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New leadership on board at Career Center

Friday, August 21, 2009

The Southwest Area Career Center (SWACC) will be served by Tyler Laney, pictured above left, who has accepted the position of director after retiring last year as superintendent of the Crane School District, and Kim McCraken, pictured above right, who has accepted the position as SWACC's new adult education coordinator. [Darla Damrill, photo]
The Southwest Area Career Center (SWACC) in Monett will be guided by a new director and new adult coordinator this school year.

After retiring last year as Superintendent of the Crane School District, Tyler Laney has accepted the position as SWACC's new director.

Kim McCracken has taken on the role as SWACC's adult education coordinator in additon to her role as coordinator for SWACC's Developing Learning thru Action (DELTA) program, a position she has held for the past ten years.

"I am a strong supporter of this type of program," said Laney. "I have a significant amount of awe over the faculty and staff here [SWACC]. Being asked to come here was one of the best compliments I have ever had."

According to Laney, his goal as SWACC's director is to continue the excellence of the career center's quality and the faculty's interaction with students.

"What these students learn now will affect the next 45 years of their life," said Laney. "Children will not recognize what they know until they recognize that someone cares. There is a difference between a hand shake and a heart shake."

Laney, who has a strong professional background with over 30 years in the field of education, holds an associate of art degree, a bachelor's degree of science in education, a masters of science in education and a specialists degree in education.

During his 18 years as superintendent of the Crane R-3 School District, Laney led a staff of 70 certified employees, 35 support service employees and 825 students.

Laney holds certifications in Missouri as a kindergarten through 12th grade superintendent, elementary and secondary principal, drivers education teacher and physical education teacher.

Laney has professional memberships with organizations such as the Committee for Education Equality (CEE), where he served as chairman and currently serves as vice chairman, the Missouri Distance Learning Association Roundtable and the American and Missouri Association of School Administrators (MASA).

McCracken will be expanding her role at SWACC. In addition to the at-risk program she coordinates during the morning, McCracken will now oversee adult education classes at SWACC during the afternoon and on two evenings.

McCracken said her plans are to continue what she has been doing as the DELTA coordinator while also incorporating the upcoming adult education courses held at SWACC through Missouri Southern and Drury University, which begin on Aug 24 and Aug 26.

"It's been a transition period," said McCracken.

McCracken has a bachelor's degree in education and a master's degree in counseling. She was a high school counselor for five years at surrounding schools including the Pierce City and Sarcoxie School Districts, and also was family and consumer science instructor (FACS) at the Sarcoxie and Verona School Districts.

SWACC, which provides elective classes in the career and technical education fields for students from 15 area sending schools, will be holding an open house on Aug. 25 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Schools that send students to SWACC include Aurora, Billings, Cassville, Crane, Exeter, Marionville, Miller, Monett, Mt. Vernon, Pierce City, Purdy, Southwest, Verona and Wheaton. New this year is Berean Christian Academy.

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