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09 July

Hinds CC students participate in paramedic field simulation

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Hinds Community College students participated in a paramedic field simulation exercise on July 7 at the Flowood Fire Department Central Station.

The scenario involved a shooting at a public event with multiple injuries. Other than the Flowood Fire Department, Air Care and AMR participated. 

For information about the program, see the website at

or contact David Hall, chairman of the Emergency Medical Sciences Department, at

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Posted by on 07 July

Alum leaves Hinds CC Foundation with largest single bequest of $2m


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Elizabeth Lloyd Schales

Hinds Community College alumna Elizabeth Lloyd Schales (1943) wasn’t well known when she was a student in 1942 and 1943, nor is she known to current students.

But the name of this highly intelligent and somewhat eccentric Rankin County native will likely be well known to many Hinds students in the future because of what she did for them.  Schales made a bequest of about $2 million to Hinds Community College — the largest single gift to the Hinds Community College Foundation since its inception in 1978.

The gift will be used to directly help students, mostly for student scholarships, said Betty Carraway, coordinator for Special Projects/Donor Relations.

When Schales died in November 2012 at the age of 89, she left the college an estate of about $2 million, which will create the Elizabeth Lloyd Schales Endowment for Excellence aimed at higher achieving students.

“She really wanted to reward students who demonstrate academic achievement and promise,” Carraway recalled.

Elizabeth Lloyd was a Hinds Junior College student in 1942 and 1943, finishing her degree at Millsaps College.

She met her husband, Dr. Otto Schales while working as a chemist in New Orleans.

In 1944, he was hired as director of the first research laboratory at the Oschner Clinic. He also worked with the Department of Biochemistry at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans and was a founding member of the Journal of Clinical Chemistry.

The Schales family then moved to Ohio, where he was responsible for the chemistry lab at Elyria Memorial Hospital.  After he retired, they moved to Columbus, Ohio, where he died in October 1988. Otto and Elizabeth Schales had no children but did a lot of traveling.

Elizabeth Schales renewed her relationship with Hinds in 1996 with a $10 gift to the Hinds Community College Foundation.

After Hinds’ landmark Cain Hall burned in 1998, the Foundation mounted a capital campaign to rebuild. No one at Hinds really knew Elizabeth Schales but because of the $10 donation her name and address were in the database.

One day Schales called the phone number on the Hinds capital campaign materials she had received, getting Carraway on the line.

“We just began to talk, and she started to cry, talking about Hinds. It was those memories and good friends she had had here,” Carraway said. “We talked about Cain Hall, and apparently it was such a strong memory she sent $1,000, then $10,000, then another $10,000.”

Over a three-year period, Schales gave $31,000 to the campaign to build Cain-Cochran Hall, which was officially dedicated in November 2002.

Carraway and Schales maintained a relationship over the years. Carraway visited her twice in Ohio during travel for other reasons and spent the night at her house. She was well read, keeping up with world events and the news. Carraway said.

Then in 2000 Schales sent a copy of her will to the college, showing that she intended to leave her estate to Hinds. “We didn’t know if she had a lot of money or not,” Carraway said.

Schales established her scholarship in 2001 with a $15,000 endowment for Hinds students who demonstrate academic achievement and promise with a preference for those interested in science.

In 2003, she moved back to the Jackson area where she had a sister. “We continued to visit more frequently,” Carraway said. “She was very sweet. She was extremely intelligent.”

After Schales death in 2012, the college learned just how much she planned to give the college — about $2 million. “A significant number of scholarships will be awarded in the coming year from this fund,” Carraway said.

For more information on Hinds Community College Foundation scholarships, see



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Posted by on 07 July

Hinds CC continues to provide transportation to Utica Campus


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Utica Campus in the fall

Transportation is still being provided to Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus despite the fact that Hinds Agricultural High School, which was located on the college campus, closed after the end of the 2014 school year.

