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Hinds CC students begin first week of classes
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17 August

Hinds CC students begin first week of classes

Hinds Community College began fall classes on Aug. 13. Hinds offers more than 450 academic courses guaranteed to transfer to universities, plus more than 70 career and technical program options. Students can take classes day or night at any of our six locations, or take online classes from the convenience of their own home.Hinds also offers many different starting points, so students can begin college when they are ready.

On-campus classes:

  • 16-week (full term) classes – Aug. 13
  • Eight-week classes – Aug. 13 and Oct. 4
  • Six-week classes – Sept. 4 and Oct.15
  • Four-week classes – Aug. 13, Sept. 10, Oct. 9 and Nov. 5

Online classes

  • 15-week (full term) classes – Aug. 20
  • Eight-week classes –Aug. 20 and Oct. 15
  • 4-week classes – Aug. 20, Sept. 17, Oct. 15 and Nov. 12

“Hinds Community College takes pride in its mission of providing a quality, affordable education that fits the life needs of our students,” said Raymond Campus Dean of Academics Dr. Ben Cloyd.

For more information on programs of study and scheduling, see www.hindscc.edu.

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolls about 12,000 students each fall semester. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

Linda Holley of Natchez, left, a Hinds Community College student at Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center, purchases books for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program with the help of bookstore employee Cynthia Smith of Terry.

Dilan Sanchez SanJuan of Brandon, left, and Anthony Davis of Brookhaven, are in the Emergency Medical Science-Paramedic Program at Hinds Community College’s Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center.

Associate Degree Nursing students Elason Kelly of Raymond, left, and Jessica Helder of Utica get the semester started at Hinds Community College’s Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center.

New students in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program Alexis Rader of Vicksburg, Shelby Carroll of Clinton, Linda Holley of Natchez, Kacie McCluskey of Carrollton, Lindsey Jeselink of Clinton and Kathleen Lott of Carrollton get to know each other on their first day of class together at Hinds Community College’s Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center.

Respiratory Care Technology students took a tour on their first day of class on Aug. 13 at Hinds Community College’s Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. They are, from left, Kayla Moore of Jackson, Meagan Brazell of Brandon, Sydney Phillips of Raymond, Lonnie Caine of Pearl, Victoria McDonald of Richland, Shulette McBeth of Carthage and Keisha Hoover of Byram.

Industrial Maintenance instructor Geoffrey Horne at Hinds Community College’s Vicksburg-Warren Campus gets the first day of classes started. (April Garon/Hinds Community College0

Jalin McDonald, left, and Frantrell Windom, both of Jackson, shop for supplies on Monday, Aug. 13, at the bookstore at Hinds Community College’s Raymond Campus. McDonald plans to study art and Windom to study music. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

 

Sandra Mullins, of Raymond, shops for a bookbag on Monday, Aug. 13 at the bookstore at Hinds Community College’s Raymond Campus. Mullins is in her second semester at Hinds Community College and plans to study nursing. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Bookstore employee David Cruse, right, assists sophomore Stanley Kelker, of Jackson, on Monday, Aug. 13 at the bookstore at Hinds Community College’s Raymond Campus. Kelker is a sophomore pursuing a degree in Physical Therapy.  (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

 

Freshman student Jessica Fant, of Clinton, visits the bookstore at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus on Monday, Aug. 13. Fant is pursuing a degree in Forensics. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

 

D’Ajah Miley, right, a sophomore Veterinary Technology student from Clinton, gets a helping hand finding her next class from Hinds CC Raymond Campus Police Captain LaTridia Chambers on Monday, Aug. 13.  (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

 

Freshmen Tarrius Kirkwood-Burr, left, and Christian Trejo sit outdoors Monday, Aug. 13 at Hinds Community College’s Raymond Campus. Kirkwood-Burr, of Jackson, plans to study Diesel Technology; Trejo, of Clinton, plans to study music education. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

 

Hinds Community College employee Leigh Sarrett, left, gives freshman student Jamiracle Williams, of Vicksburg, directions to her next class on Aug. 13, the first day of fall classes. Williams plans to study nursing. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Hinds Community College employee Emily Mitchell, left, gives freshman student Nyjah Smith, of Greenwood, directions to her next class. Smith plans to study art.  (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

 

Chester Price, left, and Michael Parks, both of Jackson, are students in the Industrial Maintenance Technology program on the Raymond Campus of Hinds Community College. Parks, 54, said he came back to school to pursue opportunities for an enriching career. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

 

Joy Lawson gets her student ID photo taken Monday, Aug. 13 at Hinds Community College’s Raymond Campus by Hinds employee Ray Westerfield. Lawson, of French Camp, is a sophomore Graphic Design Technology student.  (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

 

From left, Katelyn Foster, of Byram; Kaelyn Jones, of Terry; Hannah Gatewood, of Jackson; and Hallie Clark, of Jackson gather together on the first day of classes at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus. Classes for the fall semester are now in session. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

 

Ayana Alexander, of Byram, receives assistance from Test and Lab coordinator Hazel McLaurin-Dunbar as she signs in to take the Accuplacer Placement test on Monday, Aug.13 at Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus. Alexander is a first semester freshman. (Evelyn Stewart/Hinds Community College)

 

Freshman student Dahkeem Williams, of Utica, visits with Dr. Tyrone Jackson, vice president of the Utica Campus on Monday, Aug.13, 2018 at Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus. Williams traveled to Utica from Pennsylvania in hopes of playing basketball. (Evelyn Stewart/Hinds Community College)

 

DeKindre Dixon, left, and Jamar Williams, both of Utica, gets help from Librarian Jean Greene on Aug. 13 at Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus. Dixon, an incoming freshman, plans to study Engineering while Williams, a second semester freshman plans to become a Physical Therapist.  Classes for the fall are now in session.  Late registration continues through Aug. 17. (Evelyn Stewart/Hinds Community College)

 

Students at Hinds Community College’s Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center buy books and supplies the first week of school. Pictured are, from left, book store employee Jerrica Murray and students Sarah Brown and Michel Davis, all Jackson residents.

