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Hinds CC head football coach Murphy steps aside; new head coach named
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16 August

Hinds CC head football coach Murphy steps aside; new head coach named

Coach Gene Murphy, who has led the Hinds Community College Eagles in football for 33 years, is stepping down as head coach but will continue as athletic director.

“As athletic director, Coach Murphy will continue to provide leadership and support to the athletes, coaches and staff of the athletic department,” said Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse.

Effective immediately, Larry Williams will assume the position of head football coach. Williams has served as the defensive coordinator for the last four seasons. He also served in this capacity previously from 2003-2009.

“Williams’ experience in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges is impressive, and he will provide steady leadership for our football team and the coaching staff,” Muse said.

Murphy completed his eighth season in his second stint as head football coach last year. He was also head coach from 1987 to 2003. He has served as athletic director since July 1997.

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“It has been a privilege to serve as the head football coach at Hinds Community College. It has also been a privilege to work along some very special assistant coaches,” Murphy said. “It is my hope that my coaching legacy will be, in short, an impact on thousands of young men in learning how to become successful on the football field, but more importantly in the game of life.”

Up to this point, Murphy has been the winningest active coach in the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Under his tenure, a Mississippi Association of Community and Junior College and National Junior College Athletic Association Region XXIII title in 1988 was followed up a few years later by a four-peat between 1994 and 1997 for both trophies. A sixth state and regional title under Murphy and the program’s 13th overall came in 2000.

Murphy’s teams have gone 172-76-5 in his two tenures as coach, from 1987-03 and 2009-present, guiding teams to the state playoffs 14 times and eight junior college bowl games. During that stretch, numerous former Eagles have gone on to notable careers at four-year universities and more than 50 have played in the National Football League.

Marks of success both on the football field and off are evident in the 15 times the college has won the David Halbrook Award since 1987. The award is given to the community or junior college with the highest percentage of graduates or completers in its athletic programs district-wide.

Williams offered kudos to Murphy as a mentor who has helped him over the years get to this point.

“I’m extremely excited and blessed to be the new head football coach of Hinds Community College.  Being a head coach is something I’ve always dreamed of, and I’m ready to lead this talented group of young men and get this season going,” he said.

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“I want to thank Dr. Muse and Gene Murphy for giving me this opportunity. I’ve worked with Gene for a long time now and I’ve learned so much from that man. He changed the culture and set the high standards not only for Hinds Community College but Mississippi Junior college football in general,” he said.

Williams said he plans to follow in Murphy’s footsteps.

“My main goal is to continue to build upon the great tradition of this football program and to make Hinds a household name in the state of Mississippi,” he said.

Williams had immediate impact on the Hinds defense in his first season back in Raymond and the defensive unit finished 14th in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) standings in total defense.

Williams also served as the defensive coordinator at Co-Lin, helping lead the Wolfpack to the 2012 MACJC state championship, and spent the 2010 season as the defensive line coach at East Mississippi Community College.

A former standout at Mississippi Delta Community College and Mississippi State University, Williams returned to MDCC to begin his coaching career for a six-year stint, serving as the Trojans’ defensive coordinator and defensive line coach from 1997 until 2002. He helped guide Delta to a pair of state runner-up finishes (1997 and 2001).

Hinds Community College is celebrating its 100th year of Community Inspired Service in 2017. Hinds opened in September 1917 first as an agricultural high school and admitted college students for the first time in 1922, with the first class graduating in 1927. In 1982 Hinds Junior College and Utica Junior College merged, creating the Hinds Community College District. Today, as Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution with six locations. Hinds offers quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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Classes begin at Hinds CC among heady plans for fresh faces, older students
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14 August

Classes begin at Hinds CC among heady plans for fresh faces, older students

RAYMOND – A professional life of working in heavy industry ended not long ago for Alonzo Hargrove, thanks to the wear and tear on his body.

Alonzo Hargrove, of Jackson, talks with Kathryn Cole, district district of Enrollment Services, during a break between classes Monday, Aug. 14, 2017 at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus. Hargrove is pursuing a degree in Drafting and Design Technology. Classes for the fall 2017 semester are now in session. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

Alonzo Hargrove, of Jackson, talks with Kathryn Cole, district district of Enrollment Services, during a break between classes Monday, Aug. 14, 2017 at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus. Hargrove is pursuing a degree in Drafting and Design Technology. Classes for the fall 2017 semester are now in session. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

Thanks to Hinds Community College, however, he’s drafting a new career.

“I worked in maintenance and did welding for 30 years, so I still enjoying doing things with my hands,” Hargrove said as he began his studies in the Drafting and Design Technology program. “I did the same while I was in the Army as well.”

The Lena, Miss. native and Jackson resident was among students who on Monday attended the first day of classes for the fall 2017 semester at the college’s six locations. Late registration ends Friday Aug. 18. Registration for online classes ends Sunday Aug. 20.

