montavious D. Thornburg, of Natchez (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From left, Brooke Patterson and Cameron Robbins, both of Vicksburg (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

From left, Brooke Patterson and Cameron Robbins, both of Vicksburg (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

From left, LaDaysha Washington, of Mendenhall , Michaela Claypool, of Clinton, Holt Hunter, of Hermanville, Audra Canoy, of Terry, Navdeep Kaur, of Clinton (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

From left, LaDaysha Washington, of Mendenhall , Michaela Claypool, of Clinton, Holt Hunter, of Hermanville, Audra Canoy, of Terry, Navdeep Kaur, of Clinton (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amandeep Kaur, of Byram (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Amandeep Kaur, of Byram (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brianna Tinyette Gray; of Hoover, Ala. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Brianna Tinyette Gray; of Hoover, Ala. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Kennis Winston Croom, of Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Kennis Winston Croom, of Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kristen Brown, of Jackson (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Kristen Brown, of Jackson (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Tiquanna Jones, of Raymond (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Tiquanna Jones, of Raymond (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abdulaziz Yafai, of Ridgeland (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Abdulaziz Yafai, of Ridgeland (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hinds CC Rankin Honors, science classes wow high school students
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23 October

Hinds CC Rankin Honors, science classes wow high school students

PEARL – “It’s really beyond cool!”

About 75 high school juniors and seniors from Rankin County had much the same reaction throughout Honors Day, held Oct. 20 at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. The event showcased the Honors program and areas of study typically needed to pursue advanced degrees in math and science.

Justice Stewart, a student at Brandon High School, works a pump for a homemade bazooka used in a physics experiment during Honors Day on Oct. 20 at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Justice Stewart, a student at Brandon High School, works a pump for a homemade bazooka used in a physics experiment during Honors Day on Oct. 20 at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Justice Stewart, of Brandon High School, played a vital role in a demonstration by physics instructor Dr. Carl DeWitt. In it, students took turns pumping air into a bazooka made of PVC, then shot a projectile made of gumballs taped together.

“It’s all really just cool,” Stewart said after her work to pump the device provided the proper air pressure to make it work. “I’m interested in science and animals, possibly zoology,” Stewart said.

DeWitt said the lesson shows work can be measured in terms of energy once certain formulas were applied. “Work equals change in energy,” he said. “We can measure the amount of work you did and put a number to it.”

Case Jordan, left foreground, of Brandon High School, prepares to fire a homemade bazooka as Dr. Carl Dewitt, right, physics instructor at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus, looks on. The experiment was part of this year's Honors Day event on campus Oct. 20. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Case Jordan, left foreground, of Brandon High School, prepares to fire a homemade bazooka as Dr. Carl Dewitt, right, physics instructor at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus, looks on. The experiment was part of this year’s Honors Day event on campus Oct. 20. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

In another room, prospective students to the Rankin Campus got to hold fire in their hands, literally, with chemistry instructor Amanda Blair as a moderator of sorts. Methane gas was pumped into dish soap, where students then took turns igniting the suds with a match. The bubbles burst into an impressive but manageable fireball in the air.

Jason Lin, of Brandon High School, and Charlie Hillman, of Richland High School, got quite the jolt from Blair’s experiment. “Strike it, light it,” Blair told them. “You can actually hold fire and water in your hands without getting burned.”

Students also toured the Honors Center lounge area in the George Wynne Building, as well as the most important details of the Honors program from coordinator Joy Rhoads. To qualify for the Honors program, entering freshman must have a high school GPA of 3.5 or a 25 on the ACT college entrance exam – but not both. Rhoads emphasized the program’s ability to bring learning to life outside the classroom, particularly trips to England and Costa Rica where students earn between three and seven hours of college credit.

Joy Rhoads, coordinator of the Honors Program at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus, talks to students who attended this year's Honors Day held on campus Oct. 20. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Joy Rhoads, coordinator of the Honors Program at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus, talks to students who attended this year’s Honors Day held on campus Oct. 20. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“It’s a great opportunity for students to learn outside the classroom,” she said. “Sometimes, you remember more about those activities and lessons where you actually get your hands dirty.”

Many students who qualify for the Hinds Honors program will also earn the grades to become members of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society for two-year college students. Those students are eligible for high-dollar transfer scholarships to the state’s four-year public and private universities.

Both featured instructors pointed out the Honors program isn’t the only draw to Hinds.

“We have smaller classes and we care about you,” Blair said. “We want you to visit us in our offices and ask us questions. It’s a great foundation.”

DeWitt reminded students hands-on physical science is the best way to get into most science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers.

“Any kind of engineering field you go into, you’ll have to take physics,” DeWitt said.

The same goes for those planning on taking core courses at Hinds on their way to healthcare jobs as well.

