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Celebrating the Holtzclaw Legacy: Acting National Endowment for Humanities chairman to visit Hinds CC’s Utica Campus
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27 November

Celebrating the Holtzclaw Legacy: Acting National Endowment for Humanities chairman to visit Hinds CC’s Utica Campus

The acting chairman for the National Endowment for the Humanities, Jon Peede, will be visiting Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus for a celebration of the legacy of founder William H. Holtzclaw.

The program is at 9 a.m. Friday Dec. 8 in the Walter Washington amphitheater on the Utica Campus.

The celebration will focus on Holtzclaw’s contributions to African American education. The historic Utica Jubilee Singers will present several selections, and there will also be presentations of research projects and an overview of humanities activities at the Utica Campus.

Peede, who grew up in Brandon and now lives in Virginia, is expected to make brief remarks.

He holds degrees from Vanderbilt University and the University of Mississippi. He was formerly director of communications at Millsaps College and was the founding editor of Millsaps Magazine. He has served on the national council of the Margaret Walker Center for the Study of the African-American Experience at Jackson State University and was on the poet laureate selection committee for the state of Mississippi, office of the governor.

The Humanities Department at Hinds’ Utica Campus received a $100,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to fund a project called “The Black Man’s Burden: William H. Holtzclaw and the Mississippi HBCU Connection” to explore the legacy of William H. Holtzclaw. The project’s goal is to contribute to a growing body of research and interest in the “Little Tuskegees” as important forerunners of the Civil Rights Era in the Deep South.

The grant allows for a two-year research program designed to equip faculty and student-scholars to explore themes in Holtzclaw’s writing in humanities courses, a Summer Teachers’ Institute and teaching resource kits.

The project’s Holtzclaw Lecture Series has also brought nationally recognized scholars and experts on African American education in the South for public lectures in a variety of venues around the state in cooperation with the Mississippi Humanities Council.

For more information about the grant project, contact co-directors on the Utica Campus, Dan Fuller at 601.885.7097 or daniel.fuller@hindscc.edu or Jean Greene 601.885.7034 or JBGreene@hindscc.edu).

ABOUT THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov.

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’s Pearl/Rankin Career and Technical Center named as state’s best
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27 November

Hinds CC’s Pearl/Rankin Career and Technical Center named as state’s best

The Pearl/Rankin Career and Technical Center at Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus is the state’s best for 2017.

Presented annually by the Mississippi Construction Education Foundation, the prestigious Career and Technical Center of Excellence Award recognizes commitment and innovation across all vocational construction programs.

Valerie Barton, center, director of the Pearl/Rankin Career and Technical Center at Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus, accepts her center’s selection as the state’s best from the Mississippi Construction Education Foundation. Joining her at the recent awards banquet are MCEF representatives, from left, Brent Bean, Gary Beeland, Barton, Dianna Zendejas and Lauren Hunt.

At the forefront of the Pearl/Rankin CTC mission is a passion to equip students with the skills they need for successful occupations. To make that happen, the center is building a foundation around a construction curriculum that connects throughout its 15 career programs of study.

“We have seen firsthand the strides that Pearl/Rankin CTC is making to increase opportunities for students,” said MCEF President Mike Barkett. “Their administration and instructors are to be commended for the many ways they are accelerating the pace of improvement to ensure that students gain the knowledge and skills necessary for future success.”

Valerie Barton, director of the Pearl/Rankin CTC, accepted the award on behalf of her center at the recent Mississippi Associated Builders & Contractor’s Merit Awards Banquet.

“If Mississippi is going to have the skilled workforce that’s needed for tomorrow, we must encourage and train those workers today,” said Barkett. “We congratulate Pearl/Rankin CTC for going above and beyond to prepare our students for career and technical professions and for ensuring that Mississippi has the resources required to support its growing construction and manufacturing industries.”