Maricka Edwards, also of Jackson, plans to continue her family’s tradition of caregiving. In her case, it’ll be in healthcare.

Maricka Edwards, of Jackson, talks with recruiters Reggie Harris, left, and Shane Brown during a break between classes Monday, Aug. 14, 2017 at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus. Edwards is pursuing a nursing degree. Classes for the fall semester are now in session. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

Maricka Edwards, of Jackson, talks with recruiters Reggie Harris, left, and Shane Brown during a break between classes Monday, Aug. 14, 2017 at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus. Edwards is pursuing a nursing degree. Classes for the fall semester are now in session. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

“I’ve always loved helping people,” Edwards said. “My family owns a daycare in Jackson, so I’m coming to school to be the first nurse in the family.”

Following in a caregiver’s footsteps is also on Carlos Collins’ mind.

“My mom has worked in nursing for 11 years now,” said Collins, of Yazoo City, who is taking core academic courses and prerequisite classes, on his way to a nursing degree. “She works at a nursing home, and I’d help her out after school.”

Fall 2017 semester begins at Hinds CC Raymond Campus

 

Megan Tiebe, of Clinton, checks out items at the bookstore at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. Tiebe is pursuing a degree in Computer Programming Technology. Classes for the fall semester are now in session. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

Megan Tiebe, of Clinton, checks out items at the bookstore at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. Tiebe is pursuing a degree in Computer Programming Technology. Classes for the fall semester are now in session. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

 

Carlos Collins, of Yazoo City, shops items in the bookstore at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. Collins is pursuing a nursing degree. Classes for the fall semester are now in session. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

Carlos Collins, of Yazoo City, shops items in the bookstore at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. Collins is pursuing a nursing degree. Classes for the fall semester are now in session. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

 

 

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Classes under way at Hinds CC’s Rankin Campus
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14 August

Classes under way at Hinds CC’s Rankin Campus

Fall classes at Hinds Community College got under way on Aug. 14, including at the Rankin Campus in Pearl.

Late registration continues throughout the week until Friday, Aug. 18.

The Rankin Campus added an Honors program last fall. A new addition for fall 2017 is the college-level culinary arts program, which is also at Hinds’ Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center, Utica and Vicksburg campuses.

Hinds Community College is celebrating its 100th year of Community Inspired Service in 2017. Hinds opened in September 1917 first as an agricultural high school and admitted college students for the first time in 1922, with the first class graduating in 1927. In 1982 Hinds Junior College and Utica Junior College merged, creating the Hinds Community College District. Today, as Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution with six locations. Hinds offers quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

 

Hinds CC classes began on Aug. 14; late registration continues through Aug. 18.

 

Renita Lane, right, gives Tiera Hubbard her freshly printed Hinds student ID on the first day back to class at the Rankin Campus of Hinds Community College. Hubbard, of Braxton, is a freshman planning to study forensic psychology. (April Garon/Hinds Community College).

Renita Lane, right, gives Tiera Hubbard her freshly printed Hinds student ID on the first day back to class at the Rankin Campus of Hinds Community College. Hubbard, of Braxton, is a freshman planning to study forensic psychology. (April Garon/Hinds Community College).

Sophomore Shymirror Pringle, left,  of Pearl, helps Destiny Lyles, of Byram, with her class schedule. Pringle is studying Pre-Law, while Lyles is training in ultrasound technology. (April Garon/Hinds Community College).

Sophomore Shymirror Pringle, left, of Pearl, helps Destiny Lyles, of Byram, with her class schedule. Pringle is studying Pre-Law, while Lyles is training in ultrasound technology. (April Garon/Hinds Community College).

Hinds Community College Rankin Campus bookstore employee Thomas Ford helps Courtland McClung purchase textbooks.  McClung is a sophomore from Jackson studying physical therapy. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Hinds Community College Rankin Campus bookstore employee Thomas Ford helps Courtland McClung purchase textbooks. McClung is a sophomore from Jackson studying physical therapy. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Hinds Community College Rankin Campus bookstore employee Minnie McGruder, right, helps Endia Bingham purchase textbooks on the first day of the fall semester. Bingham is a freshman from Jackson studying Medical Technology.  (April Garon/Hinds Community College).

Hinds Community College Rankin Campus bookstore employee Minnie McGruder, right, helps Endia Bingham purchase textbooks on the first day of the fall semester. Bingham is a freshman from Jackson studying Medical Technology. (April Garon/Hinds Community College).

Kayla McNatt, of Florence, grabs a snack in between classes on the first day of the fall semester. McNatt is a Business and Accounting student. (April Garon/Hinds Community College).

Kayla McNatt, of Florence, grabs a snack in between classes on the first day of the fall semester. McNatt is a Business and Accounting student. (April Garon/Hinds Community College).