College students who attend the Utica Campus will be bused from routes located in Edwards, Bolton/Clinton, Crystal Springs/Hazlehurst, Jackson, Port Gibson, Vicksburg and Utica. Buses are timed to get to campus in time for 8 a.m. classes and leave at 4 p.m.

“Transportation has long been a tradition for this campus, and we believe we should continue to provide it to our students who need it,” said Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson, Utica Campus Vice President.

For detailed information on the times and locations of each route, after July 18, 2014, see the college website at

Students also have the option of living in residence halls on the Utica Campus. For information on housing see

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Posted by on 05 June

WWII veteran, Hinds CC alum returns for visit in 2011

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This story was featured in the Winter 2011 of Hindsight alumni magazine. A video of him is featured on The Clarion-Ledger website as part of a D-Day tribute.


Clarence Earl Derrington Jr.’s (1947) freshman class photo in the 1947 Hinds Junior College Eagle yearbook shows a serious-looking young man dressed like all the other guys in a suit and tie. At that moment, Earl “Bulldog” Derrington could have been thinking about how fortunate he was to be alive and home again to enroll in classes at his local college.

“There is no way for me to tell you what a great school Hinds was in that day and time,” Derrington recalled during his first visit since he left the Raymond Campus. “As far as I was concerned, it was all a pleasure. I was so thrilled to be here. It was special.”

World War II had been raging in Europe since 1939 by the time an 18-year-old Derrington was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1943, causing him to leave Central High School in Jackson without a diploma. He served in the Army, reaching the rank of corporal by the end of his service.

His fellow soldiers tagged him with the nickname Bulldog, which stuck with him for years, because during training exercises he refused to let anybody else get the best of him.

During a significant portion of his enlistment, Derrington was a prisoner of war. In December 1944 at the age of 20, he took a mortar round in the back during the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium. The next day he was captured and held at Stalag 69 in Germany before finally being released at the war’s end in 1945.

Like many other G.I.’s, he returned home to heal from the physical injuries he received during and after his capture – and to use his new government benefits to enroll in college.

“I was in the first group of veterans to come to Hinds Junior College after World War II,” Derrington said. “A bunch of us guys came in here. They were trying to figure out what to do with us. We were much older, much tougher and rougher. We had experienced a lot that the kids at that time hadn’t.”

Then-Registrar Mildred Herrin insisted the guys drafted out of high school finish and get a diploma. “She put us guys in high school and in junior college at the same time. She was determined we were going to finish high school,” Derrington said.

Biology instructor T.T. Beemon was another who took a special interest in the returning veterans like Derrington. “We were his first challenge,” he said.

He recalls Hinds classmates including the late mathmetician Dr. Fred Davis, who retired as professor emeritus in computer science at Mississippi State University, and retired Jackson banker Ben Woods, the father of Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center history instructor Ben Woods.

Derrington left Hinds after a year and finished his marketing degree at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. He handled commercial real estate in Jackson and became instrumental in veterans affairs on a national level. He is married to Pauline, his wife of 61 years. Their son Clarence Earl Derrington III, known as Chip, attended Hinds in 1979.

In February 2011, U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper of Pearl presented Derrington with a long overdue Bronze Star medal, the fourth-highest combat decoration awarded by the U.S. military. He also received a Combat Infantry Badge that went missing in 1945 as he recovered from his wounds.

Earl Derrington, left, Matthew Pickering, band director at Jones County Junior College; Pauline Derrington, and Faye and Jack Porch visited at the Hinds/JCJC football game in October. Earl "Bulldog" Derrington attended Hinds Junior College in 1947 as a young World War II veteran. The Porches are the aunt and uncle of Hinds employees Jim and Lesia Porch.

Earl Derrington, left, Matthew Pickering, band director at Jones County Junior College; Pauline Derrington, and Faye and Jack Porch visited at the Hinds/JCJC football game in October.  The Porches are the aunt and uncle of Hinds employees Jim and Lesia Porch.

