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Hinds CC Utica student named to 2017 HBCU All-Stars for second year
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18 October

Hinds CC Utica student named to 2017 HBCU All-Stars for second year

Hinds Community College Utica Campus sophomore Jeffery Fairley of Jackson knows firsthand that hard work and determination truly pay off on the highest level. Fairley was selected one of 50 students nationwide to receive All-Star status and served as an ambassador for the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).

Jeffery Fairley was one of 50 students nationwide selected to be a 2017 HBCU All-Star and will serve a one year term as Ambassador for the White House Initiative on Historically Black College and Universities. Fairley is a biology pre-med major at Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus.

Jeffery Fairley was one of 50 students nationwide selected to be a 2017 HBCU All-Star and will serve a one year term as Ambassador for the White House Initiative on Historically Black College and Universities. Fairley is a biology pre-med major at Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus.

The Annual White House Summit was held Sept. 17-19 at the White House. The goal of the event was to give HBCU presidents and senior administrators the opportunity to engage with federal officials and representatives in order to meet challenges in higher education.

The summit served as an opportunity for HBCU staff and students as well as government officials to create a forum to discuss the priorities laid out in the Executive Order to Promote Excellence and Innovation at HBCUs, to discuss the most pressing policy and educational issues and to dialogue about the future of HBCUs.

The event also served as an opportunity to acknowledge the 2017 HBCU All-Stars, a group of distinguished undergraduate and graduate students who achieve great accomplishments in scholarship, leadership, and civil engagement.

“I like that this program highlights the positive side of HBCUs,” Fairly said. “I want to do my part in boosting enrollment, and possibly funding, for the college. This program is a great start to achieve that goal.”

Hinds CC sophomore, Jeffery Fairley was selected along with 50 Top Higher Educations students for the Annual White House Summit on Historically Black Colleges and Universities held Sept. 17-19. Fairley shown here with members of the Initiative's Council.

Hinds CC sophomore, Jeffery Fairley was selected along with 50 Top Higher Educations students for the Annual White House Summit on Historically Black Colleges and Universities held Sept. 17-19. Fairley shown here with members of the Initiative’s Council.

The program provides an opportunity to participate in regional and national events, along with web chats with initiative staff and other professionals from a wide range of disciplines that support a spirit of engagement and personal and professional development.

Fairley’s appointment will last one year and his primary role will be to provide outreach opportunities and communications to fellow students about the value of education and the initiative as a networking resource through social media, personal and professional relationships with community-based organizations.

Hinds CC Utica sophomore selected for HBCU White House initiative.

 

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 Utica Campus receives additional $1.3 million for fifth Upward Bound program
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14 September

Hinds CC Utica Campus receives additional $1.3 million for fifth Upward Bound program

Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus has been awarded an additional $1.3 million for a fifth Upward Bound program from the U.S. Department of Education as part of their second round of funding. The grant will target 60 students in grades 9-12 at three Jackson high schools, Jim Hill, Lanier and Provine.

“This has really been an exciting year for the Utica Campus as it relates to seeking and being awarded external funding to fully engage in outreach opportunities to the surrounding communities,” said Dr. Mitchell Shears, executive director of Title III and Sponsored Grants.

Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their pre-college performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.

“As a product of the Utica Campus Upward program, I am very knowledgeable about the impact the program can and will have on the students we will serve,” Shears said. “Our goal will be to provide intense support to them through an after-school tutorial program and to motivate them to enroll in college by providing a six-week summer component on the Utica Campus.”

Earlier this year, the campus was awarded more than $5.1 million for programs to serve students at Crystal Springs, Hazlehurst, Raymond, Terry, Vicksburg, Warren Central, Forest Hill and Wingfield. Together, the programs will serve a minimum of 300 participants who are from low-income families, potential first-generation college students and/or individuals who have a high risk for academic failure. The programs will consist of an academic year component and a 6-week summer component that will provide academic instruction in mathematics, laboratory sciences, composition, literature, foreign languages and other educational and cultural experiences.