Friends Aijah Dixon, Allie Burke, Mikayla Hill and Megan Keyes, reunited before going to classes on the first day of the fall semester at the Rankin Campus of Hinds Community College. The freshmen and Keyes, a sophomore, are all of Brandon. Dixon and Burke are General Studies students; Hill plans to major in elementary education and Keyes is studying nursing.  (April Garon/Hinds Community College).

Friends Aijah Dixon, Allie Burke, Mikayla Hill and Megan Keyes, reunited before going to classes on the first day of the fall semester at the Rankin Campus of Hinds Community College. The freshmen and Keyes, a sophomore, are all of Brandon. Dixon and Burke are General Studies students; Hill plans to major in elementary education and Keyes is studying nursing. (April Garon/Hinds Community College).

Sophomore Hayla Cockrell, of Brandon, who plans a career in business, chats with Haley McManus, right, also of Brandon. McManus is a transfer pre-Dental Assisting Technology student. (April Garon/Hinds Community College).

Sophomore Hayla Cockrell, of Brandon, who plans a career in business, chats with Haley McManus, right, also of Brandon. McManus is a transfer pre-Dental Assisting Technology student. (April Garon/Hinds Community College).

Colby Barrett, of Flowood, and Ryan Mackrel, of Grenada, walk to class on the first day of the fall semester. Barrett is studying computer networking and Mackrel is studying radiology. (April Garon/Hinds Community College).

Colby Barrett, of Flowood, and Ryan Mackrel, of Grenada, walk to class on the first day of the fall semester. Barrett is studying computer networking and Mackrel is studying radiology. (April Garon/Hinds Community College).

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Hinds CC Utica Campus offers SummerPrep program for pre-teens
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07 August

Hinds CC Utica Campus offers SummerPrep program for pre-teens

Nayla McClure had a productive summer attending SummerPrep at Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus.

McClure, an eighth-grader at Utica Middle School, spent the month of June in the program instead of doing what she believes most other kids do.

Utica Middle School eighth-grader Nayla McClure attended the 2017 TRIO/Talent Search Summer Enrichment Camp held June 19-30 on the Utica Campus of Hinds Community College.

Utica Middle School eighth-grader Nayla McClure attended the 2017 TRIO/Talent Search Summer Enrichment Camp held June 19-30 on the Utica Campus of Hinds Community College.

“They’re sitting around watching television,” she said. “Attending this program is important because during the summer most kids are not really doing much with their time.”

And not only that, she had an opportunity to learn a few things in a different environment.

“SummerPrep is preparing us for our next grade. During the regular school year, classes are 18 to 20 kids deep. One-on-one time is unheard of; with SummerPrep, the classes are smaller so your teacher can help you individually if you’re struggling,” she said.

“This program is very rigorous and focused on raising seventh-, eighth- and ninth-graders to a higher level,” said Pamela Williams, Director of Talent Search. “Our goal is to prepare them for what they will face in the upcoming school year. That age group sometimes face challenges. Kids often get lost in the shuffle. Our program gives them support and strengthens them for the challenges to come.”

The program is under the TRIO umbrella, which also includes Talent Search, Students Support Service and Upward Bound. Talent Search focus mainly on middle school and high school students, and the overall purpose of the program is to help students get to a post-secondary education.

The program is offered yearly on the Utica Campus and accepts around 40 students from surrounding schools.TRIO Programs (Teaching, Reaching and Inspiring Our Youths) are federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post baccalaureate programs.

Pamela Williams, program director for TRIO/Talent Search on the Utica Campus

Pamela Williams, program director for TRIO/Talent Search on the Utica Campus

Low-income, first-generation students take priority; they make up about two-thirds of their population. The focus is to get those students from middle school, to high school, to college and to complete college. The program incorporates a mixture of tutorial, workshops and motivational speakers to engage their middle school audience, Williams said.

Hinds Community College is celebrating its 100th year of Community Inspired Service in 2017. Hinds opened in September 1917 first as an agricultural high school and admitted college students for the first time in 1922, with the first class graduating in 1927. In 1982 Hinds Junior College and Utica Junior College merged, creating the Hinds Community College District. Today, as Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution with six locations. Hinds offers quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

 

Hinds CC Utica Campus keeps middle-schoolers learning over summer.

 

 

Bria Thomas, standing, gives a presentation to cohort participants, from left, Asia Taylor, Marzavier Willis, Travaughnia Bingham, Ar'Mond Abram, instructor Kedra Harris-Pope and Minn'Quaila Fair.

Bria Thomas, standing, gives a presentation to cohort participants, from left, Asia Taylor, Marzavier Willis, Travaughnia Bingham, Ar’Mond Abram, instructor Kedra Harris-Pope and Minn’Quaila Fair.

