http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=PT+Sans Hinds CC partnership with industry plays key role in state’s first apprenticeship registry

Author Archives: Danny Barrett

Full Name: Danny Barrett Website:
Info: Danny Barrett Jr. is a 17-year journalist with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communication from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La. Barrett covered county government and business at The Vicksburg Post for 10 years and came to Hinds Community College in 2015.
Hinds CC partnership with industry plays key role in state’s first apprenticeship registry
Posted by
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.”

1 780 02 November, 2017 News more
Hinds CC welcomes alumni back to campus for day of fun, memories
Posted by
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)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[tweetable alt=””]Hinds CC welcomes alumni back to campus for day of fun, memories[/tweetable]

 

0 455 31 October, 2017 News more
Phi Theta Kappa at Hinds CC Vicksburg-Warren Campus inducts new members for Fall 2017
Posted by
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.

[tweetable alt=””]Phi Theta Kappa at Hinds CC Vicksburg-Warren Campus inducts new members for Fall 2017[/tweetable]

0 718 25 October, 2017 News more
Phi Theta Kappa at Hinds CC inducts new members for Fall 2017
Posted by
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.

[tweetable alt=””]Phi Theta Kappa at Hinds CC inducts new members for Fall 2017[/tweetable]

 

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)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 862 25 October, 2017 News more
Hinds CC Rankin Honors, science classes wow high school students
Posted by
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.”

[tweetable alt=””]Hinds CC Rankin Honors, science classes wow high school students[/tweetable]

 

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)

1 654 23 October, 2017 News more
Claiborne County joins career-readiness initiative with helps from Hinds CC
Posted by
16 October

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.”

[tweetable alt=””]Claiborne County joins career-readiness initiative with helps from Hinds CC  [/tweetable]

0 639 16 October, 2017 News more
Hinds CC breaks ground on new building at Vicksburg-Warren Campus
Posted by
13 October

Hinds CC breaks ground on new building at Vicksburg-Warren Campus

VICKSBURG – Hinds Community College and its supporters in local government and the business community in Vicksburg broke ground Wednesday, Oct. 11 on a 40,000-square-foot Academic & Career-Technical Building at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus which promises to transform both the campus and the community.

“We are so proud to break ground on a new multistory building for the campus,” said Marvin Moak, vice president for the Vicksburg-Warren Campus, during a ceremony marking the start of construction. “It’s been more than 25 years since we last broke ground here on the Vicksburg Campus.

A rendering of the Career & Academic-Technical Building, courtesy of Durrell Design Group, PLLC

A rendering of the Career & Academic-Technical Building, courtesy of Durrell Design Group, PLLC

The two-story facility will house 10 classrooms, eight training labs, administrative offices, meeting space and a multipurpose room. Two parking lots and a bus drop-off are also proposed as part of the project, plus an access road to connect parking spaces to the existing parking area.

Dr. Clyde Muse credited the Warren County Board of Supervisors for making the proposed building a reality, as well as numerous other figures who helped develop the campus since it opened in 1975. That list included former campus dean Joe Loviza, former state representative and chancery clerk Mark Chaney and former Vicksburg-Warren School District superintendent Donald Oakes, also a member of the college’s Board of Trustees.

“When we mentioned to them the need for additional educational facilities and something that would provide needed economic development opportunities for Warren County, they gave us a good listening ear,” Muse said. “It will provide a way in which our people can train to get better jobs.”

From left, Dr. Clyde Muse, Marvin Moak, Joe Loviza, Donald Oakes and Chad Shealy (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

From left, Dr. Clyde Muse, Marvin Moak, Joe Loviza, Donald Oakes and Chad Shealy (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Funding the $13 million project is an additional 1.4 mills to an existing property tax in Warren County. Offsetting the cost for the college will be the usage of federal and state New Markets Tax Credits, which will generate a $4.5 million subsidy for the college to appropriately furnish the building with equipment and technology.

A new home to academic and career-tech students under one roof is but another reason to succeed for students in River City Early College, which exposes high school students to college-level coursework, including career-tech fields.

“We have amazing people,” said Chad Shealy, superintendent of the Vicksburg-Warren School District and also a member of the college’s Board of Trustees. “If there’s one thing about Vicksburg that’s unique – we are full of incredible people. When you put us all together, we’re amazingly powerful.”

Shealy noted the importance of the start of construction in light of the college’s Centennial celebration. “I think it’s very appropriate for our Centennial celebration, with the theme about community service, for us to be breaking ground on something that will forever change the face of the Vicksburg community.”

