Creative Learning in Retirement


People are Staying in the Workforce Longer

Anyone in the job market these days knows the competition is fierce-especially for people age 50 and over. It takes longer for workers over 50 to find jobs than it does for their younger counterparts, and workers of all ages with limited education credentials have higher rates of unemployment and greater difficulty than others in finding and securing employment.

Through the Plus 50 Encore Completion Program, Hinds is providing programs and services that make it easier than ever for students over 50 to obtain the cutting-edge skills and credentials required to compete for jobs in the health care, education, and social services fields. Hinds Plus 50 helps students reach completion outcomes (degrees, certificates and non-credit certificates), by offering Math and English refresher courses, computer skills training, encore career venues, and a variety of support services, to help you reach your goals, from choosing a course of study to applying for financial aid.

Increase Earning Potential

Today, 40% of people over age 55 remain in the workforce-the highest rate since 1962. If you’re among them and you need a job or a change in careers, earning a certificate or degree in the high-demand fields of health care, education, and social services will help you beat the competition.

With every additional level of U.S. workers’ education, their average unemployment rate falls and their average earnings rise. Many of the jobs in the fast-growing fields of health care, education, and social services require some education beyond high school.

That doesn’t mean you need a four-year degree to succeed in these fields. Many jobs require less than a bachelor’s or an associate degree. Plus 50 can help students identify and gain the skills and credentials they need for higher-paying jobs.


Activities & Special Interests Groups

Below is a listing of activities other than traditional courses, special interest and study groups that have been offered through the Hind Community College – Life Long Learning Institute. New activities are developed and previous ones re-offered based on the interest indicated, through information submitted on the annual survey and membership request.

Annual Membership Luncheon

  • Lecture Luncheons

Lunch and programs/entertainment on various topics of interest.

  • Field Trips
  • Day Trips
  • Extended Stay (2-3) nights
  • International


  • Harvest Festival
  • Christmas Party
  • Spring Fling

Basics of Knitting

Registration is now open for Basics of Knitting Course, to be offered through the Hinds Community College Lifelong Learning Center, Encore Explorations program for adult learners 40+.

The course will meet on Thursdays from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at the Hinds Community College District Adult Education Center in Raymond, located across the street from Sonny Fountain Hall. Class will meet Thursday evenings, Oct. 4-Nov. 29, (skipping Thanksgiving).

In this class students will learn the basics of knitting. Techniques covered in the class, include casting on, knitting, purling, increasing and decreasing stitches, binding off, and simple cable and lace. Students will make washcloths, fingerless mitts, a hat and a scarf.

The instructor is Donna Peyton, who is a member of the Mississippi Craftsmen’s Guild, Chimneyville Weavers and Spinners Guild and is the state representative for Stitches from the Heart, and sponsor of the Knitting Club at New Summit School.

Pre-registration is required by Thursday, Sept. 20. The course fee is $65.

Non-Credit Adult Learner Enrichment Courses

Registration is now open for non-credit adult learner enrichment courses being offered by the Hinds Community College Institute for Life Long Learning, Encore Explorations program at the Raymond Campus. To register, contact

Melody Field
Program Coordinator

Make checks payable to Hinds Community College and mail to:

HCC District Adult Ed Center-Life Long Learning Program
Attention: Melody Field
P.O. Box 1100 
Raymond MS 39154-1100.

  • Creative Learning Enrichment Program short-term courses and activities held at the District Adult Ed Center, Institute for Lifelong Learning.
  • Silver Eagle Club: $60 annual dues, club members enjoy exclusive benefits and discounts toward program courses and activities.

Computer Courses: $50 per six-week course

  • Yes You Can! Adult Learner Beginner Computer Courses. YYC Level Two, Tuesday, Feb. 4 – March 18 (10 a.m.-noon)
  • Level Three, Thursday, Feb. 6 –Mar. 20 (10 a.m.-noon)
  • YYC Level One, Tuesday, April 1-May 6 (10 a.m.-noon)
  • Level Two, Thursday, April 3-May 8 (10 a.m.-noon)

Study Groups: $25 per semester

  • Experience Mississippi-Monthly, Third Wednesdays, Feb. 19- June 18 (10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.)
  • “The Devil’s Backbone” History, Legend and Lore from Natchez to Nashville, Mondays, Feb. 3-April 28 (10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.)

Special Interest Groups: $25 plus supplies per semester

  • Fun with the Dulcimer Dandies, Thursdays starting Feb. 6 (1 p.m.-3 p.m.)
  • Game Day, Monthly, Second Fridays, Feb. 14-June 13 (1 p.m.-3 p.m.)
  • Creative Crafting, monthly; time and dates vary, beginner to intermediate skills projects

“Let’s Get Moving!” wellness and exercise, Mondays and Wednesdays starting Feb. 3 (8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.) FREE

  • “Wellness Worx” Events, quarterly, open to the public; dates vary (10 a.m.-11 a.m.) FREE

Encore Evenings (6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.)

Creative Writing

  • Thursdays, Feb. 6 – May 1. Registration fee, $125

Knitting Basics-Intermediate Level

  • Mondays, Feb. 3 – April 14. Registration fee, $65

Knitting Basics-Beginners Level

  • Mondays, April 28-June 30. Registration fee, $65

Yes You Can! Computer Class

Hinds Community College’s Lifelong Learning Center will offer the popular Yes You Can! computer classes for adult learners 50+ at the District Adult Education Center, located in Raymond at the corner of Hinds Boulevard and Main Street, across from Fountain Hall.

The course fee is $50. Call or stop by to register, and ask how you can take the course(s) for $10. Contact Melody Field.

Second Term

Computer Basic Skills for Beginners-Yes You Can! (Level I)
Will meet: Tuesdays (10 a.m.-noon) Six sessions
Oct. 23, 30/Nov. 13, 27/Dec. 4, 11; must pre-register by Oct. 15

Computer Basic Skills for Beginners-Yes You Can! (Level II)Will meet: Thursdays, (10 a.m.-noon) (Six sessions)
Oct. 25 / Nov. 1, 15, 29 / Dec. 6, 13; must pre-register by Oct. 15


Melody Field
Program Coordinator
Shane Brown
Adult Recruiter