Hinds Community College Medical Data Technology instructorAngela Garrett of Monticello, standing left, gets class started at Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. Students are, seated from left, Chavet Bryant of Jackson, Pakendra Hall of Jackson, Eboni Galtney of Clinton and Anastasia Ellis of Jackson.

Campus police Lt. Maurice Winford makes IDs for Hinds Community College students Sonya Watson of Canton, Alexus Jones of Jackson, Mayia Horton of Jackson and Katlyn Stokes of Jackson at Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center.

Hinds Community College student Ashlyn Rader, of Puckett, is studying in the Honors Center at the Rankin Campus where she attends classes. She is a member of the Honors program and Phi Theta Kappa, Alpha Omicron Omega Chapter at the Rankin Campus. Hinds students returned to classes on Aug. 13.

Hinds Community College students, from left, Destiny Little of Florence, Eric Kinan of Florence and Amber Williams of Brandon are all members of the Alpha Omicron Omega Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa on the Rankin Campus. Little, who is studying psychology, is the vice president for Scholarship and is the Mississippi/Louisiana Regional Central District Representative of Phi Theta Kappa. Kinan, who is studying Pre-Veterinary Science, and Williams, an accounting major, are both members of the Honors Institute.

Amanda Blair of Pearl instructs a chemistry course Thursday, Aug. 16 during the first week of classes at Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus. Classes for the fall semester are now in session. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Brandon Brown, left, of Florence, take notes Thursday, Aug. 16 during Amanda Blair’s Chemistry course during the first week of classes at Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus. Brown is planning to study occupational therapy. Classes for the fall semester are now in session. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Freshman students Jordan Fortenberry, left, of Brandon and Abigale Williams of Flowood take notes Thursday, Aug. 16 during Amanda Blair’s Chemistry course during the first week of classes at Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus. Classes for the fall semester are now in session. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Maya Miller, of Florence, prints materials at the Hinds Community College Rankin Campus library on Aug. 16. Miller plans to study biology. Classes for the fall semester are now in session. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Freshman student Estefania Armendariz, of Brandon, utlilizes the Hinds Community College Rankin Campus library on Thursday, Aug. 16. Armendariz plans to study biology. Classes for the fall semester are now in session. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Freshman student Kyshawn Smith, of Jackson, sits outdoors at Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus on Thursday, Aug. 16. Smith plans to study kinesiology. Classes for the fall semester are now in session. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

From left, Benjamin Chaffins, of Flowood; Maugra Luna, of Pearl; and Logan Hogue, of Brandon, hang out between classes Thursday, Aug. 16 at Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus. Classes for the fall semester are now in session. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Kathy Jones of Raymond, manager of the Hinds Community College Rankin Campus Bookstore, stocks shelves with textbooks on Thursday, Aug. 16. Classes for the fall semester are now in session. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Book store employee Sheryl Mounger helps Hinds Community College Vicksburg-Warren Campus students buy their books the first week of class. The students are Elizabeth Tucker, left, and D’Andra Chambers, both of Vicksburg.

 

Bookstore employee Stephanie Langley, right, helps sophomore student Alliyah McNair with her textbook list on Thurs, Aug. 16. Langley, of Sand Hill, plans to study nursing. Classes for the fall semester are now in session. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Michyla Adams, left, and Andrea Gaines, both of Jackson, walk to class Monday, Aug. 13 at Hinds Community College’s Raymond Campus. They are pursuing degrees in nursing and criminal justice, respectively. Classes for the fall semester are now in session. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Kylan Osborn, of Sardis, stops to ask for directions on Monday, Aug. 13 at Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus. Osborn plans to take general studies classes this fall with the hopes of later majoring in engineering. (Evelyn Stewart/Hinds Community College)

Student Support Services Administrative Assistant Letoya Allen, of Utica, assist Freshmen students Takia Jenkins, of Belzoni (left) and Ernestine Chin of Vicksburg with job placement applications on Aug. 13. at Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus. (Evelyn Stewart/Hinds Community College)

Freshman student Nicholas Rogers, of Gluckstadt, walks to class Monday, Aug. 13, 2018 at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus. Rogers plans to study business. Classes for the fall semester are now in session. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

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Once a Jubilee, always a Jubilee: Hinds CC’s Cooper retires, leaving legacy of excellence
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Once a Jubilee, always a Jubilee: Hinds CC’s Cooper retires, leaving legacy of excellence

Dr. Bobby Cooper didn’t plan to stay at Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus for 45 years. Goodness knows, he had plenty of opportunity to go to his alma mater Tougaloo College, Jackson State University, Alcorn State University or other places.

As the longest serving employee this year, with 45 years of service, Dr. Bobby Cooper was presented with a special momento – a framed 45 record of the song ‘Amen, Amen” and a paper copy of the musical score. The song is one performed many times by Cooper’s Jubilee Singers over the years. Cooper retired at the end of June 2018.

