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Hinds CC Jackson Campus holds College Carnival

 RAYMOND – College Carnival at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center on April 7 brought out lots of raw talent, desire and ability from metro Jackson high schoolers.

Nakia Rodgers, a senior at Lanier High School, shows off part of her graphic novel during College Carnival April 7 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Nakia Rodgers, a senior at Lanier High School, shows off part of her graphic novel during College Carnival April 7 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“I want to pursue art because people my age need an outlet for anxieties they’re having,” said Nakia Rodgers, a senior at Lanier High School and one of many high school students and others at the come-and-go campus recruiting event.

Rodgers toted her anime’-inspired graphic novel to show off to potential instructors in art programs at Hinds.

Pernell Branson, of Jackson, brought his curiosity and a desire to complete his high school equivalency and beyond, with Hinds’ help.

“I’m finding out about the different trades I can take here,” Branson said.

Held annually, these events held at all six Hinds locations give prospective students of all ages a chance to find out about everything they need to enroll at the college. At College Carnival, prospective students met with Jackson Campus faculty and staff, learn about admissions, majors, financial aid and registration – all while enjoying free food and prizes.

Pernell Branson, left, of Jackson, talks with Keeon Bell, a support specialist in Information Systems at Hinds Community College, during College Carnival April 7 at the Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Pernell Branson, left, of Jackson, talks with Keeon Bell, a support specialist in Information Systems at Hinds Community College, during College Carnival April 7 at the Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“We look forward to many of the hundreds of juniors and seniors from metro Jackson and the surrounding area enrolling at the Jackson Campus and taking advantage of what we have to offer.” said Dr. Norman Session, vice president of the Rankin Campus and the Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center.

Khourtland Smith, an eighth-grader at Whitten Preparatory Middle School, and Nicholas Adams, a junior at Jim Hill High School, wasted no time finding out from the experts how to hone their skills in electrical engineering.

“The wiring and making things work excites me about it,” said Smith, who job-shadowed Electrical Engineering Technology instructor Thalamus Marshall during the event, trying his hand at a small-scale simple motor.

Jovonica Owens and Arielle Jones, both seniors at Callaway High School, are looking to continue family traditions of helping people once they enter college.

Khourtland Smith, an eighth-grader at Whitten Preparatory Middle School, handles a small-scale simple motor at College Carnival April 7 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Khourtland Smith, an eighth-grader at Whitten Preparatory Middle School, handles a small-scale simple motor at College Carnival April 7 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“I want to do EMT training,” Owens said. “It’s such a rush, and it’s in my family. My sister is also becoming one, too.”

Nursing is in Jones’ blood, she said, as “it’s always what I wanted to do, because my aunt and sister are nurses.”

The same goes for Tacora Thomas, a junior at Jim Hill High School, who attended the event with her father, Cory Thomas.

“I want to do pediatric nursing and be able to work with babies,” she said.

Hinds CC Jackson Campus holds College Carnival

 

Areille Jones, center, a senior at Callaway High School, and Latasha Ramsey, the school's guidance counselor, talks with Kathryn Cole, district director of Enrollment Services at Hinds Community College, during College Carnival April 7 at the Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Areille Jones, center, a senior at Callaway High School, and Latasha Ramsey, the school’s guidance counselor, talks with Kathryn Cole, district director of Enrollment Services at Hinds Community College, during College Carnival April 7 at the Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Tacora Thomas, a junior at Jim Hill High School, grabs a ping-pong ball she tossed to win a prize at College Carnival April 7 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. With her is her father, Cory Thomas, and Ahmad Smith, recruitment and outreach coordinator with the M2M program on campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Tacora Thomas, a junior at Jim Hill High School, grabs a ping-pong ball she tossed to win a prize at College Carnival April 7 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. With her is her father, Cory Thomas, and Ahmad Smith, recruitment and outreach coordinator with the M2M program on campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

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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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