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Rankin Campus celebrates Hinds CC Centennial, its 35th year
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15 September

Rankin Campus celebrates Hinds CC Centennial, its 35th year

A number of Rankin countians were among the 100 People Passionate about Hinds Community College. Attending the Rankin Campus Centennial celebration on Sept. 15 from among those honorees were, from left, Dr. Mike Vinson, Rep. Tom Weathersby, Dr. Wayne Stonecypher, Jimmy C. Smith, Jim Smith, Sen. Dean Kirby, Irl Dean Rhodes and Chancery Clerk Larry Swales, who is president of Hinds' Alumni Association.

A number of Rankin countians were among the 100 People Passionate about Hinds Community College. Attending the Rankin Campus Centennial celebration on Sept. 15 from among those honorees were, from left, Dr. Mike Vinson, Rep. Tom Weathersby, Dr. Wayne Stonecypher, Jimmy C. Smith, Jim Smith, Sen. Dean Kirby, Irl Dean Rhodes and Chancery Clerk Larry Swales, who is president of Hinds’ Alumni Association. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus celebrated the college Centennial as well as nearly 35 years of the campus’ existence with a meet-and-greet reception at the Muse Center on Sept. 12. A cornerstone of the celebration was a video tracing the history of the campus from the 1982 ground-breaking to the present.

The Rankin Campus opened in fall 1983 with vocational courses for high school students during the day and college students at night. The campus is the second largest of the Hinds six locations, enrolling more than 3,000 students.

Among those attending the event were former and current Rankin County supervisors, Rankin County legislators and other public officials including Chancery Clerk Larry Swales, who is president of Hinds’ Alumni Association.

“I take my hat off to the people who had the vision to want to build a community college in Rankin County. It’s a tribute to all of you. You have made this happen. It’s your tax dollars and your leadership that made this campus what it is today,” Swales said. “Hinds Community College is about opportunity. It’s an investment in our community by giving students of all ages an opportunity to better their lives by acquiring marketable skills and by increasing their educational attainment.”

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, with Sen. Dean Kirby of Pearl and  Rep. Ray Rogers of Pearl at the Rankin Campus Centennial celebration

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, with Sen. Dean Kirby of Pearl and Rep. Ray Rogers of Pearl at the Rankin Campus Centennial celebration (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse also reminisced about Rankin County leaders who deserve credit for the campus, especially supervisors.

“They recognized that this county had a very low percentage of citizens with opportunity for a post-secondary education. They wanted to do something about it,” he said. “This campus belongs to the people of Rankin County because you, along with the leadership of the board of supervisors, have in fact helped to develop this campus.”

Hinds Community College Rankin Campus student Jake Watts (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Hinds Community College Rankin Campus student Jake Watts (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Speaking on behalf of students was freshman Honors program student Jake Watts. He graduated from Pearl High in May, was president of the student body and was named Mr. Pearl High School, among many other honors.

“When I thought about college, I wanted to go somewhere where I wouldn’t be just a number. I wanted to feel like I knew the instructors and my fellow classmates. Hinds was by far the best choice for me. I know my time here will prepare me for transferring to a four-year university,” he said. “The Honors program at Rankin gives me this opportunity. The Honors program allows me to push myself both inside and outside the classroom through rigorous classes and opportunities through community service.”

Watts is among about 500 students receiving a Hinds Community College Foundation scholarship, said Jackie Granberry, executive director of the Hinds Community College Foundation. “About 25 percent of the Foundation scholarships are given to Rankin County students,” she said.

Current Rankin Campus Vice President Dr. Norman Session, left, visits with retired Rankin Campus Vice President Jimmy C. Smith and Sen. Dean Kirby at the Sept. 12 Rankin Campus Centennial celebration. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Current Rankin Campus Vice President Dr. Norman Session, left, visits with retired Rankin Campus Vice President Jimmy C. Smith and Sen. Dean Kirby at the Sept. 12 Rankin Campus Centennial celebration. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Rankin Campus Vice President Dr. Norman Session said Watts is representative of the students the campus attracts.

“All of our students on the Rankin Campus have a wonderful opportunity to work on all the courses they need to then transfer to a university or straight to the workforce. Our excellent faculty and staff help prepare them for life after Hinds,” he said.

 

Hinds CC Rankin Campus celebrates Centennial.

