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Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves spoke during yesterday's press conference revealing the results of the community college system's economic impact study.

Colleges reveal results of economic impact study

Mississippi's 15 Community College presidents gathered at the State Capitol with data proving the two-year college system is valuable to the state in numerous ways. They commissioned an economic impact report by NSPARC, or the National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center at Mississippi State University to analyze the more than 100-year old community college system to determine who is served by the statewide network, the outcomes in relation to the labor market and the estimated overall economic impact on the state. Read more

Holmes Foundation awarded NEH Challenge Grant for McMorrough Library

Holmes Community College is proud to announce that the Holmes Community College Development Foundation, Inc. has been named as one of the 2020 grant recipients selected by National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grant on behalf of the McMorrough Library and Archives. The HCC Development Foundation sought the NEH matching grant to strengthen and aid the library in warranting excellent humanities provisions. Read more

A Holmes Community College specialty tag has recently been released for purchase. Please help support Holmes Community College by picking yours up today!

Holmes CC specialty tag available for purchase

Holmes Community College (HCC) Development Foundation has launched a new opportunity for Mississippi residents, especially alumni, employees, and friends to show their support of Holmes through their daily travels. Holmes is the only community college in the state of Mississippi with a specialty car tag. Read more

Pictured are (left to right) ADN instructor Dr. Tiffany Cox, Tonya Spells, ADN student Lyric Richards of Madison and ADN Chair Dr. Alice Austin at the 2019 Eliza Pillars Registered Nurses of Mississippi District IV Scholarship Gala on Dec. 13. Richards, a sophomore on the Holmes Community College Ridgeland Campus, was awarded a scholarship during the “An Evening with the Stars” gala.

Richards receives Eliza Pillars RN of MS nursing scholarship

Holmes Community College Ridgeland Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) sophomore Lyric S. Richards of Madison received a scholarship during the 2019 Eliza Pillars Registered Nurses of Mississippi District IV Scholarship Gala. Held on Dec. 13 at Fondren Hall in Jackson, the gala theme was "An Evening with the Stars." ADN instructor Dr. Tiffany Cox, ADN adjunct instructor Tonya Spells and ADN Chair Dr. Alice Austin attended the event with Richards. Read more

Holmes Community College will begin offering Adult Education classes in Eupora at the Eupora Depot located 855 South Dunn Street beginning Jan. 15.

Holmes to offer Adult Ed classes in Eupora

Holmes Community College will begin offering Adult Education classes in Eupora at the Eupora Depot located 855 South Dunn Street beginning Jan. 15. The Holmes Adult Education program will hold orientation for High School Equivalency (HSE) classes Feb. 24-26 at 8:30 a.m. Classes will be held Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Read more

President's/Dean's Lists named for Fall Semester

Academic and technical students with exemplary quality point averages are recognized at the end of the fall and spring semesters by being named to the President's or Dean's list. To be eligible for such recognition a student must be enrolled in at least twelve semester hours. Read more

Pictured is J.R. Hall, a history, philosophy and religion instructor on the Holmes Community College Ridgeland Campus, who has been named the 2020 Humanities Teacher of the Year. He will present his lecture, “The History and Phenomena of John Newton’s Amazing Grace with American Christianity and Beyond,” on Feb. 18 at 12:15 p.m. in the D.P. McGowan Workforce Training Center on the Ridgeland Campus.

J.R. Hall selected as Holmes Humanities Teacher of the Year

John Robert "J.R." Hall, a history, philosophy and religion instructor on the Ridgeland Campus, was selected as the 2019-2020 Holmes Community College Humanities Teacher of the Year. He will deliver his scholarly presentation, "The History and Phenomena of John Newton's Amazing Grace with American Christianity and Beyond," on Feb. 18, 2020, at 12:15 p.m. The presentation will be held in the D. P. "Pat" McGowan Workforce Training Center on the Ridgeland Campus and a reception will follow the presentation. The lecture is free and the public is encouraged to attend. Read more

Pictured are 2020 HEADWAE honorees Angela Miles, a mathematics instructor on the Holmes Community College Goodman Campus, and Britt Grace, a sophomore on the Goodman Campus.

HEADWAE taps Miles, Grace as 2020 Holmes award recipients

Angela Jones Miles, a mathematics instructor, and Britton English Grace, a civil engineering major, have been named Holmes Community College's honorees for the 2020 Legislature's HEADWAE (Higher Education Appreciation Day Working for Academic Excellence) program. Miles is an instructor and Grace is a sophomore on the Goodman Campus of Holmes. Read more

Intelligent.com, a trusted resource for online degree rankings and higher education planning, has announced the Top 47 Associate in Psychology Degree Programs for 2020, and Holmes Community College made the list.

Holmes' associate in psychology degree named top program by Intelligent.com

Intelligent.com, a trusted resource for online degree rankings and higher education planning, has announced the Top 47 Associate in Psychology Degree Programs for 2020, and Holmes Community College made the list. The comprehensive research guide is based on an assessment of 81 accredited colleges and universities in the nation. Each program is evaluated based on curriculum quality, graduation rate, reputation, and post-graduate employment. Read more

The Holmes Community College Attala Center in Kosciusko is offering a variety of courses and a community enrichment class during the spring of 2020.

