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Holmes Community College

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Holmes Community College (HCC) is a two-year community college in Goodman, Mississippi. The catchment area served by HCC includes 9 counties in central Mississippi: Attala, Carrol, Choctaw, Grenada, Holmes, Madison, Montgomery, Webster, and Yazoo. To meet the needs of serving such a wide area, HCC has developed branch campuses in Grenada, Ridgeland, and Goodman, as well as smaller learning centers in Kosciusko and Webster County.

The main campus is located on 300 acres in a rural farming area, three miles from I-55. There are 24 buildings on the Goodman campus. The Ridgeland Campus is 45 miles south and adjacent to Jackson, the state capitol. The Attala Education center is 30 miles to the east in Kosciusko. The Grenada Center is 60 miles north of Goodman in a rural area. The Grenada Center has a technical focus, with high-tech labs and internet-enabled classrooms.


HCC awards Associate of Arts and Associate of Applied Science degrees, as well as a number of one and two year certificates in technical and other direct-to-work fields. Allied Health programs, especially nursing, are particularly popular at HCC.

Library Resources

The library at HCC has a large electronic book collection and several electronic databases, including JSTOR, World Book, EBSCOHost, Magnolia, and Mississippi Electronic Libraries Online (MELO). Students may find help locating research resources, formatting and citing references, and connecting with additional resources through the library.

Transfer Opportunities

HCC has transfer agreements with several area schools to facilitate the transfer of their graduates into four-year programs. Four-year colleges and universities in the area include Antonelli College, Belhaven University, Jackson State University, Milsaps College, Mississippi College, Tougaloo College, and University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Adult Basic Education

HCC offers 27 Adult Basic Education classes in 16 separate locations. These classes are designed for adults who are working towards their General Equivalency Diploma (GED). Computer labs on the Goodman, Ridgeland, and Kosciusko campuses are reserved for GED preparation. Students can take the GED at the Attala Education Center. It is administrated monthly.

Most Popular Fields of Study


In keeping with their mission to offer higher education to any adult who wishes to pursue it, general admissions at HCC are open. Health education programs have additional requirements.

Financial Aid

In addition to the wide range of state and federal aid available to any college or university student in Tennessee, this college administrates several of their own need- and merit-based scholarships. This school’s Band scholarships for percussion and winds is a full scholarship, covering room, board, and tuition. The Non-instrumental Color Guard scholarships, Twirler-Majorette scholarships, and Band Manager scholarships all offer a specific amount per semester.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 6533rd for the average student loan amount.
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The Office of Student Activities sponsors community-building activities throughout the school year, include a back to school cookout in the fall, movie nights, ice cream Sunday parties, a homecoming dance, a winter formal, and a Mexican fiesta.

Residence Halls

There are seven residence halls on the Goodman campus, providing housing for a total of 575 students. Each residence includes free wireless internet service, free cable television, lounges, and laundry facilities.

Attala Hall houses 136 men. It consists of suites of four double rooms and one bathroom.

Choctaw Hall houses 60 women in double rooms with private baths. Choctaw also contains two rooms for handicapped students and two rooms for vision and hearing impaired students.

Cook Hall houses 70 men in a traditional dormitory with double rooms and community showers and bathrooms.

Grenada Hall houses 50 women in double rooms with community bathrooms. A few rooms have private showers.

Motel Hall houses 34 men in single rooms. Bathrooms are shared, suite-style, between every four rooms.

Webster Hall houses 60 men in double rooms with private baths. Webster also has two rooms equipped for handicapped students and two rooms equipped for vision and hearing impaired students.

Yazoo Hall houses 150 women in single and double rooms. Bathrooms are shared, suite-style, between four students per bathroom. Yazoo also contains three apartment-style double rooms with private baths.

Clubs and Organizations

There are several clubs and organizations for professional and personal development. They include professional associations such as Cosmetology Club, Forestry Club, and Student Practical Nursing Organization (SPNO); Honors organizations including Sigma Phi Sigma, Phi Theta Kappa, and Phi Beta Lambda; and religious groups such as Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Reformed University Fellowship (RUF).

One of the more notable groups on campus is the Holmes Ambassadors. The Ambassadors are selected by a committee to represent the college at official functions and help to recruit new students. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA, be enrolled in curricular studies full-time, be in good standing with the college, and perform well in an interview.

Musical Organizations

HCC is particularly well-known for their artistic and musical organizations. The Bulldog Marching Band is a progressive college marching band specializing in pageantry and entertainment. The Bulldog Marching Band rehearses for 8 hours a week and performs at all home football games, many away games, and several parades throughout the area. Every student who participates in the band receives credit for their participation and a band scholarship.

The Holmes Jazz Band specializes in jazz, swing, and other progressive genres of music. Participating students receive college credit for their participation. Most students in the jazz band are expected to play in the marching band as well.

The HCC Steel Band is a full steel drum ensemble with a rhythm section. The Steel Band performs across the region and, occasionally, in the Bahamas. Most Steel Band participants also play in the Marching Band, although dual participation is not necessary. It is not necessary to have any steel drum experience to participate in the band. Students receive college credit for their participation.

The HCC Percussion Ensemble plays heavy metal, classical music, jazz, and other musical genres. The Percussion Ensemble performs at drumline competitions and college events. Students receive college credit for their participation.

