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March 28, 2024

兔子先生CC holds Preview Day for area high school seniors

鈥淚 liked how they talked about developing relationships with their students,鈥 she said. 鈥淚 found that with everyone we鈥檝e talked to. I got the impression that everyone here has an…
BY: Rhonda Dunaway

Clinton High School senior Gavin Byrd is looking to live on campus. Byrd is seen here, right, speaking with 兔子先生Electrical Technology Instructor Craig Davis.

More than 500 high school students and parents swarmed the Raymond Campus of 兔子先生 for the annual Preview Day on Feb. 2. Their mission was to see what the college has to offer in career training programs, activities, scholarship and academic pathways across all six campuses.

Members of the 兔子先生Connection student recruiting group cheered on visiting high schoolers pep-rally style as they entered Cain-Cochran Hall. Utica Campus Interim Dean of Students Donnie Epting greeted guests as they received swag bags, introducing them to the college and giving them information about Connection-led tours, which continued throughout the morning.

Guests ultimately wound up at the Mayo Gym where they were treated to an expo of Hinds鈥 many programs and offerings set up in booths. Among others, Financial Aid, Scholarships and 兔子先生 were on hand and were of the most interest to parents like Chris and Darla Byrd of Clinton. Their son Gavin is a senior at Clinton High School.

鈥淗e鈥檚 thinking about living on campus and we want him to have that college experience. We like that here in Raymond is so close to home, but it鈥檚 still very much a 鈥榰niversity鈥 experience,鈥 Darla Byrd said. 鈥淗e can feel like he鈥檚 a world away on campus, but close to home, too.

Career Coach Jena Mullins brought nine seniors from Franklin County High School.

鈥淎 lot of our seniors can go to Co-Lin (Community College) for the things they are interested in doing, but I had a few that were interested in programs that Co-Lin doesn鈥檛 have,鈥 Mullins said.

鈥淚 have two students who are very interested in the allied health, particularly the sonogram technician degree, and the others are interested in music and entertainment industry, poultry science, and Anna here, she鈥檚 very interested in the film industry,鈥 she said referring to Anna Underwood, 17, a senior at Franklin High.

Underwood said she appreciated 鈥渂eing able to meet the instructors and ask them questions.鈥

Monique White and her son Patrick, a 6鈥3 young man who looked like he could be up to any sport, were talking to the folks in the engineering pathways.

鈥淚f you really want to know the truth, I came for the football,鈥 he said. 鈥淏ut I鈥檓 also here looking at things I am interested in doing, like something in the digital arts, or architectural engineering.鈥

His mother said meeting the faculty and staff who were on hand for the event made a positive impression on her.

鈥淚 liked how they talked about developing relationships with their students,鈥 she said. 鈥淚 found that with everyone we鈥檝e talked to. I got the impression that everyone here has an intention to look after students, like, they aren鈥檛 going to overlook my son if they see him struggling. I like that a lot.鈥

Anna Underwood, seen on the left, 17, of Franklin County High School, came with her school鈥檚 academic counselor to learn about Hinds鈥 Film Studies. She is seen, right, networking with Hinds鈥 Animation & Simulation Design Instructor Jacob Schmelzer, Rankin Campus.