Hinds Community College Blog

Overnight Welding- Rankin Campus

Posted by Melanie Boyd on Fri, Mar, 27, 2015 @ 14:03:00 PM


Multimedia Specialist Melanie Boyd visited the Hinds Rankin Career and Technical building to photograph the overnight welding class that is being offered. This program allows students with full-time jobs, families or other day obligations a chance to get a degree or certification in welding.



The overnight welding class lasts from 12 a.m. to 7 a.m. two nights a week. Instructor Delon Dillon Jr. teaches this class. He was taught welding by his father. 






Dillon believes the overnight welding class offers great career opportunites for students who do have other day obligations. 




Welding student Willie English


The class is divided up with some classroom work and then hands on experience with welding. 


Student Valie Slater had no idea the class he signed up for was an overnight class but after he became adjusted he said the class is fun and very informative. 


Student Valie Slater had no idea the class he signed up for was an overnight class but after he became adjusted he said the class is fun and very informative.


Dillon is also a Hinds graduate, earning his associate degree in the field of welding in 1986. 





"I still love welding after 32 years, and I enjoy teaching you men and women in the field of welding!" - Delon Dillon. 

Topics: Career Tech program

Honors Forum talk offers a chance for reflection

Posted by Cathy Hayden on Thu, Mar, 19, 2015 @ 12:03:00 PM

A few weeks ago Hinds Community College Honors instructor Dr. Ben Cloyd invited me to come speak to his Honors Forum class about my previous journalism career at The Clarion-Ledger. This was part of a series of talks by outside speakers on the importance of keeping up with news events.

The Honors Institute is a great program at Hinds especially for those cream-of-the-crop kids who want and need more intellectual enrichment. Led by Debbie McCollum and Dr. Cloyd, those kids get exposed to all kinds of great opportunities.

I felt like it was my duty to say yes, but then I spent the next week obsessing about it. Like a large portion of the population, I have a feeling of dread about any sort of public speaking. Maybe it’s because I spent six years in speech therapy as a child. Or maybe it’s because of that high school debate when I was asked if I agreed with the “status quo” and pretty much broke down in front of everyone because at the tender age of 14 I didn’t know what the term meant. (I said yes when I should have said no.)

At any rate, I typically go to great lengths to avoid speaking in front of a group that is larger than three or four.  I’m a writer, not a speaker. (And right now you may be wondering if I’m either, but I digress.) To my credit, I didn’t plead migraine at the last minute. I thought about what I wanted to say, thanks to the questions Dr. Cloyd provided me with, and I prepared a short hand-out.

It helped that it was a normal classroom in the Honors Center, not a larger lecture hall, and there were only about 18 students and Dr. Cloyd to witness any meltdown I might have. I was somewhat reassured. 

As I began speaking to them, here’s what I thought I might see:




But I found myself a little surprised (I shouldn’t have been) that no one seemed to fidget and they were all looking at me as if they were engaged, not like I had two extra heads. No one appeared to be surreptitiously looking at their phones under the desk.

Here’s what I saw instead:



I was still wondering, however, if those interested-appearing faces were actually good masks and they were off in their heads someplace else. As it turned out, when I finally finished my spiel after about a half hour, they asked really great questions. One student asked how The Clarion-Ledger figures out what goes on the front page. I explained that when I was there news management had two meetings a day to figure that out, one in the morning and one late in the afternoon. And that a mix of stories is usually considered, hard news, breaking news and a nice reader piece.

Someone asked about Brian Williams and they laughed when, after I stumbled around for something coherent to say, I finally just came up with “I think he’s mentally ill.” I probably didn’t score any points, however, when someone asked me about good news sites to go to research a particular topic and I told them I just google and look for credible sources in the list that comes up.

One of the questions that Dr. Cloyd asked me to talk about was my career path and how I got to Hinds. The great thing about venturing out on a talk like this is that it gave me a chance to reflect on that and recall why I’m working at Hinds in the first place. Like a lot of life-changing decisions, there’s not a pat answer.  And it goes back to my time at The C-L.

In the 1980s I was editorial page copy editor at The Clarion-Ledger when The C-L merged with the afternoon Jackson Daily News. Out of that merger, a four-person education desk was created.  The newspapers won a Pulitzer Prize in 1983 for coverage of the Education Reform Act of 1982. From that moment on, I was sold on the value of the media in promoting quality education in Mississippi.