Earl and Pauline Derrington were on the Raymond Campus in October 2011, attending the football game against Jones County Junior College where Pauline Derrington’s nephew is the band director. “The amazing part to me is the change in the campus,” he said. “This campus is massive compared to that day and age. It was a great school then, and it’s still a great school.”


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Hinds CC Gateway to College offers second chance at high school

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Annielyn Null got not only a second chance to graduate from high school, she racked up 21 hours of college credit in the process.

Null was one of 31 Rankin County students who received high school diplomas from their home school through Hinds Community College’s Gateway to College program on June 3.

Last spring, for the first graduation ceremony, only five students graduated. Gateway to College, which began at Hinds in fall 2012, is a Mississippi Works Partnership between Hinds Community College and Rankin County and Pearl schools. The program enrolls high school students in danger of not graduating and allows them to finish high school at the college’s Rankin Campus while also earning college credits.

“Gateway to College changed my life,” said Null, whose diploma is from McLaurin High School.

She worked two jobs throughout high school, placing more importance there instead of on studying. She heard about Gateway to College and decided to apply.

“I saw myself falling off the deep end and Gateway to College wanted to change that,” she said. “The first week was the hardest but I soon realized I wasn’t alone in this. Everyone in the program was there for a reason, just like me. No one was judging anyone, and it was the nicest thing I’d ever seen.

“Every student accepted in Gateway has been given a second chance — a chance to prove everyone who has doubted them, wrong.  We have been given this chance to keep going and make something of ourselves,” she said.

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Gateway graduates include, front from left, Bianca Aguillar, Florence High, 13 hours of college credit; Taylor Shriver, Brandon High, 36 hours; Regan Clark, Brandon High, 36 hours; Caitlin Dempsey, Brandon High, seven hours; Harlie Jones, Brandon High, 19 hours; Emily Stevens, Richland High, six hours; Freda Washington, Brandon High, 30 hours; Gabrielle Whitesides, Northwest Rankin, 27 hours; Kaylie Teel, Northwest Rankin, 17 hours; middle row, Daniel Barber, Brandon High, 45 hours; Al Rawls, Brandon High, 25 hours; Kaitlyn Weeks, Brandon High, 21 hours; Ryan Greer, Northwest Rankin, 18 hours; Christen Harvey, McLaurin High, 42 hours; Bri’Chale Giles, Northwest Rankin, six hours; Nattilee Berch, Northwest Rankin High, 30 hours; Lori Copeland, Brandon High, 25 hours; Jacolybya Pittman, Northwest Rankin, 26 hours; Lan Le, Brandon High, 35 hours; back row, Taylor Jones, Northwest Rankin, 21 hours; Neely Gore, Northwest Rankin High, 17 hours; Parker Smith, Brandon High, 23 hours; Breanne Babbitt, Northwest Rankin High, 18 hours; Annielyn Null, McLaurin High, 21 hours; Austin Jenkins, Puckett Attendance Center, three hours and Larry Hackman, Brandon High, 45 hours.

For more information on Gateway to College see


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Baseball ‘Homecoming for Champions’ changed to 7:30 p.m. tonight

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Mississippi’s Region XXIII champions and second place finisher in the National Junior College Athletic Association World Series on Saturday will be home tonight.

 The Hinds Community College family is honoring the 2014 Hinds Eagles Baseball team with a Homecoming for Champions celebration tonight at 7:30 at Joe G. Moss Field on Hinds Boulevard in Raymond as the team arrives home via charter bus from Enid, Oka. If it’s raining, the celebration will be at Fountain Hall at the corner of Hinds Boulevard and Main Street, across from the electronic sign.

The 2014 Eagles team is the only Hinds CC baseball team that has ever played in the championship game of the National Junior College Athletic Association World Series.

