News Archive 2016

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BestColleges.com has selected Holmes Community College as one of the Best Community Colleges in Mississippi for 2017. Holmes was ranked No. 5 out the 15 community colleges in the state.

Holmes a Top 5 choice in Mississippi

BestColleges.com has selected Holmes Community College as one of the Best Community Colleges in Mississippi for 2017. Holmes was ranked No. 5 out the 15 community colleges in the state. Read more

The Holmes Community College Goodman Campus will hold an Electrical Lineman Program information meeting for those interested in being a part of the fall 2017 cohort on Tuesday, April 18 at 5 p.m. in the Science and Mathematics Building Auditorium. The meeting is mandatory for all potential students who are interested in applying to the 16-week training program.

Lineman Program info meeting set for April 18

The Holmes Community College Goodman Campus will hold an Electrical Lineman Program information meeting for those interested in being a part of the fall 2017 cohort on Tuesday, April 18 at 5 p.m. in the Science and Mathematics Building Auditorium. The meeting is mandatory for all potential students who are interested in applying to the 16-week training program. Read more

Pictured at the All-Mississippi Community College Academic Team Recognition Luncheon are (front row, left to right) Advisor Blair Booker, Aundria Price, Nicole Moffett, Emily Lamkin, Ashley Hatch and Holmes President Dr. Jim Haffey; and (back row, left to right) Advisor Will Alexander, Advisor Jason Kelly, Ridgeland Campus Vice-President Dr. Don Burnham, Advisor Amber Mabus, Goodman Campus Director Andy Wood and Grenada Campus Vice-President Michelle Burney. Not pictured: Honoree Daphna Jill Allen was recognized, but unable to attend the luncheon.

College board honors students at academic luncheon

Holmes Community College students Daphna Jill Allen, Ashley Hatch, Emily Lamkin, Brittany Nicole Moffett, and Aundria Price were honored at the All-Mississippi Community College Academic Team Recognition Luncheon on March 22. Held at the Jackson Convention Center, the luncheon recognized those students named to both the All-Mississippi First Team and Second Team. The program was established by the Mississippi Association for Community and Junior Colleges, the Mississippi Community College Board, and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Nominations are based on outstanding academic performance and service to the college and community. Read more

Pictured are the Holmes SkillsUSA members from all three Holmes campuses who competed in the 2017 State Championship Feb. 28-March 1.

Holmes shines at SkillsUSA Mississippi State Championship

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 Feb. 28-March 1. The first place winners will be traveling to the national competition in Louisville, Kentucky, June 19-23. Overall Holmes took home 13 awards: seven from the Goodman Campus, four from Grenada, and two from Ridgeland. Goodman SkillsUSA students Jenna Cummings, Kevin Luckett, Lauren Martin, David Orduna, Ann Pohlig, Lakesha Rand, and Hallie Westbrook performed the official closing out of the meeting; an honor bestowed on them for winning first place in the Opening and Closing Ceremonies category. Morgan Lancaster and Ivory Smith also took home a first place win for Esthetics. Other Goodman students brought home medals, as well. Paige Hitt and Caitlyn Pounders placed third in the Nail Care division, Michelle McMullough placed third in Cosmetology, Todd Ingle placed third in Collision Repair, Josh Saxton placed third in Appliance Repair, and Clark Tyner placed third in Technical Math. From the Grenada Campus, there were two first place and two second place wins. Brittany Starnes won first place in Medical Terminology, and Meredith Moore brought home first for First Aid/CPR. In the Job Interview category, Angela Stowers won second place, and Marlena Pendleton won second in Extemporaneous Speaking. Ridgeland Campus students Dmorris Walker and Denzel Thompson both brought home third place wins from the competition. Walker placed third in Job Skill Demonstration, and Thompson in Job Interview. Read more

Pictured are Ridgeland Phi Theta Kappa inductees for the spring of 2017, along with officers and advisers.

Ridgeland Campus inducts 27 into honor society

The Holmes Community College Alpha Lambda Sigma Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, housed on the Ridgeland Campus, inducted 27 new members into the honor society on March 6 in the D.P. "Pat" McGowan Workforce Training Center auditorium. Read more

Bayley Cook (center) was named 2017 Most Beautiful. The 2017 Beauties included (left to right) Hallie Murtagh, Nikki Merchant, Sydney Boteler, and Rae Patridge.