TRIO/ Talent Search Camp participants from the bottom: left to right-Director Pamela Williams, Andrello Taylor, Jasmine Hughes, Faye Cornelius, Ar'Mond Abram, Kendra Harris, Asia Taylor, Jamaria Willis, Kylee Kemp, Angeles Mendez, Maria Ramirez, Roge' Ne' Hilliard, Timothy Thompson, Jr., Travaughnia Bingham, TaNeysha Johnson, Jacqueria Blockmon, Nayla McClure, Bria Thomas, Italian Johnson, Marzavier Willis, Alexis Shinard, Alexandria Williams, Wiljeria Bumphis, Cedrick Fisher, Kelsa Thomas, ZyCasha King, Kaitlyn Young, Kakayla Watts

TRIO/ Talent Search Camp participants from the bottom: left to right-Director Pamela Williams, Andrello Taylor, Jasmine Hughes, Faye Cornelius, Ar’Mond Abram, Kendra Harris, Asia Taylor, Jamaria Willis, Kylee Kemp, Angeles Mendez, Maria Ramirez, Roge’ Ne’ Hilliard, Timothy Thompson, Jr., Travaughnia Bingham, TaNeysha Johnson, Jacqueria Blockmon, Nayla McClure, Bria Thomas, Italian Johnson, Marzavier Willis, Alexis Shinard, Alexandria Williams, Wiljeria Bumphis, Cedrick Fisher, Kelsa Thomas, ZyCasha King, Kaitlyn Young, Kakayla Watts

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Hinds CC program credits work experience to earn credentials
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07 August

Hinds CC program credits work experience to earn credentials

RAYMOND – For decades, Bryan Spurlock and Harry Thomas plied their trade in service of country and family. With the help of a timely job-training program, each is now able to use past work experience toward a college degree.

The Prior Learning Assessment, or PLA, evaluates skills gained from outside the traditional classroom and allows college credit when appropriate. Those skills can be demonstrated in a number of ways, including industry certifications, standardized subject area exams such as CLEP, military coursework, course challenges or federal licenses. PLA eliminates duplicate coursework and shortens the time required to earn a degree, thus saving the student money.

Bryan Spurlock

Bryan Spurlock

“Knowing that at some point I would leave the military and need a degree to back up my training and experience, I jumped at every opportunity to further my education,” said Spurlock, of Raymond, a retired 1st Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps and Mississippi Army National Guard.

His recent certifications from the Federal Aviation Administration in aircraft maintenance, coupled with his years of service to his country, have him on track to graduate from Hinds this year with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Aviation Maintenance.

Thomas, of Jackson, was a 40-year veteran of the diesel and heavy equipment industry prior to his coming to Hinds as an instructor in the Diesel Equipment Technology program. But, one piece remained missing from his body of work – a college credential.

His experience in the field and his prior credits earned years ago at Hinds resulted in a Career Certificate in Diesel Technology this past July.

“I came to Hinds in the mid-1970s as a kid,” Thomas said. “I didn’t finish, but I was able to find work at that time and work for company with $3 million in sales. I’m just happy to be able to get that last piece to go with the other things I’ve achieved.”

Harry Thomas

Harry Thomas

Study program directors see the PLA as a plus for the college and the state’s workforce.

“Allowing students to convert prior learning into credit is a positive move for our industry, state and institution and I am proud to be a part of it,” said Brent Johnson, director of the Hinds Diesel Technology Academy.

“It’s a well-deserved reward for an outstanding individual,” said Stanley Whitfield, district director of Aviation programs at Hinds, of Spurlock.

PLA policy was made possible this year at Hinds with the help of the nonprofit Council for Adult and Experiential Learning through grant funding. The national organization works with entities in the public and private sector to make it easier for people to get the education and training they need.

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Hinds CC names new vice presidents at Vicksburg-Warren, Utica campuses
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03 August

Hinds CC names new vice presidents at Vicksburg-Warren, Utica campuses

RAYMOND – Hinds Community College has named two new vice presidents.

Marvin Moak has been named Vice President of the Vicksburg-Warren Campus, while Dr. Tyrone Jackson has been named Vice President of Utica Campus and Administrative Services. Both actions were approved Wednesday by the college’s Board of Trustees.

Marvin Moak

Marvin Moak

Moak, of Raymond, has been dean of the Highway 27 campus since 2014. He began work at Hinds in 2000 as an electrical technology instructor and eventually moved to department chair/industrial service coordinator. In that role, he developed curriculum and courses for college-level students and administered courses for business and industry. He also worked with advisement, retention and job placement for students.

“I am humbled by being selected for Vicksburg Vice President, I look forward to serving the college in this new role,” Moak said. “I will always be grateful for this opportunity to assist the college grow and develop. We will continue to grow the Vicksburg Campus and work through the district wherever needed.”

Jackson, of Clinton, has served as Vice President for Student Services and Dean of Students for the Raymond Campus since July 1 after having been associate vice president of those areas since August 2013. He is also the Title IX coordinator for the Hinds district. Prior to his work at Hinds, the Rosedale, Miss. native spent two years at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, as dean of students for the Jefferson Davis Campus.

