Growth in programs offered by Crowder College was detailed for members of the Monett Kiwanis Club during a recent meeting.
Heidi Gilligan, regional service coordinator for Crowder, and Kathi Skaggs, secretary for Crowder's Monett campus, made the presentation. Gilligan, who has worked with Crowder for 20 years, reviewed how the college grew out of Camp Crowder.
After World War II, when Camp Crowder downsized from 80,000 soldiers, two permanent buildings that were constructed but never put to use became home for the new college. The first graduating class received degrees in 1965.
Gilligan said the mission statement of Crowder College is: "Building a civil, literate, learning community of responsible citizens." Throughout its history, the college has throughout its history concentrated on expanding education in communities.
Crowder presently has two locations in Monett, at the Southwest Area Career Center (SWACC) and at 305 E. Cleveland. The college also offers classes in Cassville, Mt. Vernon, Greenfield, Webb City, Lamar, El Dorado Springs and Nevada.
With expanded locations, Gilligan said Crowder offers less expensive classes close to home. Crowder credits can be transferred anywhere in Missouri and to some out-of-state universities depending on their requirements. At present, Crowder has 5,000 enrolled students, 79 of whom are taking classes in Monett.
Cost is $100 per credit hour for in-state residents, plus a $12 facility use fee. In-district tuition is $75. Financial aid is available. The main financial aid office is located at the Neosho campus though addition assistance can be found at the satellite offices in Monett and Cassville.
A+ students from local high schools can attend Crowder with their fees paid through A+ benefits. Eligible students can qualify for federal Pell grants of up to $2,650 to cover tuition, books, fees, gas and possibly child care. Additional scholarships and grants are available.
Crowder offers four types of associate degrees in arts, science, energy and engineering and applied science. Certificates can be earned to complete training in 41 technical fields, from paramedic and accounting to wastewater technology and pharmacy technician.
Gilligan said she expects growth in the schedule of classes offered in Monett. Crowder works hand in hand with SWACC in providing opportunities for students. Eighteen classes are offered for the spring semester. Six are offered during the regular school day. The rest are available in the late afternoon or evenings.
Resources at other campuses are expanding as well. Gilligan said the Merit Center in Neosho serves as the base for alternative energy studies. Research is conducted in solar projects, such as solar cars and wind energy.
For additional information about Crowder in Monett, call 235-0065.
Gilligan and Skaggs were introduced by Ron Overeem, program chairman. Brad Hanson, club vice president, presided at the meeting.
The Monett Kiwanis Club meets at noon on Tuesdays, usually at Happy House restaurant.