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Student goes from layoff to payoff thanks to Hinds CC MI-BEST program
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Student goes from layoff to payoff thanks to Hinds CC MI-BEST program

RAYMOND – Only 18 months ago, Felix Davis found himself laid off from his job and still without a high school diploma.

Fast forward to today, and all his minuses have turned to pluses – to the tune of 26 hours of college credit and a 4.0 GPA thanks to the MI-BEST program at Hinds Community College.

“I was laid off from a job in manufacturing because of downsizing,” Davis said. “I’m a single parent, so I had to get out and do something.”

Felix Davis

Felix Davis

Davis, of Jackson, a 34-year-old father of two girls, met the program’s point person at Hinds, Dr. Robin Parker, at a job fair at Metrocenter Mall not long after he was laid off.

“I didn’t know there was a place you could go to get your GED at the same time as going to college,” Davis said. “I didn’t know that college was even an option, because in the past, not having my high school diploma prevented that.

MI-BEST is Mississippi’s version of the nationally recognized Integrating Basic Education and Skills Training program, or I-BEST. It allows adult students to train for a job skill while earning their GED high school equivalency certificate at the same time.

Students are prepared to be job-ready in six months to a year, train in high-demand areas and earn national certifications.

“Students can earn a high school equivalency while learning a skill,” said Parker, who is district director of Integrated Pathways and coordinator of Adult Basic Education at Hinds. She is also assistant dean of Career/Technical Education on the Raymond Campus.

Parker ties the program’s impact on the state’s workforce to U.S. Census data on skill levels of working-age adults. A 2014 survey of Mississippi adults 25 to 64 years of age showed nearly 30 percent had only a high school diploma, while another large chunk, nearly 24 percent, had some college credit, but didn’t finish.

“And that’s fertile ground in the state of Mississippi because we have a lot of low-skilled adults who really want an opportunity to enter a career to provide for them and their families,” Parker said.

After just eight weeks in the program, Davis landed a job at PCA, a packaging products manufacturer, in Pearl. He’s earned two pay raises and is now making $20 an hour.

In the classroom, Davis has completed those 26 semester hours in the burgeoning Industrial Maintenance area of study, where he’s successfully put past and present together.

“He entered the program focused and determined and quickly used his past manufacturing experience to validate the principles and concepts he was learning in class,” said David Creel, district director of Manufacturing Training at Hinds.

He’s also earned a silver-level Career Readiness Certificate, a credential used by industry to track basic job skills in potential employees. He’s on track to graduate soon with an Associate of Applied Science degree.

“My plan is to reach back into my community and help others who have the same need I had a year ago,” Davis said.

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GED graduates credit persistence after ceremony at Hinds CC
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27 June

GED graduates credit persistence after ceremony at Hinds CC

RAYMOND – I’Esha Granderson, of Jackson, has rung up many an order since leaving high school without a diploma, mainly pastries and fill-ups at gas stations.

But the Jackson mother of two decided it was time to try for a career instead of settling for low-paying jobs.

I'Esha Granderson, left foreground, shakes hands with David Creel, district Director of Manufacturing Training at Hinds Community College, as she walks across the stage at Cain-Cochran Hall on the college's Raymond Campus to accept her GED certificate on Thursday, June 23, 2016. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

I’Esha Granderson, left foreground, shakes hands with David Creel, district Director of Manufacturing Training at Hinds Community College, as she walks across the stage at Cain-Cochran Hall on the college’s Raymond Campus to accept her GED certificate on Thursday, June 23, 2016. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

“I’ve been out of high school eight years working at lot of dead-end jobs,” Granderson said. “I’m 25 with two children, so I felt it was time to move forward with my life.”

Granderson was among 37 people of varying ages and stations in life recognized during a ceremony Thursday, June 23 at Cain-Cochran Hall on the Raymond Campus for achieving their General Education Development high school equivalency certificate this academic term.

She sees herself being in charge of the products once she continues and completes her education – and honor her deceased grandmother along the way.

“Culinary arts and business management,” she said. “I want to own a business and work for myself. That way, I’ll know the quality of food I’m serving other people.”

“My grandmother, Monevia, opened her restaurant in Tchula in 1991, the year I was born. Everyone there knew her as Nancy, or Nan. It was called Nancy’s Kitchen. She ran it herself until she passed away in 2011. I know she’s smiling down on me.”

She was among 11 participants in the MI-BEST program at Hinds who received a GED during the ceremony. MI-BEST is Mississippi’s version of the nationally recognized Integrating Basic Education and Skills Training program, or I-BEST. It allows adult students to train for a job skill while earning their GED high school equivalency certificate at the same time. Students are prepared to be job-ready in six months to a year, train in high-demand areas and earn national certifications.

Another was Ashley Clark, who enrolled in the program at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus five months ago.

