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Baseball's Tenth Man - Poncho

Posted by Tracy Duncan on Wed, Jul, 01, 2015 @ 16:07:00 PM

Hinds baseball team good luck token performs well in post-season for past three years: retired in Eunice, La.:


The Hinds Community College baseball team has had three very successful years. Most would say the college's players, coaches and recruiting effort had the most to do with this. However, if you ask the baseball players, some might say they've had a little help from a friend. Poncho. 

Poncho is a little guy who's had a big position on the Hinds baseball field, getting more field time than most of the players. For the past three years, his position has been just off first or third base. And, according to Eagles players, has affected the pitching of opposing teams for three seasons.

You see, Poncho is a little, plastic, Mexican toy soldier that watched the backs of the Hinds pitchers and players, while adding adversity to the opposing pitchers - plastic weapon trained on the pitcher's mound during the games. He was introduced to the baseball team by former Hinds player Brian Mills during the 2013 baseball season, according to Hinds' Randy Bell, current National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II All-American first team pitcher and National Pitcher of the Year. Bell has been the caretaker of Poncho the last two years and he and Poncho have had a great relationship. Bell saw to it that Poncho made it to all the important games, and Poncho made sure Bell had a perfect season in 2015 with 12 wins and 21 career wins which ties him for the school record with former big leaguer Pat Rapp (1986-1987) among many other honors (see http://sports.hindscc.edu/news/2015/6/9/BB_0609151354.aspx)


Poncho saw Hinds through many great rallies and wins during his time at Hinds. Sadly, he was retired after the final Hinds game of the season during the Region 23 tournament in Eunice, La. this season.


Some baseball teams put on rally caps or exercise time-honored baseball traditions in hopes of a come-from-behind win. The Hinds Community College Eagles baseball team had Poncho to watch their backs for three victorious and record-setting years. 

Thank you, Poncho! You helped immensely.

Topics: Hinds CC Eagles, Hinds CC baseball

Top 10 things I love about working at Hinds Community College:

Posted by Tammi Bowles on Thu, Jun, 25, 2015 @ 16:06:00 PM

No.10 The fact that I get to see students succeed. Over the last 23 years I have been to too many graduations to even count, and it never gets old seeing a student who has endured hardships and made it to graduation!


                                                                                     Mindy Mullins and I at her graduation.

After each graduation that I worked at, I would leave and say to myself “I have got to go back and finish my degree.” But between work, kids and life it took me a while to actually do it. As of last year I am a part-time student here at Hinds and hope to be able to go to my graduation sometime next year then move on to working on my BA.

No.9 Every day is different. OK, this might be stretching the truth a bit because there are some days, like in the dead of summer when no students are here that can be, shall we say, routine. But most days it is interesting. A simple phone call to the PR office (where I work) can change my whole work day!

No.8 The people who work at Hinds. No matter what you need or where you go, I truly believe that Hinds has some great employees. Not only in my department, but all across the district, we know how to have fun.






                                                                                                                                        Dr.Clyde Muse

Most all employees (teachers, administration and staff) are passionate about what they do, plain and simple! Being a student again, I have loved every single teacher that I have had this past year and if I had to pick a favorite, it would be really hard.

No.7 Living in faculty housing. I did a blog on this one recently, so if you would like details, just go to the following link- http://hub.hindscc.edu/blog/faculty-housing-is-truly-a-family-neighborhood

No.6 Helping students. Whether it is a lost student on the first day of classes or a returning student who has no idea how to buy a yearbook, I truly love helping them any way I can.

No.5 The fact that my kids will be able to go here for free. Yes that’s right, full-time employees’ children, seeking a degree or certificate, are eligible for a tuition waiver. That is going to be great!


                                                                            Colby and Caitlyn

No.4 Free tuition for employees for one class every semester (fall and spring only.) This one is pretty self-explanatory and I could kick myself for not taking advantage of it all these years.

