News Archive 2017

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Mabus receives TYCAM's Ovid Vickers Award

Grenada Campus English Instructor and English, Foreign Language and Speech Department co-chair at Holmes Amber Mabus recently received the Ovid S. Vickers Award for Excellence in The Teaching of English from the Two-Year College English Association of Mississippi at their annual meeting at Eagle Ridge Conference Center in Raymond in late September. Read more

Pictured is (center) Marsha Credit of Jackson receiving her diploma from Holmes Community College. Credit is the first student to be awarded a degree through the Complete2Compete (C2C) program at Holmes. Pictured with Credit are (left to right) Ridgeland Trek Coordinator/C2C Coach Vic Parker, Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness/C2C Leader Stephanie Diffey, Holmes President Dr. Jim Haffey and Goodman/Grenada Trek Coordinator/C2C Coach Jonathan Wright.

Holmes awards degree through Complete2Compete initiative

Holmes Community College awarded Marsha Credit of Jackson an Associate of Arts degree through the Complete2Compete (C2C) program. Credit is the first Holmes student to receive a degree through C2C since the program's launch in August. Credit completed her program of study in elementary education on the Ridgeland Campus. Read more

Pictured is Payton Earley, a 2017 Holmes alumna, who was chosen for the College Disney Program. Currently a junior at Belhaven University, Earley will begin the program in the spring of 2018.

Holmes alumna chosen for Prestigious Disney College Program

Holmes Community College 2017 alumna Payton Earley of Brandon recently found out that she has been chosen for a coveted spot in the Disney College Program at the Walt Disney World Resort. Earley is currently a junior journalism major at Belhaven University and she will move to Orlando, Florida, on Jan. 22 to begin her semester-long internship. Read more

Pictured is Heather Wood with her husband, James.

Grenada Campus Math instructor reflects on cancer journey

At 27 years old, you expect life changes to occur as you near the end of one decade and look forward to the next. For some, those changes include marriage, birth of a child, job promotions or building a house. For Heather Wood, a mathematics instructor on the Holmes Community College Grenada Campus, it was being diagnosed with breast cancer. Read more

Pictured are Holmes Phi Theta Kappa members (left to right) Ashlee Bennett, Johnna Davis and Hallie Westbrook. All three young ladies were chosen for the new Get2College scholarship intern program.

Get2College taps three students for internship program

Three Holmes Community College students - Ashlee Bennett of Grenada, Johnna Davis of Flora and Hallie Westbrook of Pickens - were chosen for the new Get2College intern scholarship program in partnership with Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK). These three ladies are all members of Phi Theta Kappa chapters; Bennett on the Holmes Grenada Campus, Davis on the Ridgeland Campus and Westbrook in Goodman. Read more

Holmes Community College has been ranked the #2 best community college in the United States in terms of “Best Value” by AffordableCollegesOnline.org (ACO).

Holmes ranks No. 2 best community college by online site

Holmes Community College has been ranked the #2 best community college in the United States in terms of "Best Value" by AffordableCollegesOnline.org (ACO), a leader in higher education information, resources and rankings. The college was ranked for standing out in both quality and affordability. Read more

Pictured are some of Holme' Mi-Best students - Carolyn Russell, Shaniqua Washington, Ruth Dickens, Frank Sandifer, Tonya Williams, Christopher Brown, Curran Upshaw, Alyssa Hays, Amber Hays, Summer Wills, Cari Dean, Desiree Myers , Avery Gilbert, Jade Ervin, Clint Miller, Thelma Winters, Mercedes Brown, and Angelina Estes. Nathan Hutchison, Tommy Trussel, Teresa Trussel, Instructors, and Christi Morgan, Navigator.

Attala Center implements MI-BEST program

The Holmes Community College Attala Center has implemented a program called MI-BEST (Mississippi Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training) which is an accelerated approach to the instruction of skills training and workplace preparation. There is no cost for tuition for students who qualify for this program. Read more

Homecoming set for Saturday, Oct. 21

Homecoming 2017 is set for Saturday, Oct. 21 on the Goodman Campus with activities starting at 9 a.m. and lasting until the final horn sounds for the Bulldogs football game with Northeast. Read more

The Holmes Community College Phi Theta Kappa Alpha Lambda Sigma Chapter is holding an Embryo Adoption Awareness Event at the D.P. “Pat” McGowan Workforce Training Center in Ridgeland on Thursday, Oct. 19 from 6-8 p.m. Dr. John D. Isaacs Jr., a reproductive endocrinologist, will present the medical aspects of embryo adoption and Ashley Pittman, J.D, LL.M, an attorney, will present the legal aspects of embryo adoption.

