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Hinds CC Carla McCulloch nursing scholarship awarded to Richland resident
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05 April

Hinds CC Carla McCulloch nursing scholarship awarded to Richland resident

Tanner Gray of Richland is following in his mother’s footsteps, with the help of the Carla McCulloch Scholarship from Hinds Community College.

Tanner Gray of Richland is the recipient of the annual Carla McCulloch nursing scholarship at Hinds Community College. With him are family members, from left, Michael Gray, Angie Gray, Tanner Gray and sister Brooklyn Gray.

Tanner Gray of Richland is the recipient of the annual Carla McCulloch nursing scholarship at Hinds Community College. With him are family members, from left, Michael Gray, Angie Gray, Tanner Gray and sister Brooklyn Gray.

Gray, 19, a second semester Associate Degree Nursing student at Hinds’ Rankin Campus, is the recipient of the annual Carla McCulloch Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded each year to a Hinds second semester nursing student to help pay for the second year of school.

“My mom (Angie Gray) has been a nurse for over 20 years. It has encouraged me to want to help people too. We still get Christmas cards from people she has helped. I’d like to do that for my ministry,” said Gray, who wants to be a nurse anesthetist.

The scholarship was created by Larry and Carol McCulloch, formerly of Magee but now residents of Roanoke, Va., in memory of their daughter Carla, a Simpson Academy graduate who was a Hinds nursing student at the time of her death in an April 1991 accident.

The award is made annually to a second semester nursing student who demonstrates the caring and enthusiasm for nursing that Carla embodied. She was a dedicated nursing student who took care of loved ones but also had a fun-loving streak.

“She was all of those things. She was very funny and didn’t mean to be. I called her the resident blonde in our family. She didn’t get why she was funny sometimes,” Carol McCulloch told Hinds Community College Rankin Campus nursing students in making the presentation to Gray. “You don’t just get up one morning, as Carla said, and decide to be a nurse and, oh boom, it comes. You’ve already been there and seen that and done that.”

The McCulloch family presented the annual Carla McCulloch nursing scholarship to Tanner Gray of Richland. Pictured are family friend Carla Smith of Madison, left, Carol McCulloch, Gray and Larry McCulloch.

The McCulloch family presented the annual Carla McCulloch nursing scholarship to Tanner Gray of Richland. Pictured are family friend Carla Smith of Madison, left, Carol McCulloch, Gray and Larry McCulloch.

Larry McCulloch said Gray embodies many of the qualities of his daughter. “He excels academically and believes that a dedicated work ethic is a must. He doesn’t think he has all the answers and works very closely with others. And really importantly, he believes that the field of nursing is a calling,” he said.

Gray said his parents “have raised me to be an encourager. I do like to encourage people. It gives me a sense of fullness when I can make someone’s day or make someone smile.”

To the McCulloch family, he said, “it seems your Carla had a lot of those qualities.”

Tanner Gray awarded Carla McCulloch Scholarship.

 

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 nursing, allied health students graduate
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16 December

Hinds CC nursing, allied health students graduate

On Friday, Hinds graduated nearly 900 students who received 1,263 degrees and certificates, meaning some graduates received more than one credential. Of that number 554 chose to participate in one of the three ceremonies on Friday at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.

Among the graduates, nine achieved summa cum laude, a 4.0 grade point average; 46 achieved magna cum laude, 3.6 to 3.99 GPA and 110 achieved cum laude, 3.2 to 3.59.

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse noted that many students want to make a better life for them and their families.

“The power of education is that it drives our vision for a better life.  And, while the graduates who sit upon this stage 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,” Muse said.

Dexter Holloway, assistant executive director for Workforce and Economic Development with the Mississippi Community College Board, was the speaker for the nursing and allied health graduate ceremony on Friday, Dec. 16.

“Some of you who have scratched, scraped and clawed to get this degree;  juggling the responsibilities, trying to find enough time to study, making sure that you had your tuition and funds to get to class,” Holloway said. “Congratulations – because you made it! These trials and tribulations will help you with challenges to come. Cherish this tremendous accomplishment. You have so very much to be proud of, and be assured that all of us here celebrating with you today are very proud of you.”

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

 

Hinds CC graduated nearly 900 students on Friday, Dec. 16.

 

Hinds Community college nursing and allied health graduates gather in front of the Muse Center at the Rankin Campus after their Dec. 16 ceremony.

Hinds Community college nursing and allied health graduates gather in front of the Muse Center at the Rankin Campus after their Dec. 16 ceremony.

Students who graduated with honors receive cords before proceeding across the Muse Center stage during Hinds Community College graduation ceremonies on Dec. 16. Among the graduates, nine achieved summa cum laude, a 4.0 grade point average; 46 achieved magna cum laude, 3.6 to 3.99 GPA and 110 achieved cum laude, 3.2 to 3.59.

