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Gateway graduates get ‘second chance’ for diploma at Hinds CC
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11 June

Gateway graduates get ‘second chance’ for diploma at Hinds CC

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 New Gateway to College graduates are, from left, Alex Cotton, Northwest Rankin High School; Nicholas Anthony Torrence, Brandon High School; Kaitlyn Delories McNeely, Brandon High School; Larry Maples, Northwest Rankin High School; and Sam Lewis, Northwest Rankin High School. The five graduated from high school in the program through a partnership of Hinds Community College and Rankin County schools by taking college courses and receiving credit at both the high school and college levels.

 Alex Cotton spoke on behalf of the graduating class.

 

 

 

Alex Cotton credits a bad case of senioritis with his dropping out of Northwest Rankin High School.

He missed so much class there was no way he could walk at graduation with friends he had known since second and third grade.

“We all kind of had a little pow-wow right after I dropped out,” said Cotton, 19. “It was just kind of sad that I wouldn’t be walking with them because I have known them so long.”

But one of those friends read in a local newspaper about a new Gateway to College partnership between Hinds Community College and schools in Rankin County last summer. The partnership, based on the Rankin Campus in Pearl, would allow dropouts or potential dropouts to finish high school by taking college classes for credit and get both a high school diploma and a head start on college.

He was so intrigued by the possibility that he came ready to enroll before application packets were even ready.

“Now I’m happy to say I’m part of the first graduating class,” he said of the June 6 ceremony. “And there are at least five more individuals in the world with a high school diploma.”

Cotton already has 14 hours at Hinds, where he plans to continue for at least two more semesters.

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse said Gov. Phil Bryant’s support of the Mississippi Works legislation paved the way for the unique partnership in Mississippi. State funding dollars follow the student to the community college, where they enroll in tuition-free college classes for dual credit.

Gateway to College is based in Oregon, but the model has been replicated at 43 colleges in 23 states. Hinds CC applied for a grant to become the first Mississippi Gateway to College site.

Muse said many students drop out for reasons that have nothing to do with academics. “A lot of them have different reasons and might say, ‘I’m just going to call it quits and not continue my education,’” Muse said. “This is a creative program, a great opportunity.”

Dr. Lynn Weathersby, Rankin County schools superintendent and a member of the Hinds Community College Board of Trustees, praised the five graduates for not giving up. “You’re a group who knew you needed ‘something else.’ You’re now receiving the benefit of that ‘something else.’”

Gateway to College began in fall 2012. The program has 85 enrolled for fall 2013 but is still taking applications throughout the summer, said Gateway to College Director Valerie Barton.

“Gateway is a program of second chances for high school students to graduate with a diploma. Many caring people came together as partners to provide this opportunity,” said Dr. Sue Powell, vice president for Hinds’ Rankin Campus.

For more information, contact Barton at 601.936.5580 or at Valerie.barton@hindscc.edu or see the Hinds website at www.hindscc.edu/gateway.

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Retiring vice president tribute to benefit education scholarship
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30 May

Retiring vice president tribute to benefit education scholarship

Dr. George Barnes and Doris BarnesNow that George Barnes is retiring as vice president for the Utica and Vicksburg-Warren campuses, he is being honored with a tribute dinner in order to add revenue to the scholarship. The event is Friday, June 14 at Eagle Ridge Conference Center. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m., with dinner and a program beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Ads for a tribute booklet are being sold through June 5. Each ticket is $50. All proceeds from the benefit will go toward the George and Doris Barnes Scholarship through the Hinds Community College Foundation. For more information, contact the Institutional Advancement Office at 601.857.3363.

Barnes is retiring with 51 years of service that began in 1962 when he started as a mathematics instructor at Hinds County Agricultural High School in Utica.

Some of the many hats he has worn during his time at Hinds include assistant basketball coach, principal of the Hinds Agricultural High School, director of public relations and academic dean of the Utica Campus, and vice president for administrative/student services, along with his current titles.

