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Hinds CC a perfect place to take next step in healthcare careers
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10 September

Hinds CC a perfect place to take next step in healthcare careers

JACKSON – Ter’Bria Hopkins works in the healthcare field as a phlebotomist and wants to build on her credentials.

Carla Gray-Taylor, Associate Degree Nursing instructor at Hinds Community College, gives a tour of the ADN lab during the Fall 2018 Nursing Allied Health Showcase Sept. 6 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. From center are Ter’Bria Hopkins, Andrea Ellis and Kira Harvey, all of Jackson. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

That desire is so great that she took her own photos during the fall 2018 Nursing Allied Health Showcase held Sept. 6 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center.

“I love taking care of my patients and people in general,” said Hopkins, 24, of Jackson, looking to add to the associate degree already under her belt.

Hopkins was among about 150 people who attended this fall’s event, which is held each semester at the Chadwick Drive complex. Prospective students and others toured the campus’ learning labs, spoke with faculty, explored the college’s 12 health-related and two short-term programs and got the latest on requirements and deadlines.

“Guests spoke with our faculty one-on-one to learn about our programs of study and the promising careers in healthcare that Hinds graduates obtain,” said Kathryn Cole, district director of Enrollment Services.

Programs showcased included Associate Degree Nursing (RN), Dental Assisting Technology, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Emergency Medical Science, Health Care Assistant, Health Information Technology, Medical Laboratory Technology, Physical Therapist Assistant, Practical Nursing, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Care Technology, Surgical Technology, and two short-term programs, Nursing Assistant and Phlebotomy.

Brandy Ruth, right, of Pearl, looks on as Hinds Community College student Allison Frock explains how X-rays are taken in the Radiologic Technology lab during the 2018 Nursing Allied Health Showcase Sept. 6 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“We are excited to offer nursing and allied health programs that provide excellent employment opportunities for our students,” said Nursing and Allied Health Dean Dr. Libby Mahaffey. “Graduates of our programs are employed at rates of 90 to 100 percent within a year of graduation and consistently meet national benchmarks for licensure/registry pass rates.”

The event draws potential students across a wide spectrum of professional experience, including working adults who seek a challenging career change.

“It’s good to get a feel for what the medical field involves,” said Brandy Ruth, 30, of Pearl. “I’m a secretary right now, so I’d be starting from scratch.”

Shaniqua Bush, 20, of Kosciusko, is hearing-impaired and sees her foray into healthcare as just another success. She checked out the Respiratory Care Technology lab, where a pig’s lung was used to show how the equipment worked.

“My goal is to show that deaf people can do the same things hearing people can do,” Bush said via her interpreter, Loretta Sutton, of the college’s Disability Support Services department. “I’m interested in looking at the ventilators because I’m curious to know.”

Shaniqua Bush, left, who is hearing-impaired, looks on as Loretta Sutton, an interpreter with Hinds Community College’s Disability Support Services department, explains with sign language how equipment in the Respiratory Care Technology program’s lab works during the Fall 2018 Nursing Allied Health Showcase Sept. 6 at the Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Mikeyia Lewis, left, and Allison Humphries, both of Forest, look on as they tour the Radiologic Technology lab during the Fall 2018 Nursing Allied Health Showcase Sept. 6 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amber Garcia, of Pelahatchie, left, asks a question in the Practical Nursing lab at the Fall 2018 Nursing Allied Health Showcase at Sept. 6 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

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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)

17 August, 2018 News more
Hinds CC nursing students assist at diabetes conference
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17 April

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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Hinds CC a perfect place to take next step in healthcare careers
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09 March

Hinds CC a perfect place to take next step in healthcare careers

JACKSON – The best examples of the rewards of a healthcare career can sometimes be found in one’s own family tree.

