Dating back more than 100 years, the Utica Campus, on Highway 18 in Utica, has a rich heritage and has evolved into a progressive college location with all the perks of a complete campus environment.
Not only does the Utica Campus offer choices in academic, technical and career programs, it also provides transportation to class for students in the surrounding area.
Residence halls, athletic competition and organization involvement are available to interested students.
- About Utica
- Programs of Study
- Student Life
- STEM Program
- Student Services
- Grant Programs
- Community Learning Internship Cluster (CLIC)
The Utica Campus of Hinds Community College, formerly Utica Junior College, has a long history of serving our community. Utica Junior College was founded in 1903 as Utica Normal and Industrial Institute and is the oldest of the six Hinds locations. Utica Junior College merged with the Hinds Community College District in 1982 but retains its Historically Black College & University (HBCU) designation and traditions.
When you join the Utica Campus, you join our family. We maintain a close-knit family environment where faculty and staff know your name. Get to know us. We want to get to know you. We invite you to visit to see for yourself what makes Utica unique! To schedule a tour or for general inquiries, please call our Utica Campus Recruiter at 601.885.7009 or email CDWoodfork-Thompson@hindscc.edu.
Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson
Executive Director of Title III/Sponsored Grants
Dr. Mitchell Shears
Dean of Career/Technical Education
Dean of Students
Dr. Timothy Rush
Utica Campus Recruiter
Dr. Marquise Loving
Director of Maintenance
Mr. Larry (Gabe) Edwards
The Utica Campus offers a variety of academic courses for students to choose from. Students who intend on transferring to a university can first complete their Associate of Art degree at the Utica Campus of Hinds Community College by taking general studies courses in areas such as English, Sciences, Mathematics, History, Fine Arts, Sociology, Psychology, Speech, and more. Our academic courses are taught by quality faculty with advanced degrees and many years of experience in their field. Face-to-face, online, and hybrid courses are also offered to meet the needs of our students. We care about your success and offer tutoring to our student at no charge, offering assistance in English and mathematics. High school students can even get ahead through dual enrollment or dual credit courses by enrolling in Hinds Community College courses while still in high school. Check with a High School or Hinds counselor for more information.
Utica also offers a variety of career and technical programs which provide you with the hands-on training you need for successful employment. These programs are 1 – 2 years in length and offer a career certificate, a technical certificate, and an Associate of Applied Science degree. Graduates of career and technical programs are prepared for immediate employment in their field of study. Some career and technical programs will transfer to certain four year institutions and can be applied toward a bachelor’s degree.
The Utica Campus offers the following Career/Technical Programs:
- Automotive Technology
- Brick, Block and Stonemasonry
- Clothing and Fashion Design
- Collision Repair Technology
- Computer Programming Technology
- Culinary Arts Technology
- Early Childhood Education Technology
- Electronics Technology
- Entertainment Industry Mechanics
- Industrial Maintenance Technology
- Radio/Television Production and Broadcasting Technology
- Residential Carpentry Technology
- Welding and Cutting
When you get ready to enroll at the Utica Campus, we invite you to meet in-person with a Utica Counselor to discuss your program of study. Your Counselor will help you choose the right classes and map out a plan that will get you on track to meet your goals.
Utica Counseling Office:
Academic - 601.885.7022
Career/Technical – 601.885.7128
Whether you commute or live in our Residence Halls, there is a way to get involved in campus life:
- Phi Theta Kappa
- Student Government
- Intramural Sports
- STEM Program
- Educational Talent Search
- Teacher Education Preparation
- Business & Entrepreneurship
- Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
For more information about these clubs and organizations, please call 601.885.7009 or email Utica@hindscc.edu.
The Wellness Center is located in the DWL Davis Building in the heart of the Utica Campus. Our goal is to provide students, staff, and community members the opportunity to live a healthy lifestyle.
The Wellness Center offers:
- Approximately 2,500 square feet of workout space
- Cardiovascular exercise equipment
- HammerStrength Free Weights
- LifeFitness Selectorized Weight Machines
- LifeFitness Resistance Training Machines
- LifeFitness Treadmills, Ellipticals, Recumbent Bicycles
- Dumbbells (5 – 100 lbs)
- Cardio Theatre with four 32 inch LCD TVs
- Integrated Music System
- Pre-exercise screening/assessments/orientation (by appointment only, included in membership)
Who can join?