Students who graduated with honors receive cords before proceeding across the Muse Center stage during Hinds Community College graduation ceremonies on Dec. 16. Among the graduates, nine achieved summa cum laude, a 4.0 grade point average; 46 achieved magna cum laude, 3.6 to 3.99 GPA and 110 achieved cum laude, 3.2 to 3.59.

Students prepare to walk across the stage at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. Hinds Community College graduate nearly 900 students in three ceremonies on Dec. 16.

Students prepare to walk across the stage at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. Hinds Community College graduate nearly 900 students in three ceremonies on Dec. 16.

Cantrell Anderson of Benton receives his Associate Degree in Nursing from Hinds Community College on Dec. 16 in a ceremony at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. With him are, from left, sister Maesha Luckett, niece Bailey and his mom Julia Luckett.

Cantrell Anderson of Benton receives his Associate Degree in Nursing from Hinds Community College on Dec. 16 in a ceremony at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. With him are, from left, sister Maesha Luckett, niece Bailey and his mom Julia Luckett.

Sabrina Foucher of Ridgeland celebrates receiving her Practical Nursing degree from Hinds Community College on Dec. 16 with her dad Wallace Foucher.

Sabrina Foucher of Ridgeland celebrates receiving her Practical Nursing degree from Hinds Community College on Dec. 16 with her dad Wallace Foucher.

Rachel Junkin of Clinton, left, and Roxi Odom of Terry received Associate Degrees in Nursing on Dec. 16 from Hinds Community College in a ceremony at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.

Rachel Junkin of Clinton, left, and Roxi Odom of Terry received Associate Degrees in Nursing on Dec. 16 from Hinds Community College in a ceremony at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.

Texas native Ivan Muniz of Clinton plans to return to Texas for a job in a hospital emergency room after receiving his Associate Degree in Nursing from Hinds Community College on Dec. 16. He is standing in front of a carved eagle at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.

Texas native Ivan Muniz of Clinton plans to return to Texas for a job in a hospital emergency room after receiving his Associate Degree in Nursing from Hinds Community College on Dec. 16. He is standing in front of a carved eagle at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.

Amanda Lumm of Terry, left, is engulfed in a hug by her best friend Brittany Ross after receiving her dental assisting degree from Hinds Community College on Dec. 16.

Amanda Lumm of Terry, left, is engulfed in a hug by her best friend Brittany Ross after receiving her dental assisting degree from Hinds Community College on Dec. 16.

Shameeka Williams of Jackson, center, graduated from Hinds Community College on Dec. 16 with a Practical Nursing degree. With her are Maya Bostic, left, and Vernita Johnson, right.

Shameeka Williams of Jackson, center, graduated from Hinds Community College on Dec. 16 with a Practical Nursing degree. With her are Maya Bostic, left, and Vernita Johnson, right.

Sydne Allee of Pearl graduated from Hinds Community College on Dec. 16 with a Practical Nursing degree. With her are husband Aaron and sons Caiden, left, and Grayson.

Sydne Allee of Pearl graduated from Hinds Community College on Dec. 16 with a Practical Nursing degree. With her are husband Aaron and sons Caiden, left, and Grayson.

Hannah Wells of Pearl graduated in dental assisting from Hinds Community College on Dec. 16 in a ceremony at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. She is with Paul Bennett, left, and Caleb Bennett. Taking the photo is Stephanie Morgan.

Hannah Wells of Pearl graduated in dental assisting from Hinds Community College on Dec. 16 in a ceremony at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. She is with Paul Bennett, left, and Caleb Bennett. Taking the photo is Stephanie Morgan.

Emily Herring of Flowood graduated from Hinds Community College on Dec. 16 with a certificate in dental assisting. Celebrating with her are, from left, Natalee Long, Olivia Etheridege and, right, Laurel McLeland.

Emily Herring of Flowood graduated from Hinds Community College on Dec. 16 with a certificate in dental assisting. Celebrating with her are, from left, Natalee Long, Olivia Etheridege and, right, Laurel McLeland.

Dexter Holloway, assistant executive director for Workforce and Economic Development with the Mississippi Community College Board, addresses nursing and allied health graduates on Dec. 16 at Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus.

Dexter Holloway, assistant executive director for Workforce and Economic Development with the Mississippi Community College Board, addresses nursing and allied health graduates on Dec. 16 at Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus.

Hinds Community College President Dr. Clyde Muse addresses nursing and allied health graduates at the Dec. 16 ceremony at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.

Hinds Community College President Dr. Clyde Muse addresses nursing and allied health graduates at the Dec. 16 ceremony at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.

Ivan Muniz of Clinton receives an Associate Degree in nursing on Dec. 16 at Hinds Community College graduation ceremonies held at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.

Ivan Muniz of Clinton receives an Associate Degree in nursing on Dec. 16 at Hinds Community College graduation ceremonies held at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.

Vice President Dr. Theresa Hamilton of Raymond hands out diplomas at the Dec. 16 graduation ceremony for nursing and allied health graduates at Hinds Community College's Rankin Campus.