Ashley Clark, left, shakes hands with Dr. Chad Stocks, vice president for Workforce Development at Hinds Community College, during a ceremony at Cain-Cochran Hall on the college's Raymond Campus on June 23 recognizing those who earned their GED certificate in the recent academic term. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Ashley Clark, left, shakes hands with Dr. Chad Stocks, vice president for Workforce Development at Hinds Community College, during a ceremony at Cain-Cochran Hall on the college’s Raymond Campus on June 23 recognizing those who earned their GED certificate in the recent academic term. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

“The professional development class offered with the MI-BEST program has helped me bring me to a more professional level,” Clark said. “My employer, friends and family can tell how I carry myself now.

“I’ll have a Career Readiness Certificate by the end of next semester. And I should have my associate’s (two-year degree) by next spring.”

Susan Brown, 60, of Edwards, an employee of Hinds in Admissions, was the eldest student to walk across the stage and receive her diploma. Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse handed it to her personally.

Susan Brown, left, accepts her GED certificate from Hinds Community College President Dr. Clyde Muse during a ceremony at Cain-Cochran Hall on the college's Raymond Campus on June 23, 2016. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Susan Brown, left, accepts her GED certificate from Hinds Community College President Dr. Clyde Muse during a ceremony at Cain-Cochran Hall on the college’s Raymond Campus on June 23, 2016. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

“One of the people who had really tried to inspire me to go back to school was actually Vashti Muse,” Brown said, referring to Dr. Muse’s wife, who died in 2010. “But I kept putting it off. But, last year, I dug in and said, ‘All I can do is fail, right?’ I just want people to know[tweetable alt=””] it doesn’t matter how old you are, you can get a degree.”[/tweetable]

Dr. Rachel DeVaughan, an Adult Basic Education program specialist for the Mississippi Community College Board, spoke to this year’s recipients with a message of not giving up despite background and circumstances.

Dr. Rachel DeVaughan, an Adult Basic Education program specialist for the Mississippi Community College Board, speaks during a ceremony at Cain-Cochran Hall on Hinds Community College's Raymond Campus recognizing recipients of GED certificates. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Dr. Rachel DeVaughan, an Adult Basic Education program specialist for the Mississippi Community College Board, speaks during a ceremony at Cain-Cochran Hall on Hinds Community College’s Raymond Campus recognizing recipients of GED certificates. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

DeVaughan, a mother of two, had received a GED by the age of 19 after dropping out of high school. She returned to school at age 28 to pursue her dream of being a teacher, a journey that culminated in 2014 with her earning a doctorate in education.

In between, she rose through the ranks of McDonald’s, where she had first started work at 16, working in management and supervisory roles in the worldwide fast food chain’s restaurants in the U.S. and in England. Since 2005, she has been a middle school teacher, a curriculum specialist and an assistant dean of instruction at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

“I knew I wanted more out of my life for my children,” DeVaughan said. “I realized the only way I was ever going to get ahead was to get more education.

“Some of you might not feel very confident as a student, and that’s OK,” she said. “Confidence is a feeling. Courage, on the other hand, is a choice. And you were courageous in your choice to come to Hinds Community College and work toward completing your high school equivalency diploma.”

GED recipients who were honored Thursday and their stated hometowns included:

  • Jerry Bacon, of Jackson
  • Ashley Baker, of Vicksburg
  • Brianna Brooks, of Terry
  • Brittany Bullock, of Ridgeland
  • Ashley Clark, of Vicksburg
  • Susan Brown, of Edwards
  • Donna Jad’D Crooks, of Vicksburg
  • James Cuyler, of Terry
  • Felix Davis, of Jackson
  • Hope Davis, of Jackson
  • Alicia Dixon, of Vicksburg
  • Baylee Garrett, of Brandon
  • I’Esha Granderson, of Jackson
  • Heather Harrington, of Clinton
  • Kaitlyn Hudson, of Bolton
  • Ronald Humes, of Vicksburg
  • Kylil Killian, of Vicksburg
  • Carl Landry, of Clinton
  • Joshua Martin, of Clinton
  • Cameron McClain, of Vicksburg
  • Patrick McClure, of Jackson
  • Autumn McIntosh, of Raymond
  • Shelia McLaurin, of Hermanville
  • Gerald McQuarter, of Byram
  • Amanda Miller, of Vicksburg
  • Destanie Miller, of Terry
  • Napoleon Miller, of Jackson
  • Tyeisha Nelson, of Jackson
  • Shanea Parker, of Vicksburg
  • Brendon S. Rodgers, of Vicksburg
  • Kendall Robinson, of Byram
  • Moeisha Shields, of Jackson
  • Jayshaun Simmons, of Jackson
  • Ashlyn Smith, of Pearl
  • Precious Tucker, of Bolton
  • Allen W. Warner, of Vicksburg
  • Marissa A. Williams, of Vicksburg

Fifteen of the 37 recipients present, including Granderson, were Honor Students, awarded scholarship funds, or both. Granderson received a $500 cash award from the Education Pays Program. The program began in 2009 as a partnership between Hinds and the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation to make funds available for all Hinds CC Warren GED recipients over the age of 21. The foundation has expanded the program to the Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center.

