Utica Campus trains future business owners

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Posted by on 18 July

Utica Campus trains future business owners


The Utica Campus of Hinds Community College recently hosted 15 future business owners during a 10-day Dream Builders Entrepreneurship Institute. The participants were high school students from Jackson, Hazlehurst, Utica, Terry and Harrisville.

During the Institute, students were divided into teams and were given assignment and projects to complete. They participated in seminars, workshop and simulations on a daily basis, all of which were designed to stimulate, strengthen and increase their ideas and skills in producing a successful business.

During the last week of the Institute, the groups implemented the business plan that included purchasing the products, marketing and selling.The three groups were set up on campus and sold their goods for three days. The businesses included HighTrendality, an accessories and apparel company; Healthy Treats, a healthy foods company, and Da Snack Shack, a snack company.

Of the three business groups, Da Snack Shack was the most successful, with a 49 percent profit. Members of that group were Allyson Banks from Hazlehurst High School, Breykia Cooper and Joshua Gandy from Raymond High School and Randy Smith and Shandria Sutton from Hazlehurst High School.

The institute culminated with each group giving a presentation of skills developed during the nine-day Dream Builders Entrepreneurship Institute.

The Dream Builders Entrepreneurship Institute is sponsored with Title III funds. Dr. Tiffany Anderson is coordinator of Title III. Jessica Smith, business entrepreneurship director, coordinates the Institute.

Members and consultants of the Dream Builders Entrepreneurship Institute are, front from left, Jonnese Goings, consultant, Port Gibson High School; Brieanne Brown, Raymond High School; Shandria Sutton, Stacey Porter and MyJewels Bates, Hazlehurst High School; and Cordasha Bland, Raymond High School; middle row, Delesha Butler, Hinds AHS; Derek Taylor and Miyah Little, Terry High School; Jennifer Smith, Mendenhall High School and Allyson Banks, Hazlehurt
High School.; back, Joshua Gandy and Breykia Cooper, Raymond High School; Randy Smith, Titus Smith and Johnathan Lynch, Hazlehurt High School and Jeremiah Thomas, consultant, Crystal Springs High School.

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Posted by on 18 July

Utica Campus prepares students for state teacher exam

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The Utica Campus of Hinds Community College recently sponsored its 11th Holtzclaw Teacher Education Summer Institute for  college students pursuing a career in teacher education.

Twenty students were selected to participate in the month-long Institute that was designed to teach test-taking strategies and information pertinent to passing PRAXIS I and PRAXIS II of the state Licensure Exam.  Among those subjects of the program’s focus were English/writing, mathematics and reading.

The Institute also focused on preparing students holistically by placing interest on different areas of the teaching profession. At the end of the Institute, the participants were given a mock exam. That exam highlighted the strengths and weaknesses in each of the subject areas thereby allowing for additional study, if needed, before taking the actual exam.

“I am excited about the outcome of this group,” said Dr. Curtis Gore, director of the Teacher Education Preparation Program. “I believe this will be one of our best years yet.”

The Holtzclaw Teacher Education Summer Institute was sponsored with funds from the Title III Program, with Dr. Tiffany Anderson as director.

Participants seated from left are Maricha Neal from Jackson; Corenda Brown of Crystal Springs, Ashley Terrell of Terry, Christine Concell of Vicksburg, Recheka Davis and Kayla Moncure, both of Utica and Andrea O’Neil of Edwards; standing, Margaret Mims of Utica, Jalen Baker of Edwards, Nikki Gilmer and Felecia Snow, both of  Utica; Sentoris Bronner of Jackson, Eugenia Frazier of Utica, Torey Ross of Jackson, Trinia Williams of Raymond,  Rhoda Geren of Hazlehurst, Sylvia Walker of Jackson, Kojo Davis of Port Gibson and Sharon Yarbrough of Raymond.