The Utica Wellness Center is open to students, employees, alumni, retirees, and the community. Complete a membership application and return it to the Wellness Center.
- Student Membership Fees: $50 per semester, $20 per summer term
- Employee Membership Fees: $10 per month for a single membership or $20 per month spouse and employee membership
- Alumni/Retiree/Community Membership Fees: $20 per month single membership (sold in 3 month blocks)
Monday – Thursday: 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday: 6:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – Noon
UC3T STEM-UP at the Utica Campus
If you are interested in careers in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics, we invite to explore the enhanced learning opportunities and scholarships available to you through the UC3T STEM-UP program. This initiative is sponsored by a grant from the National Science Foundation and is designed to increase the number of minority students completing an Associate Degree at the Utica Campus and pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in STEM areas at four year colleges or universities.
UC3T STEM-UP is a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Undergraduate Program with a core strategy that focuses on:
- Enhancing students' problem-solving and critical-thinking skills
- Enhancing STEM students' ability to use technology in content-specific and general areas
- Introducing students to STEM research
- Providing students with a head-start on their STEM college careers
- Facilitating student success and transfer to four year institutions
Challenging students to achieve the highest level of intellectual and personal development is a focus of the Math and Science department on the Utica Campus.
If you are interested in participating in the UC3T STEM-UP Initiative, complete the pre-application and return as directed.
When you enroll at Hinds Community College, we want to see you be successful and reach your goals. The Utica Campus offers a variety of services to support our students:
Student Support Services
Student Support Services on the Utica Campus offers academic support in the form of professional tutoring and small group interventions, financial aid awareness, college transfer assistance, cultural enrichment, workshops and laptop rentals. For more information, see contact information below.
Student Services Director
Counselors on the Utica Campus serve as your advisor to help you choose a program of study and map out a plan so you can stay on track to graduate. Counselors are also available to discuss personal issues and offer guidance with matters outside of academics.
Over 85% of Hinds students receive some form of financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, work-study and scholarships. Our Financial Aid advisors can walk you through the process and help you complete your financial aid applications. For assistance, please contact the Utica Financial Aid Office at 601.885.7012
The Utica Campus offers a men’s and women’s residence hall which puts you close to your classes, activities, and support services. Learn more about residence life here or call the Utica Residence Life Office at 601.885.7088.
Need a ride to campus? The Utica Campus offers transportation to students in Utica, Jackson, Vicksburg, Hazlehurst, Crystal Springs and Port Gibson. The cost for this service is $300 per semester. Financial aid may be applied to pay for you transportation fee. For more information about signing up for transportation, please contact Michael Williams at 601.885.7054 or MWilliams@hindscc.edu.
Educational Talent Search and Student Support Services, and Upward Bound, two programs under the TRIO programs umbrella, are available to assist students while enrolled or prior to enrollment. Talent search is a pre-college guidance intervention program funded by the U.S. Department of Education and sponsored locally by Hinds Community College Utica Campus. The purpose is to assist 8th-12th grade students in persisting through high school, graduating and enrolling in college or vocational/technical training schools after high school. There are six TS schools served by the Hinds Community College Utica Campus: Bolton-Edwards Middle School, Crystal Springs High School, Utica Middle School, Hazlehurst Middle School, and Crystal Springs Middle School. For more information, contact Pamela Williams at 601.885.7165 or PFWilliams@hindscc.edu.
The Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) offers assistance with employment and training services. Hinds Community College has Educational Coordinators in the WIN Job Centers located in Jackson, Pearl, and Vicksburg and a WIA/TAA I.T.A. Coordinator located on the Utica Campus.
Beverly Trimble, WIA/TAA I.T.A Coordinator
Hinds Community College offers Adult Basic Education (ABE) programs and HSE testing. These programs provide excellent advancement opportunities for individuals who do not hold a high school diploma or those who are ready to further their education and upgrade their career opportunities.