Hinds CC Utica Campus receives additional Upward Bound funds.

 

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 Utica Campus reopens newly renovated Student Center
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01 September

Hinds CC Utica Campus reopens newly renovated Student Center

The Utica Campus of Hinds Community College officially opened the newly renovated J. Louis Stokes Student Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Aug. 31.

The building underwent a massive multi-million dollar renovation and took four years to complete. The student center is home to Student Services and dining areas, as well as computer labs, financial aid and the campus bookstore.

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse addresses the crowd at the newly renovated J. Louis Stokes Student Center at the Utica Campus of Hinds Community College. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse addresses the crowd at the newly renovated J. Louis Stokes Student Center at the Utica Campus of Hinds Community College. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Ceremony speakers included Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, Utica Campus Vice President Dr. Tyrone Jackson, Board of Trustees President Paul Breazeale and Alexis Williamson, president of the Utica Campus Student Government Association. Among the guests were family members of J. Louis Stokes, for whom the building was named in 1998.

Renovations on the building began October 2013 and concluded this summer. The $5 million project was funded by the Title III, Part B Strengthening HBCUs funding formula.

In his remarks, Jackson noted that the facility will serve three main purposes: To recruit and retain students, promote the “third space” concept, which is learning outside the classroom, and serve as a catalyst for student success.

“The Student Center will assist students tremendously when matriculating through the system.  A popular concept in higher education is call ‘third space.’ Its focus is on learning that takes place outside of the classroom. This fine facility will assist students in supplementing classroom instruction. Research supports just as much learning takes place outside of the classroom as it does inside of the classroom. This facility serves as a catalyst,” Jackson said.

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse and a number of guests helped to celebrate the ribbon-cutting for the J. Louis Stokes Student Center at Hinds Community College's Utica Campus. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse and a number of guests helped to celebrate the ribbon-cutting for the J. Louis Stokes Student Center at Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Hundreds of students and staff, as well as guests toured the 21,066-sq.-ft. building enjoying live music and food.  Patrons were allowed to visit labs and offices, the bookstore and the many dining areas. Decked out with new furniture and creative amenities, the renovated student union received rave reviews from all in attendance.

“This building will be important for our students and will serve the campus well. You won’t find a facility of this kind more beautiful and functional then this building. We’re very proud of the outcome,” said Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse.

The student union was dedicated on March 19, 1998, to J. Louis Stokes, the sixth and final president of Utica Junior College. Stokes held the position during the college’s merger with the Hinds Junior College District in 1982. From 1987-1993, he was vice president for Continuing Education and Community Services. From 1993 until his retirement in 1997, he served as executive assistant to the president for special projects.

 

J. Louis Stokes Student Center reopens at Hinds CC Utica Campus.

 

Family members of J. Louis Stokes' family outside the building named in his honor at Hinds Community College's Utica Campus.

Family members of J. Louis Stokes’ family outside the building named in his honor at Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus.

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 Utica Campus to unveil renovated J. Louis Stokes Student Center
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30 August

Hinds CC Utica Campus to unveil renovated J. Louis Stokes Student Center

Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus will hold a ceremony at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31 to officially re-open the student center.

The J. Louis Stokes Student Center, a 21,066-square-foot facility, will be open to students, staff and the public. It houses computer labs, Student Services offices, the campus bookstore and dining areas.

The newly remodeled Student Union on the Utica Campus of HCC. This lounge area has room for 100 students to gather and socialize between classes.

The newly remodeled Student Union on the Utica Campus of HCC. This lounge area has room for 100 students to gather and socialize between classes.

Speakers for the ceremony include Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, Utica Campus Vice President Dr. Tyrone Jackson, Hinds Community College Board of Trustees President Paul Breazeale and Alexis Williamson, president of the Utica Campus Student Government Association.

Renovations on the building began October 2013 with the first of three phases, which concluded this summer. The $5 million project was funded by the Title III, Part B Strengthening HBCUs funding formula.

