Fifteen years ago, students had the opportunity to attend college in Cassville, as Crowder College opened a branch there.
On Thursday, the board of trustees met at the Cassville campus for their monthly meeting, heard an update about the campus and how it has grown.
“We started with just a couple of classrooms,” said Angela Seymour, campus director. “A gentleman came to us and said, ‘I have some space, and I would love to have Crowder have a presence here.’ [At the time], we were offering classes at Cassville High School in the evening. The gentleman said, ‘I have some space, I am building a new facility for my company, I have some space, I want to renovate it for you.’ That was the old Pet Milk plant down on 13th street.”
At the time, the campus had four classrooms, one computer lab, 20 classes and one full-time employee. Today, there are 11 classrooms, three computer labs, 120 classes and 11 full-time employees.
Seymour presented a detailed PowerPoint presentation to the trustees, outlining information ranging from how the building use to look like to their new building, which they moved into five years ago, just on the outside of Cassville.
Seymour said that back when the campus began, they had no full degrees, no certificates and no bachelor degrees available at Cassville. However today, that has changed. There are seven full degrees, six certificates available, and two bachelor degrees available at Cassville with Missouri State University (MSU). The seven degrees are: business administration, criminal justice, general studies, history, nursing, psychology and teaching.
“Criminal justice was the most recent one added, we started the classes in January,” she said.
Seymour said on the nursing side, there has been a 100 percent job placement of all Cassville nursing graduates.
The two bachelor degrees offered with MSU are elementary education with middle school certification and general business.
Asked if the students at the campus are more traditional or non-traditional students attending classes, she said it has changed some.
“Once we started offering full degrees, we saw a great change from non- traditional to traditional,” Seymour said. “A lot more of those right out of high school, getting their full degree here, in fact it was kind of a culture shock for me, because I was use to a lot of non-traditional students, taking a lot of night classes and then suddenly we have full degrees, so students could take more. We have a major change in the daytime enrollment, so it use to be most of our student where here at night, then we started to have the full degrees, and the science classes, offering classes during the day, then we started having them more of the traditional student who is use to going to school from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. But right now, we have a lot more of the traditional.”
By the numbers
• The student population is 70 percent female.
• There has been 1,270 graduates since 1999 from the Cassville campus.
• There are 59 teachers for 120 classes in 2014.