News Archive 2015

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Ray Rutledge

Holmes creates fund in memory of Ray Rutledge

Longtime Holmes chemistry instructor Ray Rutledge touched the lives of many students seeking degrees in the medical field, and one of his former students, David Hudson, and his wife, Christy, have recently established the Ray Rutledge Memorial Science Department Fund in his memory to assist the science department on the Goodman Campus. Read more

Holmes announces on-campus registration dates.

On-campus registration begins for second summer, fall terms

Holmes Community College began registration for the summer and fall terms at every location on April 4. Students may be advised and receive Alternate PINs to register via the Internet through Enroll Now! link on Holmes' website http://www.holmescc.edu/. Students may also attend on-campus registration. Read more

Goodman Police Chief Tony McDaniel poses with the 200 surveillance cameras now installed on the Goodman Campus.

Holmes ramps campus security with new cameras

With 200 surveillance cameras now installed on the Goodman Campus with 24/7 monitoring, campus safety has improved dramatically since the completion of the spring semester, according to Goodman Campus Police Chief Tony McDaniel. Read more

Pictured is Taylor Bishop, a '14 Holmes alumnus who was recently hired as an engineering intern at the prestigious BorgWarner, Inc. in Water Valley.

BorgWarner adds Holmes alumnus to staff

Taylor Bishop of Sallis, an alumnus of Holmes Community College, recently joined the staff at BorgWarner, Inc., as an engineering intern. BorgWarner is a global product leader in powertrain solutions that focuses on engine optimization and transmission and all-wheel drive technology. The company has 74 locations in 19 countries, and has brought in $8 billion in sales, according to www.borgwarner.com. Bishop joined the staff of the location in Water Valley. Read more

Pictured are the 70 plus cadets, including the five from Holmes Community College, who participated in the two-week Annual Mississippi Magnolia Guard Officer Leadership Development (GOLD) Program at the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center May 14-29.

Holmes Magnolia GOLD trains at Camp Shelby

Five members of the Holmes Community College Magnolia GOLD (Guard Officer Leadership Development) program recently participated in the two-week Annual Mississippi Magnolia GOLD Program at the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center. Percival Field of Madison, Jasmine Gibson of Lexington, Johnell Hartley of Kosciusko, Zachary Lewis of Brandon, and Lane McTaggart of Madison joined the group of over 70 enlisted students from both Mississippi Valley State University and community colleges across the state. Read more

Pictured with the rendering of the plaque for the new Samuel O. Massey, Jr., M.D. Science and Mathematics Auditorium are: (From L to R) Director of Annual Giving, Jack Holmes; Holmes Board of Trustees President, Walter Alford; Holmes President, Dr. Jim Haffey; Honoree, Dr. Samuel Massey, Jr.; Holmes Development Foundation Board President, Dr. Don Phillips; and Executive Director of the Holmes Development Foundation, Dr. Lindy McCain.

Auditorium named for Dr. Sam Massey

On Friday, June 10, Holmes Community College honored one of its most outstanding alumni, Dr. Samuel O.Massey, Jr., M.D., by naming the auditorium in the Science and Mathematics Building on the Goodman Campus in his honor. Read more

Pictured is Jessica Elliot of Grenada, surgical technology program director/instructor for Holmes Community College, who was recently elected to the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) National Board of Directors during the AST conference held in San Diego, California, May 31- June 4.

Surgical Technologists National Board taps Elliott

Jessica Goins Elliott of Grenada, Holmes Community College surgical technology program director/instructor, was elected to the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) National Board of Directors during the AST conference held in San Diego, California, May 31- June 4. Read more

The Holmes Community College Attala Educational Center is excited to announce the addition of new course offerings for the summer of 2016. Located on West Jefferson Street in Kosciusko, the state-of-the-art facility will continue to serve the community through academic, workforce and community skills enhancement (non-credit) course offerings.