Cook wins 2017 Most Beautiful

Bayley Cook of Winona was named 2017 Most Beautiful in Holmes Community College's Parade of Beauties pageant held Feb. 28 on the Goodman Campus. Cook, daughter of Shannon and Robyn Dunn, and of Rod and Renee Cook, is a freshman pre-dental hygiene major on the Grenada Campus. Read more

Bowman receives Entergy's President's Life Saving Award

On Friday, Nov. 4, Holmes Community College lineman school graduate Ben Bowman (Class of Spring 2013) and an Entergy co-worker put their training into action responding to a traffic accident near their worksite. By removing the driver of the car, performing CPR and utilizing an AED the two saved the man's life. Read more

Dr. Harlan Zackery, Jr., will present a piano recital  March 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the D.P.

Piano recital March 21 on Ridgeland Campus

A piano recital with Dr. Harlan Zackery, Jr. is set for March 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the D.P. "Pat" McGowan Workforce Training Center on the Holmes Ridgeland Campus. A reception will follow the recital in the lobby. The event is free and open to the public. Read more

Holmes Community College has been named one of the nation’s Best Online Community Colleges for 2016.

Site taps Holmes as Best Online College

Holmes Community College has been named one of the nation's Best Online Community Colleges for 2016 by AffordableCollegesOnline.org (ACO), a leader in higher education information, resources and rankings. Read more

Holmes mourns death of Dr. Donald E. Phillips

The Holmes Community College family is saddened to learn of the passing of longtime Holmes Foundation President Dr. Donald E. Phillips. Dr. Phillips, 84, an alumnus, former athlete and coach, died on Feb. 2 at his home in Brandon. Read more

2017 Spring Registration

2017 Spring Registration

Registration for the Spring Semester at Holmes Community College continues this week and includes six on-campus registration dates starting on Tuesday, Jan. 3. Read more

2016 Graphic Edge Bowl Sunday

The Bulldogs will face 6-5 Iowa Western on Dec. 4 in the Graphic Edge Bowl in Cedar Falls, Iowa in the UNI Dome at 3 p.m. You can listen to the game on breezynews.com or 101.1 FM or watch live at http://vcloud.volarvideo.com/broadcast/embed/37425?autoplay=0&site=iwcc. Read more

IN THIS PHOTO: Jim Shirley, instructor of Jim Shirley, physics and engineering instructor, and Lane Spell of Lexington, a sophomore mechanical engineering student, have been named Holmes Community College's honorees for the Legislature's HEADWAE (Higher Education Appreciation Day – Working for Academic Excellence) program for 2017.

Shirley, Spell are 2017 Holmes HEADWAE recipients

Jim Shirley of Yazoo City, physics and engineering instructor, and Lane Spell of Lexington, a sophomore mechanical engineering student, have been named Holmes Community College's honorees for the Legislature's HEADWAE (Higher Education Appreciation Day - Working for Academic Excellence) program for 2017. Shirley and Spell are both on the institution's Goodman Campus Read more

IN THIS PHOTO: (left to right) Joe David White, Natural Sciences Department Chair; Ashley Weaver; Dr. Santosh Parakkal, engineering, physics, and physical science instructor, and Dr. Troy Milliken, chemistry instructor.

Weaver scores in high percentile on Dental Admission Test

Former Holmes Community College pre-dental student Ashley Weaver of Madison recently scored in the 95th percentile in the nation on her Dental Admission Test (DAT). On Nov. 16, she came and spoke to students on the Holmes Ridgeland Campus about preparing for professional school. An energetic, animated speaker, she kept the students' attention from start to finish as she doled out meaningful advice on how to follow their dreams. Read more

Pictured are Holmes alumnae Taylor Adcock of Sallis (Class of ’16) and Lily Fran McCrory of Lexington (Class of ’15), both of whom recently received early admittance into professional school programs.

Adcock, McCrory accepted into professional programs

Two Holmes Community College alumnae, Taylor Adcock of Sallis (Class of '16) and Lily Fran McCrory of Lexington (Class of '15), each recently received early admittance into professional school programs. Adcock was admitted to School of Pharmacy at The University of Mississippi and McCrory received admittance to medical school at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Both young ladies will begin their programs in the fall of 2017. Read more

Clinton’s Colby wins 2016 Full-Time Student Contest

Clinton's Colby wins 2016 Full-Time Student contest

Holmes Community College student David Colby of Clinton was announced the lucky winner of the Fall Full-Time Contest on Wednesday, Oct. 26. His prize? A 2016 Honda Rancher 4x4, Holmes special edition! Colby, a pre-medical student on the Ridgeland Campus, was chosen from the pool of 4,000 Holmes students from 71 counties who registered for 16 hours or more this fall semester. Read more

Pictured is Holmes Community College Mortuary Science instructor David Jones with his Merchandising and Management Class outside of Garner-Harper Funeral Home in Grenada. Pictured (left to right) are Greg Miller, Montonia Butler, Jennetta Owens, Kasheda Barnes, Jayden Grey, Leilana Ghimire, Greg Shaffer, Viki Avery, Matthew Strickland, David Jones, and Kathy and Wendell Stringer (the owners of Garner-Harper).

