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

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

JACKSON – The best examples of the rewards of a healthcare career can sometimes be found in one’s own family tree.

Lora Shoemaker, left, a second-semster student in the Associate Degree Nursing program at Hinds Community College, demonstrates equipment used in the ADN lab as Olivia Taylor, right, looks on during the spring 2018 Nursing Allied Health Showcase March 8 at the Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“My mother graduated from Hinds, in nursing, and my sister just graduated from here in Surgical Technology,” said Olivia Taylor, of Crystal Springs, checking out the college’s healthcare career offerings at the spring 2018 Nursing Allied Health Showcase held March 8 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center.

“I want a career where I’m in a position to help people,” Taylor said.

Destiny Erving and her cousin, Joanne Jones, made the trip to the showcase from Holmes County to help Erving make the jump from high school to college – and in the process complete the process of being a first-generation college student.

“It will open a lot of opportunities by coming to school,” Erving said as she and Jones, a director of nursing at a long-term care facility, toured each program’s labs and spoke to faculty.

About 200 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.

Destiny Taylor, left, checks a manikin as nursing student Ebonie May looks on during the spring 2018 Nursing Allied Health Showcase March 8 at the Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“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.

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.”

Each semester, the event is a showcase brings out healthcare professionals looking to build their credentials and pursue higher-paying jobs in the industry.

Varetta Gordon, right, goes over application information with Kimberly Neely, a continuing education coordinator at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center during the Spring 2018 Nursing Allied Health Showcase on March 8 at NAHC. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“I’m trying to move up the ladder from where I am in my career,” said Varetta Gordon, a certified nursing assistant from Canton.

Others, such as private music teacher Jasmine Keys, of Brandon, looked to switch careers and gather information on the programs NAHC has to offer.

“I’ve thought before about coming to Hinds to change careers,” Keys said. “I’m doing it because I’m happy to help people.”

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.

 

Jasmine Keys, left, goes over admission requirements with Tiffany Johnson, a recruiter at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center during the Spring 2018 Nursing Allied Health Showcase on March 8 at NAHC. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Destiny Erving, center, chats with Kathryn Cole, district director of Enrollment Services at Hinds Community College, during the spring 2018 Nursing Allied Health Showcase March 8 at the Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. With Erving is her cousin, Joanne Jones, left. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

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Hinds CC names Most Beautiful in annual Beauty Revue
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Hinds CC names Most Beautiful in annual Beauty Revue

RAYMOND – Julia Rester of Jackson was selected as Most Beautiful in the annual Hinds Community College Eagle Beauty Revue pageant on Thursday, March 8.

From left, Bryanna Luke, Kirby King, Julia Rester, Alexis Spiller and Mallory Bunkley

The pageant is sponsored by the Eagle yearbook on the Raymond Campus.

Rester, 19, a Rankin Campus freshman, is a recipient of a Foundation Scholarship and an ACT Scholarship. She is a graduate of Central Hinds Academy who has had 14 years of training studying classical ballet. Her parents are Mark and Beverly Rester.

Other beauties selected were Mallory Bunkley, Kirby King, Bryanna Luke and Alexis Spiller.

Bunkley, 20, a Raymond Campus sophomore, is studying psychology and is a lieutenant on the Hi-Steppers precision dance team. She attended Brandon High School and plans to become a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, own her own dance studio and meet renowned ballet dancer Misty Copeland. Her parents are Scott and Mardi Bunkley.

King, 19, a Raymond Campus freshman, is studying kinesiology and is a Hinds cheerleader, member of the Honors Institute and Phi Theta Kappa. She attended Pisgah High School and is a Dean’s Scholar and recipient of the Charlie Griffin Scholarship. She plans a career in sports medicine. Her parents are Chuck and Kris King.

Luke, 19, a Raymond Campus freshman, is studying Dental Assisting Technology and is a member of the softball team. She graduated with honors from Lake High School and was a member of the Beta Club. After Hinds, she plans to attend the University of Mississippi Medical Center Dental Hygiene program. Her parents are Greg and Pamela Luke.