The mission of the non-profit MCEF is to promote careers, recruit capable individuals and train a quality workforce for the construction industry in the state of Mississippi. MCEF also offers workforce training and credentialing in construction, industrial maintenance and manufacturing trades.

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 crowns Miss Hinds Community College 2018
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17 November

Hinds CC crowns Miss Hinds Community College 2018

RAYMOND – Charity Lockridge, of Vicksburg, was named Miss Hinds Community College in the annual pageant Thursday, Nov. 16.

Charity Lockridge is crowned Miss Hinds Community College 2018 by Abigail Walters, Miss Hinds for 2017, as Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse looks on. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

As Miss Hinds Community College, Lockridge will participate next summer in the Miss Mississippi pageant in Vicksburg. The pageant is an official preliminary pageant of the Miss America Pageant program.

Lockridge, 20, is a sophomore studying art at the Raymond Campus. She is a Vicksburg High School graduate. Her talent was a vocal performance of “Via Dolorosa” and her platform A.W.A. – Alive with Autism.”

First runner-up was Cyla Logan, 19, of Edwards. She is a sophomore at the Raymond Campus studying nursing. She is a Raymond High School graduate. Her talent was a vocal performance of “Weak” and her platform the Stewpot Community Service Summer Camp.

From left, second runner-up Cassie Pierce, Miss Hinds Community College 2018 Charity Lockridge, first runner-up Cyla Logan (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Second runner-up was Cassie Pierce, 19, also of Edwards. She is a sophomore at the Raymond Campus studying dental hygiene. Her talent was a jazz dance routine to “Praying” and her platform the National Down Syndrome Society.

 

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Hinds CC Student VOICES group meets with legislators
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17 November

Hinds CC Student VOICES group meets with legislators

Members of Hinds Community College Student VOICES group were among students who met with legislators at the annual fall legislative lunch on Nov. 8.

Student VOICES is a statewide organization designed to empower community college students to become civically engaged at the local, state, national and global levels. One of their missions is to support community college efforts toward fair and equitable funding at the state level.

They are, front from left, Nicole Rigsby of Brandon, math instructor and VOICES adviser Jeff Hughes and Joanna Stevens of Terry; back, Alexis Sizer of Ridgeland, Navdeep Kaur of Clinton and Audra Canoy of Terry.

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 names HEADWAE honorees for 2018
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13 November

Hinds CC names HEADWAE honorees for 2018

RAYMOND – Joy Rhoads and Anna Hite have been named Hinds Community College’s honorees for the Legislature’s HEADWAE program for 2018.

Joy Rhoads

Rhoads, of Brandon, is a history and geography instructor and coordinator of the Rankin Campus Honors Program. Hite, of Raymond, is a sophomore studying art on the Raymond Campus.

As the faculty honoree for the program, which stands for Higher Education Appreciation Day – Working for Academic Excellence, Rhoads is also the graduation speaker for fall ceremonies on Dec. 15 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. Nursing and allied health students will graduate in a ceremony at 8 a.m. Academic and technical graduates will graduate at ceremonies set for 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Rhoads, a 24-year employee of Hinds, holds master’s degrees in geography and history from the University of Southern Mississippi and Mississippi State University, respectively. Her bachelor’s degree in history is also from MSU. She has directed the Honors Program since 2016 and is a faculty advisor for the Alpha Omicron Omega chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the honor society for two-year colleges in the United States.

“I was exceptionally honored when I spoke to Dr. Muse,” Rhoads said. “The most striking things about it is that it demonstrated the confidence that he and the administration have in me to serve the student body.

“The most humbling experience I’ve had as a teacher was becoming a student again. Just a few years ago, I went back for a second master’s degree. At the time, I was married, had a child, my husband was deployed a lot of the time. I realized then that each time I walk into a classroom and say, ‘Good morning, ladies and gentlemen,’ I’m looking at people who have all kinds of things going on in their lives – good, challenging and the like. The technology we now use in the classroom really can foster the opportunity for students in this day and age to balance all of those demands.”

