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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.

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Hinds CC Vicksburg-Warren Campus continues advanced river barge training course
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28 June

Hinds CC Vicksburg-Warren Campus continues advanced river barge training course

VICKSBURG – A career-building program on the Mississippi River has moved onto Hinds’ Vicksburg-Warren Campus to stay.

Specialized training to be tankermen on push boats that help move products up and down the river is filling a big need for skilled labor on the water. Completion allows deckhands on tank barges to move up to the job responsible for managing liquid cargo on the average barge tow and seeing it’s transferred safely to and from tank barges.

Garrett Williams reads measurements on a intructional replica of a barge at Goldling Barge. Williams was part of the river barge training program in 2016 at Hinds Community College Vicksburg-Warren Campus. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Garrett Williams reads measurements on a replica of a barge at Golding Barge. Williams was part of the river barge training program in 2016 at Hinds Community College Vicksburg-Warren Campus. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

A Coast-Guard approved course first hosted on campus last year has received support from local industries to continue for the fall 2017 semester. Industry partners Golding Barge Line, Magnolia Marine Transport and Smith Towing Company have supplied rope, steel and other equipment for the class, which is being expanded with staff instruction. Previously, an outside service taught the course.

“We’ve taken on the class and are having it here on campus because it’s the only program of its kind in Mississippi,” Vicksburg-Warren Campus Dean Marvin Moak said. “It’s a unique opportunity.”

A classroom course, which covers basic terminology on flammable or combustible materials and sources of fuel for potential hazards, is followed by fire safety and other hands-on courses held outdoors on campus.

Chad Vickers uses equipment on an instructional replica of a barge at Golding Barge. Vickers was part of the river barge training program in 2016 at Hinds Community College Vicksburg-Warren Campus. (April Garon/ Hinds Community College)

Chad Vickers uses equipment on an instructional replica of a barge at Golding Barge. Vickers was part of the river barge training program in 2016 at Hinds Community College Vicksburg-Warren Campus. (April Garon/ Hinds Community College)

Earnings potential on the water drives the current wave of entrants to deckhand school, which trains for the industry’s entry-level position. In 2014, the college and Golding partnered on the deckhand training course when it was made possible by a federal workforce grant.

After students attain second-level experience handling and rigging lines, they can choose to train for tankerman positions that can pay double the annual salary of entry-level deckhands. Students are evaluated and certified accordingly at the completion of each of the training courses.

Six months of experience and supervised transfers by licensed tankermen are necessary before a trainee can become similarly certified. In addition to class lecture and fire safety, formal training also covers rules and regulations, transfer procedures and emergency response,

For information about enrolling in the deckhand or tankerman training program offered in Vicksburg through Hinds Community College, contact Marvin Moak, dean of Hinds’ Vicksburg-Warren Campus, at 601.629.6804.

River barge training course at Hinds CC trains for top-dollar careers 

 

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Hinds CC Vicksburg students inducted into National Technical Honor Society
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28 April

Hinds CC Vicksburg students inducted into National Technical Honor Society

Jennifer Grant and Daija Reynolds have much more than one thing in common.

Daughter Daija Reynolds, left, and mother Jennifer Grant celebrate after being inducted into the National Technical Honor Society at Hinds’ Vicksburg-Warren Campus.

Daughter Daija Reynolds, left, and mother Jennifer Grant celebrate after being inducted into the National Technical Honor Society at Hinds’ Vicksburg-Warren Campus.

Both of the mother-daughter duo are students in the Culinary Arts Technology Department at Hinds Community College Vicksburg-Warren Campus, both want to own a bakery and both are among an elite group of students who are charter members in the 42-year-old campus’ first National Technical Honor Society chapter.

The induction ceremony for eight students, seven in Culinary and one in Industrial Maintenance, was Wednesday, April 26, on the Vicksburg Campus.

Guest speaker chef William Furlong, the current manager of Newk’s Eatery on Pemberton Boulevard, encouraged the students to work hard to reach their goals.

That’s exactly what Grant, 38, and Reynolds, 19, plan to do. Each has said she wants to team with the other after school to open and own a wedding cake bakery, and both said they enrolled in the Culinary Arts Department to better their chances of following their dream.

Dean Marvin Moak offered his congratulations to the students and the local chapter.

“I am tickled to have this organization on this campus and I commend the advisers and the students who are participating in the prestigious organization,” he said.

The other culinary students inducted into the society are Barbara Evans, Robert Davis, Robert Nelson, Daja Shears-Williams and American Johnson. The Industrial Maintenance inductee is Austin House.