Mortuary Science class takes learning outside classroom

On Thursday, Oct. 11, the Holmes Community College Mortuary Science Department's Merchandising and Management Class was privileged to tour Batesville Casket Company's Panola Plant in Batesville, followed by Garner-Harper Funeral Home in Grenada. The students were accompanied by instructor David R. Jones. Read more

Homecoming 2016

Homecoming is set for Oct. 29

On Saturday, Oct. 29, Holmes Community College will be hosting its annual all-day Homecoming celebra­tion on the Goodman Campus. This is Holmes 91st year in existence. Read more

Gardner is 2016 World War II honoree

Gardner is 2016 World War II honoree

The Holmes Community College 2016 is proud to honor the Montpelier native Burnis Theodore Gardner (Class of '50) as the Holmes Community College World War II Honoree. The award will be presented on Oct. 29 at this year's Homecoming Celebration held on the Goodman Campus. Read more

Peeples is 2016 Distinguished Service Award recipient

Peeples is 2016 Distinguished Service Award recipient

The Holmes Community College 2016 Distinguished Service Award recipient is Dr. John Lee (J.L.) Peeples, Jr. (class of '63). He is the owner and operator of Peeples Pecan Company located in Starkville. The award will be presented on October 29 at this year's Homecoming Celebration held on the Goodman Campus. Read more

Holmes taps Belk Alumnus of the Year

Holmes taps Belk Alumnus of the Year

The Holmes Community College 2016 Alumnus of the Year recipient is Johnny A. "Bit" Belk (Class of '58). The award will be presented on Oct. 29 at this year's Homecoming Celebration held on the Goodman Campus. Read more

Holmes to host financial education boot camp

Financial education boot camp set for Oct. 4

Holmes Community College will host a Mississippi Community Financial Access Coalition (MCFAC) financial education training boot camp on Tuesday, Oct. 4, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the Vocational-Technology Building on the Goodman Campus. Read more

Pictured are Gwen Graham, NaTunya Johnson, and Heather Jones, who will represent Holmes Community College at the annual Lamplighters Conference.

Graham, Johnson, and Jones honored as Lamplighters

Three Holmes Community College instructors will be honored at the prestigious Lamplighters Conference Oct. 6-7 in Brookhaven. Gwen Graham, English instructor on the Grenada Campus; NaTunya Johnson, district department chair of the Business and Office Technology (BOT) Department and BOT instructor on the Ridgeland Campus, and Heather Jones, chemistry instructor and head cheerleading coach on the Goodman Campus will attend the three-day professional development conference hosted by Copiah-Lincoln Community College. Read more

Holmes ranks No. 2 among online colleges in the state according to Onlinecolleges.com.

Holmes ranks No. 2 among state online colleges

Holmes Community College was recently ranked as the No. 2 college in the state of Mississippi by OnlineColleges.com. The rankings are based on a variety of factors, including affordability, student services and the availability of online programs. Read more

Holmes World AIDS Day observance receives award

Holmes World AIDS Day observance receives award

The Madison County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., is the recipient of several awards of distinction presented during the sorority's 90th Southern Regional Conference in Kissimmee, Florida. During the Southern Regional Conference, more than 3000 Delta women gathered to celebrate their sisterhood, service, and scholarship. The Madison County Alumnae Chapter received five awards and one of those was a Distinguished Service Award for the World AIDS Day observance held on the Ridgeland Campus of Holmes Community College on Dec. 1, 2015. Read more

Pictured (left) is Khidari Barksdale, a student who went through the GED preparation courses at Holmes Community College, took and passed his GED, and is now a full-time freshman at Holmes. With Barksdale is (left to right) Holmes GED Test Administrator Lina Lopez and Holmes GED Instructor Brooke Hood.

From GED to full-time student

Khidari Barksdale of Madison has come a long way from his days as a shy homeschooled student. When his parents told him they wanted him to either finish his high school diploma at a public school or earn his General Educational Development Test (GED), the soft-spoken teenager decided the latter was the best choice for him. Since that day, Barksdale has gone through the GED readiness courses, passed all four tests, and enrolled as a freshman, all at Holmes Community College on the Ridgeland Campus. Read more

Pictured is Holmes Community College Associate Degree Nursing Instructor Pamela McCollum, RN, MSN, MS, BS, who recently earned her PhD in Nursing Education and Administration from William Carey University.