 

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 Rankin Campus celebrates college Centennial
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07 September

Hinds CC Rankin Campus celebrates college Centennial

The Rankin Campus will celebrate Hinds Community College’s 100 years of Community Inspired Service and nearly 35 years of Hinds being a part of the Rankin community with a meet-and-greet from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 12 in the Muse Center. The public is invited.

Among the dignitaries present for the 1982 Rankin ground-breaking ceremony were, from left, Dr. Lynn Weathersby, Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, then-Gov. Ray Mabus, George Wynne, Dr. George Moody, Albert Moore and Jimmy C. Smith.

Among the dignitaries present for a Rankin Campus ground-breaking ceremony were, from left, Dr. Lynn Weathersby, Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, Ray Mabus, George Wynne, Dr. George Moody, Albert Moore and Jimmy C. Smith.

The 5:30 p.m. program will feature a look back at the history of the campus, which opened in 1983 with high school career-tech classes during the day and college-level career- tech classes at night.

Growing the campus from a modest trailer and a $50 typewriter on a small plot of land took the efforts of the Rankin County Board of Supervisors, local legislators, city officials and many civic leaders who were committed to a quality higher education campus in Rankin County.

Today, the campus is the second largest of Hinds Community College’s six locations with eight buildings, including the Muse Center that opened in 2011. It has more than 100 acres over two locations, including the main campus off Highway 80 and the Rankin Career-Technical Building off Community College Boulevard, both in Pearl.

Hinds CC Rankin Campus celebrates Centennial 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 12.

 

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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Classes under way at Hinds CC’s Rankin Campus
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14 August

Classes under way at Hinds CC’s Rankin Campus

Fall classes at Hinds Community College got under way on Aug. 14, including at the Rankin Campus in Pearl.

Late registration continues throughout the week until Friday, Aug. 18.

The Rankin Campus added an Honors program last fall. A new addition for fall 2017 is the college-level culinary arts program, which is also at Hinds’ Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center, Utica and Vicksburg campuses.

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.

 

Hinds CC classes began on Aug. 14; late registration continues through Aug. 18.

 

Renita Lane, right, gives Tiera Hubbard her freshly printed Hinds student ID on the first day back to class at the Rankin Campus of Hinds Community College. Hubbard, of Braxton, is a freshman planning to study forensic psychology. (April Garon/Hinds Community College).

Renita Lane, right, gives Tiera Hubbard her freshly printed Hinds student ID on the first day back to class at the Rankin Campus of Hinds Community College. Hubbard, of Braxton, is a freshman planning to study forensic psychology. (April Garon/Hinds Community College).

Sophomore Shymirror Pringle, left,  of Pearl, helps Destiny Lyles, of Byram, with her class schedule. Pringle is studying Pre-Law, while Lyles is training in ultrasound technology. (April Garon/Hinds Community College).

Sophomore Shymirror Pringle, left, of Pearl, helps Destiny Lyles, of Byram, with her class schedule. Pringle is studying Pre-Law, while Lyles is training in ultrasound technology. (April Garon/Hinds Community College).

Hinds Community College Rankin Campus bookstore employee Thomas Ford helps Courtland McClung purchase textbooks.  McClung is a sophomore from Jackson studying physical therapy. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Hinds Community College Rankin Campus bookstore employee Thomas Ford helps Courtland McClung purchase textbooks. McClung is a sophomore from Jackson studying physical therapy. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Hinds Community College Rankin Campus bookstore employee Minnie McGruder, right, helps Endia Bingham purchase textbooks on the first day of the fall semester. Bingham is a freshman from Jackson studying Medical Technology.  (April Garon/Hinds Community College).

Hinds Community College Rankin Campus bookstore employee Minnie McGruder, right, helps Endia Bingham purchase textbooks on the first day of the fall semester. Bingham is a freshman from Jackson studying Medical Technology. (April Garon/Hinds Community College).

Kayla McNatt, of Florence, grabs a snack in between classes on the first day of the fall semester. McNatt is a Business and Accounting student. (April Garon/Hinds Community College).

Kayla McNatt, of Florence, grabs a snack in between classes on the first day of the fall semester. McNatt is a Business and Accounting student. (April Garon/Hinds Community College).

Friends Aijah Dixon, Allie Burke, Mikayla Hill and Megan Keyes, reunited before going to classes on the first day of the fall semester at the Rankin Campus of Hinds Community College. The freshmen and Keyes, a sophomore, are all of Brandon. Dixon and Burke are General Studies students; Hill plans to major in elementary education and Keyes is studying nursing.  (April Garon/Hinds Community College).