“The third phase was the addition,” said project architect Bill Campbell. “We gutted the entire first floor and put on additions to three sides of it to increase student dining, to create a student lounge space and create an enlarged kitchen and dining area.”

The student center on the Utica Campus was dedicated on March 19, 1998, to J. Louis Stokes, the sixth and final president of Utica Junior College. Stokes held the position during the college’s merger with the Hinds Junior College District in 1982. From 1987-1993, he was vice president for Continuing Education and Community Services. From 1993 until his retirement in 1997, he served as executive assistant to the president for special projects.

Renovated Stokes Student Center reopens at Hinds CC Utica Campus.

 

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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Sanderson Farm internship gives Hinds CC Utica Campus student something to squawk about
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30 August

Sanderson Farm internship gives Hinds CC Utica Campus student something to squawk about

Hard work and determination go a long way when you begin your career with that belief.  At the age of 19, Utica Campus sophomore Khadejiah Summers is ready to put that theory to the test.

Summers, a Port Gibson native studying plant soil science, completed a 10-week summer internship at Sanderson Farms in Hazlehurst learning the ins and outs of producing, processing and positioning poultry for consumer consumption.

Khadejia Summers completed a Ten-Week Internship at Sanderson Farms this summer.  There, she gain experience and knowledge on producing, processing and packing poultry products for consumer comsumption.

Khadejia Summers completed a 10-week internship at Sanderson Farms this summer. There, she gained experience and knowledge about producing, processing and packing poultry products for consumer consumption.

The internship required 10 weeks of work, broken down into specified sections. As an intern, Summers received training and rotated through several divisions, from live production, to processing and then onto foods. She also received a mentor to guide her through the internship.

She was paid for 40 hours a week, received regular feedback and evaluations plus an opportunity to advance into Sanderson Farms’ Beginning Trainee Program. Among the processes she learned about were preparing the poultry, including evisceration and deboning, and packing and shipping the products.

“This internship was the first job I have ever had. I loved it and learned so much.  There is so much opportunity at Sanderson Farms. Everybody there is family and they made me feel at home. Some things, I liked. Shipping and packaging was great. Some things, not as much — evisceration.  But I truly enjoyed my summer with them and hope to go back next year,” Summers said.

Summers hopes to one day teach plant soil science on a college level.

 

Sanderson Farms internship benefits Hinds CC Utica Campus student.

 

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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Welcome Back to Hinds CC Utica: First day jitters
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18 August

Welcome Back to Hinds CC Utica: First day jitters

The Utica Campus’ new students came ready to make their mark on the grounds as well as in life.

Classes began at Hinds Community College on Aug.14, welcoming new and returning students. Welcome week events included orientations, socials, teambuilding activities, food and fun. Students reconnected over ice cream, glow parties and tours of the new Student Union Building, scheduled for a grand opening on Aug. 31. Parents also joined in the activities, walking students to classes and ensuring that their student affairs were in order.

“As an incoming freshman, I get nervous about this year,” said Dewuyne Kirk of Jackson.

“I am seeing many new things, which can be intimidating. But, I look forward to classes and seeing what happens next.”

Parents like Patrick and Peri Freeman of Canton wanted to visit the campus to get a first-hand view of what their child would face. “Guidance is important at this stage, we can’t just drop them off and leave,” they said.

Beginning college can be a very scary time in a student’s life. First day jitters happens to most and require a solid support system. The Utica Campus offers student support services, resources and activities that promote academic leadership, friendships building and retention for student success, said Vice President Dr. Tyrone Jackson, who is also district dean of Students.

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 Utica Campus students began fall 2017 semester.

 

Patrick and Peri Freeman of Canton takes time for a photo while waiting to speak with  the financial aid department.

Patrick and Peri Freeman of Canton takes time for a photo while waiting to speak with the financial aid department.

Career and Technical Dean Kenisha Shelton helps a student and her parent find a class on campus during Aug. 14 first day of school activities.

Career and Technical Dean Kenisha Shelton helps a student and her parent find a class on campus during Aug. 14 first day of school activities.