Dr. Tyrone Jackson

Dr. Tyrone Jackson

“I am eternally grateful that Dr. Muse has afforded me the opportunity to serve the Utica Campus in the capacity as Vice President,” Jackson said. “The Utica Campus has a rich history and has maintained a strong presence as an HBCU.”

Moak is a Hinds CC alum (1993-2009) where he received his associate degrees in general studies and electronics technology, as well as his degree in electrical technology. He has his Bachelor’s degree in technical and occupational education from the University of Southern Mississippi and his Master’s degree in technology education from Jackson State University.

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

Both will report directly to Dr. Muse, as do all vice presidents at the college.

Since 2013, the vice presidency of the Vicksburg-Warren and Utica campuses was held by Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson, who has accepted a position as Vice President and Chief of Staff at Jackson State University.

Hinds CC names new vice presidents at Vicksburg-Warren, Utica campuses
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Hinds CC honoring ‘100 People Passionate about Hinds Community College’
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31 July

Hinds CC honoring ‘100 People Passionate about Hinds Community College’

It’s not every day that a college turns 100 years old, but for Hinds Community College, 2017 is a special year commemorating 100 Years of Community Inspired Service.

Hinds opened in September 1917 as an agricultural high school, becoming a junior college in the 1920s.

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Beginning in January 2017, the college has been putting a Centennial spin on annual events, special alumni reunions and numerous other activities to involve the community as well as employees in a year-long celebration.

One of the highlights of the Centennial celebration, which wraps up in November 2017, is the selection of 100 People Passionate about Hinds Community College. The 100 People will be honored at a special program and reception at 6:30 p.m., Aug. 10 at Cain-Cochran Hall on the Raymond Campus. The public is invited.

The project started when the extended college family and alumni were asked to nominate people who are “passionate” about Hinds. Over the course of six months, from July to December 2016, a total of 658 people were nominated, said Jackie Granberry, executive director of the Hinds Community College Foundation.

“There is no doubt that there are hundreds of others who could have just as well been on this list,” Granberry said. “With the rich and distinguished history of the college over the last 100 years, we realize that there are many more — much more than 100 — who have a passion for Hinds.”

From the 658 people nominated, a series of committees finally narrowed the nominations down to 100 people.

“This list was not intended to be a list of notable alumni, major donors, dedicated community leaders or even outstanding employees,” Granberry said. “This list was to include people who were passionate about Hinds Community College — individuals who through their actions and words have demonstrated that they felt very strongly about the college and the impact that it had on their life and the lives of others.”

Among the 100 are a current and former governor, both of whom attended Hinds.

Many of the 100 People are natives of the college’s district of Hinds, Rankin, Warren, Claiborne and Copiah counties, and about half of the 100 still live in the area. About three-fourths of them were Hinds employees at some point in their career, although presidents of the college were not among those considered for the list. Among employees, Lola Allen was in the first graduating class in 1923 and was then was employed at Hinds for 43 years until 1966.

In a handful of cases, couples are being honored together. Family members of those who are deceased are asked to represent their loved one but all will be honored. For more information about the Centennial, see 100.hindscc.edu

‘100 People Passionate about Hinds CC’ to be honored Aug. 10.

 

The 100 People Passionate about Hinds Community College are as follows:

