“These awards come at a pivotal time and provide much-needed services that boost confidence and offer students the academic tools to succeed.”
- Cathy Hayden Archives
“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.”
“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.
“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.
“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.