No.3 The fact that I have worked in my department longer than anyone else. This one might sound strange, but I love being the one that others in my department come to and ask questions that they assume I can answer … because I have been here so long. It makes me feel a tad bit special!

No.2 The friendships that I have made that will last a lifetime.

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Me, Ron Walker, Jarrod Ravencraft and Harriet Laird                            Jennifer Hydrick Gibson

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Melanie Boyd                          Lauren Cook

No.1 This one is real simple… Because it has become a huge part of my life. Don’t get me wrong, I do not love my job every single day (that would just be plain weird), but I do love Hinds Community College. And over the years I have realized that if you don’t love what you do and where you work, you will be miserable every single day. I think this quote sums it up: “If you have to support yourself, you had bloody well better find some way that is going to be interesting.” - Katherine Hepburn

Topics: adult education,

Randy Bell leaves his mark on Raymond

Posted by Dan Rives on Fri, Jun, 19, 2015 @ 11:06:00 AM


As I mentioned in my two previous blog posts, I have two jobs here on the Hinds Community College campus. I currently serve as the college’s Sports Information Director, as well as an assistant coach with the Hinds baseball program.

It is in these two roles that I am fortunate to be around an amazing group of young men and women that inspire me and the coaches in our athletic department to give their best on a daily basis.

One of these particular student-athletes, Randy Bell, will always have a special place in my heart and of everyone who has come in contact with him. I’m not just talking about those affiliated with our baseball program, but of everyone here on campus and opposing teams and coaches alike.

I have had numerous coaches from two-year and four-year colleges come up to me and tell me how impressed they were with how Randy conducted himself on the field and in the dugout, without me even bringing up his name in conversation.

Randy was recently named the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA)/Spalding Baseball Division II Pitcher of the Year (http://bit.ly/1d19o0r), as well as being chosen as an NJCAA First-Team All-American (http://bit.ly/1LhJ0vb), but his story and what he has meant to our college goes way beyond these two honors.

He came to Raymond from Centreville Academy in Woodville, where he was a three-sport standout in baseball, football and track and field. When he signed with Hinds in January 2014, we were expecting him to come in and contribute as both a position player (infielder and outfielder) and as a right-handed pitcher, but we never foresaw the type of career that he would end up having on the mound for us.

Not only did he win the aforementioned awards, but he had 12 wins on the mound as a sophomore in 2015 and nine wins as a freshman in 2014. The 21 career wins ties him for the school record for wins with former big leaguer Pat Rapp (1986-1987).

The 21 wins played a huge role in our baseball program winning the 2014 Region XXIII baseball tournament and playing in the NJCAA national championship game, as well as helping the Eagles to a 43-7 record and a Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) championship, the program’s eighth all-time, in 2015.

He was also the male recipient of the Eagle Award of Hinds, given to the student-athlete with the highest achievements in the classroom, community and on the playing field, after finishing with a 3.86 GPA. For this, he was a member of Phi Theta Kappa and was selected to Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges.

Due to his success on the field and for his prowess in the classroom, Randy will continue his academic and athletic career next season at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Ala.


I could continue to list all of the accolades that Randy has received during his two years in Raymond, but this blog is more about the type of young people that we are currently attracting to our college.

I’m sure each coach in our 12 athletic programs could write about a particular student-athlete that has touched them in the same way. I am currently writing about Randy because all of his accomplishments are fresh on the minds of those who follow Hinds athletics.

His impact on the lives of those who around him can be best described by this recent tweet from Marcille McLendon, head coach of the Hinds women’s soccer program:

"This is one of my favorite students in all my years of teaching. He loves his teammates and God. #proud"

This entire school will miss Randy’s impact next year, and I hope you had the opportunity to meet him while he was here. For those of you who will read this, I encourage and challenge you to engage and interact with the students that we have on our campus during the short time that they are here.

I am as guilty as anyone of taking for granted how good we have it here in that we work on a beautiful campus with really good people. We tend to fall into our daily duties and sometimes lose track of why we are really here, and that is to foster the growth of the students here with us now.

