Southeast Missouri State University’s Continuing Education department was recently recognized and commended by the City of Cape Girardeau with a proclamation for its collaborative role in connecting the University with the local community.
Continuing Education was recommended by Dan Presson, City of Cape Girardeau Ward 1 councilman and director of Southeast’s Career Services, and recognized by Cape Girardeau Mayor Bob Fox Monday, Nov. 19, at the Cape Girardeau City Council meeting.
The City Council recognized Continuing Education for providing the community with quality, customer service, access, innovation, diversity, flexibility, partnership and collaboration while inspiring a love of learning through innovative educational experiences for all ages and all people.
“It is very rewarding that our office and work is valued by the community,” said Christy Mershon, assistant director of Southeast’s Continuing Education. “We work very hard to serve as a gateway between the University and community, and it’s an honor to be recognized.”
Continuing Education was also recognized for coordinating resources within the community for individuals, develops training programs and serves as a liaison between the community and organizations.
According to the proclamation, by creating partnerships with schools, departments, colleges, programs, businesses and industry, Continuing Education strengthens its role in the University and the community through such programs as Southeast Teen Outreach and Pregnancy Prevention (STOPP), the Southeast Missouri State University Partnership for Community Health Workers Program, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training, Digital Badging Services, Southeast Speaks and noteworthy community events including Pumpkin Palooza and Haunted Tours.
Additionally, Continuing Education was recognized for being integral in providing online training and education solutions serving the adult education, career, and corporate training markets; offering a wide variety of classes covering business, counseling, management, arts and crafts, hobbies, gourmet cooking and beverages, technology, and professional development. Continuing Education also provides online test prep courses through Ed2Go and computer training to aid in building a well-educated workforce and stimulating economic growth through education.
The mission of Continuing Education’s programming and events is to create life-long learning opportunities for the entire community, Mershon said.
“It’s important that the community knows about the benefits of having a University in their backyard, and that the resources and facilities the University has are theirs too,” she said. “The classes, events and opportunities are limitless, and Continuing Education is dedicated to making anybody’s ideas and goals become a reality.”
For more information about Southeast’s Continuing Education, visit https://semo.edu/continuinged/.