Vice President Dr. Theresa Hamilton of Raymond hands out diplomas at the Dec. 16 graduation ceremony for nursing and allied health graduates at Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus.

Rachel Spell of Terry, left, Ciera Stephens of Pearl receive Associate Degrees in Nursing from Hinds Community College at a ceremony on Dec. 16 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.

Rachel Spell of Terry, left, Ciera Stephens of Pearl receive Associate Degrees in Nursing from Hinds Community College at a ceremony on Dec. 16 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.

Jessica Pierce of Morton, left, and Ametra Enochs of Jackson graduated from the Health Care Assisting program at Hinds Community College on Dec. 16 in a ceremony at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.

Jessica Pierce of Morton, left, and Ametra Enochs of Jackson graduated from the Health Care Assisting program at Hinds Community College on Dec. 16 in a ceremony at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.

Practical nursing graduates Khadijah Anderson of Vicksburg; left, Shamone Byest of Belzoni and Tammy Barrett of Vicksburg take a selfie before their ceremony on Friday, Dec. 16 at Hinds Community College’s Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.

Practical nursing graduates Khadijah Anderson of Vicksburg; left, Shamone Byest of Belzoni and Tammy Barrett of Vicksburg take a selfie before their ceremony on Friday, Dec. 16 at Hinds Community College’s Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.

Hinds Community College held three graduation ceremonies on Dec. 16 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. From left are graduation speaker Dexter Holloway, assistant executive director for Workforce and Economic Development with the Mississippi Community College Board; Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse and Dr. Joyce Jenkins, retired Hinds Community College dean for Raymond Campus Career-Technical Education, who was the grand marshal and mace bearer for the nursing and allied health graduation ceremony.

Hinds Community College held three graduation ceremonies on Dec. 16 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. From left are graduation speaker Dexter Holloway, assistant executive director for Workforce and Economic Development with the Mississippi Community College Board; Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse and Dr. Joyce Jenkins, retired Hinds Community College dean for Raymond Campus Career-Technical Education, who was the grand marshal and mace bearer for the nursing and allied health graduation ceremony.

Dr. Joyce Jenkins, retired Hinds Community College dean for Raymond Campus Career-Technical Education was the grand marshal and mace bearer for the nursing and allied health graduation ceremony on Dec. 16

Dr. Joyce Jenkins, retired Hinds Community College dean for Raymond Campus Career-Technical Education was the grand marshal and mace bearer for the nursing and allied health graduation ceremony on Dec. 16

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Hinds CC nursing/allied health dean, retired dean inducted into professional academy
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16 November

Hinds CC nursing/allied health dean, retired dean inducted into professional academy

Dr. Libby Mahaffey, left, and Bobbie Anderson

Dr. Libby Mahaffey, left, and Bobbie Anderson

A current Hinds Community College dean and a retired dean were recently inducted into a prestigious national professional academy at its inaugural event.

Dr. Libby Mahaffey of Raymond, dean, Nursing and Allied Health, and Bobbie Anderson of Vicksburg, retired dean of the same programs, were inducted into the newly established Academy of Associate Degree Nursing by the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN) on Nov. 5 in Dallas, Texas.

The two were among 10 inductees. The Academy of Associate Degree Nursing (AADN) program recognizes associate degree nursing educators, and others committed to associate degree nursing education, who model exemplary dedication to nursing education and practice.  Appropriately, Mrs. Anderson was the first person inducted into the Academy as a full member.

Anderson began teaching in Hinds Community College’s Associate Degree Nursing program in fall 1969 and in 1973 was named the program director. In 1984, after the program moved to the Chadwick Drive location as Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center, Anderson became the first dean. In 1993 the first building at NAHC was named Anderson Hall in her honor upon her retirement. Anderson continued to teach including at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus.

During a time of uncertainty for Associate Degree Nursing programs, Anderson was a state and national advocate, holding numerous leadership positions. This included serving as the chair of the organizational steering committee and later a president of the National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (N-OADN), now recognized as OADN.

“Associate Degree Nursing Education is a part of the fiber of my life,” Anderson said. “I willingly gave of myself because of my strong belief in associate degree nursing education. My goal in any leadership position was to lead with integrity and to role model leadership for others.”

Dr. Elizabeth “Libby” Mahaffey, became dean, Nursing and Allied Health in 2005. Mahaffey began teaching at Hinds in 1982 and served as a team leader and sophomore coordinator before transitioning to the dean role.  Following in the steps of her mentor, Mahaffey served on the N-OADN Board for six years, including two years as president.  She also served for six years on the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission Board of Directors, including four years as chairperson.

“I still strongly believe in nursing education at the community college where access, affordability, and graduate success continue to make a difference in the lives of students and in the healthcare of our communities,” she said.

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. Libby Mahaffey, Bobbie Anderson inducted into prestigious academy.
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Hinds CC Physical Therapist Assistant students volunteer for Little Light House
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31 October

Hinds CC Physical Therapist Assistant students volunteer for Little Light House

web_hinds-cc_second-year-pta-students_8376Hinds Community College second-year Physical Therapist Assistant students volunteered for the Oct. 22 Laps for Little Ones event benefitting The Little Light House of Central Mississippi.

