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    Hinds Community College
   
 
  Nov 24, 2017
 
 
    
2010-2011 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Services



Philosophy and Objectives of Student Affairs Work at Hinds Community College Counseling Services

The philosophy and objectives of student affairs work are listed in the Student Handbook.

Counseling Services

Counselors provide a variety of guidance and other helping services. Counselors assist students in choosing majors and careers, and in meeting their educational and occupational goals. When serving as advisors, counselors assist students in choosing and planning their course work as it pertains to Hinds Community College and/or prospective senior college requirements. Counselors are also available to help students with personal difficulties through individual counseling or to assist students in finding appropriate medical, social, or psychological services when needed. A list of the major services that can be obtained through the counseling offices is given below.

  1. Academic advisement and educational planning (Students may also run program evaluations on academic, career and technical majors at My.Hinds).
  2. Career guidance and exploration
  3. Individual counseling
  4. Counseling for drug and alcohol problems or referral for treatment through the College Assistance Program (CAP)
  5. Outreach services in the form of workshops, presentations, or seminars with various student groups and classes.

Hinds utilizes and recognizes the Articulation Agreements between the MS Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning and MS State Board for Community and Junior Colleges Board. The link to this document may be found on the Hinds website.

Orientation: Programs, Credit Course and Web Resources

Hinds orientation programs are designed to answer students questions and to provide vital information. While at HINDS students may meet informally with faculty, staff, and administrators; visit with student orientation leaders and other traditional and non-traditional students in small and large group sessions; and learn of the wide variety of available academic, social, and personal opportunities. Student group leaders are trained to help residence hall students understand policies and procedures; and to find assistance and services as new students at Hinds.

Orientation course requirements effective fall 2007:   

  1. Full-time students (both first-time and transfers) will be required to take the orientation class (LLS 1312 , RST 1312  or RSV 1312 ) the first fall or spring semester they attend Hinds (unless a transfer student has successfully completed an orientation class at a previous institution). The cost of the orientation course includes an additional $75 lab fee for the traditional class and approximately $85 for CD lab access for MSVCC class.
  2. Students who fail to earn a passing grade in Orientation must re-enroll every fall or spring term and pay course fee until credit in the course is earned. Students who stop attending class will receive a grade of “F” for non-attendance.
  3. All new first-time residence hall students must also attend the Residence Hall Orientation (cost $30); attend all required floor meetings, register in and successfully complete the required Orientation Class.
  4. Any student (first-time, transfer, and part-time) who begins at Hinds Fall 2007 and following will be required to take the Orientation course in order to graduate from the College. Orientation is a graduation requirement in all Programs of Study.

The Orientation course teaches success skills for college, employment and personal finances. The financial portion of class is an integrated computer and Web-based financial life skills program. The $75 lab fee provides three months of access to the online financial education training.

Disability Services

Hinds Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Dr. George Barnes, Vice President, Utica Campus, 34175 Hwy. 18, Utica, MS 39175; 601.885.7001.

Hinds Community College seeks to comply with the letter, intent and spirit of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. Section 504 and ADA require institutions not to discriminate against students with disabilities and to make all offerings and programs of the college accessible.

Hinds Community College provides reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities through Disability Support Services (DSS). DSS verifies eligibility for accommodations and works with eligible students who have self-identified and provided current documentation.

Students should schedule an appointment with the designated DSS staff member on their respective campus to establish a plan for reasonable accommodations and services.

Raymond Campus

857.3310 Jackson Nursing Allied Health  371.3519

Utica Campus

885.7045  Rankin Campus 936.5544

Jackson ATC Campus

366.1405  Vicksburg Campus 629.6807

Housing

( Housing application can be located at www.hindscc.edu/Documents/Application_for_Housing.pdf)

Hinds Community College provides comfortable housing accommodations for students who sign up to live on the Raymond or Utica campuses. Residence halls broaden students‘ educational experiences by providing a home away from home where students develop friendships that last a lifetime.

Admission to Hinds Community College does not guarantee a student a room reservation on campus. Those students desiring to live on campus must complete a housing application and include a $50 non-refundable room reservation fee. Return the completed application and room reservation fee to the Housing Office on the campus the student plans to attend. Priority deadline is April 15 for the Fall semester and November 15 for the Spring semester. Fall applications are due by July 15; students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. To be eligible to live in the residence halls, one must be a full-time student enrolled for not less than twelve (12) semester hours with a minimum of nine (9) hours of traditional classes.