We can have a huge impact on their lives, but they can have the same type of effect on us.

Randy Bell is a shining example of just one of many of the type of quality young people that we have here that come from great families and will go on to be huge successes in their lives one day.

Please take time today to let them know how much you appreciate them!


Topics: Hinds Community College Athletics, Hinds CC Eagles, Hinds CC baseball

Breaking Community College Stereotypes

Posted by Jamar McQuarters on Thu, Jun, 18, 2015 @ 13:06:00 PM

Every year millions of students seek to further their education at an institution of higher learning. From researching potential schools to the first day of class, each one of us is undoubtedly faced with a set of concerns. They can include, but are not limited to:community college stereotypes

  • Tuition
  • Financial Aid
  • Program Offerings
  • Housing
  • Job Outlook

Not only that, but community college stereotypes are in no short supply. Anyone mentioning attending a 2-year college are sometimes met with a response of ridicule, confusion or both! Recent trends indicate a growing shift in public perception of community colleges, but the stigmas surrounding them still remain. Here, we’ll explain some of the myths and bring a bit more clarity to them.

Stereotype #1: A community college degree is not as valuable as a university degree.

In today’s economy, more and more employers are looking to hire applicants, not based on college attended, but on applicable job skills. The metrics of standardized test scores and club affiliations, while still noteworthy accolades, are no longer the benchmarks of a qualified applicant. Employers take into account your entire body of work from your job experience, places you’ve interned at, previous volunteer history, and, of course, the practical skills you can bring to the company. Community college grads have the distinct advantage of entering the workforce with a degree or continue to further their education at a university.Many of the most in-demand jobs require only a 2 year degree.

Stereotype #2: Students attend community colleges because they didn’t get into a university.

This is a large misconception that couldn’t be further from the truth. Students are more price-savvy, progressive and meticulous than in years past when making decisions. Factors such as: tuition hikes, financial aid cuts, program offerings, etc. also affect a student’s choice of college. While these factors affect nearly all schools of higher learning, community colleges offer students lower tuition rates than universities and can save students from a life long repayment of student loan debt. Students at HindsCC get more personal attention because of smaller class sizes and because 6 locations are available, students can learn close to home - in a dorm, by commuting, or even online!

Stereotype #3: Transferring from a junior college to a university is a hassle.

Most universities have their own requirements for enrollment. This can make it difficult for a student to transfer into a particular university if all the prerequisites aren’t met beforehand. Community colleges, such as Hinds Community College, have  agreements with universities, which allow students to continue work towards their bachelor’s degree at a 4 year school with core credits that transfer easily.Hinds works with all Mississippi colleges and universities to create a seamless transition between the community colleges and universities.

Stereotype #4: Success is much harder to obtain after attending a community college.

Since the inception of community colleges, many people have attended them and gone on the achieve success in a multitude of ways. A short list of a few notable attendees include:

community college stereotypes
  • Halle Berry
  • Gwendolyn Brooks
  • David Chu
  • Eileen Collins
  • James Dean
  • Walter Elias Disney
  • Clint Eastwood
  • Tom Hanks
  • Teri Hatcher
  • Jim Lehrer
  • George Lucas
  • Sarah Palin
  • Nolan Ryan
  • John Walsh

Stereotype #5: Community colleges lack a variety of program options.

In addition to the traditional academic programs, community colleges offer students the opportunity to take on a career or technical program of their choice. They work alongside employers to determine which skills are necessary in a shifting economic landscape and create degree and certificate programs in order to meet those needs. Programs like Geographic Information Systems, Unmanned Aircraft Systems, or Telecommunications Technology take emerging technologies and utilize them in a classroom setting, thereby enabling future graduates to enter the workforce with the applicable knowledge necessary.