Scholarship funds were also made available to this year’s GED recipients by Central Mississippi Planning and Development District and the Adult Education Advisory Council.

From left, Ashley Clark, Ronald Humes and Allen W. Warner share a smile before a ceremony June 23 at Cain-Cochran Hall on Hinds Community College's Raymond Campus recognizing those who have earned their GED certificate in the recent academic term. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

From left, Ashley Clark, Ronald Humes and Allen W. Warner share a smile before a ceremony June 23 at Cain-Cochran Hall on Hinds Community College’s Raymond Campus recognizing those who have earned their GED certificate in the recent academic term. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

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Stability from Hinds CC’s MI-BEST program helps turn dropout’s life around
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14 December

Stability from Hinds CC’s MI-BEST program helps turn dropout’s life around

Sam Rodgers is no stranger to taking care of himself.

He grew up in foster care and scrapped to make something out of his middle school years.

“I bounced around from shelter to shelter, stayed on the street a little bit,” said Rodgers, 34, of Jackson. “I tried to do my best in school, but I had to quit to take care of myself.”

Sam Rodgers, a student in the MI-BEST program at Hinds Community College, is taking culinary classes and recently landed a job at Hal & Mal's in Jackson. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Sam Rodgers, a student in the MI-BEST program at Hinds Community College, is taking culinary classes and recently landed a job at Hal & Mal’s in Jackson. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

He worked in fast food, then as a construction worker for 14 years where he made decent money. “I did everything you can possibly think of in the construction business.” But that job went away, and the lack of a high school diploma and skills beyond the work yard threatened to put him back in dire straits.

“I thought, ‘Well, Sam, you’re back where you started,’ ” he said.

He looked into the comprehensive adult education program at Hinds Community College, and, unlike past ups and downs in life, it’s been all the help he’s needed.

“My fiancé and New Horizons Church told me about an event for MI-BEST at the medical mall in Jackson,” Rodgers said. “They said it would help you get finish school and get a GED.”

MI-BEST is Mississippi’s version of the nationally recognized Integrating Basic Education and Skills Training program, or I-BEST. It allows adult students to train for a job skill while earning their GED high school equivalency certificate at the same time.

Students are prepared to be job-ready in six months to a year, train in high-demand areas and earn national certifications.

The structure means having teachers for both academics and career-tech skills in the classroom simultaneously for about 25 to 50 percent of the time, said Dr. Robin Parker, district director of Integrated Pathways at Hinds.

“We have to modify our instruction and do something different in the classroom in order to help our students be successful,” Parker said. “One teacher is an academic teacher helping students prepare for their GED and career readiness certificate, and then another is a career skills instructor who helps prepare them for nationally-recognized industry certificates.

“So, our students are leaving with college credit and their GED, and a portfolio of credentials industry has endorsed.”

Industries have recruited students to the program, which Parker ensures interviews for jobs that can pay double-digit hourly wages right away.

Program staff called navigators help students find solutions with things such as transportation, child care and financial aid.

“Navigators see program students daily,” Parker said. “They work with our community partners to remove any kind of barrier that prevents the student from focusing on their classroom instruction.”

Rodgers’ experience in the working world got him through the necessary career-readiness and other qualifying tests. His entry onto a college campus for the first time in November keeps “blowing him away,” he said.

Rodgers will be trading his hard hat for a chef hat when he enters Hinds’ Culinary Arts Technology program in January. He wants to take the skills and expertise he’ll learn in the kitchen and bring it back to the inner city, where he says fine dining experiences are rare.

“I want to start my own business and have it where it’s white tablecloths and beautiful scenery,” Rodgers said. “It’ll give people something different besides fast-food restaurants.”

His here-and-now is looking good, too. Rodgers recently landed a job at Jackson’s Hal and Mal’s as an entry-level chef.

“Food is just awesome, always been a passion and one of my dreams,” he said. “You can be in a bad mood, but then eat a delicious dinner and it just changes your whole attitude.”

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Hinds CC MI-BEST program puts Vicksburg student on path to culinary dream
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02 December

Hinds CC MI-BEST program puts Vicksburg student on path to culinary dream

Brandy Greenwood really hasn’t stopped working in recent years, despite not having a paying job or a high school diploma.

“I quit going to school in the 11th grade because I got pregnant with my two oldest kids,” Greenwood said. “I was in the band and ROTC in high school, so I wasn’t ever weak in any subjects. I tried five times to pass the GED, but life got in the way.”

Brandy Greenwood practices culinary knife skills as part of classes she takes at Hinds Community College Vicksburg-Warren Campus. Greenwood is a student in the MI-BEST program, which provides a high school equivalency certificate and job training at the same time. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Brandy Greenwood practices culinary knife skills as part of classes she takes at Hinds Community College Vicksburg-Warren Campus. Greenwood is a student in the MI-BEST program, which provides a high school equivalency certificate and job training at the same time. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Greenwood, a Shreveport, La., native, moved to Mississippi in 1999 as a 20-year-old single mother when her own mother’s job moved to Jackson. A decade of transience reached an apparent low point when she moved into a shelter for homeless women in Vicksburg with her four children. She lived in the shelter a year and a half, eventually doing odd jobs for the facility’s operators.

