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Early Childhood Academy opening at Hinds CC
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07 June

Early Childhood Academy opening at Hinds CC

Hinds Community College is becoming the home to one of 10 Early Childhood Academies being housed at community colleges throughout the state.

An open house to spotlight the new program, which officially opens on July 1, is planned for 2 p.m. June 15 at the academy’s headquarters in the Adult Education Building on the Raymond Campus.

“We’re pleased to have this new program at Hinds. With the large number of child care centers in our college district, it is a much needed resource,” said Vice President Dr. Chad Stocks.

The Early Childhood Academy program has several components: professional development, technical assistance and resource and referrals for the approximately 250 child care centers in those counties. The program also offer referrals for families who need guidance.

Currently, the project has two employees, but Stocks is expecting that number to grow quickly. LaTina Gray and Amelda Ellis will oversee the Early Childhood Academy for the Hinds district.

LaTina Gray, left, and Amelda Ellis with some of the materials available to child care providers at the new Early Childhood Academy on the Raymond Campus of Hinds Community College.

LaTina Gray, left, and Amelda Ellis with some of the materials available to child care providers at the new Early Childhood Academy on the Raymond Campus of Hinds Community College.

“We’re going to be providing training and professional development to child care providers across the Hinds County district area in the counties of Warren, Hinds, Claiborne and Rankin,” said Gray, coaching and professional development specialist.

For the child care providers, the academy will have scheduled professional development training to be announced later.

“We will train them on a number of topics, such as health and safety, child growth and development, nutrition, planning learning activities, guidance and discipline, linkage with community services, communications and relations with families and detection of child abuse,” she said.

The centers will also have access to materials and resources at the center from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays.

“The providers and teachers can come out and use any materials and tools, including printing machines, the copier, and lamination— anything that they need to get classrooms where they want them to be, any resources that we have,” Gray said. “They can pull from resources that we will have available in our resource center.”

Parents will be able to find out about local child care centers through the referral and data collection service. They also will be able to pull from in content area they might need for parenting, she said.

Gray of Pearl holds a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s in Childcare and Family Education, both from Jackson State University.

“I want to help and guide childcare providers, teachers and families that are a part of the Early Childhood Academy program to a successful path and ensure that high quality services for the children and families of Mississippi are provided,” she said.

Ellis of Jackson works as a resource and referral associate for the program. Ellis has a Master of Arts in Elementary Education and a bachelor’s degree in the same subject, both from Alcorn State University.

“I want to be transparent, hands on and resourceful with the providers and community,” she said. “I also want to build cohesive relationships with local agencies. Finally, I want to be welcoming and inviting to all the people whom I will come in contact with on a daily basis in the Resource and Referral Center.”

Both arrived at Hinds from the Mississippi State University Early Years Network.

Hinds CC’s Early Childhood Academy has open house 2 p.m. June 15.

 

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 English instructor Hammons wins top award
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07 March

Hinds CC English instructor Hammons wins top award

Hinds Community College English instructor Laura Hammons, a native of Brandon, won the Cowan Award, the top teaching award given by Two-Year College English Association—Southeast (TYCA-SE).

Hammons has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Belhaven University and a Master of Arts from Mississippi College. She has also done further coursework at both the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University.

She has been teaching at Hinds Community College’s Raymond Campus for 16 years. Among the subjects she has taught for Hinds are Developmental English, Composition I and II, American Literature, World Literature, and a new course, Writing for Publication.Laura Hammons_web

As part of the award, Hammons delivered the Cowan lecture during the February conference in Charleston, S.C. In it, she gave tribute to many of her former and current colleagues, including retired Hinds instructor Beverly Fatherree. The two co-authored an English textbook called “For Our Students.” The book is sold at a low cost to students at a number of community colleges, and the two of them get no profits from the book.

Hammons said in her Cowan Award address that nearly 5,000 Hinds Community College students bought the textbook “For Our Students” since the first edition appeared. And that only includes Hinds students.

“I did simple math, the only math I’m capable of doing, and calculated that at Hinds CC alone, our book has saved students — very conservatively — $250,000.  And in the poorest state in the Union, that’s a lot of money,” she said.

