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Hinds CC legislative delegation learns about worthy college programs
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27 November

Hinds CC legislative delegation learns about worthy college programs

About a dozen legislators, mostly from Hinds County, were treated to stories about programs that get students trained and into the workforce at Hinds Community College’s annual legislative luncheon on Nov. 8.

Hinds Community College students and legislators include, front from left, Sen. Albert Butler, Rep. Credell Calhoun, Rep. Christopher Bell, Rep. Kathy Sykes, Rep. Alyce Clark, Hinds student Shaqwon Roberts, Rep. Debra Gibbs and Rep. Jarvis Dortch; second row, Sen. Sollie Norwood, Sen. Hillman Frazier, Raymond Campus MIBEST Navigator Kenya Johnson and Sen. David Blount; back, Hinds students Alexis Sizer of Ridgeland and Sam Williams of Jackson; Audra Canoy of Terry, Navdeep Kaur of Clinton and Joanna Stevens of Terry.

Afterward, four legislators toured two Hinds career-tech labs, the Fab Lab and the Mechatronics lab. The Fab Lab, under the direction of Phil Cockrell, is outfitted with 3-D printing machines, laser cutters and related equipment capable of etching designs or cutting flat sheet material such as acrylic and metal. The machines are programmed by a control panel or computer. Mechatronics, under David Creel, is a blend between electronics and mechanical and was specifically added to the curriculum because of the new Continental Tire plant going up in Hinds County.

Among the students who spoke was Shaqwon Roberts, 22, a culinary arts student at Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center who is in the M2M program that mentors and tutors minority males.

“These first 21 years as a young African-American man were not promising. Since losing my father, my family has struggled paying bills and barely made it through. I worked 12 hours a day to help – without sleeping or studying for tomorrow’s test. Let’s state the fact, I nearly failed all my classes that semester,” he told legislators. “I’ve gone from academic probation to being in good standing and my grades are an A and two Bs.”

Misti Lopez, 37, of Hazlehurst, is a MIBEST student studying welding on the Raymond Campus.

“It doesn’t matter how old you are or what you’ve been through – you can accomplish anything you put your mind to,” she said. “I plan on getting a welding certificate and going to work. To me, it’s a type of art. I love to draw and I’m good with my hands, so I’m doing both.”

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse also outlined the three major priorities of the 15 state community colleges: 1. Fair and equitable  funding, which includes restoration of $37 million cut from community college budgets during the past two years and $25 million for teacher salaries; 2. Workforce programs, which includes MI-BEST funding; and 3. Capital improvement dollars.

Fab Lab Director Phil Cockrell demonstrates one of the machines to Jackson legislators Rep. Kathy Sykes, Sen. Hillman Frazier, Rep. Debra Gibbs and Sen. Albert Butler.

Hinds Community College’s Fab Lab machines can be programmed to design and cut out a die for use as a mold.

Among the statistics Muse shared with legislators:

  • One in five working age adults in Mississippi is a high school dropout.
  • High school dropouts have a 29 percent unemployment rate.
  • Our workforce participate rate is only 54 percent

“We need to put in new programs that meet the needs of business and industry,” he said. “We’re the bridge to a better life.”

Sen. Albert Butler, D-Jackson, agreed with Muse’s assessment. “Workforce development is the key to Mississippi moving forward. All of us are aware that there is a need to move the lower class to the middle class. And the only way we can do that is to start training individuals so they will be able to earn the type of salaries that were presented to us by Continental Tire and other companies,” Butler said.

Muse referenced a story in The Clarion-Ledger that the University of Southern Mississippi has made $8 million in cuts because of financial difficulties.

“Hinds is in the same boat. As the state appropriation for community colleges goes down, the student part goes up. For the first year, our local contributions from tuition and our counties are more than the state’s contribution,” he said.

David Creel, director of Workforce Manufacturing Training, explains the Mechatronics lab to Jackson legislators Rep. Debra Gibbs, Sen. Hillman Frazier, Rep. Kathy Sykes and Sen. Albert Butler.

Sen. David Blount, D-Jackson, said the tax cuts made in 2016 have meant the Legislature doesn’t have the money to fund priorities like education. And, the tax cut in future years will snowball to $33 million next year, $92 million the year after and so on.