Attala Center to offer additional courses this summer

The Holmes Community College Attala Educational Center is excited to announce the addition of new course offerings for the summer of 2016. Located on West Jefferson Street in Kosciusko, the state-of-the-art facility will continue to serve the community through academic, workforce and community skills enhancement (non-credit) course offerings. Read more

Pictured is Julie Laperouse, keynote speaker for the workshop,

Workforce Development, ATD to host workshop

Holmes Community College Workforce Development in conjunction with the Mississippi Chapter for the Association of Talent Development (ATD) will host a workshop, "Working Together Wins" in the Holmes McGowan Workforce Training Center on Thursday, June 9, from 9:30 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Read more

Yazoo County location announces summer schedule

Holmes' Yazoo City location is pleased to announce the schedule for summer school offerings, which will include CPR/First Aid, a ServSafe® Manager's Food Course, an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) seminar, and a Computer 101 course. Read more

IN THIS PHOTO: (left to right) Holmes Community College Public Relations Specialists Mary Margaret Turner and Hilliary O'Briant showing two of the five awards Holmes won at the 2016 College Public Relations Association of Mississippi's (CPRAM) Conference held May 23-24 at Gulf Hills Hotel and Conference Center in Ocean Springs.

Holmes racks up at statewide CPRAM conference

Holmes Community College's Communications and Marketing/Recruiting departments racked up at this year's College Public Relations Association of Mississippi's (CPRAM) Conference held May 23-24 at Gulf Hills Hotel and Conference Center in Ocean Springs. Read more

Holmes Community College was recently ranked first place in three programs and third place in one on the 2016 Most Affordable Online Colleges and Degrees listing. Holmes ranked #1 in accounting, #1 in criminal justice, #1 in healthcare, and #3 in medical billing and coding. The full list, compiled by SR Education Group’s website OnlineU, can be found on the organization’s website, http://www.onlineu.org/most-affordable-colleges.

Education group ranks four Holmes’ programs as Most Affordable Online Degrees

Holmes Community College was recently ranked first place in three programs and third place in one on the 2016 Most Affordable Online Colleges and Degrees listing. Holmes ranked #1 in accounting, #1 in criminal justice, #1 in healthcare, and #3 in medical billing and coding. The full list, compiled by SR Education Group's website OnlineU, can be found on the organization's website, http://www.onlineu.org/most-affordable-colleges. Read more

Pictured is Joel C. Hill, director of choral and vocal music on the Holmes Goodman Campus, who was recently named a Joint Board member and Conference Registrar for MMEA and ACDA.

MMEA, ACDA taps Hill for state boards

Joel C. Hill, Holmes Community College director of choral and vocal music on the Goodman Campus, was recently named a Joint Board Member and Conference Registrar for the State Chapters of both the (MMEA) Mississippi Music Educators Association and (ACDA) American Choral Directors Association. Read more

Pictured are Holmes Community College Magnolia GOLD students (left to right) Johnell Hartley from the Goodman Campus and Lane McTaggart from Ridgeland Campus. The two students were each honored by their peers with Certificate of Achievement Awards during the last week school.

Two Holmes Magnolia GOLD students honored

Two of the Holmes Magnolia GOLD students - Johnell Hartley from the Goodman Campus and Lane McTaggart from Ridgeland - were each honored by their peers with Certificate of Achievement Awards during the last week school. Read more

Holmes President Dr. Jim Haffey and MVSU President Dr. William Bynum, Jr. signed the memorandum of understanding Wednesday on the Goodman Campus of Holmes. The agreement outlines academic programming, faculty collaboration, and student success initiatives.

Holmes, Valley sign MOU

Holmes Community College and Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU) finalized a monumental partnership agreement on Wednesday, May 4, that allows the two institutions to maximize their educational resources and expertise to increase educational opportunities within the state. Read more

Pictured is Holmes Community College’s Joel Hill, director of choral and vocal music on the Goodman Campus, who was recently named a Joint Board Member and Conference Registrar for the State Chapters of both the (MMEA) Mississippi Music Educators Association and (ACDA) American Choral Directors Association.