He was lured to what was then Utica Junior College in 1972 as a music instructor by the college’s participation, along with Jackson State and Tougaloo, in Opera/South, a now-defunct black opera company based in Jackson.

“Utica was looking for someone to work with their opera chorus for Opera/South,” he recalled. “I didn’t come to stay – not to be there forever. Things changed when I got there. I really liked what I was doing.

“I was mainly just a one-person music department. I taught piano, I taught voice, I taught theory. You name it, I did it. I enjoyed it very, very much,” he said.

Then he had a life-changing experience. He read “Black Man’s Burden” by Utica Institute founder Dr. William Holtzclaw, learning about the all-male Jubilee Singers group formerly used as a fund-raising tool to keep the historically black college afloat. The group was active from 1922 to 1941.

“I said, ‘Wow, this is something I would like to do.’ When I was at Tougaloo College, I was in a male group. I wanted to continue it so I said, ‘I’m going to start this back.’ It took off.”

Cooper resurrected the Jubilee Singers in 1982, right around the time Utica Junior College and Hinds Junior College merged because of a federal higher education desegregation court order.

Cooper retired at the end of June as the current longest serving Hinds employee. Along the way, he was recognized many times for his work. His awards include Outstanding and Distinguished Academic Instructor of the Year, Hinds Humanities Teacher of the Year, Life Star, Hinds Hero, HEADWAE recognition and the college’s most prestigious recognition, the 3E Award. The Fine Arts Center on the Utica Campus bears his name.

Two scholarships have been established in his honor, the Dr. Bobby Cooper’s Jubilee Singers Scholarship in 2012 and the Daughters of Bobby Cooper Singers Scholarship in 2015. He established the Dr. Bobby Cooper Endowed Scholarship in 2002.

He plans to stay productive in his retirement. He has applied for a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to write the story of the Jubilee Singers and embark on a book tour. As the motto goes, “Once a Jubilee, always a Jubilee.”

Dr. Bobby Cooper directs the Jubilee Singers at the May 2018 graduation ceremony on the Utica Campus.

Cooper leaves behind a legacy of excellence in his music program but will always be best known for the Jubilee Singers and their rebirth.

Dr. Clyde Muse, who became Hinds president July 1, 1978, before the merger of the two institutions, recognized the jewel the college had in Cooper and the Jubilee Singers.

“I’ve been pleased to support them over the years. They truly are great ambassadors for us,” he said.

Muse recalls attending a national community college convention in New Orleans a few years ago when the Jubilee Singers performed. “I’ve been going to those meetings for years. Very seldom does anybody get a standing ovation, but theirs was automatic when they performed,” he said.

Retired Utica Campus Vice President Dr. George Barnes, who worked at the campus from 1962 to 2013, counts Cooper as a friend.

“He’s done a lot of things for people. He’s done a lot of things for me. He is just a fine person who has worked hard,” Barnes said. “I have a great respect for him.

“He was tough. He was kind and friendly but he wasn’t always soft,” Barnes said. “If something needed tightening down, he knew when he needed to do it. He was firm and fair. Students had a lot of faith in him. They loved him.”

Cooper’s Jubilee Singers started small – four young men, three of them from Illinois where he had gone to graduate school. Now the groups average about 12 to 15 singers. “These were my better singers. Just because you were a part of the choir did not mean you would be one of my Jubilee Singers,” he said.

The Jubilee Singers traveled extensively and performed widely. One of Cooper’s favorite performances was at the Vatican in Rome in 1999 where they sang “Ave Maria” and the group’s trademark “Amen” for Pope John Paul II.

“It was so exciting to sing at the Vatican. People came and talked to us and talked to the fellows. We were really celebrities. We enjoyed it so much,” he said.

Things haven’t always been smooth. There have been a few trials along the way. And he and his wife have been awakened more than once by a student calling at midnight after getting into a difficult situation.

“Kids who were not quite sure about themselves and what they can do –you get a chance to work with them because enrollment was small. You your own kids,” he said. “I always had a house full of my students.

But I enjoyed it and still hear from those kids today about their experiences. It was an environment that you could help the kids, and they wanted to do better. I’ve got former students everywhere.”

One of those is James Adams (1996, 2001), senior program manager for a Dallas nonprofit called Big Thought. “I experienced some rough years while in college at Hinds, and Doc was always there to say it would be all right. He supported me however he could and taught me, as a choir member and Jubilee Singer, to be a gentlemen of honesty and excellence. I saw the best example in the life he walked before us all,” Adams said.

Tracy James, one of the first Utica Campus music graduates, has known Cooper since 1977. She’s a vocal music teacher at a middle school in Ohio. “Music became my livelihood, so I owe much to Dr. Cooper for his wisdom and inspiration he instilled in me,” she said. “One thing Dr. Cooper taught me was always bring your ‘A’ game to the classroom.”

Calvin Bogan Sr., a music major from fall 2009 to summer 2013, is youth pastor at West Point Baptist Church in Hattiesburg.

“Dr. Cooper is a voice of assurance, the portrait of grace and the epitome of kindness. One of his many wonderful attributes I’ve noticed is his timeliness. My most memorable moment with Dr. Cooper is testament to his impeccable timeliness,” he said.

Students had planned a birthday celebration for Cooper on Nov. 3, 2010, but Bogan wasn’t able to be there after his mother died of cancer and her funeral was on that day.