The Little Light House offers a tuition-free early intervention program for children birth to six years consisting of intensive therapeutic care and cognitive remediation. Addressing a child’s physical ability, wellness, mind and community the year-round program promotes systematic, long-term, healthy change.

Hinds Community College’s Physical Therapist Assistant curriculum is a two-year program of study that prepares a PTA to perform interventions under the supervision of a physical therapist in an ethical, legal, safe and effective manner.

PTAs enhance the delivery of physical therapy services by providing delegated interventions, assisting the PT with data collection, communicating with other members of the health care delivery team, interacting with members of the patient’s family and caregivers, and working cooperatively with other health care providers.

Upon graduation the student is eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination for licensure. For more information about the program contact chair Pam Chapman at ptchapman@hindscc.edu.

The second-year students who participated are, front from left, Brooke Gunn of Utica, Aleasha Haver of Eupora, Kristen Shelton of Winona, Wade Rogers of Flowood; second row, Heather Johnson of Chunky, Desiree Roos of Kosciusko, Natalie Brady of Pelahatchie, Jessica Whitehead of Madison, Kelsey Robertson of Winona, Sandy Wren of Raymond; back row, Tim Marshall of Vicksburg, Ashlee Lee of Forest, Harrison Shuerman of Clinton, Olivia King of Vicksburg, Ben Hood of Pearl, Aubrey Kimball of Pass Christian, Matt Smith of Wesson, Dawn Little of Florence and program director Pam Chapman of Flora.

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 Physical Therapist Assistant students attend conference
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31 October

Hinds CC Physical Therapist Assistant students attend conference

Hinds Community College first year Physical Therapist Assistant students from the Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center attended the fall meeting of the Mississippi Physical Therapy Association in Tupelo on Oct. 22. Those attending include, front from left, Chelsey Howington of Delhi, La., Courtney Vosika of Byram, Ladrekia Culbert of Fayette, Kara Patterson of Richland, Stephanie Ricks of Brandon, Josh Farley, president of the Mississippi Physical Therapy Association; back row, Hailey Stacy of Brandon, Sam Peacock of Jackson, Kelsey Nowell of Louisville, BJ Breelon of Byram, Tavi Toles of Ridgeland, Dakota Medina of Brandon and Alex Hayden of Brandon.

Hinds Community College first-year Physical Therapist Assistant students from the Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center attended the fall meeting of the Mississippi Physical Therapy Association in Tupelo on Oct. 22.

Those attending include, front from left, Chelsey Howington of Delhi, La., Courtney Vosika of Byram, Ladrekia Culbert of Fayette, Kara Patterson of Richland, Stephanie Ricks of Brandon, Josh Farley, president of the Mississippi Physical Therapy Association; back row, Hailey Stacy of Brandon, Sam Peacock of Jackson, Kelsey Nowell of  Louisville, BJ Breelon of Byram, Tavi Toles of Ridgeland, Dakota Medina of Brandon and Alex Hayden of Brandon.

The Physical Therapist Assistant curriculum is a two-year program of study that prepares a PTA to perform interventions under the supervision of a physical therapist in an ethical, legal, safe and effective manner. PTAs enhance the delivery of physical therapy services by providing delegated interventions, assisting the PT with data collection, communicating with other members of the health care delivery team, interacting with members of the patient’s family and caregivers, and working cooperatively with other health care providers.

Upon graduation the student is eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination for licensure.

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 Nursing program to be showcased Sept. 6
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02 September

Hinds CC Nursing program to be showcased Sept. 6

RAYMOND – The Hinds Community College Nursing & Allied Health Showcase is set for 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6 at the Nursing/Allied Health Center in Jackson.

Prospective students and others will get a chance to tour the campus’ learning labs, speak with faculty, explore the college’s 13 health-related and two short-term programs and find out about requirements and deadlines.

The nursing showcase at Hinds is open to anyone interested in pursuing a career in healthcare. Free food and prizes will be offered.

“We would love to introduce you to one of our nursing and allied health programs which all focus on preparing competent, caring healthcare professionals,” said Dr. Libby Mahaffey, dean of Nursing and Allied Health. “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.”

Technical and associate degree programs at NAHC are nationally accredited by specialty accrediting organizations. The career programs meet state accreditation/approval guidelines.

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.

“This event is a great opportunity for prospective students to meet our faculty and get first-hand information about our programs and how to get admitted,” District Director of Enrollment Services Kathryn Cole said.

The Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center is at 1750 Chadwick Drive. For more information on the event, call 601-376-4807 or visit http://www.hindscc.edu.

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Hinds CC nursing, allied health graduates share stories
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12 August

Hinds CC nursing, allied health graduates share stories

Zachary Lilley of Florence couldn’t let his wife one-up him. Last year Ashley Lilley finished her Associate Degree in Nursing at Hinds Community College so this year it was Zach’s turn.