Students must be at least 17 years of age to live on campus, unless given special permission by the Dean of Students on the Raymond or Utica campus. A conviction for a sex offense will result in the applicant being ineligible for housing. All other felony convictions will be reviewed on a case by case basis and College Student Housing has the discretion to deny on-campus housing to an applicant who has been convicted of a felony, if it appears that the applicant has personal history that presents an unacceptable risk to the residence hall community. Failure to answer and initial the felony question on the student housing application form will result in on campus housing being denied.

Each semester a $50 non-refundable room reservation fee is required to reserve a housing room for a new applicant and for returning students. In the event of application by mail, a check or money order must be written payable to Hinds Community College. Cash should not be sent through the mail. The $50 room reservation fee will be applied to the student‘s account. If the student does not attend Hinds, the fee will not be refunded.

A student must meet all requirements for admission, such as, application, official transcript, ACT test, COMPASS and or other placement tests before financial aid award can pay housing cost. Room assignments are made on a first-come, first-assigned basis; therefore, it is very important that the application for admission, financial aid, and housing be received as early as possible.

Roommate assignments will be made based on the date of the student‘s room reservation receipt and available space. To get the roommate of choice, both parties should submit an Application for Housing and a room reservation fee on the same day. Both students must meet the hall‘s scholastic requirements to be assigned as roommates.  Those students who are not assigned will be placed on a waiting list according to the date on her/her room reservation receipt number. Students on the waiting list will be assigned as soon as space is available.

Students will be ISSUED A RESIDENCE HALL ROOM KEY when all of the following items are completed:

  1. Meet all admission requirements and register for 12 or more hours;
  2. All fees are due 10 days before the first day of class. Payment options:
    • show proof of full payment with a receipt,
    • financial aid award letter for full award and receipt for payment if balance is owed, or
    • proof of first payment on the HCC deferred payment plan.
    • If proof of payment is not shown by the student on check-in day, the student will lose his/her room assignment, and the assignment will be given to the next person on the waiting list; and
  3. Attend and complete New Student Residence Hall Orientation and Orientation course requirement as outlined below: 

PART I of the New Student Residence Hall Orientation (cost $30). All new first-time residence hall students must attend the Residence Hall Orientation; attend all required floor meetings, register in and successfully complete the required Orientation Class. All new first-time residence hall students must register in LLS 1312 /RST 1312 /RSV 1312 , the required Orientation Class (PART II costs $75 for the traditional class) for all new first-time hall residents. The student will receive two credit hours plus a grade of performance. Students who do not pass the course will be required to retake, pay costs and pass the course to maintain a residence hall room (fall and spring semesters only).  Students who withdraw or fail to earn a passing grade in Orientation must re-enroll every fall or spring term until credit in the course is earned. Students who stop attending class will receive a grade of “F” for non-attendance.

NOTE: Residents in all buildings are required to maintain 12 or more semester hours and a 2.0 cumulative GPA. In honors buildings, students are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA on 12 or more hours and have no disciplinary actions.

Residence Halls Rules and Regulations

For specific information concerning housing rules and regulations, please refer to the housing section of the Student Handbook.

Raymond Campus - Halls for Women 

ALLEN-WHITAKER HALL is a two-story, brick, L-shaped building housing 109 women students, and is staffed by one hall director and resident assistants. Each of the 26 suites has two bedrooms with connecting bath. Each suite accommodates four students. The carpeted lounge contains modern furniture, a piano, and a television.

DAVIS HALL is a five-story building housing 255 women students, resident assistants, and a hall director. Each floor has a lounge overlooking a courtyard designed to provide natural light to all five floors. Corridors and lounges are carpeted. Tile baths are located on each floor. Each bedroom accommodates two students and is furnished with built-in desks, beds and chests of drawers.

HARDY-PURYEAR HALL is a four-story, brick building housing 200 women students. Each floor has a carpeted lounge and central bath area. The building is staffed by resident assistants and one hall director. Each bedroom will accommodate two students, and is furnished including beds, study desks, chairs, and chests of drawers.

MARSHALL HALL is a two-story brick building housing 128 honor (ACT 21 or HCC GPA at or above 2.5) women students and is staffed by a hall director and resident assistants. Rooms are arranged in four-bedroom suites, each with ceramic tiled bath, spacious cabinets and closets. The lounge is located at the central entrance and is furnished with a television and modern furniture.