The stereotypes that have long been associated with community colleges are dissolving because of the employment opportunities that are high-paying and in-demand that only require a 2 year degree. HindsCC offers many programs to get students in the workforce faster, which equals higher pay in a short amount of time. It’s always important that you do your due diligence whether you’re a student or parent, and with the amount of information available it’s easier for you to make an informed decision regarding college choice.


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Topics: College Students

Vicksburg Gateway to College Graduation Reception

Posted by Melanie Boyd on Thu, Jun, 11, 2015 @ 15:06:00 PM

Thirteen students  walked across a stage last month as the first graduates at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus of the Gateway to College program, which is geared to minimize dropouts from high school.

Below are photos taken during the reception on May 22nd where graduates were awarded and recognized for their accomplishments.




Those completing the Vicksburg Gateway to College program were: Deonna Roniece Allen, Haley Breelynn Carson, Caleb Daniel Christmas, Tre’Vion Ja’Quae Samuel Ellis, Sherika Renee Guise, Sherrell Michelle Lee Kelly, Meghan Elizabeth Marbury, Lakeithia Jenise McDaniel, Colby Stewart Miller, Mark Lee Trevillion, Curtis Lee Valentine and Regina, Lasha Valentine.














Topics: Gateway to College, Vicksburg-Warren Campus

Ten Things Hinds Students Should Do This Summer

Posted by Jordan Mitchell on Tue, Jun, 09, 2015 @ 11:06:00 AM

Congratulations students, you did it! You’ve finished all your projects, taken all your final exams, and have finished the school year. The summer break you’ve been waiting for is finally here, and you deserve it!


Summer should be fun and relaxing, but it can also be a great chance to gain experience and take part in activities that further your potential to be an outstanding student and eventually become a great employee. Here’s 10 things that every Hinds student should do this summer. 

1) Take an online class.

This is a great idea for students. Taking an online class keeps your mind sharp during the summer time and also keeps you on track to graduate on time. Our online classes at Hinds Community College are low cost, and very convenient. Want more information on Hinds Elearning? Click here!

2) Make sure your registration is taken care of for the fall semester. 

Nothing is worse than not knowing your schedule on the first day of classes. This can result in missing a day of class! Make sure this doesn’t happen to you. Take care of fall registration and memorize your schedule well in advance! 

3) Email your professors. 

Take some time to reach out to your professors and make a good first impression. Let them know your name, and ask them if there is anything you need to know prior to the first day of class. This will help you be prepared and know exactly what’s going on when you enter the classroom! 

4) Apply for an Internship. 

Getting an internship in the field you are studying is a great way to build connections! It will be a great opportunity to establish yourself as a professional and gain valuable work experience outside of the classroom! 

5) Travel.

As I mentioned earlier, summer is a well-deserved break! Take a week or two and explore places you’ve never been. This is a great chance to relax, clear your mind, and just enjoy a vacation! 


6) Build your portfolio. 

Don’t have a portfolio? That’s fine, but start building one now! This will be a great resource for you to show your skills and accomplishments to future employers. It could be the key ingredient to landing your first job after college!

7) Learn a new skill. 

Summer break usually brings a good bit of downtime. Why not use this downtime to be productive? Whether it’s something logical or recreational, learn something that will help you be a better student this fall! 

8) Think about ways you can get involved at Hinds this upcoming year. 

Hinds offers many ways to get involved on campus. ASG, Phi Theta Kappa, Hinds Connection, Hi-Steppers, and Intramurals are just a few of many opportunities for our students to get involved on campus. This a great way to be successful this fall! 

9) Volunteer. 

This looks great on a resume, but will also help you grow as a person. Volunteering for charity organizations, disaster relief efforts, and just helping people in general is a great way to spend some time this summer.  You will see as you impact others; you will most definitely impact yourself!

10) Have FUN! 

Summer is meant to be fun. It is meant to be a break. It is meant to be relaxing. Take a vacation, go on a road trip, and spend time with friends. These few months are about finding that perfect balance to rest while staying productive. If you follow these tips, I’m sure this can be the best summer of your life! 