The Holmes Concert Chorale performs music from a wide range of genres. The goals of the group include exhibiting group unity, performing distinctive choral literature, learn the fundamentals of music and basic music notation, and to develop healthy and effective techniques of singing. The Concert Chorale presents two major campus concerts every year. These include a traditional Christmas concert in December and a Spring Pops Concert. The Concert Chorale also sings competitively at festivals and performs at various college events. The group frequently travels across the country and occasionally to Europe for concerts.

The Holmes Coachmen Singers is a select, advanced choral ensemble that performs music from all major periods and in a variety of styles, but with a particular emphasis on sacred choral music. The goals of the Coachmen are to facilitate the performance needs of area communities; to enhance and promote appreciation of choral music; to respect the fundamental elements of music and music notation, and to develop healthy and effective singing techniques. The Coachmen perform throughout the local area, at major national venues, and occasionally in Europe.

Student Enrollment Demographics


The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is known as the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs competes in the NCJAA in men’s basketball, women’s basketball, cheerleading, football, men’s golf, women’s golf, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, softball, men’s tennis, and women’s tennis.

There is also a fitness center on campus with free weights and cardiovascular machines for student use as well as a wide range of intramural sports for recreational student athletes.

Local Community

The metro area of Jackson, Mississippi, 45 miles away from the HCC campus, is home to over half a million people and a wealth of cultural, educational, culinary, and recreational opportunities for students.

Jackson is especially well known for its music scene. Live blues, rhyhthm and blues, and gospel concerts can be found nearly every day of the year. It is also home to a large number of cultural events and festivals that draw student visitors, including CelticFest Mississippi, Crossroads Film Festival, Festival Latino, Jubilee Jam, Mal’s St. Pattys Day Parade, Mississippi State Fair, and OUToberfest, an annual GLBT festival.

Major industries in the area that employ HCC graduates include electrical equipment manufacturers, machinery manufacturers, fabricated metal product manufacturers, and agricultural development industries. Some of the larger companies in the area include Ergon, Cal-Main Foods, Inc., EastGroup Properties Inc, and Trustmark Corporation.


There are 173 full-time faculty members at HCC and 295 part-time faculty members. All faculty have degrees in higher education and a commitment to strengthening their communities.

Information Summary

Ranks 34th in Mississippi and 3187th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.02
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 6 0.09
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.02
Arrest 4 0.06

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Goodman, MS 39079
Surrounding communityDistant rural area (between 5 to 25 mi. away from an urban area)
Total Population1,929 (N/A urban / 1,929 rural)
Households536 (2.81 people per house)
Median Household Income$19,728
Families384 (3.42 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Large
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingLarge two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAt least 2, but less than 4 academic yrs
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2802

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3296th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $2,000 $2,000 $4,868
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $288 $288 $288
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $112 $112 $222
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $10,258 $10,258 $12,838
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $11,188 $11,188 $13,768
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $7,588 $7,588 $10,168

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $2,138(N/C) $2,138(N/C) $4,718(N/C)
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,300(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $2,700 $2,800
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,800(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $3,600(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,000(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,000(N/C)

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NJCAA

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity562
Meals per Week15
Room Fee$1,400
Board Fee$1,470

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 474 10 3 2 784 12 1,296
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 1 4 5
Accounting and Business/Management 1 3 4
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 9 5 14
Agriculture, General 1 1
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician 5 1 8 15
Art/Art Studies, General 3 3 6
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician 1 1
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 8 5 13
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 7 1 12 1 21
Business Administration and Management, General 32 64 2 99
Chemistry, General 1 1
Child Development
Computer Engineering, General 2 2 4
Computer Programming/Programmer, General 2 4 6
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 5 5 11
Computer and Information Sciences, General 2 2 4
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician 3 3
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General 5 1 1 4 11
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 7 19 26
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General 6 6
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 3 11 15
Elementary Education and Teaching 35 44 80
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 5 1 24 2 32
Engineering, General 18 18
English Language and Literature, General 1 1
Forensic Chemistry
Forensic Science and Technology
Forest Technology/Technician 6 6
Forestry, General 1 4 5
Funeral Service and Mortuary Science, General 7 7
General Studies 60 2 1 77 1 143
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 10 12 22
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other 8 10 18
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician 13 11 25
Industrial Engineering 1 1 2
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology 7 10 17
Industrial Technology/Technician 6 3 9
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 3 9 2 14
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 11 29 41
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 29 1 36 1 67
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist 1 6 7
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician
Mathematics, General 2 2
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary 8 11 19
Natural Resources Law Enforcement and Protective Services 3 3
Occupational Therapist Assistant 4 9 13
Pre-Dentistry Studies 1 1 7 9
Pre-Law Studies 3 3
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies 2 10 12
Pre-Nursing Studies 67 3 1 1 96 1 170
Pre-Occupational Therapy Studies 7 11 18
Pre-Pharmacy Studies 1 2 3
Pre-Physical Therapy Studies 5 8 14
Pre-Veterinary Studies 1 1
Psychology, General 13 11 1 25
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 25 94 119
Secondary Education and Teaching 13 25 38
Social Work 32 9 1 42
Surgical Technology/Technologist 2 5 7
Welding Technology/Welder 6 12 18
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2131st for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $61,511 ($53,403 male / $56,407 female)
Number of FT Faculty 147 (60 male / 87 female)
Number of PT Faculty 445
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $4,062,587

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