“We’re in this position because of the decisions that have been made in the past two years by the majority in the legislature … and bad decisions by the political leadership,” he said.  “We’ve got to revisit some of those decisions so you can continue to do the outstanding work that you’re doing.”

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 hosts legislators for information session
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18 November

Hinds CC hosts legislators for information session

Hinds Community College hosted an information session on Nov. 17 for legislators in the college’s district. The focus of the meeting was to talk about community college legislative priorities and to share stories from Hinds students and faculty about programs that make a difference in students’ lives.

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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Members of Hinds Community College's Student Voices met with legislators in the college's district during the Nov. 17 annual Legislative Luncheon held on the Raymond Campus. The Student Voices group learn about the governmental process and community college issues. They include, from left, Donavon Drennan of Madison, Nicole Rigsby of Brandon, Joanna Stevens of Terry, Abigail Baker of Clinton, Landon Hunter of Hermanville and Tye Sutton of McCall Creek.

Members of Hinds Community College’s Student Voices met with legislators in the college’s district during the Nov. 17 annual Legislative Luncheon held on the Raymond Campus. The Student Voices group learn about the governmental process and community college issues. They include, from left, Donavon Drennan of Madison, Nicole Rigsby of Brandon, Joanna Stevens of Terry, Abigail Baker of Clinton, Landon Hunter of Hermanville and Tye Sutton of McCall Creek.

Sen. Briggs Hopson of Vicksburg, left, and Rep. Alex Monsour of Vicksburg, right, with Hinds Community College student Destinie James, also of Vicksburg. James is a member of the college’s Hinds Connection student recruiting group.

Sen. Briggs Hopson of Vicksburg, left, and Rep. Alex Monsour of Vicksburg, right, with Hinds Community College student Destinie James, also of Vicksburg. James is a member of the college’s Hinds Connection student recruiting group.

Joanna Stevens of Terry, left, and Abigail Baker of Clinton, right, are with Sen. Hillman Frazier of Jackson at the Nov. 17 Hinds Community College legislative luncheon. Stevens and Baker are members of the college’s Student Voices advocacy group.

Joanna Stevens of Terry, left, and Abigail Baker of Clinton, right, are with Sen. Hillman Frazier of Jackson at the Nov. 17 Hinds Community College legislative luncheon. Stevens and Baker are members of the college’s Student Voices advocacy group.

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, Rep. Alex Monsour of Vicksburg, Rep. Deborah Butler Dixon of Raymond and Dr. Chad Stocks at the Nov. 17 Legislative Luncheon at Hinds Community College.

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, Rep. Alex Monsour of Vicksburg, Rep. Deborah Butler Dixon of Raymond and Dr. Chad Stocks at the Nov. 17 Legislative Luncheon at Hinds Community College.

Rep. Ray Rogers of Pearl, Sen. Dean Kirby of Pearl, Rep. Tom Weathersby of Florence and Hinds Community College student Nicole Rigsby of Brandon.

Rep. Ray Rogers of Pearl, Sen. Dean Kirby of Pearl, Rep. Tom Weathersby of Florence and Hinds Community College student Nicole Rigsby of Brandon.

Dr. Mitchell Shears, left, Title III coordinator on the Utica Campus; Rep. Greg Holloway of Hazelhurst and Utica Campus sophomore Sabrevian Davis.

Dr. Mitchell Shears, left, Title III coordinator on the Utica Campus; Rep. Greg Holloway of Hazelhurst and Utica Campus sophomore Sabrevian Davis.

Rep. Credell Calhoun of Jackson, Sen. Hillman Frazier, Hinds Community College student Abigail Baker of Clinton, Hinds Community College Director for Marketing and Community Relations Renee Cotton, Rep. Deborah Butler Dixon of Raymond; back, Rep. Greg Holloway of Hazelhurst.

Rep. Credell Calhoun of Jackson, Sen. Hillman Frazier, Hinds Community College student Abigail Baker of Clinton, Hinds Community College Director for Marketing and Community Relations Renee Cotton, Rep. Deborah Butler Dixon of Raymond; back, Rep. Greg Holloway of Hazelhurst.

