Students wishing to advance their education following high school now have the option to study core classes at Crowder College locally.
Angela Seymour, director of Crowder College Cassville Campus, announced that classes are being held at two locations in Monett this fall. Technology courses are being held at the Southwest Area Career Center (SWACC), located at 2 David Sippy Drive in Monett. Core classes will be held at the Crowder College building, located at 303 E. Cleveland St. in Monett.
"This is very exciting for us," Seymour said. "Students won't have to travel to other campuses to get their core classes, such as English, math and U.S. history -- the classes every student will need in order to get their associate's degree.
"By offering classes locally, students won't have to travel 17 miles to Cassville or 40 miles to Neosho," Seymour said. "In today's economy, the cost of gasoline, child care, food and other basic necessities makes travel difficult for people. I hope to never have another student call in and say he can't make it to class, because he couldn't afford a tank of gas. That just breaks my heart."
The local facility can accommodate up to 20 students per class and will also have a computer lab so students can work on homework or do research.
"This is our first semester here," Seymour said, "and most students are excited they don't have to travel."
Students looking to acquire their core credit hours may find Crowder College attractive because of the low cost of credit hours.
"Crowder offers classes at $100 per credit hour," Seymour said. "Someone carrying a full class load of 12 hours will pay $1,200, plus book rental fees and activity fees. Online courses have an additional $14 per credit hour fee. It's incredibly reasonable compared to other colleges and universities, and the credits are transferrable."
High school students wishing to get a significant jump on accumulating college hours may take classes at a flat rate of $60 per credit hour with no fees and free textbooks.
"High school students who have completed their sophomore year of classes are eligible to take courses beginning the summer before their junior year," Seymour said. "For many, taking one class a semester, in addition to their current high school schedule, is not unreasonable. They can get some of the basics out of the way, like theater appreciation, college orientation or speech. That's a better price than students can get even with a tuition waiver."
Help is also available for students wishing to apply for financial aid.
Technical courses offered locally include: automotive, construction, fire science, law enforcement, medical and welding.
"We offer an eight-week course for people to receive their certified nursing assistant certificates," Seymour said.
"We are excited about partnering with SWACC," Seymour said. "Students will have the opportunity to take their classes in a beautiful setting. The SWACC facility is phenomenal.
"When Brad Henson, the former director of SWACC, offered to partner with Crowder College, we were very excited about the opportunity," Seymour continued. "It was a perfect fit for us. We already had the Adult Education and Family Literacy program in place on Tuesdays and Thursdays. By partnering with SWACC, it allowed us to offer more educational opportunities locally."
Classes at the Monett facility will be offered on a rotational basis, allowing students to earn their first 60 hours in college credits.
Classes begin on Monday, Aug. 22, but registrations will be accepted through Friday, Aug. 26.
"I love my job," Seymour said. "I'm helping create futures. Once you learn something, it's yours. No one can ever take that away from you. Crowder College is affordable, accessible and available."
For more information on courses or registration, contact Seymour at 235-0065 or visit www.crowder.edu.