PICKETT HALL is a two-story brick building housing 96 honor women students. The female student must have a minimum/maintained 3.0 grade point average or higher and have no demerits to be considered for residency in Main Hall. If space is available, new incoming students will be considered who have an ACT score of 27 or higher. In 1988 the historical building was totally renovated. New furniture and renovations were made in 2008. Pickett has four, seven, and eight-person suites with bedroom/bath areas upstairs and winding stairwells that open to sitting rooms. Adjacent to these gathering places are kitchenettes equipped with a refrigerator, microwave, sink, table and chairs. The building also offers two-person bedrooms with private baths. Bedrooms are equipped with phone lines. It is staffed by a hall director and resident assistants.

Raymond Campus - Residence Halls for Men

GREAVES HALL is a three-story brick building housing 184 honor (ACT 21 or HCC GPA at or above 2.5) male students. Each room is equipped with beds, built-in desks, book shelves and storage facilities. The building is staffed by one hall director and resident assistants.

SHEFFIELD-WOOLLEY HALL is a four-story brick building housing 200 returning male students. Each floor has a carpeted lounge and central bath area. The building is staffed by resident assistants and one hall director. Each bedroom will accommodate two students and is furnished with beds, study desks, chairs, and chests of drawers.

VIRDEN HALL is a two-story building housing 50 honor men students. The male student must have a minimum/maintained 3.0 grade point average or higher and have no demerits to be considered for residency in Virden Hall. If space is available, new incoming students will be considered that have a ACT score of 27 or higher. Each four-bedroom suite contains a small foyer, ceramic-tile bath, spacious cabinets, and closets. Rooms have venetian blinds, built-in study tables, beds, book shelves, refrigerator, microwave and a phone line. It is staffed by a hall director and resident assistants.

WILLIAMS HALL is a nine-suite, two-story brick building housing 140 male athletes. Each room is equipped with beds, desks and closets. The building is staffed by resident assistants or coaches and a hall director.

LAUNDRY - Coin operated washing machines and dryers are easily accessible to all Raymond men‘s and women‘s residence halls.

Utica Campus - Residence Halls for Women

MAGGIE DUNSON HALL accommodates 138 female students. This three-story modern complex is divided into suites, each with a two-way intercom system, a large sink, spacious locker-equipped closet for each occupant, bathroom, built-in drawers and study desks. The three floors of Maggie Dunson Hall overlook a free-flowing brook.

NEWTON-WALKER HALL is also a three-story complex. It is designed to house 69 women students and 69 men students. Unlike a co-ed dorm, a large spacious brick corridor separates the men’s and women’s quarters. A resident assistant is provided for each floor. Each suite has a private bath. Entry into each suite is from the outside only. Newton-Walker overlooks the tennis courts. Located in the residence hall complex is a laundry room with a two-way intercom system, vending machines, and continuous soft music. Its location is easily accessible to any residence hall student.

Utica Campus - Residence Halls for Men

B.E. LEWIS HALL is a modern three-story complex comprised of suites. Each suite comes equipped with a private bath, a large study desk, spacious chest of drawers and a private closet for each occupant. It also has a two-way intercom system. Each floor has at least one resident assistant. This attractive complex, which overlooks Grantham Baseball Field, houses 138 male students.

 

Learning Resources Services

Learning Resources is an integral part of the instructional, intellectual, and cultural life of Hinds Community College. The Hinds Community College Learning Resources Centers are located at each of the College‘s six locations. Their collections are reflected in the online district catalog of the College that is administered and maintained by the Central Office Staff. The Learning Resources Centers have pleasant and comfortable atmospheres for reading, class preparation, and browsing. They have computers for access to newspaper and magazine articles as well as online searches. An excellent collection of books, periodicals, newspapers, audiovisual materials, and computer resources is available for patron use. Microfilm reader/printers and photocopiers are also available at some locations.

Hinds Community College Learning Resources Centers are committed to serving all members of the Hinds community. Special problems or special needs can be met at any public desk. Several carrels in each Center accommodate wheelchairs. Visually impaired patrons will find a variety of equipment to aid their studies. Borrowing privileges are available to individuals holding a valid HCC ID card and are also extended to other users upon approval of the staff. Books may be checked out for a period of two weeks (except as indicated at the end of a semester) and may be renewed if not requested by another patron. Reserve items, which are kept at the circulation desks, are items upon which circulation restrictions have been placed. In general, reserve items are to be used in the Centers and may be checked out for home use only when the Learning Resources Centers are closed. Learning Resources has the right to revoke access privileges for non-compliant users.

Periodicals add a wealth of material to the Centers‘ collections. The Learning Resources Centers at Hinds subscribe to over 900 periodicals. Current issues of the magazines are arranged on open display shelves in the Centers. Older issues of the periodicals are available in paper, microform, and/or electronically with periodical indexes provided for student use. The periodical collection is restricted to “in-house” use.