Hammons noted that she is the seventh Hinds instructor to win the Cowan Award. “Honoring me with the Cowan Award is the highlight of my professional life. I am grateful to my college and to TYCA-SE for helping me grow as a human being and as a teacher,” she said.

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 Raymond Campus Preview Day draws crowd
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06 February

Hinds CC Raymond Campus Preview Day draws crowd

RAYMOND – Aqueasha Rimmer has more than one career option in mind, and Hinds faculty from multiple programs helped her line up several choices.

Colla Chapman, left, a Business Technology instructor at Hinds Community College, shares details of the program with Aqueasha Chapman, a senior at Callaway High School, during Preview Day at the Raymond Campus on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Colla Chapman, left, a Business Technology instructor at Hinds Community College, shares details of the program with Aqueasha Chapman, a senior at Callaway High School, during Preview Day at the Raymond Campus on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“I just need to get my tests score up and I can start here in the fall,” Rimmer said. “I’m looking at things like dental assisting and digital imaging, just seeing what kinds of jobs I can get.”

Rimmer, a senior at Callaway High School in Jackson, was among nearly 700 high school seniors and their parents who attended Preview Day on Feb. 3 at Mayo Gym on the Raymond Campus, which featured exhibits for all academic and career-tech programs, activities and organizations Hinds has to offer. Prospective students from high schools in from all over the state toured the campus and interacted with students and faculty about admissions, scholarships, majors, housing, student life and more.

For high schoolers, it’s a time to find out how Hinds’ programs of study can build a successful career.

Parker Goff, a senior at Ridgeland High School, listens with his mother, Sandra, as Jacob Wright, an Electronics/Biomedical Engineering instructor on the Raymond Campus, explains the program during Preview Day on campus Friday, Feb. 3, 2017. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Parker Goff, a senior at Ridgeland High School, listens with his mother, Sandra, as Jacob Wright, an Electronics/Biomedical Engineering instructor at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus, explains the program during Preview Day on campus Friday, Feb. 3, 2017. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“It’s easy for me to work with numbers, as opposed to with words,” said Parker Goff, a Ridgeland High School senior, who met with Electrical Technology program instructors with his mother, Sandra, herself a Hinds alum. “I’m strongest in math and science.”

Singing is not just a talent but a unique form of self-expression for Alicia Foster, a senior at Warren Central High School.

“It’s an escape and an outlet for me,” said Foster, who along with her parents, Dr. Johnnie and Andrea Foster, of Vicksburg, found out about the college’s varied music and voice programs from Hinds’ Music and Choir instructors.

Alicia Foster, foreground right, a senior at Warren Central High School, listens to Simonee Miller and Bryan McCachren, both counselors at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus, during Preview Day on campus Friday, Feb. 3, 2017. With Foster are her parents, Dr. Johnnie Foster and Andrea Foster, of Vicksburg. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Alicia Foster, foreground right, a senior at Warren Central High School, listens to Simonee Miller and Bryan McCachren, both counselors at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus, during Preview Day on campus Friday, Feb. 3, 2017. With Foster are her parents, Dr. Johnnie Foster and Andrea Foster, of Vicksburg. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“I like the vibe here,” Andrea Foster said. “It’s not too big, and it’s close knit. It will be a good fit to get her feet wet in college.”

Upcoming similar events at Hinds include Rankin College Day, at the Rankin Campus; The Visit, at the Utica Campus, both on Feb. 24; and Vicksburg College Night, at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus, on April 17.

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Hinds CC Raymond Campus hosts Salute to Veterans
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01 November

Hinds CC Raymond Campus hosts Salute to Veterans

Hinds Community College’s Office of Veteran’s Services is sponsoring a Salute to Veterans program featuring retired Lt. Col. Ellis Riser as the guest speaker.

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The program begins at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 in the Courtyard on the Raymond Campus. The program is on Veteran’s Day, which is a celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

Riser of Brandon is starting his 11th year as Senior Army Instructor of the JROTC program at Northwest Rankin High School after serving 24 years in the United States Army and Army National Guard.

The program will also feature several tables of information of interest to service members, including the National Guard, Air National Guard, Mississippi Magnolia Guard Officer Leadership Program (GOLD), Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services, Jackson Vet Center, Hinds Community College Disability Services, Hinds Community College Enrollment Services and Hinds Community College Office of Veteran’s Services.