When I applied for a spot on the new education desk, one of the “big bosses” told me he was surprised because I was not writing for the paper at the time. I asked what I could do to further my chances since I was a dark-horse candidate for it. He suggested I write down some my ideas for education coverage.

Well, being somewhat of an overachiever, I took him very seriously. I looked through a lot of other newspapers to see what they were doing. I researched The C-L’s files (the morgue, it was called) to see what we were covering and not covering. I wrote up a several page proposal on how I would structure the education pages and divide coverage. Among other things, I suggested a regular Q-and-A column and argued for covering the 15 community colleges in Mississippi based on the numbers of students they served. I said something along the lines of here is this whole huge public education entity and we have no clue what they’re up to.

As it turned out, I got the position and wound up being assigned the Q-and-A column I proposed, called Ask Cathy, and the community college beat. That’s when I first got to know our president, Dr. Clyde Muse, and really learned about the role of the community colleges in educating Mississippians. When I decided to leave The C-L, I sat back and thought about where I would like to work and who I would like to work for. It turned out to be an easy decision.

If you haven’t figure out by now, I’m a happy camper working at a place whose mission it is to help all kinds of students fulfill their dreams and career goals, from an adult who needs to finish a high school diploma to a high-achieving student like those in Honors who are looking for a little extra intellectual stimulation.

For more information about Hinds’ Honors Institute, contact Debbie McCollum at dpmcollum@hindscc.edu. Or see our web page at http://www.hindscc.edu/admissions/studentlife/clubs/honors/index#gsc.tab=0

Topics: Honors Institute

HBCU like Hinds' Utica Campus draws Californian South

Posted by Jamea Ginyard on Fri, Feb, 20, 2015 @ 09:02:00 AM

I have been dreading this blog post for the longest…time….partially because I didn’t have the slightest idea what I was going to write about.  Should I write about how shopping is my number one love or how I have started going to the gym so I can be beach ready for the summer? 

I decided to write about how this California beauty ended up in the South, staying for a very long time, and working at an HBCU, a Historically Black Community and University, Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus.
blog_2_1653I'm on the far left with some of my Hinds Community College Utica Campus colleagues at a day showcasing our university alma maters.
In California, I was the exception. I wanted to attend an HBCU, I would tell people. “A what?” they would say. Slower I would say… An HBCU, Historically Black College and University. “A what?” they would say again. I found myself explaining to people what would become my normal and explain to them what an HBCU is and why I wanted to attend one after graduation. 
Before African-Americans were allowed to attend many of the top universities and colleges in America, African-Americans had to be educated at colleges and universities founded and taught by people of color. There were some schools in the North and West that allowed African-Americans to attend but many HBCUs weren’t founded until after the American Civil War, so prior to them being open…well… 
Aside from the importance they served in educating African-Americans, my cousin and several track coaches attended one and encouraged me to do the same.
After graduating high school a year early, my twin sister and I separated and went to different colleges — Berkley for her, Alabama A&M University for me.
I had no idea what to expect. I was so sure that I wanted to attend AAMU, I did not make a campus visit. My cousin had attended the school several years earlier, and I was sold on the fact that she loved it so much and had so many wonderful experiences that I was sure I would have the same experiences. And the same wonderful experiences she talked about on the close-knit campus, I had too.
Arriving on campus with a bustling super outgoing personality, I found myself lost among the many Southern Belles who were in no rush to get anywhere fast. My minute consisted of 45 seconds. I was always in a rush to get somewhere, but I wasn’t in California anymore. 
Everything around me moved at a different pace. Time was slower. People were friendly. They waved and spoke to me without knowing my name or anything about me. Scary! We don’t do that in California.
My class sizes were intimate. I was a name and not my Social Security number, unlike my sister. My professors knew my name. I didn’t get lost among the crowd. I found lifetime friends, which really means I communicate with friends from college via Facebook more often than my un-real Facebook friends that I’ve managed to like and friend over the years.
After my time on “The Hill” I moved to Mississippi. I left Alabama without hesitation the same way I had left California years before. Since being here, I have established roots. I am often asked if I would return to California and I give the same reply every time, “No.”  I have found my way to another HBCU, not as a student but as a staffer — Hinds Community College Utica Campus.
The same attributes that I found at AAMU I see here. The students are names and faces. The faculty and staffers care about each other and more importantly, they care about the students. They go the extra mile to ensure students attend class. They work with them. I work with them. They talk to them. I talk to them. They mentor them. I mentor them. The same things I received in college, I find myself giving to the students here on the Utica campus.
What a jewel this HBCU is. There are so many awesome things happening on the campus it is hard to believe that people aren’t clamoring to get here in some capacity. There is history in the buildings and so many stories that can be and should be told about this campus. In the middle of nowhere sits a school that is responsible for educating some of Mississippi’s best!  
So, I can’t leave right now, because I have yet to make my mark. In my current role I am in charge of promoting and showing this campus in its best light. I am assisting the vice president and former graduate of this college with ensuring that the legacy and history are shared as she continues to make strides and builder a bigger and stronger campus. I can’t leave Mississippi right now because I am a part of something that is big.   

