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.
"Holmes Community College has been my home away from home," Baggett said. "Through my three-year venture as a student at Holmes, the faculty and staff treated me like family. I was able to obtain not only my Associate of Applied Science degree in mortuary science, but also my degree in surgical technology."
While at Holmes, Baggett was a standout student on campus. He was a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society, the Association of Surgical Technology and was the recipient of the 2018 Surgical Technology of the Year Award. While in the mortuary science program, he was part of the National Funeral Director Association and Sigma Phi Sigma (Omicron Chapter of Mortuary Science).
Prior to Holmes, Baggett earned his certification in practical nursing from Hinds Community College. He worked as an advanced LPN for 10 years, working in diverse hospital and human service environments in range from medical-surgical clients to mixed geriatrics, adults to adolescent. Baggett is also certified in P. A. S. S. (Positive Action Support System) with training of T. M. A. B. (Techniques for Managing Aggressive Behavior) and Tuberculosis Surveillance and Testing.
"It is a pleasure and honor to be able to give back to an institution that puts the students first," Baggett said.