“I’ve liked and enjoyed the open house event,” said Kimberly Mills, a senior at Brandon High School. “I plan on going into chemistry, then trying to be a surgeon.”

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Dr. Carl DeWitt, physics instructor at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus, holds a small rubber pumpkin he used as the projectile for a small catapult during this year's Honors Day event held on campus Oct. 20. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Dr. Carl DeWitt, physics instructor at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus, holds a small rubber pumpkin he used as the projectile for a small catapult during this year’s Honors Day event held on campus Oct. 20. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Jason Lin, of Brandon High School, holds flaming soap suds in his hands as part of an experiment at Honors Day at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus Oct. 20. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Jason Lin, of Brandon High School, holds flaming soap suds in his hands as part of an experiment at Honors Day at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus Oct. 20. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Case Jordan, of Brandon High School, dips his hands in water as chemistry instructor Amanda Blair looks on during an experiment at Honors Day at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus on Oct. 20. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Case Jordan, of Brandon High School, dips his hands in water as chemistry instructor Amanda Blair looks on during an experiment at Honors Day at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus on Oct. 20. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

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Claiborne County joins career-readiness initiative with helps from Hinds CC
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Claiborne County joins career-readiness initiative with helps from Hinds CC

PORT GIBSON – Claiborne County has joined other communities in the Hinds Community College district in an effort to be recognized as a job-ready workforce.

From left, Milton Chambliss, Cindy Goodwin, of Central Mississippi Planning and Development, Kenisha Shelton, dean of Career-Technical Education at Hinds' Utica Campus, Mary Powers, of CMPDD, Dr. Clyde Muse, Dr. Robin Parker, Alisa Hughes, WIOA Coordinator Career Services Coach at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus, Beverly Trimble, WIOA Coordinator at Hinds' Utica Campus, Melvin Anderson, CEO of Southern Greens, Mitzi Thomas, SNAP Coordinator at Hinds, and Marvin Moak, vice president of Hinds' Vicksburg-Warren Campus. (Hinds Community College/Evelyn Stewart)

From left, Milton Chambliss, Cindy Goodwin, of Central Mississippi Planning and Development, Kenisha Shelton, dean of Career-Technical Education at Hinds’ Utica Campus, Mary Powers, of CMPDD, Dr. Clyde Muse, Dr. Robin Parker, Alisa Hughes, WIOA Coordinator Career Services Coach at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus, Beverly Trimble, WIOA Coordinator at Hinds’ Utica Campus, Melvin Anderson, CEO of Southern Greens, Mitzi Thomas, SNAP Coordinator at Hinds, and Marvin Moak, vice president of Hinds’ Vicksburg-Warren Campus. (Hinds Community College/Evelyn Stewart)

Employers in the area have agreed to begin recognizing the National Career Readiness Certificate and have the county be certified as an ACT Work Ready Community. The national credential is a portable, industry-recognized standard of achievement that identifies proficiency in three key areas for landing jobs of today – reading for information, applied math and locating information. The national initiative is headed up by ACT, the nation’s leading college admissions testing company. Hinds administers the NCRC exam to Adult Basic Education and Career-Technical Education students as well as to current employees from industry partners.

“What the designation means is that we have the business climate for companies to relocate here or to expand, and for new ones to open up businesses in this area,” said Dr. Robin Parker, district director of Integrated Pathways and coordinator of Adult Basic Education at Hinds, during a program and job fair Oct. 13 to launch the effort officially. “It also means we will have people in our county who are ready to go to work.”

Issued at four levels – bronze, silver, gold, and platinum – the ACT NCRC helps take the guesswork out of hiring, training, and promotion decisions. WIN Job Centers in the three counties, as well as in Madison County, administer it to clients in each community who are applying for jobs.

“The county can’t grow unless the people grow,” said Milton Chambliss, executive director of the Claiborne County Economic Development District. “This job fair today is focuses on helping you accomplish that goal.”

From left, Dr. Clyde Muse, Marie Clarke, president of the Claiborne County Board of Supervisors, and Milton Chambliss (Hinds Community College/Evelyn Stewart)

From left, Dr. Clyde Muse, Marie Clarke, president of the Claiborne County Board of Supervisors, and Milton Chambliss (Hinds Community College/Evelyn Stewart)

Funding from the Mississippi Department of Education will allow career-tech students in school districts to complete the NCRC where their respective communities have joined the effort. Earlier this year, Hinds, Warren and Rankin counties, along with Madison County, each committed to become a Work-Ready Community.

Port Gibson and Claiborne County’s respective elected governing boards each passed a resolution recognizing Hinds’ Centennial, Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse said, adding that it’s in keeping with Hinds’ “number one objective” of providing a quality education at a reasonable cost.

“We continually try our best to help all our communities, throughout a five-county area,” Muse said. “It’s a pleasure for me to be here and congratulate you on becoming a work-ready community.”

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