McCollum earns PhD

Holmes Community College Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Instructor Pamela McCollum, RN, MSN, MS, BS, recently earned her PhD in Nursing Education and Administration from William Carey University in Hattiesburg. Read more

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Attala Center offers plumbing trades course in conjunction with Ivey Mechanical

The Holmes Community College Attala Center, in conjunction with Ivey Mechanical Company, LLC, is offering an "Introduction to Plumbing Trades" training course in the spring of 2017. The Plumbing Trades course is a 16-week course that prepares students to assemble, install, and repair pipes, fittings and fixtures for heating, water, and drainage systems according to specifications and plumbing codes. Read more

Electrical Lineman Program information meeting set for Aug. 30

Lineman Program meeting set for Aug. 30

The Holmes Community College Goodman Campus will hold an Electrical Lineman Program information meeting for those interested in being a part of the spring cohort on Tuesday, Aug. 30, at 5 p.m. in the Science and Mathematics Building Auditorium on the Goodman Campus. The meeting is mandatory for all potential students who are interested in applying to the 16-week training program. Read more

Students in the Holmes Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program recently became the first in the state to have students published in a scholarly publication. Their article on postural alignment was printed in ADVANCE for Occupational Therapy Practitioners. The students in the 2016 OTA program are: (front row, left to right) Valerie Hill, Shelby Brohaugh, Thomas Moore, Jasmine Proctor, Tiah Jones, Monica Wilkins, Hannah Moore, (back row, left to right) Micah Patterson, Morgan Inman, Hannah Poole, Jordyn Potter, Chelsea Weeks, Cassidy Sasser, and Ambric Williams.

OTA students published in ADVANCE magazine

Students in the Holmes Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program recently became the first in the state to have students published in a scholarly publication. Fourteen OTA students contributed to an article on postural alignment that was published in the industry magazine ADVANCE for Occupational Therapy Practitioners. ADVANCE offers cutting-edge strategies, innovations, salary information and more for those in the field of occupational therapy. Read more

The Holmes Community College Attala Center in Kosciusko is offering the Professional Truck Driving Training Program beginning Sept. 12.

Attala Center offers Professional Truck Driving Program, CDL prep course

The Holmes Community College Attala Center in Kosciusko is offering the Professional Truck Driving Training Program beginning Sept. 12. The Professional Truck Driving Training is a six-week program that prepares students to enter the commercial truck driving industry. The program includes classroom, controlled driving environment, and road driving to provide instruction in operating diesel powered vehicles, DOT rules and regulations, shifting techniques, pre and post trip inspections, loading and unloading cargo, and keeping necessary records. Prior to the fall term program beginning, the Attala Center will offer the CDL preparation course, designed to prepare applicants for the CDL Commercial Learner's Permit. The prep course will be available - free of charge - from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Aug. 6 and Aug. 13. Read more

Pictured are (left to right) Kana Williams and Jason Miles. On July 1, Williams was promoted to program director of the Holmes Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program, and Miles was hired as the academic fieldwork coordinator and instructor for the program.

OTA program undergoes leadership changes for 2016-17 school year

The Holmes Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant program, which is housed on the Ridgeland Campus, has recently undergone changes in leadership. Kana Williams, who has served as the academic fieldwork coordinator in the OTA program since 2008, moved into the position of OTA program director on July 1. Simultaneously, new hire Jason D. Miles, MOTR/L, a former occupational therapist within the Vicksburg Warren County School District, has assumed Williams' position as academic fieldwork coordinator and instructor. Read more

Take15

Take 15: Full-time student status rises to 15 hours

Beginning with the Fall 2016 term, students across the state must enroll in and complete 15 credit hours per semester to maintain eligibility for state aid for programs that require full-time enrollment. This new "Take-15"eligibility requirement applies to undergraduate students throughout the state of Mississippi. Read more

Attala Works

KAP/Holmes CC launch Attala Works initiative

The Attala Center of Holmes Community College (Holmes CC) and the Kosciusko Attala Partnership (KAP) are collaborating to launch Attala Works, an initiative aimed to measure, engage and enhance the workforce in Attala County. Read more

Holmes employees complete leadership program

Holmes employees complete leadership program

Holmes Community College is proud to announce that four of its employees - Stephanie Diffey, Amanda Kay Kelly, Bronwyn Martin, and Slade Redwine - recently graduated from the Mississippi Community College Leadership Academy (MCCLA). Read more

NJCAA taps 29 athletes for academic excellence

The NJCAA recognized a record-number 4,587 student-athletes for their success in the classroom Tuesday with the presentation of the 2015-16 NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards including 29 from Holmes Community College. Read more