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Why not Hinds? Here are 10 reasons why "yes" Hinds

Posted by Dan Rives on Tue, Aug, 25, 2015 @ 13:08:00 PM

This is a question I typically ask potential student-athletes that are in the recruiting phase of their high school careers.

Why not Hinds?

This is in no way saying that there aren’t other options out there that are of high quality, but in a non-biased way (or maybe just a bit biased), I feel that Hinds is THE best option out there in the state of Mississippi in choosing a community college.

Here are just 10 reasons (in no particular order) as to why I feel this way, mainly from an athletic-minded point of view:

1. Phil Bryant (pictured below), the Governor of the state of Mississippi, is a Hinds graduate. The face of our state still speaks glowingly of his time spent here.


2. Philip Gunn, the Speaker of the House for the state of Mississippi, sent his twin sons, Andrew & Alex, to Hinds to be student-athletes as a part of the baseball program

3. Trell Kimmons (pictured below), a former Hinds All-American, was a silver medalist in the 2012 London Olympics as a part of the 4x100 meter relay team for the United States


4. The Hinds Community College men’s track and field program, led by Reginald Dillon, has claimed 21 national championships since 2005. Meanwhile, the Lady Eagles women’s track and field program, currently led by Dillon and Bill Ferguson before him, has won four national championships since the program was reinstated in 2009

5. The Eagles football program has won 13 Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) state championships, has had more than 50 players selected in the NFL draft since 1987 and are led by Gene Murphy, who is the active wins leader in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) ranks with a 164-66-5 overall record.

6. The Hinds baseball program, led by Sam Temple, has won eight MACJC state championships, including the 2010, 2012 & 2015 titles, along with winning the 2014 Region XXIII championship and playing in the national championship game in Enid, Okla. The 2015 version of Hinds baseball set a school record with 43 wins and spent eight weeks in the No. 1 spot in the NJCAA polls.

(pictured: 2015 Hinds baseball team after winning the MACJC state title)


7. The men’s soccer program, led by Doug Williams, has won nine state championships since 2000, including five consecutive titles from 2004-2008. The Lady Eagles women’s soccer program, headed by Marcille McLendon, has won eight state titles, including seven in a row from 1998-2004.

8. Raymond, the site of our main campus, is roughly 10 minutes away from our state capital of Jackson, and 30 minutes or less from the suburbs and places such as Brandon, Clinton, Madison and Pearl.

(pictured: Raymond Courthouse)


9. Hinds is the largest community college in the state of Mississippi and features six locations: Jackson (two, A/TC and Nursing Allied Health Center); Rankin, Raymond, Utica and Vicksburg. The tuition costs are very affordable and scholarship opportunities abound.

10. Again, this is from an unbiased opinion (slightly), but our campuses and the surrounding facilities are second to none. This goes for both the outside and the inside of the academic and athletic facilities, as well as the sheer beauty of our campuses.

(pictured: Cain-Cochran Hall on the inside)


I could go on and on as to why Hinds would be the best option in choosing a community college, but the better question is: Why not Hinds?

Hinds Adds Three New Agriculture Programs

Posted by Jamie Nash on Mon, Aug, 24, 2015 @ 15:08:00 PM

Hinds Community College offers over 70 Career and Technical Programs for those seeking high-wage, high-skill and high-demand jobs.  From Court Reporting to Graphic Design to Electronics Technology, there is a program for everyone! Career Tech Programs at Hinds are an affordable option if you're considering a career change or just want to gain additional skills that will give you a competitive advantage in the workplace. 

Career Tech program options continue to grow as Hinds Community College adds three new program options under the  Agriculture Food and Natural Resources curriculum for the Fall 2015 semester.  The three program options are: 

  • Precision Agriculture Technology
  • Animal Science Technology (Poultry Option) 
  • Animal Science Technology (Beef Option)
2015-08-24_145827_00001Precision Agriculture Technology:  Recent developments in un-manned aircraft, entomology, plant pathology, and weed science in conjunction with advanced technologies such as remote sensing, global positioning, geographic information systems, and variable rate technology are dynamically influencing agricultural productivity. In addition, the implementation of these technologies can greatly improve environmental quality by reducing the volume of agricultural chemicals applied. The emergence of these technologies has increased the demand for technically trained workers.


2015-08-24_145846_00001Animal Science Technology – Poultry Option:  The Animal Science Technology Poultry Option is designed to provide students with skills in the following areas: poultry management, agribusiness management, basic maintenance technology, and human relations. Specific jobs may include: farm managers, agribusiness managers, agriculture supply representatives, equipment sales, poultry sales, chemical sales, research assistants, soil conservation technicians, food processing supervisors and other entry level management positions.


