New Courses, Equipment, Programs, Organizations to Greet Higher Ed. Center Students

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

July 29, 2005 – New courses, science and computer equipment, programs and student organizations will greet students when they begin fall 2005 semester classes Aug. 22 at Southeast Missouri State University’s higher education centers in Kennett, Malden and Sikeston, Mo.

With the fall semester quickly approaching, the Kennett Area Higher Education Center (KAHEC) is working on delivering new courses that will lead to additional program tracks, according to Marsha Blanchard, KAHEC director.

She said she hopes to implement the new tracks sometime during the upcoming school year.

“We are really trying to look at education, social services and health care,” she said. “These are tracks people are interested in. We gave a good base of those courses and are trying to expand in those areas.”

In addition, KAHEC plans to offer chemistry, anatomy and physiology I and II, and microbiology courses for the first time this fall. These courses are in addition to biology and physics courses they have offered in the past and will continue to offer.

“That’s four classes in three areas that we have not had in the past,” she said. “It’s really going to make us have a nice, strong science program here.”

The additional science courses are being offered as the result of an initiative by Southeast Missouri State University to purchase $200,000 in new science supplies and equipment this summer to bring state-of-the-art science tools to the area higher education centers. 

Dr. Bill Eddleman, chair of the Department of Biology at Southeast, said students at the centers in Kennett, Malden and Sikeston “definitely are going to get a better educational experience. I don’t see how it couldn’t help but improve the courses being taught there.”

Judy Buck, director of the Sikeston Area Higher Education Center (SAHEC) agreed. “We are getting additional equipment and supplies that will allow our students to have expanded opportunities,” she said. The equipment “is a welcome addition.”

In addition, about 85 new computers have been installed in labs at the centers in Sikeston, Malden and Kennett. The labs have been outfitted with Shea computers featuring 2.8 gigahertz processors and flat screen monitors Buck said SAHEC is also focusing on the development of an on-site child care facility that is expected to open at the start of the spring 2006 semester. She said the structural steel is up, and students are excited about the convenience the facility will provide.

Also, a new turn lane and stop light currently are being installed at the intersection of highway 61 and HH/ZZ near SAHEC. Buck said the stoplight and turn lane will make the intersection safer and will provide better traffic flow for students turning into SAHEC.

In Malden, Hux says the CBEC is planning to organize a new student organization this year “that will give them some ownership” in the center. He says the organization likely will focus on leadership in teacher education.

“We are looking at organizing a student group to give them a voice and let them better communicate with our staff,” he said.

All three centers in Kennett, Sikeston and Malden will be offering the bachelor of general studies (B.G.S.) degree completion program this fall. The degree completion program was launched at the centers this summer. The Bachelor of General Studies is a very flexible degree with no major or minor required, but students can select an emphasis in such areas as business, communication, criminal justice, industrial management or psychology.