Dr. Mitchell Shears, left, Title III coordinator on the Utica Campus; Rep. Deborah Butler Dixon of Raymond and Utica Campus sophomore Sabrevian Davis.

Dr. Mitchell Shears, left, Title III coordinator on the Utica Campus; Rep. Deborah Butler Dixon of Raymond and Utica Campus sophomore Sabrevian Davis.

Hinds Community College student Logan Courtney and Rep. Tom Weathersby, both of Florence.

Hinds Community College student Logan Courtney and Rep. Tom Weathersby, both of Florence.

Hinds Community College student Nicole Rigsby of Brandon, left, Sen. Josh Harkins of Flowood

Hinds Community College student Nicole Rigsby of Brandon, left, Sen. Josh Harkins of Flowood

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Hinds CC hosts annual meeting with local legislators
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Hinds CC hosts annual meeting with local legislators

 

Marvin Moak, dean of the Vicksburg-Warren Campus, Rep. Deborah Butler Dixon of Raymond, Rep. Oscar Denton of Vicksburg and Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse.

Marvin Moak, dean of the Vicksburg-Warren Campus, Rep. Deborah Butler Dixon of Raymond, Rep. Oscar Denton of Vicksburg and Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse.

 

Rep. Alyce Clarke of Jackson, left, and, Rep. Mary Coleman of Jackson, right, with Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse

Rep. Alyce Clarke of Jackson, left, and, Rep. Mary Coleman of Jackson, right, with Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse

 

State Sen. David Blount of Jackson, left, Rep. John Moore of Brandon, right, with Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse

State Sen. David Blount of Jackson, left, Rep. John Moore of Brandon, right, with Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse

 

Emilee Ware of Raymond, left, a member of Hinds Community College’s Student VOICES group, state Sen. David Blount of Jackson

Emilee Ware of Raymond, left, a member of Hinds Community College’s Student VOICES group, state Sen. David Blount of Jackson

 

Legislators who represent Hinds County and students from Hinds County  who attended the legislative luncheon at Hinds Community College include, from left, Sen. Sollie Norwood of Jackson, Sen. David Blount of Jackson, Hinds student Cristen Jiles of Clinton, Sen. Hillman Frazier of Jackson, Rep. Cecil Brown of Jackson, Rep. Alyce Clarke of Jackson, Rep. Deborah Butler Dixon of Raymond; Hinds student Emilee Ware of Raymond, Rep. Mary Coleman of Jackson, Rep. Adrienne Wooten of Ridgeland, Hinds student Reagan McIlwain of Clinton, Hinds alumnus Kenneth Bellof Raymond and Sen. Albert Butler of Port Gibson.

Legislators who represent Hinds County and students from Hinds County who attended the legislative luncheon at Hinds Community College include, from left, Sen. Sollie Norwood of Jackson, Sen. David Blount of Jackson, Hinds student Cristen Jiles of Clinton, Sen. Hillman Frazier of Jackson, Rep. Cecil Brown of Jackson, Rep. Alyce Clarke of Jackson, Rep. Deborah Butler Dixon of Raymond; Hinds student Emilee Ware of Raymond, Rep. Mary Coleman of Jackson, Rep. Adrienne Wooten of Ridgeland, Hinds student Reagan McIlwain of Clinton, Hinds alumnus Kenneth Bellof Raymond and Sen. Albert Butler of Port Gibson.

 

Jeff Hughes of Richland, left, math and Student VOICES instructor; Rep. John Moore of Brandon; Hinds student Regan Clark of Brandon, who graduated from high school through the Hinds Gateway to College program; Rep. Tom Weathersby of Florence, Sherry Franklin, dean of students on the Rankin Campus and Valerie Barton, director of the Rankin Career Center who was formerly director of the Gateway to College program

Jeff Hughes of Richland, left, math and Student VOICES instructor; Rep. John Moore of Brandon; Hinds student Regan Clark of Brandon, who graduated from high school through the Hinds Gateway to College program; Rep. Tom Weathersby of Florence, Sherry Franklin, dean of students on the Rankin Campus and Valerie Barton, director of the Rankin Career Center who was formerly director of the Gateway to College program

 

Sen. Albert Butler of Port Gibson, left, Hinds Community College student Russell Girault of Crystal Springs and Rep. Tom Weathersby of Florence.