Spiller, 19, a Raymond Campus freshman, is studying biomedical engineering and is a member of the Hi-Steppers precision dance team. She attended Warren Central High School where she was a cheerleader. After Hinds, she plans to own a business and give back to the community. Her parents are Valorie and Neal Spiller.

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Hinds CC Rankin Campus inducts new Phi Theta Kappa members
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Hinds CC Rankin Campus inducts new Phi Theta Kappa members

PEARL – The Alpha Omicron Omega Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus inducted new members and officers Feb. 22.

Rankin PTK inductees for Spring 2018 include, front row, from left: Kassidy Irby, of Pearl; Noah McDaniel, of Richland; Amber Williams, of Brandon; Farrah Pitts, of Jackson; Tyler Hocutt, of Florence; Samantha Dinnella, of Brandon; Tywanna Millwood, of Pearl;Abby McCardle, of Brandon; Kaley Crotwell, of Brandon; Kate Busby, of Trenton; second row, from left, Carter Wagoman, of Florence; Richard Goodwin, of Monroe; Jessica Stamps, of Brandon; Victoria Lawrence, of Jackson; Mary Barton Rogers, of Brandon; Hope Jenkins, of Brandon; Rachel Nolan, of Brandon; Raleigh Havard, of Brandon; Madison Starks, of Brandon; third row, from left, Daniel Hill, of Madison; Jake Watts, of Pearl; Colton Pierce, of Sandhill; Karley Alexander, of Brandon; Abigail Cockerill, of Brandon; Antara Sharma, of Brandon; Anna Smith, of Brandon; Katie Brown, of Brandon; back row, from left, Joseph Crawford, of Pearl; Branden Hines, of Brandon; Caleb Ries, of Florence; Jessica Waldrop, of Brookhaven; Ray Ferguson, of Kosciusko; Preston McCue, of Richland.

Newly inducted members include Kassidy Irby, of Pearl; Noah McDaniel, of Richland; Amber Williams, of Brandon; Farrah Pitts, of Jackson; Tyler Hocutt, of Florence; Samantha Dinnella, of Brandon; Tywanna Millwood, of Pearl; Abby McCardle, of Brandon; Kaley Crotwell, of Brandon; Kate Busby, of Trenton; Carter Wagoman, of Florence; Richard Goodwin, of Monroe; Jessica Stamps, of Brandon; Victoria Lawrence, of Jackson; Mary Barton Rogers, of Brandon; Hope Jenkins, of Brandon; Rachel Nolan, of Brandon; Raleigh Havard, of Brandon; Madison Starks, of Brandon; Daniel Hill, of Madison; Jake Watts, of Pearl; Colton Pierce, of Sandhill; Karley Alexander, of Brandon; Abigail Cockerill, of Brandon; Antara Sharma, of Brandon; Anna Smith, of Brandon; Katie Brown, of Brandon; Joseph Crawford, of Pearl; Branden Hines, of Brandon; Caleb Ries, of Florence; Jessica Waldrop, of Brookhaven; Ray Ferguson, of Kosciusko; and Preston McCue, of Richland.

Officers this semester are Win Winstead, of Pelahatchie; Hannah Stovall, of Brandon; Madison Brunt, of Brandon; Claudia Nelson, of Brandon. Back row: Christina Hamilton, of Pelahatchie; Josh Williamson, of Brandon; Destiny Little, of Madison; James Flickner, of Pelahatchie; and Jacob Mahaffey, of Puckett.

Rankin Campus PTK Officers Spring 2018 include, from left, front row: Win Winstead, of Pelahatchie; Hannah Stovall, of Brandon; Madison Brunt, of Brandon; Claudia Nelson, of Brandon; back row, from left, Christina Hamilton, of Pelahatchie; Josh Williamson, of Brandon; Destiny Little, of Madison; James Flickner, of Pelatchie; Jacob Mahaffey, of Puckett.

 

 

 

 

 

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 transferrable 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, email Faculty Adviser Joy Rhoads at jdrhoads@hindscc.edu or follow the society’s Hinds chapter on Twitter at @HindsRankinPTK. The new Honors Institute program at the Rankin Campus may be followed at @HCCHonorsRankin.