“I was a house monitor, the cook, the driver, did all kinds of errands,” she said. Once she moved into more permanent housing in 2013, her thoughts shifted to bettering her station in life. “I needed to get myself together and find something to do. When I was at the shelter, I did so many things, including cooking.”

Another go-round this past year at securing a high school diploma through Hinds Community College was a payoff, thanks to a handful of people who work with students in the enhanced adult education program to handle issues of transportation, child care, financial aid and more.

“Ms. Lauren Powers said someone suggested me for the MI-BEST program after I took a test to enter the GED program to see how much I remembered. When I asked what trades I could take, she said culinary was one of them. I said, ‘I’m in there! I’ll take it.’”

MI-BEST is Mississippi’s version of the nationally recognized Integrating Basic Education and Skills Training program, or I-BEST. It allows adult students to train for a job skill while earning their GED high school equivalency certificate at the same time. Students are prepared to be job-ready in six months to a year, train in high-demand areas and earn national certifications.

“Brandy has really overcome a lot of adversity throughout her life,” said Powers, who works as a navigator in the program that helps students with things such as transportation, child care and financial aid. That way, the students keep their total focus on academics. “The MI-BEST program at Hinds CC in Vicksburg was the perfect program to help get the ball moving in the right direction for Brandy. Part of my role as the MI-BEST navigator is to provide a wraparound of student services from support, guidance and counseling in both academics as well as with everyday life to serving as a listening board and being a cheerleader for the students.

“She is dedicated and motivated to reaching her goals, and I couldn’t be more proud of her efforts in the MI-BEST program. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for her – I just know it is going to be bright!”

Greenwood began classes in June and passed all tests on the first try. Now she attends classes twice a week, nine hours a day. In her culinary classes, she has learned the finer points of slicing cheese and proper techniques of cutting fruit. Of her core academic classes, math remains “a challenge.” She hopes to take the GED test by the end of November.

“It’s been 20 years since I’ve been in school, and for me to be doing this well I know this is my year,” she said. “It’s time for me to do my part. I’ll be the first child of my mother to walk in a cap and gown.”

“It’s helped me find myself,” she said. “I have the strength, courage and knowledge to do what I have to do. I’m challenged every day in class for something, whether it’s in Mr. (Tim) DeRossette’s class or in math class. I hope this shows my children that you’re never too old to finish school.”

And she’s also thinking big beyond her long-awaited graduation. She wants to draw upon a cooking heritage to bring the dining world’s hottest trend to Vicksburg.

“Cooking is a dream of mine,” she said. “My mom and my grandmother, who is a retired school cafeteria worker, were my mentors. My mother worked for a bank for 45 years, then got her cake decoration license, so she can decorate pastries and things like that.”

“Most definitely, I’d want to do a food truck because we don’t have one here in Vicksburg,” she said. “I know I want it to be good food, but healthy and not always fried.”

Her husband, Randy, laid flooring for a living for 15 years, but is now disabled. Still, Brandy feels she already has her future business partner right there in the kitchen.

“We make this coconut chicken that is awesome,” she said. “He’d make a good sous chef for me.”

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Hinds CC MI-BEST training offers both job, academic training
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Hinds CC MI-BEST training offers both job, academic training

Phillip Wallace had something of a clue from an early age about how best to achieve his goals.

He just didn’t appreciate the lesson for a while.

Phillip Wallace

Phillip Wallace

“When I was 12 or 13, I remember my mom putting me to work when I wanted $10 to go to the store to buy something,” Wallace said. “She said, ‘Well, there’s a lawnmower, a weed eater and some gas.’ That’s what started me off cutting grass and trimming bushes.”

Wallace, 24, of Jackson, is now enrolled in Hinds Community College’s MI-BEST program, Mississippi’s version of the nationally recognized Integrating Basic Education and Skills Training program, or I-BEST. It allows adult students to train for a job skill while earning their GED high school equivalency certificate at the same time. Students are prepared to be job-ready in six months to a year, train in high-demand areas and earn national certifications.

But before getting involved in the Hinds program, Wallace’s life was derailed by a 2 ½-year stint in the prison system, a phase of life he chalks up to environment.

“It was a rocky teen life,” he said, adding a scheduling error in high school caused him to miss out on his senior year. “Highest grade was the 11th grade.”

Homelessness and bad decisions put Wallace on the street, then in jail. “Basically, it happened from hanging with the wrong crowd,” he said. “I got in trouble with the law, but I’ve learned a real good lesson from being incarcerated.

“I got tired of the street life, smoking marijuana and hanging around the same old crowd and negative influences, period.”

Now three years into a four-year probation sentence, Wallace is ready to learn in the classroom and in life.

“I have goals set for myself now,” he said. “The only way to achieve those goals is to get back in school.”

Aleisha Coins, one of six “navigators” in the program that help students with things such as transportation, child care and financial aid, met Wallace during orientation period for the program.

