Carter & Fryer 2014 Coahoma HEADWAE Honorees
Coahoma Community College has announced its 2014 HEADWAE honorees.
Freshman Computer Information Systems (CIS) major Kardarious Fryer of Clarksdale was selected as the HEADWAE student, and Business and Computer Information Systems department chair Deborah Carter was selected as this year's HEADWAE faculty honoree.
HEADWAE stands for “Higher Education Appreciation Day-Working for Academic Excellence.”
The award, established by the Mississippi Legislative Resolution #88 in 1987, annually honors academically talented students and faculty members of Mississippi’s higher education institutions who have made outstanding contributions in promoting academic excellence. Carter and Fryer will be honored at the 26th annual HEADWAE program in Jackson in February.
Fryer is a 2013 graduate of Clarksdale High School and is schedule to earn his associate’s degree in the spring of 2015. His favorite class this semester has been Computer Applications where his class has learned the inner workings of the programs associated with the Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Access.
In his spare time, Fryer enjoys playing video games and playing basketball. After he graduates from Coahoma, he plans on attending Mississippi Valley State to continue his studies in CIS and earn his bachelors degree and eventually become a computer technician.
“(Fryer) is one of the smartest, amenable and respectable young men I have seen in a long time,” said Carter who nominated him for the honor. “He is dependable, and you can count on him and his work to be done thoroughly and correctly and his attitudes towards his education is impressive.”
Carter, who has been teaching at Coahoma since January of 1998, and became the CIS department chair in 2000, originally began her career as a Business and Accounting teacher at the high school level at the former Immaculate Conception school in Clarksdale. She went on to work as an accountant for 13 years with the Mississippi Delta Council for Farm Workers before returning to teaching at CCC.
Carter received her undergraduate degree from Alcorn State University in Business/Accounting and went on to earn her masters degree in Accounting at Delta State University. She was also a part of the inaugural Mississippi Community College Leadership Academy at Mississippi State University.
“She’s a very good teacher,” said Fryer who is currently in her Accounting I class. “She takes her time and makes sure that everyone in her class understands everything, and she always lets us know that if we don’t understand, she’s available to help us after class and is willing to give us the extra tutoring that we need.”
The 27th Annual HEADWAE program is scheduled for Feb. 18 and honorees from 34 Mississippi public and private universities and colleges will receive special recognition from the Mississippi Legislature. The honorees will begin the day with a visit to the State Capitol where they will be welcomed and recognized by the Senate and House of Representatives and given a tour of the Capitol. The awards luncheon will begin at 11:45 a.m. at the Marriott Hotel, 200 East Amite Street in Jackson.