Computerized library services include the SIRSI online catalog, electronic cataloging, circulation, reserve, and interlibrary loan systems, and online database search capabilities. Additional databases and 24/7 library reference service can be obtained with internet access to the state-wide Magnolia Project and the virtual community college MELO web site.

The Black Heritage Collection, housed on the first floor of the Holtzclaw Library at Utica, is an outstanding special collection. Examples include the archive collection of the Utica Normal and Industrial Institute and archives of the founder of the Utica Campus, William H. Holtzclaw. The College Archives and Special Collections Department is located at the McClendon Library, Raymond Campus. Most special collections are acquired through bequests but often emphasize the liberal arts character of Learning Resources.

Service-oriented staffs provide assistance in the use of all material resources. The professional librarian is an information scientist who, in addition to providing individual reference and research consultation, teaches library research methods to various classes of student, faculty, and community users. For operating hours refer to the library web site at http://lrc.hindscc.edu or the Student Handbook.

eLearning

The eLearning department encompasses the areas of Distance Learning, Instructional Technology, and Media Services. The goal of the department is to support the instructional technology needs of faculty and students as well coordinate and administer the development and delivery of Internet based courses. This is accomplished by providing instructional technology resources through traditional media services and expanded computer based instructional methods. For more information please see our eLearning website at www.hindscc.edu/Departments/instructional_technology.

Instructional Technology

The area of Instructional Technology provides support to district faculty and staff in their efforts to develop creative, innovative, and engaging teaching and learning environments that foster an atmosphere of critical thinking and collaboration among students. Instructional Technology is available to faculty, staff, and students for technology-related professional development training and learning opportunities.

Located in the McLendon Library Media Center, the department is open during the college operation hours, 8 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. The department supports instructional software such as Blackboard Academic Suite, Respondus, Wimba, Pronto and more. IT offers an open computer lab for students, two computer labs and three lecture style classrooms for faculty, staff and other college personnel.

The department also offers a variety of training designed to support faculty, staff, and students. Instructional Technology also offers Instructional Design assistance. Instructional Design is the systematic development of instructional specifications using learning and instructional theory to ensure the quality of instruction. . For a complete listing of training dates and times please see the Professional Development Institute (PDI) Calendar at http://www.hindscc.edu/Faculty_Staff/PDI If you find the training dates and times do not meet your needs please visit http://www.hindscc.edu/Departments/instructional_technology/instruction_tech/Training.aspx and complete our Training Request Form.

Media Services

The Department of Media Services on the Raymond campus serves as a central distribution and production center for non-print materials for the College. The Department, located on the ground floor of the McLendon Library, operates an open learning lab equipped with audio/video equipment and computers running instructional-related software. Students may use the learning lab at any time during these normal hours of operation:

Monday - Thursday: 7:45 AM to 9 PM
Friday: 7:45 AM to 4:30 PM
Sunday: 4 PM to 8 PM

In addition to the learning lab, the Department provides multimedia classrooms, a Polycom video conferencing unit with full multimedia capabilities, a computer training classroom, a satellite downlink and teleconference facility and a technology resource center for instructors. One of the classrooms is equipped with TDD telephone and closed captioned TV for use by the Deaf and Hearing Impaired Services Program. The Media Services Center also houses a graphics production and video editing facility and television studio. When using the Media Services Center, students must scan-in using their Hinds identification card and students must provide identification whenever called upon to do so. Patrons are expected to maintain an atmosphere conducive to learning with no loud talking, no food or drink and no tobacco products permitted. Cell phones are not allowed in the Center.

Honors Institute

The mission of the Hinds Community College Honors Institute is to provide an enhanced and supportive learning environment for students who desire to excel in the areas of scholarship, leadership, and service. Programming provides a variety of experiential and collaborative learning opportunities; special advising; internships; opportunities to participate in cultural events, field trips, study abroad and social activities; as well as access to the Honors Center (library, student lounge, classroom and break room). HI offices and programs are located on the Raymond Campus.

For Information

To receive additional information about opportunities available through Honors Institute programs, contact Kristi Sather-Smith, Director of IHLIS, at 601.857.3531 or honors@hindscc.edu. Information about the Honors Institute is also available on the Hinds web site at www.hindscc.edu.