Vice President Dr. Tyrone Jackson took time to greet students and parents during the first day of school activities, including freshman Allen Rouse of Jackson.

Vice President Dr. Tyrone Jackson took time to greet students and parents during the first day of school activities, including freshman Allen Rouse of Jackson.

Dr. Erin Vaughn Jones, director of Instruction and Intervention Equals Retention and Graduation, assists student Eric Terry and mother with paperwork on Aug. 14 during first day activities at Hinds CC Utica.

Dr. Erin Vaughn Jones, director of Instruction and Intervention Equals Retention and Graduation, assists student Eric Terry and mother with paperwork on Aug. 14 during first day activities at Hinds CC Utica.

Student filled lines stretched far and wide during the first day of school at Hinds CC Utica on August 14.

Student filled lines stretched far and wide during the first day of school at Hinds CC Utica on August 14.

Chief Percy Terrell helped to point a mom and daughter team in the right direction during the Aug. 14 first Day of school activities.

Chief Percy Terrell helped to point a mom and daughter team in the right direction during the Aug. 14 first Day of school activities.

Librarian Jean Greene took many photos for students for ID purposes on Aug. 14 during the first day of school activities on the Utica campus. Shown here with Dewuyne Kirk of Jackson.

Librarian Jean Greene took many photos for students for ID purposes on Aug. 14 during the first day of school activities on the Utica campus. Shown here with Dewuyne Kirk of Jackson.

Crystal Henry, director of Student Housing and Residence Lifee, was on hand to cool the students down with snow cones while the found their way across campus on Aug. 14.

Crystal Henry, director of Student Housing and Residence Lifee, was on hand to cool the students down with snow cones while the found their way across campus on Aug. 14.

Hinds CC Utica Campus staff welcomed students with T-Shirts and smiles as they made their way to classes on the first day of school. They are, from left, Sharron Melton, Brianna Watkins, Margaret Mims, Joshua Knox, Diana Brown and Jean Greene.

Hinds CC Utica Campus staff welcomed students with T-Shirts and smiles as they made their way to classes on the first day of school. They are, from left, Sharron Melton, Brianna Watkins, Margaret Mims, Joshua Knox, Diana Brown and Jean Greene.

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Hinds CC Utica Campus offers SummerPrep program for pre-teens
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07 August

Hinds CC Utica Campus offers SummerPrep program for pre-teens

Nayla McClure had a productive summer attending SummerPrep at Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus.

McClure, an eighth-grader at Utica Middle School, spent the month of June in the program instead of doing what she believes most other kids do.

Utica Middle School eighth-grader Nayla McClure attended the 2017 TRIO/Talent Search Summer Enrichment Camp held June 19-30 on the Utica Campus of Hinds Community College.

Utica Middle School eighth-grader Nayla McClure attended the 2017 TRIO/Talent Search Summer Enrichment Camp held June 19-30 on the Utica Campus of Hinds Community College.

“They’re sitting around watching television,” she said. “Attending this program is important because during the summer most kids are not really doing much with their time.”

And not only that, she had an opportunity to learn a few things in a different environment.

“SummerPrep is preparing us for our next grade. During the regular school year, classes are 18 to 20 kids deep. One-on-one time is unheard of; with SummerPrep, the classes are smaller so your teacher can help you individually if you’re struggling,” she said.

“This program is very rigorous and focused on raising seventh-, eighth- and ninth-graders to a higher level,” said Pamela Williams, Director of Talent Search. “Our goal is to prepare them for what they will face in the upcoming school year. That age group sometimes face challenges. Kids often get lost in the shuffle. Our program gives them support and strengthens them for the challenges to come.”

The program is under the TRIO umbrella, which also includes Talent Search, Students Support Service and Upward Bound. Talent Search focus mainly on middle school and high school students, and the overall purpose of the program is to help students get to a post-secondary education.

The program is offered yearly on the Utica Campus and accepts around 40 students from surrounding schools.TRIO Programs (Teaching, Reaching and Inspiring Our Youths) are federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post baccalaureate programs.