Animal Science Technology – Beef Option:  The Animal Science Technology Beef Production Option allows students to pursue a variety of agriculture careers. Through this program, students will aquire skills and expereince in: livestock management, agribusiness management, basic maintenance technology, and human relations. Specific jobs may include: farm and ranch managers, agribusiness managers, agriculture supply representatives, equipment sales, livestock sales, chemical sales, research assistants, soil conservation.

Danny Barrett's new release 'HindsCC Agriculture Department adds three classes for Fall 2015'  quoted Dr. Chad Stocks:

“These new Agriculture programs take a unique approach to instruction by using industry driven curriculums that included industry partners at the table leading their development,” said Dr. Chad Stocks, VP of Workforce Development and Coordination of Career/Technical Education. “The classes are hands-on, with field trips to local farms and related agriculture businesses.” Stocks also said that Mississippi-based egg producer Cal-Maine, the nation’s largest producer and marketer of shell eggs, helped form the curriculum and is offering paid internships to students who complete the program. 


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Topics: Career Tech

‘Dynamic duo’ gets Hinds CC Rankin students off on right foot

Posted by Cathy Hayden on Mon, Aug, 17, 2015 @ 12:08:00 PM

The second most exciting day at Hinds Community College — after my favorite event, graduation — is the first day of fall classes in August. We get a lot of fresh, eager — and lost  faces ready to start their educational careers. And it’s “all hands on deck” for the entire college. Everyone does whatever is necessary to help.

In my former life as a newspaper reporter, I spent a considerable amount of time covering the first day of classes in the K-12 realm, a lot of times focusing on the cute kindergarteners or the terrified freshmen.

At Hinds, I have spent the last several years visiting our Rankin Campus, in the county where I live, wielding a camera and notepad.  PR colleagues Danny Barrett Jr. and April Garon handled the first day of classes on the Raymond Campus.

But if you happened to be looking for the “dynamic duo” on Aug. 17, I know where they were and what they were doing — helping new students on the Rankin Campus find their classes.

One half of that duo was our new vice president, Dr. Norman Session, whom we stole from Rankin County schools. Dr. Session oversees two campuses, the Rankin Campus and Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center.  The other half was Jack Hust, director of physical plant for the Rankin Campus.

The two of them spent their morning figuring out where lost students needed to be and helping them get there. They have honed their skills at reading students’ schedules and pointing them in the right direction.

To learn more about our Rankin Campus see the Hinds website at



Kimberly Measels of Brandon, Session and Hust



Hust and Mary Murphree of Brandon



Hust and Caleb Bradford of Pearl



Hust and nursing student Christiaan Presley of Lena



Brooke Barnes of Pearl, physical therapy assisting major, and Session



Hust and Nicholas Attkinsson of Brandon 



Session, Hust and Taylor Kitchens of Brandon


So the moral to this story is this: If you're lost and wondering where to go, come to Hinds' Rankin Campus and somebody there will point you in the right direction.

Topics: Rankin Campus, HindsCC

Say cheese! Oh, wait…not yet

Posted by Danny Barrett Jr. on Thu, Aug, 13, 2015 @ 15:08:00 PM

Got a leak? Call a plumber. Got a broken a/c unit? Call the repairman. Need a photograph taken? Call a photographer.

Weeelllll…..that last part isn’t so simple when your office is in-between full-time staff photographers. An all-day workforce development seminar in which Hinds and other entities participated landed on July 27 – nearly two weeks after we bid former multimedia specialist Melanie Boyd best of luck in the world of modern-day daily newspapers. Interviews for a replacement were incomplete, so that left me, a writing specialist and functional idiot when it comes to pro cameras, as the lone option to cover the event.


With smartphones, life is good. Tap an app, and you get pretty much what you want. Taking pictures on a phone can turn anyone into an expert. That goes double for me, who is simply afraid to press one of the multiple buttons on a Canon EOS Rebel T2i, pictured above. Fear of doing this, of course, is akin to accidentally pressing the nuclear button, or at the very least the fire alarm in one of the buildings here. Staying in one’s element is needed to keep order in the world, no?

I’ll admit my fear was borne of inexperience and the need for training an old journalist needs when the prefix “photo” wasn’t ever in his job title. A decade in daily news with dedicated photographers around most of the time often kept me from operating anything more complex than a small, “point-and-shoot” camera. Those are nice – one main button, stay away from anything shaped like a wheel, and I’m good to go!