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Posted by on 09 July

Alum named middle school Principal of the Year

Joe Nelson Jr., a graduate of Hinds Agricultural High School and Hinds’ Utica Campus, was recently named the Mississippi Middle Level Principal of the Year by the Mississippi Association of Secondary School Principals. The MetLife/ National Association of Secondary School Principals’ (NASSP) National Principals of the Year Program designated Nelson as a State winner, thereby qualifying him as a contender for the National Principal of the Year honor.

“Any honor that I receive is a reflection of and a tribute to the people with whom I work; therefore, I am humble and pay homage to my staff. Here, at Pass Christian Middle School, we work as a team. That is how we get the job done of providing our students with a first-class education,” Nelson said.

The Pass Christian Middle School principal credits the education he received from Hinds AHS and the Utica Campus for paving the way for his accomplishments. “The professionalism, genuine concern, and education that I received while attending Hinds AHS and the Utica Campus as well as growing up on that Campus were awesome for me. Even when I was not in class, I was around excellent role models like President. J. Louis Stokes and his wife, Mrs. Faye Stokes, and Mr. Melvin and Mrs. Magnolia Hampton,” Nelson said. “All of these people treated me like family.”

Nelson remembers his college days on the Utica Campus as the springboard to the educational leader he is today. “Both my parents were educators, and my father was the basketball coach for many years at Utica Junior College and the Utica Campus of Hinds Community College. They instilled certain qualities into my brother and me: teamwork, perseverance, commitment, honesty, and hard work. That is the foundation on which I stand,” Nelson said.

“Mrs. Hampton was my high school English teacher. She transferred over to the college where she and Mrs. Bessie Brown taught me college English. I thought they were tough on me, but it paid off as I pursued my advanced degrees,” Nelson said.

From a pool of outstanding administrators, six national finalists will be named and then two national winners will be chosen by a distinguished panel of judges. The national finalists will each receive a $1,500 grant and the national winners will receive a $5,000 grant. Nelson, along with the other state winners, will be honored at a three-day event in Washington, D.C, and Sept.18 – 21, 2013.

“NASSP is honored to recognize the outstanding work of Joe Nelson,” said JoAnn Bartoletti, NASSP executive director. “Great schools don’t happen without strong, visionary leadership. The stories of such leadership that we capture in the MetLife/NASSP Principal of the Year program continue to impress us and inspire us.”

During the four-day networking event, Sept. 18 – 21, 2013, some of the nation’s “best principals” will visit Capitol Hill to meet with legislators. The event will culminate with a black-tie gala to recognize the achievements of each of the state honorees, the national finalists, and the national winners.


Registration is now in progress until July 19 for new students and transfer students, grades 9-12, who plan to attend Hinds Agricultural High School for the 2013-2014 school year.

The designated time for registration is 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday or 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Tuesday.  Students who have pre-registered should bring their birth certificate, social security card, two proof of residency and final grade report card from the last school they attended in order to complete registration. Transfer students should bring their withdrawal papers, a copy of their transcript, birth certificate and social security card and two proof of residency.

For more information, please call the Principal’s Office at 601.885.7047 or the Counselor’s Office at 601.885.7046.

Hinds Agricultural High School is a school of choice for any student in Hinds County – including the Clinton, Jackson and Hinds County school districts – and students in Copiah and Claiborne counties who have permission from the local school board. It’s located on the Utica Campus of Hinds Community College.


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Posted by on 08 July

Camp Silver Eagle focuses on conservation

Registration is open until Thursday, July 11 for the Hinds Community College, Creative Learning Fifty-Plus, annual intergenerational summer enrichment program, Camp Silver Eagle.

The camp is Monday-Friday, July 15-19. The hours for Monday-Thursday are 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with longer hours on Friday field trip day, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

This year’s theme is Backyard Conservation: “Get Connected: You, the Backyard, and All That Lives There!” with focus activities in Dendrology (the study of trees), Adopt-A-Stream Enviroscape program, small container gardening (herbs, veggies and flowers), and native birds and how best to attract them.