For information about the program contact Bryan Grove, assistant director of Veteran’s Services at Hinds Community College, bryan.grove@hindscc.edu or 601.857.3226.

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolled nearly 12,000 credit students in fall 2016. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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Phi Theta Kappa at Hinds CC inducts new members for Fall 2016
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19 October

Phi Theta Kappa at Hinds CC inducts new members for Fall 2016

The Gamma Lambda Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Hinds Community College held a ceremony Oct. 14 on the Raymond Campus to induct members for the Fall 2016 semester.

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 transferable credit hours. There are more than 1,285 Phi Theta Kappa chapters throughout the United States and abroad.

Inductees include, front row, from left, Stephanie Lewis, Anisa "Max" Martin, Emily Neely and Victoria Mulqueen, all of Clinton. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

Inductees include, front row, from left, Stephanie Lewis, Anisa “Max” Martin, Emily Neely and Victoria Mulqueen, all of Clinton. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

Inductees include, front row, from left, Jemylle Grace S. Morato, Anna Katherine Grace, both of Richland; second row, Jason Humphrey, of Florence, Lauren Frazier, of Flowood; top row, Tyler Trussell, Kyle Singleton, and Dylan Henderson, all of Brandon. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

Inductees include, front row, from left, Jemylle Grace S. Morato, Anna Katherine Grace, both of Richland; second row, Jason Humphrey, of Florence, Lauren Frazier, of Flowood; top row, Tyler Trussell, Kyle Singleton, and Dylan Henderson, all of Brandon. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inductees included, front row, from left, Ciara Ray, Logan Williamson, both of Byram, Alexa Nicole Brown, of Terry; back row, from left, Elena Moore, Kristen Chisholm, both of Byram, and Joanna Stevens, of Terry. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

Inductees included, front row, from left, Ciara Ray, Logan Williamson, both of Byram, Alexa Nicole Brown, of Terry; back row, from left, Elena Moore, Kristen Chisholm, both of Byram, and Joanna Stevens, of Terry. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

Inductees included, from left, Taras Savannah, of Raymond, and Lizette Bethea, of Edwards. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

Inductees included, from left, Taras Savannah, of Raymond, and Lizette Bethea, of Edwards. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inductees included, from left, Jaelyn Bullock, of Utica, and Catrina Robinson, of Crystal Springs. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

Inductees included, from left, Jaelyn Bullock, of Utica, and Catrina Robinson, of Crystal Springs. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

Inductees included Marcus Felix, of Jackson. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

Inductees included Marcus Felix, of Jackson. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inductees included, front row, from left, Taylor Scroggins, of Bentonia, DeMichael Harris, of Vicksburg, back row, from left, Desmond King, of Magee, and Alexandra Guion, of Yazoo City. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

Inductees included, front row, from left, Taylor Scroggins, of Bentonia, DeMichael Harris, of Vicksburg, back row, from left, Desmond King, of Magee, and Alexandra Guion, of Yazoo City. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

Inductees included, front row, from left, Kiana Gayden, of Winona, Marlee Franklin, of Rolling Fork, Maya Joanna Greco, of St. Louis, Mo., William Thompson III, of Lacey, Wash., and Amberlee Nix, of Springhill, La. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

Inductees included, front row, from left, Kiana Gayden, of Winona, Marlee Franklin, of Rolling Fork, Maya Joanna Greco, of St. Louis, Mo., William Thompson III, of Lacey, Wash., and Amberlee Nix, of Springhill, La. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inductees included Darryl Grant Jr., of Zion, Ill. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

Inductees included Darryl Grant Jr., of Zion, Ill. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Classes begin at Hinds CC amid heady plans for fresh, faces, older students
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16 August

Classes begin at Hinds CC amid heady plans for fresh, faces, older students

RAYMOND – Megan Bergeron knew it was time to get back in school once she saw the cost of not having a job with health insurance benefits.

“I’m here because I’ve realized the value of having it,” said Bergeron, 30, of Clinton, who will study Respiratory Care Technology at Hinds Community College this semester.