On that note, I’m indebted to public relations/photography assistant Tammi Bowles for a quick tutorial the previous Friday on what to press and what not to press on this bulky object. Oh, and making sure the batteries were charged enough. That’s important, too, they tell me. And so is not pressing the “ISO” button instead of the shutter. In my mind, touching anything but the shutter would be like crossing the streams in the original “Ghostbusters” – extraordinarily bad, as Egon would say. Heading into it, I would have volunteered happily to learn how to do purchasing orders with Tammi rather than impersonate a photographer.

Overall, the pictures didn’t look too shabby once I remembered to hook up the flash bar. Zooming in and out presented its challenges, as seen in this weirdly-focused shot of David Campbell, the assistant chief of the Vicksburg Warren School District.   


Ditto for the next two, of Vicksburg Warren Campus Dean Marvin Moak and of Dr. Clay Walden, of Mississippi State. Each is publishable only in the context of showing bad photography.



But, finally, my inner shutterbug buzzed a little louder with some group shots that evolved with each try. Case in point being the group pics of our president, Dr. Clyde Muse, and some event participants and organizers. Kudos to Vice President Colleen Hartfield for asking them to corner themselves for a few seconds for this novice’s sake.



Alas, my days as the staff photographer, already numbered, ended later that week with the hiring of April Garon. She’s quite the capable multimedia specialist with whom I’ll team to bring events at Hinds to life. I’ll stick to painting pictures with words; it’s what I do best.

In the meantime, I’m all in favor of a PDI session on photography. You could even call it Photography for Dummies, in the spirit of the popular series of how-to manuals. There, I’m sure I’ll figure out what all those symbols on the gear wheel mean. Be gentle with me, I’d ask the moderator, as I learn best by making mistakes first.

It’s one instance where the photographer and not the subject had to worry about breaking the camera.


Full Circle

Posted by Laura Stevens on Wed, Aug, 12, 2015 @ 12:08:00 PM

There are many things that the phrase “come full circle” can represent… It can be something in your personal life, something you see in your children, or something that happens in your career. For me, it has happened in my career. Let me tell you a little bit about me.


I began college aspiring to be a graphic designer, and study art. In my first semester in college, in a general “Intro to Art” class we had a guest speaker who scared me to death thinking, “I can’t ever make it as a graphic designer.” He warned of how competitive the market was, and explained how you have to be really good to make good money. After that one speaker, I decided to pursue Art Education. Somewhere along the way the “Education” part was going to delay graduation, so I dropped it, and finished from Mississippi College in “Studio Art”. Now what was I going to do with that? I worked here and there, but never gave up my graphic designer dream. I got a job as an intern at an advertising agency and I was sold! So after that year of wandering, I decided to really pursue studying it and I heard that Hinds Community College has a great Graphic Arts program. So I did it! I visited the program director, enrolled, and even became the student worker. I loved my year at Hinds, and learned so much.


I then traveled the world (literally, I lived in India, where I am in photo above) doing graphic design work here and there, but ultimately came back and settled in Mississippi. I never dreamed I would land a job back at Hinds Community College doing what I love – Graphic Design, but that’s exactly what I’m doing. It hasn’t been direct course, has taken many turns, but I feel like I have really come full circle to doing what I love… graphic design.. at the place where I learned my trade.


So just to encourage you… don’t let a salary dictate what you decide to major in., don’t let someone scare you out of studying something just because it seems hard or impossible Shoot for the stars, do what you love! Life isn’t about money, there will never be enough (sorry if this is breaking news to you!). But you better enjoy what you do everyday, because you’ll spend most of your life doing it! And dream big!

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Game face off...for a moment

Posted by Tracy Duncan on Mon, Aug, 10, 2015 @ 07:08:00 AM

Sometimes the human side of athletics peeks through.

Most sports photos are taken to capture the heat of competition or height of action during an important play or game. But, sometimes, a photo is taken that catches a moment when the coach or player breaks their game face and posture, if only for a moment, to express an emotion they are feeling as a result of a well-executed plan, a victory or moment of frustration or disappointment. And once in a while, a lens is pointed in the direction of that moment.

Take a look at the non-competitive side of sports, game face off:

Elation after a soccer victory.



Pumping up with team spirit before a football game.

Getting clarification from a game official.


Consoling a teammate after a heartbreaking loss.


Grateful for a great play.


Cheering your team to victory.


Happy to get a great hit in a big game.


Just glad to be coaching soccer.


Thrilled to be crowned the undisputed state champions.


Human face on...

Most sports photography focuses on the game action and what most spectators see during a competition. But sometimes, when the game faces come off, a glimpse of the human side of sports reveals itself.