Hinds Vicksburg-Warren students were recently inducted into the newly formed campus National Technical Honor Society. Pictured are, from left, Robert Nelson, Coordinator of Workforce Development Rhonda Dorsey, Jennifer Grant, Barbara Evans, Daija Reynolds, Culinary Arts Technology Department Chair Matthew Campbell, American Johnson, Daja Shears-Williams, Robert Davis, Administrative Assistant Tela Erves and Culinary Arts instructor Tim DeRossette.

Hinds Vicksburg-Warren students were recently inducted into the newly formed campus National Technical Honor Society. Pictured are, from left, Robert Nelson, Coordinator of Workforce Development Rhonda Dorsey, Jennifer Grant, Barbara Evans, Daija Reynolds, Culinary Arts Technology Department Chair Matthew Campbell, American Johnson, Daja Shears-Williams, Robert Davis, Administrative Assistant Tela Erves and Culinary Arts instructor Tim DeRossette.

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.

Matthew Campbell, department chair for the Culinary Arts Technology Department on the Vicksburg Campus, said he has nothing but praise for all of the students who have chosen to pursue membership in the society.

“Each and every one of them has worked hard, and this is payoff,” he said.

He pointed out that several of the inductees, who are among the 40 students in the program, had come to the department after being out of school for up to 25 years, one is an Army veteran who served in Iraq and one is a security guard on campus who was encouraged by his environment to take classes.

The technical degree in culinary arts requires three semesters of class and kitchen work, and day and night classes are available. Students can earn an associate’s degree with an additional semester of study.

The sponsor for the new chapter is Rhonda Dorsey, coordinator of the campus’ Workforce Development Program.

“One of the goals of NTHS is to see that deserving technical students are recognized,” Dorsey said. “Career and technical employees are the backbone of our country’s workforce.”

 

Hinds CC Vicksburg students inducted into new honorary.

 

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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Phi Theta Kappa chapter at Hinds CC Vicksburg-Warren Campus inducts new members
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21 April

Phi Theta Kappa chapter at Hinds CC Vicksburg-Warren Campus inducts new members

VICKSBURG – The Alpha Omega Chi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa inducted 14 members for the spring semester.

Front row, from left, Shelby Wilson, Tabitha Cline, Kristi Thornton, Taylor Ballard, Dr. Elmira Ratliff, Samantha Hawn, Lyndsey Morgan, Jada Sims, Natasha Moran, chapter adviser Dr. Sarah Nichols; back row, from left, chapter adviser Margaret Bell, Katherine Goss, Sybil Carraway, KeAubrey Clark, Andrielle Green, Kayla Powell and Katelyn King

Front row, from left, Shelby Wilson, Tabitha Cline, Kristi Thornton, Taylor Ballard, Dr. Elmira Ratliff, Samantha Hawn, Lyndsey Morgan, Jada Sims, Natasha Moran, chapter adviser Dr. Sarah Nichols; back row, from left, chapter adviser Margaret Bell, Katherine Goss, Sybil Carraway, KeAubrey Clark, Andrielle Green, Kayla Powell and Katelyn King

They were Shelby Wilson, Tabitha Cline, Kristi Thornton, Taylor Ballard, Samantha Hawn, Lyndsey Morgan, Jada Sims, Natasha Moran, Katherine Goss, Sybil Carraway, KeAubrey Clark, Andrielle Green, Kayla Powell and Katelyn King.

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.

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Hinds CC Vicksburg-Warren Campus holds College Night
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19 April

Hinds CC Vicksburg-Warren Campus holds College Night

 VICKSBURG – Patanya Williams has chased her goal of working in the medical field once before but didn’t have the proper support.

Patanya Williams, of Vicksburg, speaks wtih Joycelyn Washington, a Student Services coordinator for Hinds Community College, at College Night at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus April 18. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Patanya Williams, of Vicksburg, speaks wtih Joycelyn Washington, a Student Services coordinator for Hinds Community College, at College Night at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus April 18. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“I’m just getting older now and I have a better outlook on life and school,” said Williams, 43, after stopping by College Night at Hinds Community College Vicksburg-Warren Campus to get more information on the Practical Nursing program.

Working security in recent years has paid the bills. She hopes a credential in a well-respected program can pay her passion and her pocket.

Ferran Parker, a senior at Warren Central High School, is pursuing his own passion with gusto.

“I enjoy working on cars,” Parker said, visiting with Automotive Technology instructors. “I’ve worked at it for four years already, doing people’s cars.”