“Phillip has overcome several challenges in order to get to this point and he is aware of everything that he needs to do to become successful,” Coins said. “I am confident that he will become an outstanding working citizen.”

Wallace is taking academic courses four days a week at the Raymond Campus and is interested in construction-related career-tech programs. But his experience working heavy equipment with a landscaping firm earlier in his probation rekindled a love for all things earthy.

“I would really love to work with landscaping and with planting things to make things look better,” Wallace said. “It’s my playing field. And I’d love to help make Jackson look better. I love my city, but I just don’t like the way it looks. I want to make sure my home town looks decent, not with grass and vines everywhere.”

He’s also had helping hand-up from the Hinds Community College Foundation, which responded to Wallace’s need for stable housing by awarding him the Fountain Family scholarship. It’s paying for living space on campus and his meal ticket for the remainder of this semester.

“Phillip applied for a Foundation scholarship to cover room and board expenses, and was graciously awarded that scholarship based on financial need,” Coins said, adding an exceptional interview for an Individual Training Account Scholarship through the Workforce Investment Act helped him land funds to cover tuition, books and fees.

Each Hinds MI-BEST student is “adopted” by a community partner that helps students with needed support services.

Wallace’s community sponsor is Jackson-based Stewpot Community Services, which sent sack lunches and helped organize his transportation to class until the scholarship came through. The group worked with Working Together Jackson, a larger community initiative, to get involved in Wallace’s story as he got his life back in order.

“There are so many people like Phillip who need a program like MI-BEST to be able to get jobs that pay livable wages and have a career path,” said Heather Ivery, business administrator for Stewpot. “We are excited to be working with Hinds CC and Working Together Jackson to provide the community support these students need.”

“Philip Wallace is an example of a young man who is willing to take advantage of a second chance when it is given,” said Perry Perkins Jr., lead organizer for Working Together Jackson. “That is what the partnership between Working Together Jackson, its members, the City of Jackson and Hinds Community College is doing­—creating for Philip and others a pathway out of poverty.”

Wallace said being in a healthy learning environment the program affords its students has made all the difference.

“It’s been a learning experience, but it depends on what you want to learn from it and better yourself. You can learn from your mistakes, but only if you choose to.”

Registration in the program for the spring semester is 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 16 and Jan. 4 at the Raymond Campus. To reserve a spot, go to http://hub.hindscc.edu/mibest or email Angela.Hayes@hindscc.edu. Scholarships are available for students who qualify.

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GED graduates credit persistence after ceremony Friday at Hinds CC
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GED graduates credit persistence after ceremony Friday at Hinds CC

RAYMOND – Fay Lundy was an honors student in high school but she knew nothing about the real world.

That was more than 50 years ago. Between then and now, her education had been in the workplace, but she also felt something was missing.

“I didn’t need school then, because I knew it all,” Lundy said. “But, after a while I realized what I didn’t know. But, by then, I was married and had kids.”

Lundy was among 16 people of varying ages who were recognized during a ceremony Friday at Eagle Ridge Conference Center on the Raymond Campus for achieving their General Education Development certificate this academic term.

Being the oldest person in the group didn’t faze the 68-year-old Bolton resident and grandmother of eight who worked in convenience stores, big-box retailers and restaurants as she raised a family.

“I keep telling my grandchildren, ‘Grandma worked hard but didn’t make any money because she didn’t have an education.’”

Thomas Ealey, center, celebrates his earning a General Education Development certificate following a ceremony Friday at Eagle Ridge Conference Center on the Raymond Campus. Also pictured are his daughter, McKenzie, and Dianna Jones, McKenzie’s mother.

Thomas Ealey, center, celebrates his earning a General Education Development certificate following a ceremony Friday at Eagle Ridge Conference Center on the Raymond Campus. Also pictured are his daughter, McKenzie, and Dianna Jones, McKenzie’s mother.

Thomas Brandon Ealey, 30, one of three honors students among those recognized and among four GED recipients who received $500 from the Education Pays program, hopes to learn those lessons early. He works retail in Flowood these days and has his sights set higher after years of making “a lot of bad decisions.”

“My motivation is my three children, nieces and nephews and the people around me,” Ealey said. “I’m really contemplating law school.”

Thomas Brandon Ealey, right, lends a helping hand to Fay Lundy, left, as they make their way into Eagle Ridge Conference Center on Friday for a ceremony to recognize those who received General Education Development certificates this academic term. following a ceremony Friday at Eagle Ridge Conference Center on the Raymond Campus.

Thomas Brandon Ealey, right, lends a helping hand to Fay Lundy, left, as they make their way into Eagle Ridge Conference Center on Friday for a ceremony to recognize those who received General Education Development certificates this academic term. following a ceremony Friday at Eagle Ridge Conference Center on the Raymond Campus.