Pamela Williams, program director for TRIO/Talent Search on the Utica Campus

Pamela Williams, program director for TRIO/Talent Search on the Utica Campus

Low-income, first-generation students take priority; they make up about two-thirds of their population. The focus is to get those students from middle school, to high school, to college and to complete college. The program incorporates a mixture of tutorial, workshops and motivational speakers to engage their middle school audience, Williams 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.

 

Hinds CC Utica Campus keeps middle-schoolers learning over summer.

 

 

Bria Thomas, standing, gives a presentation to cohort participants, from left, Asia Taylor, Marzavier Willis, Travaughnia Bingham, Ar'Mond Abram, instructor Kedra Harris-Pope and Minn'Quaila Fair.

Bria Thomas, standing, gives a presentation to cohort participants, from left, Asia Taylor, Marzavier Willis, Travaughnia Bingham, Ar’Mond Abram, instructor Kedra Harris-Pope and Minn’Quaila Fair.

TRIO/ Talent Search Camp participants from the bottom: left to right-Director Pamela Williams, Andrello Taylor, Jasmine Hughes, Faye Cornelius, Ar'Mond Abram, Kendra Harris, Asia Taylor, Jamaria Willis, Kylee Kemp, Angeles Mendez, Maria Ramirez, Roge' Ne' Hilliard, Timothy Thompson, Jr., Travaughnia Bingham, TaNeysha Johnson, Jacqueria Blockmon, Nayla McClure, Bria Thomas, Italian Johnson, Marzavier Willis, Alexis Shinard, Alexandria Williams, Wiljeria Bumphis, Cedrick Fisher, Kelsa Thomas, ZyCasha King, Kaitlyn Young, Kakayla Watts

TRIO/ Talent Search Camp participants from the bottom: left to right-Director Pamela Williams, Andrello Taylor, Jasmine Hughes, Faye Cornelius, Ar’Mond Abram, Kendra Harris, Asia Taylor, Jamaria Willis, Kylee Kemp, Angeles Mendez, Maria Ramirez, Roge’ Ne’ Hilliard, Timothy Thompson, Jr., Travaughnia Bingham, TaNeysha Johnson, Jacqueria Blockmon, Nayla McClure, Bria Thomas, Italian Johnson, Marzavier Willis, Alexis Shinard, Alexandria Williams, Wiljeria Bumphis, Cedrick Fisher, Kelsa Thomas, ZyCasha King, Kaitlyn Young, Kakayla Watts

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Hinds CC names new vice presidents at Vicksburg-Warren, Utica campuses
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03 August

Hinds CC names new vice presidents at Vicksburg-Warren, Utica campuses

RAYMOND – Hinds Community College has named two new vice presidents.

Marvin Moak has been named Vice President of the Vicksburg-Warren Campus, while Dr. Tyrone Jackson has been named Vice President of Utica Campus and Administrative Services. Both actions were approved Wednesday by the college’s Board of Trustees.

Marvin Moak

Marvin Moak

Moak, of Raymond, has been dean of the Highway 27 campus since 2014. He began work at Hinds in 2000 as an electrical technology instructor and eventually moved to department chair/industrial service coordinator. In that role, he developed curriculum and courses for college-level students and administered courses for business and industry. He also worked with advisement, retention and job placement for students.

“I am humbled by being selected for Vicksburg Vice President, I look forward to serving the college in this new role,” Moak said. “I will always be grateful for this opportunity to assist the college grow and develop. We will continue to grow the Vicksburg Campus and work through the district wherever needed.”

Jackson, of Clinton, has served as Vice President for Student Services and Dean of Students for the Raymond Campus since July 1 after having been associate vice president of those areas since August 2013. He is also the Title IX coordinator for the Hinds district. Prior to his work at Hinds, the Rosedale, Miss. native spent two years at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, as dean of students for the Jefferson Davis Campus.