Lora Shoemaker, left, a second-semster student in the Associate Degree Nursing program at Hinds Community College, demonstrates equipment used in the ADN lab as Olivia Taylor, right, looks on during the spring 2018 Nursing Allied Health Showcase March 8 at the Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“My mother graduated from Hinds, in nursing, and my sister just graduated from here in Surgical Technology,” said Olivia Taylor, of Crystal Springs, checking out the college’s healthcare career offerings at the spring 2018 Nursing Allied Health Showcase held March 8 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center.

“I want a career where I’m in a position to help people,” Taylor said.

Destiny Erving and her cousin, Joanne Jones, made the trip to the showcase from Holmes County to help Erving make the jump from high school to college – and in the process complete the process of being a first-generation college student.

“It will open a lot of opportunities by coming to school,” Erving said as she and Jones, a director of nursing at a long-term care facility, toured each program’s labs and spoke to faculty.

About 200 people who attended this fall’s event, which is held each semester at the Chadwick Drive complex. Prospective students and others toured the campus’ learning labs, spoke with faculty, explored the college’s 12 health-related and two short-term programs and got the latest on requirements and deadlines.

Destiny Taylor, left, checks a manikin as nursing student Ebonie May looks on during the spring 2018 Nursing Allied Health Showcase March 8 at the Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“Guests spoke with our faculty one-on-one to learn about our programs of study and the promising careers in healthcare that Hinds graduates obtain,” said Kathryn Cole, district director of Enrollment Services.

Programs showcased included Associate Degree Nursing (RN), Dental Assisting Technology, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Emergency Medical Science, Health Care Assistant, Health Information Technology, Medical Laboratory Technology, Physical Therapist Assistant, Practical Nursing, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Care Technology, Surgical Technology, and two short-term programs, Nursing Assistant and Phlebotomy.

“We are excited to offer nursing and allied health programs that provide excellent employment opportunities for our students,” said Nursing and Allied Health Dean Dr. Libby Mahaffey. “Graduates of our programs are employed at rates of 90 to 100 percent within a year of graduation and consistently meet national benchmarks for licensure/registry pass rates.”

Each semester, the event is a showcase brings out healthcare professionals looking to build their credentials and pursue higher-paying jobs in the industry.

Varetta Gordon, right, goes over application information with Kimberly Neely, a continuing education coordinator at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center during the Spring 2018 Nursing Allied Health Showcase on March 8 at NAHC. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“I’m trying to move up the ladder from where I am in my career,” said Varetta Gordon, a certified nursing assistant from Canton.

Others, such as private music teacher Jasmine Keys, of Brandon, looked to switch careers and gather information on the programs NAHC has to offer.

“I’ve thought before about coming to Hinds to change careers,” Keys said. “I’m doing it because I’m happy to help people.”

Technical and associate degree programs at NAHC are nationally accredited by specialty accrediting organizations. The career programs meet state accreditation/approval guidelines. The Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center is at 1750 Chadwick Drive. For more information on individual programs, call 601.376.4807 or visit http://www.hindscc.edu.

 

Jasmine Keys, left, goes over admission requirements with Tiffany Johnson, a recruiter at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center during the Spring 2018 Nursing Allied Health Showcase on March 8 at NAHC. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Destiny Erving, center, chats with Kathryn Cole, district director of Enrollment Services at Hinds Community College, during the spring 2018 Nursing Allied Health Showcase March 8 at the Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. With Erving is her cousin, Joanne Jones, left. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

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Simulation Center at Hinds CC first in Mississippi to be accredited
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13 October

Simulation Center at Hinds CC first in Mississippi to be accredited

JACKSON – The Hinds Community College Ball Simulation Center located at the Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center has received full accreditation from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH).

Accreditation for the center in the area of Teaching/Education makes it the first such facility to be accredited in the state of Mississippi.

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“This recognition demonstrates the extraordinary educational environment that the College has generated to prepare our graduates for the challenges of their future careers,” said Alaina Herrington, director of the Simulation Center.

Accreditation by the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit means that a healthcare simulation program has met core operational standards as well as specific criteria in at least one of four areas: assessment, research, teaching/education and systems integration. SSH’s accreditation has been designed for simulation programs that use any of the various modalities (manikins, standardized patients, virtual reality) to teach a variety of learners.

