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Hinds CC nursing, allied health graduates celebrate with family, friends
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15 December

Hinds CC nursing, allied health graduates celebrate with family, friends

PEARL – Lakashia Robinson already had a servant’s heart, having earned a degree from Hinds Community College a few years ago, in surgical technology, and caring for patients at Merit Health River Oaks.

But, she wanted to take her life and career higher. As she pursued her Associate of Applied Science degree in nursing, Robinson, 26, of Jackson, felt it was imperative to share that heart with classmates and the community.

Lakashia Robinson

“Every year, we go out into the community and do one big event,” Robinson said. “As vice president of the Mississippi Organization of Associate Degree Nursing Student Association, I organized a group of students to participate in the benefit walk for breast cancer and we raised $1,900 – which is amazing since as students we don’t have to donate – but we did!”

As an OB-tech, her caregiving skills are tested daily.

“You don’t know caring for someone until you have a pregnant woman sitting there in tears and the only thing you can do to comfort her is say, ‘It’s going to be OK,’” she said.

Robinson will be a second-generation nurse once she completes her degree at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, as her mother is a nurse. Among her many sources of inspiration was the family and service-oriented atmosphere at Hinds.

“I didn’t want to just be a nursing student,” she said. “I wanted to be a nursing student who served the community. Our college embodies that very thing.”

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse delivers an address to one of three graduation ceremonies Dec. 15 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Robinson was among more than 1,000 students who graduated in three ceremonies Dec. 15 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus, beginning with the nursing and allied health students at 8 a.m.

“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 and to contribute to the communities in which we live,” said Hinds president Dr. Clyde Muse in his address to graduates.

Student diplomas this year included a gold seal celebrating the college’s 100th anniversary.

Among the graduates, 129 achieved summa cum laude, a 4.0 grade point average; 74 achieved magna cum laude, a 3.6 to 3.99 GPA and 21 achieved cum laude, 3.2 to 3.59.

Also among honors graduates was Derrick Williams, a classmate of Robinson’s who switched careers.

Derrick Williams, left, and Lakashia Robinson

“I was driving a furniture truck for a living when my sister suggested I get into this,” Williams said before walking across the stage a cum laude graduate. “I gave it a shot and now I want to be a nurse practitioner working with mental health patients.”

Speaking to nursing and allied health graduates was Joy Rhoads, a history and geography instructor at the Rankin Campus and coordinator of the campus’ Honors Institute.

Rhoads told graduates to be open to all the challenges life might bring after graduation, using her own experience as a master’s student as an example.

“I realized quickly, that being Joy the student was a vastly different experience than being Ms. Rhoads the instructor,” Rhoads said. “Discerning how to effectively balance my family, my job, and my schoolwork was another challenge to an already challenging degree path. It truly was an epiphany – my light bulb moment – when I understood that all my students face many of these very things and more. So, when you are navigating what comes next, be open to being humbled.”

Joy Rhoads, a history and geography instructor and coordinator of the Honors Institute at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus, delivers an address to graduates in one of three ceremonies Dec. 15. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Zach Hamm, second from left, was among more than 1,000 who received credentials Dec. 15 from Hinds Community College. With him, from left, is friend Robbie Hayes, sister Tina Hamm and friend Brianne Johnston. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Presley McCord, right, shares a hug from a family member after earning a Career Certificate in Practical Nursing Dec. 15 from Hinds Community College (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Raenica Phillips, center, of Meridian, was among more than 1,000 graduates of Hinds Community College during ceremonies held Dec. 15. She earned a Career Certificate in Practical Nursing. With her, from left, is her mother, Earthie Fluker, and grandmother, Evelyn Martin. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From left, Allyson Tramel and Cynthia Killen, who earned degrees by completing the Dental Hygiene Technology program. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Marion Wade, left, helps adjust a pin on the collar worn by Jessica Fitzgerald, right, during graduation ceremonies Dec. 15 at Hinds Community College. Each completed the Associate Degree Nursing program. ( Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Strong foundation at Hinds CC laid foundation for local nursing chief
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27 September

Strong foundation at Hinds CC laid foundation for local nursing chief

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

RAYMOND – Solid foundations in healthcare are built one satisfied patient at a time.

