Foundation adds Moffett Scholarship

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Posted by on 16 October

Foundation adds Moffett Scholarship

The Hinds Community College Foundation recently added the Fred Douglas and Matlean Allen Moffett’s Scholarship to its list of endowments.

The Moffetts spent 77 years teaching boys and girls in pre-K to eighth grades at Midway, Belmont and Cayuga. Both ended their careers at Mixon Junior High School.

This scholarship resulted from the efforts and labors of Belmont and Rohelia Missionary Baptist Churches in Utica and Little Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Edwards. Neighboring churches, family friends and the Moffett family helped to develop the scholarship.

“Mother and Daddy believed, as do I, that education is the key to a successful and useful life, and there is plenty of room for additional talented, dedicated and concerned teachers to assist the children,” said Naomi Lyles, one of the couple’s six children.

A committee and the family founded the scholarship to encourage high school graduates to pursue a career in teaching. The committee and the family believe additional male teachers are needed in the intermediate and upper elementary grades.

“My parents enjoyed working in the two-room schools as well as the final years spent at Mixon Junior High School,” said daughter J. Moffett Walker, 1959 Hinds graduate. “We are proud of this endowment. We encourage families, churches and other groups to establish scholarships to help inspire students interested in teaching, the most important career for helping others achieve their goals.”

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Posted by on 15 October

High school seniors invited to experience Hinds CC tailgating

Thursday Night LightsAll high school seniors are invited to tailgate and cheer on the Eagles on Thursday, Oct. 24, at Hinds Community College’s last home football game of the season.

Tailgating is 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. outside Joe Renfroe Stadium on the Raymond Campus. Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. Guests may enjoy free admission to the game afterwards.

Parents are welcome to attend with their student (maximum of two guests).

Enjoy free food, prizes, and admission to the football game. Seniors can visit with Hinds recruiters to learn about admissions, scholarships, majors and more. The tailgate will also showcase Hinds athletic teams including football, baseball, softball, and men’s and women’s soccer, basketball, tennis, track and cross country. Seniors can speak with coaches from the athletic department, as well as sponsors from the cheerleading team, Hinds Hi-Steppers and the Eagle Marching Band.

RSVP now by filling out the information located at For more information call 1.800.HINDSCC.

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Posted by on 27 September

Hinds CC celebrates Homecoming 2013

Hinds Community College will celebrate Homecoming 2013 with a variety of activities leading up to the Oct. 17 football game.

The schedule is as follows:


Oct. 16: 50+ Reunion & Luncheon

10 a.m., Fountain Hall

Honoring the Hinds Junior College Class of 1963 and prior classes.


Oct. 17: 2013 Alumni Recognition Dinner

4:30 p.m., Mayo Gymnasium

Honoring Alumnus of the Year, Dean Liles; Alumni Service Award Recipient, Howell “Hal” Gage; and Sports Hall of Fame Inductees Bill Buckner, Wendell “Moose” Campbell, Billy Rhodes, Willis Steenhuis and Gary Walker.


Oct. 17: Homecoming Football Game vs. Holmes Community College

7 p.m., Joe Renfroe Stadium

Halftime presentation of Homecoming Court, Alumni Awards recipients and Sports Hall of Fame inductees; performance by the Eagle Marching Band and Hi-Steppers with a special appearance by Hi-Stepper Alumni.


For tickets or more information, call 601.857.3363.

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Posted by on 27 September

Alumnus of the Year named

6 Dean Liles

Hinds Community College will honor Hinds graduate and former athlete Dean Liles of Plano, Texas, as the 2013 Alumnus of the Year at the Oct. 17 Alumni Recognition Dinner, held at Mayo Field House on the Raymond Campus. The reception begins at 4:30 p.m. and dinner is at 5 p.m.

With a family legacy at Hinds Community College running its roots back to the early 1920s, Liles followed the path to Hinds and made his own footprint – one that has had a lasting impression.

Liles was a two-year letterman in basketball, a member of Phi Theta Kappa and graduated with honors in 1961. He has served on the Foundation Board and has established two scholarships at Hinds, which help deserving students get an education.

His claim to fame, and his fondest memories of his alma mater, can be found on the basketball court. Liles was inducted into the Hinds Community College Sports Hall of Fame in 2000 for his record for the most points scored in a Hinds basketball game, a whopping 51 points.

After he graduated from Hinds, Liles went to Mississippi College, where he graduated with honors in 1963. He graduated from Louisiana State University with his master’s degree in 1964.