Jerry Agent

A.A. Alexander

Lola Allen

Bobbie Anderson

Lou Anne Askew

Billie Banes

Sharp Banks

George Barnes

Anna Cowden Bee

Emma and T.T. Beemon

Charles Bell

Walter Bivins

Peggy Brent

Sue and Fred Brooks

Gov. Phillip Bryant

Bill Buckner

Tom Burnham

Robert Cannada

Emma Grace and

W.H. Cochran

Bobby Cooper

Rosia and Johnny Crisler

Lamar Currie

H.H. “Shine” Davis

Katherine and A.L. Denton

Bob Dunaway

David Durham

Beverly and Ben Fatherree

Pat Flaherty

Jane Flowers

D.G. “Sonny” Fountain

Howell Gage

Walter Gibbes

Albert Gore

Durwood Graham

Jackie Mangum Granberry

F.M. Greaves

Anne Hardy

Jim El and Jobie Harris

Colleen Hartfield

Mike Hataway

Linden Haynes

Troy Henderson

Mildred Herrin

Dan Hogan

Warren Hood

Adam Jenkins

Roger Jones

Ted Kendall III

Dean Kirby

Ann and Bob Laster

Earl Leggett

Dean Liles

Bell Lindsey

Joe Loviza

Con Maloney

Ray Marshall

Lee Mayo

W.M. McKenzie

Cleon McKnight

Joe Moss

Bob Mullins

Vashti Muse

Mary Etta Naftel

Clifford Nelson

Carla Nicks

Bill Oakes

Donald Oakes

J.B. Patrick

Nell Ann Pickett

Polly and Mike Rabalais

Geneva and Leslie Reeves

Joe Renfroe

Irl Dean Rhodes

Troy Ricks

Virginia and Marvin Riggs

Henry Riser

Grady Sheffield

Tom Shepherd

O.H. Simmons

Jim Smith

Jimmy C. Smith

Mary Ann Sones

Lurline Stewart

Wayne Stonecypher

Dale Sullivan

Larry Swales

E.E. “Tad” Thrash

Jack Treloar

Michael Vinson

Alice and Charles Walker

Gary Walker

René T. Warren

Walter Washington

Lynn Weathersby

Tom Weathersby

Gov. John Bell Williams

Liles Williams

R.E. “Ed” Woolley

George Wynne

David Yewell

Hinds Community College is celebrating its 100th year of Community Inspired Service in 2017. Hinds opened in September 1917 first as an agricultural high school and admitted college students for the first time in 1922, with the first class graduating in 1927. In 1982 Hinds Junior College and Utica Junior College merged, creating the Hinds Community College District. Today, as Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution with six locations. Hinds offers quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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Hinds CC holds summer graduation ceremonies
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31 July

Hinds CC holds summer graduation ceremonies

PEARL – Returning to school is a time of self-discovery, new careers and making new friends.

All those are now true for Sherrie Smith and Natasha Jackson, classmates this past year in the Health Information Technology program at Hinds Community College. Each graduated from the college Friday, May 28 with Associate of Applied Science degrees in the field.

Sherrie Smith, left, and Natasha Jackson

Sherrie Smith, left, and Natasha Jackson

“It was just the three of us in the class, so we’re friends now,” said Jackson, 27, of Jackson.

Smith, 49, originally from Greenwood and a mother of two adult children, chose Hinds for the convenience of staying in-state and the program’s solid reputation.

“It was really the only doable option I had to earn my degree,” Smith said. “I had a really good experience here.”

The college conferred 532 credentials to 464 students in two ceremonies at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. Nursing and allied health graduates received their degrees at 10 a.m. Academic and career-tech graduates received theirs at 2 p.m.

Among them were Charlotte and Charlene Johnson, twin sisters in life and in school. The sisters, of Clinton, graduated from the Practical Nursing program after already having earned degrees at Jackson State University.

“We’ve done everything together,” Charlotte said. “We’ve always been close.”

Charlotte, left, and Charlene Johnson

Charlotte, left, and Charlene Johnson

Both chose healthcare as a career to be able to continue teaching as well as learning.

“We love helping people,” Charlene said. “We’ve coordinated different programs, we both teach dancing. And we loved Hinds. It was challenging, awesome and we had the best teachers ever.”

Angela Griffin, retired assistant dean for Career and Technical Education at the college, spoke to graduates at both ceremonies.

Griffin told graduates to discover their passion, then follow it no matter what challenges life presents.

“You can Google for a mate or for a career,” Griffin said. “But you can’t Google to find what’s in your heart, the passion that makes you happy.

Angela Griffin, retired assistant career-tech dean, speaks at summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Angela Griffin, retired assistant career-tech dean, speaks at summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“You won’t find your passion in money or things. You will find your passion in things that fill you from the inside. It will be grounded in people and in your relationship with people.”

Griffin retired from Hinds in 2017 after 34 years, a tenure that began as a Business Technology instructor at the Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. Griffin went on to chair the Business Technology Department before becoming assistant dean for career-tech.

Hinds CC holds summer graduation ceremonies

 