Phi Theta Kappa to host Embryo Adoption Awareness even

The Holmes Community College Phi Theta Kappa Alpha Lambda Sigma Chapter is holding an Embryo Adoption Awareness Event at the D.P. "Pat" McGowan Workforce Training Center in Ridgeland on Thursday, Oct. 19 from 6-8 p.m. Dr. John D. Isaacs Jr., a reproductive endocrinologist, will present the medical aspects of embryo adoption and Ashley Pittman, J.D, LL.M, an attorney, will present the legal aspects of embryo adoption. Read more

The Holmes Community College Ridgeland Campus freshmen Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) students pose for a group photo prior to assisting with the 19th Annual St. Dominic Senior Fest on Sept. 22 at the Mississippi Trade Mart.

Nursing students participate in St. Dominic Wellness Fest

The 40 Holmes Community College Ridgeland Campus freshmen Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) students participated in the 19th Annual St. Dominic Senior Wellness Fest on Sept. 22. Held at Mississippi Trade Mart in downtown Jackson, the annual event is one of Mississippi's largest senior events of the year. Read more

Holmes linemen program alum aid in hurricane relief.

Holmes linemen program alumni aid in hurricane relief

Alumni of Holmes Community College's electric linemen program employed with various electric companies are putting their skills to good use in the wake of the recent hurricanes. Although Holmes instructors feel certain that there are other graduates aiding in the relief efforts, there are - for certain - five former students working in Texas and one in Florida. Read more

IN THIS PHOTO: Pictured are the members of the Holmes Community College Goodman Campus SkillsUSA Opening and Closing Team who won third place in the National SkillsUSA competition in Louisville, Kentucky on June 23. They are (front, left to right) Ann Pohlig, Hallie Westbrook, Lauren Martin, and (back, left to right) Lakesha Rand, Kevin Luckett, David Orduna and Jenna Cummings.

Goodman Campus SkillsUSA places third at nationals

The Holmes Community College Goodman Campus SkillsUSA Opening and Closing Team won third place in the National SkillsUSA competition in Louisville, Kentucky on June 23. The team included Jenna Cummings, Kevin Luckett, Lauren Martin, David Orduna, Ann Pohlig, Lakesha Rand and Hallie Westbrook. Read more

Holmes in conjunction with Ivey Mechanical is offering an Introduction to Plumbing paid training course.

Holmes/Ivey to offer Intro to Plumbing course

The Holmes Community College Attala Center is partnering with Ivey Mechanical to offer an Introduction to Plumbing Trades paid training course. Fifteen students will be selected for the program, which will run from Oct. 9 to Dec. 8. The course, taught by Carl Bibbs, will run Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Attala Center, located on 620 West Jefferson St. in Kosciusko. There is no charge to take the course. Read more

Pictured is Holmes Community College Goodman Campus Academic Dean Dr. Jenny Bailey Jones who was recently named director of the Holmes Attala Center in Kosciusko.

Holmes taps Jones Director of Holmes Attala Center

Dr. Jenny Bailey Jones was named director of the Holmes Community College Attala Center in Kosciusko. In addition to running the Attala Center, Jenny will continue to serve as an academic dean at the college, overseeing instruction in Goodman and Kosciusko. Dr. Jones is stepping into this role held by Nancy McRight as she begins her retirement from Holmes. Read more

Bully for the 2017-18 school year at Mississippi State University.

Micheal Edmonds: Once Bully, Always Bully

They say every dog has its day and for recent Holmes alum Michael Edmonds, that day was Saturday, April 8. That was the day that Mississippi State University informed Michael, the current Holmes mascot that he had been chosen to be MSU's Bully for the 2017-18 school year. Read more

Pictured is Holmes Community College Associated Degree Nursing instructor Tiffany Cox, whom recently earned her Ph.D. in Nursing Education and Administration from William Carey University in Hattiesburg.

Cox earns Ph.D. in Nursing Education and Administration

Tiffany Cox of Ridgeland, an Associate Degree Nursing instructor on the Holmes Community College Ridgeland Campus, recently completed her Ph.D. in Nursing Education and Administration at William Carey University. After defending her dissertation, "An Examination of Non-Nursing Students' Attitude of Nursing as a Career Choice for Males," Dr. Cox officially received her degree on Aug. 11 during a ceremony held at Temple Baptist Church in Hattiesburg. Read more

Holmes to participate in statewide C2C initiative

The portal to a better future is just a click away for thousands of Mississippians. The Complete 2 Compete website provides information and resources available to help Mississippi adults who have completed some college, but no degree, to return to college and complete the requirements necessary to earn their degrees. Read more

Pictured is (left) Lexington native Lily Fran, a graduate of Holmes Community College and Mississippi State University, being awarded the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship valued at $30,000 per year for her medical training at the University of Mississippi School Of Medicine in Jackson at the annual scholarship ceremony. Presenting the award is Dr. Ed Hill, a family physician from Tupelo.

Lexington native gets $30K scholarship

Lexington native Lily Fran, a graduate of Holmes Community College and graduate of Mississippi State University, was recently awarded the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship valued at $30,000 per year for her medical training at the University of Mississippi School Of Medicine in Jackson at the annual scholarship ceremony. McCrory is the daughter of Frankie and Robin McCrory of Lexington. Read more

Pictured are winners of various awards at Holmes' 2017 Convocation.