Honors Institute Student Profile

The traditional Honors Institute freshman is an outstanding student in high school who is selected for participation based on ACT score, high school GPA, and involvement in extracurricular activities. However, individuals of many differing backgrounds enter the program each year. Adult learners enrich the Honors Program through their maturity and past experience. International students are also encouraged to submit applications.

Honors Program

Students in the Honors Program enjoy the advantages of priority enrollment, specialized advising with a designated Honors counselor, and smaller classes taught by top teaching faculty. Many students enrolled in the Honors Program choose to live in the residence halls designated specifically for them.

Honors credits are marked on the student‘s official college transcript and program graduates earn Honors seals for their college diplomas and special regalia to wear at graduation.

Students graduating from the HCC Honors Program have a mean GPA of 3.5, and the majority of graduates are awarded partial to full scholarships when they transfer to colleges and universities.

Honors Program Admission Criteria

Student’s Entry Status

GPA Composite
ACT score
Letter of
Recommendation

High school graduate

1st semester at Hinds, high school transcript only

3.5
 
25
 
2
 

Current Hinds CC student

Credit on Hinds CC transcript
 

3.5
 
XXX
 
2
 

Transfer student

Based on college transfer credit from another college

3.5
 
XXX
 
2
 

Enrollment in the Honors Program

To enter the program, students must contact the Honors Center and:

  1. Submit a completed Honors Program application (available on the Hinds website and in the Honors Center, on the 2nd floor of the Administration Building)
  2. Submit a personal résumé
  3. Submit two letters of recommendation from former instructors
  4. Pay a $15 program fee
  5. Schedule an interview with the Honors Institute Dean 

To be a member in good standing in the Honors Program, students must enroll in at least one honors class and the Honors Forum each semester, earn an A or B in all honors classes, and maintain an overall 3.0 GPA.

Honors Courses

A wide range of honors sections are offered in the core curriculum areas. Honors classes typically have a small student to teacher ratio, encouraging students to become outstanding independent learners, capable of critical thinking and self expression. Global, cultural and aesthetic experiences are provided along with opportunities to expand skills in acquiring, organizing and maintaining information. A complete course description for each honors section is available upon request from the academic department or the Honors Center.

Honors Sections

General Biology
 
English Composition
 
Calculus
 
General Chemistry
 
World Literature
 
Speech
 
Art Appreciation
 
World Civilization
 
Interpersonal Communication
 
Music Appreciation
 
American History
 
Orientation
 

Honors Contracts

If an honors section is not available in a particular course of study, students can arrange to earn honors credit through an Honors Contract. Working with the close advisement of faculty and honors Center staff, students are assigned a prescribed curriculum of individual study as an ancillary to the regular classroom course work. All contracts must be approved in advance by the faculty member and Honors Institute Dean.

Honors Forum

In Honors Forum, students meet weekly to discuss current issues and examine how these issues impact their lives and communities. Speakers, activities, and events engage students in an interdisciplinary study topic. All students in this class are required to complete ten (10) hours of community service each semester.

Enrollment in the Forum is open to any student who is a member of the Honors Program and/or member of any of the HCC honor societies: Phi Theta Kappa, Mu Alpha Theta, Alpha Beta Gamma, Beta Beta Beta or Psi Beta.

The Honors Forum is designed with the development of particular intellectual and personal abilities, as listed below:

  1. Information Acquisition and Organization (the ability to acquire, organize and maintain information).
  2. Critical Thinking (abilities that include analysis, logical reasoning, problem-solving, and decision-making).
  3. Communication (the ability to read, write, speak, listen, and interpret information clearly and precisely using conventional as well as electronic media).
  4. Collaborative Learning (the ability to work effectively as part of a team).
  5. Global, Cultural, and Aesthetic Understanding (the opportunity to gain a broadened perspective through global, cultural and aesthetic experiences).
  6. Personal Skills (development of personal qualities such as individual responsibility, time management, integrity, sociability, self-esteem, and strong work ethic).

Honors Program Scholarships

Honors Program students earn a $150 scholarship by enrolling in one honors section or contract and the Honors Forum each semester. For each honors class added, the scholarship amount increases, up to $350.

Leadership Program

The Leadership Program within the Honors Institute provides leadership development opportunities within college, local, regional, and state communities. Graduates from the program prove to be very competitive for sizeable merit-based scholarships at colleges and universities.