“I viewed my mother for the last time. As I stood there, I felt a firm, but gentle hand on my shoulder. That hand was that of Dr. Cooper. He spent his birthday with my family and I as we funeralized my mother,” Bogan said. “I can say for me and everyone else that Dr. Cooper has always been there for anyone who needed him and is always in time.”

 

Dr. Cooper Legacy Giving

The Humanities Department at Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus is soliciting donations for two projects in honor of Dr. Bobby Cooper.

One is for a museum exhibit focused on his legacy that is being called the Utica Jubilee Experience.The plan is to display some of Dr. Cooper’s archival materials, along with historical information about the Jubilees – both the original group from the 1920s and 1930s, and Dr. Cooper’s Jubilees. The museum is to feature interactive exhibits allowing visitors the chance to experience one of Dr. Cooper’s Jubilee concerts, as well as educational materials for teachers bringing their classes to the exhibit.

The other option is a gift to the Dr. Bobby G. Cooper Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to deserving music education students at the Utica Campus. The recipients are selected each year based on their talent, financial need and potential to impact the world.

For more information on how to give to either project, contact Dan Fuller, 601.885.7097 or daniel.fuller@hindscc.edu or the Hinds Community College Foundation at 601.857.3363.

 

Editor’s Note: This story was originally published in the summer 2018 issue of Hindsight alumni magazine.

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolls about 12,000 students each fall semester. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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Hinds CC Public, Community Relations win awards at state conference
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Hinds CC Public, Community Relations win awards at state conference

The Hinds Community College Public Relations and Community Relations Departments won 10 awards at the annual College Public Relations Association of Mississippi Conference on May 22 at Holmes Community College.

The Community Relations and Public Relations departments include, front from left, Tre’ Thornhill, Community Relations; Renee Cotton, district director of Marketing and Community Relations; Mary Rousselle, Community Relations; Evelyn Stewart, Public Relations; second row, April Garon, Public Relations; Tammi Bowles, Public Relations; Cathy Hayden, district director for Public Relations; Jamar McQuarters, Community Relations; back row, Tracy Duncan, Public Relations; Jeremy Cole, Community Relations; Danny Barrett Jr., Public Relations and Daniel Hawthorne, Community Relations.

Seven of the 15 community colleges submitted 141 entries in the annual contest, with the photography categories receiving the highest number of entries. Only first and second places were awarded.

First place awards included:

Special publications: The 100 People Passionate about Hinds Community College book, Tammi Bowles, Cathy Hayden and Mary Rousselle, among others.

Photography: Graduation hug, April Garon.

Sports media guide: 2017 baseball media guide, Austin Biggs, Renee Cotton, Tracy Duncan, Alvin Franklin, Cathy Hayden and Sam Temple

Sports social media: Hinds CC Sports Twitter, Nick Ammirati, Tracy Duncan, Alvin Franklin, Daniel Hawthorne and Caleb Upton

Second place awards included:

Newswriting: “Hinds CC launches link to help Mississippians finish degree,” Danny Barrett Jr.

PR campaign: Centennial campaign, Renee Cotton, Laura Ivy, Mary Rousselle and Tre’ Thornhill, among others.

Institutional magazine: Hindsight, Danny Barrett Jr., April Garon, Jackie Granberry, Cathy Hayden, Libby Posey and Tre’ Thornhill.

College newsletter: On Campus, Danny Barrett Jr., Tammi Bowles, April Garon, Cathy Hayden and Mary Rousselle

Multimedia: Breanna Green student soccer player video, April Garon and Tracy Duncan.

Exhibit: Hi-Stepper mural, Mary Rousselle and Angela Hite.

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolls about 12,000 students each fall semester. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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MIBEST helps Vicksburg student on path to graduation
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MIBEST helps Vicksburg student on path to graduation

PEARL – With 24-hour cable news and social media, it can be a negative world out there. But Hinds County Board of Supervisors President Mike Morgan told Hinds Community College graduates that they don’t have to fall prey to all the negativity.

Mike Morgan, president of the Hinds County Board of Supervisors, addressed 170 Hinds Community College graduates at the 8 a.m. Friday, May 11 ceremony at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

There are ways to combat the negativity by, instead, being positive. “Say thank you. You’re acknowledging something good. People need to hear that. Get in the habit,” Morgan told about 170 students graduating with career or technical certificates and associate degrees in academic or career-technical programs.

He asked them to do begin the habit as soon as the graduation ceremony was over.

He also told graduates to “stay connected to the unconnected world. It’s a beautiful day outside. Did you notice it? You couldn’t have ordered a better day. There is bad stuff out there but there has never been a better time to be alive. It’s the best it’s ever been right now.”

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse welcomes graduate and their families to the May 11 graduation ceremony for Hinds Community College. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse reminded graduates that they are part of a long tradition that began when the college was founded in 1917 as an agricultural high school.

“The power of education is that it drives our vision for a better life.  And, while the graduates today represent a diverse set of circumstances, they are connected by their belief that a community college education is a step up to a broader opportunity to build a better life and to contribute to the communities we live in,” Muse said.

Among those graduating at the Friday 8 a.m. ceremony was London Duke of Vicksburg, who also earned a High School Equivalency certificate a few weeks ago through the MIBEST program at Hinds Community College’s Vicksburg-Warren Campus. She was also recently inducted into the Alpha Iota Kappa chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society for two-year colleges.

