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Hinds CC Rankin Honors, science classes wow high school students
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23 October

Hinds CC Rankin Honors, science classes wow high school students

PEARL – “It’s really beyond cool!”

About 75 high school juniors and seniors from Rankin County had much the same reaction throughout Honors Day, held Oct. 20 at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. The event showcased the Honors program and areas of study typically needed to pursue advanced degrees in math and science.

Justice Stewart, a student at Brandon High School, works a pump for a homemade bazooka used in a physics experiment during Honors Day on Oct. 20 at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Justice Stewart, a student at Brandon High School, works a pump for a homemade bazooka used in a physics experiment during Honors Day on Oct. 20 at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Justice Stewart, of Brandon High School, played a vital role in a demonstration by physics instructor Dr. Carl DeWitt. In it, students took turns pumping air into a bazooka made of PVC, then shot a projectile made of gumballs taped together.

“It’s all really just cool,” Stewart said after her work to pump the device provided the proper air pressure to make it work. “I’m interested in science and animals, possibly zoology,” Stewart said.

DeWitt said the lesson shows work can be measured in terms of energy once certain formulas were applied. “Work equals change in energy,” he said. “We can measure the amount of work you did and put a number to it.”

Case Jordan, left foreground, of Brandon High School, prepares to fire a homemade bazooka as Dr. Carl Dewitt, right, physics instructor at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus, looks on. The experiment was part of this year's Honors Day event on campus Oct. 20. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Case Jordan, left foreground, of Brandon High School, prepares to fire a homemade bazooka as Dr. Carl Dewitt, right, physics instructor at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus, looks on. The experiment was part of this year’s Honors Day event on campus Oct. 20. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

In another room, prospective students to the Rankin Campus got to hold fire in their hands, literally, with chemistry instructor Amanda Blair as a moderator of sorts. Methane gas was pumped into dish soap, where students then took turns igniting the suds with a match. The bubbles burst into an impressive but manageable fireball in the air.

Jason Lin, of Brandon High School, and Charlie Hillman, of Richland High School, got quite the jolt from Blair’s experiment. “Strike it, light it,” Blair told them. “You can actually hold fire and water in your hands without getting burned.”

Students also toured the Honors Center lounge area in the George Wynne Building, as well as the most important details of the Honors program from coordinator Joy Rhoads. To qualify for the Honors program, entering freshman must have a high school GPA of 3.5 or a 25 on the ACT college entrance exam – but not both. Rhoads emphasized the program’s ability to bring learning to life outside the classroom, particularly trips to England and Costa Rica where students earn between three and seven hours of college credit.

Joy Rhoads, coordinator of the Honors Program at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus, talks to students who attended this year's Honors Day held on campus Oct. 20. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Joy Rhoads, coordinator of the Honors Program at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus, talks to students who attended this year’s Honors Day held on campus Oct. 20. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“It’s a great opportunity for students to learn outside the classroom,” she said. “Sometimes, you remember more about those activities and lessons where you actually get your hands dirty.”

Many students who qualify for the Hinds Honors program will also earn the grades to become members of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society for two-year college students. Those students are eligible for high-dollar transfer scholarships to the state’s four-year public and private universities.

Both featured instructors pointed out the Honors program isn’t the only draw to Hinds.

“We have smaller classes and we care about you,” Blair said. “We want you to visit us in our offices and ask us questions. It’s a great foundation.”

DeWitt reminded students hands-on physical science is the best way to get into most science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers.

“Any kind of engineering field you go into, you’ll have to take physics,” DeWitt said.

The same goes for those planning on taking core courses at Hinds on their way to healthcare jobs as well.

“I’ve liked and enjoyed the open house event,” said Kimberly Mills, a senior at Brandon High School. “I plan on going into chemistry, then trying to be a surgeon.”

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Dr. Carl DeWitt, physics instructor at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus, holds a small rubber pumpkin he used as the projectile for a small catapult during this year's Honors Day event held on campus Oct. 20. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Dr. Carl DeWitt, physics instructor at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus, holds a small rubber pumpkin he used as the projectile for a small catapult during this year’s Honors Day event held on campus Oct. 20. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Jason Lin, of Brandon High School, holds flaming soap suds in his hands as part of an experiment at Honors Day at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus Oct. 20. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Jason Lin, of Brandon High School, holds flaming soap suds in his hands as part of an experiment at Honors Day at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus Oct. 20. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Case Jordan, of Brandon High School, dips his hands in water as chemistry instructor Amanda Blair looks on during an experiment at Honors Day at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus on Oct. 20. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Case Jordan, of Brandon High School, dips his hands in water as chemistry instructor Amanda Blair looks on during an experiment at Honors Day at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus on Oct. 20. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

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Hinds CC Rankin Campus inducts new Phi Theta Kappa members, officers
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02 October

Hinds CC Rankin Campus inducts new Phi Theta Kappa members, officers

PEARL – The Alpha Omicron Omega Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus inducted new members and officers Sept. 21.