Megan Bergeron, of Clinton, purchases a textbook on the first day of the Fall 2016 semester at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus. Bergeron is a sophomore studying respiratory therapy. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Megan Bergeron, of Clinton, purchases a textbook on the first day of the Fall 2016 semester at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus. Bergeron is a sophomore studying respiratory therapy. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Classes began Monday for fall 2016 at each of the college’s six locations. Late registration ends Friday, Aug. 19. Registration for online classes ends Sunday, Aug. 21.

Bergeron plans to take her studies into a healthcare job she already knows something about.

“My aunt is a respiratory therapist, so I’m trying for something in a hospital setting,” she said.

Also moving toward a healthcare career, one class at a time, is Taylor Conway, also of Clinton.

Taylor Conway, left, of Clinton, stops for help finding a class on the first day of the Fall 2016 semester at Hinds Community College's Raymond Campus. Seated at the table are recruiters Shane Brown, foreground, and Chris Evans. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

Taylor Conway, left, of Clinton, stops for help finding a class on the first day of the Fall 2016 semester at Hinds Community College’s Raymond Campus. Seated at the table are recruiters Shane Brown, foreground, and Chris Evans. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

“I’m in my third semester,” said Conway, studying to be a dietician. “It doesn’t get that much harder as much as every class is just different.”

Godey Coleus was used to imposing his will on opposing ball carriers during his high school football days in Tampa, Fla. As his five-class schedule of studies approached, the defensive lineman prospect spoke of continuing that part of his life and little bit more.

Godey Coleus, left foreground, a freshman student from Tampa, Fla., stops for help finding a class on the first day of the Fall 2016 semester at Hinds Community College's Raymond Campus. At the table are recruiters Shane Brown, foreground, and Chris Evans. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

Godey Coleus, left foreground, a freshman student from Tampa, Fla., stops for help finding a class on the first day of the Fall 2016 semester at Hinds Community College’s Raymond Campus. At the table are recruiters Shane Brown, foreground, and Chris Evans. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

“I’m studying business administration,” said during a break between classes. “I want to start my own company or look into banking or finance.”

Blair McIntosh’s quest for notebooks ended successfully in the campus bookstore – a result he hopes to duplicate in his studies.

Blair McIntosh, left, of Jackson, checks out some notebooks at the Raymond Campus bookstore on the first day of the Fall 2016 semester at Hinds Community College. Behind the counter is Susan Anthony. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

Blair McIntosh, left, of Jackson, checks out some notebooks at the Raymond Campus bookstore on the first day of the Fall 2016 semester at Hinds Community College. Behind the counter is Susan Anthony. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

“I’m going into computer science,” said McIntosh, a Chicago native and two-year Jackson resident. “I’m undecided on if that’ll be in networking, programming or tech support, but it’ll be in computers.”

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Hinds CC Phi Theta Kappa chapters, members honored at regional convention
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31 March

Hinds CC Phi Theta Kappa chapters, members honored at regional convention

Three chapters of Phi Theta Kappa organizations at Hinds Community College have earned Five-Star Chapter distinctions.

Honored with the distinctions Feb. 26-27 at the organization’s Mississippi/Louisiana Regional Conference at Mississippi State University were:

  • Gamma Lambda chapter, at the Raymond Campus. The chapter also won first place in the Theme Award category, with the theme of Quests of Human Expression, second place for the Honors in Action Award and fifth place for Most Distinguished Chapter.
  • Alpha Omicron Omega chapter, at the Rankin Campus. The chapter also won third place for College Project and seventh place for the Honors in Action Award.
  • Alpha Beta Xi chapter, at the Utica Campus. Two Horizon Awards for Advisors were awarded, to Beverly Trimble and Chelia Woodfork-Thompson, for their work with the chapter.
Gamma Lambda members who attended the regional conference Feb. 26-27 are, front row from left, Logan Williamson, Allison Mack, Shelby Mack, Taylor Stockton, Harrison Hunter, Hannah VanNoy, Ryan Williamson, Tyler Tatum, back row, from left, Jabari Williams, Mary-Saphrona Grey, Scottilyn Lloyd, Reginald Pickering, Dean Morgan, Megan Stockton, Olivia DeGrado, Eli Beatty and Eric Rush.

Gamma Lambda members who attended the regional conference Feb. 26-27 are, front row from left, Logan Williamson, Allison Mack, Shelby Mack, Taylor Stockton, Harrison Hunter, Hannah VanNoy, Ryan Williamson, Tyler Tatum, back row, from left, Jabari Williams, Mary-Saphrona Grey, Scottilyn Lloyd, Reginald Pickering, Dean Morgan, Megan Stockton, Olivia DeGrado, Eli Beatty and Eric Rush.

