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‘High-flyer’ Sherry Franklin named Hinds CC 3E Award winner
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10 September

‘High-flyer’ Sherry Franklin named Hinds CC 3E Award winner

Sherry Franklin, associate vice president for Career and Technical Education and Rankin Campus Career and Technical dean, received Hinds Community College’s highest award in an Aug. 24 ceremony.

Franklin, a Brandon resident, has worked at Hinds since 2004. She received the 3E Award, Emphasis on Excellence and Enrichment, at the annual Employee Appreciation event. The award is always kept as a closely guarded secret until it is announced at the event.

Franklin had been asked to sing and was last on the program after the 3E announcement. As she sat in the audience at Cain-Cochran Hall on the Raymond Campus, she was searching on her phone for the music to “I Believe I Can Fly.”

She originally planned to sing it cappella but decided, as she waited for her turn, to sing it with music.

But then she heard Jackie Granberry, executive director of the Hinds Community College Foundation, mention Pearl and Rankin County as part of the biography of the person named the 3E Award recipient. Franklin’s attention jerked up from the phone to the stage as she realized Granberry was talking about her.

“Winning 3E brought with it an overwhelming experience of emotions,” Franklin said. “I felt surprised, elated, honored and truly blessed. Today, I feel empowered to spread my wings even more to help others achieve their goals. I truly believe WE can fly!”

Granberry said Franklin embodies what the award stands for.

As the 3E Award recipient at Hinds Community College, Sherry Franklin received a custom-made rocking chair created by the Career-Technical Education Department. With her are, from left, Hinds Community College Foundation Executive Director Jackie Granberry, Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, Rankin Campus Vice President Dr. Norman Session and Dr. Chad Stocks, vice president for Workforce and Economic Development and district coordinator of Career and Technical Education.

“She has excelled in every position she’s held at Hinds — five to be exact – during her almost 18-year tenure at Hinds. Each new position has given her increased responsibilities and, through those positions, she has enriched the lives of everyone in her path,” Granberry said.

“She is a hard worker, a problem-solver, a person you can depend on to get things done. She has never backed down from a challenge. She accomplishes what seems as insurmountable goals with her always positive outlook, her knowledge of all things career-tech and workforce, and her desire to make Hinds the best institution possible,” she said.

Franklin has been with Hinds since 2004. She was formerly the tech prep coordinator and joined the Rankin Campus staff as director of the Pearl-Rankin Career Center. Her stint at Hinds includes dean of students from 2011 to 2013. In 2015, Franklin was named associate vice president for Career and Technical Education and district director of Career and Technical Education. She is also Rankin Campus Career and Technical dean.

“I enjoy working at Hinds and put my heart into everything that I do. At Hinds, I focus on what is best for our students and the communities that we serve,” she said.

Franklin holds her undergraduate and graduate degrees in business education from Jackson State University. Before coming to Hinds she taught business and computer technology at the Jackson Career Development Center and then worked with the State Department of Education as program coordinator for business and computer technology.

Franklin said she chose the song “I Believe I Can Fly,” which she never got to sing at the award ceremony, “to congratulate the award recipients and give words of encouragement to others that we can achieve whatever we put our minds to. However, I believe that there must be a fundamental shift within ourselves to believe that we can do it.”

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolls about 12,000 students each fall semester. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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Wassons named co-3E award recipients for Hinds CC
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06 May

Wassons named co-3E award recipients for Hinds CC

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That’s what this year’s 3E Award recipients, who are a husband and wife team, say about their time working at Hinds Community College.

Thomas Wasson, vice president for Physical Plant and Auxiliaries, and Janet Wasson, the current longest serving English instructor on the Raymond Campus, were named as the 3E awardees at the annual Employee Appreciation Event on April 29. 3E, which stands for Emphasis on Excellence and Enrichment, is the highest award the college gives. The award is a secret until it is announced at the event.

Janet Wasson and Thomas Wasson were named 3E award recipients for Hinds Community College in a surprise announcement at the April 29 Employee Appreciation Event.

Janet Wasson and Thomas Wasson were named 3E award recipients for Hinds Community College in a surprise announcement at the April 29 Employee Appreciation Event.

Janet Wasson and Thomas Wasson were named 3E award recipients for Hinds Community College in a surprise announcement at the April 29 Employee Appreciation Event. They were given matching rocking chairs made by the carpentry department in the Raymond Campus Career-Technical Education program.

Janet Wasson and Thomas Wasson were named 3E award recipients for Hinds Community College in a surprise announcement at the April 29 Employee Appreciation Event. They were given matching rocking chairs made by the carpentry department in the Raymond Campus Career-Technical Education program.

The Wassons are natives of Starkville and now live in Raymond. Both have degrees from Mississippi State University and Mississippi College.

Only four times in the history of this award, which dates back to 1979, have multiple people been honored together – two sets of coworkers, a set of sisters, and one husband and wife team, said Jackie Granberry, vice president for Advancement, who presented the award. The two met as sixth-graders in Starkville, and Thomas Wasson was later a student under then-Starkville High School Principal Dr. Clyde Muse.

Thomas was hired first, worked at Hinds for 10 years, left briefly and returned. He has been at Hinds for 29 years. Among his duties are overseeing the facilities including buildings on every campus, maintenance, janitorial, cafeteria and energy management as well as Eagle Ridge Golf Course and John Bell Williams Airport. But it’s not the projects, buildings or rapid technology changes that stand out in his time at Hinds.

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“Hinds is a family. You don’t realize the family that Hinds is until you need that family. And your people need that family. They realize it’s not just a job,” he said. “It is all about the people. I have learned that you find the smartest people, hire them, get out of their way and let them do their jobs. And never hold them back.”

A 26-year employee, Janet Wasson came to Hinds shortly after her husband. She has been a resource learning assistant, tutor for support services and a writing center assistant.

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As a developmental educator, she has been involved with numerous programs and collaborations, including the 4Site program, the Dropout Recovery Advisory Board and SMACC.

She was named HEADWAE instructor in 2015. HEADWAE, Higher Education Appreciation Day, Working for Academic Excellence, was established by Mississippi Legislative Resolution to annually honor the academically talented students and faculty members of Mississippi’s higher education institutions who have made outstanding contributions in promoting academic excellence.

She was a speaker at the fall 2014 graduation. “I’m at home here at Hinds. Hinds Community College is my family,” she said in her introductory remarks.

She is known for her passion and compassion for her students, even when they disappoint her. But for her those are teaching and learning moments.

Janet Wasson told the 2014 graduates, “With sincerest apologies to two universities in this state, I didn’t learn how to teach at those outstanding institutions. I learned how to teach in the classroom, with the best teachers, my Hinds students. You have taught me patience, compassion, empathy, diligence, tolerance and humility. … As a community college instructor, I am inspired by you.

 

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Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse with Janet and Thomas Wasson

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse with Janet and Thomas Wasson

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with more than 170 academic, career and technical programs. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolled nearly 12,000 credit students in fall 2014. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

 

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