Hinds student and noted fashion and costume designer Nina Ghaffari spoke to this year’s recipients on a message of not giving up despite background and circumstances. Ghaffari, 34, a sociology and human rights major at the Jackson Campus – Academic/Technical Center, was born in Mississippi and received a GED in 1998 from Hinds but was taken to live in her father’s native Iran for 12 years before finding her way back to the United States.

Nina Ghaffari, guest speaker at Friday’s ceremony to recognize those who received a General Education Development certificate this academic term, receives a plaque from Carla Causey, district director of Adult Education at Hinds Community College.

Nina Ghaffari, guest speaker at Friday’s ceremony to recognize those who received a General Education Development certificate this academic term, receives a plaque from Carla Causey, district director of Adult Education at Hinds Community College.

“Risks are all about uncertainty and building a more confident you,” Ghaffari said. “If we take risks on a daily basis, we become confident to take bigger risks. Life is too short to live small.”

Recipients of GED certificates and their stated hometowns included:

  • Lela Bryant, of Flora
  • Ashley Byrd, of Jackson
  • Angela Constancio, of Vicksburg
  • Thomas Brandon Ealey, of Jackson
  • Amber Hohlt, of Jackson
  • Jared Landry, of Clinton
  • Fay Lundy, of Bolton
  • Charles Leager III, of Byram
  • William Liggins, of Vicksburg
  • Malcolm Mobley, of Clinton
  • Tanu Narula, of Clinton
  • Andrew Robinson, of Vicksburg
  • Jessica Roberts, of Vicksburg
  • Curtis West, of Clinton
  • Tauras Williams, of Clinton
  • Victoria Williams, of Clinton

Ealey, Landry and Mobley were Honor Students, with Ealey, Bryant, Byrd and Liggins also recipients of $500 scholarships from the Education Pays program. Begun in 2009, the program is a partnership between Hinds and the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation and awards checks to all Hinds CC Warren GED recipients over the age of 21.

Mobley received a $500 scholarship from Hinds’ Adult Education Advisory Committee.

Hinds offers a tuition free class to all first time college students who are admitted with a GED. The college also offers a $1,000 academic scholarship that is equivalent to the ACT Scholarship for high scoring GED achievers. For more information, visit www.hindscc.edu.

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8am Academic and Career/Technical Graduation Ceremony
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8am Academic and Career/Technical Graduation Ceremony

RAYMOND – Former chief justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court James W. Smith, a Hinds Community College alumnus, spoke to graduates at four ceremonies Friday, May 15 about achieving success in life.

Hinds has a record number of graduation ceremonies this spring with eight scheduled over three days and nearly 1,200 receiving credentials. Those graduates will receive more than 1,500 certificates and degrees since some graduates will receive more than one credential.

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with more than 170 academic, career and technical programs. With six locations in central

Mississippi, Hinds enrolled nearly 12,000 credit students in fall 2014. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

Surrounded by members of her family, Kim Brookins of Jackson shows off the degree in office systems from Hinds Community College on May 15. Brookins, 45, said she is the first person in her family to graduate from college. “In order to increase my career opportunities, I needed a degree,” she said.

Surrounded by members of her family, Kim Brookins of Jackson shows off the degree in office systems from Hinds Community College on May 15. Brookins, 45, said she is the first person in her family to graduate from college. “In order to increase my career opportunities, I needed a degree,” she said.

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Develle Collier of Brandon, center celebrates his degree with soon-to-be-fiancé Kanesha McAllister, left, and his dad Clyde McAfee. Collier plans to major in business administration at Belhaven College.

Develle Collier of Brandon, center celebrates his degree with soon-to-be-fiancé Kanesha McAllister, left, and his dad Clyde McAfee. Collier plans to major in business administration at Belhaven College.

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Mario Evans of Jackson received a certificate in welding on May 15 at Hinds Community College. With him are his sister Jamanda Durke, left, her baby Calli, his girlfriend Schawanda Pierre and her sister Tiffany Pierre, far right.

Mario Evans of Jackson received a certificate in welding on May 15 at Hinds Community College. With him are his sister Jamanda Durke, left, her baby Calli, his girlfriend Schawanda Pierre and her sister Tiffany Pierre, far right.

Mary Catherine Harvey of Forest is surrounded by her family after graduating from Hinds Community College on May 15. Harvey represented Hinds Community College in the HEADWAE event in February and is an officer in the Raymond Campus chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.

Mary Catherine Harvey of Forest is surrounded by her family after graduating from Hinds Community College on May 15. Harvey represented Hinds Community College in the HEADWAE event in February and is an officer in the Raymond Campus chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.

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Andrew Bailey Coomes of Vicksburg graduated from Hinds Community College on May 15 and plans to major in marine biology at the University of Southern Mississippi. With him are his parents John and Kim Coomes.

Andrew Bailey Coomes of Vicksburg graduated from Hinds Community College on May 15 and plans to major in marine biology at the University of Southern Mississippi. With him are his parents John and Kim Coomes.

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Betsi Turner, left, celebrates with new Hinds Community College graduate Mkaysha Butler of Clinton.

Betsi Turner, left, celebrates with new Hinds Community College graduate Mkaysha Butler of Clinton.