 

Alpha Omicron Omega members who attended the regional conferece Feb. 26-27 are, from left, Elysha Roush, Haley Current, Erin Harrison, Natalie Blakely, Cody Huff, faculty advisor Joy Rhoads, Dillion Lassiter, Julia McKinney, Savannah Jackson, Lauren Robertson, Leah Burkes, faculty advisor Judy Isonhood.

Alpha Omicron Omega members who attended the regional conference Feb. 26-27 are, from left, Elysha Roush, Haley Current, Erin Harrison, Natalie Blakely, Cody Huff, faculty advisor Joy Rhoads, Dillion Lassiter, Julia McKinney, Savannah Jackson, Lauren Robertson, Leah Burkes, faculty advisor Judy Isonhood.

 

Alpha Beta Xi members who attended the regional conference were, from left, faculty advisor Beverly Trimble, Breanna Gillard, Zavier Smith, Lillian Greer and faculty advisor Chelia Woodfork-Thompson. (Allison Morris/Hinds Community College)

Alpha Beta Xi members who attended the regional conference Feb. 26-27 were, from left, faculty advisor Beverly Trimble, Breanna Gillard, Zavier Smith, Lillian Greer and faculty advisor Chelia Woodfork-Thompson. (Allison Morris/Hinds Community College)

Hinds’ six PTK chapters “did us proud,” said Honors Institute Dean Deborah McCollum, faculty advisor for Gamma Lambda chapter and district dean for the college’s Honors Institute. “These hard working young men and women are the future leaders of our communities, and the skills they learn through PTK not only enhance their professionalism but also help promote their engagement in their communities.

Five-Star designations show chapter engagement in PTK activities.

“Our chapter is exceedingly gratified to have our work in community and college service recognized by achieving 5-star status again this year,” said Joy Rhoads, faculty advisor for the Rankin Campus chapter and coordinator of the campus’ Honors program. “The leadership and scholarship development through our efforts has benefited chapter members as well as the college and our community.”

“The Alpha Beta Xi chapter may be small but we have a mighty roar,” said Beverly Trimble, faculty advisor for the Utica Campus. “Our chapter is all about building and continuously growing to reach new heights. We are very proud to be a Five-Star Chapter but to whom much is given much is required.”

Also honored individually at the regional competition were:

  • Robert Harrison Hunter, Most Distinguished Officer, Gamma Lambda
  • Olivia DeGrado, Most Distinguished Officer runner-up, Gamma Lambda
  • Debbie McCollum, Horizon Award for Advisors, Gamma Lambda
  • Johannah Williams, Most Distinguished Advisor, Gamma Lambda
  • Hilda Wells, Horizon Award for Advisors, Alpha Zeta Omega

Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society of two-year colleges and academic programs. It is based in Jackson and has more than 2 million members in more than 1,250 chapters worldwide. Chapters operating at Hinds also include Alpha Zeta Omega, at the Jackson Campus, and Alpha Omega Chi, at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus.

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Phi Theta Kappa inducts new members for Spring 2016
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28 March

Phi Theta Kappa inducts new members for Spring 2016

The Gamma Lambda Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Hinds Community College held a ceremony March 18 on the Raymond Campus to induct members for the Spring 2016 semester.

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 transferable credit hours. There are more than 1,285 Phi Theta Kappa chapters throughout the United States and abroad.

Inductees included, front row, from left, Lauren Davis, Jenny White, Anna Huse; back row, from left, Tucker Welch, Dalton Hanley, Jesslyn Fancher, Hayley DeYoung, Ashley Laird and James Hammer, all of Clinton. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

Inductees included, front row, from left, Lauren Davis, Jenny White, Anna Huse; back row, from left, Tucker Welch, Dalton Hanley, Jesslyn Fancher, Hayley DeYoung, Ashley Laird and James Hammer, all of Clinton. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

 

Inductees included, from left, Donnias Jordan and Jabari Williams, both of Jackson. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

Inductees included, from left, Donnias Jordan and Jabari Williams, both of Jackson. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