Friends Aijah Dixon, Allie Burke, Mikayla Hill and Megan Keyes, reunited before going to classes on the first day of the fall semester at the Rankin Campus of Hinds Community College. The freshmen and Keyes, a sophomore, are all of Brandon. Dixon and Burke are General Studies students; Hill plans to major in elementary education and Keyes is studying nursing. (April Garon/Hinds Community College).

Sophomore Hayla Cockrell, of Brandon, who plans a career in business, chats with Haley McManus, right, also of Brandon. McManus is a transfer pre-Dental Assisting Technology student. (April Garon/Hinds Community College).

Sophomore Hayla Cockrell, of Brandon, who plans a career in business, chats with Haley McManus, right, also of Brandon. McManus is a transfer pre-Dental Assisting Technology student. (April Garon/Hinds Community College).

Colby Barrett, of Flowood, and Ryan Mackrel, of Grenada, walk to class on the first day of the fall semester. Barrett is studying computer networking and Mackrel is studying radiology. (April Garon/Hinds Community College).

Colby Barrett, of Flowood, and Ryan Mackrel, of Grenada, walk to class on the first day of the fall semester. Barrett is studying computer networking and Mackrel is studying radiology. (April Garon/Hinds Community College).

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Diplomas earned by 18 in Gateway to College program at Hinds CC Rankin Campus
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08 June

Diplomas earned by 18 in Gateway to College program at Hinds CC Rankin Campus

PEARL – For Laura Marie Barrett, being on a stage she once thought herself unworthy of her presence meant thanking a few people first.

Laura Marie Barrett, center, with her father, William, and her mother, Marie (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Laura Marie Barrett, center, with her father, William, and her mother, Marie (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“I just want to say thank you so much to three wonderful women,” Barrett said, referring to the trio who have coordinated the Gateway to College program at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. “They’ve helped me through hard times and difficult times these past two years.”

On Tuesday, June 6, she was among 18 students from Rankin County School District thankful for the opportunity to graduate high school and earn college credit this past semester thanks to the program.

Program director Chandra Frazier, along with program specialists Sherrie Daniels and Ouida Holland, were praised highly by students who told their stories to family and friends during a graduation ceremony held at the Muse Center.

“If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t have known about this program or learned how to push myself a lot harder than I used to,” said Barrett, of Florence High School, who earned 24 hours of college credits she’ll use to pursue a cosmetology career. “I thought since I had failed in regular high school, that was it.”

The program, in place since 2012-13 at the Rankin Campus, has involved students who have dropped out of high school or are at risk of doing so. Once directed toward the program, often by high school guidance counselors, students aged 16-20 are placed in small learning communities and take basic skills classes while dually enrolled at Hinds. The program expanded to the Vicksburg Warren Campus in 2015. The program, a Mississippi Works Partnership between Hinds and the two school districts, is ending for the 2017-18 term.

Students had to read on an eighth-grade level and pass the college’s placement test for full participation. Classes in reading, math, college skills and other subjects are then aligned for the level at which they would have been taken in a traditional high school setting.

Nicholas Hydrick, center, with his father, Ryan, and his mother, Nancy Cobb (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Nicholas Hydrick, center, with his father, Ryan, and his mother, Nancy Cobb (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“Being in the program taught me time management,” said Nicholas Hydrick, of Northwest Rankin High School, who earned 22 credits toward college. He was equally thankful to program officials he described as “three amazing women.”

“I’m truly thankful God put these three women in my life,” he said on stage as he, Barrett and fellow RCSD students Shelbie Cranfield and Maeghan Romo in sharing brief testimonials about their experiences in the program. “I never would have graduated without their help,” Hydrick said. “I want you to know that you three have reserved spots in my heart forever.”

The ceremony was again keynoted by Dr. Sue Townsend, superintendent of the Rankin County School District and member of the college’s Board of Trustees.

“There’s a freedom that you feel when you’ve accomplished a goal,” Townsend said. “When you walk out of here, you’re going to have a new sense of freedom and what it offers to you.”

Frazier thanked guidance counselors and others in the Rankin County School District for supporting the program from the start.

“We have walked this journey together,” Frazier said.