Anna Hite

Hite, a graduate of Central Hinds Academy, is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and will be an officer in the organization next semester. She is also vice president of the Gender and Sexuality Alliance and is a member of the Lendon Players theatre group.

“Being at Hinds has changed me in a couple of ways,” Hite said. “Before coming here, I never felt I was in an environment where I felt able to flourish, shine or feel accepted. Coming here, I felt I was coming home and needed that sense of security to find myself like I have this past year and a half.”

Hite is the recipient of multiple scholarships that have financed her education, including an ACT Presidential Scholarship and one from the Honors Institute at Hinds. After finishing classes in Raymond in May 2018, she plans to pursue art and English and possibly teach one of the subjects.

“I’m looking into being a teacher on a college level,” she said. “I’d love to teach about this exciting new thing I’ve learned how to do. I want to be able to share that with other people and show them how to do it in cool and exciting new ways.”

Rhoads is a member of the National Council for Geographic Education and the Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers. While at Hinds, she has been named a Hinds Hero and a Teacher of the Year for the campus PTK chapter and the Mississippi Humanities Council.

HEADWAE was established in 1988 to honor academically talented students and faculty who have made outstanding contributions in promoting academic excellence. The 31st annual program is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018.

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Hinds CC Utica campus inducts new Phi Theta Kappa members for fall 2017
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10 November

Hinds CC Utica campus inducts new Phi Theta Kappa members for fall 2017

UTICA – The Alpha Beta Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Hinds Community College Utica Campus has inducted new members for fall 2017. Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) serves to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through honors, leadership and service programming. A ceremony Nov. 9 paid homage to honorary members and made way for 13 new members.

Front row, from left, Dr. Tyrone Jackson, vice president of the Utica Campus, Dr. Marquise Loving, academic dean for the Utica Campus, Moesha Dukes, of Jackson, Jaylon Gooden, of Clarksdale, Dianne Leflore, of Carthage, Morgan Mason, of Jackson, Myron Means, of Utica, Corterriauna Nelson, of Jackson, Sandra Robinson, of Natchez, Michelle Wilder, of Canton, Alexis Williamson, of Jackson, Alexis Woodberry, of Raymond, Mahyem Yisreal, of Hermanville. Back row, from left, Apryl Trimble, Alpha Beta Xi co-advisor, chapter officers Briana Watkins, of St. Louis , Mo., Jason Wafosoh, of Ridgeland, Keilah Drake, of Vicksburg, Valerie Gladney, of Jackson, Demitri Hilliard, of Oxford, Xavier Reed, of Shaw, Kendall Camper, of Jackson, Jeffery Fairley, of Jackson, PTK advisor Beverly Trimble and Dr. Timothy Rush, dean of students. Also inducted but not pictured are Caleb Houston, of Byram, and Lapeaches Pollard, of Utica. (Hinds Community College/Evelyn Stewart)

New members include: Kendall Camper, Moesha Dukes, Jaylon Gooden, Caleb Houston, Dianne Leflore, Morgan Mason, Myron Means, Corterriauna Nelson, Lapeaches Pollard, Michelle Wilder, Alexis Williamson, Alexis Woodberry and Mahyem Yisreal.

Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society for community and junior college students, with more than 2 million members in more than 1,250 chapters worldwide. Membership in Phi Theta Kappa is extended to students who have a 3.5 cumulative grade point average or above on 12 or more transferable credit hours. There are more than 1,200 Phi Theta Kappa chapters throughout the United States and abroad. For more information about Phi Theta Kappa at Hinds, go to http://www.hindscc.edu/admissions/studentlife/clubs/ptk/index.

 

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Hinds CC opens registration for spring classes
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08 November

Hinds CC opens registration for spring classes

Spring 2018 registration for current students at Hinds Community College is now open with registration for new students to open on Nov. 13. Spring 2018 16-week and first eight-week classes begin on Jan. 8 with second eight-week classes to begin on March 5.

