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The Ridgeland Campus is now offering evening and weekend HSE testing.

Ridgeland Campus now offering evening and weekend HSE tests

Effective Sept. 9, 2019, Holmes will begin administering evening and weekend tests for High School Equivalency (HSE) on the Ridgeland Campus. The GED Test Center hours will be extended on Monday and Wednesday until 9 p.m. GED tests will be given the first Saturday of every month from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Read more

(top) Pictured are the 2019 Grenada Campus ADN graduates prior to their Pinning Ceremony. They are (front row, left to right) Kelvin Lamar, Ashley Wilson, Traci Wilcox, Madzimoyo Owusu, Hope Clark, Vickey Lucius, Chellsee Perry, Amber Hughes, Jacquelyn Brooks, James Pilgreen, Jerrice Mays, Chasity Boykin, Andrea Pike, (back row, left to right) Ivy Watson, Lauren Yarbrough, Amber Simpson, Breanne Picetti, Shirley Thornton, Jesse Rodgers, Taylor Hansen, Maridee Higginbotham, Shatoris Holmes, Meg Grissinger, Danielle Long and Hannah Moore.

(bottom) Pictured are the 2019 Ridgeland Campus ADN graduates prior to their Pinning Ceremony. They are (front row, left to right) Brittany Jones, Kristen Lee, Kelsey Oswalt, Ashley Nicole Ashley, Alexis Topik, Stephanie Paul, Katherine Middleton, Soma Dhar, Crystal Anderson, Madalyn Morris, Kaylee Butts, Veronica Rivers, Tori Sprowles, Gabriel Bridgeman, Crystel Sayles, (back row, left to right) Natasha Hudson, Emily Baldwin, Brooke Boteler, Kaitlyn Westcott, Shelby Smith, Madison Clausel, Kelsey Smith, Aqila Moses, Jessica Knott, Rebecca Dickard, Sam Jones, Alice Shelton and Aliesha Hudson.

ADN program boasts 98 percent pass rate across the district

Holmes Community College Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) students had a 98 percent pass rate on the first attempt of the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). The Holmes ADN program is a 66-hour program and graduates earn the Associate of Applied Science degree. Holmes offers the ADN program on the Grenada and Ridgeland campuses. Read more

Holmes Patrol Officer Sheyanne Dean, left, is congratulated by Goodman Police Chief Tony McDaniel at her recent graduation from the Mississippi Delta Community College Law Enforcement Training Academy.

Dean gains police certification

Holmes Community College patrol officer Sheyanne Dean of West recently graduated from the Mississippi Delta Community Law Enforcement Training Academy in Moorhead. Read more

Pictured is Theresa Hargett, an Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) instructor on the Holmes Community College Grenada Campus, recently earned a Doctor of Higher Education and Leadership from University of Mississippi.

Theresa Hargett earns Doctor of Higher Education and Leadership

Theresa Hargett, an Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) instructor on the Holmes Community College Grenada Campus, recently earned a Doctor of Higher Education and Leadership from the University of Mississippi. Hargett's dissertation was titled "Students' Perceptions and Strategies for Success in an Associate Degree Nursing Program." Read more

Pictured is Lisa Davis, an Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) instructor on the Holmes Community College Grenada Campus, who earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Education and Administration from William Carey University.

Lisa Davis earns PhD in Nursing Education and Administration

Lisa Davis, an Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) instructor on the Holmes Community College Grenada Campus, recently earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Education and Administration from William Carey University. Davis' dissertation was titled "Examining the Impact of Academic and Social Integration on Retention of First-Year Associate Degree Nursing Students." Read more

