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Classes begin at Hinds CC for continuing, older students

It’s been a long road to college for some students attending Hinds Community College this semester.

“I was raised in Portland, Ore., but my mom’s family is from here,” said Lakosher Robinson as she shopped for small necessities like pens and flash drives at the bookstore on the Raymond Campus during a break Monday, the first day of class for the spring 2016 semester.

Lakosher Robinson, a continuing student from Jackson at Hinds Community College studying business accounting, shops for pens Monday, Jan. 11, 2016 at the bookstore at the Raymond Campus. Monday was the first day of classes for the spring semester. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

Lakosher Robinson, a continuing student from Jackson at Hinds Community College studying business accounting, shops for pens Monday, Jan. 11, 2016 at the bookstore at the Raymond Campus. Monday was the first day of classes for the spring semester. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

Robinson, of Jackson, is studying business accounting and wants to market those talents wherever she can, whether it’s in Mississippi or someplace else.

“I’m just trying to further my education, maybe go somewhere fresh after,” she said.

For Eddie Rogers, of Byram, her road began with helping raise a large family. Now, it’s time to pursue a passion for nursing.

“It’s something I’ve wanted to do for years,” Rogers said. “I’m really doing it this time.”

Donna Alexander, left, a student at Hinds Community College from Terry studying social work, and Eddie Rogers, a student from Byram studying nursing, shop in the campus bookstore at the Raymond Campus on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. Monday was the first day of classes for the spring 2016 semester. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

Donna Alexander, left, a student at Hinds Community College from Terry studying social work, and Eddie Rogers, a student from Byram studying nursing, shop in the campus bookstore at the Raymond Campus on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. Monday was the first day of classes for the spring 2016 semester. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

Late registration with an additional fee for classes for the spring semester’s initial eight-week session at all six of Hinds’ locations continues through Friday, Jan. 15.

“In January, we welcome back our returning students and meet many brand-new students, whether they be an adult returning to school, transferring to Hinds from another college, or starting college for the first time,” District Director of Enrollment Kathryn Cole said. “If a student missed out on getting into spring classes, we are still registering for online classes, which begin Jan. 19, and our second eight-week term, which begins March 14.”

Shelby Hilton, of Florence, who’s been published for her artwork, hopes to make some fine strokes in the classroom during the initial eight-week session to complete her visual arts studies.

“I just want to keep my grades up and have it not be a struggle,” said Hilton.

Shelby Hilton, a continuing student from Florence studying visual arts, places her order with Valley Services employee Doris Epps at the Eagle's Nest student lounge on the Raymond Campus Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. Monday was the first day of classes for the spring 2016 semester. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

Shelby Hilton, a continuing student from Florence studying visual arts, places her order with Valley Services employee Doris Epps at the Eagle’s Nest student lounge on the Raymond Campus Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. Monday was the first day of classes for the spring 2016 semester. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

New students on campus rushed into warm spaces on campus to escape the chilly temperatures outside and make sure they were ready for the semester.

“I’m ready to study business,” said Keyetha McGee, of Terry, picking up headphones from the bookstore with her mother, Kimberly.

Keyetha McGee, right, of Terry, a first-year student at Hinds Community College, purchases a headphone set from campus bookstore employee Mollie Lee on the Raymond Campus Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. Monday was the first day of classes for the spring 2016 semester. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

Keyetha McGee, right, of Terry, a first-year student at Hinds Community College, purchases a headphone set from campus bookstore employee Mollie Lee on the Raymond Campus Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. Monday was the first day of classes for the spring 2016 semester. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

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    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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