Expanding services available through Crowder College in Monett were detailed at last week's meeting of the Monett Kiwanis Club.
Kathi Skaggs, administrative assistant for Crowder, said the Neosho-based college presently serves 81 students in Monett. Crowder has a student population of 5,200 and in recent years has become one of the fastest growing community colleges in the state.
Crowder offers 80 associate of arts degrees designed to transfer to four-year colleges or universities for completion of a bachelor's degree in arts or science. Associate of science and applied science degrees are also available.
More than three dozen certificate programs are offered for specific job skills, from paramedic and wastewater technology to diesel technology and business management. Crowder even offers cutting edge training in fields such as wind energy technician and active solar technician.
Classes through Crowder are available at the Southwest Area Career Center in Monett and adult literacy classes at 303 E. Cleveland.
By partnering with the Career Center, Crowder is able to offer night classes using the SWACC facilities that are occupied by high school students during the day. In addition to classes on welding, computers health care, building construction and auto fuel systems, basic college courses such as English, math, speech, horticulture and psychology are available.
At the adult education campus, 19 students completed their GED requirements during the past school year. English as a second language courses are also offered. Adult literacy classes are free. Classes are held 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. Registration can be made by calling 235-0065.
Crowder offers classes at its campuses in Cassville and Mt. Vernon. Students taking certified nurse's assistant classes can complete a degree in Cassville. Twenty-six different classes are offered in Mt. Vernon. The Cassville campus offers 105 classes, including new programs in nursing, certified nurse's assistant, emergency medical technical and phlebotomy this fall.
One of the main advantages offered through Crowder is earning credits locally while living at home, making college affordable for many, Skaggs said.
Many students can take dual credit classes in high school and earn college class credits with Crowder for $60 a credit hour. Credits for degree courses can be earned through Crowder at $112 per credit hour, including fees.
The A+ program pays for 12 or more credit hours with Crowder. Skaggs said most credits will transfer to four-year colleges.
Older adults take classes for personal enrichment. Skaggs said students age 62 and older are not required to pay.
The fall semester opens Aug. 20 and runs through Dec. 14. Registration information is available by calling 236-2895 for classes in Monett, or by calling 866-238-7788.
Skaggs was introduced by program chairman Charlene Dart. Kiwanis president Eric Kean presided at the meeting.
In club news, it was announced Don Weber, Ann Saunders and Dart had been elected to the Kiwanis board. Linda Dohmen is the alternate. Norm Hammond was named vice president for the coming year.
The Monett Kiwanis Club meets at noon on Tuesdays for a meal and a program, usually at Happy House restaurant.