Old dogs can learn new tricks

Posted by Tracy Duncan on Tue, Sep, 13, 2016 @ 14:09:00 PM


Hinds Community College classes can enhance your life.


"I'm too old to go back to school." "You can't teach an old dog new tricks." "My mind can't learn anything new."

These are things many people say or think when considering taking a class or going back to school. And they are all incorrect - just excuses for not stepping out of a comfort zone and continuing to learn. An old or even slightly aging dog can learn new tricks - a person is never too old to take a college class or two. Sure, it may require stepping out of one's comfort zone, but doing so is well worth the effort and time. I know this from personal experience.

I've taken a variety of classes at Hinds CC over the past 17 years since  I've been employed on the Raymond Campus and have been greatly rewarded. Braving the insecurity of being outside my comfort zone to enroll in drawing, ceramics, classical guitar or collision repair courses has allowed me opportunity to learn new skills as well as gain a sense of accomplishment. 

I once took a drawing class under a very talented Hinds CC art instructor, Randy Minton, where I drew my own hand in the Texas Longhorns Hook'em sign.


Then there were my collision repair courses with Ovid Vickers, a program that led me to a Hinds associate's degree. My 1965 Mustang and 1955 Chevrolet pickup truck were projects in that program. Tracy-Stang_1321.jpg


Also taken was a ceramics class with Lee McCarty where I learned to throw clay cups, bowls and create slab and hand built pots. 



A classical guitar class with John Ingwerson, web design course with Jim Temple, speech with Stacey Duke and an Adobe Illustrator class with Barbie Eberhardt are among other classes Hinds has offered and I have taken. Each course gave me a sense of accomplishment for learning something new that I could use in my career or spare time. Though many times I was the student in class with the most, uh, experience in life, (a.k.a. age), I was never uncomfortable, and actually felt respected by the other students. And I can't say enough about the quality of instructors that Hinds hires to teach these courses. My classroom experience was always excellent and an experience that I highly recommend.

Just do it!


If you're contemplating learning something new or polishing up on old skills or talents, Hinds Community College is a place with much to offer you, no matter what stage in life you find yourself. Just get out of your comfort zone and enroll!  Hinds is a learning place that you can use for career, technical, business or hobby education. And since everyone is here to learn, you'll feel right at home in the classroom. 

Start here: www.hindscc.edu