“These awards come at a pivotal time and provide much-needed services that boost confidence and offer students the academic tools to succeed.”
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“The HBCU Scholars have dedicated themselves to their learning and exemplify the talent that our nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities have nurtured for generations,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona.
Lawrence Young has been a crane operator “off and on” since 1975 but at age 67 he embraced a new challenge – robotics training for an upcoming upgrade at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers where he works.
“It’s been an awesome experience here,” Perkins said, adding his skills have already gone to work for him in his nighttime job as a mechanic. “I’ve learned the in-depth details of how diesel engines work, from A to Z.”
At age 38, she proudly donned a cap and gown for a ceremony to celebrate passing the tests to receive her High School Equivalency Diploma, a process that took her several years to complete.
“I was happy to have the opportunity to work with NAU and hope to partner with them in the future, said Wayne Withers, Hinds Logging Equipment Operator instructor. “This collaboration has giving me new ideas for future classes.”
Hinds Heroes are chosen because they represent the college well, provide exceptional customer service to all its customers and consistently promote the Hinds mission of service. Heroes selected receive a lapel pin, a token of appreciation and one free day off work.
Honors Scholars carry 12 or more honors hours and must maintain an overall GPA of 3.25 or better, take two Honors Forum classes and have at least 10 hours of community service.
“I feel honored and grateful – emotional and happy – to have been selected for this special award. Of course, I do recognize that I am no worthier of this distinction than hundreds of other Hinds employees; however, that anyone believes me deserving is rewarding beyond measure.”
Hinds Community Relations won 15 awards in the annual College Public Relations Association of Mississippi contest, including eight first place awards.
“We attended college during a pandemic. Many of us may have also had other struggles outside of the pandemic or struggles that the pandemic made even worse. Yet, we did not let those obstacles hold us back, so, again, well done.”
“She is the most courageous person I know. She has never let any of her hurdles stop her or slow her down. She continues to push through life and continue to accomplish everything that she feels she should,” Hudson said.
The Jackson native and 1963 Lanier High School graduate had returned to school about five years ago to work on a college degree he’d long thought about, but just hadn’t finished.
“It’s been crazy getting here,” he said. “But after 31 years in the making, it’s special.”
“Every graduation ceremony is special to the college, as we celebrate the success of each student. It is important that we truly celebrate what our graduates have achieved – they have overcome a series of unusual circumstances over the last several months,” said Hinds President Dr. Stephen Vacik.
“Hinds has been absolutely incredible to my journey, more than I could have ever imagined. I had been home-schooled and came to Hinds five years after I had finished high school. I was unsure how I would do, but I was able to thrive here because of the instructors and small class sizes.”
A lot of praying, studying and a few cries every now and then. But it’s a great program with great people who teach you a lot. You learn a lot about yourself during the process.”
The festival is held each spring to encourage and support the pursuit of literary arts among Rankin County high school students and foster their interest in higher education.
“The night was so surreal. It was confirmation of all my hard work and I could not have done it without the help of my instructor and my WHUC News 7 team. It was just a blessing to see our hard work prevail.”
Her record of service is 42 years and counting, as she continues to serve as a part-time instructor in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department.