From left, Angela Cole, Molly Graef, Summer Dunlap, Alexis Frederick; back row, MaKenzie Downs, Madison Brunt, Joshua Williamson, Trevor Williams, Corey Lovette, Dylan Smith, Rachel Clements and Camryn Willoughby, all of Brandon (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

From left, Angela Cole, Molly Graef, Summer Dunlap, Alexis Frederick; back row, MaKenzie Downs, Madison Brunt, Joshua Williamson, Trevor Williams, Corey Lovette, Dylan Smith, Rachel Clements and Camryn Willoughby, all of Brandon (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Newly inducted members include Rachael Clements, biology; Angela Cole, graphic design, both of Brandon; MaKenzie Downs, of Brandon, biochemistry; Summer Dunlap, of Brandon, undecided; Lauren Ferguson, of Kosciusko, psychology; Alexis Frederick, radiologic technology; Molly Graef, physical therapy assistant; Taylor Hall, general studies, all of Brandon; Thomas Harkins, of Jackson, nursing; Eric Kinan, of Florence, mechanical engineering; Victoria Lawrence, of Pearl, pre-med; Lekitia Lee, of Pelahatchie, fashion merchandising; Destiny Little, of Madison, psychology; Corey Lovette, of Brandon, accounting; Courtney Lum, of Pelahatchie, nursing; Jacob Mahaffey, of Puckett, history; Breana McCord, nursing; Scarlett Mitchell, biochemistry, Shelby Moore, nursing, all of Pearl; Paula Morehead, of Morton, nursing, Sheridan Morris, of Puckett, interior design; Jordan Nowell, of Pearl, kinesiology; Faith Peterson, of Jackson, nursing; Ashlyn Rader, of Puckett, nursing; Keyana Robey, of Clinton, medical data technology; Dylan Smith, of Brandon, Spanish; Cristina Steinwinder, of Florence, nursing; Trevor Williams, poultry science; Josh Williamson, business administration; Camryn Willoughby, biological sciences, all of Brandon.

Also inducted were Corbin Billings, Michelle Brister, Benjamin Bristow, Jared Collum, McKenzi Crockett, Christopher Glass, James Hood, Khanya Ntoni, Karigan Teer, Shelby Trimm, Lindsee Washington, Brian Williams and Emily Yates.

New chapter officers, from left, Win Winstead, of Pelahatchie, Carlos Martinez, of Pearl, Madison Brunt, of Brandon, Hannah Stovall, of Brandon, Claudia Nelson, of Flowood; back row, from left, Jacob Mahaffey, of Puckett, Josh Williamson, of Brandon, James Flickner, of Pelahatchie, Eric Kinan, of Florence (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

New chapter officers, from left, Win Winstead, of Pelahatchie, Carlos Martinez, of Pearl, Madison Brunt, of Brandon, Hannah Stovall, of Brandon, Claudia Nelson, of Flowood; back row, from left, Jacob Mahaffey, of Puckett, Josh Williamson, of Brandon, James Flickner, of Pelahatchie, Eric Kinan, of Florence (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Officers include Madison Brunt, president, of Brandon; Hannah Stovall, of Brandon, president; James Flickner, of Pelahatchie, vice president of fellowship and MS/LA Regional Central District Representative; Josh Williamson, of Brandon, vice president of service; Jacob Mahaffey, of Puckett, vice president of leadership; Claudia Nelson, of Flowood, vice president of scholarship, Carlos Martinez, of Pearl, vice president of scholarship; Win Winstead, of Pelahatchie, vice president of public relations; Eric Kinan, of Florence, vice president of communications.

Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society for community and junior college students. Membership in Phi Theta Kappa is extended to students who have a 3.5 cumulative grade point average or above on 12 or more transferrable credit hours. There are more than 1,200 Phi Theta Kappa chapters throughout the United States and abroad. For more information about Phi Theta Kappa at Hinds, go to http://www.hindscc.edu/admissions/studentlife/clubs/ptk/index, email Faculty Adviser Joy Rhoads at jdrhoads@hindscc.edu or follow the society’s Hinds chapter on Twitter at @HindsRankinPTK. The new Honors Institute program at the Rankin Campus may be followed at @HCCHonorsRankin.