Attala Center announces spring 2020 courses

The Holmes Community College Attala Center in Kosciusko is offering a variety of courses and a community enrichment class during the spring of 2020. Course offerings include: Ingalls/Ivey Shipfitting and Pipefitting Class, HVAC and Brick Masonry. The community enrichment courses are beginner quilting, guitar lessons, a cookie decorating class and a variety of art classes. Read more

The Holmes Community College Yazoo County Educational Center is offering a variety of courses and a community enrichment class during the spring of 2020. Course offerings include: HVAC, Brick Masonry and Residential Wiring. The community enrichment course will be a “Still Life with Flowers” painting workshop.

Holmes Yazoo location announces spring 2020 courses

The Holmes Community College Yazoo County Educational Center is offering a variety of courses and a community enrichment class during the spring of 2020. Course offerings include: HVAC, Brick Masonry and Residential Wiring. The community enrichment course will be a "Still Life with Flowers" painting workshop. Read more

Pictured at The Home Place after delivering gifts are (left to right) Mary Haralson, Jennifer Smith, Officer Judy Tucker and student Khidari Barksdale.

Rotoract Club brings Christmas cheer to The Home Place

The Holmes Community College Rotoract Club, advised by Assistant Librarian Jennifer Smith, collected Angel Tree items for The Home Place and delivered them on Thursday, Dec. 5. The Home Place is an assisted living facility in Madison, and over the past several years, different Holmes organizations from the Ridgeland Campus have helped make sure the residents there have a merrier Christmas. Read more

The Holmes Community College Adult Education program will hold orientation sessions throughout the district in January 2020.

Adult Education program to hold orientation across the district

The Holmes Community College Adult Education program will hold orientation sessions throughout the district in January 2020. The orientation for the Attala Center in Kosciusko will be held Jan. 13-5 at 8:30 a.m. The Ridgeland Campus orientation will be held Jan. 13-5 at 8:30 a.m. and also on Jan. 16 at 5 p.m. Finally, the orientation for the Yazoo City location will be Jan. 14-16 at 8:30 a.m. Read more

The Holmes Attala Center will host a job fair on Dec. 11.

Holmes Attala Center to host job fair

Holmes Community College, in partnership with the Mississippi Department of Employment Security Commission, is hosting a job fair at the Holmes Attala Center on Wednesday, Dec.11 from 9 - 11:30 a.m. The Attala Center is located at 620 West Jefferson Street, Kosciusko. Read more

Spring 2020 Registration is now open

Holmes Community College registration for the spring term began on Nov. 11. The college offers transferable academic courses, the Associate of Arts degree, the Associate of Applied Science degree, technical certificates and career certificates, as well as workforce training. Read more

Pictured is Holmes Community College Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) instructor Barbara Puryear with her husband Steve Puryear after being recognized as Mississippi College’s 2019 School of Nursing Alumna of the Year during a dinner on MC’s campus on Friday, Oct. 25.

Puryear named MC's School of Nursing Alumna of the Year

Holmes Community College Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) instructor Barbara Brown Puryear was honored as Mississippi College's 2019 School of Nursing Alumna of the Year during a dinner on MC's campus on Friday, Oct. 25. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from MC in 1976, Puryear moved on to the University of Southern Mississippi, where she earned a master's in nursing with a focus on mental health. She also studied at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and The University of Florida. Read more

Pictured is Holmes Community College alumnus James Baggett who established the James Baggett Scholarship for surgical technology students at Holmes

Holmes surgical tech alumnus gives back to his alma mater through scholarship

Holmes Community College alumnus James Baggett of Jackson decided to give back to his alma mater by establishing the James Baggett Scholarship. A former surgical technology student on the Holmes Ridgeland Campus, he designated the scholarship to go to a surgical technology student on the Ridgeland Campus on the basis of financial need and academic potential. Read more

Holmes Community College Workforce Development,in conjunction with Anel Corporation, is now offering a Welding Evening Class on the Goodman Campus.

Goodman Campus offering Welding Evening Class

Holmes Community College Workforce Development,in conjunction with Anel Corporation, is now offering a Welding Evening Class on the Goodman Campus. Students can still register for the non-credit course, but should do so quickly with only a few spots left. The five-week course will meet on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 5:30-8:30 p.m. beginning Tuesday, Oct. 1. Read more

Pictured is Holmes Community College Fine Arts Chair and art instructor Jay Cheatham who will teach two different community art classes over the next couple of months on the Goodman Campus.

Goodman Campus to offer community art classes

The Holmes Community College Goodman Campus is offering two different art classes taught by Fine Arts Chair and art instructor Jay Cheatham this fall. The activity-specific workshops include: Still Life with Flowers and Christmas Ornaments. Read more

Ridgeland Campus Homecoming Maids include: (left to right) Freshman Maid Amanda Jacobs of Jackson; Freshman Maid Deja Sloan of Houston, Texas; Student Body Maid Isabella Wade of Madison; Sophomore Maid Destiny Maxwell of Brookhaven and Sophomore Maid Brandi Palmer of Jackson.

Ridgeland Campus announces 2019 Homecoming Maids

Holmes Community College recently announced members of the 2019 Homecoming Court. Ridgeland Campus Homecoming Maids include: Student Body Maid Isabella Wade of Madison; Sophomore Maid Destiny Maxwell of Brookhaven; Sophomore Maid Brandi Palmer of Jackson; Freshman Maid Amanda Jacobs of Jackson and Freshman Maid Deja Sloan of Houston, Texas. Read more

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