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 Tracy Duncan of Florence graduated with an associate degree in auto body repair on May 15 at Hinds Community College. With him are his children, from left, Aiden, Laura and Ben. Duncan is the sports marketer/photographer at Hinds.


Tracy Duncan of Florence graduated with an associate degree in Applied Science- occupational education, automotive collision repair on May 15 at Hinds Community College. With him are his children, from left, Aidan, Laura and Ben. Duncan is the sports marketer/photographer at Hinds.

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James Davis of Jackson celebrates graduating from Hinds Community College on May 15 with his nephew and adopted son, Jarontae Craft. Davis plans to major in social work at Jackson State University.

James Davis of Jackson celebrates graduating from Hinds Community College on May 15 with his nephew and adopted son, Jarontae Craft. Davis plans to major in social work at Jackson State University.

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Former Hi-Steppers Kaylee Scroggins of Brandon, left, and Shelby Byrd of Florence head to the University of Southern Mississippi after graduating from Hinds Community College on May 15. The Hinds Hi-Steppers is one of the oldest precision dance teams in the country.

Former Hi-Steppers Kaylee Scroggins of Brandon, left, and Shelby Byrd of Florence head to the University of Southern Mississippi after graduating from Hinds Community College on May 15. The Hinds Hi-Steppers is one of the oldest precision dance teams in the country.

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Spring 2015 Commencement- Allied Health Graduates
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Spring 2015 Commencement- Allied Health Graduates

Hinds has a record number of graduation ceremonies this spring with eight scheduled over three days. Nearly 1,200 will graduate in those commencement exercises, with more than 800 participating in the largest ceremony.

Those graduates will receive more than 1,500 certificates and degrees since some graduates will receive more than one credential.

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with more than 170 academic, career and technical programs. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolled nearly 12,000 credit students in fall 2014. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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Jerimy Brown of Clinton and his classmates received degrees in Radiologic Technology from Hinds Community College on May 14. He asked classmates including Kayla Hensarling of Terry, standing, and Kacey Thomas of Brandon, sitting, to sign a shirt for him as a going away present since he is moving.

Jerimy Brown of Clinton and his classmates received degrees in Radiologic Technology from Hinds Community College on May 14. He asked classmates including Kayla Hensarling of Terry, standing, and Kacey Thomas of Brandon, sitting, to sign a shirt for him as a going away present since he is moving.

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As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with more than 170 academic, career and technical programs. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolled nearly 12,000 credit students in fall 2014. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with more than 170 academic, career and technical programs. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolled nearly 12,000 credit students in fall 2014. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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Graduating in Radiologic Technology from Hinds Community College on May 14 was Courtney Bullock of Florence.

Graduating in Radiologic Technology from Hinds Community College on May 14 was Courtney Bullock of Florence.

 

 

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2015 Spring Commencement- Associated Degree Nursing Ceremony
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2015 Spring Commencement- Associated Degree Nursing Ceremony

Hinds graduated more than 200 in nursing and allied health programs on Thursday. Lorie Ramsey, chief operating officer at Merit Health River Region, was the speaker for all three.

Hinds is graduating nearly 1,200 over the three days of ceremonies, with more than 800 participating in one of the ceremonies. Those graduates will receive more than 1,500 certificates and degrees since some graduates will receive more than one credential.

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with more than 170 academic, career and technical programs. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolled nearly 12,000 credit students in fall 2014. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

 

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Mary Tate of Jackson, center, graduated on May 14 with an Associate Degree in Nursing from Hinds Community College. With here are Jasmine Course, left, and Nikki Moore, right.

Mary Tate of Jackson, center, graduated on May 14 with an Associate Degree in Nursing from Hinds Community College. With here are Jasmine Course, left, and Nikki Moore, right.

Graduating with an Associate Degree in Nursing on May 14 at Hinds Community College are, from left, Lindsey Thompson, Caitlyn Voyles, Fraser Adams, Memory McPherson and Todd Pitts, all of Jackson.

Graduating with an Associate Degree in Nursing on May 14 at Hinds Community College are, from left, Lindsey Thompson, Caitlyn Voyles, Fraser Adams, Memory McPherson and Todd Pitts, all of Jackson.

Victoria Gilmore of Jackson graduated with an Associate Degree in Nursing on May 14 at Hinds Community College. Celebrating with her is friend Lena Gilmore.

Victoria Gilmore of Jackson graduated with an Associate Degree in Nursing on May 14 at Hinds Community College. Celebrating with her is friend Lena Gilmore.

Oralia Sanchez of Richland graduated with an Associate Degree in Nursing on May 14 at Hinds Community College. With her are Sergio Sanchez and Natalie Sanchez, 1.

Oralia Sanchez of Richland graduated with an Associate Degree in Nursing on May 14 at Hinds Community College. With her are Sergio Sanchez and Natalie Sanchez, 1.

The  graduation speaker on May 14 for the Hinds Community College nursing and allied health ceremonies was Lorie Ramsey, chief operating officer at Merit Health River Region.