For Brenda Howie, the essentials of caregiving are built with the kinds of foundations laid every day at Hinds Community College for its nursing students.

Brenda Howie

Brenda Howie

“Hinds was my foundation and I built it in the Associate Degree Nursing program,” said Howie, who marked her 40th year in nursing in 2017 alongside being named chief nursing officer at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center, where she’s worked since 1981. “My education at Hinds is the reason I am where I am today.”

Howie was in the Student Nursing Association during her time in the program at Hinds, when it was housed at the Raymond Campus with other science classes. The Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center opened in 1982.

“I lived at home during school and it was a busy two years,” she said. “I was taking all my prerequisites with my nursing. We had a checkoff labs back then instead of simulation labs. We did IVs and injections on each other.”

Howie began at Baptist as a staff nurse on a medical-surgical unit. She has served various roles, including staff nurse, educator, assistant manager, nurse manager and clinical director. Additionally, she has been an adjunct clinical instructor for both Hinds and Mississippi College School of Nursing.

“It is always wonderful when our graduates are recognized for excellence in their profession,” said Dr. Libby Mahaffey, current dean of Nursing and Allied Health, who also taught part of Howie’s doctoral program. “Brenda Howie is an outstanding example. This promotion is well deserved, and I know Brenda will continue to serve Baptist with excellence.”

In her current role, Howie provides leadership to more than 1,000 RNs in the hospital’s nursing department. She also oversees the Educational Resource Center and is the executive leader for service.

In August 2015, Howie obtained her doctorate degree in Nursing Education and Administration from William Carey University. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Her days in front of students in a classroom might be done, but she emphasizes that teaching never really stops in her world.

“You teach every day,” she said. “The biggest change is technology, especially with electronic medical records.”

The field today has many challenges, including keeping quality personnel.

“In today’s world, there’s so many more avenues, professionally, a nurse can take,” she said. “It’s challenging to keep a strong workforce. You have to adapt and learn with the generations.

“You have to learn how to take time to listen to the patients. They are why I’m still here today. You have to learn the right words at the right time, so you can communicate with them while utilizing all the advanced technology we have in healthcare today. Patients and their families are at the center of why we do what we do.”

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Hinds CC holds summer graduation ceremonies
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31 July

Hinds CC holds summer graduation ceremonies

PEARL – Returning to school is a time of self-discovery, new careers and making new friends.

All those are now true for Sherrie Smith and Natasha Jackson, classmates this past year in the Health Information Technology program at Hinds Community College. Each graduated from the college Friday, May 28 with Associate of Applied Science degrees in the field.

Sherrie Smith, left, and Natasha Jackson

Sherrie Smith, left, and Natasha Jackson

“It was just the three of us in the class, so we’re friends now,” said Jackson, 27, of Jackson.

Smith, 49, originally from Greenwood and a mother of two adult children, chose Hinds for the convenience of staying in-state and the program’s solid reputation.

“It was really the only doable option I had to earn my degree,” Smith said. “I had a really good experience here.”

The college conferred 532 credentials to 464 students in two ceremonies at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. Nursing and allied health graduates received their degrees at 10 a.m. Academic and career-tech graduates received theirs at 2 p.m.

Among them were Charlotte and Charlene Johnson, twin sisters in life and in school. The sisters, of Clinton, graduated from the Practical Nursing program after already having earned degrees at Jackson State University.

“We’ve done everything together,” Charlotte said. “We’ve always been close.”

Charlotte, left, and Charlene Johnson

Charlotte, left, and Charlene Johnson

Both chose healthcare as a career to be able to continue teaching as well as learning.

“We love helping people,” Charlene said. “We’ve coordinated different programs, we both teach dancing. And we loved Hinds. It was challenging, awesome and we had the best teachers ever.”

Angela Griffin, retired assistant dean for Career and Technical Education at the college, spoke to graduates at both ceremonies.

Griffin told graduates to discover their passion, then follow it no matter what challenges life presents.