 

Inductees included, from left, Darya Thompson, Chelsea Hooper, Emileigh McKinnon, Styler Ginger and Emily Childs, all of Byram. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

Inductees included, from left, Darya Thompson, Chelsea Hooper, Emileigh McKinnon, Styler Ginger and Emily Childs, all of Byram. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

 

Inductees included, from left, Erika Hollins, of Ridgeland, Whitney Jackson, of Madison, Dean Morgan, of Ridgeland, and Andrea Jackson, of Canton. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

Inductees included, from left, Erika Hollins, of Ridgeland, Whitney Jackson, of Madison, Dean Morgan, of Ridgeland, and Andrea Jackson, of Canton. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

 

Inductees included, from left, Melissa Keebler, of Pearl, Kristan Gordon, of Brandon, Amanda Perez and Logan Courtney, both of Florence. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

Inductees included, from left, Melissa Keebler, of Pearl, Kristan Gordon, of Brandon, Amanda Perez and Logan Courtney, both of Florence. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

 

Inductees included, front row, from left, Darya Thompson, of Byram, Kaejha Dee, of Utica, Jamye Davis, of Edwards and Rachel "Rory" Raborn, of Edwards; back row, from left, Bailey Jones, Anna Hite, Loren Gainey and Cameron Brown, all of Raymond. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

Inductees included, front row, from left, Darya Thompson, of Byram, Kaejha Dee, of Utica, Jamye Davis, of Edwards and Rachel “Rory” Raborn, of Edwards; back row, from left, Bailey Jones, Anna Hite, Loren Gainey and Cameron Brown, all of Raymond. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

 

Inductees included, from left, Sydnie Palmer and Lindsay Pace, both of Vicksburg. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

Inductees included, from left, Sydnie Palmer and Lindsay Pace, both of Vicksburg. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

 

Inductees included, from left, Ryan DuBois, of Albany, N.Y., Alexis Thompson, and Michael ---- , both of Vicksburg. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

Inductees included, from left, Ryan DuBois, of Albany, N.Y., Alexis Thompson, and Michael McVan, both of Vicksburg. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

 

Inductees included, front row, from left, Camryn Tillman, of Raymond, Scottilyn Lloyd, of Brandon; Back row, from left, James Daniel III, of Vicksburg,Tyler Tatum and Reginald Pickering, both of Clinton. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

Inductees included, front row, from left, Camryn Tillman, of Raymond, Scottilyn Lloyd, of Brandon; Back row, from left, James Daniel III, of Vicksburg, Tyler Tatum and Reginald Pickering, both of Clinton. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

 

Inductees included, front row, from left, Laura Sutton, of New Hebron, Chandreka Clark, of Forest and Mary-Saphrona Grey, of Yazoo City; back row, from left, Ashleigh Chatfield, of McComb, Kayla Clardy, of Aberdeen, Clinton Parham, of Breeden, Ark. and Bethanie Myers, of Sebastopol. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

Inductees included, front row, from left, Laura Sutton, of New Hebron, Chandreka Clark, of Forest and Mary-Saphrona Grey, of Yazoo City; back row, from left, Ashleigh Chatfield, of McComb, Kayla Clardy, of Aberdeen, Clinton Parham, of Breeden, Ark. and Bethanie Myers, of Sebastopol. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

 

Inductees included, from left, Tye Sutton, of McCall Creek, and Alantra Brown, of Columbia. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

Inductees included, from left, Tye Sutton, of McCall Creek, and Alantra Brown, of Columbia. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

 

Inductees included, from left, Shelby Mack, of Crystal Springs, Dominic Jackson, of Mendenhall, and Allison Mack, of Crystal Springs. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

Inductees included, from left, Shelby Mack, of Crystal Springs, Dominic Jackson, of Mendenhall, and Allison Mack, of Crystal Springs. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

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Eagle Experience 2016 recruiting event draws crowd
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05 February

Eagle Experience 2016 recruiting event draws crowd

For Tonesha Smith, it was all about seeing her daughter succeed in school and in life.

“I want to see her get interested in the classes she’s really interested in,” she said, escorting daughter Jazmine Hathorn and her friend, Tamera Lofton. The two Callaway High School students plan to room at Hinds together once their high school days are over.