Carl Dewitt, a physics instructor on the Rankin Campus, talks to high school students during an Honors program open house.

To register for classes for any term, students must first be admitted to the college. After meeting with a counselor, new students can then register for classes. Offices are open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and until 6 p.m. on Tuesdays. The college will close for Thanksgiving at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 21 and reopen on Nov. 27, and the college will be closed for Christmas break from Dec. 21 to Jan. 1.

The Admissions office can be reached at 601.857.3212. Or visit the Admissions tab on the Hinds website at www.hindscc.edu.

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 caps off yearlong Centennial celebration with gala, festive entertainment
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07 November

Hinds CC caps off yearlong Centennial celebration with gala, festive entertainment

PEARL – A festive night of entertainment and fond memories Nov. 4 helped culminate the yearlong celebration of Hinds Community College’s Centennial.

Hosted by Gov. and Mrs. Phil Bryant, the event at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus showcased the best of the college’s talent and featured video clips of its evolution during its 100 Years of Community-Inspired Service.

From left, Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, Deborah Bryant, Gov. Phil Bryant (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Bryant, a 1975 Hinds graduate, shared his story of being a student at Hinds and being the first of his family to attend college, which he noted as a continuing part of the college’s mission for its students.

“We have the opportunity to help each and every one of them go to college,” he said. “What a remarkable opportunity it was for me in the 1970s. I owe Hinds so much that it’ll never be able to be returned. We cannot overemphasize how important this great community college has been to the state of Mississippi. Our graduates go all over the world. We find ourselves in remarkable places.”

Part of that story involved his meeting his wife, Deborah, on the Raymond Campus.

“While I was there, not only did I get a remarkable education, but I found a soulmate,” Bryant said, just before Deborah Bryant appeared on stage being serenaded by the Utica Campus Jubilee Singers with a rendition of “My Girl.”

Members of the Utica Campus Jubilee Singers sing “My Girl” during the Hinds Community College Centennial Gala held Nov. 4 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Later, guests were treated to rousing performances by several student groups including the Hinds Hi-Steppers and the Hinds Jazz Band. A group of alumni performers sang the original composition “Dear Hinds,” composed especially for the Centennial by Hinds music instructor Tracy Crosby. The Montage Theatre of Dance performed a homage to popular songs and dances titled “Dancing through the Decades.”

The reception honored the achievements of the six presidents in the college’s 100 years of service, special emphasis on President George McLendon, President Dr. Robert Murrah Mayo and current President Dr. Clyde Muse, who is in his 40th year.

“The person who’s led this college for 40 years is probably the greatest that I’ve been around in my life,” said Larry Swales, president of the Hinds Community College Alumni Association and chancery clerk in Rankin County. “He gets the job done.”

During the program, Swales read a letter recognizing the college’s Centennial from U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, whose parents met at Hinds and for whom Cain-Cochran Hall on the Raymond Campus is partially named.

Representing the student body during the program was Drew Shaw, a fourth-generation Hinds student attending the Raymond Campus.

Hinds Community College student Drew Shaw speaks at the college’s Centennial Gala held Nov. 4 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“To say Hinds is a tradition in my family is an understatement,” Shaw said. “Not only have we all been students, but we have taken full advantage of all the opportunities that Hinds had to offer.”

Dr. Muse reflected on his own experiences as a community college student, at East Central Mississippi Community College, and on his 40 years leading Hinds. He thanked Jackie Granberry, executive director of the Hinds Community College Foundation – hired during Muse’s first year as president – for organizing a year’s worth of special events including the gala.

“I’ve enjoyed the last 40 years of being able to help individuals get an education and help them set some life goals and other things so important to people,” Muse said. “The Bible says if you want to be the greatest, be a servant. Hinds Community College offered me that opportunity to do this for about 40 years, and I thank you.”