Online Degree Options in MS

Posted by Jamie Nash on Fri, Jun, 05, 2015 @ 15:06:00 PM

Virtual and online courses are becoming more and more popular for those who need an education "on-the-go" that is flexible and self-paced. It can be a little scary if you're just starting to look for different online degree options in Mississippi, so here is a little background information about MSVCC and how it all works: 


Did you know there are fifteen community and junior colleges in the state of Mississippi? Dr. Eric Clark, the Executive Director of the Mississippi Community College Board, states “Mississippi’s fifteen community and junior colleges provide the opportunity for an excellent education at a low cost for hundreds of thousands of our citizens... [We offer] university-track academic classes, career and technical skills, workforce education directed toward specific jobs, as well as adult basic education and GED preparation.” www.sbcjc.cc.ms.us/aboutus  

These fifteen community and junior colleges comprise the Mississippi Virtual Community College that offers more than 2,500 online courses, making it easier than ever to get the education necessary to have a successful career in Mississippi or wherever you want to live! The office of eLearning (a division of the MS Community College Board) works with Mississippi Virtual Community College (MSVCC) to ensure workforce training is offered. They work with all fifteen community colleges in Mississippi—including support services, technology, and faculty—to ensure distance learning resources are effectively executed.  


Mississippi Virtual Community College's mission statement: “...to provide educational opportunities to constituencies who live within the various community and junior college districts in Mississippi." MSVCC is able to accomplish this by providing classes through advanced technologies.  These technologies (or virtual classrooms) provide access to an education for those individuals who can't attend traditional classes on a community college campus (msvcc.squarespace.com).  So what are the advantages of these "virtual classrooms" and how can they help you? Here are just a few reasons online classes are on the rise: 

  • It's flexible. The ability to learn anywhere, and on your own time, can be valuable when you're juggling work, family or both.

  • Say good-bye to office hours. Online classes allow students to interact regularly with professors and classmates remotely. 

  • Live anywhere. You can still take classes and live in a totally different state. 

Hinds Community College offers nearly 500 online classes every semester through Mississippi Virtual Community College (MSVCC)—all accessible from any computer with an internet connection. Because Hinds Community College works closely with MSVCC, our students have an extensive selection of courses to choose from in order to accomplish their education objectives.

Keri ColeDean of E-Learning at Hinds Community College—commented “We are thrilled to see the traditional walls of higher education becoming easier for our students to climb.  Online learning is opening doors for students who would never have had the opportunity to seek a higher education before.  It allows our students to reach their goals while still balancing their life’s responsibilities.” For additional information, please visit our website:  HCC eLearning

Hinds Community College is Accredited by Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation, Member of Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges, Member of Mississippi Association of Colleges, Member of American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, and a Member of Mississippi Virtual Community College (MSVCC)... so you know you are getting a quality education when you come to Hinds!


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Topics: elearning

New MI-BEST program offers hope as well as job training

Posted by Cathy Hayden on Fri, Jun, 05, 2015 @ 14:06:00 PM



That’s what my boss, Colleen Hartfield, called a group of 18 folks in a new program at Hinds Community College called MI-BEST.

These people don’t have high school diplomas. But they have a strong desire to learn a job skill. They’re enrolled in a pilot project through the end of June in either culinary arts, welding or drafting and design at the same time they’re working on their reading and math skills toward earning a GED.

At a day-long meeting on the Raymond Campus, they participated in Challenge Course exercises at Eagle Ridge Conference Center….




And they heard tips from Gay Saxon, director of Training at Eagle Ridge,  on appropriate luncheon etiquette.


While they were at lunch, our president Dr. Clyde Muse took some time to sit down at talk to them about how revolutionary this project is.

One of the students was impressed he was there. “I’m so glad to see him,” she said.



Dr. Muse told them as he looked around the room that he wondered: “What is this special life circumstance in this case? What is the story here?”