Dr. Tyrone Jackson

Dr. Tyrone Jackson

“I am eternally grateful that Dr. Muse has afforded me the opportunity to serve the Utica Campus in the capacity as Vice President,” Jackson said. “The Utica Campus has a rich history and has maintained a strong presence as an HBCU.”

Moak is a Hinds CC alum (1993-2009) where he received his associate degrees in general studies and electronics technology, as well as his degree in electrical technology. He has his Bachelor’s degree in technical and occupational education from the University of Southern Mississippi and his Master’s degree in technology education from Jackson State University.

Jackson is a graduate of Delta State University, where he received his bachelor’s degree, Master’s of Education degree and Doctor of Education degree.

Both will report directly to Dr. Muse, as do all vice presidents at the college.

Since 2013, the vice presidency of the Vicksburg-Warren and Utica campuses was held by Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson, who has accepted a position as Vice President and Chief of Staff at Jackson State University.

Hinds CC names new vice presidents at Vicksburg-Warren, Utica campuses
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Hinds Utica Campus STEM-UP Academy paves way for college success
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26 July

Hinds Utica Campus STEM-UP Academy paves way for college success

Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus hosted their annual STEM-UP Academy June 11-23. The academy, also known as College Success Camp, gave incoming 2017-18 freshmen a firsthand look at college life, including living on campus, social engagement and academic success development.

“We feel that it’s important that we give students a glimpse of college life before they actually enroll in the fall semester,” said Jonathan Townes, STEM program coordinator. “It is important for students to engage with other students with similar interest as their own. This camp allows them to build positive relationship with fellow students who are going down the same path as they are, but also giving them the mindset that they need to succeed going into the fall semester.”

STEM-UP Academy top student Hezekiah Williams of Edwards, left, with College Success camp program coordinator, Jonathan Townes, after completing the two-week program on June 23.

STEM-UP Academy top student Hezekiah Williams of Edwards, left, with College Success camp program coordinator, Jonathan Townes, after completing the two-week program on June 23.

Participating students enjoyed activities that focused on Building Math Skills, Building Learning Communities and Teamwork.  Daily sessions began at 8:30 a.m. and would last until 8 p.m., giving students long, full days to work on Pre-tests, Modules and completing work in the open labs.

STEM-UP/ College Success Camp is a condensed mixture of five 16-week mathematical courses into 10 days. The accelerated camp housed 19 participants, all required to live and learn on the Utica Campus.The program demanded full focus and consistency of the students who were engulfed in none stop lessons and testing in Mathematics.

The main focal point is algebra, which is a subject that most students struggle with in college.

This program sharpened me,” said incoming freshman Hezekiah Williams of Edwards.I took advanced math classes in high school. My curriculum was Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry and then trigonometry. All of the algebra became buried under the extras. This program sharpened me to the point where all of the algebra is back in the front of my mind.”

STEM, which stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, is important because it pervades every part of life. Science and technology endeavors grow daily while engineering and math skills persist in our constant way of life. Being able to calculate daily tasks using algebra and calculus matters when you are building highways and balancing checkbooks.

“The STEM-UP College Success Camp helps students to be strong mathematicians,” said Dr. Mitchell Shears, Director of Title III and Sponsored Grants.This support system is coupled with math coaches and mentors to students to ensure that they are confident in their mathematical responses and can validate their answers.

“We encourage our STEM majors to take math courses beyond college algebra. We offer Statistics, Pre-Calculus and Calculus to our students in the STEM program and the College Success Camp helps them to overcome any barriers and challenges,” Shears said. “Additionally, this camp helps students to build relationships with other incoming freshmen by becoming members of a cohort who all have the same goal, which is to continue their STEM studies at a four-year institution after graduating with their associate’s degree.”

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 Utica Campus STEM-UP brings in incoming freshmen.