London Duke, left, sits among other graduates at the May 11 graduation ceremony at Hinds Community College. (April Garon/Hinds Commuity College)

“I had dropped out of school in the eighth grade, got pregnant and didn’t finish,” said Duke, 26. “I had first taken my GED ages ago and also didn’t finish.”

MIBEST is Mississippi’s version of the nationally recognized Integrating Basic Education and Skills Training program. The program allows adult students to train for a job skill while earning their 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.

“They push you to continue and do your best,” Duke said. “It’s especially true, because here I am. I’m excited about the career opportunities no matter where I go after Hinds.”

Hinds Community College has five graduation ceremonies spanning May 10, 11 and 13. Over the five ceremonies, Hinds is awarding 1,839 degrees and certificates to 1,319 people, with some people receiving multiple credentials in academic, career or technical programs. This is the largest number of credentials Hinds has ever awarded for one graduation season.

Over the academic year including summer 2017 and fall 2017 ceremonies, the college will have awarded more than 3,900 credentials, a 12 percent increase over last year and an 85 percent increase over five years ago.

Of the 1,319 spring graduates, 265 achieved cum laude, 3.2 to 3.59 grade point average; 204 achieved magna cum laude, 3.6 to 3.99 GPA and 137 achieved summa cum laude, 4.0 grade point average. Nearly 900 are expected to participate in one of the five ceremonies.

On Thursday, May 10, Phyllis Polk Johnson, executive director for the Mississippi Board of Nursing, spoke to nursing and allied health graduates.

Other speakers at the Muse Center at the Rankin Campus on Friday, May 11 were state Sen. Josh Harkins, of Flowood, at 11 a.m. and Dr. Andrea Mayfield, executive director of the Mississippi Community College Board, at 3 p.m.

Tom Joyner, a nationally syndicated radio and television show host, will speak to graduates at the Utica Campus during a ceremony 2 p.m. Sunday, May 13.

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolled nearly 12,000 credit students in fall 2016. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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Hinds CC graduates 170 students in first of three May 11 ceremonies
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Hinds CC graduates 170 students in first of three May 11 ceremonies

PEARL – About 170 students graduated at Hinds Community College with career or technical certificates and associate degrees in academic or career-technical programs in the first of three ceremonies on May 11.

Hinds Community College has five graduation ceremonies spanning May 10, 11 and 13. Over the five ceremonies, Hinds is awarding 1,839 degrees and certificates to 1,319 people, with some people receiving multiple credentials in academic, career or technical programs. This is the largest number of credentials Hinds has ever awarded for one graduation season.

Over the academic year including summer 2017 and fall 2017 ceremonies, the college will have awarded more than 3,900 credentials, a 12 percent increase over last year and an 85 percent increase over five years ago.

Of the 1,319 spring graduates, 265 achieved cum laude, 3.2 to 3.59 grade point average; 204 achieved magna cum laude, 3.6 to 3.99 GPA and 137 achieved summa cum laude, 4.0 grade point average. Nearly 900 are expected to participate in one of the five ceremonies.

On Thursday, May 10, Phyllis Polk Johnson, executive director for the Mississippi Board of Nursing, spoke to nursing and allied health graduates.

Other speakers at the Muse Center at the Rankin Campus on Friday, May 11 were state Sen. Josh Harkins, of Flowood, at 11 a.m. and Dr. Andrea Mayfield, executive director of the Mississippi Community College Board, at 3 p.m.

Tom Joyner, a nationally syndicated radio and television show host, will speak to graduates at the Utica Campus during a ceremony 2 p.m. Sunday, May 13.

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolled nearly 12,000 credit students in fall 2016. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

Dr. Norman Session, left, vice president for the Rankin Campus and Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center, and Marvin Moak, vice president for the Vicksburg-Warren Campus, help hand out honor cords for the May 11 graduation ceremony at Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Michael Davis, center, celebrates his May 11 graduation from Hinds Community College with Hinds County administrator Carmen Davis, Hinds County Board of Supervisors President Mike Morgan, Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse and Al Davis. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

The Evans family of Flowood is a Hinds Community College family with Sherman Evans Sr., left, a Hinds alumnus with a degree in biomedical technology, Betty Evans with a degree in early childhood education as of May 11 and son Sherman “S.J.” Evans Jr. planning to major in kinesiology in the fall. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Shane Frye of Vicksburg, foreground, received a communications degree from Hinds Community College on May 11. His next step is Alcorn State University in Lorman. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Anna Hite of Raymond graduated from Hinds Community College on May 11. Hite, whose next step is the University of Mississippi, won numerous awards at Hinds including representing the college as the student HEADWAE honoree at the annual legislative luncheon in February. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Receiving credentials in medical data technology from Hinds Community College on May 11 were, from left, Jessica Fields of Pearl, Melinda Dunn of Pearl and Kailyn Duncan of Terry. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Graduating from Hinds Community College on May 11 with degrees in early childhood education are, from left, Betty Evans of Flowood, Madison Easterling of Brandon and Jillyssa Davis of Pearl.(April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Charmaine Andrews-Grant of Ridgeland, left, received a degree in accounting, Anna Bongfen of Ridgeland received a degree in medical data technology and Fredrick Blackmon of Canton received a degree in logistics at Hinds Community College on May 11. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Twins Aliyah Atkins and Eliyah Atkins of Terry graduated from Hinds Community College on May 11. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Colleen Hartfield of Raymond, executive assistant to the president, reads the names of the graduates at the May 11 graduation ceremony at Hinds Community College. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

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Hinds CC nursing, allied health students graduate on May 10
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Hinds CC nursing, allied health students graduate on May 10

PEARL – About 130 Hinds Community College nursing and allied health graduates received credentials at a 2 p.m. ceremony May 10 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.