“You can Google for a mate or for a career,” Griffin said. “But you can’t Google to find what’s in your heart, the passion that makes you happy.

Angela Griffin, retired assistant career-tech dean, speaks at summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Angela Griffin, retired assistant career-tech dean, speaks at summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“You won’t find your passion in money or things. You will find your passion in things that fill you from the inside. It will be grounded in people and in your relationship with people.”

Griffin retired from Hinds in 2017 after 34 years, a tenure that began as a Business Technology instructor at the Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. Griffin went on to chair the Business Technology Department before becoming assistant dean for career-tech.

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Tes Seymour, center, of Vicksburg, was among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. She earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Emergency Medical Sciences. With her, from left, are husband John Seymour, Caleb Anthony, Madisyn Anthony, her mother Terry Saldana and father Joe Saldana. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Tes Seymour, center, of Vicksburg, was among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. She earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Emergency Medical Sciences. With her, from left, are husband John Seymour, son Caleb Anthony, daughter Madisyn Anthony, son Lane Seymour, and her mother Terry Saldana and father Joe Saldana. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Andrew Love, right, was among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. Love, of Brandon, graduated with a career certificate in Brick & Block Masonry. With him is interpreter Pam Jones, left. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Andrew Love, right, was among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. Love, of Brandon, graduated with a career certificate in Brick & Block Masonry. With him is interpreter Pam Jones, left. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ty Harris, left, and brothers Quienta and Donovan Carter, all of Hattiesburg, were among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. Quienta and Donovan plan to attend McNeese State University; Harris will attend the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Ty Harris, left, and brothers Quienta and Donovan Carter, all of Hattiesburg, were among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. Quienta and Donovan plan to attend McNeese State University; Harris will attend the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Shelby Cunningham, center, of Raymond, was among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College at summer graduation ceremonies at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. From left- Kylee Cunningham, Skylar Cunningham, Van McDaniel, Christy Cunningham, Aaron Blakely, Nikki Ryan, Roxie Williams,Triston Cunningham,Theresa Ryan, Roger Jones and Lois Jones. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Shelby Cunningham, center, of Raymond, was among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College at summer graduation ceremonies at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. From left- Kylee Cunningham, Skylar Cunningham, Van McDaniel, Christy Cunningham, Aaron Blakely, Nikki Ryan, Roxie Williams,Triston Cunningham,Theresa Ryan, Roger Jones and Lois Jones. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kendrick Kyles, of Jackson, takes a selfie just before summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. Kyles earned a technical certificate in Welding Technology. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Kendrick Kyles, of Jackson, takes a selfie just before summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. Kyles earned a technical certificate in Welding Technology. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Christin Coyle, of McComb, was among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. She earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology. With her is her daughter, Camryn. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Christin Coyle, of McComb, was among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. She earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology. With her is her daughter, Camryn. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Casey Brown, center, of Lucedale, was among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. She earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology. With her are her mother, Julie, left, and grandfather Kenneth Sullivan. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Casey Brown, center, of Lucedale, was among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. She earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology. With her are her mother, Julie, left, and grandfather Kenneth Sullivan. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Jataria Claiborne, center, of Port Gibson, was among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. She earned an Associate of Applied Science degree after completing the Business Management and Finance program. Family members had t-shirts printed for the occasion. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Jataria Claiborne, center, of Port Gibson, was among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. She earned an Associate of Applied Science degree after completing the Business Management and Finance program. Family members had t-shirts printed for the occasion. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ashley Ramirez, left, of Cleveland; Brittnee Pierce, center, of Harrisville, and Hope Sloan, of Philadelphia, were among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. All earned a Associate of Applied Science degrees in Veterinary Technology. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Ashley Ramirez, left, of Cleveland; Brittnee Pierce, center, of Harrisville, and Hope Sloan, of Philadelphia, were among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. All earned a Associate of Applied Science degrees in Veterinary Technology. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Annabeth Bowman, center-right, of Pelahatchie, was among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. She earned an Associate of Arts degree in General Studies and plans to pursue a nursing degree. With her, from left, are her father Dewayne, her mother Ann, and aunt, Margie Warren. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Annabeth Bowman, center-right, of Pelahatchie, was among 464 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 28 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. She earned an Associate of Arts degree in General Studies and plans to pursue a nursing degree. With her, from left, are her father Dewayne, her mother Ann, and aunt, Margie Warren. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