Follow the Hinds Facebook pages for updates on the team’s arrival in Raymond

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Posted by on 31 May

Hinds CC Eagles baseball to receive ‘Homecoming for Champions’ Sunday night

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Win or lose tonight against Mesa (Ariz.) Community College, the 2014 Hinds Eagles Baseball team has earned a Homecoming for Champions.

Hinds Community College will have a homecoming celebration for the baseball team at approximately 8:30 p.m. Sunday as the team arrives home via charter bus from Enid, Oka.

The celebration will be along Hinds Boulevard in Raymond and at Joe G. Moss field, home of Eagles Baseball, located on Hinds Boulevard.

The 2014 Eagles team is the only Hinds CC baseball team that has ever played in the championship game of the National Junior College Athletic Association World Series.

Follow the Hinds Facebook pages for updates on the team’s arrival in Raymond

at  or .

Watch the national championship game tonight at 7 p.m. via web streaming at

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Posted by on 29 May

Hinds CC honors GED achievers with June 5 ceremony

More than 75 General Education Development certificate achievers who live in the Hinds Community College district will be recognized during a ceremony to be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 5 in Cain-Cochran Hall on the Raymond Campus.

The speaker for the ceremony will be the Honorable Winston Kidd, circuit judge for the 7th Circuit Court District in Hinds County and member of the Adult Education/Dropout Recovery Advisory Board. Judge Kidd was appointed by Gov. Ronnie Musgrove. He currently presides over Civil and Criminal Court in Hinds County.


Kidd was born and raised in Newton County and has been a resident of Hinds County for more than 15 years. He received his bachelor’s degree, graduating cum laude, in respiratory therapy from the University of Mississippi in 1987. After working as a registered respiratory therapist for one year, he enrolled at Mississippi College School of Law where he received his law degree in 1991.

Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Kidd worked as an attorney with the Walker and Walker law firm in Jackson for approximately 10 years. His practice was primarily limited to civil litigation.

Judge Kidd is committed to mentoring youth. He has delivered many speeches and lectures in dozens of schools and churches. He serves as a mentor to a student at Lester Elementary in the Big Brothers\Big Sisters Program. Further, Judge Kidd serves as a mentor to several Jackson high school students along with other Magnolia Bar attorneys. He is married to Adriane Dorsey-Kidd and they are the parents of Winston Jamal and Jacob Jabari.

There will be something new at this year’s ceremony — the “GED Champion” Award, which will go to a faculty or staff member who has shown exceptional support to GED students throughout their journeys.

Doug Williams, Hinds CC soccer coach, will be leading the invocation and benediction. Ray Neilsen and Trish Oba will also be attending the graduation and will be recognized for the support of the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation.

The partnership between Hinds and the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation program, which began in 2009, launched the Education Pays program that awards a $500 check to all Hinds CC Warren County GED recipients over the age of 21.

The Neilsen Foundation is extending the Education Pays program to the Jackson Campus – Academic-Technical Center in 2014. Since 2009, Hinds CC has received six grants from the Neilsen Foundation, totaling more than $575,000, providing financial support for teacher salaries, tutors, computer equipment and testing assistance.

Education Pays isn’t the only award GED recipients get at Hinds; the college 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

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Hinds CC Gateway to College high school program plans graduation


Hinds Community College’s Gateway to College program will graduate 31 high school students in the second year of the program.

The ceremony is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 3, in the Lecture Hall of George Wynne Hall on the Hinds Community College Rankin Campus in Pearl.

Gateway to College, which began in fall 2012, is a Mississippi Works Partnership between Hinds Community College and Rankin County schools. The program enrolls high school students in danger of not graduating and allows them to finish high school at the college’s campus while also earning college credits.

Five students graduated in June 2013 at the first graduation ceremony.


The speaker for this year’s ceremony is Eleanor Long of Florence, who is chair of the social sciences department at Hinds’ Rankin Campus.

For more about Gateway to College at Hinds Community College, see

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