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August 9, 2012

Ribbon-cutting celebrates Crowder classes in Carthage

CARTHAGE, Mo. — Crowder College will offer classes in Carthage starting Aug. 20.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the expansion of the Neosho-based college to Carthage was held Thursday at the north campus of the Carthage Technical Center, 609 River St.

Classes will be offered at that site and at the Carthage Technical Center building near the new Carthage High School.

The construction of the new technology building created some space at the north campus that could be used for the Crowder classes, said Blaine Henningsen, superintendent of the Carthage School District. He said adult education is being offered there. The additional classroom space was built by students in the carpentry program at the Carthage Technical Center.

He said school officials are “very excited” about the partnership with Crowder because it meshes well with the district’s efforts to get students prepared for college and the workplace.

“We’ve been sending kids to Crowder for a long time,” Henningsen said. “We think this will open things up for kids who don’t have transportation to other sites. Crowder already is affordable. This will make it more available.”

Crowder’s presence also will allow more Carthage High School students to take dual-credit courses that can apply to their college hours, he said.

“It will enable students in Carthage to get some college credits they can use at Crowder or transfer,” said Heidi Gilligan, service region coordinator for Crowder. “And seniors can attend classes tuition-free, so there are opportunities for people who just want to learn.”

Crowder already attracts a lot of students from the Carthage area to the Neosho campus and to the Webb City Instructional Center, said Cindy Brown, director of public information for the college.

“We have a lot of students from that area and a good relationship with the school district,” she said. “This helps us and the district, and it provides an opportunity for students who maybe couldn’t get into a class in Webb City or weren’t able to travel to Neosho or Lamar.”

Classes to be offered in Carthage include college orientation, business computer applications, English, history, math, algebra, physical education, psychology and speech.

Crowder College is a two-year community college offering more than 90 degrees and programs. In addition to Neosho, the college has sites in Nevada, Webb City and Cassville. Classes also are offered at Greenfield, Lamar, Monett, Pineville and Mount Vernon.

Enrollment

INFORMATION about enrollment in Crowder College courses is available by dialing 592-2940.

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