From Top (left) Terrell Hammett was recognized for 30 years of service. (right, seated left to right) Pamela Fells, Rosalyne Davis, Roxanne Harrison, (standing, left to right) Joe McDaniel and Tony McDaniel were recognized for 20 years of service. Those with 15 years of service include: (seated, left to right) Brenda Melton, Caroline Barton, Lynn Boykin, Dr. Stephanie Diffey, Addie Lusk, Joe Washington, (standing, left to right) Yancy Brewer, Jeffrey Brown, Justin Ferguson, J.R. Hall, Eric Kimbrough and Joey Netherland, Jr. Those with 10 years of service include: (seated, left to right) Dr. Theresa Hargett, Dr. Luke Jones, Patty Jones, Jessica Lepard, Cheryl Smith, (standing, left to right) Mitch Costilow, Josh Neagle, Pam Moore and Greg Wilson. Those with five years of service include: (seated, left to right) Christie Adams, Goodman; Shari Box, Miranda Burns, Arletha Coffey, Shea Coleman, Debbie Collins, Kristin Daniels, Kerri Edwards, Susan Garraway Anderson, Tina Garrett, Sandra Hultz, Meg King, James Floyd, Raymond Gross, James Hodges, Jason Kelly, Suzanne Lawshe, LaShonda Levy, Mary Margaret Busby, Sample, Elizabeth Shelby, Jennifer Smith, Lisa Wilbourn and Heather Wood. Not pictured: Dr. Troy Milliken and Judy Tucker.

Holmes recognizes faculty, staff for years of service

On Monday, Aug. 12, Holmes Community College celebrated the upcoming school year with an Opening Convocation on the Goodman Campus. This year's theme was "Back to the Future," giving employees an opportunity to rock their 80's garb if they felt inclined. In addition to the employee mix and mingle, a recognition of new employees, a welcome message by President Dr. Jim Haffey and breakout sessions by department, the institution also recognized those who have reached milestones for their years of service to Holmes. Read more

Pictured is Attala County native Matthew Moore, who was in the inaugural Ingalls shipfitting training program at Holmes and is now employed with Ingalls in Pascagoula.

From GED to Ingalls employment, Kosciusko native excels through Holmes programs

Holmes Community College began a new partnership with Ingalls Shipbuilding in 2018 and among those in the inaugural program was Attala County native Matthew Moore. This was not Moore's first time in a Holmes program, however; the 22-year-old first came to the college to earn a High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma. As a participant in the MI-BEST program, he not only took Adult Basic Education classes and earned his diploma, but also earned welding credits and completed the Ingalls shipfitting training program. Read more

Pictured is Drew Townsend, who will teach guitar sessions at the Holmes Attala Center in Kosciusko beginning in September.

Holmes to offer guitar classes at Attala Center

The Holmes Community College Attala Center is offering guitar sessions this fall taught by Drew Townsend. The first 12-week session is the Beginner Guitar class for ages 10-18, which will meet every Tuesday, beginning Sept. 3, from 7-8 p.m. The second course, Adult Guitar, will meet every Thursday, beginning Sept. 5, from 7-8 p.m. Limited seating is available. Read more

Pictured are (left to right) Holmes ADN students Mckenna Patridge, Maggie Bloodworth, Rudasia Lee, Tyler Bingham and Hannah Mabry following UMMC’s Preceptor/Student Nurse Extern Recognition Ceremony.

23 Ridgeland ADN students participate in summer externship program

Holmes Community College's Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program is one of the many nursing schools around the state to participate in the Summer Student Nurse Externship Program. This year, 23 Ridgeland Campus ADN students received externship placements in surrounding area hospitals. Employment sites included Baptist Hospital in Jackson, Baptist Hospital in Yazoo City, Crossgates Merit Health, Mississippi Methodist Rehabilitation Center (MMRC), St. Dominic's Hospital and the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). Read more

Pictured is Larry Webster, the Holmes Community College director of career and technical education-professional studies, whom recently earned his Ph.D. in human capital development from The University of Southern Mississippi.

Larry Webster earns PhD from Southern Miss

Larry Webster, the Holmes Community College director of career and technical education-professional studies, recently earned his Ph.D. in human capital development from The University of Southern Mississippi. Webster's dissertation was titled "Enabler and Barriers Influencing African American Administrators' Career Advancement at Predominantly White Institutions of Higher Learning." Read more

Sandra G. Townes, RN, a nursing instructor on the Holmes Community College Grenada Campus, whom recently earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Education and Administration from William Carey University.