“Dr. Barnes has been on a roller coaster, striving over five decades to keep pace with educational developments on the campuses and in areas he’s supervised at Hinds,” said Dr. Shirley Hopkins-Davis, dean of instruction for the Utica Campus. “His interests in building humanity, specifically, have been time consuming yet fulfilling. He has worked tirelessly to build the cultural character in the surrounding communities and has been a mentor to many, including me. He leaves a legacy of dedicated and committed leadership in multiple areas of the college.”

Dr. Barnes has a Bachelor of Science degree from Jackson State University, a master’s degree from Louisiana State University, an Educational Specialist degree from Mississippi State University, and a doctorate from the University of Southern Mississippi. He holds countless professional, civic, and leadership positions within his community. He is a published author and has received the Hinds 3E award and outstanding service awards, among others.

Mrs. Barnes retired in 2000 after 37 years during which she taught at Hinds Agricultural High School for a year and then served the remainder of her tenure as high school librarian. She received her bachelor’s in social science and a master’s in library science, both at Jackson State University.

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First ‘Gateway’ class graduates June 6
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30 May

First ‘Gateway’ class graduates June 6

Gateway to College LogoA graduation ceremony for high school students in Hinds Community College’s Gateway to College program is 9 a.m., Thursday, June 6 in the Lecture Hall of George Wynne Hall on the Rankin Campus in Pearl.Gateway to College, which began in fall 2012, is a Mississippi Works Partnership between Hinds Community College and Rankin County schools. The program enrolls high school students in danger of not graduating and allows them to finish high school at the college’s campus while also earning college credits.”We are thrilled to have five graduates of the Gateway to College program in its first year. Every student who graduates from this program receiving their high school diploma is a success story,” said Valerie Barton, Gateway to College director. “Not only do these students have their high school diploma, each of them also has college credit hours they have earned in the process.

“This joint effort between Hinds Community College and Rankin County School District is helping students who were once considered as ‘at risk’ to become productive citizens of our community,” she said.

Two of the students who are graduating are from Brandon High School and three are from Northwest Rankin High School.

“Our District is pleased with the results of our first-year partnership with Hinds’ Gateway to College program. The opportunity for students to complete high school and begin their college education at the same time is a great encouragement for these students,” said Rankin County school district Superintendent Dr. Lynn Weathersby, a member of Hinds Community College’s Board of Trustees.

The program has 85 enrolled for fall but is still taking applications throughout the summer, Barton said.

For more information, contact Barton at 601.936.5580 or at Valerie.barton@hindscc.edu or see the Hinds website at www.hindscc.edu/gateway.

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Hi-Steppers selected for 2013-2014
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29 May

Hi-Steppers selected for 2013-2014

2013-2014 Hinds Hi-SteppersThe Hi-Steppers are, front, returning Hi-Stepper Genevieve Walker of Vicksburg, captain, Vicksburg High School; middle row from left, returning Hi-Stepper Khadejah Beasley of Jackson, Callaway High School; returning Hi-Stepper Porsha Gatson of Vicksburg, Warren Central High School; returning Hi-Stepper Malorie Gibson of Florence, Florence High School; Shelby Byrd of Florence, Florence High School; returning Hi-Stepper China Maxwell of Vicksburg., Vicksburg High School and Kasey Kimery of Pearl, Pearl High School; back, Alyssa Vernon of Richland, Richland High School; Courtney Ederington of Vicksburg, Warren Central High School; Anney Pearson of Brandon, Northwest Rankin High School; Sarah Thames of Pearl, Pearl High School; Brooke Vernon of Richland, Richland High School; Xiandria Long of Brandon, Northwest Rankin High School; La’Tristia Scott of Jackson, Wingfield High School; Brianne Johnston of Pearl, Pearl High School and Kaylee Scroggins of Brandon, Hartfield Academy.

For more than 60 years the Hinds Hi-Steppers have upheld a history of excellence serving as one of the oldest precision dance lines in the nation. They have performed for audiences across the United States, Canada and Europe. No group in the U.S. has received more invitations to nationally televised bowl games, professional football games, or national parades than the Hi-Steppers. The Hi-Steppers are still a favorite today as they perform at football games, exhibitions, parades, and community and charitable events. Known as Mississippi’s Goodwill Ambassadors, the dancers have given their time and energy to many worthy causes.

