Jacob Alumbaugh has mad skills with a leaf blower that won him a chance for a prize at Hinds Community College’s Career Exploration Day.
His task at Hinds’ Landscape Management Technology display: use a leaf blower to navigate a golf ball through a maze into a bulldozer bucket in the least amount of time. The task was made more interesting because the leaf blower was virtually soundless.
“I did have a lawn mowing service for a while,” admitted Alumbaugh of Brandon, a senior at Hartfield Academy in Flowood.
He is planning to enroll at Hinds Community College to major in agribusiness. “I’ve been a farmer for the past four years. I’ve fallen in love with it. I want to continue doing what I love,” he said.
Alumbaugh was among more than 1,200 Jackson-area middle and high school students who went to the Career Exploration Day at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus to learn about potential careers and programs that lead to those careers.
Not only were Hinds programs from across the district well represented but also showcasing careers was an array of business and industry, including sponsors Baptist Health Systems, Stribling Equipment and Empire Trucking.
Brian Staley, an instructor in Hinds’ Emergency Medical Sciences program, used a mannequin with a serious leg wound to show Florence eighth-grader Taylor McBay how to use pressure to stop bleeding.
“Health care is a great place to be. This is a great curriculum,” he said.
Clinton Christian Academy junior Charsity Ammons of Byram spent some time exploring the Marketing Management Technology booth with the help of Rankin Campus chair Jane Foreman.
She plans to start her college career at Hinds and then “I’ll probably go to a four-year college.”
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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Cathy Hayden is a 30-year career journalist with a bachelor's degree in journalism and English from the University of Mississippi and a master of theological studies from Spring Hill College in Mobile. Hayden, who covered education at The Clarion-Ledger for 17 years, came to Hinds Community College in January 2007.