Each was among prospective students young and old who attended the come-and-go event. High school students and adults looking to return to school were able to find out about admissions, majors, financial aid, registration and more.

“We look forward to many of the hundreds of juniors and seniors from Vicksburg and Warren County and the surrounding area enrolling at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus and taking advantage of what we have to offer.” said Campus Dean Marvin Moak.

Deborah Nicole Hartley, of Vicksburg, who’ll be making the switch from homeschooling to the classroom setting for college, could have two goals in mind – one to satisfy each of her passions.

“The nursing field is an option because I like helping people and making them feel better,” she said. “And I can pursue my art work here, with my canvas and pencil art.”

Hinds CC Vicksburg-Warren Campus holds College Night
Deborah Hartley, right, speaks with Kathryn Cole, district Director of Enrollment Services at Hinds Community College, at College Night at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus April 18. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Deborah Hartley, right, speaks with Kathryn Cole, district Director of Enrollment Services at Hinds Community College, at College Night at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus April 18. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Deborah Nicole Hartley, right, listens to Shane Brown, a recruiter for Hinds Community College, during College Night at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus April 18. Her mother, Deborah Hartley, is at center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Deborah Nicole Hartley, right, listens to Shane Brown, a recruiter for Hinds Community College, during College Night at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus April 18. Her mother, Deborah Hartley, is at center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ferran Parker, right, a senior at Warren Central High School, speaks with Dr. Sarah Nichols, left, at College Night at Hinds Community College Vicksburg-Warren Campus April 18. In the background are Donna Tingle, his aunt, and Jenny Parker, his mother. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Ferran Parker, right, a senior at Warren Central High School, speaks with Dr. Sarah Nichols, left, at College Night at Hinds Community College Vicksburg-Warren Campus April 18. In the background are Donna Tingle, his aunt, and Jenny Parker, his mother. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

Attendees seek information at College Night at Hinds Community College Vicksburg-Warren Campus April 18. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Attendees seek information at College Night at Hinds Community College Vicksburg-Warren Campus April 18. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

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Hinds CC Vicksburg-Warren Campus celebrates college Centennial
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10 April

Hinds CC Vicksburg-Warren Campus celebrates college Centennial

VICKSBURG – It was the Vicksburg-Warren Campus’ turn to shine in Hinds Community College’s yearlong Centennial celebration.

A reception and campus tour April 6 highlighted resolutions of support for the college from local government and included the campus’ contribution to a list of 100 people through the decades passionate about Hinds. The college will announce the full list at a separate reception in August.

Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs, Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse and Warren County Board of Supervisors President Richard George

Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs, Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse and Warren County Board of Supervisors President Richard George

“Let me just say publicly, Dr. Muse, I don’t know of any other institution but Hinds that has made as much impact on my life,” Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs said during the program, addressing Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse. “The time I had to come to this college couldn’t have come at a better time in my life.”

Warren County Board of Supervisors President Richard George lauded the 39-year college president for his vision and having details in line when it came to requesting funding for the new career-tech facility.

“The man came with a plan and a request,” George said. “We honored the request, and he delivered the plan. It’s a most gratifying and opportune moment for us to fund this organization and work with Dr. Muse.”

Muse credited the Warren County Board of Supervisors’ support, in particular their agreement to allocate more money to an existing property tax millage for Hinds. The funds will finance construction of a two-story, 40,000-square-foot Academic & Career-Technical Building in the front of campus. Two parking lots and a bus drop-off are also proposed as part of the project, plus a new access road to connect the new parking area to existing parking spaces.

“We have enjoyed working with all of you in Vicksburg and Warren County,” said Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, noting the presence of Vicksburg-area legislators present for the ceremony, state Sen. Briggs Hopson and state Rep. Oscar Denton. “Since I came here in 1978, it’s been a treasure. You’ve always been represented by outstanding people in the state legislature, on the board of trustees of Hinds, on our Foundation board and the list goes on and on.

“This would not have been possible without (Board President) Richard George and the other members of the Board of Supervisors for providing the funding so that it will be open and available 24/7 for economic development, training, academic classrooms and classrooms for River City Early College.”

For up-to-date information about Hinds Community College’s Centennial celebration, see the news and calendar section at www.hindscc.edu or 100years.hindscc.edu.

Vicksburg-Warren Campus shines for Hinds CC Centennial

 

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Hinds CC Vicksburg-Warren Campus College Night offers fun, information
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30 March

Hinds CC Vicksburg-Warren Campus College Night offers fun, information

VICKSBURG – Prospective college students from local high schools and adults who want to continue their education are invited to College Night at Hinds Community College Vicksburg-Warren Campus from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 18.