Rankin Gateway to College director Chandra Frazier

Rankin Gateway to College director Chandra Frazier

Beverly McClure, a guidance counselor at Northwest Rankin, told graduates they’d still be there for them as they continued their education at the college level.

“We’re here to support,” McClure said. “This is not work, this is easy. This is love. You still belong to your home school and every counselor in this district. And we want to help.”

Gateway graduates present Tuesday also included Zoe Armagost, 24 hours of college credits; Nicole Aucoin, 43 hours; Charlie Banks, 15 hours; Cranfield, 10 hours; Leanna Frazier, 42 hours; Kelsey Heard, 33 hours; Benjamin Heckman, 38 hours; Marcenia Holloway, 38 hours; Cody Holmes, 32 hours; Kaylee Jackson, 21 hours; Kinsley Parkman, 24 hours; Austin Scott, 19 hours; Romo, 29 hours; and Mary Ward, 32 hours. Also completing high school through the program for 2017 were Alexander Heintzelman and Peyton Love, who were not present Tuesday. All graduates were students in the Rankin County School District.

Diplomas earned by 18 in Gateway to College program at Hinds CC Rankin Campus
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Hinds CC Rankin Campus students complete College, Ink. literary journal
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18 May

Hinds CC Rankin Campus students complete College, Ink. literary journal

Hinds Community College Rankin Campus students recently completed their most recent edition of College, Ink., the journal of creative writing.

College, Ink. has done well in the annual Mississippi Community College Creative Writing Association contest against other community colleges’ journals in the category of Best In-House Literary Journal, last year winning first place with Volume XII.

In 2007, Vol. III won first place; in 2008, Vol. IV won third place; in 2011, Vol. VII won first place; in 2012, Vol. VIII won second place; in 2013, Vol. IX won third place and in 2014, Vol. X won first place.

The publication began the spring semester of 1999 under the guidance of Dr. Linda Hill as well as with the support of Academic Dean Gary Fox and Chair of the English and MFL departments Stephanie Woods.  After a hiatus, Dr. Hill led the publication of the second volume in spring 2004, and Volume Three was published in spring 2006. Since then, College, Ink. has been published every spring, and the journal is currently in its 14th volume. Larry Martin assumed the role of sponsor in 2011.

“The journal is completely the product of the imagination, creativity, and talents of the students who attend the Rankin Campus,” Martin said. “They compose the publication’s poetry, short stories, and drama and are responsible for the art and photography exhibited on each journal’s cover as well as within its pages.

“Moreover, they assume the more technical and manual duties of editing, organizing, and binding.  Even the title of the journal is a result of the first publication’s student contributors, who in 1999 decided upon the use of the pun on the word “ink” and the abbreviation for ‘incorporated,’ “ he said.

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Pictured are, front from left, Dean of Students Carol McLaurin, Hailiey Lawrence of Ludlow, Kaitlyn Turnage of Flowood, Kat Bingham of Brandon, Trisha Hudson of Pearl, Laurel Thrailkill of Brandon and Dr. Norman Session, Vice President of the Rankin and Jackson ATC campuses; back row, Academic Dean Gary Fox, Lu Dearing-Rubio of Brandon, Rebecca Mason of Brandon, Olivia Clark of Brandon and Larry Martin, English instructor and sponsor.

Not pictured are Zak Abramson of Jackson, Isaac Brooks of Brandon, Bryce Moon of Brandon, Kim Rawls of Brandon, Zach Spiller of Brandon and Destiny Mulligan of Florence.

“College, Ink. is a great source of pride for the Rankin Campus, and the creative writing students who are responsible for it pour themselves into its creation,” Martin said. “They not only experience great pleasure but also value the achievement of a better understanding of the power of literary expression.”

Hinds CC Rankin Campus completes College, Ink literary magazine.

 

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 Rankin Campus high school career-tech students inducted into honor society
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15 May

Hinds CC Rankin Campus high school career-tech students inducted into honor society

The Pearl/Rankin Career and Technical Center at Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus recently inducted students into the National Technical Honor Society.

NTHS was established in 1984 in South Carolina for outstanding career and technical students of workforce vocational educational institutions in the United States. It serves more than 3,800 high schools and colleges in all 50 states.

The organization’s goals are to honor achievements of leading career and technical education students, to provide scholarships and cultivate excellence in today’s skilled workforce. NTHS works with other career-technical student organizations of which Hinds is a member.