Tes Seymour, center, of Vicksburg, was among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. She earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Emergency Medical Sciences. With her, from left, are husband John Seymour, Caleb Anthony, Madisyn Anthony, her mother Terry Saldana and father Joe Saldana. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Tes Seymour, center, of Vicksburg, was among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. She earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Emergency Medical Sciences. With her, from left, are husband John Seymour, son Caleb Anthony, daughter Madisyn Anthony, son Lane Seymour, and her mother Terry Saldana and father Joe Saldana. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Andrew Love, right, was among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. Love, of Brandon, graduated with a career certificate in Brick & Block Masonry. With him is interpreter Pam Jones, left. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Andrew Love, right, was among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. Love, of Brandon, graduated with a career certificate in Brick & Block Masonry. With him is interpreter Pam Jones, left. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ty Harris, left, and brothers Quienta and Donovan Carter, all of Hattiesburg, were among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. Quienta and Donovan plan to attend McNeese State University; Harris will attend the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Ty Harris, left, and brothers Quienta and Donovan Carter, all of Hattiesburg, were among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. Quienta and Donovan plan to attend McNeese State University; Harris will attend the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Shelby Cunningham, center, of Raymond, was among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College at summer graduation ceremonies at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. From left- Kylee Cunningham, Skylar Cunningham, Van McDaniel, Christy Cunningham, Aaron Blakely, Nikki Ryan, Roxie Williams,Triston Cunningham,Theresa Ryan, Roger Jones and Lois Jones. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Shelby Cunningham, center, of Raymond, was among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College at summer graduation ceremonies at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. From left- Kylee Cunningham, Skylar Cunningham, Van McDaniel, Christy Cunningham, Aaron Blakely, Nikki Ryan, Roxie Williams,Triston Cunningham,Theresa Ryan, Roger Jones and Lois Jones. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kendrick Kyles, of Jackson, takes a selfie just before summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. Kyles earned a technical certificate in Welding Technology. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Kendrick Kyles, of Jackson, takes a selfie just before summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. Kyles earned a technical certificate in Welding Technology. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Christin Coyle, of McComb, was among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. She earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology. With her is her daughter, Camryn. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Christin Coyle, of McComb, was among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. She earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology. With her is her daughter, Camryn. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Casey Brown, center, of Lucedale, was among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. She earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology. With her are her mother, Julie, left, and grandfather Kenneth Sullivan. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Casey Brown, center, of Lucedale, was among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. She earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology. With her are her mother, Julie, left, and grandfather Kenneth Sullivan. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Jataria Claiborne, center, of Port Gibson, was among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. She earned an Associate of Applied Science degree after completing the Business Management and Finance program. Family members had t-shirts printed for the occasion. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Jataria Claiborne, center, of Port Gibson, was among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. She earned an Associate of Applied Science degree after completing the Business Management and Finance program. Family members had t-shirts printed for the occasion. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ashley Ramirez, left, of Cleveland; Brittnee Pierce, center, of Harrisville, and Hope Sloan, of Philadelphia, were among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. All earned a Associate of Applied Science degrees in Veterinary Technology. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Ashley Ramirez, left, of Cleveland; Brittnee Pierce, center, of Harrisville, and Hope Sloan, of Philadelphia, were among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. All earned a Associate of Applied Science degrees in Veterinary Technology. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Annabeth Bowman, center-right, of Pelahatchie, was among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. She earned an Associate of Arts degree in General Studies and plans to pursue a nursing degree. With her, from left, are her father Dewayne, her mother Ann, and aunt, Margie Warren. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Annabeth Bowman, center-right, of Pelahatchie, was among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. She earned an Associate of Arts degree in General Studies and plans to pursue a nursing degree. With her, from left, are her father Dewayne, her mother Ann, and aunt, Margie Warren. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

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Hinds Utica Campus STEM-UP Academy paves way for college success
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Hinds Utica Campus STEM-UP Academy paves way for college success

Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus hosted their annual STEM-UP Academy June 11-23. The academy, also known as College Success Camp, gave incoming 2017-18 freshmen a firsthand look at college life, including living on campus, social engagement and academic success development.

“We feel that it’s important that we give students a glimpse of college life before they actually enroll in the fall semester,” said Jonathan Townes, STEM program coordinator. “It is important for students to engage with other students with similar interest as their own. This camp allows them to build positive relationship with fellow students who are going down the same path as they are, but also giving them the mindset that they need to succeed going into the fall semester.”

STEM-UP Academy top student Hezekiah Williams of Edwards, left, with College Success camp program coordinator, Jonathan Townes, after completing the two-week program on June 23.

STEM-UP Academy top student Hezekiah Williams of Edwards, left, with College Success camp program coordinator, Jonathan Townes, after completing the two-week program on June 23.

Participating students enjoyed activities that focused on Building Math Skills, Building Learning Communities and Teamwork.  Daily sessions began at 8:30 a.m. and would last until 8 p.m., giving students long, full days to work on Pre-tests, Modules and completing work in the open labs.

STEM-UP/ College Success Camp is a condensed mixture of five 16-week mathematical courses into 10 days. The accelerated camp housed 19 participants, all required to live and learn on the Utica Campus.The program demanded full focus and consistency of the students who were engulfed in none stop lessons and testing in Mathematics.

The main focal point is algebra, which is a subject that most students struggle with in college.

This program sharpened me,” said incoming freshman Hezekiah Williams of Edwards.I took advanced math classes in high school. My curriculum was Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry and then trigonometry. All of the algebra became buried under the extras. This program sharpened me to the point where all of the algebra is back in the front of my mind.”

STEM, which stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, is important because it pervades every part of life. Science and technology endeavors grow daily while engineering and math skills persist in our constant way of life. Being able to calculate daily tasks using algebra and calculus matters when you are building highways and balancing checkbooks.

“The STEM-UP College Success Camp helps students to be strong mathematicians,” said Dr. Mitchell Shears, Director of Title III and Sponsored Grants.This support system is coupled with math coaches and mentors to students to ensure that they are confident in their mathematical responses and can validate their answers.

