College prepares for upcoming semester
The Crowder College Cassville Campus will kick off its 2011 fall semester on Monday, Aug. 22. An open house is scheduled to be held at the local college campus on Tuesday, Aug. 16.
"Right now we are making sure students are getting enrolled in the classes they need and helping them get their financial aid wrapped up," said Angela Seymour, Crowder College Cassville Campus director. "We are also working to get our campus ready by waxing floors and cleaning and doing a lot of the other maintenance projects we can only complete in between semesters."
Students planning to attend classes at Crowder College this fall can enroll online at my.crowder.edu or in person at the Cassville Campus, which is located on Business 37 north of Cassville.
"Robyn Kier, our student services coordinator, is available in the office from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday," said Seymour. "We suggest students make appointments though. Appointments are required to enroll in classes for the addictions counseling program and the nursing program."
This year, all students will receive a new photo identification card called the Crowder One card. Students will be able to use the ID as a debit card.
"We are also working to get our book store ready for the fall semester," said Seymour. "We will begin selling books during the first week in August."
On Aug. 16, students will have the opportunity to tour the Cassville Campus, purchase their books and pick up their new ID cards. Faculty members will also be available to assist students with paperwork and review enrollment information.
"We will have an orientation event for our instructors on Aug. 11," said Seymour. "We have two new full-time instructors beginning in August. We are very excited about that.
"Neosho approved the addition of 12 new instructors this year," said Seymour. "They decided to hire six full-time faculty members at the main campus and six at the off-campus locations."
David Jamieson, who has served as a part-time science instructor at the Cassville Campus, will begin serving as a full-time teacher at the college this fall. Mary Rogers has also been hired as a full-time communication arts instructor.
"In the science department, (David) will be responsible for coordinating the use of lab equipment and ensuring that our teachers adhere to all safety, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Hazmat requirements," said Seymour. "It will also be a big help to have someone to coordinate all of the instructional materials and pre- and post-testing in the communications arts department.
"Not only will our two full-time instructors serve as lead persons for their departments, but they will also participate in the faculty meetings at the Neosho campus," said Seymour. "That will be a positive thing for our instructional staff."
Jamieson and Rogers will assist with Crowder College classes that will be offered in Monett this year. The Cassville Campus is expanding services to northern Barry County and Lawrence County by offering classes in Monett and Mt. Vernon.
"We are partnering with the Southwest Area Career Center," said Seymour. "We will have office space in that building, and we will have the opportunity to take advantage of the technical education facility by offering automotive, welding, construction, fire science, law enforcement and CNA classes. The tech center is an amazing facility, and we are very excited about this opportunity."
Crowder College will also offer day and evening general education classes at a facility on Cleveland Avenue in Monett on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. At that location, instructors will teach English, literature, United States History, math and other classes.
For more information on fall semester classes that will be offered in Cassville or Monett, call the Cassville Campus at 847-1706.