“I’ve been an LPN (licensed practical nurse) for five years now,” said Lilley, 29, who, along with his wife, works at the Mississippi State Hospital at Whitfield. “I couldn’t let her be ahead of me.”

Zachary Lilley of Florence graduated from Hinds Community College on July 29 with an Associate Degree in Nursing.

Zachary Lilley of Florence graduated from Hinds Community College on July 29 with an Associate Degree in Nursing.

Lilley commuted back and forth to Hinds’ Vicksburg-Warren Campus for the Transition to RN program and has already begun the RN to BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) at University of Mississippi Medical Center. The couple has three children ages 10 months, 3 and 10.

“It’s stressful. It’s very stressful – but it’s only for a year and you can get through anything for a year,” he said.

But his wife was a true partner. “She could tell me her past experiences what she thought was important and was not so important,” Lilley said. “Getting the kids off when I had clinicals. They had babysitters so I didn’t have to worry about babysitters. She handled all that.”

Hinds Community College conferred 467 degrees and certificates to 405 graduates in two graduation ceremonies Friday, July 29

at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. “A good number of our graduates are earning more than one community college credential,” said Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse.

Of the total number of graduates, 56 graduated summa cum laude, which is a perfect 4.0 grade point average; 36 graduated magna cum laude, which is a 3.60 to 3.99 grade point average and 66 graduated cum laude, which is a 3.20 to 3.59 grade point average.

 

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse

“I suspect if we polled each graduate, nearly all would say they went to college to make things better — for themselves and for their families,” Muse said. “The power of education is that it drives our vision for a better life.  And, while the graduates here 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.”

The speaker for both graduation ceremonies was Dr. Ed Davis, director of the doctoral program for Rural Community College leaders at Mississippi State University.

“The good thing about the job I have had for the past few years is I have had the chance to go across the nation and work with other community

Dr. Ed Davis, director of the doctoral program for Rural Community College leaders at Mississippi State University, was the graduation speaker.

Dr. Ed Davis, director of the doctoral program for Rural Community College leaders at Mississippi State University, was the graduation speaker.

college programs in a lot of states and in a lot of regions,” Davis said. “There are two things they know when you go to other states: They know Dr. Muse, and they know Hinds Community College. I think that’s a testament to the work and dedication of administrators, the faculty and staff of Hinds Community College and the leadership of Dr. Muse. The quality of programs at Hinds Community College is known nationwide.”

Jeffery Walters of Jackson received a certificate in the paramedic program. At age 49, he already works for AMR in Jackson.

Jeffery Walters of Jackson received a certificate in the paramedic program. At age 49, he already works for AMR in Jackson. Celebrating with him are his daughter, Lacey Walters and granddaughter Karri Walters.

Jeffery Walters of Jackson received a certificate in the paramedic program. At age 49, he already works for AMR in Jackson. Celebrating with him are his daughter, Lacey Walters and granddaughter Karri Walters.

“It is difficult — difficult but rewarding would be the best way to describe it,” he said. “It was difficult finding time to study because I did work fulltime at the same time.

“I told myself that, as old as I am, that after I got out of EMT school I am done with school, too old. But family, friends and coworkers finally talked me into coming back and stepping on up,” Walters said.

One of the happiest people at summer graduation had to be Lotoya Patterson of Vicksburg, who received her practical nursing degree at age 30.

“This was an emotional roller coaster but I thank God because if it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t be here,” she said. “When they say rigorous it was very rigorous. But I thank God because they prepared us to get ready for the world, to be in the hospital showing us what we have got to be prepared for. I’m really thankful to have come to Hinds Community College because their program is very rigorous.”

Lotoya Patterson of Vicksburg received her practical nursing degree at age 30 from Hinds Community College on July 29.

Lotoya Patterson of Vicksburg received her practical nursing degree at age 30 from Hinds Community College on July 29.

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 2015. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

 

 

Chelsi Pearce and Lauren Sikorski, both of Brandon, holding flowers received their degrees in medical lab technology from Hinds Community College on July 29. With them are their instructors, LaJuanda Portis, far left, and Amber Reulet, far right.

Chelsi Pearce and Lauren Sikorski, both of Brandon, holding flowers received their degrees in medical lab technology from Hinds Community College on July 29. With them are their instructors, LaJuanda Portis, far left, and Amber Reulet, far right.

Kathryn Beckham of Brandon received a degree from Hinds Community College in dental assisting on July 29. With her are dad Vernon Beckham and stepmom Leslie Beckham.

Kathryn Beckham of Brandon received a degree from Hinds Community College in dental assisting on July 29. With her are dad Vernon Beckham and stepmom Leslie Beckham.

Dr. Norman Session, vice president for the Rankin Campus, assisted with July 29 summer graduation ceremonies at Hinds Community College.

Dr. Norman Session, vice president for the Rankin Campus, assisted with July 29 summer graduation ceremonies at Hinds Community College.