Topics: Utica Campus, HBCU

Pregame Preparations and Rituals at Hinds CC Athletic events

Posted by Tracy Duncan on Fri, Feb, 13, 2015 @ 13:02:00 PM

Baseball players dancing in the outfield; football players engaged in group huddles or swaying together in the endzone; an infielder applying eyeblack to a catcher's cheek. Not exactly what one expects to see at a college-level athletic competition. Yet, all of these are very important rituals for athletes to prepare their minds and bodies for the intense, competitive effort they are about to exert.

Camaradarie and team spirit are congealed during the pregame rituals, drills and warm-ups executed by our sports teams at Hinds Community College. Pre-competition practice days and strategies are over and it's game day. Now it's time for the warm-up exercises, the ceremonies and perhaps even a superstitious or mind-focusing moment for a few players. 

As the Hinds CC Sports Marketing photographer, I sometimes get to witness and capture, up-close, pre-game moments that the public may see from afar or not at all. So I share here a few photos of preparation, warm-up drills and quiet moments that our athletes use to get their minds and bodies into a competitive team spirit and form, prior to the kick-off, first pitch or tip-off.


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WSvMesa5-29-007A coach's pregame discussion at the NJCAA World Series in Enid, Okla.

SB-HCCvsICC-Pledge020915-7290The National Anthem salute - Softball

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CEB_6620HCCvPRCC-8745Pregame coin toss to determine ball possesion and endzone protection- players facing the designated end zones

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WSMesa2bMay31-382crp Pregame quiet moment shared at the NJCAA World Series - Luke Reynolds (11) and Caleb Upton (34)


My Latest (and Possibly Greatest) Challenge

Posted by Tammi Bowles on Fri, Feb, 06, 2015 @ 15:02:00 PM

This is my first blog, and I should probably mention that writing has never been my favorite thing, but I think I am going to enjoy this one. My name is Tammi Bowles and I am going to tell you about my latest (and possibly greatest) challenge.

I have had many in my time — single mom probably rating at the top — but a year or two ago I realized how close I was to being able to retire from my PR position here at Hinds CC and started thinking what I wanted to do when I retire. I started here when I was 20 as the district photographer and more than 22 years later here I still am.  My position has changed a bit recently to PR/photographer assistant. These new duties have been challenging for me to learn and I have really enjoyed them, but that is still not the latest challenge that I am blogging about.

So you are probably wondering when I am going to get to my point...Well, it hit me one day that maybe it was time to finish college. And there it is, my latest challenge, and maybe the most difficult one yet. I started thinking that if I start now maybe I can have my bachelor’s degree by the time my kids GET to college. So that became my goal! I am not sure if I will make it by the time my oldest is in college, but that’s OK. I will get there, sooner or later.

It didn’t take me long to figure out what I wanted to get my degree in. My first class back after almost 20 years ago was American History. My instructor, Mrs. Brewer, was such a wonderful teacher and was so passionate about teaching that I was inspired almost instantly. A couple of semesters (as a part-time student) later I have no doubt that I want to teach.

My kids (Colby, 13, and Caitlyn, 11) are the reason I want to do this. They have pushed me to study when I didn’t feel like it, or fixed their own supper while I was at night class, or simply said “Mom I am so proud of you for going back to school” (which is far more rewarding than just about anything on this earth!). I want to show them that an education is important, and even though I wouldn’t go back and change anything about my life, I do sometimes regret not finishing the first time around.

I have a ways to go, and am enjoying every moment of it. So keep checking back and I promise to keep you posted on how my latest (and possibly greatest) challenge is going!

 Tammi Bowles

Topics: Hinds Community College, adult student, HindsCC, higher education

Pulling Double Duty: Handling two full-time jobs

Posted by Dan Rives on Fri, Jan, 30, 2015 @ 12:01:00 PM

Throughout our lives, we all face difficulties in our workforce where it seems that we can barely keep our heads above water. Now, multiply this by two and you have the stressful, chaotic, fulfilling and fun life of a Sports Information Director (SID)/assistant baseball coach.