Then he shared the story of his own humble beginnings as a boy who milked cows at 4 a.m. to pay for community college.

“The thing I’m so proud of you for is you’re seizing the opportunity. You can prepare yourself to take advantage of opportunities that come your way by being successful in this program,” he said.

Working at a community college I get the chance to hear all kinds of stories from people about why they are here. My favorite event to cover each year is graduation. I admit, I gravitate to the people who look as if they are nontraditional students – you know, those with gray hair or a wrinkle or two.

They’re usually the ones who have the great stories to tell about why they are here, often saying one reason is to be a role model for their children.

At the beginning of the meeting that day, a colleague and I shared stories about how our graduate programs were going – all that reading and reading we have to do. But underneath it all we’re both appreciative of the opportunity to further our education.

I’ll bet, however, our appreciation didn’t match that of the 18 people who are part of our new MI-BEST program.

Trailblazers, every one of them.

For more information about MI-BEST, contact Dr. Robin Parker @ robinann.parker@hindscc.edu.


Topics: Hinds Community College, Hinds CC, MI-BEST

When critters invade...

Posted by Danny Barrett Jr. on Fri, May, 29, 2015 @ 15:05:00 PM

Spring is usually a time for blue skies, green grass and maybe a little orange or yellow from hints of the barbecue chicken or hot dogs you might have eaten on Memorial Day.

But, in Mississippi, every few springs mean the appearance of a little red – the beady red eyes of the 13-year cicada, that is.

Yes, the birthplace of the blues and farm-raised catfish also boasts of the most populous cicada population in the United States, say state entomologists. Cicadas in the U.S. come in two broad varieties, one up north that’s on a 17-year life cycle and another down here on a 13-year cycle. Just three “broods”, in this case, types of cicada within the North American genus, of the 13-year variety exist in the world. And Mississippi is the only state where all three broods occur, according to an update published in March by the Mississippi State Extension Service and written by Blake Layton, an entomologist with the extension. The Magnolia State is home to “Brood XIII” (yes, these things are Roman-numerated like the Super Bowl) which emerged in much of the state’s western half. Each brood takes 13 years to complete a generation, but each of these three broods is on a different emergence schedule, Layton wrote.

Myself, I’m not afraid of these awkward-flying members of the insect world. Decades of research says they don't usually use the same tubular mouthpart they use to suck sap from a tree to bite a person, which is a good thing. I’m not much into pain and swelling! I can’t say the same for many of my co-workers, who went running at the sight and shivered at the thought of too many of these things in big numbers.

On and around the Raymond Campus, the sights, sounds and reactions to them were unmistakable. It began May 6 at the Golf Fun Fest at Eagle Ridge Golf Course, when I saw the first winged oddity of the season. It interrupted my conversation with multimedia specialist Melanie Boyd as festivities begin, causing her to panic a bit. That one's pictured below, and, judging from the lazy wing, is lucky it landed anywhere.


Evidence of the cicadas was everywhere at Eagle Ridge, mostly by the hundreds of small holes seemingly drilled in the hard grounds away from the golf course. This is where the insect emerges from life underground for 13 years, all the while feeding on tree sap.

Later, as Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson, vice president for the Vicksburg-Warren and Utica campuses, perused the event’s raffle items, they made their presence known again. A pair of cicadas landed opposite one another on a wooden bench near a gas grill being raffled off. The professional campus veep could only muster a concerned, puzzled face at the two insects, who appeared to re-create a stare-down from a Western movie.


The low hum of the cicada’s mating call – the result of the insect contracting its muscles to bend noise-making tymbals on each side of its abdomen – continued the following night as Hinds hosted the MACJC baseball tournament. Eagles spread their wings on the diamond nicely that evening as Meridian was vanquished, 6-2. But, the cicadas owned the night. Here’s a pic I managed between groups of people leaving after the final out. They know how to avoid a foul ball, evidently.


