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Rankin County students get info, advice at Hinds CC College Fair

Damian Broom had the look and sound of success, as did many of his fellow high school classmates and peers in Rankin County on Wednesday.

“I love English and I’d like to be a teacher,” said Broom, a Pisgah High School senior, one of about 2,500 high school students at the Rankin County School District College Fair, held at the Muse Center on Hinds’ Rankin Campus.

Looking every bit the teacher in a teal dress shirt and glasses, Broom said a love for the spoken and written word drives him to be an educator.

Pisgah High School students Omar Smith, Thomas Perigo, Damian Broom, Brian Matthews and Ken Williams speak with Hinds Community College Rankin/ Jackson Academic-Technical Center Vice President Norman Session during the Rankin County School District College Fair held at the Rankin Campus of Hinds Community College in the Muse Center on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. Many colleges were present to recruit high school students from the school districts.

Pisgah High School students Omar Smith, Thomas Perigo, Damian Broom, Brian Matthews and Ken Williams speak with Dr. Norman Session, vice president for the Rankin Campus and the Jackson Academic/Technical Center, during the Rankin County School District College Fair held at the Rankin Campus of Hinds Community College in the Muse Center on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. More than 60 universities and branches of the military were present to recruit high school students from the school district.

“I was thinking of graphic design, but I just think English is important,” Broom said.

The annual event draws students from the nine high schools in the Rankin public school system and representatives from more than 60 universities, mainly in Mississippi and Louisiana, and branches of the military.

More than 700 students visited Hinds booths at the fair, said Kathryn Cole, district director of Enrollment Services.

“Students learned all about enrolling at Hinds, as well as the majors and scholarships we have to offer,” Cole said. “We enjoy having Rankin County graduates attend Hinds after high school. Many of them come to Hinds to finish their Associates of Art degree after already having a jump start on college through our dual credit program.”

Prospective student Molly Hunter, of Brandon High School, takes a selfie with Hinds Community College Director of Enrollment Services Kathryn Cole during the Rankin County School District College Fair held at the Rankin Campus of Hinds Community College in the Muse Center on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. Many colleges were present to recruit high school students from the school districts.

Prospective student Molly Hunter, of Brandon High School, takes a selfie with Hinds Community College Director of Enrollment Services Kathryn Cole during the Rankin County School District College Fair held at the Rankin Campus of Hinds Community College in the Muse Center on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. More than 60 universities and branches of the military were present to recruit high school students from the school district.

The event gives students a chance to talk to recruiters about a range of career paths that only a post-high school education can provide.

McLaurin High School’s Christina Elam is another prospective educator looking to get educated on what’s to offer from universities.

“I’m planning on going to Hinds for a few years, then transferring to Mississippi State, preferably to teach English,” Elam said. “I’ve had a love of being with kids my whole life.”

An engineering career beckons for Saray Benitez, of Northwest Rankin High School, who visited with recruiters from Hinds’ Utica Campus about the STEM-UP program, which fosters careers in science and math.

Hinds Community College Utica Campus recruiters Chelia Thompson, left, and  John Townes met with prospective students, including Northwest Rankin High School student Saray Benitez ,center, during  the Rankin County School District College Fair held at the Rankin Campus of Hinds Community College in the Muse Center on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. Many colleges were present to recruit high school students from the school districts.

Hinds Community College Utica Campus recruiters Chelia Thompson, left, and John Townes met with prospective students, including Northwest Rankin High School student Saray Benitez ,center, during the Rankin County School District College Fair held at the Rankin Campus of Hinds Community College in the Muse Center on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. More than 60 universities and branches of the military were present to recruit high school students from the school districts.

“I’d like to be a civil engineer,” she said. “I’ve always liked messing with math and science.”

Horace Gentry, a senior at Florence High School, is leaning to nursing and all things medical.

“I have relatives that used to do it and they’ve said you can make a good living off it,” Gentry said. “And I’ve always been interested in how the human body works.”

Ditto for Ariel Griffin and Myaya Harris, both Brandon High seniors and looking into nursing programs – possibly post-natal care.

“I want to take care of babies,” Griffin said. “I wouldn’t want to do deliveries, but I’d like to work to take care of them.”

Myaya Harris of Brandon High School speaks with recruiters at the Hinds table during the Rankin County School District College Fair held at the Rankin Campus of Hinds Community College in the Muse Center on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. Many colleges were present to recruit high school students from the school districts.

Myaya Harris of Brandon High School speaks with recruiters at the Hinds table during the Rankin County School District College Fair held at the Rankin Campus of Hinds Community College in the Muse Center on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. More than 60 universities and branches of the military were present to recruit high school students from the school districts.

The outdoors is drawing Brandon Wilson’s interest, while Lee Schisler is programming for himself a possible career in information technology.

“I’m actually looking into something to do with wildlife and being a game warden,” said Wilson, also a Florence High senior. “I’m here to find about programs I should take to do that.”

“I’m thinking of doing anything technology-wise,” said Schisler, a Pisgah High School senior. “I’m thinking IT because it’s always a growing market and jobs should always be there.”

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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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