Enrollment in the Leadership Program

To join the Leadership Program, students must have an ACT of 21 and/or a college GPA of 3.0. Applicants must contact the Honors Center and:

  1. Submit a completed Leadership Program application (available on the Hinds website and in the Honors Center, on the 2nd floor of the Administration Building)
  2. Submit a personal résumé
  3. Submit two letters of recommendation from former instructors
  4. Schedule an interview with the Honors Institute Dean 

Leadership Course and Scholarship

The Honors Institute offers a variety of leadership opportunities and courses for study. Students are awarded scholarships upon the completion of each course.

Leadership and Organizational Skills II-IV

1-hour credit per course

Scholarships awarded upon the successful completion of each course

LEA 1821 
Students work as a group to complete a leadership project. Activities and readings focus primarily on management of self. Students will learn how to be proactive, especially in the areas of time management, goal setting, developing a positive self image, and mapping a college plan and goals. Students will study leadership styles, how to conduct effective meetings, and how to work successfully with members of a team.

LEA 2811 
Students in this course will complete a Meyers Briggs type indicator and determine how type influences verbal and non-verbal communication as well as the function of the individual in groups. Students work in teams to organize and complete service-learning projects. Emphasis is on practical learning. As students complete the group project, they will learn techniques for managing time and stress, how to plan and execute a project, as well as how to set and achieve goals. Students will begin planning for transfer to a four-year institution by starting a scholarship search.

LEA 2821 
Becoming polished and ready to move on into upper level education is a primary focus of the course. Students will complete scholarship searches and paperwork necessary for transfer and will work on interviewing techniques and the rules of proper business and social etiquette. Students will refine the service-learning project begun in the first semester. All leadership training materials will be compiled into one portfolio of work that will be displayed on Honors Awards Day.

Leadership Development

3-hours credit per course

Scholarships awarded upon successful completion of course

LEA 1813 /LEA 1823  Leadership Development
This course is designed for students who hold leadership positions at the college. Using current research, hands-on activities, film, and classic literature, students will examine the principles of effective leadership. Students will develop a personal leadership philosophy. The Leadership Development Course is based on the Phi Theta Kappa Leadership Development Studies Program and instructors are certified by Phi Theta Kappa.

LEA 2913  /LEA 2923  Leadership Development–Recruiting and Public Relations
This course familiarizes the student with his/her responsibilities as an active/engaged global citizen. Civic engagement, servant-leadership, and communication skills are developed. Experiential learning is a major component as students work directly with college, state, and national leaders

International Study

International study courses offered each year through the Honors Institute help the college to fulfill its goal “to provide educational experiences that will enable students to become effective global citizens.” Students who take advantage of these opportunities experience significant personal growth and become more adaptable global citizens with a greater appreciation for different cultures. The experience provides an important addition to the student‘s résumé, opening the door to more scholarship and employment opportunities.

The Honors Institute international study courses focus on a variety of topics, nations, and global regions. Course content typically includes a short-term international study tour, pre-tour preparation, post-tour assessment/discussion as well as research and presentation assignments guided by an HCC faculty member. Credit hours (1-6 hours) vary for each class.

Students participating in an Honors Institute international study program must complete an International Studies Application and submit two references. In addition, all travelers must sign a Liability Waiver as well as a Permission for Emergency Treatment statement. All participating students are required to purchase medical emergency travel insurance, offered at a very reasonable cost.

Details of Hinds‘ ongoing international study programs in England, Costa Rica, and Russia are available on the “International Studies” portion of the Hinds website at www.hindscc.edu. For additional information, contact the Honors Institute offices at 601.857.3531 or honors@hindscc.edu.

International Counselor

The Honors Institute employs an International Student Counselor. Students who come to Hinds from other countries can contact the counselor for help with arranging class schedules or filling out government documents. For more information, contact the Honors Institute offices, located on the 2nd floor of the Raymond Campus Administration Building; phone 601.857.3531; or, send an e-mail to honors@hindscc.edu or to Mrs. Sharon Leggett at spleggett@hindscc.edu.

British Studies Program

Hinds Community College is a member of an academic consortium of several colleges and universities in the southern and southwestern United States supporting an international study program entitled the British Studies Program. The British Studies Program is a residential summer session offered annually during July and August in London. Students are housed at the University of London, King’s College.

The session offers undergraduate and graduate course work in a wide range of academic disciplines including humanities, business, education, and fine arts. Participants also have ample free time for independent travel.

In the regular four and one half week session, participants enroll for six semester hours in the academic discipline of their choice. Students attend lectures led by eminent British scholars, artists, business leaders, and government officials. A portion of the class is also devoted to supervised research. As much as possible classes are conducted in field trip settings.

The six credit hours earned through the British Studies Program are awarded by The University of Southern Mississippi, and are transferable upon request.

