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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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