State boards tap Hill for MMEA & ACDA

Joel C. Hill, Holmes Community College director of choral and vocal music on the Goodman Campus, was recently named a Joint Board Member and Conference Registrar for the State Chapters of both the (MMEA) Mississippi Music Educators Association and (ACDA) American Choral Directors Association. Read more

Mary Brantley

Brantley included in acknowledgements of national textbook

Mary Brantley, an English instructor on the Holmes Community College Ridgeland Campus, recently served on the advisory board for the national textbook, "The St. Martin's Guide to Writing" (11th edition Annotated), and her reviews were featured in the acknowledgments section. Not only was her name included in the list of acknowledgments (on p. xiii) in the national student edition, her review of the book was featured on the cover of the complimentary copy sent to instructors. Read more

The Holmes Community College Attala Center in Kosciusko is excited to announce the addition of a new course offering – Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMS 1118) – for the fall of 2016. Instructor Allen Green from Grenada plans to teach the course, which will meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Attala Center to offer EMS course in fall of 2016

The Holmes Community College Attala Center in Kosciusko is excited to announce the addition of a new course offering - Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMS 1118) - for the fall of 2016. Instructor Allen Green from Grenada plans to teach the course, which will meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Read more

Pictured (front row, left to right) is Abby Vance, Grenada Campus, Phi Theta Kappa All-Mississippi Academic Team, Second Team; Mallory Corley, Ridgeland, All-Mississippi Team, Second Team, Amina Jatoi, Ridgeland, All-Mississippi Team, Second Team; Etta Jennings, Grenada; (second row, left to right) Blair Booker, Ridgeland head librarian/Phi Theta Kappa advisor; Amber Harrison, Grenada English instructor/advisor; Cynthia Abel, administrative assistant to the Grenada Campus academic dean/advisor; Taylor Adcock, All-Mississippi Team, First Team, Ridgeland; Kristin Alexander, All-Mississippi Team, Second Team, Goodman; President of Holmes Dr. Jim Haffey; Chanda Sykes, Grenada Spanish instructor/advisor, and Will Alexander, Goodman engineering technology instructor/advisor.

Legislature honors 2016 All-Mississippi Academic Team

Holmes Community College students Taylor Adcock of Sallis, Kristin Alexander of Vaughan, Mallory Corley of Pelahatchie, Amina Jatoi of Ridgeland, Etta Jennings of Grenada, and Abby Vance of Grenada were honored at the All-Mississippi Community College Academic Team Recognition Luncheon on March 22. Read more

Winners of the Annual Mississippi Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) District Junior High Math Competition, held at Holmes Community College on Feb. 26, were Madison Middle School students (pictured, left to right) Sam Gaines (eighth grade), Matthew Yin (seventh grade), Vinson Lu (eighth grade), and Albert Xu (seventh grade).

Ridgeland Campus hosts district MCTM Junior High Math Contest

On Friday, Feb. 26, the Holmes Community College Mathematics Department hosted the Annual Mississippi Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) District Junior High Math Competition for area seventh and eighth grade students in the Joe A. Adams Student Center on the Ridgeland Campus. Read more

The Holmes Community College Goodman Campus, in partnership with Hunter Engineering, will be offering a five- week GMAW (MIG Welding) 30 hours training class that will begin April 14 in the Vocational Building.

Goodman Campus to offer GMAW (MIG Welding)

The Holmes Community College Goodman Campus, in partnership with Hunter Engineering, will be offering a five- week GMAW (MIG Welding) 30 hours training class that will begin April 14 in the Vocational Building. Read more

Ridgeland Campus winners

Bulldogs fare well at SkillsUSA

The SkillsUSA chapters from all three Holmes Community College campuses successfully competed in the annual competition hosted by the Mississippi Department of Education at the Jackson Convention Center March 1-2. Read more

Dr. Troy Milliken, a chemistry instructor on the Holmes Community College Ridgeland Campus, who recently contributed to an online textbook titled, “Chemistry.”