Brood XXIII’s spread this season isn’t limited to Mississippi. Researchers say the gray-bodied, golden-winged insects will be seen this year in much of the Lower Mississippi River system north into Indiana. It’s likely to be a region full of people mimicking longtime PR employee Tammi Bowles’ assessment of the natural phenomenon – “kinda freaky and scary – and so loud!”

A quick postscript to this creepy-crawly blog. I’d much rather encounter a cicada than one of these wee beauties below. Got two of these menacing yellow jackets in my apartment in the span of a week. These things pack a sting that can ruin your weekend, I’m told. One thing’s for sure – it’ll be a while before I can watch one of those killer insect movies from the 1970s again.


Topics: Hinds Community College, Hinds CC

Career Tech Programs from A to Z: Recap

Posted by Cindy West on Thu, May, 28, 2015 @ 14:05:00 PM


So, here’s where our journey has gone as we explored CTE FROM A TO Z on the Raymond Campus!  Agribusiness Management, Architectural Engineering, Automotive Machinist, Automotive Technology, Automotive Vehicles and Accessories Marketing, Aviation Maintenance, Barber/Stylist, Biomedical Engineering Technology,  Brick_Block and Stonemasonry, Collision Repair, Commercial Truck Driving, Computer Programing, Computer Network Support, Court Reporting ( Broadcast Captioning, CART, Steno Machine, Voice Writing), Diesel Equipment Technology, Electronics Technology, Electrical Technology,  Engineering Drafting and Design, Fashion Merchandising, Graphic Design Technology , Graphic and Print Communications, Heating and Air Conditioning, Industrial Maintenance, Interpreter Training,  Landscape Management, Land Surveying, Machine Tool, Marketing Management, Meat Merchandising, Office Systems Technology,  Paralegal Technology, Residential Carpentry, Small Engine and Turf Equipment Repair, Small Engine and Equipment Repair Power Sports, Veterinary Technology and last but certainly not least Welding

The facts about career and technical education……

Making a decision about going to college can be very difficult. Trying to figure out what types of careers you are interested in can be overwhelming. Maybe you are already working and you are thinking about going back to school to get a certificate to help you advance in your current career field. Maybe you are thinking about changing careers all together. Whatever your decision is, take the time to research the facts.

Knowledge is power…..

We’ve looked a lots of CTE programs in the past months but you need to continue to dig for the facts. Education is expensive!  Take time to research the job market and job growth in your career field. For example, if you are interested in agricultural related careers, use the tools and resources below to find out the job growth for a career in that area.  You may also use Career Coach which may be found on the Hinds Community College website. 

ISEEK Skills Assessment This assessment lets you rate yourself on 35 different skills and then see which occupations are a match for the skills that are important to you. Everyone has things that they love to do and skills they like to use.

My Skills, My Future Enter the title of your current or past job and you'll receive a list of careers that match your skills. You'll even be able to see current job openings in your city, a typical hourly wage and what type of training is required for the job. It's that simple.

My Next Move My Next Move is an interactive tool for job seekers and students to learn more about their career options. The site has tasks, skills, salary information, and more for over 900 different careers. Users can find careers through keyword search; by browsing industries that employ different types of workers; or through the O*NET Interest Profiler, a tool that offers personalized career suggestions based on a person's interests and level of work experience.

One final thought……

So I was thinking what do you want to be when you grow up…..doctor, lawyer, professional athlete, teacher or a nurse? Have you ever thought about being an auto mechanic, biomedical technician, land surveying technician or machinist?  Hopefully after exploring opportunities in this blog series the answer is YES!!!  These are just a few of the highly skilled careers out there that require a career certificate, a technical certificate or a two year AAS degree versus a bachelors, masters or doctorate degree.  

CTE from A to Z offered a look into highly-skilled, highly-paid career options that are available to you at Hinds Community College in the Career and Technical Education division on the Raymond campus. Keep watching as we explore some of the Career and Technical programs exclusive to the other campus locations at Hinds Community College. 

Topics: Career/Technical Program