The come-and-go event gives all who want to attend the Vicksburg-Warren Campus a chance to find out about everything they need to enroll at the college. At College Night, prospective students can meet with faculty and staff on campus, learn about admissions, majors, financial aid and registration – all while enjoying free food and prizes.

For more information or to register, visit hub.hindscc.edu/vicksburgcollegenight or call 601.857.3736. Activities will be centered in the Banks Building on the campus, which is located at 755 Highway 27, near Warren Central High School.

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Hinds CC Vicksburg-Warren Campus inducts new Phi Theta Kappa members
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07 November

Hinds CC Vicksburg-Warren Campus inducts new Phi Theta Kappa members

VICKSBURG – The Alpha Omega Chi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Hinds Community College Vicksburg-Warren Campus have inducted new members for fall 2016.

vix-ptk-fall-2016New members include, front row, from second-left, Sarah Legg, Kristi Thornton, Shelby Wilson, Sybil Carraway; back row, from left, Kayla Powell, Andrielle Green, Amanda Morris, Laurent Hateyekimona, Kon’Tonia Smith, Louis Parsons and Yolanda Watson. At opposite ends of the front row are Dr. Sarah Nichols and Margaret Bell, faculty advisors for the chapter.

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Hinds CC partnership with industry grows workforce on Mississippi River
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11 August

Hinds CC partnership with industry grows workforce on Mississippi River

VICKSBURG – Tossing a heavy, 12-foot mooring rope off a barge on the Mississippi River is a calling for some and simply a rough-sounding job for others.

Chad Vickers and Garrett Williams each have trained to do this now, and, though they took different paths to the “marine life,” they have specialized deckhand training through Hinds Community College and Golding Barge Line.

Chad Vickers turns equipment on a barge used for training purposes at Golding Barge in Vicksburg. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Chad Vickers turns equipment on a barge used for training purposes at Golding Barge in Vicksburg. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

“It runs in my family,” said Vickers, 24, a Vicksburg native and Level 2 deckhand with the River City-based barge company. “They’ve been on the water all my life. My grandfather owned a ferry on the Yazoo River and we all fished.”

This past winter, he completed a 7 ½- day deckhand training course offered since 2014 and paid for by the Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant to nine members of the Mississippi River Transportation, Distribution and Logistics consortium, of which Hinds is a part. Although the grant ends in October, the college and its industry partners have worked together to keep the training available to those who want to enter the marine transport industry.

“The transportation sector is one of the largest industries in our service area.” said Chad Stocks, vice president of Career, Technical, and Workforce Education. “With the expansion of the Panama Canal and more manufacturing companies locating or expanding in the college’s service area, the ability to move goods up and down the river is essential. This training program provides qualified workers to do this work and I am thrilled that we were able to set the program up with the grant and sustain it with industry partnerships.”

Deckhands in the industry make in the $20,000 to $30,000 range annually. As a trained tankerman, Vickers stands to get a significant raise in life – to about $65,000. And he’s all in for the gig.

“I’ll be doing tankerman training next – working my way up the ladder like everyone else,” he said. “Hopefully, I’ll make it to the top soon.”

Garrett Williams reads measurements on a barge used for instructional purposes at Goldling Barge in Vicksburg. The equipment allows workers to check the level of liquid product inside the barge. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Garrett Williams reads measurements on a barge used for instructional purposes at Goldling Barge in Vicksburg. The equipment allows workers to check the level of liquid product inside the barge. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Williams is climbing the same ladder. The Rolling Fork native already had a bachelor’s degree in Education from Delta State University, but switched careers due to the earnings potential on the water.

“I found out about the program from a friend after being laid off from a job in oilfield services,” said Williams, a tankerman trainee. “Other people had talked to me about how good a company and job it is, and wanted to put myself in a position to follow behind them.”

Hinds and industry veterans with Maritime Services of Louisiana are training employees of Golding, Yazoo River Towing and Magnolia Marine.

Students are evaluated and certified accordingly after completing the training, in which they touch on every aspect of working on a barge – from throwing and securing a line, operating a johnboat, rigging, among other practical skills. Hands-on sessions are conducted after classroom sessions each morning and testing. The effect it’s had has been companies getting job-ready workers without interrupting workflow.

