brenda tyler of jackson worked at delphi packard in clinton for 21 years when the plant closed and she lost her job.

at the age of 45, she realized a high school diploma wasn’t enough to land a new living- wage job. so she enrolled in the business office technology program at hinds community college’s jackson campus-academic/technical center and will graduate in may.

“because of my training, i’ve been offered an opportunity with one of the top companies here in mississippi,” said tyler, now 47. “i intend to be in the workforce for another 20 years, and hinds has equipped me with skills needed for a new career.”

tyler’s story isn’t unusual at hinds community college where adult students can tap into flexible schedules, including online classes, and affordable tuition to get a degree and a whole new career.

if you’re an adult thinking about returning to college, find out what you need to know at hinds community college’s “college night for adults” at jackson campus-academic/technical center, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., tuesday, april 16.

“going back to school can be easier than you think,” said kathryn cole, director of enrollment services. “we offer affordable tuition, financial aid and one- to two-year programs of study. we also know adults have busy schedules. that’s why we offer online, evening and hybrid classes in addition to traditional day classes.”

at college night at jackson campus-academic/technical center, adult students will have the opportunity to learn about admissions, programs of study and paying for college. they will also be able to speak with counselors and instructors, register for classes and enjoy food and prizes.

childcare is available at the campus located at 3925 sunset dr. in jackson.

registration for ms virtual community college classes (online) for both new and current students begins april 2. summer and fall registration begins for new students on april 15.

for more information call 601.601.987.8164 or 1.800.hindscc or see the hinds website at

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