Jazmine Hathorn, left, and Tamera Lofton, center, get information on Hinds' 2+2 Program in Elementary Education with Delta State University with the program's Terry Parrish, right, at Eagle Experience 2016 at Mayo Gym on the Raymond Campus Feb. 5, 2016 (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Jazmine Hathorn, left, and Tamera Lofton, center, get information on Hinds’ 2+2 Program in Elementary Education with Delta State University with the program’s Terry Parrish, right, at Eagle Experience 2016 at Mayo Gym on the Raymond Campus Feb. 5, 2016 (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Hathorn checked out music and art programs, as did Lofton, plus her most palpable passions.

“Singing, definitely, and dance and theater,” Hathorn said.

They were among about 1,000 high school seniors who attended this year’s Eagle Experience at Mayo Gym on the Raymond Campus, which features exhibits highlighting all the academic and career-tech programs Hinds has to offer as well as activities ranging from student publications to the Hi-Steppers dance team to Honors.

The event is a come-and-go expo-style spread of exhibits and displays that gives high school seniors and their parents an opportunity to find out everything they need to know about enrolling at Hinds.

Eagle Experience offered Raymond Campus tours, interaction with current students and all the college basics a new student needs to know about including admissions, scholarships, majors, housing, student life and more. Participants can also enjoy food and prizes.

Lofton and Courtney Jamison, of Florence, were among those who looked into activities that go into college life at Hinds, such as cheering.

Courtney Jamison, right, a Florence High School student, checks out exhibits at Eagle Experience 2016 at Mayo Gym on the Raymond Campus Feb. 5, 2016. With her is her mother, Kym, left. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Courtney Jamison, right, a Florence High School student, checks out exhibits at Eagle Experience 2016 at Mayo Gym on the Raymond Campus Feb. 5, 2016. With her is her mother, Kym, left. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

“I’ve been cheering all my life, really,” Jamison said. “But I’m also interested in music, Hinds Connection and doing the yearbook.”

Some attendees made this year’s event into a road trip.

“I’m into helping others, and having new experiences in new places,” said Takishia Lee, who made the trip with her mother, Tanesheia Lee, who is a certified nursing assistant, and other friends from Scott County. Lee sought information from the associate degree nursing program, as did her fellow seniors Tyunna Odom and Ambriyana Roberts.

Kimberlyn Cager, left, Tyunna Odom, center foreground, and Ambriyana Roberts, right foreground, check out lists of programs featured at Eagle Experience 2016 at Mayo Gym at the Raymond Campus Feb. 5, 2016. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Kimberlyn Cager, left, Tyunna Odom, center foreground, and Ambriyana Roberts, right foreground, check out lists of programs featured at Eagle Experience 2016 at Mayo Gym at the Raymond Campus Feb. 5, 2016. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Career-tech options ranged from welding to graphic design. A simulator at the Industrial Maintenance table kept prospective students combined the elements of real-world welding with a bit of virtual reality.

“It simulates welding two steel plates, which teaches body positioning, angle and distance to hold welding rods in a clean, non-waste environment,” said Industrial Maintenance Technology Instructor Geoffrey Horne as he helped Rodrick Snow, of Raymond, get the hang of a virtual welding shield through which participants could see their handiwork. For the real thing, the Welding & Cutting Technology table offered a view of neatly-sealed metal hinges, among other items.

Rodrick Snow, left, a Raymond High School senior, takes a turn in a welding simulator while Industrial Maintenance Instructor Geoffrey Horne gives some assistance at Eagle Experience 2016 at Mayo Gym at the Raymond Campus Feb. 5, 2016. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Rodrick Snow, left, a Raymond High School senior, takes a turn in a welding simulator while Industrial Maintenance Instructor Geoffrey Horne gives some assistance at Eagle Experience 2016 at Mayo Gym at the Raymond Campus Feb. 5, 2016. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Creating cool logos and designs using the latest graphic design programs caught the eyes of Erica Adams, Talia Sweezer and Dazieyette Jackson, a trio of Vicksburg High School seniors who made the trip as part of the school’s campus tour.

“I just have a passion for designing things like that,” Sweezer said.