The camp is for adults of all ages and children and youth ages 5-16 (with an adult) at the Ted Kendall Agricultural Complex, McKenzie Facility, located on Seven Springs Road in Raymond.

Adults have the option to participate with or without a child/youth partner. Youth ages 17 and up will be considered an adult. The cost is $50 per adult or adult/first child pair, $10 second child and $5 per additional child.

This program encourages an intergenerational experience of creative learning and adventure, shared by adults and their grandchildren or any child ages 5-16, which focuses on best conservation practices. Most camp activities are inside; however, there will be outside activities as well, but with access to near-by air-conditioning if needed.

For more information and to request a registration form, contact Coordinator Melody Field, Hinds Community College Creative Learning Fifty-Plus, at 601.857.3773 or; Fifty-Plus Chair Pat Martz, 601.842.7629 or Co-Chair Tommie Winters, 601.946.4054/601.954.5194.

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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 26 June

Registration for second four-week summer term ends July 2

Students still have time to register for Hinds Community College four-week summer classes that begin on Monday, July 1 but time is running out fast.

The last day to register without paying a late fee is Friday, June 28. With a late fee students can register on July 1-2.

Hinds Community College is closed on Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5. Students will not have classes and all offices will be closed.

New students must complete the application process and see an adviser before they can register for classes, either in person at one of six Hinds locations or online.

For information and schedules, see the Hinds website at or



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Faculty recognized as Honors mentors
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20 June

Faculty recognized as Honors mentors


The Hinds Community College Honors Institute on the Raymond Campus recently recognized faculty members named by Honors students as mentors.

Faculty mentors recognized include, front from left, Sheila Hailey of Terry, Karen Robbins of Clinton, Beverly Fatherree of Clinton, Maj Perkins of Ridgeland, Sonya McQueen  of Clinton; back, Dr. Ben Cloyd  of Jackson, Shane Sprayberry of Raymond, Jeff Hughes of Richland, Stephen Wedding of Raymond, James Clark of Jackson and Mark Stanton of Clinton.

The Hinds Community College Honors Institute provides an enhanced and supportive learning environment for outstanding students. Membership in the program is open to any high school graduate with a minimum composite ACT score of 25 or GPA of 3.5 as well as to any Hinds student with a 3.5 or higher college GPA.

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Posted by on 19 June

2012-2013 Honors Scholars recognized


The Hinds Community College Honors Institute on the Raymond Campus recently recognized Honors Scholars and Distinguished Honors Scholars.

Honors Scholars include, front from left, Zachary Wilson and Heather Ford, both of Clinton; back, Jacob Chambliss of Gulfport, Dameisha Wilson of San Bernardino, Calif., and Travis Clower of Manchester, Tenn.

The Hinds Community College Honors Institute provides an enhanced and supportive learning environment for outstanding students. Membership in the program is open to any high school graduate with a minimum composite ACT score of 25 or GPA of 3.5 as well as to any Hinds student with a 3.5 or higher college GPA.

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Distinguished Honors Scholars recognized
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18 June

Distinguished Honors Scholars recognized


The Hinds Community College Honors Institute on the Raymond Campus recently recognized Honors Scholars and Distinguished Honors Scholars.

Distinguished Honors Scholars include, front from left, Leah Fulcher of Brandon, Hannah Miller of Clinton, Destiny Winkler of Vicksburg;  back, Morgan Stringer of Jackson, Jarrick Finkley of Vicksburg, Hunter Lovvorn  of Raymond and Danielle Creel of Bentonia.

The Hinds Community College Honors Institute provides an enhanced and supportive learning environment for outstanding students. Membership in the program is open to any high school graduate with a minimum composite ACT score of 25 or GPA of 3.5 as well as to any Hinds student with a 3.5 or higher college GPA. For more information on the Honors program, click here.

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