Sen. Albert Butler of Port Gibson, left, Hinds Community College student Russell Girault of Crystal Springs and Rep. Tom Weathersby of Florence.

 

Sen. Albert Butler of Port Gibson, Beverly Trimble, Utica Campus Workforce Investment Act coordinator; Hinds  President Dr. Clyde Muse; Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson, Utica and Vicksburg-Warren Campus vice president; Rep. Deborah Butler Dixon of Raymond and Nathan Wells of Brandon, staff assistant to Speaker of the House Philip Gunn.

Sen. Albert Butler of Port Gibson, Beverly Trimble, Utica Campus Workforce Investment Act coordinator; Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse; Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson, Utica and Vicksburg-Warren Campus vice president; Rep. Deborah Butler Dixon of Raymond and Nathan Wells of Brandon, staff assistant to Speaker of the House Philip Gunn.

 

Sen. Sollie Norwood of Jackson, Hinds student Adrienne Banks of Jackson, who attends Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center, Hinds Community College Single Stop district coordinator Taheera Hoskins and Sen. Hillman Frazier of Jackson.

Sen. Sollie Norwood of Jackson, Hinds student Adrienne Banks of Jackson, who attends Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center, Hinds Community College Single Stop district coordinator Taheera Hoskins and Sen. Hillman Frazier of Jackson.

 

Marvin Moak, left, dean of the Vicksburg-Warren Campus, and Rep. Oscar Denton of Vicksburg

Marvin Moak, left, dean of the Vicksburg-Warren Campus, and Rep. Oscar Denton of Vicksburg

Hinds Community College hosted the annual fall legislative luncheon on Oct. 16, giving local lawmakers a chance to talk to students and employees and hear about the priorities of the 15 community colleges in Mississippi.

The colleges are asking for a $79 million state funding increase for FY 2016, half the amount it would take to get to mid-level funding mandated by the Legislature in 2007.

“The major thing we’ve been talking about for a number of years is our no. 1 priority, mid-level funding,” said Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse. “Hopefully, now with the money situation looking better than it has in a number of years, we can make some progress toward achieving that goal.”

The colleges are also asking the Legislature to provide $9 million to fund dropout recovery, which includes job training and basic employability skills as a part of the Adult Education program, as well as $77 million for capital improvements, including $50 million for educational technology.

Hinds students who met with legislators included Student VOICES, a statewide organization designed to empower community college students to become civically engaged at the local, state, national and global levels. One of their missions is to support mid-level funding, which is a per-student funding level for community colleges midway between funding for K-12 and regional public universities students.

Among the Hinds students who spoke was Russell Girault of Crystal Springs, who started in developmental classes for underprepared students and is now an Honors student majoring in computer science.

“Today, through much struggle and perseverance, I am in the more advanced courses such as Calculus II, computer programming, physics with calculus,” he said. “I had to start literally at the bottom and fight tooth and nail up the ladder for my education. Without those remedial courses I would not be standing here now able to speak of my successes, but rather I would be outside waiting on the concrete truck to deliver. Likewise, because of the various grants I have been able to receive along with the lower costs of attending a community college, I have been able to pay my tuition.”

Regan Clark of Brandon graduated from Brandon High School through the Gateway to College program at Hinds’ Rankin Campus that allows students to earn a high school diploma and 36 college credit at the same time.

She was on the verge of dropping out after having a baby, but said “Gateway to College gave me the opportunity to stay in school and provide a life for not only me, but my son too.”

Now enrolled as a college student on the Rankin Campus, she plans to major in civil engineering.

Kenneth Bell of Raymond didn’t see himself as either a college student or making electrical technology a career but between working at Adco Electric and enrolling in Hinds Community College’s electrical technology program his mind was changed on both. “I am now a card-carrying electrician and a foreman for Advco Electric,” said Bell, who’s married with two children.

Adrienne Banks of Jackson lost her job and enrolled at Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. The Single Stop program, which helps students connect with outside resources to meet transportation, housing and other needs, worked with Banks to make sure she had the support services to go to school.