Topics: Hinds Community College Athletics, Hinds CC Eagles

Tips for Avoiding Late Registration

Posted by Jamar McQuarters on Thu, Aug, 06, 2015 @ 14:08:00 PM

Charles Dickens once said that procrastination is the thief of time. For the majority of college students this manifests itself in the form of late registration. From financial aid, living arrangements or class scheduling, students often find themselves scrambling at the semester’s beginning for the things they need to get enrolled. While the onus doesn’t fall squarely one group’s shoulders, this rush leads many people--both students and college faculty--frustrated, irritable and inevitably stressed. Fortunately there are many tips college students can use in an effort to make the college registration process much easier.


Tip #1: Confirm your enrollment status with admissions

Staying on top of your financial aid and enrollment status can save you a lot of unnecessary stress. Colleges offer online portals that you can access which allow you to stay up to date with practically everything regarding your status as a student. Admission offices extend their office hours during the first week of classes for a reason… On the other hand, if you haven't covered the costs for school or decided against taking them you would also need to log into your student portal in order to drop your classes without getting charged for it. Many schools ever offer useful apps that you can download that assist in keeping you up to date with all the latest info regarding school.

Tip #2: Get registered for your classes

This goes without saying, but get in touch with your counselor as soon as possible. Nobody wants to get caught up in lines that extend outside the door while registering for classes. Even if you aren’t sure what you want to major in your counselor can help you schedule classes in a variety of subjects based on your likes and dislikes. Eventually you’ll gain a better feel for classes that you have an affinity for, which would help indicate a field that could be a potential major.shutterstock_78901513

Tip #3: Speak to your professors

Speaking to your teachers allows you to get a better feel for your instructor and what they’ll be expecting of you. It can also facilitate a point of familiarity for students who are trying to adjust to the college. Sure, this can be done when the teacher is passing out syllabi on the first week of classes, but establishing early contact with your instructor allows for more interpersonal communication that wouldn’t always be possible in a classroom setting. Plus, you don’t want to get caught up in the queue of students standing outside the counselor’s office.

Tip #4: Buy your books early

#3 and #4 go hand-in-hand here. If you took the time to get to know your professors or other students, they could give you more information on whether or not buying a book would be necessary for class or point you in the direction where you could locate a cheaper alternative. Getting your books and other essentials before classes start saves a lot of time and hassle. Book prices tend to accumulate quickly and by shopping early you can compare different prices on the items you need and find the best deals that keep you within your budget all while avoiding the long lines. shutterstock_83105218

Tip #5: Create a schedule

This is a very simple tip that many people forego, but can be incredibly useful to helping you stay organized. Put together a weekly plan that maps out all the activities that you need to get done. From the classroom to social events, creating time slots for each of these allows you to create a form of structure that’ll help keep you on pace for what you need to do next.


Each semester comes with its own set of hurdles, but with the right amount of preparation, discipline and guidance, new and current students can manage any hiccups that may occur. By staying on top of everything from registration to final exams, you can navigate each term with ever-increasing ease.

Tips on going back to school as an adult

Posted by Tammi Bowles on Fri, Jul, 31, 2015 @ 16:07:00 PM

I am sure there are many out there, just like me, who have thought about going back to school for a long time. Well I finally did it about a year ago, and could not be happier about my decision. I wrote my first blog about this great challenge back in February, click here to read: http://hub.hindscc.edu/blog/bid/360775/My-Latest-and-Possibly-Greatest-Challenge

This blog will hopefully help someone out there with their own decision about going back to school.       


First things first: Have a goal…it gives you that confidence to take that first step. And we all know, that taking that first step is the hardest. But once you take that first step, there is no turning back! So think about what it is you would like to get a degree in, then talk to a counselor about what it would take to get that degree, then register for that first class. Do what it takes. Fill out a FAFSA form. If you are a single parent like me there is money out there for you to go back to school; you just have to apply. Search for “free money” using online scholarships, but don’t over borrow.

Once you get enrolled, stay focused on that goal. Register early each semester to ensure you get in the classes that you want, and more importantly, need.

Take advantage of night and online classes. For most of us parents with a full-time job, that is our only options. I was really nervous about online classes, but now that I have taken a couple, I really enjoy them.      

shutterstock_245650117_copy         Get your family and friends on board. This one was not hard for me. I have plenty of support from my kids, boyfriend, bosses, co-workers, etc. My kids understand all too well when I have to study instead of making a meal for supper… We have sandwich night way too often. And my boss or my boyfriend are always wanting to know how I did on a test, or what I am studying tonight. It always helps when you actually have to tell someone the grade you got (makes you want to work to get that A.)