 

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Hinds CC Vicksburg-Warren Campus programs on display in expo
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Hinds CC Vicksburg-Warren Campus programs on display in expo

VICKSBURG – James Turner is in the 11th grade and already cooking with grease when it comes to his career plans.

“I’m studying culinary arts here,” said Turner, among several Warren Central High School juniors and seniors in attendance for the College Carnival recruiting event March 2 at Hinds Community College Vicksburg-Warren Campus.

James Turner, a junior at Warren Central High School, reads over career-building options during the College Carnival recruiting event at Hinds Community College Vicksburg-Warren Campus on March 2, 2018. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Turner is dually enrolled in college credit courses at Hinds, giving him a leg up on earning his college credentials on the way to building a career. “It’s been a good opportunity for me to learn how to create certain things in the kitchen,” he said.

About 800 students from Vicksburg, Warren Central, Porters Chapel and St. Aloysius high schools found out about admissions, majors, financial aid, registration and more from faculty and staff during the come-and-go event.

“We want to be part of your decisions here at Hinds Community College,” said Cindy Mott, a Business Administration instructor at the Highway 27 campus and among several coordinators of the event for the campus.

Activities outside the Loviza Building put a spirit of play in the event program and gave students another reason to enjoy their Hinds experience.

“You get a lot of help here and many opportunities to succeed here,” said Anaya Peoples, a dually-enrolled Vicksburg High School student.

A larger event at the campus, Spring Signup Day, is planned for April 10 and will offer an opportunity to both high school students and adults to register early for summer or fall classes.

Chloe Smith and Megan Hinson, both sophomores at Porters Chapel Academy, toss bean bags during the College Carnival recruiting event at Hinds Community College Vicksburg-Warren Campus on March 2, 2018. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Cindy Mott, a Business Administration instructor at Hinds Community College Vicksburg-Warren Campus, speaks to students during the College Carnival recruiting event at Hinds Community College Vicksburg-Warren Campus on March 2, 2018. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hamilton Ragland, left, and Dmontae Woodson, both students at Warren Central High School, shoot some mini-basketball at during the College Carnival recruiting event at Hinds Community College Vicksburg-Warren Campus on March 2, 2018. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hinds CC Agriculture programs on display in expo
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26 February

Hinds CC Agriculture programs on display in expo

RAYMOND – High school seniors considering careers in agriculture got a sneak peek Feb. 23 at the newest technology shaping careers in various animal sciences.

Dr. Rhonda C. Vann, research professor with Mississippi State University, shows attendees of Ag Expo 2018 how ultrsound can show the potential productivity of cattle. The event was held at the Kendall Agricultural Complex at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

Ag Expo 2018 at the Kendall Agricultural Complex at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus showcased those advances in the Animal Science Technology, Precision Agriculture and Veterinary Technology.

Ultrasound equipment showed the probable size and quality of a ribeye cut from the area near a cow’s ribs, all displayed on a computer monitor before students’ eyes.

“We take images to see how much inner muscular fat the animal has so we know he or his offspring will make choice beef,” said Dr. Rhonda C. Vann, research professor with Mississippi State University housed at the Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center where Hinds’ Ag facilities are located.

Gabbi Walters, a senior at Pelahatchie High School, stepped up with classmates for a closeup with the subject cow as she plans a career in Animal and Dairy Sciences.

Gabbi Walters, a senior at Pelahatchie High School, takes a short break during Ag Expo 2018 Feb. 23 at Hinds Community College. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

“My grandfather has a farm and I’m active in Rankin County 4-H, so it has shaped my life,” Walter said.

The use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, known popularly as drones, is changing the way large-scale farming is done worldwide. Agribusiness Technology Instructor Lee Douglas is ideal for students who might start college, then look to switch to something new and challenging.

“Hinds provides a great way to expose you to different things going on like this,” Douglas said. He also moderated as students took turns driving a farming combine simulator, which provided a high-def virtual view of a field of row crops and broke down stats like fuel efficiency and overall productivity of the crop.

Anna Gill, also a Pelahatchie senior, took the wheel and, virtually, took it for a spin.

“We have cattle farm in my family, beef mostly, so I’m also interested in the programs here,” Gill said.