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Hinds CC named among top degree-producing colleges for nursing, health students
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Hinds CC named among top degree-producing colleges for nursing, health students

RAYMOND – Hinds Community College has been named as one of the top degree-producing community colleges in the United States in registered nursing and related fields by Community College Week, a national publication covering the nation’s more than 1,000 community colleges and technical schools.

“The Nursing and Allied Health programs have enjoyed the support of our College administrators as we continue to prepare students to be competent, caring health care practitioners,” said Dr. Libby Mahaffey, dean of the Jackson Campus-Nursing Allied Health Center. “The faculty have a wealth and variety of clinical experiences that enhance the rigorous programs of study. These rankings validate our commitment to meet the needs of our community stakeholders which include students, health care agencies, and consumers of health care.”

The ratings involved statistics reported to the U.S. Department of Education for the 2014-15 academic year, the most recent year of nationally available data.

Hinds is ranked 17th in the Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing category. Degrees conferred totaled 246, for a 29 percent increase over 2013-14. Hinds’ Associate Degree Nursing program celebrates its 50th year in existence this year.

The college also ranked highly, 22nd, in the Health Professions & Related Programs category. Those degrees totaled 439, for a 14 percent increase. Hinds was the only Mississippi community college to make either list.

Prospective nursing student Taylor Williams listens as student Jennifer Lariccia talks about the learning lab during a tour at the Hinds Community College Nursing/Allied Health Center Showcase event on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015. The event was an open house for prospective students interested in programs offered at the campus. Information booths and learning lab tours were available. 

Prospective nursing student Taylor Williams listens as student Jennifer Lariccia talks about the learning lab during a tour at the Hinds Community College Nursing/Allied Health Center Showcase event on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015. The event was an open house for prospective students interested in programs offered at the campus. Information booths and learning lab tours were available.

Hinds offers the broadest selection of nursing and allied health programs in the state, including 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.

A full slate of nursing and allied health programs are offered at Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center off Chadwick Drive near Merit Health Central, formerly Central Mississippi Medical Center. The Rankin Campus in Pearl offers Practical Nursing, Associate Degree Nursing and Medical Assisting Technology. The Vicksburg-Warren Campus offers Practical Nursing and Transition to RN.

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Nursing, allied health students key to April 5 health fair

“Spring into Health” with Hinds Community College students at a health fair co-sponsored by the City of Jackson, WJTV, LaNoticia and Metrocenter mall.

Hinds Community College students will provide a number of health screenings and services at the health fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, April 5 at the Metrocenter mall.

Services provided by Hinds students cover the following:

  • Medical Lab technology – cholesterol/glucose screening
  • Physical Therapy – Zumba classes and Mall Walk
  • Emergency Technology Program – No distraction while driving campaign: anti-texting, drinking etc.
  • Surgical Technology – Infection control, hand washing
  • Dental Assisting – Dental care
  • Sonography-women’s & men’s health – Self breast exams
  • Respiratory Care/Radiology-sleep apnea; healthy lungs
  • Library and Health Information Technology – Understanding Your Medical Records
  • Practical Nursing/Associate Degree Nursing – Blood pressure screening, stroke education, diabetes education, BMI, Pediatric vaccinations, diet, sexually transmitted diseases, teen pregnancy.

Other vendors at the “Spring into Health” fair include the American Heart Association, Mississippi Diabetes Association, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Mississippi Organ Recovery Association, Jackson Heart Study, Jackson Cardiology, ACT, Wal-Mart Vision Center, Foundation for Wellness Studies, MADD, Mississippi Blood Services, American Lung Association, Crime Prevention Unit, Parks and Recreation and the American Cancer Association, Metro East Learning Center and MIRA.

For more information, contact event coordinator Cynthia Casey, Hinds Community College, 601.376.4867.

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