Opened in 2014, the Ball Simulation Center features cutting-edge technology to train more than 1,000 nursing and allied health students in five simulation labs, two medical surgical patient rooms, an emergency room, a childbirth simulation area, home care lab and four debriefing rooms.

Each department has individual program-specific skills labs for low to mid-fidelity training. However, the simulation center offers a more robust experience including modalities such as standardized patients, high-fidelity manikins, and task trainers. The center immerses learners in holistic patient experiences where they can grow in critical thinking, teamwork, and communication skills.

“The accreditation recognition is the result of the leadership of the simulation center director and staff, nursing and allied health leaders and faculty, and our students,” said Dr. Libby Mahaffey, dean of the Nursing/Allied Health Center.

The facility was donated to the college by brothers and physicians Dr. Christopher Ball and Dr. Kyle Ball and named for their father, Dr. George Ball. Funds for renovation and equipment were included in a Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistant Community College and Career Training Grant, in addition to college funds.

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‘Sweetheart’ of Hinds CC allied health makes dreams come true for children
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‘Sweetheart’ of Hinds CC allied health makes dreams come true for children

Note: The following story appears in the fall issue of Hindsight alumni magazine. For more information about the Hinds Alumni Association, see the website.

VICKSBURG – Helping people get better and having fun doing it is what Melissa Smithhart is known for among friends and associates.

By day, she’s a physical therapist assistant at Scott Robbins Physical Therapy in Vicksburg, where she helps people recover from surgery or injuries to vital joints such as shoulders, hips and knees. For the past few years, though, it’s her work making dreams literally come true for children with life-threatening medical conditions that has taken her calling in life to another level.

Melissa Smithhart

Melissa Smithhart

“Working in physical therapy, you see a lot of personalities and types of people,” Smithhart said. “You need to be caring and compassionate. It’s rewarding to see people get back to their prior level of function.

“With a child that has an illness, to make them happy for one day and see the smile on their face is amazing. It takes a caring and compassionate personality to see that as well.”

About three years ago, Smithhart, a graduate of the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Hinds’ Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center, became a volunteer with the Make-A-Wish Foundation as part of her participation in Junior Auxiliary in Vicksburg. An official with the foundation had inquired about the local group’s interest in becoming liaisons between the organizations and children’s families.

“There was no one in Warren County to volunteer, so we got the staff together and said, ‘there’s no reason we can’t take this on,’” she said. “Conscience pushed me to say, ‘well, let me just say yes and see what happens.’”

This past summer, Smithhart and fellow volunteers helped make a “sensory room” for an 8-year-old girl with a debilitating developmental condition. The story made print headlines in Mississippi and beyond. Another involved a little boy who wanted to meet his favorite Disney character, Pluto, at Walt Disney World. “I love to plan kids’ parties anyway, so this was up my alley.”

Smithhart earned her Hinds degree after having already earned a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2005. During summer sessions in between, she took some of her core academic classes at the Hinds Vicksburg-Warren Campus.

Her chosen career chose her, in a way, as a teenager, she said.

“My senior year in high school, my uncle had a stroke,” she said. “He had physical therapy done, so I got to see it and it interested me. And I’ve always liked to exercise, so it seemed fitting.”

Her kindly manner with people made it easy to believe she had gone on to help people, said Pam Chapman, chair of the Physical Therapist Assistant program at NAHC.

“I passed the story on to some of her classmates from back then, and all they had to say was, ‘That’s Melissa!’ and how they fully expected her to get involved with something so good,” Chapman said. “Melissa was an excellent student and she’s amazing with everyone she works with. One of her fellow students referred to her as ‘Melissa Sweetheart.’”

Smithhart credits her Hinds experience for keeping her on track to live her own dreams.

“I studied a lot and I was just determined,” she said. “Hinds gave me the opportunity to have this career and the chance to make a difference in people’s lives.”