Agribusiness Instructor Lee Douglas, left, instructs Gabby McCormick, a student at Enterprise Attendance Center, in Brookhaven, as she tries out a farming combine simulator at Ag Expo 2018 Feb. 23 at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

Groups of students in agriculture or animal science-related programs at their respective school also toured the Veterinary Technology program, now housed in a larger facility at the ag complex.

Savannah Culpepper, a junior at Rebul Academy, took note of the program’s offerings with interest.

“I like working with animals, and I’d be the first vet in my family,” Culpepper said.

Dr. Lynn Johnson, Veterinary Technology instructor, talks to attendees of Ag Expo 2018 inside the program’s offices at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

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Two Hinds CC students win awards at state honors conferences
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Two Hinds CC students win awards at state honors conferences

RAYMOND – A pair of honors students at Hinds Community College have been recognized by state-level organizations.

Joanna Stevens, of Terry, won an award for best poster presentation in the two-year college category at the 2018 Mississippi State Honors Conference held Feb. 2-3.

Joanna Stevens, with her award-winning presentation

The poster’s theme was Cervical Cancer Risk Factors for Women with HIV: Recommendations to Decrease Mortality and cited research from various sources in the biomedical community. Stevens completed a Service Scholar internship last year with Mississippi INBRE (IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence) and was one of two students in the state to present a poster at the network’s regional meeting in West Virginia.

Lauren Ferguson

Stevens is a member of the Gamma Lambda chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society at the Raymond Campus, the All-Mississippi Academic Team, a Who’s Who scholar and has been nominated for the 3E Outstanding Student Award.

Lauren Ferguson, of Kosciusko, will present a research paper at the Alabama-Mississippi Sociological Association’s annual meeting Feb. 22-23.

The paper, titled “The Carney: Exploited Laborer or Thrill Seeking Adventurer,” will be presented in competition with other works for a $100 prize. Ferguson is a member of the Alpha Omicron Omega chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at the college’s Rankin Campus.

 

The state honors conference, hosted this year by Jackson State University, brings together directors and deans of Honors programs from colleges and universities across the state.

The sociological association supports the research of scholars from two- and four-year academic institutions.

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Hinds CC students take top honors at DECA state conference
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Hinds CC students take top honors at DECA state conference

PEARL – Nine students in the Hospitality/Tourism and Culinary Arts program at Hinds Community College’s Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center placed in the Collegiate DECA State Conference, held Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at JATC and at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.

From left, Rosie Harvey, Sharon McAllister, Zachary Gressett, Annelle Lacy, Justin Roberts, Krystal Love, Brenda Holly, Victoria Ragsdale, Hospitality/Tourism Instructor Jerry Ainsworth, Andrienne Robinson, Jamie Carr (Hinds Community College/Austin Lee)

Winners included:

First place: Rosie Harvey, of Bolton, Accounting; Krystal Love, Zachary Gressett and Justin Roberts, all of Brandon, Culinary Arts team

Second place: Jamie Carr, of Kosciusko, Travel and Tourism Management; Annelle Lacy, of Jackson, Restaurant/Foodservice Management

Third place: Victoria Ragsdale, of Jackson, Travel and Tourism Management

Fourth place: Brenda Holly, Restaurant/Foodservice Management; Sharon McAllister, Human Resources, both of Jackson

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Hinds CC Raymond Campus Preview Day draws crowd
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05 February

Hinds CC Raymond Campus Preview Day draws crowd

RAYMOND – Terry High School seniors Boyd Chase and Emerril Green hope to make it all add up as they transition soon into college from high school.

Boyd Chase, center, and Emerril Green, both seniors at Terry High School, chat with Mathematics Instructor Jeff Hughes at Preview Day at Hinds Community College Raymond College on Feb. 2, 2018. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“My parents want me to go to either here or Mississippi State first,” Chase said, speaking to instructors in the mathematics department at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus on Feb. 2 for Preview Day. “I’m looking at studying biomedical engineering.”

Chase and Green, who’s looking into Hinds’ multiple computer-related technology programs, were among more than 800 high school seniors and their parents who attended the event at the Mayo Gym. The annual exhibition features all the college’s academic and career-tech programs, activities and organizations Hinds has to offer.

