Jobie Martin Building wins 'Architecture for Education Award of Excellence'

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Jobie Martin Building wins ‘Architecture for Education Award of Excellence’
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25 April

Jobie Martin Building wins ‘Architecture for Education Award of Excellence’

Jobie Martin Award

Designed by Jackson architectural firm Duvall Decker Architects, P.A., the Jobie L. Martin Classroom Building at Hinds Community College’s Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center has been recognized with an AIA Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) Award of Excellence.

The campus is located on Sunset Drive in northwest Jackson. The building is named for a member of the Hinds Community College Board of Trustees, Jobie Martin, who died in 2011 at the age of 91. Martin had a long and distinguished career as a television and radio personality. He began serving as a Hinds trustee in 1989.

The nearly 19,000-square-foot Jobie L. Martin Classroom Building contains eight academic classrooms and two labs.

The architectural award honors educational facilities that the jury believes should serve as an example of a superb place in which to learn, furthering the client’s mission, goals and educational program while demonstrating excellence in architectural design.

“I’ve never seen an architect get so much character out of a rectangle,” said Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse of the building.

Jurors called it a “simple and honest building with strong forms and an elegant façade.”

As one of seven projects chosen from 80 submissions, the project was reviewed by a panel of prominent professionals specializing in educational facility design.

“The rigorous use of materials, straightforward detailing and clarity of concept elevates the modest program to a new level. The jury admired the light airy classrooms that combined the translucent, transparent, fixed and operable glazing,” jurors said.

They also noted that all of the winning projects “exemplify innovation through the client’s educational goals through responsive and responsible programming, planning and design. Function and surrounding regional and community context are valued as part of the planning and design process. In addition, connection to the site, surrounding campus, community and environment are evident in the design solutions.”

The 2013 CAE Awards will be presented at a special reception during the AIA National Convention on June 20 in Denver.

25 April, 2013 Jackson ATC, News more
Hinds CC, MUW partnership fosters culinary arts bachelor’s degree
Posted by
27 March

Hinds CC, MUW partnership fosters culinary arts bachelor’s degree

Stuart Johnsey

For Stuart Johnsey, opening his own bakery and café would be the achievement of a dream.

The Clinton High School graduate starting taking culinary classes in high school and he’s now a freshman in the culinary arts program at Hinds Community College’s Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center.

With a new partnership between Hinds and Mississippi University for Women, Johnsey, 19, will now have an opportunity to get a bachelor’s degree in the field he loves without leaving the place where he feels at home.

“When I walk in the door at Hinds, I feel like I’m at home, like I’m with family,” he said. The MUW partnership “has made it even better. It’ll enable me to get a four-year degree at Hinds and not have to move away and spend a whole lot of money.”

Hinds Community College and Mississippi University for Women Wednesday announced details of a new agreement that will be a boon for students like Johnsey studying culinary arts in the Jackson area.

The 2 Plus 2 agreement between Hinds CC and MUW allows culinary arts students to finish a Bachelor of Technology in Professional Studies degree with a concentration in Culinary Arts at Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center on Sunset Drive, where the Hinds program is based.

“Sharing resources and making higher education more accessible are the primary benefits of the Culinary Arts partnership between Hinds and MUW,” said Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse. “We are very pleased that Dr. Jim Borsig and the MUW Culinary Arts Institute faculty recognized the value of the Associate of Applied Science degree and are giving our culinary students an opportunity for a bachelor’s degree in a setting that is convenient to their family and work obligations.”

MUW will provide an instructor to teach the Hinds students in face-to-face classes that will allow them to finish the last two years of their degree.

“Hinds Community College is a longtime partner with The W, and we look forward to this enhanced 2 Plus 2 program that will bring expanded culinary instruction to the Hinds campus and the Jackson metropolitan area,” said Dr. Jim Borsig, president of Mississippi University for Women. “Our faculty will be on-site, creating a seamless transition between the associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs.”

Larry Richardson, chair of Hinds’ Hospitality and Tourism/Culinary Arts program, said the partnership offers advantages for students.

“The 2 Plus 2 partnership between Hinds and MUW is a wonderful opportunity for Hinds Community College culinary arts students to further their education in a familiar environment and still have immediate contact with Hinds instructors as well as MUW instructors,” he said. “This will also enable students who have finished their associate degree to retain their job and home status in this community while pursuing a four year degree. We are thrilled to be involved in this endeavor and look forward to the opportunity that it provides our graduates.”

For more information on the Hinds Community College program, contact Larry Richardson at or 601. 987.8155. For information on the Mississippi University for Women program, contact Erich Ogle, director of the Culinary Arts Institute at MUW at or 662.241.7762.

27 March, 2013 Jackson ATC, News more
Posted by on 26 March

Jackson Campus students win DECA awards

Hinds Community College’s Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center competed in the state DECA collegiate competition, winning several awards.

They are as follows:

Culinary Competition – Second place winners, Jamesha Dennis of Pickens, Matt Adams of Brandon, Stuart Johnsey of Clinton; third place winners, James Brokaw of Vicksburg and  Christian Harper of Ridgeland.