Graphic Design Technology Instructor Beth Messina points out the latest design features to Erica Adams, left, Dazieyette Jackson, center, and Talia Sweezer, right, during Eagle Experience 2016 at the Mayo Gym on the Raymond Campus Feb. 5, 2016. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Graphic Design Technology Instructor Beth Messina points out the latest design features to Erica Adams, left, Dazieyette Jackson, center, and Talia Sweezer, right, during Eagle Experience 2016 at the Mayo Gym on the Raymond Campus Feb. 5, 2016. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with more than 170 academic, career and technical programs. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolled nearly 11,500 credit students in fall 2015. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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Five Hinds CC students selected for UMMC health initiative
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Five Hinds CC students selected for UMMC health initiative

Five students of Hinds Community College have been selected for a program aimed at building the ranks of males of color in healthcare.

Eddie V. Anderson, Utica Campus; Antonio McBeth and Christian Minor, Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center; Michael Pham, Raymond Campus and Zavier Smith, Utica Campus, will participate in the Health Equity and Leadership Initiative through the University of Mississippi Medical Center. The program provides those preparing for medical careers opportunities to develop skills from leaders in the healthcare workforce through in-person seminars and online sources.

“Males of color are underrepresented in our health profession schools and our goal is to offer an intimate experience for talented students such as those accepted to the Health Equity & Leadership Initiative,” said Dr. Juanyce D. Taylor, director of the program at UMMC. “The leadership development activities and shadowing experiences allow participants to learn the inner dynamics and clinical aspect of a large, complex academic health center. Essentially, we are building a stronger and more diverse health care workforce.”

Eddie V. Anderson

Eddie V. Anderson

Anderson, of Jackson, is a petty officer third class in the Navy and 2015 Hinds graduate who plans to attend nursing school. “I’m in the medical field to help people who aren’t knowledgeable about their health to do those things to improve their health,” he said.

Antonio McBeth

Antonio McBeth

Patient interaction is also important to McBeth, of Lena, in Leake County. “Interaction with the patient is an experience like no other,” said McBeth, who earned a degree in psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi before returning to Hinds to pursue eventually becoming a family nurse practitioner. “No two patients are the same, and I enjoy it.”

Applicants are recommended by faculty at their respective colleges, typically an instructor, adviser or community leader.

UMMC bases the program on research showing males of color are significantly underrepresented in most health professional programs. The program’s purpose is to support underrepresented males aged 17 to 25 enrolled in two-year colleges in Mississippi to become leaders in the healthcare workforce, while increasing access to health professional education, training, and career options. Funding for the program comes from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Dr. Mitchell Shears, academic dean for the Utica Campus, where Anderson and Smith attend class, sees the program as a chance to sell the medical field as a viable career option for an emerging pool of students.

“It is our desire on the Utica Campus to assist more students, particularly males of color, in finding opportunities like this to make them more marketable to four-year institutions and the workforce after their collegiate experiences,” Shears said.

Prospective medical careers have been shaped among this year’s participants by personal experiences.

Christian Minor

Christian Minor

“When my mother was in a car accident in 2002, I saw what the nurses in the hospital were able to do for her,” said Minor, of Jackson, a sergeant in the Mississippi National Guard who plans to be a registered nurse. “They asked about our spiritual lives and how we could get help financially.”

Michael Pham

Michael Pham

Pham, of Byram, plans to attend Mississippi State University in biochemistry before going to medical school. He doesn’t take for granted the opportunity he has. “My family left in Vietnam are farmers, so I wouldn’t have had the same opportunity to go to school there, learn something and give back to the community,” he said. “I’d have to drop out and help get money for my family, as my cousins do.”

Zavier Smith

Zavier Smith

Smith envisions being an orthopedic surgeon because of his personal experience. “I played football at Raymond High School, and I had a torn pec one time and had to have surgery. Going through that, I learned things, like how muscles contract,” he said.

The program fits with UMMC’s past support of expanding the health profession in more sectors of the community.

“The University of Mississippi Medical Center has a history of supporting pipeline programs designed to increase its diversity and create pathways to health profession careers,” said Taylor, who is assistant dean for Research and Innovation and chairs the Department of Health Sciences, where she is also an assistant professor. She is also program director for the Master of Health Sciences at UMMC’s School of Health Related Professions.

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with more than 170 academic, career and technical programs. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolled nearly 11,500 credit students in fall 2015. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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