[tweetable alt=””]Hinds CC breaks ground on new building at Vicksburg-Warren Campus[/tweetable]

From left, Dr. Elmira Ratliff, assistant dean for post-secondary education; Marvin Moak, vice president for the Vicksburg-Warren Campus; Teressa Fulgham McCarty, assistant dean for secondary education (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

From left, Dr. Elmira Ratliff, assistant dean for post-secondary education; Marvin Moak, vice president for the Vicksburg-Warren Campus; Teressa Fulgham McCarty, assistant dean for secondary education (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

A diagram of the two-story Academic & Career-Technical Building (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

A diagram of the two-story Academic & Career-Technical Building (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

0 677 13 October, 2017 News more
Simulation Center at Hinds CC first in Mississippi to be accredited
Posted by
13 October

Simulation Center at Hinds CC first in Mississippi to be accredited

JACKSON – The Hinds Community College Ball Simulation Center located at the Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center has received full accreditation from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH).

Accreditation for the center in the area of Teaching/Education makes it the first such facility to be accredited in the state of Mississippi.

ssh_accredited_t

“This recognition demonstrates the extraordinary educational environment that the College has generated to prepare our graduates for the challenges of their future careers,” said Alaina Herrington, director of the Simulation Center.

Accreditation by the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit means that a healthcare simulation program has met core operational standards as well as specific criteria in at least one of four areas: assessment, research, teaching/education and systems integration. SSH’s accreditation has been designed for simulation programs that use any of the various modalities (manikins, standardized patients, virtual reality) to teach a variety of learners.

Opened in 2014, the Ball Simulation Center features cutting-edge technology to train more than 1,000 nursing and allied health students in five simulation labs, two medical surgical patient rooms, an emergency room, a childbirth simulation area, home care lab and four debriefing rooms.

Each department has individual program-specific skills labs for low to mid-fidelity training. However, the simulation center offers a more robust experience including modalities such as standardized patients, high-fidelity manikins, and task trainers. The center immerses learners in holistic patient experiences where they can grow in critical thinking, teamwork, and communication skills.

“The accreditation recognition is the result of the leadership of the simulation center director and staff, nursing and allied health leaders and faculty, and our students,” said Dr. Libby Mahaffey, dean of the Nursing/Allied Health Center.

The facility was donated to the college by brothers and physicians Dr. Christopher Ball and Dr. Kyle Ball and named for their father, Dr. George Ball. Funds for renovation and equipment were included in a Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistant Community College and Career Training Grant, in addition to college funds.

[tweetable alt=””]Dr. George Ball Simulation Center at Hinds CC first in Mississippi to be accredited[/tweetable]

0 1354 13 October, 2017 News more
Hinds CC to break ground on new building at Vicksburg-Warren Campus
Posted by
06 October

Hinds CC to break ground on new building at Vicksburg-Warren Campus

VICKSBURG – Hinds Community College and its supporters in local government and the business community in Vicksburg will break ground on a 40,000-square-foot Academic & Career-Technical Building at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus.

A rendering of the planned Academic & Career-Technical Building at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus.

A rendering of the planned Academic & Career-Technical Building at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus.

Officials will gather at the site in front of campus at 10 a.m. for a ceremony to mark the start of construction. The campus is located at 755 Hwy. 27, across from Warren Central High School.

 The two-story facility will house 10 classrooms, eight training labs, administrative offices, meeting space and a multipurpose room. Two parking lots and a bus drop-off are also proposed as part of the project, plus an access road to connect parking spaces to the existing parking area.

[tweetable alt=””]#Hinds CC to break ground on new building at Vicksburg-Warren Campus[/tweetable]

0 877 06 October, 2017 News more
Hinds CC Rankin Campus inducts new Phi Theta Kappa members, officers
Posted by
02 October

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

PEARL – The Alpha Omicron Omega Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus inducted new members and officers Sept. 21.