Hinds Community College has five graduation ceremonies spanning May 10, 11 and 13. Over the five ceremonies, Hinds is awarding 1,839 degrees and certificates to 1,319 people, with some people receiving multiple credentials in academic, career or technical programs. This is the largest number of credentials Hinds has ever awarded for one graduation season.

Over the academic year including summer 2017 and fall 2017 ceremonies, the college will have awarded more than 3,900 credentials, a 12 percent increase over last year and an 85 percent increase over five years ago.

Of the 1,319 spring graduates, 265 achieved cum laude, 3.2 to 3.59 grade point average; 204 achieved magna cum laude, 3.6 to 3.99 GPA and 137 achieved summa cum laude, 4.0 grade point average. Nearly 900 are expected to participate in one of the five ceremonies.

Speakers for Friday ceremonies at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus are

Mike Morgan, president of the Hinds County Board of Supervisors, at 8 a.m. May 11; state Sen. Josh Harkins, of Flowood, at 11 a.m. and Dr. Andrea Mayfield, executive director of the Mississippi Community College Board, at 3 p.m.

Tom Joyner, a nationally syndicated radio and television show host, will speak to graduates at the Utica Campus during a ceremony 2 p.m. Sunday, May 13.

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolled nearly 12,000 credit students in fall 2016. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

Ridge Rochelle of Canton received a degree in physical therapy assisting on May 10 at Hinds Community College. He is with is son Easton Rochelle, 9 ½ months. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Nickeysha Nathaniel of McComb received the Associate Degree in Nursing from Hinds Community College on May 10. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Leanna Long of Pelahatchie and Emily Nicholson-Zetterholm of Clinton received the Associate Degree in Nursing from Hinds Community College on May 10. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Brooke Barnes of Brandon with her son Jaxon Epperly, 3. Barnes received the Associate Degree in Nursing from Hinds Community College on May 10. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse with Dr. Bobby Cooper, the grand marshal and mace bearer for the May 10 graduation at Hinds Community College. The long-time director of the Jubilee Singers on the Utica Campus, Cooper is retiring with 45 years of service to the college. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Graduation speaker Phyllis Polk Johnson with Dr. Libby Mahaffey, dean for nursing and allied health at Hinds Community College and Shan Montgomery, CFO for the Mississippi Board of Nursing. Johnson spoke to nursing and allied health graduates on May 10. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Nicole Vertucci of Richland adjusts the gown for Kayla Atkinson of Carthage. They received the Associate Degree in Nursing from Hinds Community College on May 10. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Morgan Bruff of Jackson and Abby Horner of Ridgeland received the Associate Degree in Nursing from Hinds Community College on May 10. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Sherry Kelley of Jackson, left, and Trenee’ Walton of Ridgeland received the Associate Degree in Nursing from Hinds Community College on May 10. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Jonathan “Win” Winsted of Pelahatchie graduated with a degree in health care assisting on May 10 at Hinds Community College. During his Hinds career, he attended the Rankin Campus and Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center and served as an officer in Phi Theta Kappa honor society. “I had a good experience. Both were really good campuses,” he said. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Graduating with degrees in health care assisting are, from left, Alex Shoemaker of Terry, Camille Young of Jackson, Courtney Stevens of Jackson, Raushauntriss Brown of Byram, and Bre-Anna Russell of Crystal Springs. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Stephanie Drake of Pearl received a degree in radiologic technology on May 10 from Hinds Community College. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Hinds Community College Patti Carroll employee helps her daughter Shelby Carroll of Clinton get ready for May 10 graduation. Shelby received a degree in radiologic technology.(April Garon/Hinds Community Colege)

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Hinds CC nursing, allied health graduates inspired by instructors
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Hinds CC nursing, allied health graduates inspired by instructors

PEARL – Amanda Perez of Florence compares the last two years of studying radiologic technology at Hinds Community College to running a race.

“Finishing today is the end of that race. I finally sit down and breathe,” said Perez, 30, who received her associate degree on May 10.

Amanda Perez of Florence celebrates her graduation on May 10 from Hinds Community College radiologic technology with her husband Juan and children Hayden, 10; Zoey, 7 and Khloe, 6. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Perez, married and the mother of three children ages 6, 7 and 10, is among the 1,319 Hinds graduates receiving a credential over five ceremonies spanning three days. She’s the first person on both her side of the family and her husband’s to receive a college degree.

Her “sitting down” time is brief. On the day after graduation, she planned to be at St. Dominic Hospital for a job that she had been working as a student radiologic technician.

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, in his remarks to about 130 nursing and allied health graduates at a 2 p.m. ceremony May 10 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus, recognized that there are many students like Perez.

“We understand that most students have family and job obligations that require some flexibility in their program. We strive to offer unlimited options that will meet the needs of our students,” he said.

“When we started our journey in 1917, 117 students enrolled – each one with the desire to achieve a better life,” Muse said. “Some things do not change; I suspect if we polled each graduate on this stage, nearly all would say they went to college to make things better – for themselves and for their families.”

Graduation speaker Phyllis Polk Johnson with Dr. Libby Mahaffey, dean for nursing and allied health at Hinds Community College and Shan Montgomery, CFO for the Mississippi Board of Nursing. Johnson spoke to nursing and allied health graduates on May 10. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Phyllis Polk Johnson, executive director of the Mississippi Board of Nursing, was the speaker for the nursing and allied health ceremony.