 

STEM-UP Academy participants, all incoming freshman to Hinds’ Utica Campus, completed 16 weeks of intense math courses in 10 days during the STEM-UP Academy June 11-23. They are, front from left, Kennauri Anderson, Ny'Daisha Dortch, Jasmine Meeks, Kamryn Dismuke, Qualyne Fuller, Kambral Love, Jimmy Jones, Hezekiah Williams,Victoria Johnson, Antionette Womack, Kristi Marshall; back from left,Tevin Sylvester, Renisha Sweet, Eli Hodge, Dwayne Braxton, Tomecia Jacobs, Frederick Jackson, Trinity Torrey and Stori Jones.

STEM-UP Academy participants, all incoming freshman to Hinds’ Utica Campus, completed 16 weeks of intense math courses in 10 days during the STEM-UP Academy June 11-23. They are, front from left, Kennauri Anderson, Ny’Daisha Dortch, Jasmine Meeks, Kamryn Dismuke, Qualyne Fuller, Kambral Love, Jimmy Jones, Hezekiah Williams,Victoria Johnson, Antionette Womack, Kristi Marshall; back from left,Tevin Sylvester, Renisha Sweet, Eli Hodge, Dwayne Braxton, Tomecia Jacobs, Frederick Jackson, Trinity Torrey and Stori Jones.

Top honor students from the 2017 STEM-UP Academy along with 14 others worked 12 full hours a day for two weeks during the camp, which was designed to reinforce math skills and work behavior. They are, from left, Hezekiah Williams, Renisha Sweet, Ny'Daisha Dortch, Trinity Torrey and Kristi Marshall.

Top honor students from the 2017 STEM-UP Academy along with 14 others worked 12 full hours a day for two weeks during the camp, which was designed to reinforce math skills and work behavior. They are, from left, Hezekiah Williams, Renisha Sweet, Ny’Daisha Dortch, Trinity Torrey and Kristi Marshall.

STEM-UP Academy participants, from left, Kamryn Dismuke, Stori Jones, Reneisha Sweet and Kambrial Love take a break from studies.

STEM-UP Academy participants, from left, Kamryn Dismuke, Stori Jones, Reneisha Sweet and Kambrial Love take a break from studies.

STEM-UP students participant in group activities during the June 11-23 camp. They are, sitting from left, Trinity Torrey and Ny’Daisha Dortch; standing, Xavier Reed, Dwayne Braxton and Jimmy Jones.

STEM-UP students participant in group activities during the June 11-23 camp. They are, sitting from left, Trinity Torrey and Ny’Daisha Dortch; standing, Xavier Reed, Dwayne Braxton and Jimmy Jones.

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U.S. Department of Education awards Hinds CC Utica Campus $5.1 million
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U.S. Department of Education awards Hinds CC Utica Campus $5.1 million

The Utica Campus of Hinds Community College has been awarded more than $5.1 million for four Upward Bound Programs for the next five years. The grant will provide more than $1 million per year, beginning Sept. 1, 2017, to help fund the program that will target students in grades 9 – 12 at the following high schools: Crystal Springs, Hazlehurst, Raymond, Terry, Vicksburg, Warren Central, Forest Hill in Jackson and Wingfield in Jackson.

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“We are very excited to partner with feeder school districts to assist with increasing state test scores, increasing graduation rates and increasing the number of students entering postsecondary institutions,” said Vice President Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson. “This will definitely help to establish a strong pipeline for both our academic and career and technical programs on the Utica Campus or entrance to other colleges or universities.”

Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their pre-college performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.

“As a product of the Upward Bound program that was once on the Utica Campus, I truly understand the importance of the program, so it was my goal while writing the grants to include as many schools and students that I could,” said Dr. Mitchell Shears, executive director of Title III & Sponsored Grants. “I was very excited to know that we submitted favorable proposals that reviewers felt would impact families in this area for the next five years.”

Together, the programs will serve a minimum of 240 participants who are from low-income families, potential first-generation college students and/or individuals who have a high risk for academic failure. The programs will consist of an academic year component and a six-week summer component that will provide academic instruction in mathematics, laboratory sciences, composition, literature, foreign languages and other educational and cultural experiences.

Hinds CC Utica Campus receives grant for Upward Bound.

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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