From left, Angela Cole, Molly Graef, Summer Dunlap, Alexis Frederick; back row, MaKenzie Downs, Madison Brunt, Joshua Williamson, Trevor Williams, Corey Lovette, Dylan Smith, Rachel Clements and Camryn Willoughby, all of Brandon (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

From left, Angela Cole, Molly Graef, Summer Dunlap, Alexis Frederick; back row, MaKenzie Downs, Madison Brunt, Joshua Williamson, Trevor Williams, Corey Lovette, Dylan Smith, Rachel Clements and Camryn Willoughby, all of Brandon (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Newly inducted members include Rachael Clements, biology; Angela Cole, graphic design, both of Brandon; MaKenzie Downs, of Brandon, biochemistry; Summer Dunlap, of Brandon, undecided; Lauren Ferguson, of Kosciusko, psychology; Alexis Frederick, radiologic technology; Molly Graef, physical therapy assistant; Taylor Hall, general studies, all of Brandon; Thomas Harkins, of Jackson, nursing; Eric Kinan, of Florence, mechanical engineering; Victoria Lawrence, of Pearl, pre-med; Lekitia Lee, of Pelahatchie, fashion merchandising; Destiny Little, of Madison, psychology; Corey Lovette, of Brandon, accounting; Courtney Lum, of Pelahatchie, nursing; Jacob Mahaffey, of Puckett, history; Breana McCord, nursing; Scarlett Mitchell, biochemistry, Shelby Moore, nursing, all of Pearl; Paula Morehead, of Morton, nursing, Sheridan Morris, of Puckett, interior design; Jordan Nowell, of Pearl, kinesiology; Faith Peterson, of Jackson, nursing; Ashlyn Rader, of Puckett, nursing; Keyana Robey, of Clinton, medical data technology; Dylan Smith, of Brandon, Spanish; Cristina Steinwinder, of Florence, nursing; Trevor Williams, poultry science; Josh Williamson, business administration; Camryn Willoughby, biological sciences, all of Brandon.

Also inducted were Corbin Billings, Michelle Brister, Benjamin Bristow, Jared Collum, McKenzi Crockett, Christopher Glass, James Hood, Khanya Ntoni, Karigan Teer, Shelby Trimm, Lindsee Washington, Brian Williams and Emily Yates.

New chapter officers, from left, Win Winstead, of Pelahatchie, Carlos Martinez, of Pearl, Madison Brunt, of Brandon, Hannah Stovall, of Brandon, Claudia Nelson, of Flowood; back row, from left, Jacob Mahaffey, of Puckett, Josh Williamson, of Brandon, James Flickner, of Pelahatchie, Eric Kinan, of Florence (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

New chapter officers, from left, Win Winstead, of Pelahatchie, Carlos Martinez, of Pearl, Madison Brunt, of Brandon, Hannah Stovall, of Brandon, Claudia Nelson, of Flowood; back row, from left, Jacob Mahaffey, of Puckett, Josh Williamson, of Brandon, James Flickner, of Pelahatchie, Eric Kinan, of Florence (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Officers include Madison Brunt, president, of Brandon; Hannah Stovall, of Brandon, president; James Flickner, of Pelahatchie, vice president of fellowship and MS/LA Regional Central District Representative; Josh Williamson, of Brandon, vice president of service; Jacob Mahaffey, of Puckett, vice president of leadership; Claudia Nelson, of Flowood, vice president of scholarship, Carlos Martinez, of Pearl, vice president of scholarship; Win Winstead, of Pelahatchie, vice president of public relations; Eric Kinan, of Florence, vice president of communications.

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.

[tweetable alt=””]#Hinds CC Rankin Campus inducts new Phi Theta Kappa members[/tweetable]

Front row, from left,  Breanna McCord, of Pearl, Ashlyn Rader, of Puckett, Victoria Lawrence, Jordan Nowell, both of Pearl, Courtney Lum, of Pelahatchie; back row, from left, Scarlett Mitchell, of Pearl, Jacob Mahaffey, of Puckett, Eric Kinan, of Florence, Lakitia Lee, of Pelahatchie, Cristina Steinwinder, of Florence, Shelby Moore, of Pearl (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Front row, from left, Breanna McCord, of Pearl, Ashlyn Rader, of Puckett, Victoria Lawrence, Jordan Nowell, both of Pearl, Courtney Lum, of Pelahatchie; back row, from left, Scarlett Mitchell, of Pearl, Jacob Mahaffey, of Puckett, Eric Kinan, of Florence, Lakitia Lee, of Pelahatchie, Cristina Steinwinder, of Florence, Shelby Moore, of Pearl (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Keyana Robey, left, and Faith Peterson, both of Jackson (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Keyana Robey, left, and Faith Peterson, both of Jackson (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lauren Ferguson, left, of Kosciusko, and Paula Morehead, of Morton (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Lauren Ferguson, left, of Kosciusko, and Paula Morehead, of Morton (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

Destiny Little, left, of Madison, and Thomas Harkins, of Jackson (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Destiny Little, left, of Madison, and Thomas Harkins, of Jackson (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

1 663 02 October, 2017 News more