Don’t be afraid. It can be really scary going into a classroom and being the oldest one in there. But I have found that we are all there for the same reason, and honestly, after a few classes I just don’t think about whether I am the oldest in the class anymore.

Stay motivated. Whenever I don’t feel like doing homework or going to class, I just picture myself walking across that stage at graduation. Works every time to give me motivation.             


Last, but certainly not least, do it for your kids. If you set an example for your children, they are more than likely to attend college and enjoy the benefits of earning a degree!


Topics: adult student

Busy fall right around the corner

Posted by Dan Rives on Mon, Jul, 27, 2015 @ 07:07:00 AM


The 2015 fall semester at Hinds Community College is chock full of activities, especially in the areas of football and men’s and women’s soccer.

The 2015 football schedule gets under way on Thursday, Aug. 27 in Raymond as Hinds hosts Holmes Community College in a 6:30 p.m. kickoff.

The Eagles will play their opening road and South division game at Pearl River Community College at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10.

The Homecoming game at Hinds will take place on Thursday, Oct. 15 when the Eagles host Jones County Junior College at 7 p.m. in Raymond. The Homecoming contest will also mark the final regular season home game for Hinds.
The Eagles, who finished 5-4 in 2014, will conclude the regular season on Thursday, Oct. 22 at Southwest Community College.

Click on the link to view the complete 2015 football schedule: http://www.hindsccsports.com/schedule.aspx?path=football


The men’s and women’s soccer teams kick off the 2015 campaigns on Wednesday, Aug. 19, as each program hosts Mississippi College at 5/7 p.m. at Tom Shepherd Field in Raymond.

The Lady Eagles and Eagles open North division play versus East Central Community College on Friday, Sept. 4, welcoming the Warriors to Raymond for a 5/7p.m. matchup.

Both teams will wrap up the regular season at Northwest Community College on Tuesday, Oct. 20.

The Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) play-in round and state tournament will follow regular season play.

Click the following links to see the men’s and women’s 2015 soccer schedules:

Men’s - http://www.hindsccsports.com/schedule.aspx?path=msoc

Women’s - http://www.hindsccsports.com/schedule.aspx?path=wsoc

All three of the programs mentioned are represented by an excellent group of young men and women and these coaches and players desperately need our support.

The time and effort that each and every member spends perfecting their craft, outside of their role as a collegiate student, often goes unnoticed. It is up to us as fans and followers of these student-athletes to come out and rally behind them and provide a support system for them.

As a former student-athlete and now coach, I know how beneficial it is and how much it means to see your colleagues and friends take time out of their day to come watch you compete.

They need and deserve your support, so let’s make a concerted effort as a college and fan base to give back to them in this way!

Topics: Hinds Community College Athletics

Hinds’ commitment to wellness continues with new fitness trail

Posted by Cathy Hayden on Wed, Jul, 15, 2015 @ 11:07:00 AM

Since I’ve been working at Hinds Community College, the college has demonstrated a commitment to the health and wellness of employees and students.

Just within a few years, we added two wellness complex facilities (one at Raymond and one at Utica) that are open to not only students and employees but also the community as well. Click here for more information.

We also had the Biggest Loser contests several years for our employees. My co-worker Tammi Bowles won the contest one year.

Since January, the college has been tobacco free at all six locations. That process took several years to achieve but was led by our college wide Associated Student Government.

As a college, we have participated several times in the American Heart Association Heart Walk, raising money but also asking our students and employees to commit to a healthier lifestyle.

One of the recent ventures has been the addition of a fitness trail on the Raymond Campus over the summer.

The one-mile trail encircles the Raymond Campus tennis court and soccer fields and winds through the disc golf course next to Joe Renfroe Stadium.

It opened to the general public in early July and was financed by parts of a $202,000 wellness grant from Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Mississippi. The grant funded other Hinds efforts in 2014-15 aimed at promoting better health choices, including health fairs and nutritional lectures.

Besides the health benefits of walking, the trail has three places where people can work out their muscles doing push-ups, sit-ups and more.


 A handful of people, like counselor Katie Murphy, have already discovered the fitness trail.

I’ve taken a couple walks on it myself, although I would recommend trying it early in the day or late in the day in mid-July or August.



But it does have plenty of shady spots that help relieve some of the scorching heat.


And the gray crushed gravel is pretty comfortable to walk on, much to my surprise.


If you’re committed to a healthier lifestyle and looking for a good place to walk, come join us at Hinds Community College's Raymond Campus.

But maybe not at midday in July!


Topics: wellness, health