A silent auction before the program included several custom-made and handcrafted items, a Chef’s Dinner for eight, a custom Christmas card design, a child’s playhouse, a fire pit, deer feeders and barbecue grills.

Invited guests included alumni, business partners, community leaders, employees and friends of the college. Proceeds from ticket sales went toward starting a Centennial Endowment for future needs of the college, including student scholarships.

Members of the Hinds Community College Montage Theatre of Dance perform at the college’s Centennial Gala held Nov. 4 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Members of the Hinds Hi-Steppers perform at the college’s Centennial Gala held Nov. 4 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Members of the Hinds Eagle Jazz Band perform at the college’s Centennial Gala held Nov. 4 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

From left, Aliesha Phillips, Deanna Kemp Simpkins and Thomas E. Steadman Jr. perform “Dear Hinds” at the college’s Centennial Gala held Nov. 4 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From left, Larry Swales, Linda Swales, Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, Deborah Bryant, Gov. Phil Bryant (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

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Hinds CC honors 12 employees with Hinds Heroes award
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02 November

Hinds CC honors 12 employees with Hinds Heroes award

Hinds Community College named the fall 2017 group of honorees in the Hinds Heroes employee recognition program in November.

Hinds Heroes are chosen because they represent the college well, provide exceptional customer service to customers and consistently promote the Hinds mission of service. Hinds Heroes receive a lapel pin, a token of appreciation and one free day off work.

Hinds Community College named the fall group of Hinds Heroes in November. Front from left are Paul Breazeale, president of the Hinds Community College Board of Trustees, Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, Hinds Heroes including Dana Harpole, Leslie Moak, Lindsey George, Kindalin Moses, Jean Greene, Stephen Murphy; second row, Mary Rousselle, Bridgett Oakes; third row, Jacqueline German, Martha Young; back row, Stephen Wedding and Tre’ Thornhill.

In alphabetical order, this semester’s honorees include:

Lindsey George of Raymond, administrative assistant for Career-Technical Education on the Raymond Campus. She performs a variety of duties that help the department run smoothly. She has been at Hinds for seven years.

Jacqueline German of Brookhaven, Finance officer in the Business office on the Utica Campus. She handles all financial matters for the Utica Campus. She has been at Hinds for 23 years.

Jean Greene of Utica, director of Library Services and Archives on the Utica Campus. She also serves at the Utica Campus Title IX deputy coordinator. She is the co-adviser to the Student Government Association, co-adviser to the Culinary Arts Club and co-directs the National Endowment for the Humanities Holtzclaw Institute Grant. She has been at Hinds for 24 years.

Dana Harpole of Vicksburg, custodian on the Vicksburg-Warren Campus. She cleans and maintains the Annex and Nursing building on the Vicksburg-Warren Campus. She has been at Hinds for 9 ½ years.

Leslie Moak of Raymond, administrative assistant for Athletics and the Health, Physical Education and Recreation departments on the Raymond Campus. Her duties include overseeing and coordinating day-to-day activities. She has been at Hinds for eight years.

Kindalin Moses of Edwards, speech instructor at Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. She works to provide her students with public speaking skills and ability to research, organize and express a concept in a way that is meaningful and memorable to their audience. She has been at Hinds for 10 years.

Stephen Murphy of Brandon, construction instructor, Rankin Campus. He teaches in the high school carpentry program and has been at Hinds for six years.

Bridgett Oakes of Raymond, district coordinator of Developmental Education. Her office is at the Raymond Campus. Her duties include tracking the success of developmental students, overseeing the district Developmental Education department and setting up study labs for developmental students and student athletes. She has been at Hinds for six years.

Mary Rousselle of Jackson, graphic designer in the Community Relations department on the Raymond Campus. Her job duties include design and layout of college print publications including the On Campus newsletter, promotional materials, banners/displays and web graphics. Rousselle has been at Hinds for 17 years.

