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2013-2014 Catalog 
2013-2014 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Economic Development and Training

 Eagle Ridge Conference Center

Professional Development Contract Training

The Division of Economic Development and Training is ready to create a training program for any group.  Customizing curriculum to meet the needs of your company or organization to enhance employee performance is our goal.  Our experienced staff can help identify your training needs and develop a unique program to accomplish your objectives.  Some of the most requested training programs include communication skills, team-building, leadership and business etiquette.  Visit  our website at for a list of topics that are readily available to present. For additional information contact 601.857.3470.

Eagle Ridge Conference Center

The facilities at Eagle Ridge Conference Center are known for being an ideal venue for meetings, conventions, and events of all types.  Our center offers meeting space that ranges from small conference rooms to a 200+ seat auditorium.  Eagle Ridge also has overnight accommodations, professional catering services, video conferencing and professional training staff on site.  The staff at Eagle Ridge Conference Center is committed to making sure you and your guest have a wonderful experience during your stay.  Please visit our website at: to learn more about what we have to offer for your next meeting or contact us by calling 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, or 601.857.3335. 

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

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).  A maximum of 12 hours total can be earned for the co-op work experience.  Variable credit (1-3 hours) will be awarded on the basis of the number of hours worked per week. 

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 (maximum of 12 hours total) depending on the number of hours worked per week. 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: For more information, contact the Office of Job Placement at 601.857.3609.


Various internship opportunities are posted, including details on the Walt Disney World Internship. More information on the Disney internship is available at: 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 employed a District Education Coordinator that visits the three (3) Win Centers located in Jackson, Pearl and Vicksburg.

The mission of the District Education Coordinator is to serve as a  liaison between Hinds Community College and the WIN Centers to accomplish the goal of increasing employment in Mississippi for individuals through WIA. In addition, the District Education Coordinator receives technical advice/assistance on WIA issues from our WIA Coordinator located at the Utica campus of Hinds Community College.These two (2) Coordinators work with individuals from the admissions process to the graduation process to ensure those individuals have support from the training provider and the supplies necessary to participate in and complete the goal of their educational plans.

Contact the W. I. A. District Education Coordinator at the following numbers; Pearl, 601.321.7922; Vicksburg, 601.638.1453; and Jackson, 601.321.5441.

Contact the W.I.A Coordinator at our Utica campus at 601.885.7136.