Lions Club hears updates on Drury

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Local campus finding popularity with its programs

An update on educations opportunities in Monett made possible through Drury University provided discussion for a recent meeting of the Monett Lions Club.

Rhonda Schilly, site director of Drury's Monett campus, opened her presentation by recalling her father had been an active member of the Lions Club for more than 20 years and she recounted some of his fondest memories with the club.

Drury University, she noted, has found high demand in Monett for its associate and bachelor degrees. Drury's new professional enrichment programs that began this fall offer concentrated study for computer technician Comptia A+, phlebotomy technician, pharmacy technician, dental assistant, medical administration assistant and clinical medical assistant.

What makes Drury unique in Monett is its work is mission driven, she said. Staff and faculty demonstrate beliefs through actions, and provide personalized attention to every student. Faculty are well credentialed and make personal connections with students.

"More than 50 percent of our faculty live or work in our community," Schilly said.

Drury also has a holistic approach, Schilly said. Staff provides continual guidance, encouraging students to make informed decisions in their person, academic and working lives.

Drury prides itself as a "one-stop shop," she continued. Staff handle admission, registration, advising and financial aid at the Monett campus. The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) also provides outreach to an under-served population, helping to show how additional education can help open doors.

Dr. Ralph Scott served as program chairman for the Lions Club, introducing Schilly.