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Hinds CC a perfect place to take next step in healthcare careers
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Hinds CC a perfect place to take next step in healthcare careers

JACKSON – Thoughts of advancing an already rewarding career in healthcare has Shadonna Lewis listening and learning from the experts at the fall 2017 Nursing Allied Health Showcase held Sept. 5 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center.

Shadonna Lewis, from left, Jayla Walker and Rayanna Lewis, all of Port Gibson, look on as pulmonary technician Jayla Hough explains the ins and outs of the Respiratory Care Technology lab at the fall 2017 Nursing Showcase on Sept. 5 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Shadonna Lewis, from left, Jayla Walker and Rayanna Harden, all of Port Gibson, look on as pulmonary technician Jayla Hough explains the ins and outs of the Respiratory Care Technology lab at the fall 2017 Nursing Showcase on Sept. 5 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“I’m a certified nursing assistant at a hospital,” said Lewis, of Port Gibson, as she listened to students in the Respiratory Care Technology program demonstrate techniques and equipment. “But, I’m here trying to do something to help myself move up.”

Another in her position was Willie Thompson, of Jackson, also a CNA looking to add to her current credentials.

“I’ve always had a caring nature with my elderly patients,” Thompson said. “And it’s been in my family, too, as my mother was once a CNA and my sister is also in nursing.”

Lewis was among about 150 people who attended this fall’s event, which is held each semester at the Chadwick Drive complex. Prospective students and others toured the campus’ learning labs, spoke with faculty, explored the college’s 12 health-related and two short-term programs and got the latest on requirements and deadlines.

“Guests spoke with our faculty one-on-one to learn about our programs of study and the promising careers in healthcare that Hinds graduates obtain,” said Kathryn Cole, district director of Enrollment Services.

Willie Thompson, left, of Jackson, chats with Practical Nursing Instructor Patricia Collins at the fall 2017 Nursing Showcase on Sept. 5 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Willie Thompson, left, of Jackson, chats with Practical Nursing Instructor Patricia Collins at the fall 2017 Nursing Showcase on Sept. 5 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Programs showcased included Associate Degree Nursing (RN), Dental Assisting Technology, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Emergency Medical Science, Health Care Assistant, Health Information Technology, Medical Laboratory Technology, Physical Therapist Assistant, Practical Nursing, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Care Technology, Surgical Technology, and two short-term programs, Nursing Assistant and Phlebotomy.

“We are excited to offer nursing and allied health programs that provide excellent employment opportunities for our students,” said Nursing and Allied Health Dean Dr. Libby Mahaffey. “Graduates of our programs are employed at rates of 90 to 100 percent within a year of graduation and consistently meet national benchmarks for licensure/registry pass rates.”

The program’s solid reputation also brought out recent high school graduates, such as Mary Barton Rogers and Bailey Weldon, both of Brandon.

“I’m interested in finding out about the RN program for now,” said Rogers, a graduate of Hartfield Academy.

Destiny Hudson, a second-year nursing student at Hinds Community College, chats with Mary Barton Rogers, right, of Brandon, in the Associate Degree Nursing lab at the fall 2017 Nursing Showcase on Sept. 5 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Destiny Hudson, a second-year nursing student at Hinds Community College, chats with Mary Barton Rogers, right, of Brandon, in the Associate Degree Nursing lab at the fall 2017 Nursing Showcase on Sept. 5 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Rayanna Harden and her mother, Angela, both of Port Gibson, visited the showcase to find out about opportunities in the sonography program.

“I enjoy working with babies when they’re born,” Rayanna said.

Technical and associate degree programs at NAHC are nationally accredited by specialty accrediting organizations. The career programs meet state accreditation/approval guidelines. The Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center is at 1750 Chadwick Drive. For more information on individual programs, call 601.376.4807 or visit http://www.hindscc.edu.