Ashley McIlroy of Jackson graduated from Hinds Community College on July 29 with a practical nursing degree. With her are aunts, JoAnn Johnson, left, and Dorothy Dupree, right.

Ashley McIlroy of Jackson graduated from Hinds Community College on July 29 with a practical nursing degree. With her are aunts, JoAnn Johnson, left, and Dorothy Dupree, right.

Hinds Community College retiree Dr. Mary Ann Greene of Clinton was the grand marshal and mace bearer at the July 29 summer graduation ceremonies.

Hinds Community College retiree Dr. Mary Ann Greene of Clinton was the grand marshal and mace bearer at the July 29 summer graduation ceremonies.

 

Kimberly Denny of Vidalia, La., commuted across the Mississippi River to attend classes at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus. At age 47 she received her Associate Degree in Nursing, a journey she started when she was 18. Now with two daughters, 21 and 26, she decided it was “my time. I can do it for me, not for them,” she said.

Kimberly Denny of Vidalia, La., commuted across the Mississippi River to attend classes at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus. At age 47 she received her Associate Degree in Nursing, a journey she started when she was 18. Now with two daughters, 21 and 26, she decided it was “my time. I can do it for me, not for them,” she said.

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Disciple of nursing icons credits Hinds ADN program’s ‘hands-on’ approach
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15 July

Disciple of nursing icons credits Hinds ADN program’s ‘hands-on’ approach

JACKSON – A stellar career for Becky Tustain teaching aspiring nurses in Hinds’ Associate Degree Nursing program began with just a small request of her husband.

“When I came here in 1975, I asked my family for two years to go to school,” she said. “I didn’t think I could ask my family to give me but two years. I’ve gone on to a lot since then, but in my heart, I’m an associate degree nurse.”

Becky Tustain, a retired former instructor in the Associate Degree Nursing program at Hinds Community College, shows equipment in the learning lab at the college's Nursing Allied Health Center. She and fellow instructors designed the lab when the center was built in 1982. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Becky Tustain, a retired former instructor in the Associate Degree Nursing program at Hinds Community College, shows equipment in the learning lab at the college’s Nursing Allied Health Center. She and fellow instructors designed the lab when the center was built in 1982. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

A decade out of Central High School in Jackson and already a mother of one of her three children, Tustain grabbed ahold of an education in nursing that morphed quickly into a profession. She earned her ADN credential from Hinds in 1977, then moved on to William Carey College for her bachelor’s five years later, all the while working as an instructor in Hinds’ program and a staff nurse at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Vicksburg, where she settled and still resides.

She completed her master’s in Nursing Education from the University of Mississippi in 1986. She retired from Hinds in 1995 to pursue a Nurse Practitioner’s credential, which she earned from Mississippi University for Women in 1998.

Such a quick turnaround from learning to teaching in the program meant she was with ladies she still calls the “icons” of the nursing program, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

“Eunice Pace was our first dean at NAHC, then it was Bobbie Anderson,” she said. “We had Mildred Hearn, Dixie Keyes, Kay Stubblefield Jones, Linda Hughes, Sherry Avenmarg, Patty Baker.

“I knew I had a good core,” she said. “My mother had a stroke and my father had a heart attack during the few weeks between graduation and boards, so I didn’t get to study. I walked into boards, and passed them. That was because of that faculty.”

Tustain’s timeline teaching in the college’s nursing program runs closely with that of the Nursing/Allied Health Center itself, into which the program moved in 1982 from smaller venues on the Raymond Campus.

“When I started teaching, I volunteered to come in before my contract began because I wanted to start out doing it right,” she said. “Back then, the program was all done in this little-bitty room in the science building. But, we were much more functional than when it was in the old house and it had supplies. And we had some great faculty teaching me.”

There was no down time between the move to the new facilities and the teaching schedule.

“Dr. Muse said we will teach on that Friday and Monday, and we’d just move over the weekend,” Tustain said. “The moving company moved the heavy conference tables and other equipment, but they didn’t know how to set it up. It took about 20 of us women faculty, but we got the beds in and set them up. We moved Friday afternoon, we worked all day Saturday and Sunday, and we all taught Monday. Now, is that not teamwork?”

Moving into it might have been a group project, but her mark on the learning lab remains, down to the positioning of electrical outlets and mirrors above the beds so students could see what they’re doing – commonplace now, but unique among nursing programs at the time.

“The learning lab is my baby,” Tustain said. “I designed it to where student and instructor could see what they were doing, with the mirrors overhead.”

In 1985, Tustain, Anderson and ADN instructors in a handful of neighboring states organized what is today the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing. Anderson was its first president.

“The group was formed in order to protect AD nursing as an entry-level program for registered nursing as a whole,” Tustain said.

“It allowed people who couldn’t give four years of a financial contribution outside of work to do it.”

The ADN program’s brand is strong in Mississippi and in medical circles because of its tradition of quality instruction, she said.