The graduation speaker on May 14 for the Hinds Community College nursing and allied health ceremonies was Lorie Ramsey, chief operating officer at Merit Health River Region.

Heather Horner of Ridgeland celebrates her May 14 graduation from Hinds Community College with an Associate Degree in Nursing with her parents and grandparents, from left, Jerry Horner, Gene Horner, Andrea Horner and Cille Horner.

Heather Horner of Ridgeland celebrates her May 14 graduation from Hinds Community College with an Associate Degree in Nursing with her parents and grandparents, from left, Jerry Horner, Gene Horner, Andrea Horner and Cille Horner.

Happy graduates at the May 14 Associate Degree Nursing ceremony at Hinds Community fling their hats in the air.

Happy graduates at the May 14 Associate Degree Nursing ceremony at Hinds Community fling their hats in the air.

The  graduation speaker on May 14 for the Hinds Community College nursing and allied health ceremonies was Lorie Ramsey, chief operating officer at Merit Health River Region.

The graduation speaker on May 14 for the Hinds Community College nursing and allied health ceremonies was Lorie Ramsey, chief operating officer at Merit Health River Region.

Celebrating their graduation from Hinds Community College on May 14 with  Associate Degrees in Nursing are, from left, Taylor Wages of Pearl, Virginia Johnson of Jackson, Nathan Goss of Brandon, Johnny Jones of Pelahatchie, Jason Hawthorne of Lake and Donielle Hartt of Pearl.

Celebrating their graduation from Hinds Community College on May 14 with Associate Degrees in Nursing are, from left, Taylor Wages of Pearl, Virginia Johnson of Jackson, Nathan Goss of Brandon, Johnny Jones of Pelahatchie, Jason Hawthorne of Lake and Donielle Hartt of Pearl.

Taylor Wages of Pearl, left, and Donielle Hartt of Pearl get ready for graduation on May 14 at Hinds Community College. Both received an Associate Degree in Nursing.

Taylor Wages of Pearl, left, and Donielle Hartt of Pearl get ready for graduation on May 14 at Hinds Community College. Both received an Associate Degree in Nursing.

Hinds employee Kathy Price helps Kelly Parker of Brandon get ready for graduation on May 14 at Hinds Community College. Parker, 47, was a sales representative before deciding to go to nursing school. “This was my dream,” she said. She already had a degree in marketing from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Hinds employee Kathy Price helps Kelly Parker of Brandon get ready for graduation on May 14 at Hinds Community College. Parker, 47, was a sales representative before deciding to go to nursing school. “This was my dream,” she said. She already had a degree in marketing from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Lacy Pippin of Flowood, standing, and Ana Recinos of Pearl graduated from Hinds Community College on May 14 with an Associate Degree in Nursing.

Lacy Pippin of Flowood, standing, and Ana Recinos of Pearl graduated from Hinds Community College on May 14 with an Associate Degree in Nursing.

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Matthew Kessler of Vicksburg, left, and William McMullan of Pearl graduated from Hinds Community College on May 14 with an Associate Degree in Nursing. McMullan, 37, was a network engineer before going to nursing school. “It was rough at times, but worth it,” he said.

Matthew Kessler of Vicksburg, left, and William McMullan of Pearl graduated from Hinds Community College on May 14 with an Associate Degree in Nursing. McMullan, 37, was a network engineer before going to nursing school. “It was rough at times, but worth it,” he said.

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Hinds employee Bessie Cox helps Tammy Uthoff of Bentonia with her hat. She graduated from Hinds Community College on May 14 with an Associate Degree in Nursing. Uthoff, 42, was a dental assistant before going to nursing school. “I raised my kids and decided I wanted to do this. I’ve always wanted to be a nurse,” she said. She and her husband got married on May 1 and between them they have five children ages 8 to 24 and two grandchildren. “My fiancé was just great. They all helped,” she said.

Hinds employee Bessie Cox helps Tammy Uthoff of Bentonia with her hat. She graduated from Hinds Community College on May 14 with an Associate Degree in Nursing. Uthoff, 42, was a dental assistant before going to nursing school. “I raised my kids and decided I wanted to do this. I’ve always wanted to be a nurse,” she said. She and her husband got married on May 1 and between them they have five children ages 8 to 24 and two grandchildren. “My fiancé was just great. They all helped,” she said.

Katie Holder of Crystal Springs, Lauren Alford of Carthage, Joseph Easterling of Morton graduated from Hinds Community College on May 14 with an Associate Degree in Nursing.

Katie Holder of Crystal Springs, Lauren Alford of Carthage, Joseph Easterling of Morton graduated from Hinds Community College on May 14 with an Associate Degree in Nursing.

Hinds Community College Admission employee Ann Travis checks in Nathan Goss of Brandon. He graduated from Hinds Community College on May 14 with an Associate Degree in Nursing.

Hinds Community College Admission employee Ann Travis checks in Nathan Goss of Brandon. He graduated from Hinds Community College on May 14 with an Associate Degree in Nursing.

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