Prospective students from high schools in and around Jackson and from Vicksburg toured the campus and interacted with students and faculty about admissions, scholarships, financial aid, majors, housing, student life and more.

Del Money, center, a senior at Jim Hill High School, checks out the Fab Lab exhibit with lab director Phil Cockrell at Preview Day at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus on Feb. 2, 2018. At left is Wesley Tullos, Fab Lab tech specialist. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

For high schoolers, it’s a time to find out how Hinds’ programs of study can build a successful career.

“I found out about all the different projects and blueprints they can do in the Fab Lab,” said Del Money, a senior at Jim Hill High School who checked out the latest prototypes coming off the 3-D printers used in the college’s Engineering and Drafting Design program. “I want to try to be an architect.”

Career success in healthcare figures to run in several families present for the event.

“It’ll be nursing, since I like helping people,” said Tyra Wilson, a Warren Central High School senior who attended Preview Day with her mother, Katie Guise, and sister, Jada Guise, also a Warren Central senior.

Upcoming similar events at Hinds locations include:

  • Utica Campus, Feb. 16, 9 a.m. to noon, “See Ya at the U” recruiting event
  • Kendall Agricultural Complex, Raymond Campus, Feb. 23, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Ag Expo 2018
  • Vicksburg-Warren Campus, March 2, 8 a.m. to noon, March Madness recruiting event
  • Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center, March 8, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.,  Nursing and Allied Health Spring Showcase
  • Rankin Campus College Day recruiting event, Muse Center, March 23, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center, April 6, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., College Carnival recruiting event
  • Vicksburg-Warren Campus, April 10, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Spring Sign-Up Day recruiting event

For more information about these special events, visit hub.hindscc.edu/events.

Mason Meadows, background left, Max Currie and A.J. Clark, all seniors at Central Hinds Academy, listen to Automotive Machinist Technology student Oricious Hodge, left foreground, explain the ins and outs of a rebuilt engine from a Chrysler Sebring on display at Preview Day at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus on Feb. 2, 2018. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Jada Guise, third from left, checks out the Education and Reading exhibit at Preview Day at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus on Feb. 2, 2018. With her is Tracy Thrasher, left, of the Rankin Campus Academic Department, Katie Guise, her mother, and Tyra Wilson, her sister. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tanner May, left, a senior at Clinton Christian Academy, shares a laugh with Robyn Burchfield, Hinds Community College Foundation specialist, at Preview Day on the Raymond Campus Feb. 2, 2018. In the center is Paxton May, his father. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Cody Criddle, right, a senior at Raymond High School, chats with Leigh Sarrett, scholarship specialist at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus, at Preview Day on Feb. 2, 2018. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natalie Hamlin, left, and Kaitlyn Kreps, both seniors at Central Hinds Academy, get information and chat with Jason Pope, director of the Office of Sustainability, at Preview Day at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus on Feb. 2, 2018. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Phillip Green, a former student at Raymond High School, takes the reins of a pilot simulator, exhibited by the Aviation Technology program, during Preview Day at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus on Feb. 2, 2018. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

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Scholarship helps fourth-generation Hinds CC student score goals on field, classroom
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Scholarship helps fourth-generation Hinds CC student score goals on field, classroom

RAYMOND – As one of the younger members of a “Hinds family,” Drew Shaw understands how unique the bond is between Hinds Community College and its students.

“Growing up, I always knew what the Hinds family was,” Shaw said. “My dad, my mom and my grandparents came to Hinds. I was always involved. We played the Golf Fun Fest every year.”

Drew Shaw

Shaw is a fourth-generation Hinds student, following behind his father, Russell, who is the college’s vice president for Business Services, his mother, Kathy Spann Shaw, a pharmacist, grandfather, Stuart Spann, a longtime computer science instructor, and great-grandmother, L.C. Spann, who was women’s basketball coach. The Central Hinds Academy alumnus and current defender on the Hinds Eagle men’s soccer team often finds himself being a gracious tour guide to fellow students on campus.

