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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.”

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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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  • Danny Barrett

    Danny Barrett Jr. is a 17-year journalist with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communication from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La. Barrett covered county government and business at The Vicksburg Post for 10 years and came to Hinds Community College in 2015.

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