ABE courses are free. These services are offered for HSE test preparation and other general skills such as reading, writing and math. The HSE test is given at the Jackson, Raymond, and Vicksburg campuses of Hinds Community College on selected dates throughout the year. For more information, contact Ms. Jerrica Stimage at 601.885.7090.
The Utica Campus has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant to highlight the work of the campus’ founder, William Holtzclaw, a pioneer in African American education. William Holtzclaw is the founder of the Utica Normal and Industrial Institute, which later became Utica Junior College, and is now the Utica Campus of Hinds Community College. Further information can be found at www.holtzclawinstitute.wordpress.com. The co-directors of the project are Jean Greene, head librarian and Holtzclaw Collection Archivist, and Dan Fuller, English instructor on the Utica Campus, who is also the 2015-2016 Mississippi Humanities Teacher Award recipient for Hinds.
Title III Programs
Title III programs are funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. This grant is designed to strengthen programs and facilities of HBCUs. Some of the activities under the Title III umbrella are: Teacher Education Preparation, Business and Entrepreneurship; Health and Wellness; Information Technology; Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and the Student Learning Assistance Program. These programs offer support, training/education, and various activities annually. Summer camps/programs are provided each summer to enhance the skills of participants.
Dr. Mitchell Shears
Executive Director of Title III/Sponsored Grants
Dr. Erin Vaughn Jones
Director, Instruction & Intervention = Retention & Graduation
Computer Lab Manager
Director, Teacher Education Prep Program
Carlene Wilson, RN
Utica Campus Nurse
The Utica Campus of Hinds Community College, in conjunction with the Community Learning Partnership (a subsidiary of Kellogg Foundation), is offering experiential learning opportunities to expose our students to the avenues and processes that occur in the workforce. We seek to create pathways that will ensure our students have active, relatable working knowledge to reinforce the application of their classroom knowledge. Experiential learning is a process through which students develop knowledge, skills, and values from direct experiences outside a traditional academic setting. To enhance the dedicated instruction that is received in the classroom, these opportunities will also provide a valuable resource to community businesses while exposing students to the situations and circumstances that occur in the work environment.
The Community Learning Internship Cluster (CLIC) is an opportunity for students to receive hands-on, guided experiences in their career field of interest. Under close supervision, interns will participate in structured learning experiences that allow them to learn the consequences and rewards of their decisions, to engage intellectually, physically, emotionally, and socially with professionals in their field of study, and to reflect, analyze, and synthesize relevant information that is critical to completion of their goals.
Qualifying Requirements for student participation:
- Active full-time student at the Hinds – Utica Campus.
- Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
- Essay of how their career interests will lead them to be community advocates and change agents.
- Complete the CLIC Internship Interest Form
- Upload a current résumé.
Upon selection, the student will:
- Attend a Professional Development Workshop to meet prospective business partners.
- Complete and submit the Letter of Agreement (below) upon confirming opportunity with liaison of host site.
- Enroll in academic LEA course associated with CLIC to receive a letter grade for his/her work.
- Complete the Hinds Hiring Packet for Part-time Employees.
Host Organization/Liaison Responsibilities:
- Complete the Internship Provider Application.
- Identify an individual liaison to work closely with the intern supervisor; liaison must have knowledge and an educational and/or professional background in the industry of the internship to work with the supervisor. Liaison must attend the Professional Development Workshop to meet prospective interns.
- Agree to comply with the Hinds Community College Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment policies in all interactions with the student intern.
- Ensure that the intern is provided with a safe workspace in a professional office, not located in a private residence or non-commercial setting.
- Ensure that no more than 25% of the intern’s duties involve clerical work.
- Ensure that the student intern does not perform inappropriate tasks, such as maintenance duties or personal errands for host organization employees.
- Submit two performance evaluations to the student intern’s Departmental Internship Coordinator during the course of the semester to be used in determining the student’s course grade in the LEA course.
For additional information, contact Dr. Marquise Loving at MLLoving@hindscc.edu.
- Internship Provider Application
- Internship Interest Form
For more information visit, http://communitylearningpartnership.org