“We were one of the larger and productive programs, and our pass rates were good, so everybody wanted Hinds nurses,” she said. “It’s because we did direct care. The faculty went with the student and did direct care. We didn’t just send them out to observe. It was hands-on learning.”

 

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Hinds CC graduates nursing, allied health students

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

Of the total number of graduates, 127 are graduating summa cum laude, which is a perfect 4.0 grade point average; 130 are graduating magna cum laude,  which is a 3.60 to 3.99 grade point average and 238 are graduating cum laude, which is a 3.20 to 3.59 grade point average.

 

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Sara Martin of Ridgeland received her Associate Degree in Nursing from Hinds Community College on May 12. Celebrating with her are some of her family members, son Kyle, husband Stan, son Reid, daughters Anne Brinson and Carlie and mom Annie Sory.

Sara Martin of Ridgeland received her Associate Degree in Nursing from Hinds Community College on May 12. Celebrating with her are some of her family members, son Kyle, husband Stan, son Reid, daughters Anne Brinson and Carlie and mom Annie Sory.

Famie Willis Caseb of Carthage wore traditional Choctaw dress under her cap and gown when she received a degree in radiology May 12 from Hinds Community College.

Famie Willis Caseb of Carthage wore traditional Choctaw dress under her cap and gown when she received a degree in radiology May 12 from Hinds Community College.

Famie Willis Caseb of Carthage wore traditional Choctaw dress under her cap and gown when she received a degree in radiology May 12 from Hinds Community College.

Famie Willis Caseb of Carthage wore traditional Choctaw dress under her cap and gown when she received a degree in radiology May 12 from Hinds Community College.

Retired Raymond Campus automotive mechanic technology instructor Steve Miller was the grand marshal for the May 12-13 graduation ceremonies at Hinds Community College, including the nursing and allied health ceremony on May 12.

Retired Raymond Campus automotive mechanic technology instructor Steve Miller was the grand marshal for the May 12-13 graduation ceremonies at Hinds Community College, including the nursing and allied health ceremony on May 12.

Ciara Williams of Jackson helps Theary Kun So of Jackson with her gown at the May 12 graduation ceremony at Hinds Community College. Both received degrees in radiology.

Ciara Williams of Jackson helps Theary Kun So of Jackson with her gown at the May 12 graduation ceremony at Hinds Community College. Both received degrees in radiology.

Theary Kun So of Jackson helps Ashlie Hollingshead of Brandon with her gown at the May 12 graduation ceremony at Hinds Community College. Both received degrees in radiology.

Theary Kun So of Jackson helps Ashlie Hollingshead of Brandon with her gown at the May 12 graduation ceremony at Hinds Community College. Both received degrees in radiology.

Jessica Paul of Crystal Springs received a degree in radiology from Hinds Community College on May 12.

Jessica Paul of Crystal Springs received a degree in radiology from Hinds Community College on May 12.

Mary Hartfield of Brandon, formerly of Hattiesburg, graduated from Hinds Community College on May 12 with a degree in Physical Therapist Assistant.

Mary Hartfield of Brandon, formerly of Hattiesburg, graduated from Hinds Community College on May 12 with a degree in Physical Therapist Assistant.

Receiving degrees in Physical Therapist Assistant from Hinds Community College on May 12 were, from left, Brooke Massey of Noxapater, Lauren Austin of Brandon, Morgan Mason of Brandon and Kaylee Rochelle of Canton.

Receiving degrees in Physical Therapist Assistant from Hinds Community College on May 12 were, from left, Brooke Massey of Noxapater, Lauren Austin of Brandon, Morgan Mason of Brandon and Kaylee Rochelle of Canton.

Kimberly Smith of Crystal Springs celebrates her graduation from Hinds Community College on May 12 with her family including daughter Kayleigh, 5, front; husband Russ Smith and parents Beverly and Tommy Bridges. She received a degree in Respiratory Care Technology.

Kimberly Smith of Crystal Springs celebrates her graduation from Hinds Community College on May 12 with her family including daughter Kayleigh, 5, front; husband Russ Smith and parents Beverly and Tommy Bridges. She received a degree in Respiratory Care Technology.

Kimberly Smith of Crystal Springs celebrates her graduation from Hinds Community College on May 12 with her family including daughter Kayleigh, 5, front; husband Russ Smith and parents Beverly and Tommy Bridges. She received a degree in Respiratory Care Technology.

Kimberly Smith of Crystal Springs celebrates her graduation from Hinds Community College on May 12 with her family including daughter Kayleigh, 5, front; husband Russ Smith and parents Beverly and Tommy Bridges. She received a degree in Respiratory Care Technology.

LaClara Webb of Florence graduated from Hinds Community College on May 12 with a degree in Health Information Technology. She is with co-worker Jessica Brown and her sleeping daughter Skyler.

LaClara Webb of Florence graduated from Hinds Community College on May 12 with a degree in Health Information Technology. She is with co-worker Jessica Brown and her sleeping daughter Skyler.

Erika Haddakin of Byram celebrated receiving her Associate Degree in Nursing at Hinds Community College on May 12. With her are little sisters Alyssa, standing, and Naomi.