Students can learn more about the program by contacting Hinds Community College‘s British Studies Coordinator, Cameron Beech at 601.857.3670 or Cameron.Beech@hindscc.edu.

Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society for two-year colleges. Each Hinds location has its own Phi Theta Kappa chapter with student officers that head committees and teams. Events and activities sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa are developed within the society‘s “hallmarks” of fellowship, scholarship, leadership and service. Members are eligible for Phi Theta Kappa transfer scholarships offered by all colleges and universities in the state. To join Phi Theta Kappa, students must have a 3.5+ cumulative GPA on 12 transferable hours. Induction ceremonies are held every semester. To contact the Phi Theta Kappa Chapter on your campus, search the “Student Activities” link on the Hinds website. For additional information, contact the Honors Center at 601.857.3531 or honors@hindscc.edu.

Economic Development and Training Eagle Ridge Conference Center

Professional Development Contract Training

The Professional Development and Contract Training division works with local business and government to expand the economic base through customized training, consulting, and development. Some of the training programs available include: Supervisory Management Skills in the areas of Communication, Stress and Time Management, Motivation, Managing Workplace Change, Team Building, Presentation Support, Problem Solving, Delegating, Conflict Management; Marketing Skills; Tele-Marketing, Telephone Etiquette, Professional Development, Customer Service, Selling, Email Etiquette and specialized courses in Zenger - Miller, Total Quality Management, Leadership Training, and Zig Ziglar Training. For information contact 601.857.3470

Computer Skills Training

This division offers short-term computer workshops with curriculums developed specifically to meet the needs of business and industry. It has two computer labs, and full time instructors, who provide customized computer training for business and industry. They can also conduct onsite training. Some workshops taught are: word processing, spreadsheets, databases, web site design, image editing, multi-media editing, rendering programs, integrated applications, and many others. Courses are offered on introduction, intermediate, and advanced levels. For information contact 601.857.3466 or 601.857.3470

Eagle Ridge Conference Center

The Eagle Ridge Conference Center is a state-of-the-art conference and training center with meeting rooms, video conference services, and deluxe guestrooms. Also, professional trainers are located on-site. Visit our website at: http://eagleridge.hindscc.edu. For information contact 601.857.7100

Workforce Development Training

Business and Industry Training

Strong economic development requires that business and industry have access not only to a skilled work force but also training to well educated and highly motivated workers. Hinds Community College established the Economic Development and Training office to work with local business, industry, and government to expand the economic base through customized training, consulting, and development.

Industrial training can initiate a wide range of customized, employer sponsored training for new or existing business and industry in a start-up, retraining, or upgrade training mode. State funds are available to support many of these programs when they are used for new and expanded industry. Contact should be made by calling 601.857.3718.

Small Business Development Center and International Trade Center

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and International Trade Center (ITC) provide one- to-one confidential counseling and training assistance in all aspects of small business management and international trade. SBDC services range from help with financial, marketing, production, organization, and technical problems to the development of feasibility studies. The ITC provides assistance on “how to” export and import. Special programs exist for inventors with patentable products, procurement of matching assistance, business financing information, and small business incubators. For information call 601.857.3581

Professional Development Institute and Regional Resource Center

The Professional Development Institute is a major component of the Regional Resource Center (RRC). The mission of the Regional Resource Center and Professional Development Institute is to provide short courses, seminars, workshops and conferences that will meet education and community service needs. PDI focuses on the staff development of the needs of Hinds Community College employees through an ongoing training program. Contact Information: 601.857.3470, 601.857.3335, or www.hindscc.edu/Department/PDI;

K-12 educators needing CEU credits for re-certification information, call 601.857.3608

Mississippi Center for Police and Sheriffs

This training center was created to provide a multitude of training offerings to law enforcement departments all across the state. Training will include hands-on instruction in police skill attainment and current issue seminars and conferences. For information contact Dr. John Woods or Gay Saxon at 601.857.3470.

District Adult Education Center Services

Assessment Center/ACT Center®

The Assessment Center/ACT Center® - located in the District Adult Education Center – provides the following professional exams:

FAA Testing: All Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airman Knowledge tests are administered to candidates seeking private pilot, commercial pilot, or other aviation exams.

ACT High-Stakes Testing: These batteries of exams are administered to individuals seeking licensure or certificates in professional careers. The center does NOT administer the American College Test (ACT).

Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS®): This is a required test of the Practical Nursing Program and the Transition to RN Option for Associate Degree Nursing. The TEAS® results are part of the admission requirements for the Practical Nursing Program and the Transition to RN Option for all students applying to these programs after July 1, 2010.