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The students and high schools they represent are, front row from left, Kaileigh Waltman, Pearl High School; Kelly Ponder, Puckett; Courtney Morgigno, Pearl; Daiesha Herbert, Brandon; Shariel Franklin, Pearl; Kayla Anastasio, Pearl; Latonya Bacon, Pearl; Ashley Cater, Florence; Josie Halter, Pearl; Chloe Hollis, Northwest Rankin; Sarah Jones, Brandon; Maranda Magee, Brandon;

second row, Glenisha Woolfolk, Pearl; Jordan Broome, Brandon; Portia Britton, Pearl; Alyssa Bradshaw, McLaurin; Breanna Barnett, McLaurin; Mary Decell, Pearl; Landon Hardwick, Northwest Rankin; Madison Martin, Brandon; Alicia Perry, Brandon;

third row, Karra Lowry, Pearl; Veronica Jackson, Northwest Rankin; Jessica Smith, Pelahatchie; Kerra Hastings, Northwest Rankin; Nicolas Kuhn, Brandon; Devin Longo, Richland and Victoria Walters, Puckett;

back row, Roby Vasquez, Pearl; Gabrielle Brown, Brandon; Molly Goode, Richland; Rachael Clements, Northwest Rankin; Christian Ivy, Brandon; Gabrielle Hulin, Brandon; Ryan Tutor, Brandon; Hamilton Allen, Pearl; Denise Campbell, Richland and William Rodgers, Puckett.

 

Rankin Campus inducts National Technical Honor Society members.

 

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 Rankin Campus Health Science II students raise money for Pearl Fire Department
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15 May

Hinds CC Rankin Campus Health Science II students raise money for Pearl Fire Department

Pearl High School Health Science II students from the Pearl-Rankin Career and Technical Center at Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus presented a check to the Pearl Fire Department recently to assist in the purchase of a new monitor for firefighters.

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To raise money for the check, students sold nachos as a fundraiser during the 2016-2017 school year.

“This is a four-gas monitor with the latest diffusion technology to help detect the four common gases that the fire department is most concerned with,” said Brad Thornton of the Pearl Fire Department. “These gases include carbon monoxide, natural gas and oxygen levels. The monitor is about the size of a cell phone, requires very little maintenance and is very cost efficient.”

The students hope that the monitor will increase firefighter and occupant safety.

Making the presentation are, front from left, Health Science II instructor Lisa Fitchie, students Glenisha Woolfolk, Kaileigh Waltman, Hallie Cannon, Trinityte’ Moffit, Holly Prest and Tim Wilson.

Representing the Pearl Fire Department are, back from left, Ron Hopson, Brad Thornton, Donnie Boykin, Patrick Finnegan, Marty Grant, Addison Jones, James McGraw, BJ Wells and James Byrd.

Pearl-Rankin high school students donate for Pearl Fire Dept. 

 

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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Winners named in annual Hinds CC Rankin Campus Literary Festival
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12 April

Winners named in annual Hinds CC Rankin Campus Literary Festival

Students from Pisgah High School and Hartfield Academy won full tuition scholarships to Hinds Community College after placing first in the annual Rankin Campus Literary Festival on April 7.

web_RK Literary Festival First PlaceJoseph Murphy of Brandon, left, a Hartfield Academy student, won first place for his essay, “Minimalism: Living with Less.” Alecia “Izzy” Woodford, right, of Pisgah High School won first place in the poetry division for her poem “Shape of Me.”

All poetry winners include, front from left, first place, Alecia “Izzy” Woodford, Pisgah High School; second place Lillian “Lilly” Herring of Morton, East Rankin Academy; third place, Jean Ross, of Pelahatchie, East Rankin Academy; back, honorable mentions, Saige Sorey of Morton, Hartfield Academy; Paula Morehead of Brandon, East Rankin Academy and Kyle Aldredge McMillan of Flowood, East Rankin Academy.

All poetry winners include, front from left, first place, Alecia “Izzy” Woodford, Pisgah High School; second place Lillian “Lilly” Herring of Morton, East Rankin Academy; third place, Jean Ross, of Pelahatchie, East Rankin Academy; back, honorable mentions, Saige Sorey of Morton, Hartfield Academy; Paula Morehead of Brandon, East Rankin Academy and Kyle Aldredge McMillan of Flowood, East Rankin Academy.