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GED test dates offered to help those facing 2013 deadline

People who aspire to finish their General Education Development (GED) high school equivalency certificate should connect with Hinds Community College’s Adult Basic Education/GED program and make a special effort to finish in 2013.

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

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

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

Call 601.857.3912 for more information. For a complete list of the test dates for the remainder of 2013 see the college website at http://www.hindscc.edu/Departments/abe_ged/test_dates.aspx.

GED Test Scores Expiration

Summer dates and contact information include the following:

Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center – 601.987.8763 or 601.987.8150

Orientation: Tuesday, June 11, 8:30 a.m. Test: Saturday, June 29, 8:30 a.m.

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

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

Raymond Campus – District Adult Education Center – 601.987.8763

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

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

Raymond Campus – Denton Hall – 601.857.3467 or 601.857.3852

Orientation: Monday, June 3, 8:30 a.m. Test: Tuesday, June 4, 8:30 a.m.; Wednesday, June 5, 8:30 a.m.

Orientation: Monday, June 10, 8:30 a.m. Test: Monday, June 17, 8:30 a.m.; Tuesday, June 18, 8:30 a.m.

Orientation: Monday, July 8, 8:30 a.m. Test: Monday, July 15, 8:30 a.m.;
Tuesday, July 16, 8:30 a.m.

Utica Campus – 601.885.7022/7128 or 601.987.8763
Orientation and testing will be held in Walter Washington Administration Building, Room 130

Orientation: Monday, July 1, 8:30 a.m. Test: Tuesday, July 2, 8:30 a.m.; Wednesday, July 3, 8:30 a.m.

Vicksburg-Warren Campus – 601.629.6873

Orientation: Wednesday, June 12, 9:30 a.m. Test: Wednesday, June 19, 9:30 a.m.

Orientation: Wednesday, July 17, 9:30 a.m. Test: Wednesday, July 24, 9:30 a.m.

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

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

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Local attorney, alum to speak at GED ceremony
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24 May

Local attorney, alum to speak at GED ceremony

Jonathan Bullock

Hinds Community College alumnus and local attorney Jonathan Bullock of Madison is the speaker for the GED achiever ceremony on June 6.

All 2012-2013 GED achievers in Hinds Community College’s district of Hinds, Rankin, Warren, Copiah and Claiborne counties are invited to participate in the ceremony at 6 p.m. at Cain-Cochran Hall on the Raymond Campus.

Bullock received a General Education Development (GED) high school equivalency certificate in 1991.

His college work began at Hinds Community College. He enrolled at Mississippi State University in 1995, where he received his B.A. in Political Science in 1998. He has also attended Mississippi College School of Law and The University of Tulsa College of Law, where he received his Juris Doctorate in 2003.

Bullock is an attorney with Shell Buford, PLLC in Flowood. His areas of practice include all forms of civil litigation defense, including professional liability, products liability and medical malpractice defense, general liability, fidelity and surety litigation, personal injury litigation, commercial litigation, workers’ compensation defenses and construction litigation.

He served eight years with the United States Naval Reserves and was honorably discharged from service in 2001. Bullock is currently a captain in the Mississippi Army National Guard where he serves as a JAG officer. He is currently assigned to 2nd Battalion/20th Special Forces Group in Jackson and served one tour of duty in Afghanistan where he earned a Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service.

Among his many commitments to community service he has served as an advisory council member for the Rankin County Adult Education Council and was a member of the Mississippi Department of Education’s Drop-Out Prevention Task Force Committee. Bullock has given numerous speeches on drop-out prevention and has given several speeches to GED recipients at commencement exercises all across the state.

Adults who have gotten their General Education Development high school equivalency certificate in the past year can participate in the ceremony, even if they received instruction through another program. The deadline to sign up to participate in the ceremony is May 23. There is no charge for participation.