Erika Haddakin of Byram celebrated receiving her Associate Degree in Nursing at Hinds Community College on May 12. With her are little sisters Alyssa, standing, and Naomi.

Elliott Pettus celebrated receiving his degree from Hinds Community College with family members from left, Emily Wagster Pettus, Madeleine Pettus and Gary Pettus.

Elliott Pettus celebrated receiving his degree from Hinds Community College with family members from left, Emily Wagster Pettus, Madeleine Pettus and Gary Pettus.

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Father, daughter receive same degree together from Hinds CC
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Father, daughter receive same degree together from Hinds CC

Michael Bryant and his daughter Mary Kathryn were dressed just alike in cap and gown and standing next to each other in the graduation line Thursday at Hinds Community College to receive their degrees in Health Care Assisting.

Nursing and allied health students graduated from Hinds CC May 12.

Dad, 57, and daughter, 22, studied together at home in Star and quizzed each other as they rode together to classes.

Michael Bryant and daughter Mary Kathryn Bryant finished degrees in Health Care Assisting on May 12 at Hinds Community College. The two took the same classes, rode to campus together and studied together.

Michael Bryant and daughter Mary Kathryn Bryant finished degrees in Health Care Assisting on May 12 at Hinds Community College. The two took the same classes, rode to campus together and studied together.

“I’m going to go on to nursing school,” Mary Kathryn Bryant said. “He is retired and he has been interested in medical programs so we decided to go together.”

Dad said he couldn’t have done it without her. “It takes so much time. A lot of mornings getting up at 3:30 and studying but it was worth it. It’s been really good to have a study partner. There have been good days and bad days,” he said.

“Mostly good,” chimed in Mary Kathryn. “It’s been fun. I’m blessed.”

Michael Bryant already works part-time at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and plans to apply there and other hospitals. Mary Kathryn Bryant plans to attend nursing classes at night at Hinds. She’s hoping to talk her dad into joining her.

“We’ll see, he said.

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

Kelly Ann Collier, 28, of Vicksburg received her Associate Degree Nursing with a large audience of family members from five different states – Mississippi, Arizona, Nevada, Florida and New Hampshire.

They were all gathered “to watch me walk across the stage. It’s overwhelming. It’s emotional. They were so supportive throughout the program. I wouldn’t expect anything less,” she said.

Kelly Collier of Vicksburg received a degree in Associate Degree Nursing on May 12 at Hinds Community College under the eyes of family members who came from five states to see her walk across the stage.

Kelly Collier of Vicksburg received a degree in Associate Degree Nursing on May 12 at Hinds Community College under the eyes of family members who came from five states to see her walk across the stage.

Retired Hinds Community College allied health and nursing dean Mary Ann Sones was the speaker for the Thursday afternoon ceremony for allied health and nursing graduates. Sones began working at Hinds in August 1970.

“Today marks the successful conclusion of one, two or three years of diligent study. But it is really not an ending but a beginning,” Sones told graduates about their time at Hinds. “Today is a transition from one phase of your lives to another. It is the prologue that leads to new and different pathways.  I truly hope that the days you have spent here may be but the prologue for happy and fulfilling days to come.”

Sones said that modern technology has improved health care, but that’s not what patients will remember. It’s the care they receive from the professionals.

Mary Ann Sones was the speaker for the May 12 nursing and allied health graduation ceremony at Hinds Community College. She is with Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse.

Mary Ann Sones was the speaker for the May 12 nursing and allied health graduation ceremony at Hinds Community College. She is with Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse.

“As you care for your patients, do so with diligence and humility. Treat them with respect and without being judgmental,” she said. “Listen and remember that many times you will need to listen rather than speak. You can learn a lot by listening. It may even be that what you learn is the very information you need to provide the best care for them.”

Of the total number of graduates, 127 are graduating summa cum laude, which is a perfect 4.0 grade point average; 130 are graduating magna cum laude,  which is a 3.60 to 3.99 grade point average and 238 are graduating cum laude, which is a 3.20 to 3.59 grade point average.

“Community colleges are open door institutions,” Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse told graduates and their families. “We welcome all students who have the desire to achieve; our cost is low, our quality is high, and we understand that most students have family and job obligations that require some flexibility in program delivery in terms of time and place.

“And, we understand that not everyone comes to us with the same academic preparation. We are dedicated to helping students be successful in college-level work. That’s why quality instruction is the foundation for everything we do,” he said.

On Friday May 13, academic and technical graduates, except for those attending the Utica Campus, will have ceremonies as follows: 10 a.m., students whose last names begin with A-J and 2 p.m., those whose last names begins with K-Z. The speaker is Darrel McQuirter, president of the Hinds County Board of Supervisors.

On Sunday May 15, about 100 students will graduate at J.D. Boyd Gymnasium on the Utica Campus at a 2 p.m. ceremony. Jackson State University President Dr. Carolyn Meyers is the speaker.

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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