All essay winners include, front from left, first place, Josh Murphy of Brandon, Hartfield Academy; second place, Seth Griffing of Brandon, Hartfield Academy; third place, Kameron Wilson, Pisgah High School; back, honorable mentions, Kimberly Mills, Brandon High School and Henry Nhan of Flowood, Hartfield Academy.

All essay winners include, front from left, first place, Josh Murphy of Brandon, Hartfield Academy; second place, Seth Griffing of Brandon, Hartfield Academy; third place, Kameron Wilson, Pisgah High School; back, honorable mentions, Kimberly Mills, Brandon High School and Henry Nhan of Flowood, Hartfield Academy.

 

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 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 Rankin College Day draws hundreds to Muse Center
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27 February

Hinds CC Rankin College Day draws hundreds to Muse Center

PEARL – Dwayne Draper was switched on to the idea of working with electrical systems while volunteering in the community and wants to hone his skills in college.

“I was around electrical work when I helped build churches with my church, and I just liked it,” said Draper, a junior at Puckett High School. “I’d like to get into some kind of electrical engineering.”

Casey Hudson, left, and Dwayne Draper, right, both Puckett High School juniors, check out the Information Systems Technology exhibit at Rankin College Day on Feb. 24 at the Muse Center at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Casey Hudson, left, and Dwayne Draper, right, both Puckett High School juniors, check out the Information Systems Technology exhibit at Rankin College Day on Feb. 24 at the Muse Center at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Draper was among about 300 high school juniors, seniors and others who attended Rankin College Day on Feb. 24 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus, which featured exhibits for all academic and career-tech programs, activities and organizations Hinds has to offer.

For those still studying for their high school diploma, it’s a time to find out how Hinds’ programs of study can build a successful career.

“My mom and grandmother are in the medical field,” said Ashlee Johnson, a senior at McLaurin High School, in Star, as she took part in an IV push demonstration at Hinds’ Associate Degree Nursing program table. She plans to pursue studies in pediatric nursing. “Plus, I’ve always enjoyed helping people.”

 

Ashlee Johnson, a senior at McLaurin High School, takes part in an IV push demonstration at the Associate Degree Nursing station during Rankin College Day on Feb. 24 at the Muse Center at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. At left, Katherine Robinson, an ADN student, looks on as Alicia Ishee, a Nursing instructor, oversees the demonstration. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Ashlee Johnson, a senior at McLaurin High School, takes part in an IV push demonstration at the Associate Degree Nursing station during Rankin College Day on Feb. 24 at the Muse Center at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. At left, Katherine Robinson, an ADN student, looks on as Alicia Ishee, a Nursing instructor, oversees the demonstration. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Prospective students interacted with faculty and Hinds students about admissions, scholarships, majors, student life and more.

“We look forward to many of the hundreds of juniors and seniors from Rankin County and the surrounding area enrolling at the Rankin Campus and taking advantage of what we have to offer.” said Dr. Norman Session, vice president of the Rankin Campus and the Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center.

Brandon Theard, a Richland High School senior, has his sights set on helping people recover from injuries both on fields of play and off.

“I want to go into sports medicine,” Theard said. “If I can’t be part of the game, I want to help people in it.”

Lorron LaChance, and her mother, Regina, both of Madison, visited the come-and-go expo after finding out about it during a college fair for their homeschool group. The Biology program exhibit was an attraction for Lorron, who loves science and animals.

“I’ve worked with animals in a habitat, so I want to do something with animals, maybe even marine biology,” she said.

Hinds CC Rankin College Day draws hundreds
Brandon Theard, a Richland High School senior, drops a chip in a game of Plinko to win prizes at Rankin College Day on Feb. 24 at the Muse Center at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. Theard wants to study exercise science and pursue a career in sports medicine. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Brandon Theard, a Richland High School senior, drops a chip in a game of Plinko to win prizes at Rankin College Day on Feb. 24 at the Muse Center at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. Theard wants to study exercise science and pursue a career in sports medicine. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Regina LaChance, left, and Lorron LaChance, of Madison, talks to Biology program chair Daneice Williams at Rankin College Day on Feb. 24 at the Muse Center at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. The Biology program booth was outfitted with an "Under The Sea" theme, Williams said, with bubbles and balloons.

Regina LaChance, left, and Lorron LaChance, of Madison, talks to Biology program chair Daneice Williams at Rankin College Day on Feb. 24 at the Muse Center at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. The Biology program booth was outfitted with an “Under The Sea” theme, Williams said, with bubbles and balloons.

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