AT&T Testing: Exams administered to candidates seeking employment or advancement with AT&T, as scheduled by that company. For more information, contact the Assessment Coordinator at 601.857.3650.

Cooperative Education

The Cooperative Education Program awards college credits (from 1 to 3 hours a semester) for on-the-job experience that is related to the student’s academic college major. The student combines periods of college with work periods in business & industry, as documented by the office of Cooperative Education. These work periods are generally part-time, in the afternoons after classes (Parallel Program), but may be full time, every other semester (Alternating Program).

Students must complete a minimum of one semester maintaining a grade point average of 2.0 or better to qualify for this program. Academic credit hours may be earned depending on the number of hours worked. Students must sign up for the Coop. course prior to the beginning of the semester that they will be working. A document must be signed by the employer stating the specifics of the student‘s employment in order for the student to receive credit for the course. These credit hours will be assigned by the Coordinator and may be used toward graduation from Hinds Community College. For more information, contact the Coordinator of Cooperative Education at 601.857.3704 or 601.857.3609.

Institute for Life-Long Learning – Creative Learning Fifty-Plus Program

Creative Learning Fifty-Plus is an organization for 50+ adults, which provides fun and unique learning experiences in areas of their interests. Classes are conducted at the District Adult Education Center, Raymond Campus in a relaxed environment with easy parking and access to the facility. CL Fifty-Plus has a progressive computer program designed specifically for the 50+ learner from beginner levels such as Basic I & II, Internet, and MS Word to more advanced offerings such as MS Picture It and Photo Shop. Examples of other courses offered are: Art, History, Comparative Religions, Instant Piano, Languages and more. Special Interest activities include: Peer -led discussion groups covering various topics of interest to the participants (e.g. Experiencing Mississippi, Choices Forum on current global issues, & “The Devil‘s Backbone”–History of the Natchez Trace), Readers Theatre Skits, book reviews, luncheon programs, Dulcimer classes, game day, crafts, parties, “Wellness Works”-wellness program, volunteer opportunities, and travel. CL Fifty-Plus is also an AARP Safe Drivers sponsor site. For more information contact the CL Fifty-Plus Coordinator at 601.857.3773.

Work-Based Learning

Work-Based Learning is an educational/training program for career and technical students that provides paid, on-the-job work experience. All students must be recommended by their major instructor, and all work experience must be in the field of their major. Students must complete an application process, which includes an education/training agreement signed by the employer, the instructor, the student, and the Work-Based Learning Coordinator. Students work a minimum of 15 hours a week, and will receive semester hour credit depending on the number of hours worked. For more information, contact the Coordinator of Work-Based Learning at 601.857.3609 for the Jackson, Rankin and Raymond Campuses, and 601.629.6850 for the Utica and Vicksburg Campuses.

Job Placement

The office of Job Placement maintains a web site that contains job vacancies listed by various employers. The location is: www.hindscc.edu/jobplacement. For more information, contact the Office of Job Placement at 601.857.3609.

Internships

Various internship opportunities are posted, including details on the Walt Disney World Internship. More information on the Disney internship is available at: www.disneycollegeprogram.com. For more information, call 601.857.3609

W.I.A. Educational Coordinators

The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998 provides services such as employment training for adults, dislocated workers and youth. The Workforce Investment Network (WIN) provides WIA services in Mississippi through WIN Job Centers located in the state. Hinds Community College, a partner of Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES), has placed Educational Coordinators in WIN Job Centers located in Jackson, Pearl and Vicksburg.

The mission of the Educational Coordinators is to serve as a  liaison between Hinds Community College and the WIN Job Centers to accomplish the goal of increasing employment in Mississippi for individuals through WIA. Education Coordinators work with individuals from the admissions process to the graduation process ensuring those individuals have support from the training provider and  supplies necessary to participate in and complete the goal of their educational plans.

Contact the W. I. A. Educational Coordinators at the following numbers; Pearl, 601.321.7922; Vicksburg, 601.638.1452; and Jackson, 601.321.5441.

Campus Services and Service Facilities

Information concerning the following services and facilities can be found in the Student Handbook:

Bookstores Health Services
Cafeteria/Deli/Eagle‘s Nest Grille ID Card
Campus Police Department Laundry
College Office Hours Lost and Found
Complaint/Grievance Procedure Motor Vehicles on Campus
Post Office Discipline
Dress Code Eagle Ridge Golf Course/Raymond Lake

Student Organizations by Campus