This is Dan Rives and I fill both of these roles at Hinds Community College. This is the first of a two-part series, with the first installment describing my morning (and oftentimes, evening) job as SID. The second installment, which will come at a later date, will deal with my other full-time role as an assistant baseball coach.

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Yes, as noted, this is a stressful and chaotic role, or roles as I should say, but they are both fulfilling and fun as well.

I get to witness first-hand the outstanding athletic abilities of our student-athletes here at Hinds, both from a coverage standpoint in the Public Relations office, as well as serving as an assistant baseball coach for the Hinds baseball team, a powerhouse program that played for the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national championship in Enid, Okla., in 2014.

It would be nearly impossible and much too long of a read if I described to you the wide-ranging things that come across my desk here on a daily basis, but I will condense it down to give you an idea of what goes on here in the PR office.

I usually get to the office a little before 8 a.m. on a daily basis and like all of us, the first thing I do is check my email, which the length varies from day-to-day. During the football season, my Inbox may be filled to capacity with photo requests of action shots, updated rosters, press box requests, etc., as well as invitations to meetings to attend within our campus where we go over all of the pregame, in-game and halftime announcements and goings on for our home football games.

The next thing that I do is check for notifications on the social media outlets for the Hinds CC athletics department. It is part of my duty to update the Hinds current and alumni fan base on all events that are happening right now and in the near future in order to keep our fan following abreast of the many great things that our athletic department does.

Once these two things are taken care of, which both are checked constantly throughout the day and night, it is then on to the constantly changing tasks that I need to take care of, including the handling of our athletics website, www.hindsccsports.com.

The updating and additions to the website could be another full-time job in itself, and I consider this to be our main source of information, so it must be updated and added to on a daily basis. This includes, but is not limited to, rosters, coaches’ bios, staff directory, facilities, releases, schedules, upcoming tryouts, etc., etc.

Fortunately for me, I am able to add high-quality action and headshots of our athletes and coaches due to the work of Tracy Duncan, who works hand-in-hand with me in his role of Sports Marketing/Photography.

The role that he plays for our department is one of long hours and constant movement, as he shoots action photos, as well as team and individual photos of ALL 12 sports both here on the Raymond Campus and of the basketball teams on the Utica Campus of Hinds Community College.

We are able to provide our fan base, and parents especially, with the best action shots around of their children and family members in Hinds attire and on the playing fields and courts.

Another large part of what I do, which is again with Tracy’s help, is the production of media guides for many of our athletic teams. Much like the website, these guides provide our fans with an up-close look at the players and coaches of our teams.

I also spend a major chunk of time on the handling of statistics for each of our sports. Obviously I cannot attend every sporting event, so I get a large amount of help from our coaching staff in inputting these stats on the NJCAA website. In order for our student-athletes to be nominated for individual awards at the conclusion of their competitive seasons, ALL of their stats must be updated on the national site, so as you can imagine, this is a critical item.

I personally attend each and every football game, and have for years, in order for our statistics to be up-to-date and correct, and this can be a daunting task, especially on the nights we travel to the highest and lowest points of the state of Mississippi, meaning we arrive back to the town of Raymond well after midnight on Thursday nights (or should I say Friday mornings).

Once the stats are compiled each week, I will then put them on the NJCAA site and send my nominations for Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) Player of the Week to Blake Long, the SID at Northeast Community College, who compiles them into a file and sends this out to the other SIDs in the league for us to vote on.

As mentioned, I could add a laundry list of other tasks and duties that I come across on a daily basis, some planned, but most unplanned, and items that are asked to be done ASAP, which is a relative term.

I will say this, as busy as this job can sometimes be, it is extremely fulfilling to watch one of our teams here at Hinds come away with a victory. I see the long hours and hard work that each of our players and coaches put forth, so it is nice to see the effort come to fruition.

In the second installment, I will discuss the inner workings of what takes place in an elite college baseball program.

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

Behind the Scenes at The Miss Hinds Pageant 2015

Posted by Melanie Boyd on Fri, Jan, 23, 2015 @ 14:01:00 PM

Five Hinds Community College students competed for the title of Miss Hinds Community College 2015 on Jan. 22. As the multimedia specialist for Hinds, I spent some time backstage with the five contestants - Anney Pearson, Courtney Helom, Kaylee Scroggins, Shaniva Thomas and Maggie Shoultz, who won the title – as they made their final preparations before going on stage.