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Lekishi Davis, a second-year nursing student at Hinds Community College, demonstrates usage of a nasogastric tube on a cross-section model at the fall 2017 Nursing Showcase on Sept. 5 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Lekishi Davis, a second-year nursing student at Hinds Community College, demonstrates usage of a nasogastric tube on a cross-section model at the fall 2017 Nursing Showcase on Sept. 5 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Timothy Wilson, left, of Pearl, chats with Practical Nursing Instructor Patricia Collins at the fall 2017 Nursing Showcase on Sept. 5 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Timothy Wilson, left, of Pearl, chats with Practical Nursing Instructor Patricia Collins at the fall 2017 Nursing Showcase on Sept. 5 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From left, Felicia Jones, a Single Stop site coordinator; Anna Jones, her daughter, both of Rolling Fork; and Kim Neely, Health Continuing Education Coordinator, at the fall 2017 Nursing Showcase at the Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

From left, Felicia Jones, a Single Stop site coordinator; Anna Jones, her daughter, both of Rolling Fork; and Kim Neely, Health Continuing Education Coordinator, at the fall 2017 Nursing Showcase at the Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

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Hinds CC Medical Lab Technology students place second in bowl competition
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Hinds CC Medical Lab Technology students place second in bowl competition

Hinds Community College students in the Medical Lab Technology program at Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center came in second place in the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science Mississippi-Louisiana Medical Lab Technology Student Bowl Competition.

As part of the competition, the students compete as a team answering question in a quiz-bowl type format.web_Hinds CC_MLT_ascls2017studentbowlteam

From left are instructor Amber Reulet of Flowood, students Josalyn Johnson of Jackson, Oscar Hundley of Waynesboro, Emily Limbaugh of Flowood and Shelby Whittington of Brandon, and far right, instructor LaJuanda D. Portis of Jackson.

Additionally, Portis received both a Regional Omicron Sigma and 2016-2017 Past-President Award for her service as ASCLS-Mississippi state president. The ASCLS-MS Board of Directors presented her with a plaque as well.

 

 

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Hinds Community College is celebrating its 100th year of Community Inspired Service in 2017. Hinds opened in September 1917 first as an agricultural high school and admitted college students for the first time in 1922, with the first class graduating in 1927. In 1982 Hinds Junior College and Utica Junior College merged, creating the Hinds Community College District. Today, as Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution with six locations. Hinds offers quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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Hinds CC a perfect place to start nursing careers for young, older students
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Hinds CC a perfect place to start nursing careers for young, older students

JACKSON – A career in healthcare is what Megan Irby wanted to pursue since she worked as a hospital secretary more than 20 years ago.

Now a mother of two teenagers, Irby, 40, of Vicksburg, can’t get started soon enough.

Megan Irby, center, places a stethoscope on a manikin during a demonstration inside the Associate Degree Nursing laboratory at the Spring 2017 Nursing Showcase on March 2 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing Allied Health Center. At left is her daughter, Kaitlyn. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Megan Irby, center, places a stethoscope on a manikin during a demonstration inside the Associate Degree Nursing laboratory at the Spring 2017 Nursing Showcase on March 2 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing Allied Health Center. At left is her daughter, Kaitlyn. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“I can’t wait until I get into nursing school,” Irby said. “I’m in my second semester at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus taking pre-requisites and I hope to be in school next spring.”

Andrea Ellis, 18, of Jackson, plans to start a life of caring for others right away as well.

“I want to be a neonatal nurse,” said Ellis, a senior at Murrah High School whose desire to study nursing was formed by her experience as a patient. “I was in a car crash last summer and saw all the work they do.”

Both were among about 150 people who attended the Spring 2017 Nursing and Allied Health Showcase Thursday, March 2 at Hinds’ Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center.

Prospective students and others toured the campus’ learning labs, spoke with faculty, explored the college’s 13 health-related and two short-term programs and got the latest on requirements and deadlines.