Shaw is attending Hinds on the Elizabeth Lloyd Schales Endowment for Excellence, which rewards high-achieving students. In his case, his aptitude rewarded by the scholarship is being used to follow in his mother’s career in pharmacy.

“My mom being a pharmacist started me down the path of wanting to pursue it,” Shaw said. “I love math, chemistry and physics, anything involved like that.

“Being on scholarship has made it easier about not having to worry about the financial situation while I balance school and soccer. Managing time can be pretty difficult during midterms, for example. I’ve spent many late nights studying up for them.”

He’s played soccer in some form since age four and is enjoying to the fullest his chance to begin his college education right in his own backyard. The same goes for his on-campus activities, as he’s a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Baptist Student Union.

The Hinds Community College Foundation awarded more than 600 scholarships in the 2017-18 academic year. The deadline to apply for a scholarship is Feb. 15, 2018. For more information, visit www.hindscc.edu.

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Volunteer’s generous heart shaped at Hinds CC
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Volunteer’s generous heart shaped at Hinds CC

Note: The following story appears in the winter issue of Hindsight alumni magazine. For more information about the Hinds Alumni Association, see the website. To apply for a Hinds Community College Foundation scholarship, go to the Admissions tab on college web site at www.hindscc.edu or click here.

RAYMOND – What began as a random tagalong trip with friends to the island nation of Jamaica has turned into a calling for Kathy Farris, of Raymond.

“It affected me in such a way that I knew I wanted to do something else with my life like that,” Farris said. “I had never done volunteer work before.”

Kathy Farris, background, of Raymond, and some of the children in Jamaica with whom she has worked as part of Great Shape! Inc. since 2012 (Hinds Community College/Submitted by Kathy Farris)

Since 2012, Farris, a technical assistant at the McLendon Library at Hinds Community College’s Raymond Campus, has volunteered at least a few weeks a year with children and educators in Jamaica to make lives better in every way possible – whether that’s team-teaching computer skills or helping get eyeglasses and shoes to those most in need.

She’s done so as part of Great Shape! Inc., an Oregon-based nonprofit founded after Hurricane Gilbert ravaged the island nation in 1988. An effort then to rebuild schools and roads there evolved into an ongoing mission to help students get everything they need to thrive in school. In the past decade, it’s grown to establish computer labs to aid education, sponsor the purchase of mandatory uniforms for Jamaican children and provided expertise in dental and eye care for schoolchildren. The organization says only 43 percent of Jamaica’s population of 2.8 million has ever seen or been treated for eye health issues, while the literacy rate in rural parts of the island is just 40 percent.

Farris has done a majority of her work while staying in hotels owned by Sandals Resorts, which sponsors reading efforts in the country’s schools.

“Just being in the schools with the children is amazing, because they’re such loving children and you get so much more out the project by being there,” she said. “One little 12-year-old girl came in who had no idea her eyesight was bad, and they fitted her with glasses. She cried, her mom cried. It was a touching story. It makes me tear up because I’m so vested there. There’s just so much we take for granted in the U.S.”

Her friends and co-workers have pitched in either supplies or their own elbow grease to Farris’ volunteer work.

“To say the least, it was the most humbling experience that I have had in my life,” said Leigh Mann, a friend of Farris’ whose curiosity turned to action for the past few trips. “I had run by to see her, and she pulled out her tablet to show me the videos and all the stories. I asked question after question, then just decided it was time for me to make a difference and be part of this journey.”

For Melanie John, among Farris’ five fellow technical assistants in the library, it was a chance to contribute to children who need the essentials for school. That list includes children’s books, backpacks and school supplies such as pencils, paper, notebooks, pencil sharpeners, glue sticks, stickers and markers.

“I thought it was such a wonderful way to give back to those who were lacking educational needs and also teaching resources for the teachers,” John said.

Farris credits her experience in the DECA program as a Hinds student, in the retail management area, for shaping her development later on helping people in the library and in her mission work. The organization recognizes student achievement in various fields of business administration, finance, marketing and hospitality.

“We placed nationally when I was coming to school here,” she said. “Nowadays, I enjoy helping students in the library and like seeing that light bulb come on when studying. It’s made me want to do more in the volunteering area.”

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