First place winner, Stuart Johnsey of Clinton, Restaurant and Food Service Management

First place winner, Christian Harper of Ridgeland, Retail Management

Second place winner, Ashley Wigglesworth of Brandon, Hotel and Lodging and Management

Third place winner, James Brokaw of Vicksburg, Human Resources Management

Fourth place winner, Velma Williams of Jackson, Retail Management

Qualifiers will be competing at the DECA International competition in Anaheim, Calif., April 16-21, 2013.

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

26 March, 2013 Jackson ATC, News more
Posted by on 22 March

Adult student college night set at Jackson Campus on Sunset Drive

Brenda Tyler of Jackson worked at Delphi Packard in Clinton for 21 years when the plant closed and she lost her job.

At the age of 45, she realized a high school diploma wasn’t enough to land a new living- wage job. So she enrolled in the Business Office Technology program at Hinds Community College’s Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center and will graduate in May.

“Because of my training, I’ve been offered an opportunity with one of the top companies here in Mississippi,” said Tyler, now 47. “I intend to be in the workforce for another 20 years, and Hinds has equipped me with skills needed for a new career.”

Tyler’s story isn’t unusual at Hinds Community College where adult students can tap into flexible schedules, including online classes, and affordable tuition to get a degree and a whole new career.

If you’re an adult thinking about returning to college, find out what you need to know at Hinds Community College’s “College Night for Adults” at Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 16.

“Going back to school can be easier than you think,” said Kathryn Cole, director of Enrollment Services. “We offer affordable tuition, financial aid and one- to two-year programs of study. We also know adults have busy schedules. That’s why we offer online, evening and hybrid classes in addition to traditional day classes.”

At College Night at Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center, adult students will have the opportunity to learn about admissions, programs of study and paying for college. They will also be able to speak with counselors and instructors, register for classes and enjoy food and prizes.

Childcare is available at the campus located at 3925 Sunset Dr. in Jackson.

Registration for MS Virtual Community College classes (online) for both new and current students begins April 2. Summer and fall registration begins for new students on April 15.

For more information call 601.601.987.8164 or 1.800.HINDSCC or see the Hinds website at

22 March, 2013 Jackson ATC, News more
Posted by on 22 February

JATC to host Black History Month activities

The Hinds Community College Jackson Campus – Academic/Technical Center will be hosting a variety of activities on Wednesday, Feb. 27 and Thursday, Feb. 28.

The activities kick off at 11 a.m. on Wednesday in  Bivins Hall, room 155, with a lecture from Dr. Beverly Wade Hogan on the topic “Black History: Then and Now”.  Dr. Hogan has served as President at Tougaloo College since 2002. She is the first woman and the 13th president to lead the institution. After the lecture, there will be interactive questions and answers from the students.

Two winners in an essay contest for students on “What Does Black History Mean to Me and How Has It Made Opportunities Available to Me Today” will also be announced.

Students are expected to research a famous person in black history and be able to tell why that person is important to them.  Three students will randomly be selected from the audience to talk about their selection and will be granted door prizes.

A film and discussion session will be held on Thursday, Feb.28, designed for night students. A film will be presented entitled “The Great Debaters” and a discussion will ensue after the film.

Refreshments will be served on both Wednesday and Thursday nights.

All events are free and open to the public.

22 February, 2013 Jackson ATC, News more
Posted by on 20 February

Jackson Campus hosts College Day for high school seniors

Hinds Community College’s Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center on Sunset Drive is having a College Day for area high school seniors.

The College Day, which will showcase what the campus in northwest Jackson has to offer, is 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Feb. 26.

High school seniors with learn about admissions, financial aid, careers, programs of study and more.  Students will also have the opportunity to interact with teachers, tour campus, and enjoy food and prizes.

Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center offers a number of student organizations including Associated Student Government and Phi Theta Kappa honorary. The campus has a full range of academic offerings as well as programs in culinary arts, hotel and restaurant management, paralegal technology, electronics technology and more.

High school seniors and their parents are welcome to attend.  For more information or to RSVP, please call 601.987.8164 or email

20 February, 2013 Jackson ATC, News more
Posted by on 18 February

JATC library to host art exhibit

The Hinds Community College Jackson Campus – Academic/Technical Center library will host the art work of faculty member, Dr. B. Spurlock, Feb. 18 – March 1.

His paintings feature themes of freedom, justice and equality that were prevalent in speeches made by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the Civil Rights struggles of the 1960s.

Dr. Spurlock is a native of Leflore County in the Mississippi Delta. He is currently a full-time instructor at Hinds’ Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center where he teaches courses in chemistry, physical science and algebra.

He has also been employed as a research scientist at the U.S. Department of Defense in Maryland and as a faculty member in the chemistry department at Jackson State University. He resides in Jackson with his wife and two daughters.

For more information on the art exhibit, call 601.987.8123 or visit

18 February, 2013 Jackson ATC, News more