February 18, 2022

Raymond Campus Preview Day draws crowd of more than 500

"The annual exhibition features all the college’s academic and career-tech programs, activities and organizations Hinds has to offer."
By: Danny Barrett Jr.

Braden Crisler is drawn to creation through engineering and wants to figure out how to make a career out of it.

“I want to learn more about all aspects of engineering so I know which specialty to go with in college,” said Crisler, a senior at Clinton High School, as he spoke with instructors of various programs at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus on Feb. 11 for Preview Day.

Braden Crisler, center, of Central Hinds Academy, chats with science instructors during Preview Day.

More than 500 high school seniors and their parents who attended the event at the Mayo Gym. The annual exhibition features all the college’s academic and career-tech programs, activities and organizations Hinds has to offer.

Prospective students from high schools in and around metro Jackson, plus other places in Mississippi, toured the campus and interacted with students and faculty about admissions, scholarships, financial aid, majors, housing, student life and more.

Cleon Williams, left, of Jackson, and his mother, LaTonya Wells, chat with Welding Instructor David Lawrence during Preview Day.

For high schoolers, it’s a time to find out how Hinds’ programs of study can build a successful career.

“I’m in the process of enrolling here at Hinds, where I want to get into esports, music and student organizations,” said Brinson Washington, a senior at Lawrence County High School.

Working with people means a career in human services, possibly social work, for Valondria Stamps, of Raymond High School.

Valondria Stamps, right, of Raymond, with her mother, Donna Elaine Stamps, at Preview Day.

“I’m looking at a career in social work because I just want to help people,” Stamps said.

High school seniors India Butler, of Utica, and her friend, Bria Thomas, of Edwards, are looking forward to living the full college experience next semester.

“It’ll be about living on my own and then pursuing sports medicine for a career,” Butler said.

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