VICKSBURG – Karen Gamble hasn’t lost sight of what has produced results for her students and for the workforce for generations.
“I teach communication classes – public speaking, interpersonal communication and business communication,” Gamble said. “In all three cases, students are afraid to communicate. I grade like college, because that’s what it is here. Communication is a scary, scary challenge for these students, particularly in this day and age when they’re all about their technology – their computers, their cellphones, their videos. Then, they have to stand up and present something face-to-face that’s on a piece of paper. They have trouble with that.
“They’re not any less smart than students 20 years ago, but their skillset is different. But, in my class, they have to participate in class and give examples of concepts we’re studying. When they finally do it and get a decent grade, there’s nothing like it for me when that light turns on for them. Their reaction is a bit like, ‘Mama, look what I was able to do!’”
Gamble was managing editor of The Vicksburg Post for 23 years and an adjunct instructor on the Vicksburg-Warren Campus until 2013, when she began teaching at Hinds full time.
The kinds of examples she uses to direct class discussion are pulled not just from her own experiences, but from the workforce as a whole.
“In my business communication class, we talked about integrity and what it is,” she said. “The point we came to is that integrity is typified by the person who puts the grocery buggy back in the stall at the store. Nobody will come after you if you don’t put your buggy back. But integrity is the person who puts it back knowing full well it could hurt someone or get in somebody’s way if they don’t. And the reason they’re putting it back is because it’s the right thing to do.
“One of my students came back to me a week or two after we had that discussion. ‘Miss Gamble, Miss, Gamble,’” she said. ‘I got offered a job where I just interviewed!’ The student told me she was asked straight-up, ‘What’s the best characteristics you can bring to the table if we hire you?’ She told me she said, ‘I have integrity and I can embrace the challenge.’”
Confident self-presentation is paramount to landing any job opportunity, Gamble said.
“Business people and professional people of all walks of life want professional candidates for their jobs,” she said. “They want people who can communicate. One of the top requirements before someone is hired is that they’re able to communicate. Communication covers writing, speaking, presenting oneself, everything. Our students know this is their community. It’s also my community, so I try to help them do the best they can in our community.”
3 Easy Steps
Registration for Spring 2021 Begins November 9th
Step 1 - Apply
Apply for general admission to Hinds Community College for the Spring 2021 semester, if you have not done so already.
Step 2 - Submit Transcripts & Scores
Submit your official high school transcript and ACT scores. If you have not had the ACT, take the ACCUPLACER at any Hinds campus. If you are still in high school, submit your final transcript after your graduation. If you received a high school equivalency (HSE) diploma, request your official HSE diploma transcript at www.diplomasender.com.
Submit the official college transcript from the most recent college you attended showing the completion of at least three credit hours in both English and Math. If you submit an in-progress transcript, remember to submit another official college transcript after your grades are posted this semester. If you have not completed at least three credit hours of both English and Math, then you must also submit your official ACT scores or take the ACCUPLACER.
Step 3 - Register for Classes
All new Hinds students or returning students who have not attended Hinds for at least one semester must be advised by a counselor before registering for classes. Simply visit any Hinds location during business hours to see a counselor or request Remote Advising.
Current students (excluding dual enrolled students) may register for classes in My.Hinds. However, if you need advising or help with your program of study, we invite you to visit with a counselor.