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Sherry Franklin

Hinds Community College’s Pearl/Rankin County Career & Technical Center

As director of Hinds Community College’s Pearl/Rankin County Career & Technical Center, Sherry D. Franklin oversees 15 programs and has a long list of responsibilities.

Among those duties are: serving as instructional leader; supervising 25 employees; working closely with college administration and school district liaisons; providing a positive school culture for students from the nine feeder high schools; utilizing Perkins funds effectively; assisting faculty; and, maintaining inventory of state, federal and local equipment for the campus.

Franklin says becoming the first minority career and technical director at the center and successfully implementing cutting edge programs are her most significant professional accomplishments. “Working hard and giving back to the community allows me the opportunity to see success first hand,” she said. “I love my job and what I do. Having the opportunity to serve in this capacity has allowed me to become a role model for other minorities and provide guidance and assistance to those pursuing advancement in a chosen career path.”

This educator participated in an international study group to Bridgewater College in England with Hinds Community College to study the educational system there. Other career highlights were initiating the pilot of the Game Design and Development Technology program at the Pearl/Rankin Career and Technical Center, implementing nine career pathway programs, receiving the 2007 Tech Prep Exemplary Site in conjunction with Northwest Rankin High School by the Mississippi Manufacturers Association and serving as a member of the Pearl School District Strategic Planning Committee.

Franklin earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business education at Jackson State University and is pursuing a specialist certification in education leadership from Mississippi College. She holds state licenses in business education, intensive business training, cooperative education, computer applications, business technology, tech prep coordinator, secondary administrator and vocational education.

“At the center we are preparing students to enter the workforce. Each program has an advisory committee consisting of business and industry representatives who come in and provide feedback on those skills necessary for job placement,” she said. “I initiate changes to meet their needs and provide quality programs to provide better prepared employees.”

Through the center, Franklin offers services to enhance the business community to include professional development, digital media and any other contribution that is available to meet business’ needs.

Joyce E. Jenkins, Ph.D., assistant dean for career and technical education, Hinds Community College, has worked with Franklin at various levels. “I taught Sherry when she was a student at Jackson State and realized very early that she was an ambitious, hard worker who believed in completing every task assigned in a timely manner,” she said. “As a colleague, I have watched her supervise employees by exhibiting remarkable leadership skills.”

An instructor in culinary arts at the center, Jill Gore, said, “I appreciate being able to speak with Sherry about any concerns or topics that relate to our students and their education. She is an excellent listener and very positive in her outlook on situations.”

Franklin’s role models are her mother and father, who have strong wills and determination. “They never let any obstacle, including failing health, stand in the way of pursuing their goals,” she said. “I have learned from them that success is within you and it is up to you to make it happen. They have a strong faith and believe that all things are possible.”

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