Andrea Ellis, left, places a stethoscope on a manikin during a demonstration inside the Associate Degree Nursing laboratory at the Spring 2017 Nursing Showcase on March 2 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing Allied Health Center. At right is Rebecca Cockrell, a clinical placement coordinator in the lab. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Andrea Ellis, left, places a stethoscope on a manikin during a demonstration inside the Associate Degree Nursing laboratory at the Spring 2017 Nursing Showcase on March 2 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing Allied Health Center. At right is Rebecca Cockrell, a clinical placement coordinator in the lab. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“Guests spoke with our faculty one-on-one to learn about our programs of study and the promising careers in healthcare that Hinds graduates obtain,” said Kathryn Cole, district director of Enrollment Services.

Programs showcased included Associate Degree Nursing (RN), Dental Assisting Technology, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Emergency Medical Science, Health Information Technology, Health Care Assistant, Medical Assisting Technology, Medical Laboratory Technology, Physical Therapist Assistant, Practical Nursing, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Care Technology, Surgical Technology, and two short-term programs, Nursing Assistant and Phlebotomy.

“Graduates of our programs are employed at rates of 90 to 100 percent within a year of graduation and consistently meet national benchmarks for licensure/registry pass rates,” said Dr. Libby Mahaffey, dean of Nursing and Allied Health.

The program’s solid reputation has Paula Palmertree, of Florence, back in school for a subject that’s all around her.

Paula Palmertree, center foreground, visits with nursing program coordinators during the Spring 2017 Nursing Showcase on March 2 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Paula Palmertree, center foreground, visits with nursing program coordinators during the Spring 2017 Nursing Showcase on March 2 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“I want to go into pediatrics for sure,” Palmertree said. “I have friends and family with children who have special needs.”

Like Irby, whose first career she describes as simply being a mom, Yolanda Ellis, of Jackson, is anxious to build a healthcare career. In her case, it would be adding to her current credentials as a certified nursing assistant.

“I love working with patients, especially older people,” Ellis said. “I like to listen to them because they can teach us so much.”

Technical and associate degree programs at NAHC are nationally accredited by specialty accrediting organizations. The career programs meet state accreditation/approval guidelines. The Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center is at 1750 Chadwick Drive. For more information on individual programs, call 601.376.4807 or visit http://www.hindscc.edu. 

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Yolanda Ellis, right foreground, visits with nursing program coordinators during the Spring 2017 Nursing Showcase on March 2 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing Allied Health Center. At right is her daughter, Janavia. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Yolanda Ellis, right foreground, visits with nursing program coordinators during the Spring 2017 Nursing Showcase on March 2 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing Allied Health Center. At right is her daughter, Janavia. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Corey Lilley, a senior at Terry High School, observes a demonstation in the Respiratory Care Technology laboratory during the 2017 Spring Nursing Showcase on March 2 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. Tilley is flanked by his parents, Loretta and Marvin Lilley. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Corey Lilley, a senior at Terry High School, observes a demonstration in the Respiratory Care Technology laboratory during the 2017 Spring Nursing Showcase on March 2 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. Tilley is flanked by his parents, Loretta and Marvin Lilley. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

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Hinds CC Nursing Allied Health Center inducts new Phi Theta Kappa members
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Hinds CC Nursing Allied Health Center inducts new Phi Theta Kappa members

JACKSON – The Alpha Iota Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Hinds Community College’s Jackson Campus-Nursing Allied Health Center inducted new members Oct. 28.

nahc-ptk-fall-2016Newly inducted members include, front row, from left, Austin May, of Vicksburg, Emergency Medical Technology; Sabrina Givens, of Madison, Health Information Technology; Shelby Carroll, of Clinton, Radiologic Technology; second row, from left, Laura Buchanan, of Clinton, Practical Nursing; Candace Blanks, of Vicksburg, Health Information Technology; Rebecca Bradley, of Flowood, Health Information Technology; back row, from left, Summer Rodrigue, of Brandon, Associate Degree Nursing; Danielle Gipson, of Saginaw, Mich., Respiratory Care Technology; Amanda Even, of Clinton, Associate Degree Nursing.

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