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Hinds CC a key player in Warren County’s drive to become certified Work-Ready
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14 December

Hinds CC a key player in Warren County’s drive to become certified Work-Ready

VICKSBURG – Economic development in Vicksburg and Warren County in 2018 and beyond could hinge on an effort to become certified a Work-Ready Community by the nation’s premier academic testing standard.

Earlier this year, employers in the Hinds Community College attendance district agreed in principle to begin recognizing the National Career Readiness Certificate and have their respective counties certified as an ACT Work Ready Community. The national credential is a portable, industry-recognized standard of achievement that identifies proficiency in three key areas for landing jobs of today – reading for information, applied math and locating information. The national initiative is headed up by ACT, the nation’s leading college admissions testing company. Hinds administers the NCRC exam to Adult Basic Education and Career-Technical Education students as well as to current employees from industry partners.

Dr. Robin Parker, assistant dean for Career and Technical Education, speaks before the Vicksburg Warren County Chamber of Commerce about the ACT Work-Ready Community effort during a luncheon Dec. 13, 2017. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

On Wednesday, members of the Vicksburg Warren County Chamber of Commerce heard of the potential pluses of adopting tangible assessments for hiring employees from college officials and industries using it or thinking seriously about using it.

“You know when you enter a new city or county and see the signs that say ‘certified retirement community?’,” said Dr. Robin Parker, assistant dean for Career and Technical Education at Hinds, asked chamber members during a program and panel discussion during the group’s monthly luncheon. “Well, we want a sign in Warren County that when someone drives in, they say, ‘This community values work and has a group of people that’s ready to do what’s best for the community.’”

Issued at four levels – bronze, silver, gold, and platinum – the NCRC helps take the guesswork out of hiring, training, and promotion decisions. WIN Job Centers in Hinds, Warren, Rankin and Claiborne counties, as well as in Madison County, administer it to clients in each community who are applying for jobs.

“This can be very beneficial toward your recruiting purposes and retention goals,” said Pablo Diaz, executive director of the Warren County Port Commission, to chamber members. The commission is among several partners on the effort in central Mississippi.

Pablo Diaz, left, executive director of the Warren County Port Commission, speaks before the Vicksburg Warren County Chamber of Commerce during a luncheon Dec. 13, 2017. Seated for the discussion, which dealt with ACT Work-Ready Community efforts, are, from left, Carl Hearn, quality manager at Batesville Casket, Maggie Cane, human resource manager at International Paper, and Dr. Robin Parker. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

“But, I want you to think about this, too – this will be a standard that any community’s going to be held up to in terms of economic development projects,” Diaz said. “We are going to be asked, ‘Are you a certified community?’ And if you say no, then for a potential project it means we don’t have the data on the workforce to demonstrate how good or not good they are.”

Panelists for the luncheon included human resources professionals with companies using or thinking about using the NCRC in their hiring process. They, along with Parker, fielded questions about the test from chamber members, many of whom run their own small businesses or hold positions involved in making hiring decisions.

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Annual golf tournament renamed for Hinds CC Sports Hall of Famer
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08 September

Annual golf tournament renamed for Hinds CC Sports Hall of Famer

Hinds Community College’s annual golf tournament at Clear Creek Golf Club in Bovina is being renamed to honor a second big supporter of the annual fundraiser.

The Clyde Donnell and Othel Mendrop Memorial Golf Tournament is Sept. 16 at the east Warren County golf course and will again benefit a scholarship fund for students through the Warren-Claiborne County chapter of the Alumni Association. About $160,000 has been raised in the more than 25 years since the tournament began. Proceeds from the tournament began going to the scholarship in 1999 and were endowed in 2003.

Registration begins at noon, with play to begin at 1 p.m. For more information, contact alumni coordinator Libby Posey, at 601-857-3350.

This year’s tournament is rebranded to add Othel Mendrop’s name to the event. Mendrop, who died in 2014, was inducted to Hinds’ Sports Hall of Fame in 1989 and was an avid golfer and tournament supporter.

Born in 1927, Mendrop attended Hinds and Memphis State College on basketball scholarships. After a master’s degree in administration from Mississippi College and four years in the Air Force, he coached basketball and football and was principal in the former Warren County School District. For 10 years, he was principal at Warren Central High School and coached girls track there. Later, he became assistant superintendent of education for the district.

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Hinds CC spotlights nursing program at Vicksburg-Warren Campus
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26 January

Hinds CC spotlights nursing program at Vicksburg-Warren Campus

Hinds Community College students Elexus Moore of Port Gibson and Kamen Wells of Vicksburg and Hinds employee Priscilla Burks were among those at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus' Nursing Showcase on Jan. 24.

Hinds Community College students Elexus Moore of Port Gibson and Kamen Wells of Vicksburg and Hinds employee Priscilla Burks were among those at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus’ Nursing Showcase on Jan. 24.

Tina Sellers of Vicksburg was among those attending the Jan. 24 nursing showcase at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus. With her is Hinds Community College nursing pathfinder Amie Ray.

Tina Sellers of Vicksburg was among those attending the Jan. 24 nursing showcase at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus. With her is Hinds Community College nursing pathfinder Amie Ray.

Hinds Community College Practical nursing students Kalia McDowell, left, and Raveen Wilson, both of Vicksburg, do a demonstration at the Jan. 24 at the Vicksburg Nursing Showcase.

Hinds Community College Practical nursing students Kalia McDowell, left, and Raveen Wilson, both of Vicksburg, do a demonstration at the Jan. 24 at the Vicksburg Nursing Showcase.

