As part of the first-ever Earth Day Celebration at Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus, Phi Theta Kappa members, other students and faculty highlighted the benefits of recycling and the fact that monies earned from recycling fund student scholarships.
“We hope to encourage awareness of and a significant increase in recycling to benefit our students, our college and the community,” said Joy Rhoads, geography and history instructor and adviser for the Rankin Campus Phi Theta Kappa.
Jason Pope, director of Sustainability for Hinds Community College, said local businesses and individuals donate their recyclables to Hinds. “The Hinds County Sheriff’s Department uses our trucks and trailers to pick up and deliver the recyclables to the Hinds Community College Recycling Facility located near the prison,” Pope said. “The Sheriff’s Department provides free labor throughout the process of picking up, sorting and baling the recyclables in preparation for selling the goods. We then coordinate shipping and selling the recyclables to a recycling facility.”
After all of the expenses from program operations are paid – maintenance on trucks, trailers, baling equipment, etc., the proceeds are then used for scholarships. Those benefiting from the scholarships are Hinds Community College Honors Students at the Raymond Campus, who volunteer in the program, and the prisoners at the Hinds County Penal Farm who take GED classes and other vocational classes.
For more on Phi Theta Kappa at Hinds Community College, see https://www.hindscc.edu/student-life/clubs-groups/ptk.
As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with more than 170 academic, career and technical programs. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolled nearly 12,000 credit students in fall 2014. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.