Wade Thornhill III of Clinton, printing coordinator in Community Relations on the Raymond Campus. His duties including graphic design, such as the Hindsight alumni magazine, shooting and editing video and coordinating with print vendors for college print needs. Thornhill, known as Tre’, has been at Hinds for 19 years.

Stephen Wedding of Raymond, philosophy instructor on the Raymond Campus. He teaches a variety of history and philosophy courses. He is also the faculty chair of the Student Conduct committee and is on the New Faculty Orientation Committee. He has been at Hinds for 16 years.

Martha Young of Raymond, vet tech for Veterinary Technology on the Raymond Campus. She is an instructor in the clinical lab and helps with medical math. She also helps with day-to-day operations of clinic and client relations. She has been at Hinds for 11 years.

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 partnership with industry plays key role in state’s first apprenticeship registry
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02 November

Hinds CC partnership with industry plays key role in state’s first apprenticeship registry

RICHLAND – Empire Truck Sales and Stribling Equipment, who partner with Hinds Community College on the Diesel Equipment Technology Academy in Richland, have signed an agreement with the college to become the first businesses to participate in the Mississippi Apprenticeship Program.

From left, Glenn McCullough, executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority, Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, Dr. Andrea Mayfield, executive director of the Mississippi Community College Board, Jerry Swanson, CEO of Empire Truck Sales and Stribling Equipment and Gov. Phil Bryant (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

The program aims to develop new and diverse sponsors for registered apprenticeship and expand the state’s capacity to support them. MAP, an initiative led by Gov. Phil Bryant’s office, the Mississippi Community College Board in partnership with community colleges and their partners in business, industry and other sectors, the Mississippi Department of Employment Security and the Mississippi Development Authority, will provide resources to industries across the state to support employee on-the-job training.

Principals in the effort signed the agreement Oct. 31 at the Hinds Diesel Equipment Technology Academy in Richland. They included Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, Jerry Swanson, president of Empire Truck Sales and Stribling Equipment, Woodrow Middleton, state director for the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship and Dr. Andrea Mayfield, executive director of the Mississippi Community College Board.

“It’s been a great partnership with Hinds and you see a number of the students here today as evidence of the support they’re receiving from those two companies,” Muse said during a brief program before the signing. He also noted the experienced assistance, scholarships and up-to-date equipment available to students in the program.

Bryant credited the Legislature for allocating about $50 million for workforce training programs and the U.S. Department of Labor for being a valuable partner for the MAP, specifying a “unified and cooperative federalism” between the state and the federal Cabinet department.

Students and instructors in the Diesel Equipment Technology program at Hinds Community College gather with state officials including Gov. Phil Bryant during a ceremony Oct. 31 to become part of the Mississippi Apprenticeship Program. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“The Mississippi Apprenticeship Program and the partnership between Empire Truck Sales, Stribling Equipment and Hinds Community College will allow individuals at these two businesses to learn real-world job skills necessary for them to be successful employees,” Bryant said.

The trucking industry, specifically the field of modern-day diesel mechanic work, was an appropriate backdrop for the signing ceremony. Gov. Phil Bryant’s father was a diesel mechanic and worked at Empire during his professional career. The host facility for the ceremony is a state-of-the-art complex where students train on the latest technology in the ever-evolving field of diesel mechanics. The accelerated career pathway allows students to earn technical and career certificates with a chance to earn a full Associate of Applied Science degree. Once in the field, diesel technicians can work their way up to certifications that pay up to $73,000 annually.

“As a workforce strategy, with on-the-job training experience, the apprentice has the opportunity to earn and learn,” Mayfield said. “And they also make connections in the workplace.”

“Everybody here is a stakeholder in this adventure,” Swanson said, crediting Dr. Chad Stocks, vice president of Workforce Development at Hinds, for his role in helping turn the college’s already vibrant partnership into Tuesday’s event. “With his leadership, this has happened and we’re very proud of it.”

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