From left, Chad Vickers, Garrett Williams, and Golding Barge vice president of Human Resources Stirlin Hancock. (April Garon/ Hinds Community College)

From left, Chad Vickers, Garrett Williams, and Golding Barge vice president of Human Resources Stirlin Hancock. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

“Experienced industry veterans instruct the training,” said Stirlin Hancock, vice president of human resources at Golding Barge. “So, we fully intend for the training to go forward after the grant is up. We’re working with Hinds to make that happen.”

For information about enrolling in the deckhand training program offered in Vicksburg through Hinds Community College, contact Marvin Moak, dean of Hinds’ Vicksburg-Warren Campus, at 601-629-6805.

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Seven graduates of Gateway program at Hinds CC honored
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06 June

Seven graduates of Gateway program at Hinds CC honored

VICKSBURG – Seven graduates of the Gateway to College program this past semester at Hinds Community College Vicksburg-Warren Campus were honored during a luncheon May 20.

Receiving certificates of completion from Gateway coordinators were:

  • Jacob Barrett, Warren Central High School
  • Rita Freeman, Warren Central High School
  • Rickita Johnson, Vicksburg High School
  • Demetrick Shelvy, Vicksburg High School
  • Dylan Silverthorne, Vicksburg High School
  • Sharod Williams, Warren Central High School
  • Amy Willis, Warren Central High School

Each of the seven participated in graduation ceremonies at their respective high schools, which were held May 26-27 for this year’s senior class.

Seven graduates of the Gateway to College program this past semester at Hinds Community College Vicksburg-Warren Campus were honored during a luncheon May 20. Pictured are, from left, Sharod Williams, Dylan Silverthorne, Demetrick Shelvy, Rita Freeman, Amy Willis and Rickita Johnson. Also receiving a certificate of completion from the program was Jacob Barrett, who was not present for the luncheon. (Danny Barrett Jr./Hinds Community College)

Seven graduates of the Gateway to College program this past semester at Hinds Community College Vicksburg-Warren Campus were honored during a luncheon May 20. Pictured are, from left, Sharod Williams, Dylan Silverthorne, Demetrick Shelvy, Rita Freeman, Amy Willis and Rickita Johnson. Also receiving a certificate of completion from the program was Jacob Barrett, who was not present for the luncheon. (Danny Barrett Jr./Hinds Community College)

The Gateway to College involves students who have dropped out of high school or are at risk of doing so because they have fallen behind in high school credits. 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.

Students entering the program must read on an eighth-grade level and pass HCC’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.

In brief addresses, Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse and Vicksburg-Warren Campus Dean Marvin Moak lauded the merits of the program and this year’s graduates.

“Along the way, all of us needed help,” Muse said. “There’s not a person in this room that hasn’t in some way needed some help. They needed people who cared about them as individuals. They needed people who would listen to them.

“I’m pleased that these students have found a way, regardless of what life’s circumstances were and with the support of family, friends, teachers and others, to receive their high school diploma. The door of opportunity is open to you. Take advantage of that opportunity.”

“I’m just extremely proud for each one of these young men and women,” Moak said. “I hope to see them walking down the hallways in a college setting working on their associate degrees and then go on to four-year universities.”

Hinds Community College President Dr. Clyde Muse addresses college officials, parents and others during a luncheon to recognize seven graduates of the Gateway to College program at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus this past semester. (Danny Barrett Jr./Hinds Community College)

Hinds Community College President Dr. Clyde Muse addresses college officials, parents and others during a luncheon to recognize seven graduates of the Gateway to College program at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus this past semester. (Danny Barrett Jr./Hinds Community College)

The program debuted at Hinds in the 2013-14 term, at the Rankin Campus. It expanded to the Vicksburg-Warren Campus in 2015 and is directed by Denetra Taylor, who credited faculty and staff for guiding this year’s graduates.

“Gateway isn’t a fast-track program,” Taylor said. “Some of them can come in and finish in a semester or two, then for some it does take a little bit longer.

“This has been great group of students this semester. We’ve worked hard and been challenged.”

Seven graduates of the Gateway to College program this past semester at Hinds Community College Vicksburg-Warren Campus were honored during a luncheon May 20. Pictured are program staff, from left, Denetra Taylor, director, Nancy Robinson, administrative assistant, Tammi Sims, and Antonio Horton, both resource specialists. (Danny Barrett Jr./Hinds Community College)

Seven graduates of the Gateway to College program this past semester at Hinds Community College Vicksburg-Warren Campus were honored during a luncheon May 20. Pictured are program staff, from left, Denetra Taylor, director, Nancy Robinson, administrative assistant, Tammi Sims, and Antonio Horton, both resource specialists. (Danny Barrett Jr./Hinds Community College)

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