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In the basement of Cain-Cochran Hall the ladies get ready for the pageant. 

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Contestant Shaniva Thomas getting ready. 

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Contestants prepare for the Miss Hinds Community College 2015 Pageant.


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Kaylee Scroggins has her friends assist with makeup.

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Courtney Helom, who was named most beautiful at the Eagle Beauty Revue, curls her hair before the pageant. 

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Maggie Shoultz contours. 

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Courtney Helom talks with Miss Hinds 2014 Porsha Gatson. 

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Anney Pearson has help getting ready from her little sister. 

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Maggie Shoultz before the pageant begins. 

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Miss Hinds Community College 2014 Porsha Gatson meets with the new contestants to give them encouragement. 

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"I feel like Cinderella." -Anney Pearson 

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Contestants prepare moments before the pageant begins. 

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Kaylee Scroggins performs a jazz routine to Adele’s “Rumor Has It.” 

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Contestant Shaniva Thomas sings Houston & Carey “When You Believe” during the talent competition. 

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Maggie Shoultz is crowned Miss Hinds Community College 2015. 


Topics: Hinds Community College, Raymond Campus, Hinds, Miss Hinds 2015, Miss Hinds Community College, Miss America, Hi-Steppers, Pageants, HindsCC

IT Bits and Bytes: GoodBye! Go.Hinds

Posted by Dianne Allen on Tue, Jun, 03, 2014 @ 10:06:00 AM

Your Go.Hinds file storage is going away.  If you have files stored there that you wish to keep, please save them to your computer hard drive.  This will not happen automatically, you will have to move them.  They can later be uploaded to OneDrive.

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This will happen very soon.  At the time that Go.Hinds disappears, you will not have another chance to save those files and we will not be able to retrieve them.  If you need help in getting your files moved, call the Support Center at 601-857-3344.

Topics: Go.Hinds, OneDrive

Hard work pays off for SEC bound Dennis

Posted by Court Truelock on Wed, Sep, 11, 2013 @ 09:09:00 AM

Throughout Gene Murphy's tenure as head coach the Hinds Community College football program has developed some of the best talent to ever come through the state of Mississippi. Sophomore defensive back Kenya Dennis is a prime example of a player that needed the community college experience to reach the next level.

Dennis was a star on and off the field for Leland High School, a 2A school in a small delta town in Washington County.

"I heard Hinds had a great program my senior year and shortly after that they began to recruit me," said Dennis.

Dennis' position coach during the 2012 season, Chris Mattox, now at Coahoma Community College said, "We recruited Kenya because he was big, physical, and athletic, three things everyone wants in a corner. However, the type of person he is made me believe he would become a future SEC player."

A few months after his freshman season Dennis received a written scholarship offer from University of Missouri and in June of this year, he committed.

"It has always been my dream to play in the SEC," said Dennis. "Head coach Gene Murphy and his staff has done a fabulous job preparing me for the SEC and I cannot wait to go head to head with the best receivers in college football."

"Kenya is a physical freak of nature," said secondary coach Clarence McDougal. "He has tremendous heart, a high motor, and has great knowledge for the game."

Topics: Hinds Community College, Football, Sports, Facebook

It's that time again!

Posted by Megan Ware on Tue, Sep, 10, 2013 @ 08:09:00 AM

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Well yall, its that time again! School is back in session.

How was everyones summer? Mine was pretty amazing!! I managed to get alot done, but also enjoy the bright sun and cold swimming pools and lakes. I have now made it through my second week in new classes, and a new campus with new faces! I started at Hinds in Raymond last semester, but am taking classes on the Rankin campus now. I must say the Rankin campus is alot different than Raymond in many ways!

Luckily, all of my classes are in the same building for my busy days, and classes on my shorter days are the only ones in a different building. It would have been very stressful trying to walk or drive from building to building for my next class considering they are all back to back. At Raymond, all the buildings were close enough to walk-but not here!

Although I really like this campus, I do miss the cafeteria food at Raymond everyday (as weird as that sounds). Another thing I miss is all the new friends I made at the Raymond campus, but I am slowly making more new friends here at Rankin campus as well.

I hope everyone had an enjoyable summer and I wish the best for your school year at Hinds!


Topics: Hinds Community College, Student Life, Rankin Campus