Sandra Townes earns PhD in Nursing Education and Administration

Sandra G. Townes, RN, a nursing instructor on the Holmes Community College Grenada Campus, recently earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Education and Administration from William Carey University. Her dissertation was titled "The Perceived Effectiveness of a Learning and Life Skills Course for first-semester Associate Degree Nursing Students on Academic Skills, Nursing Knowledge, Preparation for the Nursing Curriculum and Retention." Read more

Pictured are the 2019 Ridgeland Campus EMS graduates following their ceremony on Aug. 1. They are (seated, left to right) John Joseph Kubala of Florence, William Walker Johns of Ridgeland, Gary Huhn of Saltillo, Cassaundra Dipaola of Madison, Tia R. Davis of Sontag, Rodney Joel Burch of Brandon, William C. Ainsworth of Madison, (standing, left to right) EMS instructor Yancy Brewer, Connor Holt Wilson of Madison, Peyton Avery Walchak of Madison, Terry Michael Wages of Terry, Andrew Dearing Villar of Benton, John Edward Throne of Braxton, Cody B. Moss of Ridgeland, Frank W. Mitchell of Florence, Michael Brayden McKay of Brandon, EMS Medical Director Dr. Steve Chouteau, EMS instructor Sandra Hultz and EMS Program Director Mark Galtelli.

Holmes Ridgeland Campus EMS students honored

The Ridgeland Campus of Holmes Community College held a ceremony to celebrate the graduating Emergency Medical Sciences Class on Aug. 1 in the McGowan Workforce Training Building. Sixteen students graduated from the program. Read more

Pictured is (left) Holmes Community College Associate Degree Nursing Chair Dr. Alice Austin accepting scholarship monies from (right) Director for the Office of Nursing Workforce Gregg Taylor.

Holmes nursing programs receive scholarship funding

The Mississippi Board of Nursing Office of Nursing Workforce presented scholarships to nursing schools in Mississippi during their regular business meeting on July 26. Holmes Community College received $12,000 in funding which will help nursing students in the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) and Practical Nursing (PN) programs. Holmes ADN Chair Dr. Alice Austin accepted the monies on behalf of the college. Read more

A new scholarship program through Mississippi Works is now available to Career-Technical Education students at Holmes Community College.

New scholarship opportunity available to Career-Tech students

A new scholarship program through Mississippi Works is now available to Career-Technical Education students at Holmes Community College. The Mississippi Works Career Tech Scholarship Program provides tuition assistance to those who enroll in approved Career and Technical Education Certificate and Associate of Applied Science degree programs identified through sector analysis to meet the workforce demands of the state. Read more

Pictured is Holmes Community College's Antoine Gates, whom recently earned his PhD in science and math education from the University of Southern Mississippi. This photo was taken by Martha Grace Gray Photography.

Antoine Gates earns doctoral degree

Antoine Gates, an instructor, Phi Theta Kappa adviser and Faculty Association advisor at Holmes Community College, recently completed his PhD in science and math education from the University of Southern Mississippi after defending his dissertation, "Faculty Interactions with Black Male Students at HBCUs and Community Colleges as Predictors of Academic Achievement in STEM." Read more

Pictured is the 2019 Horizons yearbook, which placed first in the cover category and fifth overall in the 2018-19 Mississippi Community and Junior College Press Association yearbook competition.

Holmes wins awards in state yearbook competition

Sometimes you can judge a book by its cover. In this case, Holmes Community College's Horizons yearbook placed first in the cover category in the 2018-19 Mississippi Community and Junior College Press Association yearbook competition. Read more

District Dog Lunches set for July

The Holmes Alumni Association is gearing up for their District Dog Lunches in the nine counties of Holmes's district in the month July. These events have been organized to help alumni network and socialize with other Alumni in the area. Lunches will be dutch and start at 11 AM at each location. All Alumni and friends are welcome. Read more