“From an educational standpoint, I would like to assure you that Hinds Community College has readied you for your future careers and further educational pursuits. However, I want you to know that what you will face in the actual world of being a health care professional will be challenging,” she said.

Johnson had two pieces of advice for graduates: “Remember to always possess a willingness to learn. Never forget your training has prepared you,” she said.

“At every age and stage of your life and your professional career, be ready to learn something new and be ready to learn a new something. You will live and work in a world filled with fast-paced changes which will require you to learn and never stop learning,” Johnson said. “Those who chose to not learn will be left behind and phased-out of this current job market.”

She also reminded them that “Hinds Community College has prepared you … You have been prepared to be competent, caring healthcare professionals. You must see your training as an investment in your future. Your future is bright and it begins now. The workforce awaits.”

Perez and her classmates are ready to capitalize on the opportunity. Two years ago, “my youngest was going to school and I wanted to do something. I couldn’t sit at home. Getting to help people is what I enjoy,” she said.

She attended a recruiting event at Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. “I just decided then that’s what I wanted to do. I wanted to do it for my kids. They were at the right ages for them to watch and learn from their mom,” she said.

Perez gives a lot of credit to husband Juan, who works in construction. “He has pulled all the weight I couldn’t pull when I was in school. I worked two jobs at St. Dominic’s and Trust Care in Brandon,” she said. “I wouldn’t have been able to take those opportunities if he hadn’t been able to step up and do what had to be done.”

Perez considered nursing, but she’s convinced she settled on the right career field for her. “With x-ray you’re getting to take images, and doctors are looking at your images to diagnose people. Ultimately if you don’t take a good image, you’re not giving them the best care,” Perez said. “I get to be a part of their diagnosis AND I get to help them. I get to be the kind face when they’re in the hospital. It’s the best of both worlds.”

Cassidy Still, 21, of Brandon received an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and plans to take a few more classes at Hinds before she applies to the University of Mississippi School of Nursing to work on a bachelor’s degree.

Cassidy Still of Brandon graduated from Hinds Community College on May 10 with an Associate Degree in Nursing. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

She was influenced by her mother who owns a day care center to find a profession that will enable her to help people. She knew that early childhood education wasn’t for her but nursing did appeal to her. She said the best part of her Hinds education was participating in clinicals with the oversight of her Hinds instructors.

“Actually getting to put what you learned in class into practice and interacting with people and taking care of them was awesome,” she said.

Ultimately she wants to be a nurse educator. “I want to inspire people. I have instructors this semester who made me fall in love with nursing. I want to do that for somebody some day,” said Still, who was selected by her instructors to receive the Outstanding Student Award for Associate Degree Nursing.

Hinds Community College has five graduation ceremonies spanning May 10, 11 and 13. Over the five ceremonies, Hinds is awarding 1,839 degrees and certificates to 1,319 people, with some people receiving multiple credentials in academic, career or technical programs. This is the largest number of credentials Hinds has ever awarded for one graduation season.

Over the academic year including summer 2017 and fall 2017 ceremonies, the college will have awarded more than 3,900 credentials, a 12 percent increase over last year and an 85 percent increase over five years ago.

Of the 1,319 spring graduates, 265 achieved cum laude, 3.2 to 3.59 grade point average; 204 achieved magna cum laude, 3.6 to 3.99 GPA and 137 achieved summa cum laude, 4.0 grade point average. Nearly 900 are expected to participate in one of the five ceremonies.

Speakers for Friday ceremonies at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus are

Mike Morgan, president of the Hinds County Board of Supervisors, at 8 a.m. May 11; state Sen. Josh Harkins, of Flowood, at 11 a.m. and Dr. Andrea Mayfield, executive director of the Mississippi Community College Board, at 3 p.m.

Tom Joyner, a nationally syndicated radio and television show host, will speak to graduates at the Utica Campus during a ceremony 2 p.m. Sunday, May 13.

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolled nearly 12,000 credit students in fall 2016. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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Radio personality Tom Joyner to speak at Hinds CC Utica Campus May 13 graduation ceremony
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Radio personality Tom Joyner to speak at Hinds CC Utica Campus May 13 graduation ceremony

UTICA – Tom Joyner, a nationally syndicated radio and television host based in Dallas, Texas, is the speaker for the May 13 graduation ceremony at Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus. About 130 students from the Utica Campus will graduate.

The ceremony is at 2 p.m. in the Boyd Gymnasium.

The Utica Campus, which has a designation as an HBCU (historically black college and university), has been selected by the Tom Joyner Foundation as its June 2018 School of the Month.

The “School of the Month” program is the signature program of the foundation, which supports historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) through fundraising efforts, scholarships, endowments and capacity-building enhancements.

The designation is an opportunity for supporters of the HBCU campus to help raise money for student scholarships. The Utica Campus enrolls more than 800 students per semester. To donate online, supporters can go to the website: https://hub.hindscc.edu/tomjoyner. Additional fundraising opportunities will be available over the next few weeks.

Joyner’s show is the nation’s top syndicated morning show, airing in 105 markets and reaching nearly 8 million listeners.

The Utica Campus is one of two, two-year HBCUs selected for the honor, which is traditionally reserved for four-year institutions. Annually, the Tom Joyner Foundation selects 11 HBCUs with which to partner. During the partnership, funds are raised in support of student scholarships and other initiatives to help sustain the HBCU.