Liles has a full career history, working for companies such as IBM Corporation, Zale Corporation, National Store Systems, Deloitte Haskins and Sells, Neiman Marcus, Computer Language Research and Tactica Technology Group, an independent company that  prompted him to open his own company, Dean Liles and Associates. Liles retired from the company in 2007.

In 2009, Dean Liles established the Dean and Rebecca Legg Liles Scholarship at Hinds, in memory of his wife. In 2012, he established a second scholarship, the Euell and Etoile Liles Family Scholarship, to honor his parents, Euell and Etoile Liles.  Both scholarships were endowed because of his desire to help others achieve their goals in life.

Liles said he believes Hinds provides a quality education that can be the catalyst for a senior college degree and the start toward achieving career goals, as was the case with his own family members.

Dean resides in Plano, Texas. His late wife, Rebecca, who was also a Hinds graduate, passed away in July 2009. Dean and Rebecca have two children, Brad Liles and Lori Hall, who also live in Plano. They have four grandchildren, Ashley Liles, Matthew Liles, Mark Liles and Grace Hall.

For more information on the Alumnus of the Year award, or on homecoming festivities, contact Libby Posey in Advancement and Student Success at 601.857.3350.

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Posted by on 27 September

Alumni Service Award winner named


6 Hal Gage



During Homecoming 2013, the Alumni Association is presenting the Hinds Community College Alumni Service Award to Howell “Hal” Gage – donor, Foundation board member and Hinds supporter.

The awards ceremony will take place at the Oct. 17 Alumni Recognition Dinner, held at Mayo Field House on the Raymond Campus. The reception begins at 4:30 p.m. and dinner is at 5 p.m.

Although he is not an alumnus of Hinds, Gage supports the college by raising thousands of dollars for scholarships so that deserving students can continue their education. He does this for one simple reason: He believes in Hinds.

“Hinds Community College serves the area of Mississippi where I grew up, and where I currently reside,” Gage said. “It’s important to me to help the college serve its mission as a member of this community.”

As a long-time member of the Vicksburg Medical Foundation Board of Trustees and a former Hinds Foundation Board member, Gage has played a key role in securing nearly $2 million for the college’s Foundation. In addition to providing hundreds of scholarships for students in the associate degree nursing program, this funding has provided quality training resources for nursing faculty members.

Gage is also chairman of RiverHills Bank and has secured gifts and sponsorships for annual golf tournaments, which ultimately benefit scholarship funds, for many years. Gage has served multiple terms on the Hinds Foundation Board and served as chairman in 2009. He was also appointed to the Mississippi State Board of Education in 2004 and currently serves as vice chairman. The Mississippi Board of Education is responsible for the appointment of the State Superintendent of Education, public education policies, overseeing the Mississippi Department of Education and the state’s public K-12 schools.

A Port Gibson native, Gage has his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and his MBA from Harvard University. Additionally in his career, Gage has served as vice president of Port Gibson Bank, president of Merchants Bank and chairman of the Vicksburg Advisory Board for BancorpSouth, in addition to his current positions at RiverHills Bank.

Gage is married to Betsy Goodwin and the couple has three children, Nick, Maury and Rosanna.

For more information on the Alumnus of the Year award, or on homecoming festivities, contact Libby Posey in Advancement and Student Success at 601.857.3350.

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Posted by on 22 July

New District Dean of Students named


Dr. Tyrone Jackson

Dr. Tyrone Jackson 

Hinds Community College has named Dr. Tyrone Jackson as District Dean of Students and Dean of Students for the Raymond Campus as of Aug. 1. He replaces Dr. Barbara Blankenship, who retired in June.

Originally from Rosedale, located in the Mississippi Delta, Jackson has spent the last two years in Perkinston, serving as dean of students at the Jefferson Davis Campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

Dr. Jackson has experience in all areas of the student services field, including admissions, financial aid, student activities, academic counseling and housing, among others. He has served as assistant and interim dean of graduate and continued studies, associate director of housing and residence life, and as an academic counselor, all at Delta State University. He has also served as an adjunct instructor of both undergraduate and graduate courses at five Mississippi community colleges and universities.

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

In his new role at Hinds Community College, Jackson will report directly to Dr. Theresa Hamilton, vice president of the Raymond Campus.

“From my research and from what I have heard for many years about Hinds, it is an institution destined for continued success,” said Jackson. “Hinds is a progressive institution of higher learning, and I can’t wait to be a part of the community. It’s already a great community college and I am eager to use my skills and talents to make the institution even greater.”

Jackson specifically hopes to enhance the areas of the college related to enrollment, retention, student life and advancement.

