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Six Franklins-- all attend HCTC

The Franklin familyRick and Cathy Franklin are believers in Hazard Community and Technical College. Five of the six already have attended and the youngest will attend this fall. Shown here, in front, from left, are Ellora Franklin, Sarah Franklin (David’s wife), Alanna Franklin, Cathy Franklin, Brianna Franklin. Second row are David Franklin and Rick Franklin. In back are Cody Franklin and Zachary Franklin.

Rick and Cathy Franklin have home schooled all six of their children and all six have or will be attending Hazard Community and Technical College.

Three of the children have won national writing contests and Rick credits English Professor Ron Reed for helping his children in his classes.

“HCTC professors care about the students and pushed our kids to excel,” Rick Franklin said, noting that the positive college experiences keep him sending his children to HCTC. He said three of his sons especially enjoyed taking physics classes with Professor Jeremy Wood.

The Franklin children all have demonstrated great success. David Franklin, age 27, is pursuing a Master of Divinity degree from Moody Graduate School. He served as the Associate Youth Pastor at Davidson Baptist Church under Pastor Pete Youmans from 2010 to 2013. After attending HCTC, he earned a bachelor’s degree from Moody Bible Institute.

Brianna Franklin, age 24, will graduate in August with a Massage Therapy degree. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Cedarville University in Ohio. She has worked as a nurse in the Pulminary Unit at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio since September 2012.

Zachary Franklin, age 22, has worked for Hoover Vacuums at their headquarters near Cleveland, Ohio in the product development department since July 2013. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Business Administration and Finance from Cedarville University in 2013.

Alanna Franklin, age 20, is a junior at Cedarville University where she has a double major in Early Elementary Education and in Special Education.

Cody Franklin, age 19, is a freshman at Cedarville University majoring in pre-med.

Their sixth child, Ellora Franklin, will be a freshman this fall at HCTC.

Rick Franklin’s mother and father were both teachers and he credits his wife, Cathy, for her strong organizational skills in providing the education for their six children. Besides this task, the couple work for Camp Nathanael where they teach, and wear many other hats in keeping the camp going.

Education for his family is very important and he’s glad his children can benefit from the caring faculty at HCTC. “They learned the disciplines they needed to succeed in college while at HCTC,” Rick Franklin said.