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Front row, from left,  Breanna McCord, of Pearl, Ashlyn Rader, of Puckett, Victoria Lawrence, Jordan Nowell, both of Pearl, Courtney Lum, of Pelahatchie; back row, from left, Scarlett Mitchell, of Pearl, Jacob Mahaffey, of Puckett, Eric Kinan, of Florence, Lakitia Lee, of Pelahatchie, Cristina Steinwinder, of Florence, Shelby Moore, of Pearl (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Front row, from left, Breanna McCord, of Pearl, Ashlyn Rader, of Puckett, Victoria Lawrence, Jordan Nowell, both of Pearl, Courtney Lum, of Pelahatchie; back row, from left, Scarlett Mitchell, of Pearl, Jacob Mahaffey, of Puckett, Eric Kinan, of Florence, Lakitia Lee, of Pelahatchie, Cristina Steinwinder, of Florence, Shelby Moore, of Pearl (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Keyana Robey, left, and Faith Peterson, both of Jackson (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Keyana Robey, left, and Faith Peterson, both of Jackson (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lauren Ferguson, left, of Kosciusko, and Paula Morehead, of Morton (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Lauren Ferguson, left, of Kosciusko, and Paula Morehead, of Morton (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

Destiny Little, left, of Madison, and Thomas Harkins, of Jackson (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Destiny Little, left, of Madison, and Thomas Harkins, of Jackson (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

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Scholarship a blessing for Hinds CC Rankin Campus student on long road to success
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27 September

Scholarship a blessing for Hinds CC Rankin Campus student on long road to success

Note: The following story appears in the fall issue of Hindsight alumni magazine. For more information about the Hinds Alumni Association, see the website. To apply for a Hinds Community College Foundation scholarship, go to the Admissions tab on college web site at www.hindscc.edu or click here.

PEARL – From a difficult birth into the world to a diagnosis of Asperger syndrome, Sarabian Ross hasn’t had an easy life. His elementary school years, academically and socially, were a series of arduous steps toward a fulfilling life.

“I didn’t even think I was smart enough to be in college,” said Ross, of Jackson, known to his friends and family as Ray. “My mom (Arlisha) and I didn’t know where the money would come from.”

Sarabian Ross

Sarabian Ross

Thanks to a Hinds Community College Foundation scholarship, the student who’s now quick with a hello to his buddies on campus hopes to build on successes he didn’t ever think was possible.

“The scholarship is important to me because I had no idea how I would make it through college,” he said. “So, I’m just feeling very blessed.”

Ross is attending Hinds on the Oscar Richard Ainsworth & Edith Wetzel Ainsworth Scholarship and is on track to graduate in 2018. He’s mapping out his plans for future one day at a time, but he’s impressed by what he’s seen so far in the college’s Animation and Simulation Design Technology program.

“I’ve been interested in animation and how those things came to life since I was a kid,” he said. “Before computers, it was just pencil and paper. I thought that was cool right there. In animation, whenever you build certain characters in 3-D, it starts out with just basic shapes. They’re all made up of polygons. It’s really just like a sculpture, one you have to mold from the polygons into a face.”

Since starting Hinds, Ross is achieving things far beyond what his mom expected. He has landed on the Dean’s List and became part of the Rankin Campus’ Phi Theta Kappa honor society chapter, Alpha Omicron Omega.

The classroom setting has been a welcoming sight for both mother and son. His mother works as a school crossing guard for the Jackson Police Department and is completing a degree at Mississippi College. Together, they’ve discovered new study strategies and feel relieved for the help in financing Ray’s education.

“The scholarship was a blessing because it took away the burdens and stress of him coming to school, the cost of the books, things like that,” Arlisha Ross said. “And he has excelled being here.”

Ray says young adults in his situation can make it, provided they have support and help from family, friends and peers.

“I want to encourage people who have autism and have Asperger’s that they can make it to college like I did,” he said. “I got here with the help of my mother, my godfather and my grandmother, who’s no longer with us. What I’d tell them is to have someone around who they can trust, like their mom or a counselor like I have, with whom they can open up about their feelings.”

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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.

 

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

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Hinds CC 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.

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

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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.

 

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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.

[tweetable alt=””]Diplomas earned by 18 in Gateway to College program at Hinds CC Rankin Campus[/tweetable]

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

[tweetable alt=””]Hinds CC Rankin Campus completes College, Ink literary magazine.[/tweetable]

 

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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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.

 

[tweetable alt=””]Rankin Campus inducts National Technical Honor Society members.[/tweetable]

 

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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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.

[tweetable alt=””]Pearl-Rankin high school students donate for Pearl Fire Dept. [/tweetable]

 

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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