“I am a firm believer that learning takes place both inside and outside the classroom,” he said. “Student services is charged with supplementing classroom activities in educating the whole student. It is my ultimate goal to serve prospective and current students from inquiry to graduation by being a conduit for students to persist and obtain professional as well as personal goals.”

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Posted by on 08 July

New vice president named for Utica, Vicksburg/Warren Campuses

debra.jackson[1]The Board of Trustees has unanimously approved the selection of Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson as the new vice president for the Utica Campus, Vicksburg-Warren Campus and Administrative Services, replacing Dr. George Barnes. She will oversee the operation of both campuses and Hinds Agricultural High School and will be the administrator in charge of the district’s non-discrimination policies and compliance.


“We are very fortunate to have someone with her background and educational experience,” said Dr. Clyde Muse, Hinds Community College president. “She is uniquely suited to this leadership position at the college and to the duties associated with Hinds Agricultural High School.  As an alumnus of the Utica Campus, she fully appreciates the mission of the college and the Utica Campus’ special historical significance.”

Dr. Mays-Jackson is currently serving as executive director of academic support for high schools in the Jackson Public School District and supervises the academic programs of seven high schools and two specialty schools, including the International Baccalaureate, the Academic and Performing Arts, JROTC and Career Development Center.

She previously served as principal of Forest Hill High School, from 2007-2011. While at Forest Hill, she led the school from “Underperforming School “status to “Successful” status in one school year and helped the school to maintain “Successful” status for three consecutive years. In 2011, she was recognized as the Administrator of the Year for JPS.

Other previous positions include choral director for Powell Middle School and Canton High School, middle school assistant principal for Hardy Middle School, and high school assistant principal for Murrah High School.

In 2011, Dr. Mays-Jackson delivered the commencement address at the Utica Campus and, most recently, she worked with the college to establish a Mississippi Works/Early College partnership between JPS and Hinds.

Her talent and love of music was nurtured at the Utica Campus under the tutelage of Dr. Bobby Cooper. She earned an Associate of Arts degree from Hinds in 1989.

“I’m honored to return to Hinds Community College, Utica Campus, in in this capacity,” she said. “It was at the Utica Campus where my foundation for adult life and a career were established. It is my desire to effectively lead our campuses with passion and integrity. We will, in a family-oriented atmosphere, continue to serve students and prepare them for success. I am eager to begin the work on July 22.”

Dr. Mays-Jackson received her doctorate in Education from Mississippi State University, a Specialist of Education degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Jackson State University, and a Masters of Music degree, also from JSU. She is currently serving as an adjunct professor in the JSU Educational Leadership department.

She and her husband G. Torrie Jackson, Jr. currently live in Terry, Miss., and have two children, sons Cameron, 16, and Kendall, 13.

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Posted by on 08 July

Annual Hollingsworth gospel concert to benefit scholarship fund

The ninth annual Hollingsworth Gospel Concert, which benefits the Robert Wallace Hollingsworth Family Law Enforcement Scholarship at Hinds Community College, will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 27 in Hogg Auditorium of Cain-Cochran Hall on the Raymond Campus.

The benefit concert was first started in 2004 to help raise funds for the Mike Hollingsworth, a Warren County Deputy Sherriff who was injured in the line of duty. The family saw such great success with the event that they decided to make it a tradition. Currently, all proceeds from the benefit go to the Hollingsworth Family Law Enforcement Scholarship, which ultimately helps a deserving Hinds student attend college.

The family’s scholarship is dedicated to five Hollingsworth men, all serving in some capacity in the field of law enforcement. The student receiving the scholarship must be majoring in criminal justice.

This year’s concert line-up includes the Born Again Quartet from Byram, Jack Hollingsworth from Utica, Hunter C. May from Mendenhall and MS-TN Trio.

The concert is open to the public and the cost is donation only.

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Posted by on 13 June

GED prep classes offered throughout summer

Hinds Community College is beginning new classes for people who aspire to finish their General Education Development (GED) high school equivalency certificate before the current test expires at the end of 2013.


Open registration dates for classes through Hinds Community College’s Adult Basic Education/GED program are as follows:


  • June 25 and July 16 at Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center on Sunset Drive, contact Bobby Sacus, 601.987.8150;


  • June 28 and July 19 at the Raymond Campus, Lois Barnes-Perkins, 601.857.3912;


  • June 27 and July 18 at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus, contact Cleopatra Erves, 601.629.6873.


All times are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.


The official GED test will change in 2014 and will be more difficult and more expensive. Plus, the test will move from a pencil and paper test to a computer-based test.