For more information, contact Marshand Crisler at 601.857.3913 or see the website at http://www.hindscc.edu/Departments/abe_ged/graduation.aspx

Participants in the Hinds GED graduation receive a certificate commemorating their high school equivalency achievement and will wear a cap and gown for the ceremony, at no charge. They are encouraged to bring family and friends.

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

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

“The GED has become a very popular education credential in today’s job market,” said Marshand Crisler, District Director of Adult Education and Dropout Recovery. “This ceremony provides an excellent opportunity for GED recipients to commemorate a huge accomplishment. The test is extremely challenging and according to the most recent data, only 60 percent of graduating high school seniors would past the GED on the first attempt.”

Hinds offers the first college class free to GED achievers who are first-time college students and awards a half-tuition scholarship to high-scoring GED recipients.

24 May, 2013 Alumni, News more
3 Speakers to address graduates May 16-19
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15 May

3 Speakers to address graduates May 16-19

2013 Graduation speakers

2013 Graduation speakers

Two speakers have been named for the May 16 and 17 Raymond Campus graduation ceremonies at Hogg Auditorium in Cain-Cochran Hall. A third speaker will address the Utica Campus graduation ceremony on May 19.

Janet Harris is speaking to nursing graduates at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Thursday, May 16.

State Sen. John Polk is speaking to all other academic, career and technical graduates at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Friday, May 17.

Dr. Robert Smith will speak to all Utica Campus graduates May 19 in the J.D. Boyd Gymnasium on the Utica Campus.

Janet Harris – With 39 years of nursing experience, most of which has been in management at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and Baptist Health Systems, Harris currently serves as CNO and Interim CEO for UMMC. She is adjunct faculty, teaching in the Leadership Course, Doctor of Nursing program, in the UMMC School of Nursing, and recently completed her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in the executive track at the University of Pittsburg. Active for many years in community and professional organizations, Harris recently completed four years on the Congress of Nursing Practice and Economics and as a Magnet Commissioner with ANCC. She currently serves as the president of the Mississippi Nurses Foundation.

Sen. John Polk – Originally from Prentiss, Polk serves District 44 representing parts of Forrest, Lamar and Perry counties. He is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in communications. In 1974 he and his wife bought their current business, Polk’s Meat Products, Inc. Polk is currently chairman of the corporation. Polk was elected to a four-year term in the Mississippi Senate in 2011. In August 2012 Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves appointed Polk as chairman of the Senate Universities and Colleges Committee. Other committees he has been assigned to are Accountability, Efficiency and Transparency; Education; Elections; Energy; Finance; Housing; and Ports and Marine Resources. Lt. Gov. Reeves has also appointed Polk to the Advisory Board of the College Savings Plan of Mississippi.

Dr. Robert Smith – Smith has been president and CEO of Mississippi Family Health Center, known now as Central Mississippi Health Services, for 50 years. He received his high school diploma from Hinds’ Utica Campus, his bachelor’s degree from Tougaloo College and his M.D. degree from Howard University School of Medicine. He serves on the senior active staff of Baptist Health Systems, St. Dominic Hospital and Central Mississippi Medical Center.pring graduation speakers to address grads May 16-19

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Rankin students get creative with literary magazine
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14 May

Rankin students get creative with literary magazine

Rankin Creative Writing Students Present College InkThe students in Larry Martin’s creative writing courses worked diligently all spring to create the tenth volume of College, Ink., Hinds Community College’s literary magazine.

College, Ink. has been in existence on the Rankin Campus since the spring of 1999 and was the brainchild of Dr. Linda Hill and Dean Gary Fox.  The name of the magazine was created by the first students to put the magazine together and is a pun on the abbreviation “Inc.”

Each year, the magazine has been submitted to the Best In-House Creative Writing Magazine contest sponsored by the Mississippi Community College Creative Writing Association. The magazine from spring 2012 (Vol. 9) was submitted in this year’s contest and won third place. The magazine that was put together by this spring’s students (Vol. 10) will be submitted in the spring 2014 contest. In the past, one volume was awarded first place, and another volume, second place.