Fundraising efforts include a monthly day of giving by faculty, staff and students; church and community outreach programs; a donor reception; alumni support initiatives and a visit from Joyner.

All donations received during the campaign will be used for student scholarships at Hinds’ Utica Campus. Although selected for June, the campaign officially kicked off March 1 and will continue through Dec. 31.

Since 1998, Joyner’s foundation has provided support to HBCUs to help sustain and preserve their legacies through fundraising and donor development initiatives. More than $65 million has been raised to support more than 29,000 students attending selected colleges and universities. Additionally, the foundation has recommended internships, offered matching grant support and career development to deserving students.

Hinds Community College has four other graduation ceremonies on May 10 and 11 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. Over the five ceremonies, Hinds is awarding 1,839 degrees and certificates to 1,319 people, with some people receiving multiple credentials in academic, career or technical programs. This is the largest number of credentials Hinds has ever awarded for one graduation season.

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolls about 12,000 students each fall semester. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

 

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Hinds CC hosts ninth annual special education field day for Hinds County students
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Hinds CC hosts ninth annual special education field day for Hinds County students

For the ninth year in a row, Hinds Community College hosted special education field day for Hinds County students on May 2.

Students from Hinds County schools throughout the district gathered at Gene Murphy Field at Joe Renfroe Stadium on the Raymond Campus for a series of fun and games that included popcorn, snow cones and a sack lunch as a way to end the school year.

Hinds Community College employees and students volunteered to help with the games.

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolled nearly 12,000 credit students in fall 2016. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

Among the games played by Hinds County special education students at the annual field day at Hinds Community College’s Raymond Campus was one in which students pulled out a stick holding the balls in a container. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Kaleb Washington, 7, a Raymond Elementary student plays a game in which he pulls out a stick from a container of balls to see how many fall out. Helping him are Raymond Elementary employee Linda Moore, left, and Raymond Elementary teacher assistant Josephine Cain, pushing the wheel chair. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Xavier Mitchell, 8, a student at Hinds County school district’s Bolton-Edwards Elementary, participates in a relay race in which he has to pick up a potato and run back to base. The potatoes were labeled with a letter of the alphabet that he had to find. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Special education students from various Hinds County schools participated in a field day held at Hinds Community College’s Gene Murphy Field at Joe Renfroe Stadium on the Raymond Campus. Hinds physical therapy assisting program volunteered at the special event. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Raymond Elementary student Lily Williams listens as exceptional education teacher Amanda Hall sings to her at the special education field day on May 2 at Hinds Community College. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Hinds Community College physical therapy assisting student Evan Bauer of Gluckstadt helps Raymond Elementary student Brianna Uzzle with a game at the annual special education field day. Brianna was supposed to pick out one of the photos from the list Bauer was showing her. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Raymond Elementary student Eli Ashley enjoys popping bubble wrap at the May 2 special education field day held at Hinds Community College. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Gary Road Elementary student Zoe Beth Edwards, 5, enjoys special education field day at Hinds Community College on May 2. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Terry Hgh School student Cedric Dixon plays a game with the help of teaching assistant Kimberly McNeal, left, and Hinds Community College physical therapy assisting student Victoria Massey of Ridgeland, right. Cedric was participating in the annual special education field day on May 2 at Hinds Community College. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Gary Road Elementary student Christopher Michael Hazlewood throws a bean bag during a game at the special education field day at Hinds Community College on May 2. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

George Stewart helps his son Landon, a Gary Road Elementary student, with a game at special education field day on May 2 at Hinds Community College. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Raymond Elementary student Esther Williams enjoys playing under a parachute at special education field day at Hinds Community College on May 2. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Volunteers help out at Hinds Community College’s special education field day finale – the annual wheelchair race. The adults are, from left, Hinds Wellness Complex employee Wayan Sugiantara, Hinds Wellness Complex Assistant Director Jeremy Gordon, Hinds student Perry Banks, Hinds soccer coach Doug Williams and Hinds alumnae Belinda Sollie. The day was for Hinds County school district special education students on May 2. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

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Hinds CC nursing students assist at diabetes conference
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Hinds CC nursing students assist at diabetes conference

Associate Degree Nursing students from Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center assisted recently at a diabetes conference geared to those in the community that have diabetes as well as parents of diabetes.

Pictured are, kneeling from left, Brittnie Towes of Clarksdale and Mary Caldwell of Clinton; in the row directly behind them, Bailey Russell of Canton, Haley Herrod of Vicksburg and Nickeysha Nathanie of McComb; at the table, Cain and Kimberly Jones-Brewster of Pearl; back row, Sabrina Givens of Madison, Paul Coe of Jackson, Daemion Cooper of Jackson, Mya Brown of Jackson, Myra Hayes of Byram, Kyisha Mayfield of Vicksburg, Raegan Pope of Houston,Texas, Breland Sullivan of Brandon, Stephanie Roach of Vicksburg, Johnathon Lowery of Louisville, Elizabeth Easterling of Tupelo, Sarah Chandler of Utica, Kennedy Wellington of  Greenville; back right, Jessica Perry of Vicksburg.

“Students had a very enjoyable time learning about diabetes as well as assisting adults and children with diabetes. They had educational meeting as well as vendors-so it was a wonderful community service for our students,” said instructor Yvonne Cain.

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolls about 12,000 students each fall semester. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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