Those aspiring to finish their GED credential can only take the test three times in 2013 before scores on sections already passed expire and the new test is implemented on Jan. 1, 2014.


Hinds’ Adult Basic Education program also offers test dates throughout the remainder of the calendar year.


Call 601.857.3912 for more information. For a complete list of the test dates for the remainder of 2013 see the college website at


Summer dates and contact information include the following:


Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center 601.987.8763 or 601.987.8150

Thursday, July 18, 8:30 a.m. Test: Saturday, July 27, 8:30 a.m.

Thursday, Aug. 1, 8:30 a.m. Test: Saturday, Aug. 10, 8:30 a.m.

Raymond Campus – District Adult Education Center– 601.987.8763

Orientation: Thursday, June 13, 9:30 a.m. Test: Thursday, June 20, 9:30 a.m.; Friday, June 21, 9:30 a.m.

Orientation: Wednesday, Aug. 7, 9:30 a.m. Test: Thursday, Aug. 15, 9:30 a.m.; Friday, August 16, 9:30 a.m.


Raymond Campus – Denton Hall – 601.857.3467 or 601.857.3852

Orientation: Monday, July 8, 8:30 a.m. Test: Monday, July 15, 8:30 a.m.;

Tuesday, July 16, 8:30 a.m.


Utica Campus – 601.885.7022/7128 or 601.987.8763

Orientation and testing will be held in Walter Washington Administration Building, Room 130
Orientation: Monday, July 1, 8:30 a.m. Test: Tuesday, July 2, 8:30 a.m.; Wednesday, July 3, 8:30 a.m.
Vicksburg-Warren Campus – 601.629.6873
Orientation: Wednesday, July 17, 9:30 a.m. Test: Wednesday, July 24, 9:30 a.m.

Orientation: Wednesday, July 31, 9:30 a.m. Test: Wednesday, Aug. 7, 9:30 a.m.

Orientation: Wednesday, Aug. 14, 9:30 a.m. Test: Wednesday, Aug. 21, 9:30 a.m.

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GED can be fruitful path to success, alum says
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11 June

GED can be fruitful path to success, alum says

GED_01_9328 Jonathan Bullock, local attorney and GED graduation speaker

Hinds Community College alumnus and local attorney Jonathan Bullock of Madison outlined a recipe for success to about 100 2012-2013 GED recipients at the annual recognition ceremony on June 6 on the Raymond Campus.

“I speak on education because of the unique story I have because of the desire to try to inspire and motivate,” he said. “There are not many lawyers with a GED.”

Bullock was a high school dropout who received a General Education Development high school equivalency certificate before enrolling at Hinds in the early 1990s and eventually graduating from law school at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma.

Clashes with his parents and sporadic school attendance at Clinton High School put him on a path to making $4.25 at the Farmer’s Market in Jackson. He figured out pretty fast that wasn’t a living wage.

Even after he went to Hinds and Mississippi State University and was a second-year law student, an unintended pregnancy could have derailed his path a second time but he got a day job and finished law school at night.

“There are many obstacles that have been presented to me that I’ve had to deal with. We all do.  It’s easy to get knocked off the path. You just have to get back up and keep going by putting one foot in front of the other,” he said.

About half the GED achievers participating in the ceremony stood up when they were asked if they have already enrolled at Hinds. Bullock urged all of them to enroll.

“Don’t stop there. Continue onto the next level. Use this as an opportunity to propel yourself to the next stage in your life.  You can only get there by a proper plan. Planning it out, mapping it out. Semester by semester.  Enroll,” he said.

Hinds offers the first class free to GED recipients and scholarships to those with high scores.

“There has never been a time in the history of the world that education is as important as it is today,” Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse told the GED achievers. “Without your high school diploma or your equivalency, GED, it’s almost virtually impossible to find a job in today’s society. More than 65 percent of the jobs today require at least a high school education and some training beyond high school.  Your community college is so important today for providing the kind of skills that you need to secure a good job and be successful in it.”

All 2012-2013 GED achievers in Hinds Community College’s district of Hinds, Rankin, Warren, Copiah and Claiborne counties are invited each year to participate in the ceremony

Each year Hinds Community College serves nearly 2,000 high school dropouts in its Adult Basic Education instructional and GED testing programs. The majority of these students are preparing to take the GED tests. Hinds, with the assistance of a Dollar General Literacy Foundation, waives the GED testing fee for students enrolled in the Hinds ABE program.

Those who pass the test are awarded a certificate equivalent to a high school diploma that allows them to continue their education at Hinds Community College and other higher education institutions.


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