Jane Skinner, director of the nursing program at Hinds Community College's Vicksburg-Warren Campus, talks with Wanda Vines of Vicksburg at the Jan. 24 nursing showcase.

Jane Skinner, director of the nursing program at Hinds Community College’s Vicksburg-Warren Campus, talks with Wanda Vines of Vicksburg at the Jan. 24 nursing showcase.

Community members interested in learning more about the nursing program at Hinds Community College’s Vicksburg-Warren Campus attended a showcase  a the Nursing Center on Jan. 24

Programs currently available on the Vicksburg-Warren Campus are Transition to RN, Nursing Assistant and Practical Nursing. A program for IV Therapy certification is coming soon.

For more information see http://www.hindscc.edu/Map_Locations/vk/default.aspx for the campus and http://www.hindscc.edu/departments/health_related_professions/practical_nursing/default.aspx

for nursing program information.

 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 12,000 credit students in fall 2014. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

 

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Hinds CC Vicksburg-Warren Campus sets Nursing Showcase
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09 January

Hinds CC Vicksburg-Warren Campus sets Nursing Showcase

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Hinds Community College’s Vicksburg-Warren Campus is hosting a Vicksburg Nursing Showcase at the Nursing Center. The showcase, aimed at prospective students and parents interested in nursing as a career, is 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 24.

Programs currently available on the Vicksburg-Warren Campus are Transition to RN, Nursing Assistant and Practical Nursing. A program for IV Therapy certification is coming soon.

During the showcase, attendees can tour the learning labs and speak with faculty as well as find out about admission requirements and deadlines. They can also enjoy free food and win prizes.

The Vicksburg-Warren Campus is at 755 Highway 27 and the Nursing Center, located adjacent to the campus, is at 6639 Paxton Rd. in Vicksburg. For more information, call 601.376.4819 or email Pathfinder Amie Ray at amie.ray@hindscc.edu.

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 12,000 credit students in fall 2014. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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Hinds CC Vicksburg-Warren Campus renames building for long-time dean
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07 October

Hinds CC Vicksburg-Warren Campus renames building for long-time dean

 

Speakers at the Sept. 30 building dedication at Hinds Community College’s Vicksburg-Warren Campus included, from left, Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse; Board of Trustees President Robert Pickett; Chad Shealy, superintendent of the Vicksburg Warren school district; Joe Loviza, retired dean of the campus; Charles Peets, chairman of the Vicksburg-Warren Campus Advisory Board; Marvin Moak, current dean of the campus; welding instructor Joe Johnston and Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson, vice president of the Utica and Vicksburg-Warren campuses.

Speakers at the Sept. 30 building dedication at Hinds Community College’s Vicksburg-Warren Campus included, from left, Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse; Board of Trustees President Robert Pickett; Chad Shealy, superintendent of the Vicksburg Warren school district; Joe Loviza, retired dean of the campus; Charles Peets, chairman of the Vicksburg-Warren Campus Advisory Board; Marvin Moak, current dean of the campus; welding instructor Joe Johnston and Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson, vice president of the Utica and Vicksburg-Warren campuses.

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse and Joe Loviza

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse and Joe Loviza

The multipurpose building at Hinds Community College’s Vicksburg-Warren Campus was named for the administrator who helped the campus become what it is today, beginning 40 years ago in 1974.

The Joseph L. Loviza Multipurpose Building was named on Sept. 30 after the former Vicksburg Campus dean and former mayor of Vicksburg.

“When the Hinds Community College Board of Trustees and the college decide to make a decision to name a building in honor of or memory of an individual, it is a decision made with deliberate thought,” said Robert Pickett of Vicksburg, president of the Hinds Community College Board of Trustees. “The leadership provided by Joe Loviza in creating a college branch, and later a comprehensive college campus here to serve the people of Vicksburg and Warren County, certainly fits the expectations of our board when honoring outstanding contributions.”

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse said the campus started out as a high school career and technical education program, which called for a change in state law to be allowed at a community college.

“It set the example for the future,” Muse said. “This campus continues to be one of the largest career-technical programs for high school students in the state. That kind of effort just doesn’t go and happen. It takes a lot of hard work on the part of this community as well as others. We have had, over the years, the kind of leadership that it takes to make a full comprehensive community college campus in Vicksburg.”

Loviza said the campus “is the best investment you’ll ever make because you’ll have an immediate return on your tax dollar,” he said. “It’s not just Joe Loviza. Although I’m glad for my name to be up there, I had a lot of help getting here.”

Loviza is a 1960 graduate of Hinds Community College and was the first employee of the Vicksburg-Warren Campus, serving for 20 years.

He began his career with the Vicksburg Warren School System as director of Vocational, Technical and Adult Education. When the college began providing secondary vo-tech training in 1973, Loviza was employed to serve as the director, and later, dean, of the center. The center expanded to offer post-secondary classes and in 2002 was officially named the Vicksburg-Warren Campus. 

Chad Shealy, superintendent of the Vicksburg Warren school district, said Loviza remains a staunch supporter of education. “He loves vocational training. He loves technical training. He believes in career technology. He believes in providing a workforce for this community,” he said.

Loviza served as mayor of the city of Vicksburg from 1993 to 1997. After his retirement, he continued to support the city by serving on numerous boards and committees, including the Vicksburg Warren School Board. 

For more information on the Vicksburg-Warren Campus, visit

http://www.hindscc.edu/Map_Locations/vk/default.aspx

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