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Crowder celebrates opening of Monett campus

Friday, January 6, 2012

A ribbon-cutting ceremony, hosted by the Monett Area Chamber of Commerce, was held at the new Crowder College campus in Monett yesterday. In the front row, from left, are: Dr. Herb Schade, vice president of academic affairs and chief academic officer for Crowder College; Chris McRoberts; Heidi Gilligan, Crowder College's service region coordinator; Kathi Skaggs, secretary at the Monett campus; Cecil Mayer; Jerry Teal; and Larry Nichols. Back row: Jason Hogue; Connie Patton; Jane Baker; Tiffany Slinkard; Angela Seymour, director of the Crowder College Cassville campus; and Jim Riggs. [Times Photo by Melonie Roberts] [Order this photo]
Ribbon-cutting ceremonies for the new Crowder College Monett campus were held Thursday with members of the Monett Area Chamber of Commerce and other business leaders on hand to welcome the new facility.

"We are very happy to extend our campus into Monett," said Dr. Herb Schade, vice president of academic affairs and chief academic officer of Crowder College. "We had a good start last semester and look forward to more growth."

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.

"By offering classes locally, students won't have to travel 17 miles to Cassville or 40 miles to Neosho," said Angela Seymour, director of Crowder College in Cassville.

The Monett 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.

Students looking to acquire their core credit hours may find Crowder College attractive because of its low cost. Crowder offers classes at $100 per credit hour plus book rental fees and activity fees. Online courses have an additional $14 per-credit-hour fee.

High school students who have completed their sophomore year may take classes at a flat rate of $60 per credit hour with no fees and free textbooks.

Help is also available for students wishing to apply for financial aid.

Technical courses offered by Crowder at SWACC this semester include: general horticulture; certified nurse's assistant; tactics and strategies; introduction to welding; and GMAW-TIG welding.

Classes taking place at the Cleveland Street facility include: introduction to literature; English composition I; mechanics of composition; lifetime wellness; college orientation; arithmetic; introduction to computers; computer applications; basic algebra; police supervision and management; government; speech; and college algebra.

Classes in Monett will be offered on a rotational basis, allowing students to earn their first 60 hours in college credits.

Classes begin on Tuesday, Jan. 17, and registration will be accepted through Friday, Jan. 20.

"We are very excited to be here," said Heidi Gilligan, Crowder's service region coordinator.

For more information on courses or registration, contact Kathy Skaggs, secretary, at 235-0065 or visit www.crowder.edu.

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