Milliken contributes to online chemistry textbook

Holmes Community College chemistry instructor Dr. Troy Milliken made his mark in the world of science after serving as one of several contributors to an online chemistry textbook titled simply, "Chemistry." It was published in 2015 by OpenStax College. Read more

One of Holmes Community College’s newer locations – the Yazoo County Economic Development and Educational Center in Yazoo City – is pleased to announce the addition of new workforce training/community course offerings for the spring of 2016.

Yazoo City expands course offerings for Spring 2016

One of Holmes Community College's newer locations - the Yazoo County Economic Development and Educational Center in Yazoo City - is pleased to announce the addition of new workforce training/community course offerings for the spring of 2016. Read more

The students selected for the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program to begin in Grenada in January 2016 met recently for a daylong orientation to become acquainted with the instructors and with one another.

Grenada Center holds PTA orientation

The students selected for the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program to begin in Grenada in January 2016 met recently for a daylong orientation to become acquainted with the instructors and with one another. Read more

Dr. Lindy McCain, left, Executive Director of the Holmes Development Foundation, Dr. Jim Haffey, second from left, President of Holmes, Dr. Don Phillips, second from right, President of the Holmes Development Foundation and Sue Phillips, right, Holmes Legacy Club member.

Grenada Center dedicates building to Phillips

There was no shortage of faculty, staff, students, friends, and family members present to wish the honoree well during the dedication ceremony for Donald E. Phillips Hall held at the Grenada Center of Holmes Community College November 6. Not surprising, considering the dedication and love Dr. Don Phillips has for Holmes. Read more

Pictured from left to right (front row) Clara Hankins, Bonnie Hankins, Al Hankins, Dr. Jim Haffey, (back row) Lee Hankins, Jerry Pegg, Dr. Don Phillips, and Jack Holmes.

Grenada Campus receives $75,000 donation

The Holmes Community College Grenada Center received a $75,000 donation from the Hankins Family. Owners of Hankins Lumber, Al and Lee, made the donation in honor of their father, Albert Burton Hankins, Sr. who devoted his life to the Pine Industry. Read more

Coulter, Adcock

HEADWAE honors Holmes' Coulter, Adcock

Holmes Community College's Dr. Stacey Coulter, English instructor on the Ridgeland Campus, and Taylor Adcock of Sallis, a sophomore pre-pharmacy student on the Goodman Campus, were among 68 outstanding faculty and students from 34 Mississippi public and private universities and colleges chosen to be honored by the Mississippi Legislature at the 29th Annual Higher Education Appreciation Day - Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE). Read more

Pictured is (back row) Holmes Community College African American Literature Instructor Arnetra Pleas with (left to right) her students LaShunda Brown, R.J. Hurston, and Genesis Powell.

Holmes African American Literature students get enhanced teaching

On October 13, several Holmes Community College Ridgeland Campus students, along with African American Literature Instructor Arnetra Pleas and English Instructor Mary Brantley, had the opportunity to hear Dr. Henry Louis Gates speak at the historic Galloway United Methodist Church in downtown Jackson. Read more

Holmes Community College police and security officers. These men and women are diligent in their responsibility to keep Holmes student, faculty, and staff safe on campus.

Holmes on cutting edge of safety

Holmes Community College is continuously doing its part to stay up-to-date with any measures necessary to ensure campus safety for its students, faculty and staff. Read more

Holmes Community College Associate Degree Nursing Instructor Tiffany Gordon Cox recently earned the designation Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) after meeting strict eligibility criteria and successfully completing a rigorous certification examination developed and administered by the National League for Nursing.

Cox earns national certification

Holmes Community College Associate Degree Nursing Instructor Tiffany Gordon Cox recently earned the designation Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) after meeting strict eligibility criteria and successfully completing a rigorous certification examination developed and administered by the National League for Nursing (NLN). Read more