Holmes presents awards during Convocation 2017

Holmes Community College Public Relations Specialist/Alumni Coordinator Katherine Ellard and Director of Marketing Bronwyn Martin presented nine awards during Convocation 2017 held Aug. 7 on the Goodman Campus. The theme for this year's convocation was "No Place like Holmes," and awards were named for characters from "The Wizard of Oz." Read more

Pictured are Kosciusko High School seniors - enrolled in the Holmes Community College Duel-Enrollment program –whose work was chosen for publication Pictured are (front row, left to right) Katie Rodgers, Sara Bailey Jones, Max Cook, (middle row, left to right) Kestyn Williams, Hayden Mitchell, Kelly Sheets, MaKayla Montz, (back row, left to right) Britt Grace, Daniel Garland, Bailey Britt, Thomas Brunt and Trey Johnson. Not pictured: Cheyann Armstrong.

20 Kosciusko dual-enrollment students to have works published

Twenty-three Kosciusko High School students' work was chosen to be published in the Write for Mississippi project and out of those 23, 20 are Holmes Community College Dual Enrollment students. These juniors and seniors submitted their work during spring of 2017 for either their dual-credit English Composition II or dual-credit American Literature II class. Read more

The Electrical Lineman Program information meeting is set for Aug. 29.

Electrical Lineman Program information meeting set for Aug. 29

The Holmes Community College will hold an Electrical Lineman Program information meeting for those interested in being a part of the fall 2017 cohort on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 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

Holmes student-athletes were recognized for their work in the classroom.

Student-athletes perform on field, classroom

Holmes Community College athletes not only performed well on the field this season, but also did outstanding work in the classroom with 71 being named scholar-athletes in the fall (3.4 GPA or higher), 60 in the spring and 63 for both fall and spring semesters with an overall GPA of 2.947. Read more

Pictured are (left to right) Holmes Ridgeland Campus surgical technology instructor Travia Shea Coleman and Holmes surgical tech alumna Bonnie Shelley Malone. Malone was recently elected to be a student liaison for the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) and received a $1000 scholarship during their national conference held in June.

Alumna elected as Association of Surgical Technologists student liaison

Holmes Community College Ridgeland Campus Surgical Technology graduate Bonnie Shelley Malone of Kosciusko was recently elected to be a student liaison for the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) during their national conference held in New Orleans, Louisiana, in June. She was also awarded a $1000 scholarship during the conference. Read more

Pictured are Holmes OTA students after working at a pediatric day camp for the children at Warren-Yazoo Mental Health.

OTA students serve at pediatric camp in Yazoo City

The Holmes Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) students recently completed a pediatric day camp for the children at Warren-Yazoo Mental Health (WYMH) on the Yazoo campus. The OTA students led groups of children ranging from ages 5-17 daily in the month of June. Read more

Pictured are (left to right) Isiah, Aubrey and Asher Pugh.

A family affair for the Pugh’s, thanks to adult education programs

The world of adult education is dramatically changing for the better, and the Pugh family of Yazoo City is happy to be a part of it. Adult education programs, including those offered at Holmes Community College, now have a career pathway/transitional specialist on staff to assists students' transition into the workforce or education/training once they receive their high school diploma. Through this newly-established position and opportunities it affords, Asher Pugh completed his GED and is now enrolled in the welding program at Holmes to begin this fall. Additionally, Asher's experiences encouraged his father and brother to enroll at Holmes as well. Read more

1.	Pictured is Winona native Stevelyn Robinson accepting his Associate of Arts diploma from Board of Trustees member General Vann, as his physical therapist Patricia Oyarce looks on, during Holmes Community College’s 2017 Commencement Ceremony.

Formerly paralyzed Holmes student walks across stage at graduation

A Holmes Community College student who suffered a paralyzing spinal cord injury after a terrible wreck in high school thought he had little to no chance of ever regaining movement below his neck. Nearly five and a half years later, after countless hours at Methodist Rehabilitation Center's facilities, 23-year-old Stevelyn Robinson accomplished his goal: to walk across the stage to receive his college diploma. Read more

Pictured is the Grenada Campus Surgical Technology Class of 2017 with (fourth from left) Surgical Technology Program Director Jessica Elliott following graduation on May 12. The graduates are: (left to right) Mary Neill, Jessica Holland, Brittany Starnes, Meredith Moore and Mya Golliday.

Surgical Technology program celebrates 100 percent pass rate

The Holmes Community College Surgical Technology programs on both the Grenada and Ridgeland campuses had a 100 percent pass rate on the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) exam. Holmes Surgical Technology Program Director Jessica Elliott, CST, RN, FAST, teaches the students in Grenada and Travia "Shea" Coleman, CST, B.S., teaches in Ridgeland. Read more