“We encourage our STEM majors to take math courses beyond college algebra. We offer Statistics, Pre-Calculus and Calculus to our students in the STEM program and the College Success Camp helps them to overcome any barriers and challenges,” Shears said. “Additionally, this camp helps students to build relationships with other incoming freshmen by becoming members of a cohort who all have the same goal, which is to continue their STEM studies at a four-year institution after graduating with their associate’s degree.”

Hinds Community College is celebrating its 100th year of Community Inspired Service in 2017. Hinds opened in September 1917 first as an agricultural high school and admitted college students for the first time in 1922, with the first class graduating in 1927. In 1982 Hinds Junior College and Utica Junior College merged, creating the Hinds Community College District. Today, as Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution with six locations. Hinds offers quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

 

Hinds CC Utica Campus STEM-UP brings in incoming freshmen.

 

STEM-UP Academy participants, all incoming freshman to Hinds’ Utica Campus, completed 16 weeks of intense math courses in 10 days during the STEM-UP Academy June 11-23. They are, front from left, Kennauri Anderson, Ny'Daisha Dortch, Jasmine Meeks, Kamryn Dismuke, Qualyne Fuller, Kambral Love, Jimmy Jones, Hezekiah Williams,Victoria Johnson, Antionette Womack, Kristi Marshall; back from left,Tevin Sylvester, Renisha Sweet, Eli Hodge, Dwayne Braxton, Tomecia Jacobs, Frederick Jackson, Trinity Torrey and Stori Jones.

STEM-UP Academy participants, all incoming freshman to Hinds’ Utica Campus, completed 16 weeks of intense math courses in 10 days during the STEM-UP Academy June 11-23. They are, front from left, Kennauri Anderson, Ny’Daisha Dortch, Jasmine Meeks, Kamryn Dismuke, Qualyne Fuller, Kambral Love, Jimmy Jones, Hezekiah Williams,Victoria Johnson, Antionette Womack, Kristi Marshall; back from left,Tevin Sylvester, Renisha Sweet, Eli Hodge, Dwayne Braxton, Tomecia Jacobs, Frederick Jackson, Trinity Torrey and Stori Jones.

Top honor students from the 2017 STEM-UP Academy along with 14 others worked 12 full hours a day for two weeks during the camp, which was designed to reinforce math skills and work behavior. They are, from left, Hezekiah Williams, Renisha Sweet, Ny'Daisha Dortch, Trinity Torrey and Kristi Marshall.

Top honor students from the 2017 STEM-UP Academy along with 14 others worked 12 full hours a day for two weeks during the camp, which was designed to reinforce math skills and work behavior. They are, from left, Hezekiah Williams, Renisha Sweet, Ny’Daisha Dortch, Trinity Torrey and Kristi Marshall.

STEM-UP Academy participants, from left, Kamryn Dismuke, Stori Jones, Reneisha Sweet and Kambrial Love take a break from studies.

STEM-UP Academy participants, from left, Kamryn Dismuke, Stori Jones, Reneisha Sweet and Kambrial Love take a break from studies.

STEM-UP students participant in group activities during the June 11-23 camp. They are, sitting from left, Trinity Torrey and Ny’Daisha Dortch; standing, Xavier Reed, Dwayne Braxton and Jimmy Jones.

STEM-UP students participant in group activities during the June 11-23 camp. They are, sitting from left, Trinity Torrey and Ny’Daisha Dortch; standing, Xavier Reed, Dwayne Braxton and Jimmy Jones.

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Hinds CC announces speaker for summer graduation ceremony
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17 July

Hinds CC announces speaker for summer graduation ceremony

RAYMOND – Summer graduation ceremonies are set for July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus as students earn associate’s degrees from Hinds Community College.

The college will confer 532 credentials to 464 students in two ceremonies. All nursing and allied health graduates will receive their degrees at 10 a.m., with commencement for academic and career-tech graduates to follow at 2 p.m. Angela Griffin, retired assistant dean for Career and Technical Education, is the speaker for both ceremonies.

Angela Griffin

Angela Griffin

Griffin retired from Hinds in 2017 after 34 years, a tenure that began as a Business Technology instructor at the Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. Griffin went on to chair the Business Technology Department before becoming assistant dean for career-tech.

While at Hinds, she received several recognition for her work with students and colleagues. Those include being named a Hinds Hero, HEADWAE faculty member for 2006, Outstanding Vocational-Technical Instructor, Distinguished Vocational-Technical Instructor and being named Outstanding Junior/Community College Teacher by the Mississippi Business Education Association. Angela was also appointed to serve on the Board of Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services.

Griffin is a member of Anderson United Methodist Church where she serves as a member of Pastor/Staff Parish Relations Committee. She also serves on the church’s Pastor/Staff Parish Relations Committee.

College to confer credentials to summer graduates July 28

 

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