On May 8, the creative writing students presented faculty with the spring 2013 issue. Faculty included Dr. Sue Powell, vice president of the Rankin Campus, Dr. Sherry Franklin, dean of student affairs, and Gary Fox, academic dean. They are, from back left, instructor Larry Martin, Julie Alford of Flowood, Gary Fox, Christa Perry of Brandon and Bob Lee of Pearl. From front left are Sherry Franklin, Tiffany Williams of Brandon, Lauren Sikorski of Brandon, Tanya Lee of Pearl, Beth Albritton of Clinton and Sue Powell.

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GED achievers to be recognized in special ceremony
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14 May

GED achievers to be recognized in special ceremony

GED Graduation

All 2012-2013 GED achievers in Hinds Community College’s district of Hinds, Rankin, Warren, Copiah and Claiborne counties are invited to participate in a special graduation ceremony at 6 p.m. June 6.

Adults who have gotten their General Education Development high school equivalency certificate in the past year can participate in the ceremony, even if they received instruction through another program. The deadline to sign up to participate in the ceremony is May 23. There is no charge for participation.

The speaker for the ceremony, at Cain-Cochran Hall on Hinds Community College’s Raymond Campus, is local attorney Jonathan Bullock, who received a GED certificate himself.

For more information and to sign up for the GED graduation, contact Marshand Crisler at 601.857.3913 or see the GED graduation website.

Participants in the Hinds GED graduation receive a certificate commemorating their high school equivalency achievement and will wear a cap and gown for the ceremony, at no charge. They are encouraged to bring family and friends.

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

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

“The GED has become a very popular education credential in today’s job market,” said Marshand Crisler, District Director of Adult Education and Dropout Recovery. “This ceremony provides an excellent opportunity for GED recipients to commemorate a huge accomplishment. The test is extremely challenging and according to the most recent data, only 60 percent of graduating high school seniors would pass the GED on the first attempt.”

Hinds offers the first college class free to GED achievers who are first-time college students and awards a half-tuition scholarship to high-scoring GED recipients.

14 May, 2013 News more
Montage Theater of Dance to perform with Universoul Circus
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08 May

Montage Theater of Dance to perform with Universoul Circus

Johnny Burgess Montage UniversoulHinds Community College’s Montage Theater of Dance will be performing the opening act for Universoul Circus on Thursday, May 16 at MetroCenter Mall.

Johnny Burgess of Jackson, a 2012 graduate of Hinds Community College, is living out his dreams traveling the world as a professional dancer for Universoul Circus.

After graduating from high school, Burgess attended a community college in central Mississippi on a basketball scholarship. His goals of becoming a professional athlete soon changed, however, when he was injured and forced to take a break from his sport. Later, in Jackson, Burgess met a young man from the dance program at Hinds Community College at an event, and his interest was sparked.

“I had taught myself some dance in high school, but had never taken any classes or had any formal training,” Burgess said. “I always had dancing in the back of my mind, but didn’t even know who to talk to in order to take that first step. When I made contacts at Hinds, it opened the door for me.”

When Burgess enrolled at Hinds, he planned on taking a few dance classes while pursuing a different major. But he soon fell in love with the art of dance and decided to pursue a career in the field. He auditioned for the Montage Theatre of Dance under Tiffany Jefferson’s instruction and found himself traveling the country doing performances in places such as Carnegie Hall. Now, as a member of Universoul Circus, Burgess performs break dance, hip hop choreography and gymnastics, among other feats, during up to three performances a day, all over the world.

In the future, Burgess hopes to share his wisdom and experience with others, through authoring and teaching.

“I want to be a positive influence and mentor to young dancers, the way my Hinds instructors and peers were to me,” he said. “I have many more professional goals to reach before I’m done, but that goal of giving back is really, really important.”

From May 15-19, Universoul will be touring in Jackson. Hinds Community College’s Montage Theater of Dance will be performing the opening act on Thursday, May 16 at MetroCenter Mall.

All Hinds students, graduates, and community members are encouraged to attend the event wearing their favorite Hinds Community College gear to support the Montage group.
For more information on event times and tickets, visit www.universoulcircus.com.

08 May, 2013 Alumni, News more