“I needed help with finding affordable housing, transportation, jobs, health insurance, and later with my SNAP case. Now I don’t have to worry about how I am going to get to school, how I could afford hospital visits and how or what I am going to eat any day,” said Banks, an early childhood education major. “It was unimaginable for someone to care so much for me. Single Stop has been a huge blessing.”

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

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Hinds CC Student VOICES participate in legislative event
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Hinds CC Student VOICES participate in legislative event

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Members of Hinds Community College Student VOICES group were among students who met with legislators at the Oct. 16 annual fall legislative luncheon.

Student VOICES is a statewide organization designed to empower community college students to become civically engaged at the local, state, national and global levels. One of their missions is to support mid-level funding, which is a per-student funding level for community colleges midway between funding for K-12 and regional public universities students.

Jeff Hughes of Richland, far left, is the adviser for the Student VOICES group that meets on the Raymond Campus. Students include Reagan McIlwain of Clinton, Asher Mitchell of Silver Creek and Cristen Jiles of Clinton.

 

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

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Rankin County students, employees meet with legislators

Hinds Community College hosted the annual fall legislative luncheon on Nov. 8, giving local lawmakers a chance to talk to students and employees and hear about the priorities of the 15 community colleges in Mississippi.

The students who met with legislators were members of either the Hinds Connection student recruiting and public relations group or Student VOICES, a statewide organization designed to empower community college students to become civically engaged at the local, state, national and global levels. One of their missions is to support mid-level funding, which is a per-student funding level for community colleges midway between funding for K-12 and regional public universities students.

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Among those attending from Rankin County were Hinds Community College Rankin Campus Dean of Career-Technical Education Sherry Franklin, Hinds Connection member Tylar Keefer of Brandon, Rep. John Moore of Brandon, Rep. Ray Rodgers of Pearl, Rankin County Chancery Clerk and president of the Hinds Community College Alumni Association Larry Swales, Sen. Josh Harkins of Flowood, Student VOICES member Georgia Swinford of Brandon, Rep. Tom Weathersby of Florence and Raymond Campus Student VOICES adviser and math instructor Jeff Hughes of Richland.

For more information about Hinds, see www.hindscc.edu.

 

 

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Hinds County legislators, students attend forum

Hinds Community College hosted the annual fall legislative luncheon on Nov. 8, giving local lawmakers a chance to talk to students and employees and hear about the priorities of the 15 community colleges in Mississippi.

The students who met with legislators were members of either the Hinds Connection student recruiting and public relations group or Hinds’ Student VOICES, a statewide organization designed to empower community college students to become civically engaged at the local, state, national and global levels. One of their missions is to support mid-level funding, which is a per-student funding level for community colleges midway between funding for K-12 and regional public universities students.

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Among those attending from Hinds County were, front from left Sen. Hillman Frazier of Jackson, Honors Institute Dean Dr. Ben Cloyd of Jackson , Rep. Adrienne Wooten of Jackson, Connection student Terhuna Bass of Raymond, Student VOICES member Mesha Blackshear of Jackson, Connection student Landon Corkren of Raymond, Rep. Deborah Butler Dixon of Raymond, Sen. Sollie Norwood of Jackson; back, Rep. Brad Oberhousen of Jackson, Connection student Eddie Anderson of Jackson, Student VOICES member Christiane Stephens of Jackson, Sen. David Blount of Jackson, VOICES member James Newell of Terry.

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Among those attending from Hinds County and other areas were, front from left, Sen. Hillman Frazier of Jackson, Connection student Terhuna Bass of Raymond, Utica Campus employee Beverly Trimble, Rep. Adrienne Wooten of Jackson, Student VOICES member Mesha Blackshear of Jackson, Rep. Deborah Butler Dixon of Raymond, Connection student Landon Corkren of Raymond, Sen. Sollie Norwood of Jackson, Sen. David Blount of Jackson; back, Connection member Eddie Anderson of Jackson, Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson, vice president of the Utica and Vicksburg-Warren campuses; Student VOICES member Christiane Stephens of Jackson, Rep. Albert Butler of Port Gibson and Student VOICES member James Newell of Terry.

For more information about Hinds, see www.hindscc.edu.

 

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